As I have already written, I got to spend lots of quality time with the grandkids this week, especially with Granddaughter Amber. She spent all day Monday and Tuesday with me, then of course we went to dance class and McDonald's Thursday night.
Amber reminds me so much of myself when I was a child. She loves candy and potato chips, which worries me. I try to push oranges and bananas, and she likes them, but she really likes the junky stuff. Her parents are pretty careful about limiting how much of the junk food she gets, which is a good thing. She is very thin, as I was at that age. I know how quickly that can change. She sucks her fingers, not her thumb, but it's basically the same thing. It's always the same two fingers and they are permanently wrinkled from all the sucking, plus her face breaks out. Not only is her skin very tender, I'm sure the constant drooling and sucking doesn't help with that, nor is it probably good for her teeth. I sucked my thumb until I was 8 or 9 I'm sure. Of course the last years, the thumb-sucking was always done secretly. It was so embarrassing. I have a pretty good overbite, I'm sure the thumb-sucking had something to do with that. She loves to sing. I'm always humming some tune I have stuck in my head. Neither of us is a great singer, although we can both carry a tune and obviously LOVE to sing. Amber is also a people-pleaser like me. She tries not to misbehave so she doesn't get reprimanded and pretty much does what she is told. Thursday night, she wanted to go upstairs to "her" bedroom and watch Nick Jr. up there, while laying in bed. Of course I let her, and when we got upstairs, I thought she could just lay ON TOP of the bedspread, but she wanted me to pull the covers back so she could cover up. I said, "But then I will have to make the bed again!" Of course I let her do it anyway. When she came downstairs a little later, after I called her to come down and get dressed for dance class, she told me, "I made the bed Grandma, I put the covers UNDER the pillow!" Later when I went to bed Thursday night, I looked in "her" bedroom, and sure enough she had done the best bed-making a 3-year-old is capable of, and it warmed my heart.
She loves to play with the magnetic letters on my fridge. I bought them when her older brother was young (he's 6 now), and she still enjoys playing with them, and the battery-operated container that came with it. You put a letter inside and push it, and it sings a song about the letter, or sings the alphabet song, which she knows by heart and sings constantly. I told her "A" is for Amber!
The next day she wore the t-shirt she got in her stocking from my daughter-in-law, her Aunt. It is a picture of my two granddaughters in their Princess costumes, at their Halloween Party at Dance Class. Her shirt says Amber & Mia. On the back it says, "Best Friends and Cousins." My daughter-in-law also got a shirt for me, it says, "My Two Princesses, Amber & Mia." So when Amber wore that shirt on Tuesday, I put mine on as well, and took a picture of the two of us. Now we need a picture with Mia too, so we have one of all of us in our shirts!
Amber is like her mother, in that, now when she sees me with my camera, she poses with a beautiful smile usually. I like that. Makes the pictures of her so much cuter, and I take a LOT of pictures!
Amber in her new leg warmers. I bought these at the beginning of the dance season, but she will never wear them, even though I ask every week. This week, I told her, "It's COLD, you need these legwarmers!" She wore them but when we got to dance class, she ran out of the classroom and told me, "I forgot to take off my legwarmers." She complained that they were itchy, but they were SO CUTE!
I love this last picture--what a poser!
Then it was off to dance class!
After dance class we headed to McDonald's, where the girls ate, and pretended to have mustaches with their French Fries, as they like to do.
After dinner, they headed to the Playland and this week we were all alone in there. They had the best time, since nobody else was in there, they had even more fun than usual. Mia is shorter than Amber and has trouble climbing up the tower to get to all the tunnels and the slide down. But this week, she made it. I was so proud of her, she had to put her foot in the netting in order to get up to the next level, but she was tenacious and she DID IT!
Sorry the pictures are so blurry, I took them with my cellphone. At first, after Mia made it to the top, she got a little scared and Amber tried to help her. Eventually they both came down the slide repeatedly and really had a ball!
Yesterday, my youngest son and I took Lola for a very long walk. It was 50 degrees here, which is a very nice day for Nebraska in January, but it was windy, which made it feel cooler. We drove to the undeveloped neighborhood down the road, because the road in front of our house which is gravel, was much too muddy to walk on. The neighborhood across the road is all paved and there's no houses. We hope they never sell any of those lots and start building, because now it is a great place to walk and bike. We went 3.4 miles and it completely exhausted Lola evidently. She slept ALL evening, usually she is pretty active in the evening. Of course that's when she has been cooped up in her kennel all day, which is rare now that I'm retired.
I am LOVING retirement! It is so wonderful to have time to spend with my precious grandchildren and better yet, it is great to have the ENERGY!!