So long, visitors
My dad and grandmother said goodbye to Alex and the rest of us tonight — their flight leaves first thing tomorrow morning. It was great to have them here. We didn’t do much besides cook — Grandma made her homemade chicken and noodles and showed Stefanie how to make her famous apple dumplings, and I made a crockpot pork verde for tacos — and sit around and talk. Oh, and dote on Alex, who charmed them in mere minutes.
We did take a day trip to the coast, where we had lunch at the Rogue brewhouse (my favorite) and walked briefly on Beverly Beach just north of Newport. But it was cold and windy, so we didn’t stay long. Grandma and Dad stood barefoot in the ocean for mere moments; the water was frigid. Alex did great: He slept much of the drive both ways and had fun playing at the lunch table.
My favorite part of the visit though was watching my dad play with Alex. I wondered how he would feel about being confronted with grandfather-hood, and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly and thoroughly Alex charmed him. We took lots of shots of Dad playing with the little guy — see my Picasa album on the right side of this blog.
Now that both my mom and dad have visited, we will be guest-free for at least a few months. Stefanie’s dad may visit this summer, and my mom wants to pay us (*cough* Alex *cough*) a second visit and bring my other grandmother and brother this fall. But until then, it’s back to the grind.