Sunday, March 30, 2008

Life and Times of Grandma Dawn




Care Bear's Fruit Salad
Tutorial

Step 1: Search Grandma's cupboard for a large bowl - drag chair over to tall cupboard, remove everything in your way to achieve the goal of the perfect bowl.

Step 2: Search second cupboard for apron for Feisty to wear while preparing fruit salad. Apron says, "Don't Expect Miracles."
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Step 3: Search refrigerator for every possible ingredient for fruit salad. Call Grandma from upstairs to peel orange, which has been pricked with numerous toothpicks to make it juicy.

Step 4: Place all ingredients on kitchen table. Orange, grape jelly, grapes (red and green), green yogurt, applesauce, popcorn flavored jellybeans, toothpicks for candles.
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Step 5: Mix all ingredients together. Enjoy??
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Next Day:

Care Bear is in school. Feisty has center stage. She gets a chance to have all the attention, except for what goes to the babies. She is so much fun. Except for when she's at eye level with Grandma's mid-section - "Grandma, your tummy is getting big!" Thanks, Feisty.

Feisty wants FOUR scoops of ice cream. I tell her, "You'll get fat like Grandma if you have that much ice cream!" Horrified look on Feisty's face - "Just 3 scoops, Grandma!"

Locked bathroom door - fortunately, she was not in there. I could not get it unlocked, so all afternoon we had to run downstairs.

Feisty has a great imagination. She found 3 rubber gloves and began to play a game called "Rescue the Spoon."
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"Grandma, help me rescue the spoon on your bed!" Livi to the Rescue! Grandma has to go up the stairs, one twin in arms, FIVE TIMES - she loves to repeat anything she finds to be great fun.
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We've been working hard on the potty training endeavors - we had several successes again and she gets so excited. We made up a happy dance for the occasion - we had to do it FIVE TIMES. This grandma had to call a halt, because I was totally out of breath.

I don't have any recent pictures of Anakin - and I don't have him as often as I used to. But on the way home from school the other day, I saw this high school kid walking down the street in full black clothes with silver decoration - you know, the blousy black pants, the knee-high combat boots, chains, fasteners all in silver. I said, "Anthony, that dude looks terrible!" He says, "Grandma, I hate to tell you this, but "dude" coming out of your mouth just doesn't sound right!" Oh, I think I am embarrassing him already - and he's only 10!


It'll either keep me young or make me old!!


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18 comments:

Chris said...

What a cutie.

Linds said...

So you had a quiet relaxing time then????! It sounds perfect to me, I have to say. What fun the little ones are! I visited the babes yesterday and they were having a great time outside for the first time this spring. In the garden. They all seem to have grown so much over the winter!

Diane said...

What a fun little girl!

And as to embarrassing our children and grandchildren...it's our job! Keeps 'em humble!

Too funny.

Love the joy I see in those little girl's faces!

Diane

Maine Mom said...

It's fun to hear about your adventures with the little ones...makes my adventures more tolerable. :-)

Chrissie said...

Oh, my! that's so precious! I just love the glove on the knee - what a hoot! VBS
God bless you this lovely day!
Chrissie

Penless Thoughts said...

You've got spunk, Dawn!!!!!! Love it.
Susan

Needled Mom said...

Sounds like an exhausting day, Dawn. Thank heavens for Grandmas!!! Have a good week.

Susie said...

Gotta love that fruit salad! We have stairs at our house too and I was visualizing running up and down with a baby in each arm chasing another little one.
Goodness Dawn, it exhausts me to think of doing that.
You'll be able to eat as much ice cream as you like if you keep running after those 3, 4 or 5!

xxo

Mimi said...

looks kind of like a concoction my grandson made when he was about that age...except he added milk to his also...:-)
love the days spent with the little ones... they keep you young..haven't heard of a grammie dying yet while in the middle of helping her young homemaker learn the tricks of the trade...your versions of the day make me smile...I do enjoy it...:-)
Mimi

groovyoldlady said...

The fruit salad had me rolling!

Oh. my. word.

I'm so glad you get to spend time with them loving them and helping them grow up into godly young people.

You are truly blessed. My youngest grandchild just turned 1 and I've never met her...

Mary said...

Dawn,

It will keep you young. LOL If he only knew some of the sayings that we had when we were young.

Brandon and Jordan are so afraid they are going to hurt my feelings. I know something's up when they say, "Grandma, I don't want to hurt your feelings but..." or "Grandma, I hate to tell you this but..."

I wouldn't trade them for the world. I wonder how we ever lived without our grands. I used to kiss Brandon every day when I dropped him off at school until one day he said, "Grandma, I don't want to hurt your feelings, but can we do the kissing at home?" I told him I understood he didn't want his friends to see me kissing him and it blew him away.

Thanks so much for your comments on my sugar bush photo essay. I always enjoy your visits.

Glad you are enjoying your grands.
Blessings,
Mary

Nadine said...

That made me smile. :)

Mimi said...

Dawn,
I appreciate your comments on my post "Gaining Respect" I especially appreciated the comments about your dad, when he turned down the job with Sears...because he worked for the King of Kings...
Mimi

Needled Mom said...

Yeah....updated site. It looks great.

Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Dawn,
I do love the new look of your blog and the header as well. I like that you have your Grandchildren as the header. I bet Care Bear's Fruit Salad was good huh? Her and Fiesty look so adorable in the picture with the Apron on. I had to LOL at what Fiesty said about your stomach. Only out of the mouth of babes. LOL. I bet you were worn out from going up and down the stairs 5 times. Five must be her favorite number for her to have you do it 5 times. Our oldest daughter is 11 and fixing to be 12 this month, and she is always telling me and my DH that we embarrass her sometimes out in public. LOL. I tell her well she should be glad that she has Parents that can laugh and joke with her. I guess it's the growing up stage she is going thru now. Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

PEA said...

Hello dear Dawn:-)

I'm finally back to regular blogging...isn't it funny how having company for a week and then being away for a few days can mess up your regular routine?? hehe I've really missed you all.

Thank you so much for your best wishes on my finding out that I will be a grandma...I can't tell you enough how absolutely thrilled I am:-) I hope to be as good a grandma as you are...I so admire you and love reading all your stories about your own grandchildren:-) Just like this one about Care Bear and Feisty! lol How adorable!!! xox

Sharon Lynne said...

This was fun to read. I loved the pictures. You are so good about sharing your life. It's hard to know who the cutest is...the twins or the big sisters. They are all cute!

I enjoyed your little comment about sitting outside in the chaise lounge. I think I would want some solace, too, if I lived with 4 other siblings in a small home.

Has the snow melted for the last time...so you can enjoy Spring?

jennifer said...

Dawn, DDDUUUUUDDDDE, what's up with that? Was he Dis'n the Matricarch Chic? Bummer.

HAH! I use dude too. The kids are used to it. I thought your stories were sweet and the pics were adorable. I hope you got that bathroom door open!!

Jennifer