Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts that made me laugh

3 gifts that made me laugh 🙂

I don’t laugh out loud a lot … but that doesn’t mean I’m not happy.  There are a lot of things that make me happy, as well as a lot of things that I laugh about, to and with.

1. This little guy’s laugh is absolutely contagious, and it’s hard not to join him when he lets that little giggle out. It becomes a type of game with him, the more you laugh…the more he laughs.  A never-ending circle of pure joy! I’m so thankful that I am able to “hear” this wonderful sound of laughter. Like good medicine for a weary soul, he fills my heart to overflowing.

R laughing

2. This moment, this funny little plastic mustache…a moment of fun, and laughter.  A moment to cherish and realize that yes, I’m thankful that sometimes it’s just a simple little thing that can make me laugh, and make him happy too!

  A & his mustache

3. And this one, well you might have needed to be there to appreciate it…but it did make me laugh out loud!

My 5-year-old granddaughter took my phone and was the photographer for the evening. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw some of the pictures that she took, this being one of my favorites. I’m so thankful for her, and her creativity, I’m just hoping her choice of subject matter to photograph will maybe improve as she gets older 🙂

A's 8th Birthday - photos by A

These are just a few of the many things that I am thankful for on this very Thankful Thursday!

Keep looking for those little things in life – the ones that make you smile, and maybe even make you laugh…out loud! 🙂

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.“~Proverbs 17:22

 

Wordless Wednesday: One Cool Kid!

R in sunglasses

The “terrific twos”!

People often like to refer to this stage in life as the “terrible twos“.

I will not.  I dislike this label, and will never use it when referring to a two-year old child.

Oh sure, they can have their moments, but let’s be honest, we all do from time to time.

A two-year old is curious.  They are expressive, and yes, they are challenging.  They are learning, and they are sponges…and like a sponge, they are soaking in everything that is sent their way.

But what they are not, is terrible.  I think that they are amazing!

Just think about what is going on.  They have learned the major skills of walking, running and climbing, and now they are in the process of fine tuning those skills, as well as working on their fine motor skills.

They have gone from being totally dependent, to a limited form of independence. They are able to move around and do things on their own.  More importantly, and I think probably one of the most amazing things that they are doing, is learning to communicate with words!

Think about the freedom this brings! Who wouldn’t get a little crazy once in a while?

It really is pretty exciting when you stop and think about it, and I think that’s probably what every healthy two-year old child is doing.

Expressing their excitement in their new-found freedom! It’s time to do the “happy dance”!

Yes, it can be frustrating when we don’t understand them, and when they don’t understand us. But when he looks up in to my eyes, and reaches out his hand to me and says “hold hand“, my heart simply melts.

In moments like this, and in so many others, I’m reminded just how special this little life is, and that it really is…”terrific to be two”!

Grandma fail…

Oh, it was just one of those days. The kind that takes a different twist and turn just about every other minute of the day.

And then, the grand twist of them all…I volunteered to pick my grandkids up from school, and got the pick up time wrong!

Really?

How did I manage to do that? I’ve picked them up several times before.  This wasn’t the first (and hopefully it won’t be the last), so I know what time they get out.

But, nope..not yesterday.

Yesterday, I got a call from their mom wondering if I was planning on getting the kids, and if I was, well, they got out of school 10 minutes a go.

Yep. I felt terrible.

I rushed to pick them up, as quick as I could go, and there they were.  Waiting ever so patiently (well, not really patiently, but still waiting) for me in the school office.

I was greeted with hugs and smiles.  (Hugs always helps when you’ve made a blundering mistake, so that was nice!)

I asked them if they thought I forgot about them.

No grandma, we know you would never forget us…but you did forget to pick us up!

Yep…classic “Grandma fail”.

Trust me, that will never happen again!

They told me not to blink

When my kids were little, I would hear it all the time. “Don’t blink, they’ll be gone before you know it!

Well, I have to admit, there were probably some days when my kids were little that I did a few “extra blinks” in hopes to speed the growing up process just a wee bit.  It didn’t happen very often, but the diaper years, and the teen years were probably some of the most challenging for me.

And now…my kids are grown, married and have kids of their own.

My grandkids.

Ahh, what a delight they are to my life.  Two boys and one girl.

Three beautiful little lives!

But apparently some one keeps blinking, because these little ones are growing up way too fast!

