Last week, I invited you to ask me questions to help jump-start my blog with some good topics. (Anyone else who has a question is welcome to ask it in the comments here or in the previous post.)
Question #9, from the Gal over at One Gal’s Musings:
When is Snowbird reverse migrating from the south?
For those of you who don’t know, my parents live about 45 minutes away from us, and we spend time with them just about every weekend, and sometimes more often. The year that Book Girl was born, they started to spend the winter in their “winter home” in Florida. The first year they went, the left four days after Thanksgiving and returned on Easter. The second year, they left about a week before Thanksgiving and returned in early May. The third year … you get the picture. In 2008, they left at the end of October and returned in early June. That was just waaaay too long for me.
This time, they stayed until November 3 (mainly because Book Baby was due at the end of October). They have claimed that they’ve decided that May 11 – which was my grandparents’ anniversary, so easy to remember – seems like a good time to return each year. We shall see. Actually, there’s a particular reason I don’t think they’ll stay later than that this year, but that’s a topic for another post (probably next week).
We did get bonus time with them this year! My brother and his wife were expecting their first baby in mid-March, so my parents decided they’d start driving up from Florida as soon as my sister-in-law went to the hospital in labor. They’d be here for a few days, and I made them promise to give us one whole day with them. Turned out to be St. Patrick’s Day, and what a lovely day it was! Sunny, with temps in the 70s, my dad cooked his famous bbq chicken on our grill, nephew Jack accompanied my parents (so Btwinny could go bar-hopping, of course), we kept Book Boy home from school, etc. Oh, and my nephew Nicholas finally made his appearance, after making his mom wait three days in labor!
Here is a picture of all the cousins when Nicholas was about 11 days old:
Nicholas, Book Boy, Jack, Book Girl, and Book Baby – five happy cousins!