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June 01, 2021


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So glad you two had a nice day together before everyone arrived. It sounds like everyone is adjusting nicely, even poor scared Ziggy. Just have a great time with family and don't even worry about blogs for now, just enjoy!


Sounds like a busy time. I feel your pain. My office holds the murphy bed and thus is a spare bedroom for guests. With my brother arriving tomorrow, I may not be able to blog any for the next three or four days. I'm already missing it and so getting in an evening session which I don't already do. I really need tablet for those situations.

Doug M

Such nice photos of you and John out & about, I don't know how you do it all! Anyway, so nice to see your family with you Margaret, and your little guy looks right at home. I'm actually surprised Ziggy looks that comfortable... I'm thinking your kids following you cross country so soon was a good thing.


I'm so glad you and John were able to have that time together before all the family arrived. Your grandson is absolutely beautiful. I love his smile and those gorgeous eyes.

Donna W

You are blessed to have so much quality bonding time with your grandson. You will look back on this time for the rest of your life, remembering little things he did.

Ally Bean

I knew you'd take all of these changes in stride in your usual way! Love this post and the photo of the generations together. Ziggy will get it together eventually, I just know it.


It surprises me somewhat that you are able to post at all. Somewhere along the line, I have missed how long they will be staying with you.

Marie K

I am so glad your mom got to visit with everyone! That photo made me smile. John has some great ideas! Ziggy will chill out soon, I would suppose. No wonder he was skittish though. Traveling that way must've been scary for him. Love seeing the big orange floof.

Pam Donaldson

I'm with you with the crazy busy! but it's lovely. xx


Your grandson is so adorable! You sound busy and happy which is a good place to be. I'm happy you spent some time with John before all the chaos started. Enjoy every moment!

Joanne Noragon

You will have a wonderful, fun and happy visit. The cats may, too.


Oh, I am so happy for you on many fronts. Enjoy every moment of your time with your grandson.

Bruce Taylor

These all are moments you'll remember with fondness. Enjoy!


I am over the moon for you! (And your mom!) What an adorable little boy he is! I LOVE his smiles! Squeeeee!

And absolutely a perfect bike ride for you two before company arrived. PERFECTION.

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