Sunday, March 4, 2018

A Low-Key Saturday Night

Last night, Dan's parents came over to spend some time with us.  We haven't really been able to spend much time together since Christmas, so I was thrilled when they said they were available.  Marty and Nancy are awesome people.  They accepted me into their family whole-heartedly when Dan and I started dating when we were both attending Bradley University.  Later, she told me that she knew I was the one he would marry as soon as she met me. :-)

I always enjoy the time we get to spend together.  We talk about interesting things,  we enjoy good food and drink, and they love being with the kids.  Last night was no different.

Normally when they come over, I cook a meal.  With the College Colloquium taking up most of my day yesterday, I knew I just didn't have it in me to cook a whole meal.  Instead, I baked a cake for dessert and we went out for dinner to a little sushi place that has quickly become our favorite.  There was much laughter around the table as Molly and Abby told tales about school and friends; they are entertaining children.

When we came back to the house, Molly decided her grandma needed to learn to use Instagram.  I left to grab something from another room, and when I came back, I found this:
How many Renches fit on my sofa?  Even the dog is there!

At first glance, it may seem like this should not be happening while the grandparents are visiting.  But what you can't see is that Molly is teaching her grandma all about Instagram - getting her set up with an account, finding people to follow, and showing her how to post pictures.  Her dad is letting us know when people accept Nan's follow requests.  Abby and her grandfather are looking at memes and things.  While it looks like each person is engrossed in his or her own device is in fact the opposite.

I loved sitting off to the side in my red chair, watching and listening as my girls laughed with their grandparents.  We're so lucky they live close enough that we can just decide to get together on a random Saturday night.

 These are the nights in which memories are made.


  1. So true -- my kids totally connect with grandparent via technology. My parents have passed but my in-laws are around a lot. They are planning to move to our area in June. All their kids and grandkids are here -- it is time. I can't wait to have it so close and easy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a lovely post. It truly makes me want to pick up the phone and see if my parents are around this week. Thank you!

  3. Nothing better than a night with family. Your girls seem to understand that, as well. That is wonderful!

  4. I so love this - it took a family village to get a grandparent on Instagram. It's wonderful that you captured this moment that will be something all will remember.

  5. Oh, how lucky you are to be close to your in-laws (both physically and emotionally). I love that Molly taught her grandma how to use Instagram. That's the best!