Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Chase!

He's here!  Chase Walker arrived this morning, December 27th, at 9:45 am.  He weighed in at 7 lbs. and 10 oz., and measured 21 1/2 inches long...Mother and  baby are doing fine, as are daddy and big brother, Caden.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Madison Sings Rudolph...

Here is our 5-year-old granddaughter, Madison, singing "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer"...Enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Nothing Says Christmas Like...A Gingerbread Train!

Don't these photos just warm the cockles of your heart?  They do mine...I borrowed them from Christina's (Cade's mom) Facebook page so I could share them here.

I wasn't around when this train decorating was going on, but I wish I'd been a fly on the wall--knowing how much Cade loves candy!  I'd be willing to bet that he ate about as many as he put on the train!

Great job, Christina and Cade!  I love your gingerbread train :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

About Madison's Fifth Birthday...

We all know that I've been rather sporadic in posting over here lately.  Today I was reminded that I neglected to post about Madison's 5th birthday!

Actually, I didn't forget, I just never quite got around to it.  Madison's birthday got lost in the shuffle of posts about a visit to "The Pumpkin Patch", a trip to the fair, our Halloween Party, and trick-or-treat night.  Whew! No wonder I never got around to it!!!

So, without further delay, here is a post about Madison's birthday party which took place on October 23.

Here's our birthday girl with her "Tinkerbell" birthday cake!  I can't believe how "grown up" she is.  She's becoming quite a little lady (sometimes).

And here is a photo of Madison and Cade "cheesin' it up for the camera!  Those two are always up to something!

This year Madison had two cousins at her birthday party!  Madison's mom is holding new baby cousin, Gabriella.  Gabby just sat and watched this year, but just give her a year or two, and she'll be joining in the fun!

Madison had hot dogs with all of the trimmings for her birthday meal, followed by cake and ice cream, of course!  She received an assortment of clothes and fun new toys as gifts.  I gave her a Strawberry Shortcake remote control car--her first remote control toy!  What a "hoot" that was, watching Madison steer the little car all over the place!

At the end of her party, Madison followed her usual birthday tradition, by releasing five balloons into the sky--to symbolize her five years of life.  It's always a bit sad to me, watching those balloons float off into the heavens...I seem to find myself thinking...another year gone already?!  My, they do pass quickly!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Birthday To My Favorite Little Man!

I can hardly believe that three years have passed since this little boy entered our family as the first grandson. He's all boy and growing faster than a weed! He still loves to collect rocks, ride tractors, play with trains, and work with his tools. Oh, and he likes construction toys, too!

We celebrated his special day at our house on Sunday, with cake, ice cream, balloons, and tractors--just like he wanted!  He had a grand old time opening his birthday gifts!

 Today is his actual birthday and he'll be having cupcakes with some of his best friends at his Aunt Lisa's daycare. Enjoy your second special day, Caden, and Happy Birthday to you!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Maddie's Full Of Poop...

Please forgive my lack of tack in choosing a title, but I just had to do it!  There is just no better way to say it.  It's what my daughter said to me when she called me with the results of Madison's doctor's visit...and I laughed!

Madison went to the urologist this week for a consultation concerning the problems she's been having.  After checking her out and doing some tests, it's the doctor's opinion that Maddie is "full of poop"!  The doctor showed her parents the x-rays to prove it!

The doctor went on to say that constipation is prevalent in little girls, and he sees many new patients each week experiencing the same problem (urine leakage) as Madison.  Although Madison poops regularly, apparently she needs to poop a lot more...  The key is to get Madison totally "cleaned out" and keep her that way.  Not an easy task!

Yesterday, Brandy did both of the doctor's recommended procedures--with no results!  This child must be backed up and plugged with a cork!  We'll just have to wait and see what today brings...if anything!

I'm relieved to know that Maddie's problem isn't more serious.  I just hope she gets "things moving" soon--and that her problems will be be resolved as a result!

Castor oil, anyone?  Maybe our parents knew something that we don't...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Bit of This and That...

Waiting for some Thanksgiving turkey...

I've gotten so slack about posting over here that I am totally ashamed of myself.  The truth is, two blogs have just gotten to a bit more than I can deal with most days.

It's been a difficult year for me, health wise.  I haven't felt like writing or spending the time with the grandchildren that I normally do.  Life has somewhat passed me by a great deal of the time, and I feel sad about that.  Precious time is gone that can't be replaced.

