Good day to all! I guess if you have been reading my column the second week of each month, you know what I am going to talk about first. Yes, Doug, Kristyn, Kaelyn and Luke’s visit. It had been over a year since we had seen this little family and we loved spending the week visiting with them. Kaelyn, now five, and Luke, three, have grown so much. Each morning I was awakened with a little voice (Kaelyn) saying, “I love you, Grandma.” You grandparents know how wonderful that is to hear. Luke is not the morning person; Kaelyn is. She jumps out of bed and immediately wants to play or do crafts. We did a lot of both.
A typical boy, Luke likes his trucks and playing construction. Fred gave Luke a tractor and trailer he had made a number of years ago. It has a sign “Ackerman Trucking Service” on it and Luke loves it. It was one thing he wanted to take home, but unfortunately, Doug didn’t have room for it. Yes, it is pretty big and heavily loaded with wooden logs. We will be taking that to him when we visit. Yes, the first part of June we will be traveling to Dover, Delaware, for Luke’s fourth birthday, the first one we will be able to attend. He has celebrated the first three in Hawaii and, unfortunately, travel there is very expensive, so we have missed the kids’ birthdays since they have been across the Pacific.
The weather wasn’t very cooperative during their visit but we did go to Cabella’s where the kids liked looking at all the fish and wildlife. They especially liked the jungle display. It was a fun day. Kaelyn and Luke also enjoyed the snow. There was just enough to do a little sleigh riding. There were a couple warm days when we played ball in the back yard and driveway. Luke is quite the slugger.
While Doug and family were here, we had several get together dinners with Fred, Kim, Haleigh and Ryan which was doubly fun. Then Doug’s boyhood friend, Steve Kirkland, came to visit with his wife Anne and son Carson. Doug and Steve have been friends since they were babies. Doug is Carson’s godfather and Steve is Kaelyn’s. The kids played great together and the adults had a great time catching up.
By the time you read this, Doug will have reported to work at Dover Air Force Base and Kristyn will be trying to get their new home on base set up. Hopefully, their furniture and household goods will be arriving soon.
While we were in Arkansas, which I told you about last time, we drove down to Hot Springs and on to Garvin Gardens. It is such a beautiful place, but the flowers and trees were just beginning to come out. The daffodils were very pretty, but I bet right now that place is beautiful with the hundreds of tulips, flowering shrubs and trees. Kayden enjoyed the trails and waterfalls, but he sure liked walking instead of riding in the stroller. If Chante` hadn’t been holding him tightly, he would have walked right into the koi pond. He really enjoyed watching the fish. I would like to make a return trip next spring.