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The Calculator Phone

Grandkids By September 18, 2016 Tags: , 4 Comments

I watched my two granddaughters over the weekend.  In preparation for their visit, I picked up a couple of cheap calculators.  They were identical so I distinguished them with a drawing on the back. This way they each knew which calculator was theirs.  It actually helped prevent fights.

Immediately the 18 month old got “on the phone”.  I have no idea who she was talking to but she spent quite a bit of time with them.  I believe the three year old was texting, although I am sure I heard her take a call as well.

The funniest thing they did was insist on taking them with us to the zoo.  I figured it wasn’t worth the fight so I tossed them into the bag with the snacks and water.  I took a few pictures of the kids and the animals.  Next thing I know the oldest is digging though the bag – what is she looking for?  Her phone! She begins taking pictures of her surroundings or maybe she was taking video – I’m not sure. phone5a

Once the youngest was released from her stroller (because I wanted them to walk and get tired) she found her calculator and began snapping pictures as well.  Very enthusiastically, I might add. phone2a

phone3aIn the evening I asked my son what the time was.  My oldest granddaughter jumped up, found her calculator (to get the time) but then announced, it was out of charge!  Honestly, we were having a hard time not cracking up.  Then she found a short rope and said she would charge it when she went to bed.  Oh. My. Goodness.phone6a

So much fun from two cheap little calculators!





Making Memories on Purpose

Family By September 4, 2016 Tags: , , 8 Comments

My mother-in-law came for a visit recently.  This was her second visit since our latest granddaughter was born.  She is called Gigi by her great grandchildren. She has to travel two thousand miles to get here so her visits are infrequent.  My oldest granddaughter loves Gigi, even though they have only spent a handful of times tree-resized

I don’t remember my great-grandmother (my mother’s grandmother).  All pictures, only black and white, portrayed her as severe looking.  That could have been the popular pose of the time but the stories I hear about her agree with the pictures!  Yikes.  Even though she was alive for several years after I was born, there are no pictures of her holding me or even with us together.  That is not the kind of memory I wanted my granddaughters to have.mack and gigi-resized

Before Gigi arrived I made a plan to have her spend some quality time with them. Last year the oldest one was 2 1/2, we went apple picking, feed the ducks and had a picnic.  This year I arranged to take both of them but on separate days so they could enjoy Gigi without competition.  It worked out well.  I planned a visit to the beach, lunch and shopping.  Both the girls and Gigi enjoyed it.

I made sure to take pictures, then I framed one so they could put it on shelf in their room. I feel like I am documenting history.  Today it might not mean much to them or their parents but when they are much older they may treasure a photograph of them and their great grandmother. I would have (especially if she was smiling!).grandkids-resized