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I'm Back and Beat!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

emoticonWe finally had our big move-in day to our new condo. Unfortunately I caught a nasty bug a couple days before and had no voice to direct traffic with all the furniture and boxes. Still, we got it done with the help of about 23 of our dear friends. I had a 102* fever and felt like death warmed over. emoticon Yet, everyone was amazing. My daughter and her kids got doughnuts and coffee for the workers to have a sweet break before all was packed into moving truck, private trucks, a trailer and assorted cars. When everyone was about to drop up at the condo, another friend provided a wonderful luncheon in our roof garden. Some of us got out of the sun in the gazebo while others enjoyed eating at tables in the bright sunny day. emoticon What a view. What a great time of fellowship. Finally, as everyone was heading out, yet another friend appeared full of enthusiasm and energy and helped us reposition some things and help hook up the washing machine and dryer. It was like a breath of fresh air to have new energy at that late afternoon hour. Finally, two days later another dear friend who couldn't be there for the main move day came to help me put away my kitchen. She also brought dinner for my DH and me, some delicious banana emoticonnut bread to munch and a couple of decadent treats for an afternoon break. I am always to amazed at the goodness of people. Everyone has been so kind. And even though I haven't been at SP for awhile I didn't gain weight, emoticonI even lost a pound - I don't know if more do to the move or to the illness. By the way, thanks to round two of antibiotics I can finally take a deep breath. I still feel like I need to sleep for about a week, but that is for another day. Hope all of you are enjoying every minute of every day! Life is sooooo good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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PARKERB2 10/15/2010 2:46PM

    Moving is so hard. I'm sure your glad it's done. Glad the family and friends pitched in to help. Keep Sparking.

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SARAHTAIT 10/15/2010 12:14PM

    What an awful time to be sick! Bless your heart, you got it done anyway! thank the Lord for good friends whomare willing to help out! You are truly blessed. So glad you got moved in and some od your things settled already. Glad you are feeling some better now! Hang in there, the best is yet to be!
Hugs,
Sarah

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 10/14/2010 2:15PM

    Glad your back. Keep us updated. I hope you feel better.

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NURSNANA 10/14/2010 2:13PM

    Congratulations on moving into your condo! What a blessing to have such wonderful friends to help out with your move and bring meals too! So sorry to hear you have been so sick. Hope you are feeling better each day and getting the rest your body needs. Take care my friend. Nancy

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MEADSBAY 10/14/2010 10:31AM

    Oh, my- what awesome people you have in your life!
Take your time and enjoy your new home.
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DOTTIEJANE1 10/14/2010 10:21AM

    Glad you can take deep breaths again, welcome back .

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MACMOM57 10/14/2010 7:40AM

    So glad you back. Sounds like you have awesome family and friends.

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Tender times and trials...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm rapidly approaching the big day. We close on our condo in two days which means I've got to get my act together to finish packing boxes and get the cashiers check ready for closing. Meanwhile, I try to help my daughter with her three little ones who will be occupying our house for three years. This is all so strange and interesting. So much to do. I feel a little like White Rabbit...I'm late, I'm late, I'm late. My exercise is running from one activity to the next, soothing a crying baby, transporting kids to activities, getting myself to meetings, etc., etc. etc. There are trials, but those tender moments with my grandsons beside me or with the granddaughter in my lap make all the challenges so worth it. No time for organized exercise, but my exhausted body tells me I'm getting in a good measure of working out each day anyway. I love hearing from my SP friends. What encouragement you all are. Have you had similar experiences when the trials are challenging, but those tender moments make it all so worthwhile? Blessings. emoticon emoticon

  
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SARAHTAIT 9/22/2010 10:06AM

    Bless your heart-so much to do and no time to do it...go go go!!! I don;t envy you your move but dop envy your life...what a wonderful family. Enjoy your new start and lifestyle-it will be a blessing for you!
Hugs,
Sarah

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DIANE7786 9/21/2010 11:50PM

    My friends had a similar experience. Their home was always well organized and immaculate. Then their only daughter divorced when her three kids were in elementary school. My friends had to let them move to their home. At first, living in a noisy, chaotic mess was stressful. Then they began looking and acting younger as their lives began revolving around school activities, helping with homework and listening to the joys and traumas of childhood. They formed a strong bond that couldnít have happened if they hadnít known each other well from living together. Now the kids are out of college. Each calls a few times a week and visits often. Yes, living with grandkids is very worthwhile!

