Guess what? We did decide to leave AL early and arrived home in Georgia on Tuesday afternoon. We stopped in Dahlonega and had lunch with our son, Jeremy, or rather he fixed us lunch, since he is the cook at Rooster’s, and then it was on to Cleveland/Helen to set up camp. After putting up the bare minimum, we headed over to our daughter’s place. It was so fun to surprise them…to see the look of joy on those sweet, cherub faces. The girls were out in the yard, so they recognized our truck, and 8-year old Kayla and 3-year old McKenzie came running up to us, jostling for hugs and kisses. Last year Kenzie was a little slow to warm up to us (she had just turned two, she was a bit shy, and, after all, it had been a year since she had seen us), but this time she had no qualms about expressing her pleasure in seeing us. She was jumping up down, clapping her hands, and chanting in her high-pitched, little girl voice, “Grammie and Poppie are here”! Kayla was more sedate, but the couple of tears of joy I wiped from her cheeks, said it all. Grandkids…what a blessing!
After a short visit (Kayla had homework) be went home, but we were back the next day and took Kayla and Kenzie shopping at the new Wal-Mart that has opened in Cleveland. You would have thought we were taking them to Disney World…they were so excited. I was little concerned about taking Kenzie shopping because she can be a wild child, but she was so good. I think it was the purple nail polish she picked out to paint her fingers and toes! Do we spoil them? Of course! It will be a few days before we see them again, it will be hard because Kayla is in school, but we’ll definitely work it all out.
The next few days will be a whirlwind of activity attending the H.O.G. Rally and visiting with our bike-riding friends. Our campground is on the main road that leads to Helen, and we are already seeing (and hearing) hundreds of bikes going by. What fun we are going to have!