With the exception of Madison's pending urinary problem, both children have been doing well, and are growing up so quickly.  Sometimes I look at old photos and can hardly believe it's the same children.  Both grandchildren are blessed with good sets of parents, who take care of all of their needs. Praise the Lord for that!

Madison is attending "Busy Beavers" preschool, while Caden and his parents are getting ready at their house for the arrival of a new baby later this month.  Only 26 days to go after today!  I haven't been to see all the changes they've made at their house yet, but I plan to visit soon.  I wanted to give Christina time to get everything in order.  If she's not ready by now, she should be!

Madison's house is all decorated for Christmas--with a grand total six trees!  I guess you could say my daughter loves Christmas as much as I do!  She has a living room full of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Tigger, and Pooh--among other things!  It looks like a child's Christmas paradise.

Caden's mom usually goes all out decorating, too, but said she was scaling back this year because of the baby's birth at Christmas time.  She knew she wouldn't feel like taking everything down afterward.

This time of the year gets a little "tricky" with the grandchildren.  While Madison's parents celebrate Christmas the traditional way, complete with a visit from "Santa"on Christmas eve, Caden's parents have chosen not to go the "Santa" route.  Caden receives Christmas gifts, but no visit from "Santa".  I respect that decision, but can't help but feel a bit sad for Caden.  Visits from "Santa" are among our family's favorite childhood memories, and Caden will never know that magic.  No letters to Santa, no milk and cookies left out, and no listening for the tapping of reindeer hoofs on the roof top...Oh to be a child again!

When asked what he wanted for Christmas the other day, Caden simply said, "A back hoe."  I laughed, and told him that we could use a good back hoe around here!  I don't know if he's getting a back hoe, but I do know he's getting a big green tractor--and I know he'll love that--no matter who gives it to him!

Monday, November 28, 2011


Madison has a appointment to see a urologist next week.  I always love how it seems to take forever to get in to see a "specialist".  In the meantime, she is feeling better.  Prayer is a wonderful thing.

I will be back before long to update what is going on with everyone.  At the moment I'm decorating for Christmas.  Please visit again soon...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Requesting Some Prayers For Maddie...

I haven't mentioned it before, but granddaughter, Madison, has been suffering with some urinary issues for a while now--including most of the month of November.  She's been to the pediatrician twice this month, and her problems still aren't resolved.

Those of you who have ever had  urinary tract infection symptoms can probably relate to how Madison's been feeling.  She's been having a lot of urinary pain and discomfort off and on, and some leakage problems.  Nothing the pediatrician recommended has really helped, so he is referring Madison to a urologist.

In the meantime, could you please send up some prayers on Maddie's behalf--and for her parents, too?   You know it's equally tough on the parents when their child is having difficulties.  I hope and pray that all will find some answers and some relief soon!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mama's Little Helpers...

Isn't this just like a couple of "helpful" little boys?  Caden and his friend, Jayden, are taking time to work on mama's vacuum cleaner!

I actually went over to daughter-in-law, Christina's, Facebook page to borrow a different photograph, but when I saw this one, I just had to share it.  Christina managed to capture a "kodak moment", don't you think?

Hopefully, I'll be back soon to get caught up over here.. A lot has been going on with the little ones!

Monday, November 14, 2011

We Have A Date...

We have a tentative birth date for "baby Chase"!  If all goes well, he will make his arrival on December 27, 2011!  That's only six weeks away!

Daughter-in-law, Christina, appears to handle pregnancy with ease.  She's currently in the middle of re-decorating two bedrooms in their home, as well as keeping up with two little boys under the age of 3, since she's currently babysitting, too!  Whew, it makes me tired just thinking about it!

With the busy holidays just around the corner, I'm sure time will pass quickly.  Before we know it, we'll have another new member of the family.  I can hardly wait to brush the cobwebbs off of my rocking chair!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Trick-Or-Treat Night...

As we all know, last Monday was Halloween.  Let's just say, I'm running a bit behind in posting over here!  That's beside the point, so let's get on with the story...

I live out in the country, so I don't get many "trick-or-treaters".  However, I know that I can always count on having at least two of them!  This year was no exception...

Our first guest of the evening was granddaughter, Madison, who came dressed as "Dorothy" of The Wizard of Oz.  Madison made a perfect "Dorothy" with her dark pigtails!  I loved her ruby red slippers, too.  Little dog, "Toto", and his basket were just too cute, and really completed her ensemble.