It seems as though it was just a couple of months ago the littlest one was born, and yesterday he started pre-school. Really?  I was just there, helping my daughter try to figure this whole “new mom” thing out, and now…well, she’s taking him on like a pro!

photo credit: my daughter

photo credit: my daughter

The oldest one is 8 years old now. He delights in the fact that he can teach me how to play video games with him! He’s still a whole lot better at it than I am.  Guess I need to practice more.

showing off his B'day gifts

And then there is my granddaughter. Oh my, this little girl is like sugar and spice! At 5 years old she is wise beyond her years, loves life, and is eager to share it with the ones she loves. She simply melts my heart on a routine basis.

A at La Jolla

Pure joy, that’s what they are.  I could write until I have no more words, but you will never fully understand the joy of grandchildren, until you have experienced it yourself.

I hope if you haven’t already, someday you will get to experience this special kind of joy.

Now if I can just find that person who keeps blinking, and maybe get them to blink at half-speed.

I love watching them grow up, but maybe they could slow down just a little bit 🙂

A little something to make you smile

My 5-year-old granddaughter, is full of life, and likes to “do and say” funny things to make me smile.

Yesterday, she presented me with another one of her amazing jokes.

Are you ready for this?

Her: Why did the duck cross the playground?

Me: To play with the other ducks?

Her: No….to get to the other slide!  Get it?! 🙂

And then she starts laughing at herself, and I can’t help but laugh with her, because, well, she just makes me smile

And you must admit, this really was a pretty good one, now wasn’t it?

She then attempts to tell me another one, but by then she was being very silly, and it just wasn’t as successful, even to her!

In fact, it was so bad she couldn’t even bring herself to laugh at her own joke!

But that didn’t slow her down, she just moved on to some other form of silliness.

Ahhh,… the joy of the life and times of a 5-year-old. Savor the moments, each and every one of them.

“A laugh is a smile that bursts.” ~ Mary H. Waltdrip

Wordless Wednesday: Story time

bed time story

Thankful Thursday: 3 gifts of family

3 gifts of family….

It’s really hard to narrow this one down to just 3, but I think I’ll just keep it to the 3 that I often refer to as my “heart melters.”

My grandkids…3 very special gifts of my family, and from my family!

1. Grandson #1 – The first time he said the word “Grandma”…I knew my life would never be the same from that moment on! He’s fascinating and smart, my treasure hunter, and my treasure! He holds a pretty special place in my heart, that’s for sure!

My first heart melt

My first heart melt

2. Granddaughter #1 – My one and only! I love her style! I love her smile! My heart skips a beat when she looks up at me with those big blue eyes and says to me, “I’ll love you forever, Grandma“. Forever and always…she’s my girl!

My little princess

My little princess

3. Grandson #2 – There’s Just one word for this little guy….delightfull! O.K., there are a few more…joyful, happy, cute, lovable, snuggable, just about perfect…one sweet little guy. Yep. He’s got me right where he’ll want me.

books from Grandma - photo by my daughter

My littlest heart melt…he captured my heart! – (photo by my daughter)

These are just a few of the many things that I am so very thankful for today.

What are you thankful for?

Will you join me in looking for these gifts and sharing them with others?

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
– Henri Frederic Amiel

I have a joke for you!

I’m sitting at the table with my 5-year-old granddaughter watching her paint a picture, when my mind takes a leave of absence, and I decide I’m going to tell her a joke!

Now for anyone who has ever told a kid a joke before, you know that you must be prepared for, well…failure.

So in my absent state of mind, I proceed to tell her the only joke I can remember the punch line for.

Me: Knock, knock

Her: Who’s there

Me: Boo

Her: Boo who

Me: Boo who!! Why are you crying? 🙂

Her: That’s not funny grandma. 😦

Hmmm. I guess I won’t be telling that one again!

But before you leave disappointed with the bad joke as well….she let me know that she had a “good joke” for me!

Are you ready for this?

Her: So Grandma, what do you call a princess that takes all day long to clean her room?

Me: I don’t know. What do you call her?

Her: You call her “Slow White“! Get it Grandma? I changed “Snow” to “Slow” to make it funny!! (at which she begins to laugh uproariously!)

Me: Oh I get it! 🙂 That’s a good one! You are soooo funny!

Because that’s what Grandma’s do.  They laugh at their grandkids jokes.

All of them!