If he were still on this side of Heaven, Daddy and Mama would have been celebrating 64 years of marriage last Tuesday.
January 8 is filled with bittersweet memories for Mama, so I thought it would be a fun diversion to take advantage of the unseasonably gorgeous January weather and take a road trip to Cincinnati to visit 3 of their great-grandbabies...Abram (4 1/2), Daniel (8 months), and Lucy (2 1/2).
We were welcomed by Princess Rapunzel herself...
I can't imagine a more adorable princess!
Abram was outside busy with his sidewalk art, finishing up this volcano-shaped rainbow.
He told me this was the Polar Express that he drew earlier...
He was also busy building a fire....
...and planting trees in his yard.
I love Abram's imagination!
And then there's this sweet boy!
Daniel has grown since Gran-Gran seen him! He was ready for his morning nap, so he wasn't in the smiliest of moods.
Meanwhile, from the castle turrets...."Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!"
Or whatever Disney's "Tangled" version of that is....
Princess loves the spin effect of her dress and braid!
Abram showed me the rocket that he created...
...complete with 2 Crayola engines, collapsible green wings, and an ignition "wire." I love his ingenuity!
Lucy demonstrated her new stroller in action. The way she drives it, that baby better be strapped in tightly!
Amazing how a short power nap will chase those grumpies away!
Of course, he's another brilliant Gray child...8 months old and already learning his alphabet.
These days Daniel rolls and stretches and strains to get where he wants to get WHAT he wants!
Glad he's not a bit ornery....
I took Abram a luggage lock to put on his treasure chest, and he thoroughly enjoyed making up and practicing his own number combination.
Demonstrating his new bike from Christmas!
Lucy-girl got handed-down his smaller, non-pedal one.
She's a force to be reckoned with...she will NOT be left behind!
Gran-Gran was enthralled by Lucy's water coloring book.
"Show me your muscles, Rapunzel." That face.....
And that face...
...and that face. Gramaw's heart melts!
In those precious blue-eyed faces I see the reflections of their Daddy Kyler and their Papaw Kim and their great-grandpa Bud.
Dad always liked eating at Bob Evans. He knew the real, original Bob Evans himself...which is another whole post in itself. Bob Evans was one of his favorite restaurants, so it seemed fitting to honor his anniversary memory by eating lunch there.
Daniel has his eye on that roll...
While we were waiting on our food, Kara and the other two kids played with an emoji feature on my new iPhone X....
This boy's big blue eyes and cowlick on his forehead are in the genes. Dad sported both.
And I know Dad's smiling down from Heaven on this family God gave him. Every time I look at those big blue eyes, I'm reminded of my Daddy.
His legacy lives on.