Sunday, November 12, 2017

Grandma and Grandpa Smith come to visit Summer 2017

Movies with Grandma! 

We loved having Grandpa and Grandma Smith come and visit us in Virginia. The girls love playing so much with them and we felt very grateful that they would fly across the US to see us!

Grandma took us girls to the movies and during our down time, the girls played as many games as possible with Grandma and Grandpa. Soaking up every second!

While they were here, Tyson turned 30 years old! Birthdays are so fun when you get to spend them with family! We had our traditional birthday breakfast, fruit and eggs. I made a smoothie as well but it was awful. Janis, Mike and Tyson didn't say a word but they drank it all. No idea what happened to my smoothie but they were great sports! 

I used the Thai table cloth Janis gave us years ago. I love it!

30 years of this great guy! 

This trip we tried to do things we haven't before with Grandma and Grandpa Smith. Mike requested the Iwo Jima memorial. Funny story: Everywhere we go in the D.C. metro area, people thank Tyson for his service or ask him what part of the military he is in. ALL THE TIME! That day was no different. It's hilarious! Must be his hair cut....or the family hiking backpack he carries around on our family outings. I guess it looks similar to the military ones?! Or maybe it's because Tyson is so young (for the East Coast standards) to have a family. Seriously. All those could be reasons. 

Grandpa and Grandma took us girls to McDonalds for lunch while Tyson was at work. Taryn and Haddie love special outings with their grandparents! And i'm just noticing Haddie's sunglasses :)

You can see the love Taryn has for Grandma Smith :)

Tyson had the idea of taking Janis and Mike to the Air and Space Museum. It's always a blast going there and I really enjoyed hearing about Mike's flying days. I had no idea he was in the Air Force until this trip. I talked with Janis about it for a long time while we were there. It was great!

Mike stood in front of a model airplane he used to fly. I really loved seeing how excited he got to stand by it, spitting out stories left and right. He really lit up being there. Such a treasure to see. 

Grandma is a trooper going place to place with her bad feet. I'm always impressed with what she does in life despite her feet! 

To say that these girls had fun is an understatement! 

Precious moments again. I didn't say a word, just quietly snapped this picture of them. So cute! 

Grandma brought suckers for all of us and kept them in her purse as a surprise for the right moment. Haddie and Taryn were so excited! 

After coming back from the Dulles Air and Space Museum, Mike and Tyson headed off to a Nats game. We were so worried that rain would ruin their fun Father-Son outing but thankfully it didn't! Mike and Tyson got to enjoy a true American experience. Baseball, tater tots and chili :)
They enjoyed every bite and every second of the game. 

One of the nights they were here, Janis and Mike invited some Thailand returned missionaries to join them for a true Thai dinner at Padeak. The food was incredible and it was so fun to hear some stories of the mission. It was a time of my life that I was getting to know my new father and mother in-law, as they served as Mission President and Wife in Bangkok, Thailand. 2 out of the 3 missionaries are in our current ward here in Virginia. Pretty cool! 

We enjoyed so much having Grandma and Grandpa Smith here with us in Virginia. We love when they visit and the girls are always over the moon about it all. This trip was a special one for Tyson as it was his birthday and he got to spend a lot of one on one time with his Dad. 
Making sweet memories!

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