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KATRIONAH 9/21/2010 10:47PM

    Hi.....I am so glad you blogged. I think sometimes we all feel like that white rabbit who was always running late. NOT many of us are like the energizer bunny who has oomph and energy that never ends. What I like is that YOU are finding time to savor the tender moments as you go along each day. That alone is a blessing and helps all the "BUSY-NESS"tolerable. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday....Karen emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 9/21/2010 10:26PM

    Yes, but in the midst of it all, I stop and give praise and know that God is growing me.

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MEADSBAY 9/21/2010 8:17PM

    This, too, shall pass.
Glad you're savoring the small moments.
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MCCALI59 9/21/2010 7:20PM

  Yes and it all works out well. Don't worry so much and things willl all fall in place. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Another 3-Day Weekend...for the Grandkids

Friday, September 10, 2010

In an effort to save some money our school district removed another five days from the calendar. I was hoping not to have a lot of extra days when I need to help figure out activities for my daughter's little ones. We are getting ready to move from this big house and she will take it over for a few years. Her DH will join her here in March. Between now and then, especially, I've committed to really pitching in and helping out. The physical labor is quite taxing, but I remind myself that it is very good and quite varied as a new exercise routine. The baby is a doll and I get to spend lots of extra time with her while her mom runs errands or just goes running by herself or with her dog. I could never get too much of this 15 pound bundle of energy. But, the boys are 5 and 7, cute as can be and so smart. They are into martial arts which takes a lot of time and energy, but still they can keep going much longer than I when it comes to playing games, reading stories or just running around the house and yard. So, as much as I love them, I sort of dread another three day weekend this week. I've made some plans. My daughter has made some plans. Somewhere along the way we will merge a lot of our plans and it will be a wonderful extended weekend of memory making. I will look back fondly on these days. But, still, right now I feel a bit nervous about trying to keep up. They moved in one month ago today. I know I'm getting stronger and somehow the Lord has kept me on my feet. Their arrival really was like having a full gym moving into my house. It has been awesome. Saving money, maybe for the school district. It's definitely not a money saver for me unless I count the money I don't have to spend to get a similar workout at another gym. But, it's the hugs and smiles and all the added laughter that really makes another three day weekend a wonderful blessing. Hope you have a great weekend everyone! emoticon emoticon

  
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MICHELLEFROST 9/11/2010 12:00AM

    have fun but don't over do it

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MEADSBAY 9/10/2010 9:14PM

    Be careful, Grandmababa!
Remember to take care of yourself while your busy taking care of everyone else!
You deserve it,too.
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Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

emoticonSince I didn't sleep a wink last night I figured my engine would die out in the middle of my busy day. emoticon But, I was really counting on my feet to keep going. To my surprise it's my aching feet that dragged me to my computer. Ah, to rest a bit. Uh Oh, my eyelids are getting heavy. Hmmm....guess it's just one of those days when this body does not have any intention of getting through our to do list. emoticon So, maybe that's o.k. Maybe I'll just rest a bit emoticon and get myself going in time to meet the grandkids after school and cuddle that little 8 1/2 month old baby girl. emoticon I can't get enough of any of them. What a blessing to have them so near. Maybe we can read together or play some board games until I recharge. One can only hope. So....FEET...and the rest of this body.... emoticonplease, please, please don't fail me now. Have a great day friends! emoticon emoticon

  
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SARAHTAIT 9/10/2010 10:45AM

    Hope your feet keep on plodding along...thois grandbabies are sooo worth it. I wish mine was closer but I never get to see her. But one day I will I am sure. Give yours a BIG hug from me......
Hugs,
Sarah

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HAPPYMOM8 9/8/2010 7:36PM

    Feet dod't fail her now! Better get some shut eye though. Those babies are worth it. Pat

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 9/8/2010 6:26PM

    Gota love those baby feet. Hope you get some sleep. emoticon

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DAISYDAY25 9/8/2010 6:05PM

  I can relate to the tired I have not got enough sleep for about a week and it is taking its toll

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I No Better

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

So there I was again....standing in front of the fridge trolling for something to munch. I wasn't really hungry. I really needed to be checking things off my to do list. But, instead, I was distracting myself by staring at the contents of that darned fridge. I know what is good for me....a walk, emoticon some lunges, a few weights, emoticon some water. emoticon I am learning to actually 'no' better day by day. If I know, I should be able to 'no'. So I closed the fridge and stepped away. I paused to think. I took inventory. I know I'm not really hungry. Today I will 'no' better! This is a very good day. I hope it is a very good day for you as well! emoticon emoticon

  
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ANNE-ELIZ 9/7/2010 11:33PM

  I know that you know how to NO!

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MEADSBAY 9/7/2010 5:11PM

    Thanks so much!
Just what I needed to hear right this very moment!
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SHANNAN85 9/7/2010 3:48PM

  That's AWESOME!!
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