Friday, August 23, 2013

Let's Play Hug o' War

Thought for the day:  The laughter of a child is the light of a house. [African proverb]

(sniff)  Some days, we really miss the kids.
Is there anything more wonderful than the sound of a child's giggle? Than the sight of a child jumping up and down with excitement and running into your arms?

Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap. [Doug Larsen]

Yep, you guessed it. Glory hallelujah, it's time for us to pull out the liniment, because Smarticus and I are gonna spend time with our four Alabama grandkids this weekend!

 Needless to say, I won't be messing with a computer when there's playing to be done and silly songs to be sung, but how's about a quick post before I pull the plug and dig out the BenGay?


Aren't kids terrific? It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside to see our grandchildren enjoy some of my favorite things.





And I can't tell you how proud we are of their terrific table manners.






And oooo-eee! Talk about helpful...


The handwriting on the wall means the grandchildren found the crayons.




And smart? You'd better believe it! They're all avid readers, and can work the remote controls and DVD player way better than I can. (Which, granted, ain't saying much.)


Grandparents are just antique kids.








They're very inquisitive, and show a natural affinity for animals, too.

My grandkids believe I'm the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it, too. [Gene Perrett]


The grandkids we're gonna be with this weekend are very close in age. The oldest just started kindergarten, and the youngest is just under two. So, as you can imagine, it's a blessing that they play together so well, and know how to entertain themselves so creatively.



(Pssst...take a closer look.) 


They're all little angels, as far as I'm concerned.

Do you know why children are so full of energy? Because they suck it all out of their grandparents.  [Gene Perrett]


There's nothing quite as invigorating as playing with a child... or quite as exhausting.


An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, you start to age quickly.  [Gene Perrett]



Okay, all these pictures so far are just cute or funny pictures from the Internet... from good ol' senior arkmorguefile, and from my good ol' brother. (Thanks, Ron!) Wanta peek at the real thing? The four we'll be with this weekend?

                                           All together now... AWWWWWWWW!

Kymber, Aaron, Jaiden, and Devyn
That picture was taken at the Georgia Aquarium earlier this year. Smarticus and I weren't with them, but my Spidey sense tells me the boys weren't overly thrilled at having their picture taken in front of all those people.


They look a lot happier here, and yep! they're in Mommy and Daddy's bed. (Good thing they have a big one, huh?)




I will not play tug o' war.
I'd rather play hug o' war.
Where everyone hugs instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses and everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
[Shel Silverstein]

So, y'all have a wonderful weekend. Me? I plan to be hugging and cuddling and giggling like an antique kid.

                                                   Take care of yourselves. And each other.

Know what? Getting old isn't all bad.


116 comments:

  1. aw.... adorable! all the pictures but, of course, yours.... I saw my Charlie this afternoon. I am so in love. It's just a wonderful kind of love that keeps on emanating is the only way I know to describe such emotion. That little ol boy's laugh and crooked little grin when he sees G'ma?

    nothing like it....

    Have a wonderful trip and surely you will take lots of pictures... I love the grandbaby pictures.

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    1. You're right. There really IS nothing like it. Grandchildren have a way of making you feel like the most important person in the world. But then again, the feeling is mutual, isn't it?

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  2. What a terrific post. Susan, have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks! We had a fan-TAS-tic weekend. But half an hour out of Alabama, I was already ready to go back for another fix. (The addictive little squirts!)

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  3. Awwww. Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend. Hug them until your arms are tired - and then hug them some more.

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    1. Thanks. We did have a wonderful, wonderful weekend. I'm already looking forward to when we see them again...

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  4. Is there anything more wonderful than the sound of a child's giggle? Than the sight of a child jumping up and down with excitement and running into your arms?

    Speaking strictly from my own point of view what is even better is the sound of silence in my house now that the kids have gone back to school.

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    1. Beach Bum, it's a whole different mind set between kids and grandkids. (After all, they ARE grand.) However, the sound of silence also has a most delightful appeal.

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  5. The photos are really priceless, I love them!
    As for children, however, (Oh, God, I hate to admit this)- - I simply cannot warm up to them. I've been a cranky old bachelor for too long and harbor absolutely no motherly instincts.

    But I suppose children can be tolerated for one weekend. With enough Valium, valerian, whiskey, and therapy I could possibly last three days.......possibly......

