Earlier this year I was working a lot and didn’t always get a chance to blog about the fun times Grampy and I were having with Amara. This is one of those memories none of us wants to forget.
We had gotten an email from our friends that moved to Oklahoma. They visit a couple of times a year and we always enjoy getting together with them. They were going to be here for a week and wanted to come down and bring their son. I’m going to call him Fred. Fred was out on spring break and he was really hoping that Amara would be here which of course we were able to arrange. They are about the same age and when they met at Christmas, they really hit it off well.
They planned to come down on Sunday and take us out for a genuine Vietnamese dinner. Fred and his Mom were both born in Vietnam. We had a nice afternoon visiting and catching up while the kids had fun playing together. They played outside on the swings for a bit but it was very brisk and very windy so that didn’t last long. They decided they wanted to do something at the dining room table but they weren’t exactly sure what that was.
Amara found a bowl of small rocks that she and I had collected months ago. We never got around to making them into Pet Rocks. SO they gathered a bunch of Amara’s craft stuff and started decorating them! I don’t know whose idea it was but they were going to exchange rocks. They decorated a few when Amara made one that looked like her! So Fred was challenged to make one that looked like him. Once made these would be the rocks they would exchange! They were so cute. They not only decorated rocks they built houses for them out of disposable plastic containers. They cut out flowers and glued them in the front yard.
When we finally got around to going out to dinner Fred rode with us so that he and Amara could ride together. He has adapted to America so well and he has such a great sense of humor. Amara was concerned, as was Grandma, that she wouldn’t like the food at the restaurant so I packed her a lunch in my lunch box which of course made it extra special. The dinner we had was very good. Of course it helped, that Fred’s Mom could talk to the owners in their own language. She ordered us the best stuff! Amara tried some of my rice and chicken but she liked the lunch I had packed her more — a peanut butter sandwich, carrots, cheese and raisins. Now, none of these were things Fred would eat! We all laughed about how he wouldn’t eat her food and she wouldn’t eat his! The kids laughed all through dinner. The grownups had a great time.
Last week on the last day of school, Amara told all of her classmates that her friend Fred was coming to see her over the 4th of July. It is going to be a wonderful summer.
This post has been linked to the GRAND Social blogging event at Grandmas Briefs.