Our second visitor of the evening was grandson, Cade, who came dressed as a "handyman".  Cade looked ready to fix anything with his box of tools at his side!  He was so cute in his work boots and  handyman outfit!  Unfortunately, Cade wasn't in the mood to pose for pictures when he stopped by!  He had a cute yellow hard   hat, too, but no way could we get him to wear it for a photograph!  Sometimes he reminds me so much of his daddy...but that's a story for another time!

I'm told that both children had a great time trick-or-treating. I"m sure both got plenty of "treats", too.  In fact, they almost had a bag full when they left my house--from me! 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Madison Visits The Fair...2011

The fair was in nearby Statesboro last weekend.  On Saturday afternoon, Madison's parents surprised her with a trip to the fair on the day before her birthday.

It just so happened that my husband, Ed, and I were going to Statesboro to do a little bit of shopping that day.  We decided to take a little detour from our shopping, so we could watch Madison ride a few rides at the fair.  I know that opportunities like these will become scarce as Madison continues to grow older.

Madison started out riding some of the smaller kiddie rides.  She rode a few of those and enjoyed them, but soon she wanted to move on to "bigger and better" (in her opinion) rides.  I remembered her feeling the same way last year, too, but she wasn't tall enough to ride most of the bigger rides then!

I was a little surprised when Madison chose to ride "the swings".  This was one amusement ride that always intimidated me as a child, but it didn't seem to phase Madison a bit.  In fact, she had a great big grin on her face every time she came flying by us.

I thought Madison had surely lost her mind when she looked at this ride, known as "The Crazy Mouse", and said that she wanted to ride it.  We weren't even sure she was tall enough!  It turned out that Madison was tall enough, and she earned  my respect when she endured a ride on "The Crazy Mouse"--the day before her fifth birthday!

I don't know if I'll ever have another opportunity to attend the fair with Madison or not, but I learned one thing this year.  She will ride just about anything that moves!  What a girl!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Citizens Of Tomorrow...

 Madison Elizabeth...approximate age at the time of this photo, 4 years, 10 months

Caden Wesley...approximate age at the time of this photo, 2 years and 8 months old

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch...

 Bright and early last Friday morning, Madison's school, known as "Busy Beavers Preschool," went on a field trip to the pumpkin patch at Poppell Farms.  Finding the farm was a bit challenging, and we missed a couple of turn-offs.  Eventually, we found the place, and what did we see when we got there?  Lots of pumpkins, of course!
 The next thing we saw on our guided tour were catfish--some really large, and really hungry catfish!  The fish were not shy at all about coming to the edge of the water to claim their breakfast!

As our tour of the farm continued, we saw an assortment of farm animals, including pigs, cows, rabbits, goats, chickens, and more.  I was captivated by the "fan tailed" pigeons, who resembled birds with turkey tails!  I'd never seen one before.

 I also thought "Elvis" the donkey was interesting.  I hand fed him, and wondered why in the world these folks named their donkey "Elvis".  He stood patiently beside the food dispenser waiting for the next "hand out".

 Soon we boarded a very large hayride which took us to "The Pumpkin Patch".  It was the largest hayride I'd ever seen.  There were six or seven very long trailers linked together behind a very large tractor!
We listened to some "foot stomping" music on the way to the patch, and were invited to sing along with our hostess.  Once we arrived at the patch, each of us was allowed to pick out the pumpkin of our choice to take home with us, and pose for pictures beside a fall display located in the patch.  Sometimes Charlie Brown and friends can be seen standing among the pumpkins, but there was no sign of him or his friends on Friday!

 After choosing our pumpkins,then taking a few pictures, we rode the hayride back to the farm.  The children were then allowed free time to play on several pieces of fun equipment.  This contraption was Madison's favorite.  It was an air filled floor that the children could jump on.  It was a low-to-the-ground type of trampoline made to accommodate lots of kids at once!

There were lots of scenic places to have your picture taken.  I liked this spot, among several others, and asked Madison to pose for me.  She reluctantly posed ( for about the 13th time)  while wearing her new t-shirt from the farm's gift shop!

I enjoyed going along on Madison's school field trip, and it was my first visit to a pumpkin patch--ever!  I guess it just goes to show...you're never too old!

*For a better look, just click on the photos to enlarge them.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spending Some Quality Time...

I had the chance to spend a little "quality time" with grandson, Caden, last week, while his mama packed for their trip.  It was a quiet morning with just him and me.

Caden is usually very busy and very quiet.  However, on this particular morning, he was very talkative, and I enjoyed listening to his chatter.  I don't get the opportunity to do that nearly enough.  He's usually off with Madison, or just playing quietly by himself.

