And now we have 5 grandchildren: Three boys, two girls. The latest made her entrance at 5:35 this morning. She weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 19.25 inches tall. Here is a photo of her just a few hours old.
He is our third grandson but the first born in our city. We were honored to be invited to be in the family birthing room to share in his arrival. He is 19 and 1/4 inches long and weighed in at 6 pounds 12 ounces.
Ethan's father is an identical twin and the other twin's wife will deliver our second grand-daughter tomorrow. They will be cousins born 3 days apart. I will also post our new grand-daughter's photo here when she arrives. After her arrival we will have three grandsons and 2 grand-daughters.
(Update) More photos--Ethan day 2 and news of grand-daughter: The plan to induce tomorrow has been changed. They are now in the hospital with strong contractions.
Santiago with dancers at the DCPA (Denver Center for Performing Arts.
During the last three days that Santiago was here, he asked if I would accompany him to take some photos with my digital camera to put on a CD for him. We ran through Denver on a couple of cloudy/rainy days like frantic tourists, digitally capturing a few remaining memories for him to show back home. In the process I got to take photos of some of my favorite city art objects, including another one of Denver's Big Blue Bear. Though I don't normally put people in my photos, this time I did as they had a dual purpose. In both these photos, Santiago--though distant--adds perspecttive to show just how huge the dancers and the bear are.
Two days ago our house-guest of four months left to return to Argentina with a five-day stop in Miami to visit friends. The last week we did a whirlwind tour of Denver and nearby mountain areas to take photos of some of his favorite places. He had seen snow but never "lived" with it. Arriving in two days before Christmas and leaving the end of April he got a good taste of Winter and Spring.
He was here on a special work-experience and travel program. His Visa allowed him to work four months and travel one month before returning home. Though he is totally fluent in English and has completed his university studies in accounting--except for the four final exams he must take when he returns--the work he did here was menial work for a terrible company that exploits the workers. There are good work-travel experiences but the one he was on was not one of them.
We shall miss him a lot but he and his parents have invited us to visit Argentina so I am sure we will meet again. Through Santiago we met other Argentinians here on the same program (pictured below with us in our home). Each time we host an international guest, I am reminded of Mark Twain's quotation, "Travel is fatal to bigotry, intolerance and narrow-mindedness." It applies to both the visitors and the visited.