Eric turned the big 38 and rang in the birthday with his entire immediate family visiting Ruidoso with us. Great-Grandma (Gigi), who happens to be a sprite 94 years of age, flew in last week all the way from Alberta. Gary brought an entire case of wine, Mema and Papa Warren made some homemade vanilla ice cream and fresh corn, and the games began. Cribbage, cribbage and did I say, more cribbage? Gigi won the rubber match against Eric and we decided to nickname her "cardshark." I am telling you, regardless of the card game, poker, bridge, crib etc., she always kicks every one's ass. It's really funny and a little embarrassing too! I don't play, but I love the banter around the table. We had a great visit despite a few days of much needed rain.
Eric and Gigi hit old Lincoln for the historical Billy The Kid scene, the Iris farm, which I was told was beautiful, and spent time visiting friends around town that we hang with...she has not slowed down a bit and can walk and go nearly non-stop. Gavin loved all the attention that the presence of three Grandma's can bring. He particularly enjoyed his Uncle this trip who tormented him as every Uncle should. Our house will be so quiet when they pull out tomorrow, we are not sure what we will do, but maybe catch up on some sleep. It is always so sad to see distant family leave, but alas, we are desperately trying to get to Canada soon and are looking forward to much more company this summer.