Caden and I spent some time feeding and talking with my parakeet, "Tweety", then we spent lots of time playing in the floor together.  It's always a good day when I'm able to get down on the floor and play!  I think Caden was amused by this because I don't often do it.

We enjoyed playing with the new car wash/gas station that I found in my toy closet.  I'd bought the toy several months ago, but put it aside until Caden got older.  I was having a little trouble getting the toy assembled, and Caden quickly told me "my mama could do it!"  I got tickled when he said that. Ha!  He's right, she's quite handy--me?  Not so much!

Our morning ended after much "floor play", watching three episodes of "Chuck and Friends", and taking a tour of my husband's tractor equipment!  I've never seen a nearly three-year-old get so excited over a plow, a set of harrows, and a water tank!  Perhaps we have a future farmer among us.  Only time will tell...

As I prepared to take Caden home, I asked if he'd like to take the new toy car wash home with him.  Oddly enough, he refused to take it.  Instead he wanted to take the two mini tractors, of which he has duplicates at home.  Go figure!

*photo borrowed from Christina's FB page

Thursday, October 13, 2011


There is an old country music song, made popular many years ago, called Swingin'.  It was originally recorded and made famous by John Anderson.  That song is what comes to mind whenever I look at this picture.

You see, the highlight of the week for these two is when Cade's daddy starts them "swingin".  Nobody can do it quite like Brett does--and these two will quickly tell you that!

Brett holds down the leg of the swing set with one arm, and swings them into orbit with the other!  They absolutely love it.  The squeals of laughter and delight resemble those you would hear coming from an amusement ride!  The sounds resonate over the entire yard, and into our houses.

The rest of us cringe and silently hold our breath as we watch the two children hurling back and forth at warp speed, but the three "kids" at the swing set are oblivious to anything except having fun.  I guess it's good that there is at least one "kid at heart" among the rest of us "old poops"!

One thing for sure...I'll bet "swingin" will always be remembered as an awesome time in the minds of these children--but only when Brett was doing the pushing!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Stolen Moments Of Maddie With Her Friend...

I believe that one picture is worth a thousand words...I just had to share these.  The saga of Maddie and her Halloween friend continues.  She'll laugh about this one day. (I hope)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Reuniting With An Old Friend...

Last year

Do you see that white plastic ghost in the baby swing?  I bought it as a gift for my daughter, Brandy, many years ago.  Brandy had recently moved out, and was living on her own.  She didn't have much money left to spend after paying her bills, so sometimes I'd buy her a few decorations around the holidays.   This ghost was one of those decorations.

Last year, when Brandy brought out the old ghost for Halloween, her daughter, Madison, became quite attached to it.  She carried it all around the yard and pretended that it was her best friend.  We found this so amusing, that I took a photo and blogged about it.

This year

Last week, Brandy got out the Halloween decorations again.  Nothing has changed!  Madison grabbed the old ghost and off the two of them went!  They played on the swings, they slid down the sliding board, and Madison even drop-kicked the poor old ghost a few times.  We had to caution her about being so rough with her "friend".

Madison's mom captured the above photo while the "friends" were resting...Isn't it wonderful to know that some friendships can withstand the test of time--and being packed away in a box?!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Madison, Brandy, and Me (on Brandy's recent b'day)

The weather here in southeastern Georgia has been near perfect this week, so "us girls" (my daughter, granddaughter,Madison, and me) have been trying to spend some time outside each day.  Madison walks over to my house to get me after lunch each day, then we all spend an hour or two sitting under the shade trees.

Today whenever Madison and I reached the chairs under the trees, Brandy handed us each a piece of Dove chocolate.  She said her father-in-law had given a bag of the chocolate to her, and she wanted to share some of it with us.  She and I then began discussing how much we loved Dove chocolates.

As the three of us sat savoring the smooth, tasty chocolate, Madison spoke up and said, "Oooh, this is so good!  That's why I have to sneak some!"  Brandy and I looked at each other... Then we asked Madison what she did with her candy wrappers from the "sneaked" chocolates, and she said she put them in the trash.  We both laughed, because we both remembered something from years ago...

You see, there was once another little girl, about 30 years ago, who loved Hershey's kisses...She  loved them so much that she " just had to sneak some" . But this little girl didn't put her candy wrappers in the trash, instead she hid the papers behind the couch (a pile of them), and she eventually got caught when her mother moved the couch!  Whenever she got caught, she was punished for stealing the candy.  It was one of the few times that Brandy ever got into trouble, so we still remember it vividly.

