Saturday, August 29, 2015

Penny Pony


Brendan and I were on our way out of Meijer’s this week and walked past the penny pony ride. So, of course, I gave a shiny penny to Brendan and he put it in the slot as I boosted him up for his exciting ride. But nothing happened: no sound, no movement, nothing! 

Seeing Brendan’s puzzled and disappointed expression, I began to push the pony up and down, back and forth, with my hands to simulate a pony ride while humming (loudly) “The William Tell Overture” (try to picture this). After several pathetically animated moments, I noticed two very small girls waiting their turn to ride and informed them sadly that the pony had broken. The older of the two little girls asked me if I had pushed the green button, because that was what made it GO. I didn’t know there WAS a green button because it was hidden under pony’s reins (and Brendan's chubby legs); but we pushed it, pony went, and … well, it was one of those grandma moments. 

My reward? Huge smiles from three small children.

Just a few hours with Little Fellow ...

I knew Brendan would love my LEGO lighthouse! During his careful inspection of it and play, I was able to fix us a yummy-healthy dinner. We only had a few hours together, and we were just planning to hang out here at The Beach House. We had gone grocery shopping together before coming to my house and had so much fun at Meijer … Brendan is a good little helper in the store.
 I did not take my pictures this day (shock) because we were just playing with every little thing in my house. We used our scissors to cut paper up, we stamped and punched out little pictures together ...
But the real highlight was when Brendan asked to put my headphones on and then proceeded to entertain himself (and me) while playing and experimenting with the different sounds my piano can make. 

 Brendan is naturally musical. My favorite thing is when he will sing a little ditty, i.e. while we are driving somewhere and I will try to imitate him and repeat the song. He will listen carefully to me and then sweetly say: "No. It goes like this …" And then he will sing it correctly!
 Below is Brendan singing a bedtime song that Dylan and Brendan have written titled: Brendan and Michal. It's a sweet little song for Brendan and his doll, Michal, so that they can go to sleep properly.

Brendan's face! He is actually looking at the music to Fur Elise that is on my keyboard--no, he cannot read music at this point; but I predict that some day he will excel at it!

More birthday fun ...

Several weeks ago when we were ordering LEGOS for Emma's birthday, she reminded me about the LEGO lighthouse that she had seen in the catalog, and wanted me to order it. I had told her last year that I would purchase it one day for MYSELF. It turns out that Emma's mom found a really nice deal on this very LEGO set and got it for EMMA'S birthday.
 Now both Emma and I have a LEGO lighthouse. The kiddos came over last Sunday afternoon for a little while. We opened up my LEGO set and Emma, Matthew and I put it all together. Emma wasn't sure I would be able to do this without her help. There were a LOT of steps to the construction, but we did it!
 Emma directed the whole project ...
 Emma is an excellent builder and always has been. The boys are great at building too. Aren't LEGOS such a wonderful toy?
 We made room for my lighthouse over on my shelves (which need cleaning in the worst way!)
I think it looks perfect there on a nice white shelf in my Beach House. 
 The kiddos made cards for me while I was fixing all of us something to eat. Below is the front of Matthew's card.
 And below is the inside of Chris's card. He even drew me up in the very top (which he knew would be my favorite spot!)
 This is the poem on the inside: Roses are green (?!?!?), you are so pretty, you make the boys scream. Well, that certainly is not true but I will take that as a compliment anyway, Christopher.
 The back and front of Christopher's card are showing his Panther school spirit ...
Below is the inside of Matthew's card: Dear Grandma: "I hope you won't get lonely in your house. Happy Birthday." That is so sweet, Matthew. I am NOT lonely in my dear little house, at least not often.
 The inside of Emma's card: "I love you, Grandma. I hope you have a good birthday. Have fun at the beach with friends. I love you." XOXO  Thank you, Emma! I love the wavy lake you colored and the beautiful clouds too!
 Emma used my stamps to decorate the front and back of her card. 

These are the real treasures of a birthday, aren't they?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Some birthday pictures ...

Yesterday was my 62nd birthday, and at this age birthdays are less than a big deal, and my expectations for celebration and remembrance are very low. Family is complicated, always, but loved and longed for nonetheless.
Kelly-O is very big on birthdays. She loves them; but then she loves life. She loves me too and shows me in many ways that I am special to her. I love her to pieces. 
 She decided that Brendan would be very pleased if he could make me a gift for my birthday, so she got this cute bird house kit from Lowe's, and then Brendan helped to assemble it (nails included) and pick out the paint colors and paint it all by himself.
 I could tell that Brendan was very proud to present his beautiful gift ...
 Look at that happy smile … gah! I love this child.
 Brendan is SO patient with me while I take picture after picture of his darling face ...
 We decided to hang the bird house on my side door, not far from my bird bath and bird feeder ...
 But Brendan was pretty certain that we needed to put seed INSIDE this little house so that the birds could eat at their convenience … so that is what Brendan is doing in the above picture--putting bird seed inside the little house.
 Brendan and Kelly looking at the birdhouse from inside the Beach House ...
 Kelly baked a super delicious angel food cake for my birthday AND brought fresh strawberries that she sweetened up extra special for me PLUS she had a brand new huge can of whipped cream to top it off with. It was yummy delicious. She baked us brownies too, but we were too stuffed to taste them!
 More birdhouse, bird seed pictures ...
 Dylan would have been here too except he was scheduled to have his four wisdom teeth removed Thursday. There were a few complications (like opening a sinus cavity) which necessitated only doing one side of his mouth and letting the other side wait--and Dylan was resting and recouping from his ordeal. Kelly was resting in the main room of the house and Brendan and I decided to play trucks in the playroom.
 We built a nice car/truck wash and got all of our Matchbox cars and trucks spankin clean ...
 We even had a nifty dryer (the small fan) just like a real truck wash!
 The following pictures were taken while Brendan was chillin' out on my porch ...
 He is so easy to photograph ...
 He has the chubbiest cheeks and the most interesting expressions ...
 My camera loves him ...




 I know. This is a lot of pictures of one little fellow ...




 What a sweetheart you are, Brendan. It was so fun to have you and your beautiful mama over for my birthday. Kelly brought a beautiful lunch that we enjoyed very much and then we just played and relaxed together the whole afternoon--wonderful!

Little Fellow's very fun mustache … yikes … what a kiddo.