Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving No. 4: The Best Yet?

Our gang at the zoo: L, K, V, J, Katja

Dear George,
This was the fourth Thanksgiving in our grandchildren V and L’s young lives.  I’m sure they don’t remember anything about Nos. 1 and 2, and even No. 3 is doubtful.  So this might be the best Thanksgiving so far for our youngest family members.  It was definitely one of my and Katja’s favorites. This time J and K decided to bring the kiddies north.  Because of the constraints in her work schedule, K flew up and back, while J drove the 800 miles with the children, doing a stopover in Alabama each way.  I was amazed that V and L managed so well on such a long trip, but they are growing up all the time and get along together amicably.  Their verbal skills have developed a lot since we saw them in May, and they’re now capable of playing board games and operating sophisticated technology (well beyond their grandparents’ abilities).  Our holiday days were filled with nonstop adventures and excitement, whether at home or out in the community.  At day’s end the children would go to bed about 7 or 7:30, and we wouldn’t hear a peep till morning.  Here are a few photos which capture some of the highlights of Thanksgiving week.

We did the zoo on our very first outing on Tuesday.  Lulu, the new baby giraffe, was the biggest attraction, but not far behind were the elephants, a baby aardvark, the manatee, the polar bears, and the white lions.

The children loved the petting zoo.  They got to feed the goats by hand, a scary but titillating prospect.

The playground in the Children’s Zoo was lots of fun too. 

One nice thing about coming home at the end of the afternoon was the daily bubble bath.  

On Wednesday we went to the Children's Museum at the Museum Center.  L was impressed that Cincinnati’s Union Terminal had served as the real-life model for Superman's Hall of Justice. 

The holiday train display was in full gear.  

I'd prepared to have the children perform a Thanksgiving play.  They were initially wary, but when they got their Pilgrim and Indian hats they got more enthusiastic.

Much to everyone's surprise, V had a moment of stage fright just before the show, but she pulled it together when her mom joined her on the stage.  Here the two Indians, Growling Bear and Flying Squirrel, are making their on-stage entrance (along with our visiting sheepdog Sophie who has a tennis ball in her mouth).  

When they weren’t busy acting, the children loved going up and down in our elevator.  

They'd also gotten more artistic since we'd last seen them.

K flew back for work on Thanksgiving evening, and J took the kids and grandpa to the bouncy-bounce palace in the suburbs on Friday.

Afterwards we went to the thrift shop.  J told the kids he would buy them some kittens, but, if they couldn't find any kittens, he would buy them some mittens.  They wound up settling for mittens.

After racing about at full throttle, the children were capable of falling asleep in mere seconds in their car seats. 

Katja joined us at Skyline Chili for hot dogs (kids) and four-ways (adults).  

V takes the dogs for a little walk on each of her visits to Cincinnati.  Here she is outside our house with Sophie.

A last day picture on our patio: J holding L, Katja, me holding V, Duffy in the rear.

A car full of kiddies and goodies, headed south on Whitfield Avenue toward New Orleans.  We got a little teary-eyed.

G-mail Comments
-Phyllis S-S (11-28):  Dave,  They are so adorable.  Phyllis
-Donna D (11-26): david, this is awesome!  such great pics...looks like sooo much fun!!
-Linda K-C (11-26):  Sweet photo , sweet memories, will try to share Xmas as wonderfully as you did thanksgiving, it means a lot to me to see these wonderful photos.  I still think we all need a time with Burke and Lundg*** ca vacation.
-Linda K-C (11-26):  Also the older the kids get the more they remember us, they speak with great affection to me about you and Katja.

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