I looked at Brandy and said,"Like mother, like daughter!" , then I quickly added, "but at least she was smart enough to put her papers in the trash."  To which Brandy replied, "Yeah, but she wasn't smart enough not to tell on herself!"  To that, I had no reply!


Monday, October 3, 2011


I'm still alive and kicking, although somewhat missing in action over here.  I guess my age is beginning to catch up with me, as I don't seem to be able to juggle quite as many things these days!  Sometimes, some things just have to go undone, and sometimes it's this blog.

I never did remember to write that Madison successfully gave up sucking her fingers, and she managed to do it in just a few days!  I was so proud of her--and impressed!  She enjoyed her reward this past Saturday, when she and her family attended Disney On Ice.  Madison's mom reported that the show was fantastic, and that the entire family enjoyed it very much.  They took some pictures, but I haven't seen them yet.  

Cade continues to grow, has learned to play by himself.  I love watching his imagination at work.  He sits in the floor by himself, and talks with his toys  He scoops, and mows the rug--and borrows the decorative rocks out of MiMi's fountain.  He continues to love trains, tractors, and trucks, but seems to have the most fun exploring the great outdoors!  Nothing seems to be more fun than tossing rocks into my barrel fountain!

Unborn baby Chase is growing like a weed.  He's been making his mom uncomfortable, and keeping her awake at night.  They sure start doing this early, don't they?  Christina says she does her best sleeping on the couch lately. I've been there, and done that myself.

On Saturday, Brett and Christina officially cleaned out their third bedroom, which was formerly used for storage and as Brett's "man cave".  The couple purchased a storage house for their "extras", and as for Brett's man cave...well, soon there won't be much time for such a thing anyway!  Lots of changes going on in Cade's household, for sure, but they are all changes of the very best kind!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Prize Box...

In the play area at school

Madison is progressing nicely in school.  She LOVES going!  In fact, she's sort of sad when it's not a school day.  She has a hard time figuring out what to do with herself.  She still wants to rise and shine at a ridiculous hour!

We're pleased that she is apparently on her best behavior at school.  Every day she has been receiving a piece of candy as a reward for good behavior.  On Fridays, the students who have been on their best behavior for the entire week, get to choose something from "The Prize Box".

I don't know exactly what all is in the prize box, but one week Madison came home with an Easter prize, then the following week she had a Christmas prize.  Last Friday she brought home the most unusual prize so far!  It was a Snack Pack pudding cup!

Madison was at her Nana's house for lunch after school on Friday. After lunch, she announced that she had a dessert in her bookbag!  Sure enough, there tucked among the school papers was the cup of pudding that she had chosen as her weekly prize.  She enjoyed every delicious spoonful, I'm sure! 

How can you top that?  I can hardly wait to see...By the way, in case you haven't guessed,  Madison loves pudding! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Our Little Boy Enjoys Big Boy Toys...

Cade's mom snapped this photo on a recent trip to Lowes.  I laughed out loud when I saw it!  Christina commented that Cade loves Lowes as much as he loves Toys R Us.  From the look on his face, I'm inclined to agree with her!

I wonder if Cade will be this excited over a lawnmower in a dozen more years....If he follows in his daddy's footsteps, the answer will be a definite NO!  We can always hope!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Look Who Used To Be Small...

Seeing those 4D pictures of Baby Chase the other day, reminded me so much of a little baby boy named Caden! I'd almost forgotten how tiny Cade used to be!

Then I found this little movie on my computer! Seeing this little clip of video brought back some very happy memories of some special times! I can't help but wonder if baby Chase will love this toy as much as Caden did.

Time will tell...

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Sneek Peak At Baby Chase...

Today was a special day for this MiMi.  Daughter-in-law, Christina, had a doctor's appointment this morning, and she invited me to go along.

She had to drink that yucky sweet orange stuff, then have her blood drawn to check for gestational diabetes.  She also had a 4D ultrasound done, which is why she invited me along.

I'd never witnessed a 4D ultrasound before, so I was very excited.  My excitement peaked when I looked up at the television screen and saw the first images of little baby Chase.  Even though I've seen sonogram pictures, and a dvd of Christina's last ultrasound, seeing the baby on tv, in 4D, really made reality set in!

