Sunday, October 21, 2012

31 Days of Flashbacks: Grandma & Grandpa Reynolds visit

This summer Glenn's Grandma and Grandpa Reynolds came to visit us from Wyoming. They had a family reunion in Iowa and decided, since they were half-way to us, they would come the rest of the way to New York and visit us! We are so glad that they came! We had a lot of fun with them.
We visited at our house.

 Each of the kids had the chance to have a one night sleep over alone with Grandma and Grandpa at their hotel. They loved it! Especially the continental breakfast ;)
Saw a beautiful rainbow near their hotel.
Grandpa brought a bunch of videos he thought we might like to watch. We did watch one or two.

Glenn had to work most of the time that they were here. One day the kids and I took them to the Cheese Shop and the Lowville Historical Society. We hit the jackpot on the Historical Society visit for 2 reasons:
1. It is housed in the old Masonic Lodge building and Grandma and Grandpa were able to check out a lot of the historic Masonic Lodge items.
2. Grandpa collects postcards and he was able to pick up a shoebox full of old post cards from all over the US that had been donated to the Historical Society that they had no use for for a donation of about 10 cents a piece. I wish I would have gotten a picture of him with them. He had so  much fun looking through all those cards!

On another one of the days when Glenn was working we went up to Fort Drum to check out the base and the museum there. Grandpa is retired from the Air Force and they both like to check out military bases. It turned out that Fort Drum was having some kind of field day with all kinds of military vehicles and weapons in a big field for families to check out. (I think maybe because it was so close to the 4th of July.) We had fun walking around and looking at the planes and other vehicles.
 The kids also got to try to pick up some big guns.
We got to see a vehicle like the one Aunt Steph drove.
The kids pretended to be air rescued.
Grandpa, a retired Air Force airman, enjoyed talking with the soldiers.
 No visit to see us in Lowville would be complete without a visit to Good Ol' Wishy's for ice cream.

We were too late to go to the train museum next door though.
On a day that Glenn had off we took a road trip up to the Thousand Islands. Grandma loves lighthouses so we took a bit of a detour so we could take her to Tibbetts Point Lighthouse
 on our way to Boldt Castle. We took an Uncle Sam Tours boat over to Heart Island, the site of Boldt Castle. We were able to tour this beautiful castle with Grandma and Grandpa.
The children's play house.

We passed this little lighthouse on our way over.
The boathouse.
The powerhouse.
There were hearts everywhere - since it's' Heart Island.
There is an interesting story behind the castle. It's original construction was never completed and the building was never used for it's intended purpose because Mr. Boldt's wife died shortly before it was completed and he called off it's construction. It laid in ruins for many years until the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired it and started working to restore it. I told the kids that they would have to bring us there when we come to visit the grandkids to see how much more progress has been made on it.
The children's playhouse.
The powerhouse

   It was so much fun to visit and explore with Grandma and Grandpa.

 On their last night with us they took us out to eat at Boondocks, a restaurant near the office where Glenn has been working. I was truly spoiled rotten while Grandma and Grandpa were visiting as I think I only had to cook once! They spoiled us with some really tasty meals out!
 All too soon it was time to say good-bye to them as they prepared to head back to Wyoming.
 I am so thankful that they came to visit us! I am looking forward to living closer to them, Lord willing, in the future.

We love you Grandma and Grandpa! Thanks for coming to see us and for spoiling us rotten!! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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