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    1. Glad you like the pictures, Jon, but yeah, I know kids don't hold an appeal for everyone. But you're wrong about not having any maternal instincts. How about the way you take care of all those stray cats, you ol' softie?

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  6. From one grandmother to another - you will have a wonderful weekend. You'll be so tired on Monday you won't know what to do with yourself, but it won't matter.

    (I spent last weekend playing in the river. And most of the week sorting wet clothes - worth every minute!)

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    1. Oh, I definitely had a wonderful weekend. Yeah, I have a few more aches and pains than I started with, but like you say, it was well worth it.

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  7. You're going to have so...much...fun!!
    and you're going to be so glad to get home again.
    Take lots of photos if you have time.

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    1. I did, I did, I did!!! And yes, I am also glad to be back home. (Our cats are very glad, too.) I tool SOME pics, but not a whole lot, and I haven't even looked at them yet. Tomorrow morning, I'll see if I've taken any gems.

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  8. I just loved the post , have a great weekend :)

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  9. Awww. You have the most adorable grandchildren. Have fun this weekend! :)

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    1. Awww. Thanks. (We think so, too!) We had a blast.

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  10. Yup, awwwwwwwww! I am always amazed at how quickly mine wear me out, and I only have two!

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    1. Yeah, they do wear us out, but at least they leave us with big smilse on our faces.

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  11. These photos are hard to resist..... and then the clean-up. Sweet grandchildren. I bet they have been counting the days until you arrive. See you when you return (and needing an antique rest) Haha

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    1. Thanks. They really can be sweet. Our son told us they were already bugging him at six in the morning on Friday about WHEN WHEN WHEN we were gonna get there. And oh yeah, I'n ready for some antique rest.

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  12. LOL Aaron does NOT look happy in that picture at the aquarium :)

    Have a fun visit with the kiddos!

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    1. HA! No, he does NOT! He isn't one to hide his emotions.

      Thanks. (We did!)

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  13. I am so grateful to my children for making me a grandma. It is the best present they have ever given me.

    Have you noticed that grandchildren are more perfect than our own children? Of course, that may be because they don't live with us.

    Your grandchildren are beautiful. I know you will enjoy every moment of this weekend. You will probably come home very tired but it is a good tired.

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    1. Oh absolutely, grandchildren are MUCH more perfect than our kids were when they were growing up. Not going through all the day-to-day hassles with them has a lot to do with it. We're not in the role of Rule Maker and Disciplinarian, and don't get to see them grands very often, so when we DO, it's always a Big Deal and cause for celebration. And all we have to do is enjoy them. (Even if they do think it's hysterical to unlock the door and burst into the bathroom when you're sitting on the pot...)

      Yes, it is a very good tired.

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  14. They are fabulous and I know you will have an awesome weekend playing.

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    1. Thanks. We had a ball! (And books, and puzzles, and games, and...)

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  15. Loved the Shel Silverstein poem :)

    Have fun with the grandkids!

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    1. Isn't that poem just perfect?

      Thanks. We sure did.

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  16. They are so cute! All the pics are adorable but the real things win the prize for being the cutest. :)

    And I love that African proverb. If I ever need cheering up I can always count on the youtube videos of laughing babies to do the trick. There's nothing like a little one's giggle.

    Have a great time with your cuties! :)

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    1. Thanks. (We think so, too!)

      Oh yeah, I LOVE those belly laughing baby videos. This weekend, I felt like I was in a the middle of one of those videos, only with four kiddies giggling at the same time. Loving and being loved by children has got to be one of life's greatest joys.

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  17. Those photos are hysterical!!

    Have fun with your grandkids, and I hope their mischief is full of laughter, but not Facebook-meme-worthy!

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you liked 'em. They really cracked me up, too.

      We had a lot of fun, and thankfully, the meme-worthy stuff occurred when no one had a camera in hand.

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  18. Oh my gosh I am shocked. You are me and I am you! Each and every word. How can you think like me - that is so cool! I am glad you found me and that I have found you. In fact you are sillier and more positive then me. Love the grands and i feel the same way.
    Weill you let me have your email address - mine is
    skcz at comcast dot net
    I like to write comments back.
    You live in GA and Gwinnett is not that far at all.
    I live near Kennesaw and Town Center.
    Come over too and join my facebook page and add things!!
    https://www.facebook.com/skczo
    Love, sandie

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    1. Me? Silly?