At first little Chase was doubled up, with his legs in front of his face!  Ouch!  That looked very uncomfortable!  I guess the yucky sweet stuff finally got to him, in the middle of the ultrasound, because suddenly he started jumping all around!  At one point, he had a loop of cord around his knee, then he showed his "manly parts"!  He's definitely a boy!  In one picture he even appears to be resting his chin on the bottom of his foot!  What a show he put on for us, and we enjoyed every minute of it!

The technician was able to get some good pictures, and it appears that Chase bears a strong resemblance to his big brother, Caden!  Christina says his cheeks appear a little fuller than Caden's were, but the nose and forehead definitely look the same to me.

Christina's sister was also there for the ultrasound, and we both agreed--seeing baby Chase just made us want to hold him that much more!  Only ninety-something more days to go, and we'll get our wish!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

She's Going To School and Lovin' It...

I'm happy to report that Madison is really enjoying going to school.  In fact, she seems almost bored when she's at home now.  I'm so glad that she looks forward to school each day.  Her mother sure didn't!

Madison's teacher happens to be the daughter of my second cousin, which makes the two of them distant cousins.  How about that!  Her name is "Miss Bridget".  The teacher is also the age of our youngest son, Brad.  Man, I'm feeling old!

The other day, I commented to Brandy how Madison is beginning to lose her "babyish" looks, and is beginning to look more like a young girl.  Oh this makes me sad...I'm not ready for her to grow up, but grow up she must!

On a totally different note, there is something very interesting about the above photograph.  Growing in the flowerbed, directly behind Madison, is a watermelon vine, with a large watermelon growing on it!  The vine sprang up from the seeds of a watermelon eaten earlier in the summer.  September watermelon...now there's a strange concept.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Grandparent's Day Surprises...

I never remember when Grandparent's Day is, but Madison and Cade do--thanks to their thoughtful mothers. For the past several years, the children have surprised Ed and me with delightful and thoughtful gifts. This year was no exception.

Madison brought us a hand-decorated gift bag filled with all sorts of items.  Each item in the bag represented something. 

For instance, there was a clock to remind us that time passes quickly, so we should enjoy every minute (we've learned that lesson all too well), a candle to remind us that we are the light of our grandchildren's eyes, and some Starburst candy for an extra burst of energy when we wear out, but the grand kids don't!  So thoughtful!  We love our bag of goodies, and will put everything to good use!

Late in the day, Caden brought us a framed photo collage of himself, which said: Grandchildren-a reward for growing old. How true!

All of the photos on the collage were taken at Chuck E Cheese, so Cade was looking very happy in all them!  There were also two hand-made cards that represent Ed and me.  We got a good laugh out of those replica cards!

We are thankful for these thoughtful gifts, but most of all we are thankful for the privilege of being a part of the lives of these two precious little ones.  They don't call them "grands" for nothing!

Friday, September 9, 2011

His Father's Son...

Quiet little Caden's personality is constantly evolving.  He's turned out to be quite a serious young man--he's becoming very intense.  He also appears to become interested only in certain things, and totally concentrates most of his attention and energy toward those "certain things". 

At the moment Cade's still very interested in tractors, lawn equipment, and tools.  He seems to love nothing better than "fixing" things or pretending to mow down the flowers in the yard with the bubble mower!  A tractor is one of his favorite toys.  None of these things are like his dad, but are more like his "Epa" or Uncle Clint.  Cade's daddy hates yard work and fixing things.

However, Cade's daddy, Brett,  is a very intense, serious person, who usually focuses his attention only on the few certain things that interest him.  He's still that way today.  While Brett was growing up, he took his play very seriously--just like Cade does! 

One of Brett's "all-time" favorite toys was a ride-on tractor.  It ran on battery power, and that poor tractor made a million trips around our yard before it finally wore out.  Brett never liked playing with cars or trucks though. He only liked that riding tractor!

Another very striking similarity, between father and son, became evident  yesterday while Cade was playing around in the yard.  As he constantly moved about the yard getting into things, I found it necessary to speak to him several times.  In other words, I "got onto" him.  He eventually got mad with me, and walked away muttering "Dang it."  This action was exactly like something his father would've done!  Cade is definitely his father's son...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Another Great Maddie Moment...

Madison has always been a little performer, without really meaning to.  She's managed to keep us all entertained and laughing for the past few years. She's always been so dramatic and animated.

I found these movie clips buried in the depths of my computer yesterday.  I had another good laugh when I watched them.

Madison was a little slow in getting started talking to me, but once she got going, she really got going!  See what I mean...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Birthday Candygram From Caden...

