Friday, January 12, 2018

passing them around

This cute little matching outfit set was bought in October as a  Christmas gift for another little granddaughter, but it didn't fit--too narrow in the shoulders, not the least bit of stretch in flannel, and she didn't care much about the doll's outfit, so they left it here.

After Christmas I went online and ordered something different, and things were on clearance, so I kind of hit the jackpot there.

But this outfit was still so cute, and I HATE returning things--so I gave it to John and Dannell's child, and her brother sent this adorable picture.  So glad, so much fun.

Lots of Love, Grandma

a lovely thursday

 After Julia's orthodontist appointment we went to my parents for lunch.

We didn't know it, but the little girl on the couch asleep was coming down with strep throat, just like her sister and two other cousins.

But we ate, and played with toys, and eventually this fine nap finished out the afternoon.

 Now they're all taking medicine and will be feeling better soon.


Love, Grandma

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

a trip to the zoo, part 2

 She loved this children's area very much.

 There are little blue frogs in there.
 Venus Flytrap?

 Then we went to the tropics room. This was as far as I originally intended to take this trip, figured this would take about 45 min, and that would be great.

 She's all interested in that bird on top of that little wooden box.
There's the sloth.  I pointed it out, but not sure she saw it.
 Things were going well, so we put on coats and hats and went outside.
 The orangutans were adorable, but there are times when a zoo feels a bit wrong.

 She was fascinated by this funny, lively baby.
 There's a reindeer in the middle.

After a little bit, she asked to put her coat back on, and we washed her hands and sat on a bench and ate some popcorn before we headed home.

Hey, Little Girls--thank you for making this a very sweet trip to Como.

Love, Grandma

a trip to the zoo

 I'd been wanting to do this for a while, but had to wait for a warm enough day.  Today was the day.

 But the child was scrappy and feisty, hanging on me a lot with many complaints.  I told Kirsten I didn't know if I could do it by myself if the kid wasn't a cooperator.

Then she got quiet and played with the Barbies contentedly.  Then she moved on to the Littlest Pet Shop critters and was working quietly there.   

Maybe we could do this.   I asked her if she wanted to go--to see plants and be outside and see animals.

She about jumped in the air and got ready so fast.

 It was such a beautiful day.

 Inside it was hot and damp. 

 She threw money in the fountain.

 She loved it too, napped part of the time and played with toys, looked at everything.

 There's the snow outside the windows:
 The moisture was fogging my lens.

 Koi--she was afraid to get too close.

 This is the wedding chapel, and it was closed today while they work on the gardens.  This is where our niece was married about ten years ago.  It was a beautiful occasion.

Onward.    Love, Val