Paradise Lost or Paradise Found?

They say Hawaii is Paradise. Could be. Maybe. But for how long? 1 year? 2 years? Nope. People, it’s happening. (Mother screaming loudly) “IT’S HAPPENING!” They’re moving home! H-O-M-E! As in the same city and state where we live. Yeh, I’m a little excited. We just found out two nights ago … the night before the tsunami (where they were just fine in case you were wondering). The kids have had it in the works for some time now, but doing things as only they can, they have kept it secret while planning and selling and Googling. All the in between stuff doesn’t really matter much to me, it’s the end stuff that thrills me. I will say she had a little fun with her momma because only days before this news I offered to buy a ticket for her to come visit (a Gramma needs to see a grandchild often … they change too quickly). Oh, she played me big time, suggesting they might take me up on the trip later in the summer, when in fact they had it planned all along to move home in early April. Stinker. That’s okay I’ll take Stinker … and Peanut, and Papa Man.

See this picture of Sydney? See her hair sticking straight up in the air? Well this photo was taken in December — only three short months ago — and now that she is 14 months her hair has apparently decided to lay down. I missed that happening. But no more.

And see how my daughter has to hold on as Sydney comes down the slide? Well, apparently she walks up and over and down the slides all by herself now. I missed that happening, but no more.

And see that big smile my 83-year-old mom has on her face sitting next to her fifth great-grandchild? Yeh, well, there’s going to be lots more of that smile going on … especially at family gatherings when she can hold all six (coming in July) great-grandbabies.

And clear blue warm oceans will be replaced for murky cold rivers, and guess who will adjust? Yep, she’ll be up to speed in no time.

And when these two are out in public and we hear comments like we did this night … “oh look at those cute little twins” we’ll all just smile and soak it up knowing we can have them together as much as we want.

Or that Grampa and I can dress them in matching outfits if we want. Of course it won’t be as easy with them being 2-1/2 months apart to get them to stay in one place at the same time, but I’m up for the challenge.

The kids will miss Hawaii … how could they not! They have a beautiful daughter that will remind them every day of their Paradise. We’ll miss our trips to visit them as well … who wouldn’t! But Grampa and I are so excited to have the family all together to watch these cousins grow up together. There’s bound to be some bumps and bruises along the way, but we’ll deal with them as they come.

And in the end, we’ll just love one another through it.

Paradise lost or Paradise found? Yep.

Megan - March 14, 2011 - 11:53 AM

Paradise: a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless. It’s not lost, nor found…it simply is my life! 🙂

Love you and can’t wait to see you!!! - March 14, 2011 - 4:23 PM

Diane D. wrote (under a different post): “Very cute pictures. Love the camo babies. — I am glad you family will be all together in Idaho.”

Aubrey Archuleta - March 15, 2011 - 10:00 AM

YIPPEEEEEEE! I am so thrilled for you guys 😀

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