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Two Grandmas {Guest Post}

We have another guest blog post for you today, written by my lovely mother. Enjoy!

“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something” -Regina Brett

Summers are always too short. This summer was no exception. In the fullness of summer I visited my granddaughter in San Antonio, and when I came home it was fall. I spent 10 days visiting with Michaela. Since she lives far away I only get to see her about four times a year. So, when I visit I spend every moment with her and her mom, Natalie.

Claire, my other granddaughter lives nearby so I get to see her more often. It is a different kind of relationship that I have with the two, but both are special and unique. Claire has a grandma who also lives in far away; like Michaela, one grandma close and one far away.

On one of my Friday’s with Claire her daddy pulled up into the drive way. Claire ran to the window, with excitement she said, “Daddy’s home”, and with her eyes growing bigger she said, “Grandma Mary, too”. Claire looked at me running around in circles, and in a crescendo exclaimed “TWO GRANDMAS”. Claire’s grandma Mary lives in Alaska.


When I am with my grandchildren, fond memories come back to the days when my children were young. Michaela is a lot like her aunt Emily, Claire’s mom. She loves to be out and about, smiles at everyone, a true extrovert from the beginning, but very fussy at home. The faintest little “Waa”, her mother comes running to pick her up. If I am holding her and Michaela says “waa” Natalie will hold her arms out to me to take the baby away. I don’t give her the baby; it is one of my very few times with my granddaughter after all.

Michaela has started to crawl and Natalie is going through withdrawals. Not wanting her baby to grow up too fast. But they do grow up, every stage is exciting and fun and you should relish each moment. But there will come a time when you want them to grow up and move out of the house. We baby boomers are having a tough time with this. For the past ten years, Phil and I have been moving around, into one house then back to the other house trying to launch our children, but we only ended up with more kids than we started with. We even had an extra kid in the basement for a while.

We finally sold the big house, and bought a tiny, tiny house at the beach. We are now renting a room from a friend. We are keeping a low profile and holding our breath until the coast is clear. We then plan on moving back into our house. Hopefully by then our children will be settled and fully launched. We baby boomers have no other way to launch our children. The only way is to sell our houses. What do you think is the reason behind the tiny house craze? At least we will never have to experience the “empty nest”.

So, young mothers, love your children, enjoy each stage. But the very best stage is when they all grow up, move out and start having many, many grandchildren.

What to do all day with a 2 year old {Guest Post}

A recent study shows that spending a moderate amount of time with your grandkids may actually prevent Alzheimer’s disease and decrease rates of depression. But spending too much time may actually increase your rates of Alzheimer’s and depression.

I spend every other Friday with my granddaughter, Claire. It has been very fun and rewarding. But what do you do with a two year old all day long?

The first time I watched my granddaughter I bought her a sticker book, with 600 stickers. The sales lady said as she was checking it out, “oh my, this would be a nightmare at my house. Your daughter will not appreciate this. I can see it now, stickers all over her house”.  Claire loved the stickers and didn’t make too much of a mess. We also watched the Lorax 6 times. I needed some inspiration.

As our visits progressed we fell into a routine. In the mornings, after watching the Lorax and eating breakfast, we would go for a walk. I would put Claire in her stroller, and we would walk around the neighborhood until Claire would say, “I go home”.  One day we set out for our walk, this time Claire was walking her baby in her baby’s stroller, while we were walking the sun came out. “Grandma, I need my sunglasses, let’s go home and get them”. We turned around and got her sunglasses and set out on our walk once again.

After lunch it would be time for her nap. The first day I visited, I said “Claire it’s time for your nap”,  she frowned and said, “No, I don’t do that”. I let her play and next thing you knew she was asleep on the couch.  She usually doesn’t want to take her nap, but recently her mom has come up with a strategy that works. We have story time in her bedroom, while we snuggle on the dog bed (there is no dog, her Grandpa got her this for Christmas) and I read a few pages of a book until she takes the book from me and says, “I read now”. This is my cue to make an exit, leaving her in her bed reading by herself. She soon falls asleep. But one day she did not want to go to her room to read stories. She was on to us and did not want to take a nap. I let her play, thinking she would eventually fall asleep on the couch. But she kept playing and playin, growing very tired. Soon she could hardly stand up and keep her eyes open. She says to me “I’m tired I want to take a nap”. As we walked up the stairs to her bedroom, she asks, “can we cuddle and read a book?”

After naptime we do a few chores, such as laundry or dinner prep to help her mommy.  One day we spent hours making labels and organizing kitchen bins for flour and sugar etc. She was fascinated with the label machine. This kept her attention longer than any other activity.

I try to plan a special activity that coincides with the holiday of the month. Every month there is a holiday to celebrate. Spring is here. Good time for gardening.

I plan on taking Claire to the nursery to buy some plants. We can plant these plants in the pots from this blog. And if the sun is out we will go out into the yard and plant some flowers and we won’t  forget our sunglasses!

Here is a link for children’s gardening tools.


Potty Training 101 {Guest Post}

I’m excited to have my mom as a guest on the blog today! And she’s covering everyone’s favorite topic…Potty Training!

Hello, my name is Patty Hobizal, Claire is my granddaughter. I waited a long time for Claire. I remember when the desire to have a grandchild hit me. I was in church, sitting behind a grandma who was cuddling the most adorable baby, her grandchild. I was 50, Claire finally came along when I was 57. I didn’t push the issue with Emily and Colin, I didn’t have to Emily has sisters who wanted to be aunts. I waited patiently, glad that the desire to have another baby for myself had finally subsided. Emily has 5 brothers and sisters.

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