Sunday, January 26, 2014
Here's m.c. opening a few extra birthday gifts.
Here's a picture I love from a long, long time ago. Jay's offering to nurse Maria, unzipped the front of his Barney pajamas.
And her, she's so little she doesn't even use her hands yet, but she's mastered the skeptical expression already.
Here they are now:
My parents were at the party today too.
You also work on yourself, at finding better ways to do things, kinder ways to be. Not everyone does this. You always have.
You figured out that instead of being a disciplinarian, less is more. If you want them to do something differently, or you see a problem on the horizon, you speak up.
"Keep it up and that dog will bite you."
"Honest to God! What do you do to these fishing poles??"
"Has anyone in this house ever heard of bedtime?!"
And the one that cracked my mother up, you teaching John to be gentle with the clutch on his dirt bike: "If you're hard on the machinery, it will break. Take it easy."
(She snickered about your speed demon days, "He learned that the hard way, didn't he?")
Because you don't make suggestions very often, when you do, they take you seriously and listen. They may still do it their way, but they did stop and hear. A lot of times they even reconsider.
Or sometimes they explain, and there's more to it, so their way makes sense.
You don't criticize or pick at us. As much as you help all of us, you also let us help you, not that you're always the most gracious about it, but you still let us, especially James with your phone.
So, from all this vast horde of people who love you: This family would be so muddled and so BORING without you.
Everything is better because you're here, and this is a very lucky family.
love forever, Me, and the Kids and Everybody
Saturday, January 25, 2014
And it was the Winter Dance and these two went. Aww, look how cute you guys are.
And that is that. Onward to Sunday. love, Val
Friday, January 24, 2014
So when Alicia emailed yesterday asking if I could watch these boys because she had a deadline, I texted back: "Yes."
Thank goodness for deadlines, maybe.
See that picture above? They actually offered to pose for me. "Grandma! Look at us!"
There were hugs and Moo Jrs and Space Chimp on TV. It was great.
Happy Friday. love you all so darn much, Grandma
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
This afternoon we made it to James' basketball game. They won, and he played well, and it was great.
Before we left I asked him to please play good because if you don't, it's not very inspiring.
He stared at me. Apparently being inspirational isn't one of his priorities.
That's annoying. But it was fun anyway. I did feel inspired, James.
This little girl was back today, getting watched. We were in bed this morning watching Cat in the Hat, and Nick and Sally and The Cat were chattering on and on, as they will do. This was about panda bears. They handed the panda a stalk of bamboo, and I said to the child, "Hmm. They're feeding the bear a stick."
She replied, "That's what pandas eat, sticks and leaves," like isn't that common knowledge?
How did she know that?
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I told Heidi it reminded me of when Little Jay was four and the teacher told me he knew every color, even ones like pink and gray, and all the shapes, even extra ones like diamond and oval.
"You must work with him a lot."
I was in college and had other babies and he and I had never had a single conversation about colors or shapes. How did he know that?
It's just like how Tim can put together anything from a diagram. I didn't teach him that.
He had to specifically work to memorize the days of the week and months of the year--first kid I ever had to specifically teach THAT to, but it's so weird.
How did he absorb nothing about how time is measured? How did he know all the other things he knew instead?
It's all a big, fat mystery to me.
Anyway, we're heading back into the deep freeze again as we cruise toward the end of January, which puts us one month closer to spring.
Monday, January 20, 2014
In other news, I think a real estate listing of mine may well have a buyer, and I'm sooo happy about that.
We'll see how the week plays out. This seems to be a good one. love forever, Val
Friday, January 17, 2014
This is the note My Sweetie handed me today. I thanked him, and then he said, "It's supposed to say, I love you because you're the best grandma in the whole world, but I don't know how to spell all that yet."
Okay, I know I'm not, but I love that he wrote this and read it to me.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Late this fall, the brochure arrived in the mail. I was in my big Getting Things Done mood, and was susceptible to their advertising: Learn to swim for safety, and it's warm here--no blue-lipped, shivering kids waiting for their turn, small class sizes.
Well, they have not disappointed. The teacher is enthusiastic and friendly. It's only the three of them in the class, and she was surprised by how well they tackled front crawl. I told her they do this all summer at the lake. They just are wearing life jackets, which is very different. But they're totally comfortable in the water.
It was nice to see. Nobody's playing basketball this winter--the league is too disrupted to work for us, and winter gets long. This is the only activity they'll have. We didn't sign them up for Zumba, nuthin'. Just swimming, in this tropically hot room where the ceiling kept dripping condensation on my glasses.
And her--she's a story all in herself. She hears the word swimming and goes totally berserk, searching her backpack for her bathing suit, howling and crying at the top of her lungs, "Me going too!"
Well, this week we were stealth. We packed the bags last night, and no discussion of anything was permitted today. The word, "swimming," did not pass our lips. Julia wanted her hair braided for swimming, and p.j. wanted her hair braided too, though she knew not why. It was tough to do--her hair is slippery and she kept moving her head, but look how cute she is:
We're halfway through January now, and that's a good thing. love you all so, Mom
Monday, January 13, 2014
There's a lot to take in. I'd like to go back again with Lydia, Tim, and Julia and go slowly and do some of the experiments.
Onward. We can do it. love you kids, MOM