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Great Times with Grandchildren--Lotsa Pictures!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Last week, I got hungry for Thanksgiving dinner, so went and bought a turkey breast and made plans to roast it for Sunday dinner.

As I started making preparations for our Thanksgiving in June, I realized I would have way too much food for the three of us, so invited son and his family. Then I decided it would be fun for me if the kids spent the night and all day Monday while their parents were at work. At first I thought this might be too much for me, but decided I felt good enough to give it a try. I did avoid picking up Amber, the almost 3-year old, to avoid lifting more than my 10-lb. limit. But I feel great, almost 100% already!

After dinner we all went outside and did some sidewalk chalk writing on the driveway.

Amber & Duncan both love to play in the back of the pick-up.

Amber and her Uncle Durch (that's how she says his name, Chris) went for a walk, while Duncan did some running. He renamed our shed "Happy World." I guess he likes it up there.

Then Amber decided it was time to do her nails--as we always do when she comes out.

I got some nice pictures of both kids with the flowers that are blooming right now.

Then both kids decided to explore the rest of the yard and just ran and ran....

stopping once in a while to check out the trees.

After son and his wife left, we came inside and Amber played games on the computer at, both kids love that site.

Amber wanted some "lip" (that's what she calls lip gloss), and I had bought her a new set, it came in a little mini Hello Kitty case, which she loves!

Amber likes to take pictures too, and she snapped this one of me....

We spent the time before bed, just playing. Amber liked the little microphone we bought at Christmas time, it converts your voice so that you sound like an Elf. It's cute but VERY LOUD!

Then she decided to pretend that she was scared and her Grandpa Du had to protect her on the couch!

The next morning Amber requested toast for breakfast

Duncan had donut holes which I had specifically bought for them to eat, but Amber didn't want those!

Then it was back outside for more fun!

We took a short walk down the road...

Then Amber had to wait while Uncle Durch got a rock out of her shoe.

Then back to running.

Duncan rested for a moment in a neighbor's yard.

More walking (these are three of my favorite people in the whole world)!

Then it was time to come back home...

(I made Amber pose by the recently planted wagon on the way up the driveway)

And head for the park!

Where they slid...

and climbed...

and swung...

and bounced.

After a short rest, we walked across the road and up to the hill to see the Indian. This is a special spot for us because we have a wonderful picture of my dad when he was a young man at this very same Indian statue. He actually climbed up on the Indian's shoulders, and someone snapped a picture of him up there. We're guessing it was in the early 1940's. We saw the sign yesterday said the statue was put up in 1935. Chris walked all around the statue and decided his Grandpa must have had a few beers before he attempted the climb!

Duncan enjoyed collecting sticks. The kids have a real fascination for pine cones, rocks and sticks, they always have collections of them when they're at our house. I guess they're not so common in the city where they live??

Amber had to get protection from Uncle Durch when some park workers walked by. (She's pretty shy.)

But she quickly recovered and had fun "walk walk walking" (as she calls it while she's doing it) up and down the steps near the statue.

We stopped at the Dairy Sweet near the park on the way to McDonalds. So the kids ended up having ice cream for lunch and Happy Meals for dessert. ONLY at Grandma's house!!

As I sat with the kids while they ate their ice cream Duncan asked me why I wasn't having any ice cream. I said, "Because I don't want to get fat." He said, "Again?" I had thought he probably didn't remember me as morbidly obese--but evidently he does.

Duncan had fun when we got home, trying on Durch's cowboy boots and playing ball with him. He even took a short ride on the 4-wheeler, he is usually too scared of how loud it is to take a ride, but Durch convinced him! As an Albino, Duncan's sight isn't good and we always think his hearing must be a little more sensitive because of that.

While Amber slept off her big morning upstairs. She took a LONG nap!

As I told my husband, as much as I love having those kids out, it is always a relief when they finally go home. But I'm always ready to have them come back very soon! What a joy it is to be able to take part in their lives more fully now!

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    What great pics! I just loved them all!
    2009 days ago
    They are both so adorable and I understand you being tired...all the activity in the pics wore me out, lol ;)

    Looks like a great time for everyone. They both look like happy kids to me!

    thanks for sharing, I loved it!
    2014 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Such nice pictures and I especially like the photos of your son with his niece and nephew, holding hands, taken from behind - so sweet; and the one of Duncan with the mini-basketball, just adorable. I am so glad to hear your recovery is going so smoothly! It seems like you are healing very rapidly - are you ahead of schedule? Take care, Pam!
    2015 days ago
    Looks like a good time, and glad that you are recovering enough to do it!
    2015 days ago
    That's a lot of great pictures, and I'm glad everyone had a good time. I do know about being glad when they come, and glad again when they go. Maybe our endurance fades as we age.
    2015 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    I'm glad you were feeling well enough to enjoy some quality time with those adorable grandkids!
    2015 days ago
    Wow it looks like everyone had a great time. You are creating great memories with them, what an awesome grandmother they have.
    2017 days ago
    Kids are great, huh? Looks like y'all had a fabulous time!!
    2018 days ago
    What a full 2 days. It is so great that you have this memory in pictures. Well done. And kudos to you for surviving these 2 days so close after surgery.
    2018 days ago
    glad you had such a great time
    2018 days ago
    Just fun! I love the pics of Amber in Uncle Durch's arms from behind,and Amber and her Grandpa Du!!! I also love those purple blue flowers going up that trellis! And love Duncan collecting his "sticks"!
    Turkey dinner in June? Love it! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2019 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/6/2012 1:10:28 AM
    I can see your grandchildren are growing, but having so much fun. Enjoy all the time you do have with them. But of course enjoy the rest after they go home emoticon
    2019 days ago
    Such cutie pies!! emoticon
    2019 days ago
    from one grandma to another you are so very am I emoticon
    2019 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Looks like a wonderful day! and Thanksgiving dinner without all the cold and/or snow sounds great although down here it's usuallly just way too hot. I remember as a kid thinking the climb up to that Indian was a monstrous hill! LOL I have since climbed it with my grandkids on a couple of trips up to Lincoln.
    2019 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Maggie, you are a GREAT grandma:) Those kids are lucky to have you. What a fantastic day!
    2019 days ago
    What an awesome Grandma! Love your pictures and captions and so glad that you're feeling so good already. Have a great week.
    2019 days ago
  • PRINCESS1959
    emoticon emoticon
    2019 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    Great pictures, Pam. You pics make it look like your house is in the middle of a huge much open land! Your grand-kids are adorable and it looks like you had a great couple of days. I love spending time with my grand-kids too but am always relieved when it's time for them to go home........they are the most fun but so exhausting emoticon
    2019 days ago
    Oh yes I wish I had hair like Amber's. I often call it spun gold. After getting some sunscreen in it, and sweating and then napping, I couldn't get a comb through it, so just before her parents arrived last night she took a bath and I washed her hair, to return it to its gorgeous condition.
    2019 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/6/2012 8:44:55 AM
    Beautiful kids and wonderful memories for you...and them! emoticon
    2019 days ago
    Boy! I was exhausted just following your day with Amber and Duncan. Thank goodness you had Chris to do the chasing and lifting. When my 5 year-old and 2 year-old granddaughters spend the day with us I'm napping with the 2 year-old. As a matter of fact, I just wanted to take a nap when I saw Amber taking hers. Don't you wish we could keep our hair as shiny and healthy as Amber's? They are beautiful children.
    2019 days ago
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