Tuesday, September 16, 2014

funny pictures in my email

 John sent these, what a day brightener.

Five years ago, maybe?

Oh you cute kids, how much fun we've had.   love you all so, MOM

Sunday, September 14, 2014

in a file named 9-14-10 MARIA


Four years ago?  Not a lot has changed.

People grew, I guess, but we're all still us.

Probably that's both a good and bad thing.

Okay, time for bed.  

I love you, Maria.

love, MOM

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

yay, girl!

Today was her first day of preschool!  Yesterday she told me, "Grandma, you're not going to even see me tomorrow because I will be at PRESCHOOL!"

I told her we'd pick her up before lunch, so we'd see each other a little.

She LOVED it.

Heidi said she told the teachers the child is bad at transitions.   They told Heidi, "Sounds like she's THREE."

At this same preschool, back when John was little, everything I worried about regarding him they responded basically the same way:  "He's a kid!"

It was good for me to hear, feeling responsible for everything, every uncooperative moment: my responsibility and also probably my fault.

"Nah. No worries."
And she was actually happy to see us, told Julia all about school, appeared later on my lap to roll around and hug.  It was a great day.

Which started with a great night.    I got hungrier and hungrier all evening until I was dreaming of scrambled eggs with cheese.

When I finally got home, in this dark quiet house, I melted butter and scrambled eggs and made enough for two people.  Then I took the whole big plate, and two forks and woke him up.

He is extraordinary when it comes to both being wakened up and also going back to sleep.

He actually seemed happy to see me, took the fork and ate.  And then he kissed me, winked, and went right back to sleep.

It's a gift.

Good night.  love you all, Val, aka GRANDAMA

Monday, September 8, 2014

fishing at the dock

The fish were not that hungry, and were also pretty small.  They let the few they caught go again.

Now it's Monday, and back to reality, but that's okay--a fine Monday it is. 
love, Val

a gorgeous day

The lake was high, up about a foot from the rain last week, but perfectly crystal clear.

We could see a turtle swimming way down in the weeds, and lots of fish swimming.
This caterpillar was in the cup holder of the chair.  At first I thought it was a rolled up leaf, but then when I touched it, realized it was a creature.

We thought it might be starting to cocoon, stuck to the mesh, so we left it alone, but then in an hour when Jay checked on it, it was gone.   I wonder what kind it is?     That was very cool.  We haven't seen a caterpillar in a couple years.   (Click on the picture to get a better look.)
 Anyway, the sky was bright blue, the sun hot, the breeze cool.

It was everything a person pictures when thinking of a September day.

Love, Val

quiet at the lake

 We made a quick trip up for just one night with these guys.

 I love having the whole family at the lake, but this is nice too.

It's very, very quiet.
 And we got in a rousing game of Apples to Apples, which we haven't done in a while.  When everyone is up, we tend not to play board games, but when it's just us, we do.

love you guys, MOM

the big birthday party

 When a guy turns five, you gotta do it up right.
This is the amazing bounce castle that we used to get p.j. to go to bed.  "You have to sleep if you're going to a party with a BOUNCE CASTLE!"

It's true! You have to.

 He was pretty excited:

Happy Birthday again, Buddy.   It was great.   love you forever, Grandma, Grandpa and all the rest