My birthday was last week, and I got very unique and thoughtful gift from grandson, Caden. His mom is very creative, and came up with the idea to make a "candy gram" to me from Caden.  (click on the image to enlarge it)

It read:

Don't get a "Big(lemon)head", but I think you're pretty great! You're an "Extra(gum)special" person who's "Mounds" of fun and have brought me tons of "(Almond)joy"! Not to "Butter(finger)" you up, but even if I went into "Orbit(gum), searched the "Milky Way", I couldn't find a Mimi quite like you!   I would love to give you "100Grand" and send you on a shopping "Spree" or even a trip to New "York(Peppermint Pattie)", but I thought it would be more fun to make this giant "Sweet(tart) card instead. That way I can tell you how I've enjoyed the "Big(peanut butter lover's cup)" times with you...from when I was a tiny "Baby(ruth)" until now, almost "3(Musketeers)" old. Playing with your toys, eating all your "candy corn" and throwing "(Pop)rocks" in your fountain are just a few favorite "moments(Mentos)". I hope this makes you "Snicker" and not "Cry(babies)". Have a "Red Hot" birthday!   Love you to "(Reese's) Pieces", Caden

I love my "candy gram".  I'm going to enjoy looking at it for just a few days, before I eventually take it apart and share it with the grand kids.  I'm sure they will both enjoy helping me dispose of the candy :)

Thanks a bunch Caden!  We'll be eating your gift soon!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Maddie's Second First Day of School...

 Maddie's school supplies

Getting ready to go...

Outside of the school

Inside of the school

I can't believe it's that time again already...Time to bid summertime goodbye, and say "hello" to a brand new school year, but alas it is time! All good things must come to an end...

This morning marked the beginning of Madison's first day of her second year of school. Her mama says that Madison woke up at 5:30 in the morning--ready to go! By the time I ambled over to their house a few minutes after seven, Madison was dressed and had already eaten breakfast!

We took a few pictures, then loaded up in the car, bound for Maddie's first day of "Busy Beavers". I really appreciate my daughter giving me the opportunity to "tag along". I enjoy watching Madison experience new things, and like to think that I can be of some support to my daughter.  Sometimes it's very difficult to watch our little ones spread their wings...especially for us "stay-at-home moms".

By the time we arrived at school, several other children were already there. Madison quickly hung up her book bag, then went to explore her new school. She barely gave us a second glance. I am so thankful! It made the morning much easier. The tears being shed this morning didn't belong to Madison...

I can hardly wait to hear about Madison's exciting first day of her new school. I hope she enjoys herself, and learns lots of new and exciting things. As for Maddie's mom, I think she will enjoy her mornings of freedom--once she gets used to her quiet house!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sugar and Spice...

I've been meaning to post this precious picture for a few days, but somehow I never got around to it.  This is one of the first photos of Madison with her new baby cousin, Gabriella!  Gabby was born about six weeks ago, and she is the second grandchild of Madison's other set of grandparents.

Madison is absolutely thrilled to have another cousin!  I think it's nice that she now has a girl cousin, in addition to her boy cousin, Cade.  Madison also has another boy cousin on the way, (Cade's baby brother) due to arrive in December.  I say, "the more, the merrier!"

Since the arrival of baby Gabriella, Madison has been asking for a baby brother or sister.  Little does she know that her parents have been trying to have her one for nearly two years.  It just doesn't seem to be God's will at this time.  In fact, Madison is somewhat of a miracle baby herself.

I think Madison would make a great big sister, if the Lord ever decided to bless her family with another baby.  If not, she'll still make a great big cousin to her younger cousins.  She sure is growing up fast!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Memories of Sprinklers, Tootsie Rolls...and Me

I wish I had a picture of what I saw on Wednesday.  I was riding by Cade's house when I spotted two little boys outside in the yard, in their underwear, playing under the water sprinkler!  The sight was precious!

Christina, Caden's mother, sometimes keeps another little boy named Jayden, who is just a few months younger than Caden.  The two boys are nearly the same size, and could pass for twins.  The two boys have played together off and on for ages, so they've grown up together.

The boys were oblivious to everything as they were running around in the yard, and ducking in and out of the sprinkler.  I noticed a toy tractor parked up next to the sprinkler, so I'm assuming they were riding in and out of the water at some point.

By the time I stopped my car, and walked up to them, the little boys had moved on to climbing the sliding board.  I had a brief conversation with them, gave each one a "tootsie roll", then  headed back to my car to continue my journey home.

