My folks drove out from Central Texas to celebrate Daniel's birthday, his party, and a few days of quality time. It was an amazing visit... there is nothing like watching your own parents delight in your child. It's a kind of gratification that's hard to explain. (The nerves that accompany the visit are unique too... wanting desperately for them to approve of your parenting, and for your own kid to love your parents like you do.)
They played for hours, then took us all on a special outing: The Science Center! It's one of the coolest spots for kids in Phoenix. We explored each room and even talked Mom into riding the tethered bicycle that is suspended three stories high. (She's such a champ).
Maybe my favorite moment was watching Daniel's first 3-D movie together. Just the sight of him with those giant 1970's glasses on was enough to make anyone's day. And he did get scared during the opening credits (which came flying at your face much too fast, in my opinion). But once we talked him into putting the glasses BACK on, he was mesmerized. He tried to grab the fish... he ooed and aahed over each new scene... he exclaimed (loudly) "Wow - look at DAT!" And during the closing credits, he tried to pop all the bubbles that filled the screen. It was priceless.
Gramma will be visiting again this Summer, and we'll all be heading towards Texas for a late Summer family get together.
Every minute together is something to cherish.