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The Thankful Banner

Family By November 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

resize-bannerIt’s been more than 25 years since I designed and constructed a 6 foot long, blue felt Thankful Banner for my family.  The goal was to put the items we were thankful for on it, in picture form, so my young children could understand it.  I hang it up every year around this time.  It stays up pasts Christmas, therefore it gets packed away with the holiday decorations.  If I am slow to pull out the Christmas decorations, then the banner is delayed in getting put up (meaning after Thanksgiving).  My two boys are both grown, but they expect to see it hanging on the wall.  I guess it is tradition and a part of their childhood.  When my son got married he noticed when I added his new wife to the banner.  Several years later, my daughter-in-law noticed when I added our first granddaughter to the banner.  This year we have a new addition to our family and I will be adding a second granddaughter to the things we are Thankful for.


Being thankful is powerful; it can remove a sour attitude, give you an appreciation for life or stir up a sense of hope and peace. It can chase the doldrums away and provide renewed energy. Our family banner is full, but simple. A pepperoni pizza represents food and musical notes represent singing.  Our banner has a hot air balloon on it because they are cool and we used to live in the hot air balloon capital of the world – Albuquerque.

Even in the worst of times, there is always something to be thankful for.


What are you thankful for?

This post is linked to The Grand Social over at Grandma’s Briefs, Treasure Box Tuesdays at Memories by the Mile and Creative Muster at Fluster Buster


Do You Hear What I Hear?

Grandkids, Toddlers By September 22, 2015 Tags: , , No Comments

My two-year old granddaughter enjoys eating popsicles while sitting on an old wooden table in my yard.  Our mini-tradition of lounging outdoors, while eating frozen sticks of goodness, started to avoid getting sticky popsicle juice all over my kitchen chairs, the table, the floor, and yes, the rest of the house.  She likes to get up and move around, not quite understanding that she is dripping stuff everywhere!  However, she does understand that I want popsicles eaten outside.

She likes me to sit on the wooden table with her while she attacks her frozen treat. As she licks and slurps away, we talk.  This is the best part.  She asks me what different sounds are.  I have to listen carefully because I take all these noises in stride and they don’t even register with me anymore.  I live on a moderately busy street, close to the beach, with noisy trucks, airplanes flying overhead and loud chipping birds.  She lives in a wooded area that is much quieter, so my “city” sounds are interesting to her.

‘What’s that noise?’, she asks.  ‘A motorcycle”, I respond.  ‘A motorcycle’, she repeats.  ‘What’s that noise? ‘, she asks again. ‘That is a cooing pigeon.  Do you see it up on the wire?’, I point to where it is perched.  She searches until she finds it and then repeats, ‘that’s a pigeon’.  Then I turn the tables on her and ask her the questions.  ‘What’s that noise?’ I question, as a loud truck bumps past.  ‘A truck!’, she answers, as she beams up at me with a huge grin. We go back and forth like this until she gets the very last bit from the popsicle stick.  Then we are done, the moment passes and she is off to her next activity.

I look forward to these outdoor sessions and I think she does too.  It gives us a slice of time, when both of us are just hanging out together. Our focus is on identifying the noises and discussing the world around us.  It is a great teaching time and a great bonding time.

I always make sure I have a stock of popsicles ready in the freezer….just in case.

How do you spend special time with your grandchild?