Friday, August 20, 2010

Pop Pop Visits Us!

My dad came to visit us this past week. Nick was supposed to be out of town, but his retreat was cancelled. Pop Pop (that's what the kids call him) came anyway and I was glad for the help and they (Lucy and Murray) were thrilled with the extra attention. It's always an event to have out of town visitors and we love it! We love all of our friends in town, but having out of town family come to town is such a special treat. We enjoyed some mundane tasks around the house and took Pop Pop to experience a few unique to our area adventures.

One of my favorite things about my dad is how silly he can be. He is not afraid to talk in a British accent while having a tea party or sing and tell silly stories. Lucy eagerly anticipates more stories from Pop Pop. He really should write some down and become a children's least for my kids. They love the adventures of Fred Napp and all of his friends who are an intricate part of history. Fred Napp is most famous for his discovery that everyone is happy if they lay down for an hour or so in the middle of the day...we pay homage to Fred Napp each day in our house as we take our nap. He also was a co-author of the constitution (his name is missing b/c he was taking a nap, but that's why there's a large space on the bottom...and he invented ice cream). I could go on and on...but those are a few favorites around our house. He has friends that visit, a few that are naughty but most that are nice. The kids love hearing stories from Pop Pop (made up or read aloud).

My dad is also great at cleaning cars. We had an unidentifiable oder in the car so Pop Pop, the kids and I cleaned the car for over an hour until we found the source of the oder...but we still couldn't identify the decomposing food tucked neatly under the padding in Murray's carseat. I don't ask questions...just take care of business as needed. Thanks to Pop Pop's help the car is clean...he thought this was a must if we were going to be using the car to go on any adventures while he was smelled pretty bad!

A few of the adventures we went on were to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (separate days for each...we're not that crazy)! I'm not sure if Pop Pop enjoyed the exhibits at the museum or watching the kids discover the exhibits more...either way they were both successful days and the kids have great memories with their Pop Pop.

The trip was dabbled with lots of hugs, eating and bike rides on my new bike. These are also a few of Pop Pop's favorite things. I'm not sure a visit would be complete without them...can't imagine enjoying a visit with Pop Pop without love, food, or bike rides!

I'll try to post some pictures later!

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