Garden

Just want to add a few words about my garden this year.  I have a small container garden, mostly herbs and two tomato plants.  I love gardening and love containers.  It’s so relaxing.  And makes you feel so good to see all the plants flourish and look great.  Plus, I love that it is just a few steps out the door.  So fun to go out and snip fresh herbs for cooking!

I put most of the plants up on a table and plastic bins to save my back.  I was tired of bending over.  The sore back was taking the fun out of gardening.  Then my birthday rolled around and I received the best gift from my daughter and son-in-law–two plant stands!

They are beautiful to look at alone–but once I added the plants to them–well they look fabulous and with the plants up off the ground it makes it so much easier to garden!

Lacing cards

Today I showed the kids how to use lacing cards and they loved them.  I bought a few sets of cards:  pets, farm animals and dinosaurs.  Didn’t take them long to get the hang of using the extra long shoe laces and “sew” all the way around the pictures.

Then once they laced all the cards, they gathered them and played with them, having all the animals interact with each other and just had a great time!

Art project

Yesterday the kids created some great pictures.  I handed them paper, glue and fabric scraps and they took it from there.  I love their creativity!  I sat nearby and used my good sewing scissors to cut the fabric to their specifications.  And sometimes my help was needed with squeezing glue out of the bottle, but otherwise, they created the pictures on their own.

They created pictures of houses, flowers, clouds and the sun.  They created pictures of airplanes and cars.  One of them found a Teddy Graham sitting on the table and glued the tiny cookie next to the house she just created and it became the teddy bear’s house.

They each told me stories about their pictures and what was going on.

I love creativity!

Enjoy the Moment

Everyone I know says it–how fast time seems to be flying by.  It doesn’t matter if the person I am talking to is close to my age, or a little older or  if they are young, in their forties, thirties or even in their twenties.  It seems that unless you are in your teens or younger, time insists on marching faster and faster.

So, today is our son’s thirtieth birthday.  It really doesn’t seem possible that 30 years have gone by already.  I was talking to our daughter just yesterday about how fast the grandchildren are growing.  We find it hard to believe that the oldest is already 4, and one day we will be shocked that she is starting kindergarten.

And it reminded me of when our daughter went to kindergarten and a few years later, our son.  I told her that most people I know get emotional when their oldest hits the milestone moments.  I never really got emotional over either one of our kids hitting the milestone moments.  But those moments always struck me more when our youngest got to that particular milestone because I realized how fast time has gone by.

I always felt proud as our kids hit milestones.  Instead of crying I was always more surprised or shocked  that the time had gone by so fast.  I remember smiling as I watched our little girl get on that kindergarten bus for the first time.  And when  I registered our son for kindergarten, I remember how mad he was when I told him he was all set for kindergarten, but had to wait until the fall. He wanted to start right then, that day!

When our kids were little, I always enjoyed every moment I could.  I cherished the special times, the fun times, and even the ordinary times.  I took tons of pictures and love to reflect back and enjoy the memories. But I also always knew they would grow up.  That’s what kids do.  Whenever someone asks me if I wish our kids were little again, I always say no.  I do not need to go back.  I enjoyed every moment, every age, and always look forward to the future and want to be enjoy the “now” moments.

I love seeing our kids as adults and seeing and hearing about their lives now.  It makes me proud to say I am their mom and to see the awesome adults they have become.

So, although I still feel the 30 years have gone by quickly, I will enjoy the moment and wish our son a fantastic birthday!

 

 

Quiet Time

One thing I treasure about spending the days with our grandchildren is the special quiet moments we have.  Yes, I know, with kids who are 4 and 2 1/2, it’s hard to imagine quiet time.  But when we go outside one of the things they love to do is sit on the patio swing with me and observe the birds and squirrels.

Usually the moment only lasts about five minutes.  However, for such young children, five minutes is great.  But they observe a lot more than birds and squirrels.  They also like to observe the trees, bugs, butterflies, pine cones and wild flowers.  They notice dogs barking, planes and helicopters flying over the house and cars going by.  They notice the big cool trucks, UPS and FedEx and the mailman’s car.  They notice  people walking, running and riding bikes.  They watch the birds flying in the sky and watch the clouds for pictures in the sky.

Someday they will be grown and moved away, and won’t always be there to sit with me on the swing.  And, it will be then that I can smile and remember our special quiet times now.

Grandma’s Journal, again

Well, once again I am back after a long time between posts.  It’s not that I don’t have plenty to say–it’s just that I struggle to find time to say it!  Or at least find time to keep up with posting to this site.  I keep a journal, but I just don’t always post to my site.

We have had a very busy year, with some personal situations and changes, including a move.  All that extra “stuff” took away some computer time.

I am still watching our two adorable grandchildren, who are 4 and 2  1/2, on a full-time basis.  I enjoy watching them grow and change almost daily.  I have always loved doing little art/craft projects with them and teaching them their letters, colors, numbers, alphabet, etc.  I like doing simple science projects and just love introducing them to as many learning experiences as I can.  We read books, sing, use a flannel board to tell stories and we even add in some simple Yoga stretches.

