Doug and I made a brave and daring trip on the day after Christmas – we drove 6.5 hours down to Cordele, GA (with my three kids), visited our grandparents, and then drove back 24 hours later. It was a quick trip with lots of time in the car, but it was worth all of the effort. Doug hadn’t seen Grandpa and Marylene in a few years and they were no longer able to drive up to see us in Charlotte. I also knew that they would really enjoy seeing the kids, and they did.
We had a great visit. We ate well and socialized. The kids painted with Marylene (Muv) and tried on her jewelry. We took a drive out to the river on Sunday morning to see where some of our family used to live, saw the peanut mill, and showed the kids a Cork tree. The kids played on the hammock for hours and rode their bikes outside (yes, I brought a bike and a scooter down with us…a great Mommy idea!) One new thing that Doug and I did was to write down all of the stories that Grandpa told us. Grandpa is our bonafide family historian. He knows almost every relative going back five generations on three sides of the family. Because he grew up in Cordele and lived here most of his life, he can remember all of these names, dates and stories. His knowledge is truly amazing. We usually just listen to the stories, but this time I wrote down the stories while Doug filled in a family tree on his computer. Doug input over 160 names into the family tree. Doug was so inspired that he came home and did more research on our great-grandfather from the 1800s. It was fun hearing all of Grandpa’s stories and the family history. I feel like I now have a better grasp on some of my family’s history.
All in all, it was a great trip. The weather was warm so we were able to be outside a good bit… as you can tell because none of the kids are fully dressed, as usual. I have been blessed with an abundance of wonderful and loving grandparents. Grandpa and Marylene were so excited to have us visit and I could tell that they truly loved having us there. They spoiled the kids with sweets and hugs, and didn’t mind too much when they were loud or a bit too excited. Doug and I had fun in the car, debated some topics (of course), and sang songs. An exciting and fun-filled 36 hours.