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Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, March 28, 2016

Last week was a busy one

Want to get yourself worn out?  Well, just have two grandgirls (8 and 6) visit for six days and that will do it!

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Of course picking lemons for lemonade was one of the first things we did.  There’s a small lemon orchard in the park and members can pick what they need.  The biggest and best lemons are up high, so it was great to have Robyn agile enough to climb one of the trees for the prize fruits.

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Tuesday found us on a very long day trip to visit Joshua Tree National Park.  The trees, cacti, and wildflowers were all in bloom.  It was the perfect time for a visit.  Avery and Phoebe were even able to earn Junior Ranger badges by the end of the day.

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With a little help from their mom, both girls got to shoot my air rifle.  We practiced one afternoon to be ready for the Thursday morning Ladies Poker Shoot.  Avery, on the left, really didn’t like it, but Phoebe ended up being a little Miss Annie Oakley.  The Poker Shoot pays out on the best high and low hand, with at least a pair being required.  Robyn won the low category and I wasn’t even in the running this time around.  We didn’t enter the girls in the shoot, but I think Phoebe might have been in the money if we had.

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On two afternoons, we did soap felting.  The finished products are on the lower right.  With all those soap suds flying around everyone had sparkling clean hands, and I now have the cleanest picnic bench in the park!

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We had cookouts every night, and while waiting for me to finish cooking dinner the Indiana ladies went on a hike up the big boulder hill that can be seen from my patio.

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Up and up they went.  I had to take these photos with my 600mm lens.  They were really just specs on the hill to the naked eye.

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But before you knew it, they had made it to the top.  Sure wish I could have made that climb.  All the things I did get pictures of were interspersed with numerous trips to the pool and spa, two ice cream socials, and miniature golfing.  The girls took turns driving the golf cart to these events, and I’m happy to report that we didn’t crash even once.  Of course, the girls sat on my lap and I controlled the gas and brake pedals.  They’re not quite tall enough to do all that yet.

It was a busy week, and after taking them to the San Diego airport on Friday I was pretty tuckered out.  But you know what?  I wouldn’t have missed last week for the world!

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

62 comments:

  1. I sure understand what you mean about being "tuckered out." It used to be a lot easier to be that busy.

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  2. Sounds like a lot of fun and great memories made, now you can relax.

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  3. It looks like they had a wonderful visit too.

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  4. What a fabulous visit you had with the kids. I can't image trying to keep up with one 8 year old let alone a 6 and 8 year old. At least not at my age. I bet that crew slept on the plane ride back. Nothing better than family time!

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  5. Looked like a very nice week. You are making great memories with them. Maybe next year we will be able to meet them. 😊😊

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  6. They'll never forget the memories of the good time they had with you.

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  7. So glad they got to visit--what are your summer plans??

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  8. Nothing livens up a day than a couple of young-uns.

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  9. Well, they didn't have time to get bored! What a nice grandma!

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  10. With a Grandmom like you......what child could want for more.

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  11. Let's hear it for the Junior Rangers!

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  12. Sorry to hear you lost your Annie Oakley title, but who better to lose it to than your granddaughter!
    Loved the way you got them to keep their hands clean with making soap felting. You sneaky devil! :cD

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  13. 6 days? Ha! I am worn out after 6 hrs with the grandkids, but like you, I wouldn't trade the experience for the world.

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  14. What a great time you must have had! Sure looks like they had a great time, too! Also seems like your "winter time" site is just the perfect place to have grandkids come for a visit... so much to entertain them. What Fun!

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  15. WOW Judy what a great time you all had. Those girls are going to want to come live with you. I think I'm with Avery on the rifles. Too loud for me. But I want in on the ice cream socials for sure. Really great pictures. What memories you've made for them, for their mom and for you!! Wish I had you for a grandma. HA!

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  16. So cool that you could be with your girls. You are one very lucky lady! Now you can rest up!

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  17. The girls are getting so big. Nice to have had such a good time with them.

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  18. Great memories for the girls to take home!

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  19. You live in a great place with lots of stuff for them to do. I bet they were as tuckered out as you were! They'll always remember their visits, you always have such fun!

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  20. the soap felting looks as though it turned out great. . .what a lot of fun, and a great memory!

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  21. Your granddaughters made memories that will be with them for a lifetime, Judy. You had a week of adventure planned. What a great gramma you are. Little by little I'm getting back into reading blogs. I'm sure I'll have more time on the road. Always seems like something needs to be done around here, and then there's swimming 3-4 times per week. Love your blog and great pictures.

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