coming out of my shell

coming out of my shell

Thursday, May 2, 2019

7 Hours

We took care of our 7-year old grandson, N, for 7 hours the other day. Here's what we did:
  • Made weapons out of Tinker Toys.
  • Grandma and N made corn muffins.
  • Had epic fight with Tinker Toy swords. N won.
  • Grandpa and N found an undiscovered Easter egg in the yard. It had 4 dimes in it - yay!
  • We all went for a swim.
  • Grandma and N tried to push Grandpa off his floatie.
  • Played Marco Polo in water.
  • Played keep-away in the water.
  • N picked vegetables.
  • N took a bath. Grandma and N squabbled over how high the bath water should be. Grandma won.
  • Grandma and N watched an episode of Sponge Bob.  Grandpa disappeared.
  • N played with small cars while watching Sponge Bob. Grandma disappeared.
  • N realized G&G weren't in room and bellowed for us to come back. We complied.
  • Tried to find a board game to play. Couldn't agree.
  • Blew up balloons and instead of tying them off, let them go all over the house.
  • Grandpa wouldn't play hide and seek. N called him a "party ruiner." Grandpa was not ashamed.
  • N played computer games, Grandma snuck out of computer room. N didn't notice.
  • Break time for G&G while N played with small cars.
  • Drove downtown to eat.
  • Grandma and N raced from the parking lot to the restaurant trying to beat Grandpa there. N won,
  • Drew silly and unflattering pictures of each other.
  • Worked on activity workbook and ate.
  • Walked to the pavilion and waited until someone occupying one of the 4 swings left.
  • N threw pennies in fountain.
  • Two people left and we got their swing!
  • N pushed G&G frightfully high on the swing.
  • N joined us on the swing, complaining we didn't swing high enough.
  • Took turns jumping off the swing. Ouch. (Note to self, getting too old to jump off swings.)
  • Grandma and N raced to the car, got in, slumped down and "surprised" Grandpa when he arrived.
  • Went for ice cream.  
  • Took N to his house and waited for his parents.
  • N played Minion's Rush on Grandma's iphone.
  • N and Grandma played with magnetic tiles. 
  • N said "Isn't this great?"  I asked "What?" He replied,"You, me, Grandpa, here. This."
  • N's parents came home and G&G skedaddled. 

27 comments:

  1. I think that if we had kept up that schedule, the last entry would read "G & G - RIP"

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  2. I think you put in a day and deserved to skedaddle. Seven years old is no so easy and one, two, three, or even four and five and six. You know what I mean!

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  3. You packed a lot into 7 hours! *Winks* Bailing during Sponge Bob tho', say it ain't so?! *Bwahahaha!* Having raised two of our Grands and having them 24-7 and 365 I know far too much about this Generations Cartoons and Nikolodian Favs. I think enduring the Cartoons wasn't so bad, but what 13 Year Old Girls watch, well, Princess T laughs when it works my last nerve! They always make the Adults on those Shows out to be Idiots incapable of a thought... not a good message but she loves some of those damned Tween Shows! The Show iCarly and Sam & Cat was probably the worst and now that she's kinda 'Over' those, Thank God, we laugh about how the one Female Character's persona drove me Mental! *LOL* Ariana Grande may sing okay, but good Lord the Character she played on that Show was so irritating! *Smiles* But, you do learn to Love what they Love, because it isn't all about us is it? I'm sure N had the time of his Life and it was clearly a Big indulgent Day for him! You're Fantastic Grandparents!!! So many can't hang for an Hour! *Winks*

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    1. Thanks, Dawn. Your praise for grandparenting means a lot, coming from someone who raised some of their grandkids. I don't know how you garnered the energy to do it. Love is a powerful motivator.

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  4. What a fun day. N will have such great memories of his grandparents.

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  5. A day well spent and then you got the best Thank You. Priceless!

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    1. It was wonderful. As tired as I was, I could hardly sleep that night, so many good thoughts and memories kept me awake.

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  6. I am exhausted just reading this. But you did a Good Thing.

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  7. We watch our 5 year old grandson for a few hours every Tuesday. I think I'll check your list here for things to do with him. We always have fun. And afterwards, Roger and I are utterly exhausted. So much energy in those little ones.

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  8. That's all? Are you sure you haven't forgotten anything?

    (Seriously, I am worn out from reading.)

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    1. Ha! There actually were a few more things but I cut them because the post got way too long.

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  9. "You, me, Grandpa, here. This."

    N's "Thank you" made my heart sing! He loves you two and you love him, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!!! With a love like that ....

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    1. Ooooh, thanks for the Beatles reference.

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  10. N said "Isn't this great?" I asked "What?" He replied,"You, me, Grandpa, here. This."

    I love this. Sounds like you all had a wonderful/tiring time. He's a lucky young man.

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  11. Younger daughter (Occasional Speeder), hubbie and Grandson Zach (aged 12) are due here late afternoon. Here's a prediction of Zach's activities insofar as they affect VR and me.

    • Arrives (4-ish), nods to us, takes assorted electronic equipment upstairs to the small bedroom. May ask for loan of charger cable.

    • Called downstairs (6-ish) for nutrition. Takes plateful upstairs.

    • OS, Hubbie or RR calls upstairs (11-ish): "Time to put on your PJs Zach." Faint response.

    • Silence. RR goes to bed (1-ish), passes Zach's bedroom and hears one half of a conversation. Assumes (hopes!) this is evidence of interactive computer game.

    • Silence, darkness.

    • Stirring sound on landing (10-ish, next day). RR shaves, goes downstairs where Zach has served himself an unhealthy breakfast.

    • Guests depart (midday-ish). Zach kisses VR goodbye, does a "squeeze" handshake on RR. RR enters Zach's bedroom, picks up breadcrusts, empty pop can, grape stalks and widely distributed crockery and shuffles down to kitchen.

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    1. I quite enjoyed this! A view into my future with N. "Called downstairs for nutrition."

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  12. Seven hours?! That is easily 2 or 3 days! What troopers the grands are! Bravo.

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