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Labor of Love

As we enjoy the last “official” weekend of summer, I began thinking about the fun times we had this summer with our grandchildren.

We were fortunate enough to spend a week on Long Beach Island, NJ with our oldest son Mike, his wife Kim and their three children. Besides how impressed I was with all the rebuilding that had been done since hurricane Sandy, I was impressed by how much our grandchildren enjoyed the beach and the ocean. It was our youngest grandson Evan’s first visit to the beach. At a month and a half old, he handled it like a trooper.

After we returned home, our son Brian, his wife Jen and their three children came from Ohio to spend a week with us. Having all six grandchildren together can be crazy but it fills the hole in my heart that’s there when we’re not all together.

We got to spend another day at the beach with five of our six grandchildren and close friends of our families two boys. It was such a beautiful day. The water was perfect and the kids had a great time jumping waves with their parents and their PopPop. Unfortunately for me I had eye surgery that week and couldn’t get water in my eye. But, I was able to get my feet wet and watch them play.

It was fun watching the grandkids interact. Our four year old grandson Garrett was thrilled to be able to play games on the iPad with his cousin Emma. She is our oldest granddaughter (10 years old). She seemed to enjoy spending time with Garrett too.

Our three younger grandchildren, Zoey, Oliver and Olivia ( all 2 years old) had their good times and bad. Sharing toys is still a little touch-and-go with them. But, they seemed to have fun together.

Baby Evan slept and ate through it all. Don’t worry Evan, you’ll be running around with them next summer!

It won’t be long before we’re all together again…Christmas! It’s right around the corner.

After our time together and everyone went home, the house was quiet again. It always takes me a few days to adjust to the silence.

Happy Labor Day everyone. I hope you get to spend the day with your loved ones.

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Things That Make Me Smile

We went to the park today for a picnic with our son Mike, his wife Kim and our grandchildren Garrett and Zoey. It was a beautiful day here and a perfect way to spend Memorial Day.

The kids had a great time playing on the swings and going down the slide. A lot of people had the same idea because the park was quite crowded. Luckily we were able to find a picnic table so we could sit down and enjoy our sandwiches that Kim was generous enough to make for all of us.

Not long after we began eating our sandwiches, the Ice Cream truck pulled up. Garrett and Zoey both started asking for ice cream. Pop Pop took them over to the truck and two happy children came running back to the table.

We played awhile longer and then decided to pack up. It was nap time for Zoey.

We had told Garrett that Nana & Pop Pop would be heading out to Ohio soon to visit our Ohio family. While we were walking to the car Garrett asked me if we were leaving for Ohio today? I said, “No, not today.” He said, “Nana, when you go to Ohio, can you take a picture of Uncle Brian and Aunt Jenny and send me their picture in a text?” He said he wanted his three cousins pictures texted too! I said,”Garrett, you can text now?” He said, “Yes I can!” I looked over at his Mom and she just rolled her eyes and smiled. You see, Garrett is just four years old! I don’t think he can read or write yet but knowing Garrett he probably can text. I smiled and said, “Okay!” That was just the perfect ending to a perfect afternoon.

Happy Memorial Day!

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Paper Airplanes

With the frigid cold temperatures outside, sometimes keeping our grandchildren amused can be challenging.

Although plopping ourselves in front of the television is appealing, we can only watch so many episodes of the shows on Nick Jr.

My grandson asked if we could make a paper airplane! What a brilliant idea. Of course I couldn’t remember how to make one. I must admit it’s been awhile. Thank goodness for You Tube, there you can learn to do just about anything.

Before long we were like two pros. We watched our planes fly around the house. I watched my grandson get so excited over the distance his plane could fly. Who would have thought that a piece of paper could bring so much joy.

Today reminded me that it doesn’t matter how much money you spend on toys for your kids or grandkids. It’s the time you spend together that’s important.

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My New Sofa

Last week we had a new sofa delivered. After months of waiting it finally arrived.

