Saturday, January 10, 2009

My perspective has changed

When my boys were small I would have rather just read, and created, cooked, and played with them. I did a lot of that, and often my house looked like it too. That bothered me.

Funny how my perspective on all that changed when I became a grandma. After the grandkids leave I look at the mess left behind and I just want to savor it. Here I am on a Saturday afternoon and I still have the SORRY game out that Elora and I played last night while her parents went out on a date.She declared herself a winner before realizing she forgot that little green guy in the corner.

And the toys are still on the bottom of the bathtub where Elora and Camers played for a very long time last night.And the magazine Cam Cam was reading is still left open to her favorite page.And I also savor the conversations we had with Elora over our spaghetti dinner. Which by the way Elora had 3 helpings of, and Cami had 2.

It went like this:

Elora: "My friend Hannah at school goes by Laylee for short."
Me: "Well...uh, what does Laylee have to do with Hannah?"
Elora: "It's short for Hannah."
Me: "No, uh, how can Laylee be short for Hannah?"

Elora's voice suddenly gets really soft and she scoots over very close to me and says in an understanding-sort-of-whisper:
"Grandma Honey, if she goes by Hannah the other kids might make fun of her and call her Hannah Montana. So she just goes by Laylee."

Oh. Who am I to question such logic?


After our dinner, the game, and their bath, we played a little "game" on the computer. (Thank you Dad for sending it!) After popping the 10 balloons we would giggle together over what came next. Go ahead, try it here: http://web.icq.com/friendship/swf/0,,16961_rs,00.swf See if you don't smile.

Tried to get a going home picture, but it didn't quite work out.

Elora is not crying here, she is in hysterical laughter.
I guess we would need to be SIX to understand her humor.

11 comments:

Lisa said...

You may have to be 6, but it's obviously CONTAGIOUS! Look at the BIG toothy smiles of her parents!

I better plan ahead, WAY ahead & get that Spaghetti recipe for the day I'm sure I'll have grandchildren. ; )
Also..you are funny in including the game! Love your personality & love how your relish being a GRANDMA! Yes!!!

grandmapeg said...

I love the way 6 year old girls think about how people will make fun of them if their names happen to be a name of someone famous like Hannah Montana. Kasey thinks and 'whispers' those same kinds of things. That is one happy family leaving your house!

Ronnell said...

I do the same thing after our grandchildren leave Jill. I know it will be at least another week before I will see them again so I just cannot bear to put the toys away. It always takes me a couple of days to be able to do it.

Ammy Moore said...

Jill~
The whole purpose of the post on my blog was to post the recipe....thanks for reminding me...it is on there now.
Ammy

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

I went to the web site. It was fun. How do you keep your bathtub so clean? I love Cami's choice of magazine articles to read. Is she feeling better? She looks really good.

Dad and Susan said...

Jill, This is such a cute blog. I admire that you can leave things out even a day after they left. I must have skipped that part of being a grandma. You are remarkable. Love, Dad and Susan

Mary said...

This is so sweet. How very much I look forward to becoming a grandmother!

Kathy said...

Jill, If you can play Sorry you can play Facebook Scrabble. I challenged you to a game of Scrabble on Facebook. Did you ever recieve the invitation? These are precious memories and precious times with the grandkids,eh?

Jill said...

Kathy, I am on Facebook, technically, but I can't get on. Every time I try to sign in some other name comes up. So I don't think a Scrabble game is in my near future. And no I don't remember getting any invitation. But you do have a point, if I can play SORRRY I an play Scrabble. You got me there! :)

Richard said...

You're welcome to come savor the mess at our house. Hailey has been here 2 weeks and has taken over. She is a little bossy, but we see that as part of her charm!

I admire your great attitude about life and its challenges.

Your favorite brother...

darlene said...

You have a hilarious sense of humor, Jill! I often laugh out loud when I read your posts! You definitely understand and appreciate kids. I look forward to appreciating my grandchildren as you do!