Who’d a thunk it? Two things I learned from my adult children’s visit.

Hi, Girlfriends and Guy Friends.  

I’m still grinning.

A few weeks ago, my son Sean and his wife Mira traveled from Philadelphia to spend five days with us.  We had a blast.  Sean and Mira stayed at a boutique style hotel named Lodge of the Desert since our coach only sleeps two people.

Here is the weird thing.

I look at Sean and cannot believe my eyes.  How did he get to be all grown up?  AND married? And how did I get an awesome daughter-in-law named Mira?

Who’d a thunk it?

From Young to Old

My thought processes twirled this mystery like spaghetti on a fork.

For example, I recall that moment when I taught Sean how to use a checkbook, and now he teaches me how to make international phone calls on “What’s Ap”.  Our conversations used to revolve around college courses he was enrolled in and now we discuss world events and recipes for Lamb in our Instapots.

It seems like last month when I used to drive him to his baseball games and violin lessons, and now he and his wife drive a rental car to meet us for dinner.  Back in his youth, I’d pick up the check at the end of the meal, and now, the waiter delivers it to him?

More spaghetti twirls… Being a mom is a humbling experience.  You bring a new life into the world and the next thing you know they come and visit you for their vacation.

Whirlwind Tour

Here’s what we did.  We drove them to the WINDY and chilly summit of Mt. Lemon-We lunched at The Iron DoorWe viewed quirky art at the Ted DeGrazia GalleryDined on Vivace’s terrace with The Catalina Mountains as our backdrop-We inbibed craft cocktails at 47 Scott and Scott Company Bar-Hiked to the summit of Mt. Wrightson-Yup, more eating… this time at El Charro’s-And shared talks of dog ownership while getting licked by a silly Cockapoo named Penny-

Happiness is a consequence

As the title to my blog implies, I learned two things from Sean and Mira’s visit.  The first one is that “Happiness” is a side-effect.  It’s a natural consequence- and in this case of a visit well done.

You can’t strive for Happiness…it just happens…And the smile on my face reflects this.

The second thing I learned is a bit more subtle- or perhaps more of a resignation…

My spaghetti brain will always twirl as I interact with my adult son- because once upon a time he was an infant in my arms. And that’s ok, cuz, I am a mom. His mom.  And I embrace the twirl.

Who’d a thunk it?

Your Turn

Hey, Girlfriends and Guy friends.  It’s time to share your story.  I’d love to hear others talk about their relationship with adult children.  And while you’re at it, please sign up for my blog, cuz there are lots more stories coming up!

Love from your Unlikely RVing Girlfriend,

Gretty

8165 miles of an Unlikely RV Adventure

Happy New Year, Girlfriends and Guy friends.

Strap in for a pictorial review of our 2017 travel adventures.  Who knows? There might be a photo of you in here.

The RV Parky Ap helps a ton when you are planning.

This is the route of our entire year. 

January 2017

Hearing Greg Laurie speak in Riverside, California.

(American Pastor and Author of over 70 books).

Campfire at Wilderness Lakes RV Resort, Menifee, California, with our friends Lori and John Allen and their dog Gizmo.

Biking to the top of Diamond Valley Reservoir, Menifee, California.

Hiking to the top of Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California.

Reunion with John’s childhood next-door-neighbor, Natalie, in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

 February 2017

Cheering the Packers with fellow Wisconsinites Kate, Tom, and Lindsay Ebert in San Diego, California.

Our Staycation.

Got a doggie friendly hotel room in San Diego and saw the sites.

Newmar Gathering in Quartzite, Arizona.

 March 2017

Yuma, Arizona. Hike up Telegraph Hill.

Eating Fish Tacos and slurping Fig Shakes at From the Farm Restaurant, Yuma, Arizona.

March through May of 2017

John celebrates being able to work for Paul Wheeler- with the legendary

Cinnamon Roll that brought us to Tucson!

 

Spring arrives in the Sonoran desert of Tucson.

 Get it?

GJ?  Gretty/John?

Touring the Pima County Air and Space Museum in Tucson.

Hiking to the top of Mt. Wrightson, Tucson, Arizona, in the Santa Rita Mountains.

Elevation: 9456 feet.

 AireInn gets fresh oil and filters at Freightliner in Tucson, Arizona, prior to our summer road trip. May 2017

On the road to St. Clair Winery, Deming, New Mexico.

 June 2017

Visiting with friends Phil and Deb in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Visiting the Wizard of Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas.

