Sunday, May 1, 2016

Beautiful boy ...

 These shots are from a brief visit with Brendan, Dylan and Kelly last week. I needed my "Brendan fix" so after work Thursday, I drove over for some hugs, snuggles and giggles.

 I'm so glad I did! 
 I could just eat this soft chunky little boy!

 Love you, Brendan!

This little girl ...

After eight months of coming to my house each and every (almost) Monday afternoon, I think Kaity and I have settled into what could be perhaps called a routine. She is much more relaxed now at my house, and we find lots of stuff to do together.
 She really enjoys blocks of all kinds. These little letter blocks are good for many kinds of play. Kaity is a good stacker of blocks! Isn't her expression so funny in this picture?!
 Kaity still enjoys the little work-cart, gets all the tools out and sets about fixing stuff. Emma loved this toy for years and years. It was well worth the money I spent on it when Ems was a baby!

 This week Kaity FINALLY allowed me to read her a story: "Are you My Mother?" She was very amused by the baby bird who could not find his mama.
We did bubbles outside, Kaity had a nice relaxing bath, we ate our usual fruit and crackers while we listened to our children's album about Jesus, we blew up balloons and hit them back and forth ...

 Kaity had been begging me to do my Resurrection Eggs with her. I keep these special eggs way up high on the play shelves because they are plastic and easy to break. We brought them to the craft table where we opened each egg to see what was inside. You see, a person can tell the entire Easter story from the objects inside the eggs! Kaity was rather anxious and quite impatient to see what each egg contained, so my telling of the Easter story was rather quick and a bit abbreviated. But interestingly, when she got home and saw her mama, the first thing she said was: "Mama ... those mean people hurt God!" and she pointed up to the ceiling with her hand. She told Emma the same thing as soon as she saw her ... SO ... at least Kaity heard SOME of the story!
I love you, Kaity-Girl. I'm glad to be your grandma. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Free, Living Water!

A gorgeous spring walk out in Lowell

A sleepover with Brendan

This is a random spring picture and has nothing
whatsoever to do with this post!
But it is FINALLY spring and I am so happy it is!
I got to have a sleepover with Brendan Friday night at HIS house. Dylan and Kelly were downtown for the weekend at a work-sponsored conference, so I picked Brendan up after work and away we went!

First, it had been years and years since I had seen Toy Story I and I thought that perhaps if I picked up a copy of it, we could watch it before bedtime. We headed on over to Best Buy and bought ourselves a copy. I thought I was going to take Brendan out for Chinese for dinner, but when we pulled up at the Chinese place Brendan asked if there was any pizza in there. I told him there was rice and broccoli and noodles and all kinds of yummy stuff ... but no pizza.

Brendan usually LOVES Chinese. But for some reason, he put his little head down and started sobbing that all he wanted was pizza, and "where was the pizza?" Oh my word. I was not prepared for this! I've never seen him do this behavior before ... and since we were still in my car, I told him we did not have to eat Chinese, we could certainly find some pizza somewhere. At first, he could not be consoled. So I got in the back seat where he was strapped into his car seat and I rubbed his little face and told him that we certainly could have pizza. Whew. 

We had our yummy personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut and then we went to his house. It has probably been 20 years since I had seen Toy Story. I must admit, seeing it now, that it was a little bit scary! Brendan did fine, but if I could pick again, I would not choose that movie. There was something so sinister about the neighbor kid and all of those spooky toys. Brendan and I read some happy stories together before tucking him in for the night.

Saturday morning, we played at The Beach House. It is easy to play with kiddos here ... something to do with the fun toys, I think.

Nothing unusual about our playtime. We had lots of fun, as always. We did a lot of pretending with our finger and hand puppets, and we laughed a lot too. I love spending time with this little person.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I think Spring is here ...

I took a quick walk a few nights ago just so that I could see the glorious signs of spring. I'm so glad it is finally here!

Frog Hollow with Brendan

I spent Monday evening with my Little Fellow. He and his folks have been passing a sickness back and forth for the last 10 days or so and Brendan has been indoors as a result, much more than he would like. Thankfully, everyone is on the mend!
We decided to drive over to "Frog Hollow" and enjoy the mild weather and the wonderful sunshine.
Frog Hollow is a nice park behind Metro Hospital that has lots of interesting play stuff. Dylan and Kelly often take Brendan there.
Brendan rolled down the hills ...
... in true bare-footed splendor!
He investigated the dry grass for quite awhile. He was so interested in the texture and color!
Brendan crawled through many tunnels ... I was sneaking my hands through the holes on the sides of the bottom one, pretending that I was going to "get him." He loves that.
Brendan played for the longest time with the wood chips (!!) making them into all kinds of things in his imagination. He is a very three dimensional person. He had a whole Christmas theme going with these wood chips for awhile.

We had such a relaxing time enjoying this little park.
When we arrived back at Brendan's, a fire truck drove up and parked across the street. The firemen waved at Brendan. He was thrilled to see the truck. I don't think there was any emergency, but it stayed parked there for quite awhile.
I got to tuck this little one in for the night, after we played for a little bit, editing pictures on my computer. He was his usual cuddle-snuggle self. I love him.