Grandpa promised the kids that once he was fully vaccinated he'd come out to visit them; they've been looking forward to "May" for weeks upon weeks for this very reason! Well, Grandpa's fully vaccinated now (as is Daddy, and I just had my second shot this morning so I'm two weeks away from being considered fully vaccinated myself) and his plane touched down on Saturday the 8th.
Alexander and Zoë were so excited that they set out "Grandpa outfits" on their floor the night before so that they could be sure to look extra wonderful when Grandpa arrived. Then they—along with Benjamin—slept on their bedroom floor because they were too excited for beds.
Alexander wasn't shy at all and hardly left Grandpa's arms at all on Saturday. He just sat with Grandpa and stroked his face and squished his cheeks and was just so happy to have his grandpa back. He even ceremoniously kissed Grandpa's nose (which I guess is something that he told Zoë he was going to do when he saw Grandpa (as I said, they've been planning this for weeks)).
Here's Alexander getting some more snuggles in a different room:
Grandpa told us to pick out a "big ticket" item for the kids, coordinated with his arrival, so here's our new climbing dome, courtesy of Grandpa:
We set finished setting it up on Saturday morning just before going to pick Grandpa up and the kids have been loving it so far (though Alexander finds it frustrating because he hasn't quite figured out how to climb it yet). I think it will be nice to have going forward (sometimes it's hard to get enough PE time in (in my opinion) so having fun things to do around the yard helps; Benjamin still wants us to get a slack-line ninja course, so we'll have to see about that (sometimes it's hard to find enough ways for that child to get out his energy (in my opinion)).