The unexpected detour to St. Louis for my favorite Uncle’s funeral.  Me with my cousin’s Beth and Sarah, and Penny too.

 Up to Madison, Wisconsin and a visit with our special friend, Linda.

 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.  Out to dinner with John’s sister, Teri, and niece, Shannon.July, 2017

Doesn’t every family have an annual meeting at the family cottage?

Celebrating 4th of July with around 60 of my relatives at Lake James, Angola, Indiana.

Celebrating at The Lake!

August 2017

Travel to Philadelphia for our highlight of the year!

Sean and Mira got married on August 12.

Aren’t they the cutest couple?

Being goofy.

Great reunions!

 How blessed am I?

Mira’s lovely aunties and uncles.

The Rehearsal dinner- Estia Restaurant, Center City, Philadelphia.

Family fun at the rehearsal dinner!

Bollywood party!

Back to Lake James for an extended stay and my 60th birthday.

Sister Margaret samples Johnny’s pulled pork fresh off the grill.

Friends Cheryl and Bob attended the birthday party.

To St. Louis for a Cardinal Baseball game with my cousins.

 September 2017

Visiting John’s niece Megan and her husband Mike in Independence, Missouri.

Detouring to Texas.

Stocking up with donations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Privileged to volunteer with this organization.

The clean-up from Hurricane Harvey begins.

Remnants of the mucking process.

Photo op with Mr. Clyde after we mucked out his home.

Got poison oak rash, so John and I volunteered inside at Disaster Headquarters of The Woodlands Church.

Hanging with our friend Rhonda, who is one of the “Pack” leaders of the Cheddarheads of Houston.

Parked on my cousin, Beth’s, driveway, in San Antonio, Texas.

BBQ time with my cousin Beth and her husband Greg at Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ. 

Fill-up and Clean-up.  On our way across western Texas.

Dinner and dry camping at Cattleman’s Ranch Steakhouse, Fabens, Texas.

Bucket list item!

Chillaxin’ at the Cattleman’s Ranch.

Visiting White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

We did a five-mile hike through the soft sand.

November 2017

Training hike outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Preparing for our Grand Canyon backpacking trip.

Summiting the highest point of Arizona; Humphrey’s Peak, Flagstaff.

Touring Walnut Canyon National Monument, just outside of Flagstaff.

Visiting Meteor Crater, just outside of Winslow, Arizona.

All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go… Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon.

One final look from the North Rim before we set out.

Heading down.

“Unbelievable!” he exclaimed.

Side hike to Ribbon Falls.

The Silver Bridge is about a quarter mile long.  These grates tend to move as you walk across them.  A bit harrowing!  At times I managed to bravely look down into the rushing water of the Colorado River.  This bridge also houses the trans-canyon water pipeline.

John gets a well-deserved nap.

Sealing our Rim-to-Rim trip with a kiss.  We did it!

 Our massive site at the Zane Grey Campground, Camp Verde, Arizona.

Reconnecting with our friend, Sue, for a hike that lies between Prescott and Jerome, Arizona.

Very beautiful hike to Fossil Creek Waterfall, Camp Verde, Arizona.

November 2017 

Hiking in Sedona, Arizona.

A lovely meet-up with our friends Theresa and John in Sun City, Arizona.

Training for flat tires and The Tour de Tucson bike ride.

Meet up with dear friends Kate and Tom at Weaver’s Needle RV Resort, Apache Junction, Arizona.

Arriving back at The Voyager RV Resort.

Our home for the next five months in Tucson, Arizona.

November 18.

The finishing Podium at The Tour de Tucson.

And it was John’s birthday!

Happy birthday, John!

We celebrated with 8000 of our best friends.

I prompted many riders and spectators to wish John a happy birthday.  Yay!

Flying from Tucson to Madison, Wisconsin on Thanksgiving Day to attend John’s friend Kevin’s wedding.

Kevin and Lisa exchanging their vows.

December 2017

Fun evening with friends Cindy and Mark walking through Winterhaven neighborhood Christmas light display in Tucson.

Full of joy this Christmas!

Penny gets attention from our friend, Ray, in our coach at The Voyager.

Santa delivered packages to our coach.

A quick trip to Apache Junction to visit my dear friend Lindsay as she visits her parents Tom and Kate.

Bringing in New Years Day with a bonfire. Goodbye 2017, hello 2018!

Love,

Your Unlikely RVer, Gretty

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