I'm a little late on posting this birthday tribute...just because I have been caught up in my own self-absorbed mind these days. But, nevertheless, I need to spend a few moments honoring Grandma Lynn and her special mark on Vienne's life.
Lynn is Mark's mom and I couldn't rave enough about her as a mother-in-law and as a Grandma to my two girls. I am speaking in full honesty when I say that my girls have been spoiled by having two incredible loving Grandmothers in their lives.
Grandma Lynn is known as the adventurous and playful Grandma. She is active and easy going, fun-loving, humble, and positive. I have such sweet memories of watching Lynn and Vienne play together. I remember there was a time when Lynn was visiting right after Ivy was born. It was a weekday so Mark was at work and one of my girlfriends was stopping by to visit and meet Ivy, along with her two girls. Lynn was so thoughtful to let me visit with my girlfriend by keeping the older girls entertained with play dough in the other room. I have many memories of Lynn taking Vienne for long long walks, as well. Lynn loves to get outdoors - she is always taking a walk when she visits, or riding our bike, or sitting in the sun. Vienne LOVED her exploration walks with Grandma Lynn. Lynn would take her to a small lake nearby and feed the ducks. I fondly remember Vienne returning home with a grand story about a duck she met at the lake, whom she lovingly named "Floatie". Grandma Lynn never hesitated to get right down on the floor with V and just jump into her imagination world. Lynn was so quick with her impromptu stories and play she would come up with for Vienne. Seriously, I do not know many grandmothers that are like this. You see where Mark gets his fun-loving, drawn to children, playful nature!
Here are some sweet photos and videos of this amazing Grandma and her sweet Granddaughter~
(Grandma Lynn's first hold - with Vienne in May of 2008)
(walking on the beach in November 2009. V was 18 mo. old)
(a day at the zoo with Grandma Lynn at age 2)
(picnic at the zoo park)
(fun silly girl time on the floor with Grandma Lynn over Christmas. V is 2 1/2)
(one of my favorite pics of Lynn, capturing her fun playful nature! Peaking through a tunnel the boys dug in the snow when we all spent Christmas in Cle Elum, WA)
(they snuck Vienne onto a golf course one morning when we were visiting in the summer of 2011)
(she had so much fun hanging out with Grandma and watching her uncles and auntie golf)
(playing in the water)
(pouncing on Grandma Lynn in the morning to wake her up! Grandma Lynn is always so flexible - how many grandmothers would be willing to sleep on your couch when she stays over?)
(a sweet video...a sweet memory. Lynn didn't know I was recording this behind her back. It is dark, but she and Vienne are playing with stuffed animals together.)
(awesome moves for you, Grandma Lynn!)
(Tadaaa!!! Happy Birthday, Grandma Lynn! I love you!!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LYNN
(a bit belated)
WE LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!
THANK YOU FOR BEING ONE OF THE BEST GRANDMOTHERS I HAVE EVER KNOWN!!