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Mondays With Amber

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

It is no secret, if you read any of my blogs, how crazy I am about my granddaughter Amber. She is the light of my life. The best part is--She feels the same way about me. At four years old, she is bright, energetic, funny and sweet. She reminds me so much of my own boys at that age, and that endears her even more to me. We were talking about her older brother Duncan (he's 8), and asked her what grade Duncan was in, she said "Second!" Then we asked her what grade she was in. She thought for a moment and replied, "Tina-Grade!" (Tina is her daycare provider.)

She spent all afternoon with us Sunday, she spent the night and then she stayed with me all day yesterday, before I took her back to Tina's about 4:30, so her parents could pick her up after work. We had such a wonderful day--she keeps me hopping and that is a good thing. We "colored" (drew pictures on little sheets of colored paper she had brought along), and played in the little sandbox on our porch. She got more used to Juno, who as she says, is "Crazy!" Amber used to be frightened because Juno was so lively, but more and more she is tolerating our little Bulldog, and that is a good thing. Juno loves Amber (she loves all little kids), so is very interested in everything Amber does. She even helped Amber play in the sandbox and collect rocks.

Amber seems to think I am running a restaurant, she makes odd requests for food, and I usually try to comply. (She might be a little spoiled by Grandma, I'm sure that's part of the reason she loves to stay with me.) She wanted blueberry muffins for breakfast. I found a small mix in my cupboard and we mixed them up and cooked two of them--one for her and one for me. They're only 120 calories! Amber helped me mix them up!

Later in the afternoon, she requested another blueberry muffin, so I baked one more for her. Amber doesn't eat very well at my house, I fixed her macaroni and cheese for lunch, and only got her to eat 10 very small bites, by saying we couldn't go outside to play until she did. When she will eat something, I'm happy to make it for her. She did eat both muffins!

Amber certainly put me in a better mood. Today I feel more accepting of our situation and more ready to face what is ahead. I am also determined to enjoy each and every moment Du & I have together. I think I will have Amber spend more time with me--she is a wonderful attitude adjustor!!!

P.S. Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my last couple of depressing blogs. It helps me so much to hear from my Spark friends, and know that I am not alone!
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  • CANNIE50
    Between Amber and Juno (and your other grandkids) you are surrounded by cute. I am a big fan of cute. Cuteness is definitely an antidote for sadness. PS Love her comment about her grade! emoticon
    1382 days ago
    She is so beautiful!

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  • KERRYG155
    Sounds like a wonderful couple of days. I'm glad Amber and Juno are getting along better. I no rambunctious dogs and kids aren't always a good fit. I'm sure now that she's older they'll be good friends.
    1386 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Grandchildren are the best! My grandson is a picky eater, too. It isn't easy, but I'm hoping he grows out of it soon. I'm glad you're in a better mood.
    1386 days ago
    Amber is such a beautiful little girl. Just by looking at her sweet and glowing face, I can tell that she is beautiful both inside and out. I am happy that you had some blueberry muffin mix for her. What a small thing to make a little girl happy. emoticon
    1386 days ago
    I don't think there is anything more exciting than spending time with our grandchildren at the young learning years. I had boys, but what fun we had.
    It might be a good thing that Amber doesn't like macaroni and cheese. Being a little picky in what foods she likes could benefit her. Children establish eating habits, that carry through their life time, and not wanting fattening food is good.
    Maybe it would be cool to start showing her how healthy Grandma cooks and eats.
    I started cooking early, made my Grandmother a birthday cake when seven years old. From scratch too, didn't have mixes. Smile!!
    It's good you have Amber to spend quality time with, keeps your mind in a happy place.
    Take care.
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    1386 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I am so glad you have that sweetie in your life. Maybe you could start a mini cooking with Amber thing with her on Mondays or when you have her. Usually if you make something yourself you will eat it. Best to get good eating habits early. As a child I loved bright orange carrots which really we all know are snowman noses.
    1386 days ago
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