As I was leaving the two boys, I couldn't help but remember similar good times during my own childhood.  I still remember how exciting it was to get my parents' permission to play under the garden hose!  It's nice to know that a few things haven't changed. 

As I watched the boys happily chewing their "tootsie rolls", I smiled.  I recalled another happy memory from my own childhood. .  I loved nothing better than eating candy, but these days something's changed!  It's the size of those "tootsie rolls"...They keep getting smaller and smaller!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Timer...

Just when I think I'd seen it all, I saw something new last night!  Granddaughter, Madison, surprised me again, with another "first".

It was around eight o'clock in the evening, and my husband and I were about to settle in to watch a little television before calling it a day.  We heard the familiar footsteps of Madison on our front porch. 

Madison opened the front door to come inside, but this time she had something in her hands--a ticking kitchen timer!  Madison explained to us that she had come over to play, but that her mama said she had to go home when the timer rang.  I looked at the timer, Madison had 29 minutes to play!

Madison and "E" settled into their usual routine of playing in the living room floor.  They played with an assortment of small toys that I keep in a plastic box.  After 29 minutes, the timer rang.  Madison stood up and announced, "It's time for me to clean up and go home!"  That's just what she did, too!

Tonight Madison returned, timer in hand.  She and "E" played with Barbies this time.  In the middle of the visit, I finished getting supper ready.  Madison asked if she could eat supper with us, so Ed called her parents and got permission for Madison to eat with us.

In the middle of supper the timer rang again.  Madison said "Uh Oh!", and started to get upset because she thought she had to get up in the middle of her meal and go home.  We assured her that she could finish eating first, and she did.  After supper, Madison took her kitchen timer and went home, without even being told to!  Wow, the power of a kitchen timer! 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Presenting...The First Video of Caden

Now that I have discovered that digital movies really do upload and play on my computers, I'm using the video mode of my camera a little more.

You know from previous posts what a tough time I have photographing grandson, Caden.  He's never still these days--and getting him to look at the camera?  Forget that!

On Friday afternoon, Cade came over to play with Madison for a little while.  I grabbed my camera and began filming.  I think Cade thinks I'm crazy sometimes, because I'm always following him with a camera. Ha! Ha!  He usually just ignores me.  Have I ever mentioned that Cade's a lot like his daddy?! 

Anyway, here's a peak at one of the pieces of footage that I captured.  It may not seem like much right now, but in a few years it will be priceless, especially to Cade!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Look Who Was Talkin' and Showin' Her Attitude...

I'm still in the midst of tagging and organizing thousands of photographs.  I've decided that no one should have this many photographs!  I have deleted some, and now have my collection of digital photos down to only 12,000! 

I've also discovered that I have more photographs of Madison than most grandparents have of all grandchildren combined!  I have approximately 1500 photos of the child!  I couldn't help myself...she was a great subject--right up until the time she decided that she didn't like having her picture taken! 

I have about half as many photos of Caden, simply because I don't see him as often--and he won't be still long enough to get a picture of him!  We'll have to see how it goes with little boy number three when he arrives. 

In the pile of unorganized mess of my photo gallery, I discovered a couple of cute movie clips of Madison learning to talk.  I laughed when I saw them.  Even a very young Maddie was exerting her independent streak!

A comment was made just yesterday,  about how Brandy and Madison are always battling it out  to see who the boss is.  Maddie's mom quickly replied, "Oh, I already know who the boss it, I'm just waiting for Madison to figure it out!"

Here are the movie clips, rolled into one little movie:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trying So Hard...To Break This Habit

 It wasn't long into little Maddie's young life before it became evident that she was going to be a "thumb


Well, not actually a thumb sucker--more like a finger sucker, although she did start out sucking her thumb for

a short while.

Of course, one finger just wouldn't do the job, so pretty soon it became evident that Maddie would suck not

one, but two of her fingers!

Thumb and finger sucking has never really bothered us.

All three of our children sucked either their finger or their thumbs, and all of them stopped eventually.

However, lately, Maddie has been sucking her fingers more than ever before.

With the start of preschool right around the corner, Maddie's mom began thinking...about all of those germs

that will be lurking in the classroom.

It's time to give up this comforting habit--for the sake of health and teeth!

Maddie's mom gave her some helpful incentive to stop sucking her fingers.

If Madison can stop sucking her fingers, she will get to go to Disney on Ice in a few weeks.

So far, so good.

Madison is really trying hard.

I hope she's successful...and gets to go to Disney On Ice.

Go Maddie!  MiMi's rooting for ya'!