We spent our first few days in Baltimore with the kids' grandpas, the Rev. Running Nut and Grandpa Artsy Fartsy. The boys made themselves right at home. As I had previously mentioned, the Wizard's favorite book at their house was Bill Clinton's autobiography.
We attended the 91st birthday party of Mavis's grandfather, Grandpa Blue Dog. Cindy Lou is named after his mother and grandmother, so we made sure they got some good bonding time.
Mavis's mom, Grandma Rhino, was only too happy to put Cindy Lou to sleep.
Grandpa Blue Dog and the boys:
We also visited Mavis's grandparents in their 10th-floor glass-walled condo, where we got this picture of the kids with Grandma Double-Shot (small but strong!). (There were other takes where Newton had less of a puss, but this one is cuter of the other kids, and I kind of like the puss, anyway.)
The Wizard and Grandma Rhino really bonded, and he loved to follow her everywhere. She taught him a little about watercolor painting:
And helped him on the swing in Uncle Constructo's backyard (on the banks of the Rappahannock in Fredericksburg, Virginia).
Toward the end of our stay, we had a brunchy get-together with friends (I made a strata
with ham, asparagus and a bit of all the cheeses Grandma Rhino had in the fridge: a little parmesan, a little cheddar-jack, and mostly this really good horseradish cheddar). A friend from a lawyer chat board brought her two kids, very close in age to the Wizard and Cindy Lou, and we got a whole passel of shots of them together.
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