Our grandsons Cole and Peyton had been in Michigan for the past two and a half weeks but flew back to Dallas on Sunday with their Uncle Corey. Corey was home for a long weekend and offered to fly back to Dallas with the boys so he could spend more time with them. When they arrived at Dallas Fort Worth Chad was waiting to pick the boys up and he drove Corey to his next flight at Dallas Love Field so he could board another airplane to take him home to San Francisco. I know this sounds crazy but it worked out great because every flight was on time.
We had a great time with Cole and Peyton and hated to see them go, but before they left I asked them to write about their vacation in Michigan and this is what they wrote.
Hi. We are Cole and Peyton and we are going to tell you about our two weeks here in Muskegon. We got here late on Friday night and the next morning we went on the boat to go see Aunt Kelly and Uncle Chris. We were going to watch them paddle board on the beach. While on the boat Katherine let us use her paddle board for a while then Aunt Kelly came over to the boat and paddle-boarded us back to the beach. Afterwards we went back to the condo and went tubing for a while, then we went paddle boarding in the marina and heard a car fall into the lake. The next day we went to Camp Pendalouan and after a week we came back on Friday and rested. On Saturday we went to Bear Lake with Uncle Bryan and tried to blow up an island that floats in the water but it didn’t work out because the island was so big that we couldn’t fill it with air all the way with the blow up thing we had and it was too windy anyway. On Sunday we went to the beach and the water was super cold but me and Peyton got wet head to toe anyway. On Monday we kinda just relaxed and ran errands with Aunt Kelly. On Tuesday I woke up to Grandma in the Hoyer Lift. We also went to the Ionia Free Fair (admission was free but nothing else was though) but before that we went to…drum roll please…THE CANDY STORE (also known as the Lakeside Emporium). Anyway, when we went to the Emporium we got a TON of candy thanks to Miss Patti who gave us a gift card. At the fair we got these wristbands that allowed us infinite tickets. Also, our Aunt Patti took us to the fair which was a TWO HOUR DRIVE but thank you Aunt Patti. On Wednesday it was Grandma’s birthday and we went on a really long walk (at least it was in my opinion) and went to Wasserman’s Flower Shop to eat pizza and Grandma and Grandpa had guests over and they ate fish tacos. On Thursday Uncle Corey came into town and we did four rounds of bowling, each with our own nickname. The highest I got was ninety-four and we ate pizza on a boat ride and Peyton and I almost jumped into the lake and we saw a bald eagle. On Friday we went to the White Lake Yacht Club to swim in their swimming pool and me and Peyton both jumped off the t-dock and swam in the lake and we stayed up till 1:00am waiting for Uncle Corey to come home from dinner with his friends. On Saturday we had brunch which was amazing and we went to the beach and it was a lot warmer than last time but it was still cold and we walked home. After that we packed and ate dinner and went on a walk to see an awesome sunset. Today stinks because we have to leave and it’s Sunday so now tomorrow is Monday and Mondays stink but we still had a blast.
I love watching our little Harrison toddle over to someone saying ‘Booka booka booka’ with a book in each hand, his arms reaching out wanting someone to pick him up to read to him. This little guy is a book lover already.
Cole and Peyton have the reading bug, too. Cole was very young when he discovered a love for reading and Peyton discovered it within the last few years. I’m amazed at the level of books Cole and Peyton are already reading and that they can read and concentrate while others are talking in the same room. I love to listen to Uncle Corey and the boys discuss books they all have read and loved. This past summer Cole and Peyton were sitting at the table with cousins Maya and Jacob from Virginia. Their adult-like conversation about mutual books they have read sounded like they were in a book club together for years. Kids are so amazing.
Our gang is all home to celebrate Christmas and each other. I love seeing our three grandsons interact with one another. While having dinner to celebrate Chad’s 35th birthday on Monday, Cole, Peyton and Harrison were sitting next to each other enjoying the food that Grandpa and Chad prepared for us. Since I wasn’t eating I had plenty of time to watch the three boys. I saw Cole discreetly pass food under the table to Peyton and Peyton quickly popped whatever the food was in his mouth.* I heard pleasure in Harrison’s sweet-sounding voice as his mama fed him broccoli with her fingers. Our dinner was so peaceful and lovely I didn’t want it to end. And last night and the night before Cole, Corey, Peyton and I all camped out in the living room for a slumber party in front of the Christmas tree.
I’m not going to pretend that life is normal around our house this year but we’re all doing our best to make it extra special and make it last. Kelly, Chris, Corey, Bryan and Ashley have done a great job of planning, shopping, creating and wrapping in an effort to make this the best Christmas ever. Tonight we are hosting our annual Lambert/Neinas Christmas Eve Party which we all look forward to each year.
I pray that this Christmas is very peaceful and joyful for all of you and your families and friends and know that our family has been abundantly blessed by all of you.
*I asked Cole about this the next day and he said he doesn’t really like cherry tomatoes or cucumbers so he gives them to Peyton who will eat anything. He asked me not to tell his dad.
Our sweet grandsons arrived on a Thursday evening and the first thing they wanted to do on Friday was visit the candy store located in our Lakeside neighborhood. This has become a tradition for them when they visit from Texas.
Visiting this candy store is a really special experience because of owners Laureen and Gary’s friendly personalities. Happy music greets you outside their store as you walk up to the entrance. Once inside Laureen flashes her heartwarming smile and remembers your name. The delicious smell of homemade fudge permiates their quaint candy store. As you look around you’ll find a great assortment of candy to please everyone. The prices will fit everyone’s budget because they have candy ranging from one penny on up. And after making your selection Gary is patiently waiting at the cash register as little kids drop their coins on the counter and Gary helps them count to make sure they have enough money or helps them decide what to put back.
One year our oldest grandson Cole had a summer reading project which involved a paper cutout of a boy named Flat Stanley. When our grandsons came for their summer visit, Cole brought Flat Stanley along. A few days into their visit, Flat Stanley came up missing. We looked around the house but couldn’t find him and started retracing our steps since their arrival. Since we had been to the Lakeside Emporium we called them and asked them if they had seen Flat Stanley. They said they hadn’t but would keep an eye out for him. On Sunday morning we got a call from Gary at the Lakeside Emporium, he said they had found Flat Stanley among the candy containers.
The first time I met Laureen and Gary was while I was working at Transnation Title. I ordered carmel apples for some of our clients. The apples were wrapped beautifully and they were a big hit with our customers. I continued to order corporate gifts for our clients and they always exceeded my expectations because of their amazing customer service.
If you have never visited the Lakeside Emporium in Muskegon please put this on your must visit places in Muskegon list. You’ll be so happy you did.