Jenna Bush Hager saw her parents, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, for the first time in eight months.
The TODAY host revealed it was only the second time they saw baby Hal.
On the TODAY show, Bush Hager shared photos of the happy family reunion, which took place at her parents' ranch in Texas.
Jenna Bush Hager was practically beaming on her first day back to the TODAY show, following a brief vacation. Why? Because, after eight months apart, she was finally able to reunite with her parents, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, after eight months of separation.
Like many families across the world, the Bush's had been kept apart by the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to TODAY's Hoda Kotb, Bush Hager revealed that she and her husband, Henry Hager, brought their three children to her parents' ranch in Texas last week—after taking the necessary safety precautions. "We got COVID tests to go and see them," Bush Hager said on TODAY.
Bush Hager shared pictures of the happy family reunion, including an adorable photo of her parents holding baby Hal, who turns one in August, and her two daughters, Mila, 7, and Poppy, 4. According to Bush Hager, her daughters were just as excited to be there as she was.
"Mila is now waking up at 5 in the morning because she was there waking up, running down to be with her Grammy and Jefe," Bush Hager said, invoking George W. Bush's official grandpa name: "Jefe," which means "boss" in Spanish. "I just think even little moments of being with family (are special)," she added.
Last week's trip marked the second time her parents had met Hal, Bush Hager's third child (and supposed George W. Bush lookalike) who was born in August of 2019. George and Laura Bush had been present at his birth last summer.
@laurawbush and I are thrilled to welcome Henry Harold Hager to our family. We are happy for the proud parents, @jennabhager and Henry. And pleased that Mila and Poppy have a little brother to love. We thank God that mom and baby are healthy, and we look forward to many years of loving the boy known as Hal.
A post shared by George W. Bush (@georgewbush) on Aug 5, 2019 at 6:44am PDT
"We look forward to many years of loving the boy known as Hal," President Bush wrote on Instagram, after Henry Harold Hager—a.k.a. Hal—was born.
Over on Instagram, Bush Hager shared another side to her vacation. While in her home state, Bush Hager reunited with friends Minta Maria, Marjorie Gubelmann, and Karen Fairchild of the country band Little Big Town, whom she tagged in the post. "In the pool, in Texas with tacos and besties, of course!" she wrote. Specifically, they ate tacos in a pool—filing that away for our next getaway. Knowing her, we wouldn't be surprised if Bush Hager snuck in some poolside reading time, too.
A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Jul 27, 2020 at 3:09am PDT
Of course, this wasn't the only exciting reunion in Bush Hager's week: After four months of working from home, Bush Hager and Kotb returned to the TODAY show studio in New York. For Bush Hager, the simple act of returning to work was a joy.
"It's so good to be back even though we're separated by six feet. It's so good to see you," Jenna told her co-host during the fourth hour of TODAY. "For all of those people that are watching right now that are working from home, there's this relief, too, to go back to a place you love, to be back with people you can have conversations with other than logistics or diapers."
It's good Bush Hager had a vacation in, because she has a busy autumn coming up: Her memoir, Everything Beautiful in its Time, comes out on September 5.
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