We get outside as often as possible and they love to swing and play in the sand box.    One of my favorite things to do is to take them outside after it has rained.  We put on rain boots, and jackets, if needed, and go out in search of puddles to jump and splash in.  And we seem to do our best bug discovering after or during the rain.  I always have to fake my excitement over bugs, though.  I am much better looking at flowers, plants and trees!

I have a double wagon and once in  a while they get in that and really enjoy a nice ride and I enjoy a nice walk.  There is a horse farm down the street and they love to ride down to see if the horses are outside.  They are friendly horses, they walk right up to the fence when they see us.

I recently introduced them to some pre-school work books and they like those.  They each have their own books and I am able to work with them individually, so they can work at their own pace.

And that is all for Grandma’s Journal for now.

 

Grandma’s Journal

Well, I had hoped to post here a little more often.  But, I don’t always find the time to blog as often as I’d like.  So, I did the next best thing. I copied and pasted my most recent posts from Facebook and put them here in order.  Some of these posts had pictures with them, but I think these work okay without the pictures.

Jan 14

We bundled up and went to visit Sarah, Keith and the kids on this freezing cold no school, no work kind of a day. We brought the sled and had lots of fun. Norah, Eric and Sarah pulled out the bubbles and had fun blowing bubbles. In the cold, we wondered if they would be turning into ice cubes when they hit the air, but they didn’t–they were still bubbles!

Jan 20

“They” call it spaghetti art, but, any kind of pasta works. Cook it like normal, drain it, but don’t rinse & it will stick to heavy paper, like construction paper. Best of all, if the kids eat it, it’s ok–it kind of doubles as snack, lunch or dinner!

Jan 23

The kids and I had a great morning. We enjoyed being outside for an hour today since it didn’t feel as freezing cold like it’s been. I love how Norah is my assistant activities director. She’ll say, “How ’bout we…” and then she’ll suggest something for us to do, such as go swing, put out corn for the squirrels, look for acorns, play in the sandbox, or whatever. And today we did all those things and more! I love that they each have their favorite things to do. Eric usually reaches for the big ball first while Norah will reach for the golf clubs or the tractor. They both love to draw with the chalk and to blow bubbles. But, I still think their all-time favorite thing to do is after we come back inside–they get to climb up on Grandma’s step stool and wash their hands in the kitchen sink.  They love playing in the water–but I think the main attraction is climbing up on the stool.   They don’t get to do that often.

Jan 26

We made homemade playdough today. Even as I was trying to mix it to get the right consistency, they both were reaching into the bowl trying to get some dough. So, I handed them some dough that was a bit “crumbly” and they loved it. I think it reminded them of playing with sand.

Jan 27

A dusting of snow is all it takes for Norah & Eric to have a great time playing in the snow. Norah likes to do everything from making snowballs and snowmen to making snow angels and as she says, “Let’s run in the snow, Eric!” With the snow pants and coat and snow gloves, Eric looks like the classic kid with his arms sticking out to the sides and walking is an effort. I brought water bottles out for us and poor Eric had a hard time holding onto his cup. I know Sarah and Keith will notice this–so the reason Eric is wearing Norah’s green hat is because I had all the coats, etc. laying out in order to get them ready to go out. As I was getting Norah ready, Eric grabbed his hat and took off! I didn’t see it and grabbed Norah’s other hat instead. I’m glad we went out when we did, as I look out front now, there is no sign that we had snow. After we came back in, we tried a new texture to use for play dough. Corn starch and water. If you haven’t tried that, try it! It’s a little different texture than play dough and they loved it!

Feb 4

Some people, myself included, like to look for the silver lining in everything. And, that’s a good thing. But, I’ve got to say, I like the way Norah looks at things. She finds the ice-cream in everything. I’m not kidding. When we play with play dough, she makes ice-cream cones. She took the green soccer ball and set it inside a plastic snack bowl and said, “Look, Grandma, ice-cream.” (she loves mint-chocolate chip) And, she was right, it looked like a scoop of ice-cream in a bowl. The other day it rained and so we went outside in the late afternoon, after naps and when the sun was still out, but the moon was also visible. Again, it looked like ice-cream. Maybe we should all look for the ice-cream!

Feb 20

Busy, busy, busy today. We stayed indoors today and have been busy. We watched the birds from the window, we played with our indoor sand, we painted, we went bowling with the discovery bottles and a ball, and we spent some time reading and telling stories using the flannel board. In the one picture you will see Norah reading Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. What I love about that book is that on the inside cover we can see where my Mom had written “Happy 2nd Birthday to Shawn.” So cool that Norah is now loving the book that Uncle Shawn used read.

Feb 24

Always seems a little strange to refer to our daughter and son-in-law as “mommy” and “daddy.” If I call them Sarah and Keith, so does Norah!