Saturday, June 21, 2014

Catching up with Great Grandma in New York

 Aaaahhhh.....New York!!!  How we L.O.V.E. this view!!!  Kris and the three kids and I spent four days in New York visiting Great Grandma Havens, Ellen, Brian, Carly, and Colin.

We made it to Mendon just before dinner.  Just in time to meet Ellen and go pick up Grandma for dinner at Applebees.

Garytt said, "I got close because I know Great Grandma can't see very good."  After visiting with Grandma, Ellen and Carly for a bit, we headed to Wegman's for a few groceries and then headed back to the house.   The next day we hit the local grocery where Garytt was kind enough to do the cart-work for us.

Our favorite view in the house!

After breakfast on day 2, we headed over to pick up Grandma and then spend some time at Ellen's.  We chatted all afternoon with Grandma while the kids helped Aunt Ellen do a little yard work.  Then, Kris fixed a yummy dinner for the 8 of us.

The next afternoon, we picked up Grandma for an early dinner before the Mendon Carnival.  We spent a few hours at Grandma's place chatting and then touring the building and meeting Grandma's friends.  Then, I took the little ones outside so Kris could have some time talking {peacefully} with his grandmother.  While they chatted, Garytt and Mackenzie rolled down the awesome hill out back.  We also tried to catch a peek of the squirrel that was raiding the bird feeder, but he was too fast for us to get too close.  

On our way to dinner we stopped in Honeoye Falls to see the...falls.  

 Just down the street was our destination....Craft Brewers.  Kris and Grandma split two beer samplers....vanilla coffee stout, indian pale ale, scotch ale, distilled Scottish ale, and a few others.  The kids and I had the CB Root beer.

From here, we headed over to the Mendon Carnival.  The kids ran around and tested every ride they were brave enough to get on while Kris wheeled Grandma around for a bit.  After a while, we moved over by the picnic tables so Grandma could sit and visit with many friends.  We stuffed the kids with all the yummy fair food...cotton candy, funnel cakes, lemonades...yum!

When all the fireworks were done, we headed back to Grandma's to drop her off and get our final hugs and kisses before we left the next morning.   We all had a great time hanging out with Ellen and the family as well as spending quality time with Grandma...Garytt and Mackenzie were more than happy to shower her with hugs and tell all kinds of silly stories.  I'm always so awed by the history of this amazing woman's life and the lives of her ancestors!  What a blessing she is to our family and I cherish every piece of the family legacy she shares with me, so that one day I can pass her stories on to her great-grand children.    Wonderful memories!!

 Speaking of memories...we decided to take a trip down to see the houses down the hill....built in the early 1800's by Brigham Young's father and later belonging to Grandma's Grandfather (I think?).

One last shot before we left....beautiful!