Sunday, August 21, 2022

Grands Summer Visit

Our Colorado grandchildren flew by themselves to Alabama for a visit recently. Usually, we have a tea party, and after church the last Sunday they were here, we did just that. 

They are big enough now to help and give input. 

The kids were here six days before their parents joined us. Their mother, Sarah, is in this picture all tan from a getaway in the Dominican Republic. 

Lemon bars, cheese straws, pound cake squares, strawberries, macaroons, cheesecake, and raspberries were a welcome treat, along with cups of tea. Due to the early afternoon heat, we served our plates and went inside to eat! 

Earlier in the week, we drove south to Panama City for a two-day visit. My husband took his boat, and we enjoyed showing them around places we took their Dad and older cousins years ago.

I was very pleased with the weather conditions for their first boat outing. The water was calm, with little boat traffic, and it was a picture-perfect day. We went to Shell Island and had a fun day. That night we drove the boat across the bay to the restaurant, Uncle Ernies, for those familiar with the area. 

Sugar white sands on Shell Island and no crowds were wonderful.

The water was beautiful. This pic is of the ocean side of the island. The only thing missing was seeing dolphins. I guess it was the wrong time of day. We have fond memories of the dolphins coming alongside our boat, and there was a time the kids got out and swam in the water with them. 

We enjoyed several sunrises on the bay. Will took these photos.

The kids enjoyed exploring my garden. They both picked a few flowers and wanted to arrange them. This time of year, most of my flowers are spent.  I thought they did well.

The boys golfed for two days. The girls plundered the attic one day, finding all kinds of interesting things. We found some of my dolls I thought had been lost years ago.  Looking in the attic reinforced my goal to go through and sort out things.  
My DIL helped with several projects that I appreciated very much. The other day we shopped downtown and had a special brunch at a restaurant. It was a great eleven days that passed very quickly.
It was also nice to show off our family at our church for two Sundays.
 I have one regret, which was that I failed to get a group picture, but we were so busy enjoying one another that I forgot.

July and August passed so quickly, getting ready for company and then after they arrived. I have missed visiting all of your blogs, and I hope you understand why I have not been able to comment. 
I also have not been on IG or FB hardly at all for three or four weeks.

The roses we used for the tea party lasted well over a week. I was grocery shopping without a plan for flowers, and they had a special buy one get one free. I felt so fortunate to get such fresh flowers, which worked beautifully for our tea party.

Wishing all of you a beautiful week ahead. I hope to catch up soon.


  1. Good morning, Bonnie. I love seeing your beautiful granddaughter and handsome grandson, they have really grown, I know you enjoyed having them and you had wonderful plans for their visit. The tea party looks like lots of fun and delicious, as well. I know they were thrilled to visit Panama City and Shell Island. The sunsets are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing them with your readers. Happy Monday!

  2. Hi Bonnie! What a great visit and vacation with your family! Your grands are precious, and so sweet that they like to enjoy tea parties and flower arranging! Coming from Colorado, I know the beach was really a treat. Glad you're having a wonderful summer!

  3. What a treat and what a wonderful visit. Your family is lovely (and I adore that red hair!) Love that they were into the tea party and the flowers too -- good job, Gran! And the sailing looks like a fabulous time. It's been awhile since I've been sailing -- it's such a wonderful experience. I'm so very happy for you!

  4. Your sweet grandchildren look so much like you. Wonderful photos!

  5. Bonnie, this looks like you had a very special time together. I love seeing your family! The children's red hair makes my heart sing. I've always admired red headed individuals. They are so rare! The flowers look perfect as does your tea time. The white sand and ocean sunsets make me long for a beach trip. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What fun you and your family had during their recent visit Bonnie! You know I am partial to little "gingers". The boat ride looked so fun and the grands looked so natural on the water. Tea time inside is always good when the outside temps are unbearable. I am sure you are relaxing now that the visit is over but what memories! And they will live on forever. Thank you for sharing. Hugs always and have a great day.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  7. Bonnie, what a wonderful family visit and fun vacations days. I think it's great you were able to take the children to all the fun places you took their dad while growing up. I think it's a trip the grands will always remember. Special places, special times and special faces, my kind of perfect week. Blessings to all.........

  8. What a lovely time you had with the Grands! The tea party was perfect. Your family is beautiful!
    The vacation to Panama City was not only fun but gorgeous as well. And what a treat for them all to go boating as well.
    You all made very special memories.
    I giggled at the fact that girls went up into the attic and found treasures including your dolls. Now that was amazing!
    Have a beautiful week my friend!

  9. Bonnie, such sweet grandkids. How fun top have a tea party, visit Panama CIty and Shell island. Such happy faces. They grown up so fast! Special memories in the making.

  10. Bonnie, I can’t tell you how much I loved this post with your grandchildren. These beautiful redheads must have had a wonderful time. I loved the tea party, the boat rides, the beaches and all the love I know you put into these weeks with them. They will remember this the rest of their lives. A beautiful post Bonnie. - Dianne Sharpe

  11. Sounds like a great visit, Bonnie, and a nice break for your daughter/sil. So nice the kids enjoyed tea with you. They're good looking kids, favor you in looks!

  12. Oh Bonnie, what a wonderful time that you had with those precious babies. Nothing like our grands. Your goodies look so good! I am sure you showed those babies off in church. YES girl! I hope the rest of your week is lovely dear Bonnie. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. What absolutely beautiful pics and your Grans are just adorable. It looks like such a grand time with the kids and the tea, just lovely!

  14. Oh Bonnie, your red headed grandchildren are just beautiful! I know you had the best time with them. Taking them on the boat, and having the tea party must’ve been such fun. It’s also probably much easier now that they’re older. How wonderful to find your long lost dolls in your attic! Thanks for sharing the happy times with us.

  15. What a wonderful visit, Bonnie! It looks like you all had so much fun, and what wonderful memories you made together. Our Seattle family came and stayed for 4 weeks, little people and all, and we had such a great time. It seemed like it still ended way too quickly.

    Your tea party looks wonderful, and not unlike one we had here! Can't wait to see you soon on our MMB...xo Lidy


  16. Happy Almost September Bonnie! So glad you had a wonderful visit with your grands. Your tea party offerings look delicious, what beautiful roses and pretty teapot! Gorgeous blue water and sunset views on your boating trip! We’ve never been to Panama City or Shell Island, the white sand beach looks so beautiful. ♥


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