February 22, 2007
Last night Dmitry and Don and I went to Kirstin’s house for supper and to visit with Beth and Hannah a bit, as the latter were visiting for the afternoon and evening. Since Sunday’s Benjamin’s birthday, I took his presents to him.
Dmitry and I arrived a little before 5 pm, and helped Kirstin get gallon milk jugs ready to be put in classrooms at St. Elizabeth Seton’s school to collect coins for the milk program at the church’s sister parish in Honduras; while we worked on the jugs, Bethany worked on her homework:
Around 6:30 or so Don showed up. Good gravy, was Bryson pleased to see him! I received a nice welcome from Bryson, mind, but nothing like the one Don got. When he walked through the front door Bryson stopped and stared, eyes widening, jaw dropping, then with a jubilant cry of “G’anPAW!” he ran to fling himself into Don’s arms.
I swear, if only Bryson had enough hair, it’d have blown in the wind as he ran to his grandfather.
Matt was caught in bad traffic, so we went ahead and let Benjamin open his gifts; nothing like a short stack of presents to capture his little brother’s attention:
And the other kids’ attention, too:
His present from Uncle Dima…..a remote control dinosaur, which Bryson thought looked pretty slick:
We gave him binoculars and a shake-and-race car set, which Dmitry helped open and set up:
Bethany showing off her gymnastic moves as the track was being slowly assembled in the background:
It may not take a village, but it apparently did require a committee of all available guys:
Like Bryson, Hannah was enchanted to see her G’anpaw again:
Benjamin with his dinosaur:
The two Bethany Ann(e)s, as the little one treats the elder to a relaxing hairbrushing:
The above photo was unusual in that Hannah wasn’t right THERE, glued to her cousin; she mostly was:
Eventually the shake-and-race car thing was working, and the boys had a good time with it:
Alex just called from the ship, BTW!