It was a busy week…well, 10 days, in St. John’s as we journeyed for the NL Congress and the territorial commissioning event. My first NL Congress was in 1975 so in 2017 it was a very different experience. That Congress featured General Arnold Brown. You can find my earlier post about Arnold here. What also made this such a great visit, of course, was being able to spend time with Jason, Susan, Rachel, Ted, and Beth.
Of particular delight for us was being able to bring Rachel and Susan to one of the meetings. The children’s program through the weekend was amazing, and above is a slide of the opening platform image geared for the kids…I played a small role as Colonel Courage. It was great fun.
The days with Ted and Beth saw a marked development in their interaction and play. Ted is extremely cuddly and loves nothing more than to climb up on your lap give you a big hug and kiss and say “I love you Wampa!” He shows signs of a tender heart and is genuinely concerned about his family – especially Beth.
Beth could be summed up in one word: rascal. She’s full of fun and vigor. She’s got energy and runs whenever possible. She loves to play but can turn on the tears in a moments notice. Her smile is wonderful and she too loves to give you a hug…but then needs to run!
Rachel is growing into a lovely young girl who is anxious to be heard – she’s got stories to tell – and watches out that the rules get followed. More than once she informed me “that’s not the way we do it Grandpa.” We had two sleepovers with Rachel. She also joined us at Starbucks…”I like ice tea” she said!
It was a great time and here’s two little videos to bring you a smile.
I remember many years ago – probably in the last 1960’s my uncle Jim (who is near my age) getting out his Dad’s super 8 movies and putting them on the projector for us to watch. There on the screen was the grandfather I had never met. I don’t remember if there was sound but I saw him with his friends in their hunting camp with some of their prizes. It was amazing to me that I could see him smiling, moving about, enjoying the day. And it was captured on the screen for others to see.
Photography has always interested me but there’s something about catching the sounds and actions to be able to see in the future. The capturing of the whole is amazing.
So I have been doing more and more video with my camera so that I can capture some of the important sounds, voices and faces as they are at the moment.
Below is a small video I did from our visit to Jason and Susan at Christmas.
Visit my You Tube channel for more. By the way – you won’t find a couple of our grandchildren on there but they are loved just the same.
Wendy and I were, as already mentioned, in St. John’s for Christmas. Of course, we had a wonderful time with the kids and there were lots of toys to play with and hugs to go around! One of the things we decided to do was put the kids in their new clothes and have a short photoshoot on the stairs. I think the photos turned out fairly well.
Trying to get the twins to sit still while I got out my camera and flash was interesting. We had just one set of tears for a moment but then we were away full speed. Not all the photos turned out as they were bouncing around, lying down, spinning around – it was so much fun! The ones I did get are good and this is a sampling.