I’ve posted dozens of photos on Facebook about our new granddaughter, but just realized I’d never blogged about her.

Everything “they” say about being a grandparent is so true.  We are in love with this adorable little person and also somewhat in awe of what a wonderful mom our daughter is turning into.  She, who has in her life been prone to anxiety, self-judging and feelings of “I’m not good enough”, has taken to nursing, cleaning dirty bottoms and schedule-keeping with surprising ease.  We are so proud of her and see a wonderful future for this new little family.

And little Chloe is nearly perfect in every way. Would a grandma…”GiGi”…say anything less?  Hubz “Papa” enjoys laying with her on his chest, as he did our own children.  I just love to hold her, stare at her, smell her sweetness, and wonder at how perfect she is.  She is very easy-going (ah…to lull her parents into having more?) and has slept through the night from a very early age.  I also get to “babysit” on a fairly regular basis, which is really nice.  Thanks to various resale shops, we have acquired all the necessary equipment, too, which we assume will be used quite a bit in the coming years for other grandchildren as well!

Here are some of my favorite pics…of the hundreds we’ve already taken!


Summer’s over, school’s back!  Well, for youngest son, that is;  middle kid has one more week before Purdue starts.  2 sophomores in the family this year;  one h.s. and one college.  H.S. started today, bright and early with 7 a.m. marching band practice, right up to 5:30 p.m. end of tennis practice, for a very full day.  I’d imagine he’ll drop like a tired puppy when he gets home tonight!

Here’s a  pic of he and his grandma on Tuesday in Chicago, for a quickie day-trip just before school started.  Yup, we drove 4 hours, paid $29 to park on North Michigan Avenue (well, Rush Street) for the day, and 4 hours back;  (and car overheated and we had to open the windows and blow heat full-blast)….and all he has to show for it is 3 new pairs of socks!  No, really, we had a wonderful day with my mom, including a fabulous lunch at Bistro 110.  The weather was perfect and we had a great bonding time together!  Sadly, no Garrett’s popcorn, as they closed the Michigan Ave. store 😦