Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Walking with the grandsons

Yesterday I had my two youngest grandsons (from the ones that live the closest to me) for five hours. We started the day at the bright and early hour of 9 am. (Yeah I know not really early for yall.) The two bundles of energy showed up at Nana's house with a gleam in their eyes. I could hear the mental questions of.. What are we going to do first?
Tell Nana stories.
Drag out all of our toys.
Find out what Nana has for food.
Well they were all firsts, all at once!

This Nana, although having been up since 7am, thought she was prepared. The kool-aid was made, even an alternative drink (for those moments when you get..I don't want kool-aid anymore!).

An activity was planned (seriously, what was I thinking). Well, that didn't last long! They were done in less than 20 minutes! Well at least I got some new art for my fridge!

Okay Nana, think!
Turn on the Nick Jr. Okay so far so good. BUT come on Nana, you can't let them sit in front of the tv all day. Not good enough! Think harder!
Interruption in the thinking process...
I'm hungry! Yeah ME TOO!
I want a banana!
Split banana. I didn't want a banana! Not doing so hot Nana, only one kid happy.
Crackers! They always gobble up the crackers. 6 crackers a piece should hold them off for a while, RIGHT? WRONG!
15 minutes later, right in the middle of racing cars I want some more crackers! Nana's thinking.. My goodness I still haven't eaten yet and they already want more!
When the clock says 11 o'clock, then we can have some more.
Every five minutes...I think it might be on the 11. It's on the 11! How much loooongggggerrrrr!
6 more crackers a piece dished out. Happy for the moment.

Hello, Nana! You do realize you still have at least 3 more hours of entertainment to publish! Eureka, your most brilliant plan! Yes, a nature walk is perfect! It takes time and draws them away from the lure of boredom food.

You want to go for a walk?
A resounding YES! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Let the adventure begin!

First we discovered a very large trash can..Nana what is that called? A dumpster.
Then it was a tree..Nana what kind of tree is that? A palm tree.
Ohhh, looook at the little tiny sunflowers! Here Nana I picked this for you.

Nana!! Nana!! There are snakes everywhere! Grab a stick!

Nana!! Did you see that butterfly??

Nana!!! WHAT is THAT?? A donkey.
Nana, this is going to be a long walk.

Look at that hole! I wonder what lives in there?

Nana, is this dog friendly?

Look at the windmills!! Why are they different? Why is one going faster than the other?

Nana's little helper

Nana! Look a duck! Why is it in a pen?

Every tree giving some shade was a good chance to rest.

Do you think he is tired?

Finally back at home!

After refueling with lunch and sticking our faces in the A/C, there was more fun to be had.
We played ball, fixed the porch and harassed the neighbors cat!
Where's MY kitty? That is MY kitty! Come here kitty and let me take you to my house! (My house actually meant under the porch in the dogs pen)




Jimmy said... [Reply to comment]

It is amazing how much energy and how many questions the little guys have, it looks like you had a wonderful day all in all---gotta love that.

Dee Andrews said... [Reply to comment]

Good grief, Heather, you wore me out just READING your account, much less what you had to really go through! You are a VERY articulate lady in making us - the readers - feel as if we were there with you and the two boys.

I can certainly identify because my three youngest grandchildren - three little girls - all live close by. I know EXACTLY what you mean about planning activities for the day for them, with food, etc, and all of it being gone, done, finished, etc, within the first 10 minutes!! I have NO idea how I had the energy to raise three little ones myself any more.

God knew what He was doing when he gave babies and little kids to young parents! Their energy is boundless.

I have a "whole passel" of grandkids of all ages, but most live far away, so having some close by has been wonderful. Zoe is 7, Hannah just turned 5 Monday and Kayci is 3. They ARE a handful, but I love them to pieces.

Rest up the rest of the week, girl. You deserve it!!

Laughing as I write,


Dee Andrews said... [Reply to comment]

P.S. Your photos are great and really helped your story along. Good job!

Angelia Sims said... [Reply to comment]

Oh Heather! What a day! How you kept up I have no idea!

I just love, love, love the picture of the oldest grandson laying in the grass looking at the fence post. Great angle. Definitely frame worthy! You are getting to be a pro with your shots. :-)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Little ones have so much energy. Now I laugh at my son, when he starts telling me about something he considers ‘bad,’ that one of his sons did. I start laughing, and he doesn't get it until I tell him, when he did that exact same thing.
He still doesn't laugh and I'm cracking up. Grandkids are fun! Yours are little sweeties. Great pictures! Looks like all of you had fun. That is what counts!


Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks everyone for all of you wonderful comments!