My friend and fellow blogger Lily, @lookinginwardwithlily,convinced me I should write about my old sofa. At first I thought that was silly but then I decided she may be right.

Although furniture, houses, cars, etc. don’t have feelings, they hold a lot of memories for us. I remember how sad I was when we sold our old Chevy Astro van because we had so many good times with our boys with that van. Camping trips, vacations, shopping trips, sporting events. The list goes on.

I remember all the relatives and friends who have made themselves comfortable on that old sofa. I remember all the laughs and tears that have been shed on that sofa. I remember sitting on that sofa with my husband talking about our future and about how blessed we are in our lives.

I thought about how our granddaughter Emma always enjoyed standing on the sofa to play with the knick knacks I have on the shelf behind it when she was a toddler. Her brother, sister and cousins do the same thing.

Our grandson Garrett and Granddaughter Zoey spent many hours on that sofa playing with our iPhones and iPads. And course it was always the perfect spot for them (and their Pop Pop) to take their afternoon naps together.

Yes, that old sofa holds a lot of memories for us. I hope the new sofa will give us a new set of memories.

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Funny moments

Today our grandson Garrett wanted to spend his time with us playing Harry Potter on the Wii.

He asked me to play with him. Although I am a beginner, I am learning to move around better on each board. I must admit that I am not nearly as good as 3 year old Garrett!

Several times when Garrett is not listening to instruction, I have seen his Mom get down on his level and say, “Garrett, look at me, look at my eyes!” And she proceeds to tell him what she wants him to do.

Today it was different. I was having trouble following him on one of the boards. I said, “Are we on the next level yet?” He sat down on the floor next to me and very seriously said, “Nana, look at my eyes and nose! We are not on the next level yet!”

Got my laugh for the day😂

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Snow Day

Why do we get so anxious as adults when we here the forecast for snow? Our reasons for being anxious are legitimate. Childcare must be arranged, food shopping has to be done, emergency plans have to be made. We wonder if there will be work or school. Will we leave work early or will school have early dismissal? It’s a lot of stress on us as parents.

When we were kids it was all so simple. We would be so excited as the first flakes fell. We would huddle around the radio in the morning waiting for the local AM radio station to announce our school closing. We didn’t get automated phone calls or text messages back then.

As soon as we got the news we would head out to play. We would help Mom and Dad shovel the driveway. Mom would sometimes take us to the park. The township had a little pool of water they would freeze for us to skate on. They were happy times.

I get pleasure now from hearing the excitement in our grandchildren’s voices. The older ones are excited that they have no school. They look forward to building a snow man and going snow board riding.

The little ones look at the snow full of wonder. It’s something new for them to experience.

I hope that whatever they do, it will give them memories that will last them a lifetime.

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First Date

Frozen Movie

I had my “First Date” with my grandson Garrett today. We went to the movies to see “Frozen.”

We had talked about doing this last week. We set the time and the date and he didn’t forget. His Pop Pop asked him if he and Garrett’s little sister Zoey could come along, but Garrett said, “No, I’m going with Nana. Zoey is too young to see Frozen!”

We got to the movie and sat through all the previews as we ate our popcorn and gummie bears. He was very excited when he saw the preview for the Lego movie that is coming out next month. He is very interested in playing Lego Batman on his mini-Ipad which he got for Christmas. He is very good at it which is amazing to all of us since he is so young.

Once the movie started he came over and curled up on my lap. I could hear him giggle during different parts of the movie. At one point he laughed and repeated what one of the characters in the movie had said out loud. The people behind us started laughing at his outburst.

These moments we get to spend with our grandchildren are so precious. The time goes by so quickly and before we know it they will be grown. This moment today will forever be “Frozen” in my memory. Hopefully he will remember it as well. I look forward to more dates with him and all my grandchildren. Maybe the next time Pop Pop will get to come along 🙂