Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Sight I Never Thought I'd See...

Nearly two years ago, my husband and I gave Madison a "Hello Kitty" bicycle for her third birthday. Wow, where does time go?!

The bicycle was just the right size for Madison when she received it, but she was afraid to ride it. Throughout the months following Madison's birthday, we all tried--without success--to get her to ride that bicycle.

Finally, this spring, Madison made up her mind to ride her bicycle--now that she is almost to big for it! We even had to raise the seat because her legs were so long!

There is a reason for Madison's determination to finally ride her bike! Do you see that home in the distance? It's where her cousin Cade lives!

Madison rides her bike up the road, gets to play at Cade's house for a few minutes, then rides her bike back home again.

Her lucky mama gets to walk along beside her, helping her if she gets stuck on a rock, or needs help turning the bicycle around. (Some folks have all the luck, huh?)

Seeing Madison ride that "Hello Kitty" bicycle is a sight I was beginning to think I'd never see!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Tired "Handy Man" In the Making...

I've been meaning to write about Cade's recent obsession with my husband's tractor, lawnmower, and his tools. It's Cade's newest "phase". Children never cease to amaze me.

Every time Cade comes to visit, he has to visit "E-pa's" tool shed, sit on "E's" tractor, or sit on the lawnmower! He's content to just sit on the lawnmower or tractor, but he really likes to ride the tractor with Ed! Cade seems to really enjoy exploring the contents of Ed's tool shed, all the while asking "What's that?"

If it's dark outside, and Cade's not able to do any of the things previously mentioned, my husband will take Cade into the bedroom and show him a box of tools that we keep inside of the house.

I've never seen a little boy so thrilled at the sight of a hammer and a screw driver! I give the show "Handy Manny" all of the credit for this obsession! Cade is a loyal fan of the show.

Last week when Cade came for a visit, he arrived carrying a toy weed eater. His mama said that he fell in love with the weed eater the first time he saw it. From the looks of this photo that she took, I'd say she's correct! Someone once said--"a picture is worth a thousand words." I agree :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MiMi Update...

Thank you so much to those of you who commented on my last post. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers as I fight my way through this health "set back".

I don't write much about myself on this particular blog, but I am battling rheumatoid arthritis, and a gastric ulcer at the moment. I've had rheumatoid arthritis for over seventeen years, but have been able to keep it pretty much under control with two different types of medication.

Unfortunately, all medications have side effects, and the Nsaids required to treat arthritis are some of the most notorious--hence, the ulcer. Because of the ulcer, I've had to stop taking Nsaids for now, which has let my arthritis become more active.

It's going to take some time for my stomach to heal. In the meantime, I'll just have to deal with the fatigue, pain, and stiffness that goes along with rheumatoid arthritis. Lord willing, it will pass. I actually had a pain-free day yesterday, praise the Lord! In the meantime, I have been able to spend short amounts of time with the "grands".

Speaking of those "grands"...they are growing like weeds! Caden is potty trained now, and talking up a storm! Madison has sort of taken on the role of "mother" and tries to boss him, but he is beginning to rebel. The two of them remind me of their parents as children. Brandy was always trying to be her brother's keeper.

In fact, just the other day, Caden's daddy told him that Brandy used to tell on him and cause him to get spankings! (she did) Those were the days, my friend...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Village Blocks...

It's been a while since I wrote, I haven't felt well for quite some time. Actually, I can't remember the last time that I felt what I'd call good!

The real down side of feeling lousy is not being able to babysit and spend time with the grandchildren. I managed to have them over for a couple of hours last week. I think they enjoyed themselves, and I did, too, but I required a nap whenever they went home!

While Madison and Cade were here, I brought out a set of Village Blocks that belonged to my sons when they were children(many years ago). I think the grandkids enjoyed playing with the little set. Cade especially liked the train! After playing with the village for a while, the grandkids "destroyed" the village by knocking everything over. (What makes children do that?) I jokingly told them that the town had just been hit by Hurricane Madison and Cade!

I'm hoping I will eventually start feeling good again. Until then, my posts may be scarce.