Monday, November 21, 2011

Grandchildren--Pride & Joy #2, Amanda

Starting in 1983, for ten years we had a child born in our family EVERY YEAR.  Either Allan and I had one, or one of our children had one.

Heidi was born in 1983, Chris in 1984, Brent in 1985 and in September 1986, our first granddaughter, Amanda, was born--this beautiful little girl.  Oh, she was so sweet and so adorable.  (And you know what SHE STILL IS)

I was so glad we were living in California when she was born.  When we got the call, we got someone to come and watch the kids and got in the car and headed to Utah.  It was so fun to get to meet her and hold this sweet little girl.

And it was wonderful when they came to California to have her blessed--she had changed so much in that month.

She was such a beautiful little girl.

Just like her older brother, we spent a lot of time with them when they were little.  I have so many fun memories of her.  So many great activities and trips.

When we lived in Southern California there were lots of trips to the beach and Disneyland.

When our youngest was born, the gang was nice enough to welcome him into the group and let him be part of their activities.

I will always remember:
  • When she flew to Winnipeg for Grandpa's 60th birthday celebration, but didn't arrive until late because she didn't know she had to have a birth certificate because she was coming into a "foreign" country.  The gang was at the airport waiting for her when she arrived ; )

  • flying to California and going to one of her basketball games.  There was lots of laughing while sitting in the stands and realized her mom and I both yelled pretty loud during the games.
  • being so impressed at her high school graduation in Texas--a huge class of 600 or 900 (I'm sure if Amanda reads this she'll tell me which one ; ) and yet the whole graduation only took 2 hours.  (We still laugh because Allan attended a graduation of a class of about 30 students and it also took 2 hours ; )

  • Getting a chance to scrapbook with her when she came to Winnipeg. 
  • It was so fun for Heidi and Brent when they were able to travel to Japan with Neal and Amanda.  Such a memorable trip.

  • In 2009 she went to Antarctica to do some experiments with balloons.  (I always laugh and talk about she needs to use flipcharts with lots of pictures when she tries to  explains most of the things she does to me--I'm sure her grandpa understands--me, not so much.  But I LOVED reading her blog about her experiences while she was there.  She is AMAZING.

She was so happy when she became a big sister

I love this one of her and her little brother.

And obviously, she loves having a little sister.

It was so fun to be in Boston for her college graduation.

She began dating Darren when the two of them were attending college in Massachusetts.   I think this is a beautiful picture of the two of them that she put on our family website.

They were married in 2009, unfortunately just a few months after Grandma Rob passed away--I know Grandma would have loved being there when Chris and Heather were married in May and then when Amanda and Darren were married in August.  Isn't she a beautiful bride?

Allan and I had a great time visiting with her and Darren a few months ago.  She really loves her grandpa.

As I said several times in my blog posts about our trip to Switzerland, we were so glad to have a chance to get to know Darren a little better. (And we are looking forward to seeing them at Christmas ; )

She is an incredible young woman who is very determined.  It is wonderful to have such an amazing granddaughter.  Sure do love her.


Garden of Egan said...

Those are beautiful pictures.
Where did the years go?

You have certainly done some travel in your short life! I love all the wonderful places you have been.

Natalie said...

She is a beautiful girl. It's wonderful to have such close relationships with grandchildren. Blessed is the Grandma who does.

I think it's wonderful that you've been able to do so much traveling.

When are you coming to Utah? We need to get together.

Heffalump said...

I think it's great that your kids got to grow up alongside their nephews and neices. I bet they had a ton of fun!

Connie said...

Great picture of you holding her as a baby. The thing that came to my mind while reading this post is how many memories you make with and for your grandchildren.

She is a beautiful woman.

Sheri said...

I love all of your memories and pictures! What a great way to let them know how much you love them!!