So it has been over three months since I last posted and while not much has changed in that time, many things have happened. Meg and I went to Maine for the Columbus Day weekend in October for our 32 Wedding Anniversary and Meg had a long weekend since her school was closed on Monday for the holiday. We went first to Bath, and then we backtracked to Freeport where we were staying for the weekend. It was the Freeport Fall Festival weekend so there were a variety of crafters and bands in and around the LLBean Campus. Needless to say, we did lots of shopping and we ate lots of seafood – lobster, crab, shrimp, cod, scallops etc… We also did a short hike in a state park in Freeport that took us out to the water. At the end of October, we visited with Kate and Kenny again for a weekend of Kate’s Baby Shower. For Thanksgiving, we went back to Franklin, MA, to Kate & Kenny’s and had a nice holiday with them. Meg did have to do the turkey dinner since Kate was just too uncomfortable being 8 months pregnant. I am sure that we did more than this in October and November, but I can’t remember right now.
The big news of December and maybe the whole year was the birth of our Grandaughter, Kiera Maureen Carberry, on December 6, 2017. She was born at 12:30 AM and weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. Meg and I arrived at the hospital in Boston about 11:00 AM the next morning. Kate was looking remarkably well and especially happy despite having gone thru childbirth and staying up all night. We stayed in their house in Franklin until they came home and then we spent a day with them to help them get settled. We worked to lay in some groceries for them and cook some food so they wouldn’t have to scramble after we left.
We have only been Grandparents for a short time (one month) but I think it is something we are going to take to like a duck to water (especially Nana!). We both already have several projects in the works for Kiera – Knitting, and Woodworking! during the final build-up to Christmas, it was very tough to restrain from buying all kinds of presents for her. We did return to MA for Christmas and spent several days with her and even had our own first stint at babysitting while Kenny went to work and Kate & Carolyn went to see the new Star Wars Movie. She slept for the all but the first ten minutes while nana held her and rocked her to sleep. Then she spent the time in her bassinet until dad got home and she was waking up from her nap. Kate, Kenny, and Kiera are hoping to visit for a weekend in Connecticut with us in January. We can’t wait to see her again and look forward to her visit.