Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Month in Edmonds, Washington to Always, Always Remember!

Oh boy! What a time! A month with family in Edmonds, Washington that Barbara and I will always remember.  We were there to watch  four grandkids while mom Misha and dad Ed went off to Italy for a first time ever two-week vacation in Europe.

And when they returned after the best time of their lives, we spent another two weeks in their gorgeous home with them and our four grandkids. From oldest to youngest, they are Mia,Bela, Max, and Talula.

I have to tell you that this was an upscale neighborhood of big homes and well-kept lawns. Did that mean that residents   looked suspiciously at the old stranger walking around snooping at everything and everybody?

No way. They said hello and chatted with  me.  One neighbor a few houses away, Jason, is a tennis player and we ended up playing tennis several times at tennis courts in the beautiful neighborhood park.

Oh boy! What a time! A month with family in Edmonds, Washington that Barbara and I will always remember.  We were there to watch  four grandkids while mom Misha and dad Ed went off to Italy for a first time ever two-week vacation in Europe.

And when they returned after the best time of their lives, we spent another two weeks in their gorgeous home with them and our four grandkids. From oldest to youngest, they are Mia,Bela, Max, and Talula.

I have to tell you that this is an upscale neighborhood of big homes and well-kept lawns. Did that mean that residents   looked suspiciously at the old stranger walking around snooping at everything and everybody?

No way. They said hello and chatted with  me. 

Well enough yakking.  Let me just let the following photos do the talking.  I think  that they say a lot!



Above is Barbara presiding at Bela's 5th birthday party. Bela is first on the left and Talula is next to her. Max is across from them and the oldest at 16 is Mia front right. She will be getting her driver's license soon!




 Barbara was always taking the kids here and there while I goofed off, played with the kids or played tennis, and walked all over the neighborhood -- even to downtown Edmonds a good half hour walk away! But above she took a break at a nearby Starbucks. Dear, you need to do that more often!




Max and sisters Bella and Talula have fun eating and playing at the same time.  Even though he has three sisters, Max is 100 percent guy.  He is also a talented artist.  He drew a picture of his Papa -- me -- that I cherish, though I think I am better looking than Max's drawing of me.  Here I am with Max's drawing. I'm better looking, right?




Talula is also smart and an artist, though an unusual one.  Instead of painting on normal artistic cardboard, she sometimes paints her face and becomes artist AND art.  Think I'm making this up? Here she is as her latest work of art holding a gift for me, a rock lover.

 

Practically across the street is a beautiful tree-packed park with swings and all kinds of play equipment and even tennis courts! I played tennis there several times with a great neighbor, Jason, who lives just three houses up. In the photo below Max takes a break on on the slide.



We were there for the 4th of July and this was the most interesting, exciting, and fun celebration I had ever experienced in my entire life.  I was actually IN the parade along with Ed and Talula, Bella, and Mia.  And the street was packed with thousands.  In my entire life, I had never had so many eyes on me.  I loved it!