Backyard Granddaughters

Last weekend Heather wanted to see her brother, Jared, before he headed back home to Sterling, Alaska. We are still under lock down and social distancing. We know we can visit in our backyard with making sure to stay 6′ between us. It was hard to not touch the girls though.

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February Birthdays

David and I are leaving February 12th to go to Seattle to take care of 3 of our elementary age granddaughters, so we had a early birthday celebration in York on Friday. Dan’s birthday is on the 13th, Bekka and Kate’s is on the 16th and mine is on the 26th. My daughter, Sarah, in Gig Harbor had a birthday on the 1st. I have plenty of birthdays that is for sure.

Of course Oma had to make some birthday hats.

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FestivICE

We have been checking out all the different happenings in downtown York. We went to checkout FestivICE.

https://www.eventiveyork.com/festivice

The day started getting the girls dressed in their winter gear. I remember doing this with all my kids. By the time you got number 5 dressed number one was coming back in.

There were quite a few ice sculptures. They were so small compared to the ones in Alaska.

The girls enjoyed looking at the ice sculptures and even got to sit in an Ice throne.

Kate and Bekka loved the huge bubble.

The girls got to meet the local mascots. A Raven and the Abominable Snowman.

The best thing was the 40ft ice slide.

Bekka really enjoyed it so Mommy took her back for another ride while Daddy and Grandpa watched Kate. Mommy had to take her because Daddy barely fit on the slide.

I just had to get a photo of the radio DJ’s coat.

These were painted on a wall. They tell some of the odd history of York. Be sure to read what they say.

It was a small festival but we enjoyed it. I think it had a lot to do with watching the reactions of our granddaughters, Kate and Bekka.

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Japanese Infusion

The students studying Japanese at UAA, University of Alaska Anchorage, had an afternoon of Japanese food, green tea, Pikachu, Tai Chai and other activities to try or watch.

Being that my husband, David’s, Dad spent the first 11 years of his life in Japan because his parents were missionaries there., so David has always been interested in Japanese things. They even started a food co-op which the last we heard was still going.

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Spending Time with Grandbabies

So we got home yesterday and today we watched our granddaughters for a few hours.  My daughter knew we would watch them so our Son in law could do some work because we had not seen them for 5 weeks.  David and I couldn’t get over the fact that they each have started to get fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff  t their own personality already.  Rebecca is going to be the thinker we think. Katharinelllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

This is what happens when you try to blog after a few beers, a shot of whiskey and jet lag.  I kept falling asleep with my fingers on the key.  I gave up and figured I would start again this morning.

As I was saying Rebecca is going to be the thinker.  She is the smaller of the twins but doesn’t miss a thing.  She is always looking and moving.  David thinks her first words will be a sentence.

Katharine right now is the one that wants all the attention.  She has always been the better eater and you can tell because she is catching up to her age faster than her little sister.

They were born 7 weeks early but they were healthy.  They were never on oxygen.  Katharine weighed 3lb7oz and Rebecca weighed 3lb2oz.  They needed to learn how to suckle and weigh over 4lbs to get out of the hospital.  They both left together after a month.  Heather was only giving them breast milk but now she is having trouble keeping up, so they are having to get a little formula.

Heather just told me they went in for their 4 month check up and Katharine weighed 11lb2oz and Rebecca weighed 9lb7oz.

This is the girls when we left.

These are the photos that Heather sent me while we were gone to butter me up before she asked if I could watch the girls once a week when we got home.  They don’t seem to be able to get anything done.  Can’t imagine why.  Let’s see they are raising twins, Heather is the CEO of the largest manufacturer in Alaska and Dan in trying to run his real estate business.  So now Grandma and Grandpa are back and we can help out when needed.

These are the pictures that I took while we had them yesterday.  They really are good babies.  They fuss if they are hungry or fighting sleep.  They are girls and are afraid they are going to miss something if they are sleeping.  But to their surprise Grandma knew how to get them to sleep after raising 5 children and the 10 grandchildren before they were born.

 

If you can’t tell we are very proud of our little girls and will enjoy watching them grow up.