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Sweet Determination

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I know you have to be determined in life to obtain the things you want and realize your dreams. You have to work hard and set goals for yourselves. Some people are more determined than others. However, the main thing is that you’re happy in whatever you do.

This morning we were watching our youngest grandson, Evan. He just turned seven months old this week. His smile can make your heart melt and despite his young age, he is so full of determination. He loves to watch his big brother and sister play, but I believe he thinks if he can walk, they will let him join in in their games.

We were holding his hands so he could stand and walk with us this morning. He confidently places one foot in front of the other with a huge smile on his face. At times it is almost as though he is saying, “Nana and Pop Pop, I don’t need you to hold my hands, I can do this!” I truly believe he will be walking before he crawls. I believe he thinks so too!

How awesome it would be if we had no fears or worries like a baby and just went for the things we wanted. They don’t worry whether or not they will fail, they just do it. If they succeed that’s great, but if they don’t they will get up and keep on trying.

The next time I think about giving up on something, I’m going to think about the determination our grandchildren have to get the things they want. It will give me motivation to keep on trying. I hope it will do the same for you.

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The Little Things

I have seen and heard the saying, “It’s always the small things that take your breath away.” Today my breath was taken away.

It was a beautiful afternoon here so we decided to play outside with our grandchildren, Garrett and Zoey.

While I pushed Zoey on the swing in our backyard, my husband took Garrett for a ride around the block in the wagon. Garrett took the Etch-a-sketch along for the ride.

When my husband and Garrett returned home, Garrett came running in the backyard calling for me. I asked what he wanted? He said, “Nana, I drew this for you!” I wasn’t quite sure what it was so I asked him if it was a pirate? He said, “No Nana, it’s love!” And thus, he took my breath away❤️

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Little Boys Crack Me Up!

A little more then a month ago my husband and I welcomed our sixth grandchild. He is an adorable little guy named Evan.

Evan is our third grandson. Having raised two sons, I must admit I have a soft spot in my heart for little boys. My boys always had a way of making me laugh. They still make me laugh. They are always there for me in good times and bad.

One day I stopped over my son and daughter-in laws home to see the baby. As soon as I walked in the house my daughter-in-law handed me the baby to hold so she could take a bathroom break. I sat on the couch next to our oldest grandson Garrett (4 years old). He was not paying much attention to me because he was busy playing with his iPad.

Evan started to cry. I leaned over to Garrett and said, “I think Baby Evan is getting hungry.” Without lifting his head, Garrett’s reply was, “You have to take your bra off Nana and feed him, just one side!” I thought I was going to pee my pants! He acts like he isn’t paying attention, but Garrett doesn’t miss a thing!

The next evening I was talking to my daughter-in-law in Ohio. She was telling me a story about our grandson Oliver ( 2 years old). Oliver was carrying around a baby doll. It was probably his sisters, but he claimed it as his. His Mom said, “Let’s put some clothes on your baby.” She found a newborn diaper and a newborn outfit and Ollie’s baby was ready to go!

Ollie carried his baby into the living room. Now, this baby talks and cries. He started to cry and Ollie attempted to comfort him. He laid the doll on the couch and as he did the baby said, Mama! Ollie looked at the baby and said, “No, Da Da!” The baby said “Mama” again and Ollie told him again that he was Da Da! He got disgusted and left the baby on the couch.

I’m telling you, they crack me up! I am looking forward to seeing what Evan’s personality will be like. So far his brother Garrett and cousin Ollie are keeping their Nana laughing 🙂

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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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Zoey’s 2nd Birthday!

The meaning of the name Zoey is: Life.

Our beautiful granddaughter Zoey celebrated her 2nd birthday yesterday. Her name suits her. She is full of life.

Her giggles make you smile. When she wraps her little fingers around your hand it melts your heart. She is beginning to use her words more and more each day. It is so much fun watching her try to imitate her big brother.

She will get anything she wants from her Dad and Pop Pop in the coming years. That tilt of her head and little grin will serve her well.

As I watch her grow it makes me appreciate how precious and beautiful life is. We are truly blessed to have this little girl in our lives. Happy Birthday Zoey!

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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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It’s A Boy!

We finally heard the news this week, after 20 weeks of anticipation, our family tree will be adding another grandson.

We are thrilled with the news. This will give us our sixth grandchild. Three boys and three girls.

Having had two sons, I was ecstatic when I learned we were having our granddaughters. I finally was able to shop for little girls; however, I love our two grandsons with all my heart and enjoy shopping for them too. I look forward to welcoming this new little guy into the family.

I want to thank our two sons for bringing us our two beautiful daughter-in-laws and for giving us six beautiful grandchildren. They all bring us so much joy, love and happiness.

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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 🙂