Does anyone else feel overwhelmed by all the sugar on Easter? We eat very clean, most of the time and the kids and husband aren’t as excited about it as I am. I try hard to have healthy snacks in the house, but of course we indulge now and again. Easter is filled with the most delicious Cadbury chocolate mini eggs, and I can’t help but eat half a bag in one sitting. This year, I decided not to buy any, I really wanted to try and stay away from all the sugar so that I didn’t have to detox after Easter. The good news is that this was successful; the bad news is that it was replaced with malt balls. Ugh!
After the kids enjoyed their candy filled baskets and goodies, the boys headed out to shoot pellet guns and the girls headed to the pool. My Dad stayed behind and swam with us, and my Mom stayed in and worked on her jewelry business Lulu Williams. I am so proud of my Mom; she has found a fun passion and really enjoys her time spent on her business.
After preparation of all the food, we all jumped into the car and headed over to see my cute 96 year old grandparents. At 96, my grandfather is quick as a whip, and loves to chat about politics and sports, something my parents really enjoy as well. My grandmother has always been the very sweet and loving image you have in your mind of how a grandma should be. Lately, she has become tired, slow and hard of hearing so her world is not as cheery as it has been in the past. I am not sure she wants to be here anymore, something that is hard for me to imagine.
As a kid I spent a week or two with them each summer. Being an only child, my parents didn’t have the luxury of leaving me home with siblings as entertainment, so they would let me spend time away from home with my grandparents. This is something I looked forward to each summer because it was MY time with them, and I didn’t have to share any of my experiences (can you tell I am an only child???). My grandpa would take me swimming in Veyo, and sit by the pool until I was done. He never got in, but loved to see me happy in the water. We would also head out to go take pictures of the beautiful red rock landscape, lava rocks or old twisted trees.
My grandfather is a beautiful photographer and I have many of his pieces displayed in my home. He was a Colonel in the Marines and even in those difficult days he was able to capture some amazing images. My grandmother and I would pass the time by making crafts, singing by the piano (I am tone deaf so that was fun), going for a car ride to grab her a soda, or visiting with her friends and their kids my age. I have always loved St. George, the beautiful landscape, but most of all it is feels like family to me when I am here.
A few years ago, my parents purchased a home down here as well so that we can visit with them but not impose on them. We don’t get down here very often, but we are so grateful to have a place to visit and unwind.
My dad asked Billy to video tape my grandparents while we were there. We aren’t sure how much longer they will be with us. We captured some great moments of them telling some old stories I loved hearing as a child and some new ones I hadn’t heard before. I watched my grandmother sit and hold my kid’s hands and I know that I will always remember that moment. My grandfather showed Will all of his guns, he was a great shooter at one time. Will was incredibly happy to hold the old (almost antique) guns and learn about them from his great grandfather.
All in all a great day out with the family and while I don’t know how many more opportunities I will have to see my grandparents, I try and live in the moment when I am with them and focus on the love and warmth they offer.