      Um, yeah. Maybe a little. Okay, a lot. Beats being an old cranky fuddy-duddy, doesn't it?

      If you check in the sidebar, you'll see an "email me" badge. You can get in touch with me that way, but I'll also leave my address on your blog.

      Will check out your FB page later. Gonna try to catch up on the comments here first.

      Take care.

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  19. LMAO burst out laughing at the goat
    I guess he really wanted to take note
    Have a grand time as you go
    And become the antique road show lol

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    1. Aye, we're antiques;
      Yep, we're old.
      But those days with the kiddies
      Were better than gold.


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  20. When our four were over, earlier this month, we BANNED them from bringing 'tablets' or iPads or hand held games, of any sort. They all had a great time.

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    1. Good for you! But we were at THEIR place, so I couldn't very well ban their electronic gadgets. But I wouldn't play those things with them. If they wanted to play with me, they had to play with ME, and we had a wonderful time.

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  21. Hahaha...loved this post! Grandkids add so much joy to life. I hope to have some one day. Have a great time. Your grandchildren are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      We had a wonderful time. Thanks.

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  22. I love your photos. I wish my grandboys were young again. I miss that "being in the moment" that little kids have. Have a great visit with your grandkids.

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    1. Thanks. Yeah, there's nothing like spending time with little kids. Some of our grandchildren are teenagers, and of course, they're special, too, but time spent with the wee ones is magical.

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  23. All of the pictures were great along with your tongue-in-cheek narration. Enjoy your time with the grandkids. They are so wonderful to be around when they are that age. It is when they get to be teens and tweens that you will look back on these days fondly. We look forward to hearing about all of the fun you had when you return!

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    1. Thanks. You're right; our Alabama foursome are at terrific ages, but our older grandchildren are fun, too. Just in a different way.

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  24. Our 4 grandchildren range from 16-21 years old & we still love seeing them--they NOW understand my sense of humor!!

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    1. It's a whole different ballgame dealing with older grandchildren, isn't it? They become more like... friends. We have a few in their teens, and the silliness we share with them is definitely different than with the younger crew.

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  25. LOL! I've lived 90% of these photos--and still live them every day. After 13 years of parenthood, I completely get the energy sucking aspect. At this rate there's not going to be anything left for the grandkids! (They do require less energy as teens, right?)

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    1. Heh, heh, heh, sure, sweetie. If you want to believe teenagers are easy, far be it from me to disillusion you.

      Just kidding. Teenagers don't suck nearly as much energy from you. However, the emotional aspect can be a bit more trying at times. (But entirely worth it! If you let them live, they might provide you with grandchildren some day!)

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  26. You will have a magical time!! (Rest up afterwards.) :)

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  27. I hope you have a blessed and wonderful time.

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  28. I promise to hug and cuddle and giggle this weekend -- in bed. But you know I don't have grandchildren.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I hope your hugging, cuddling, and giggling episodes were as enjoyable as mine. In, um, a different kinda way.

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  29. have a great time being a kid again

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    1. I did! One of the fun things about playing with kids is the sillier you act, the more they like it.

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  30. All right, I have a terminal case of the howling-with-laughter at the aquarium photo of - Is it Aaron, second from the left? - looking less than happy. The spaghetti-covered kid (or is it cherry pie filling) could have been me. Mom and Dad have a photo of me like that that they insisted of showing every time we looked at slides. *sigh*

    Diana at About Myself By Myself

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    1. That aquarium pic is one of my all-time favorite pictures of the kids. It captures such a priceless moment in time, I think it'd make a terrific wall-size poster.

      I think the girl in the picture is covered with chocolate pudding... or something chocolate.

      We have a shot of one of our sons covered in spaghetti. In fact, he'd just turned the bowl over on top of his head, so noodles were in his hair and dripping down his face. So, like any good mother, I reached for the camera. (The wash cloth could wait!)

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  31. Oh you've made me smile! Enjoy your time with your cuties!

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    1. I'm glad the pics made you smile. And oh yeah, we definitely enjoyed our time with the cuties!

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  32. very very cute. You'll have so much fun and so will they. I have fond memories of being spoiled and read to and coddled by grandparents.
    Laugh and love and enjoy!!!

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    1. Thanks. I think it's safe to say we ALL had fun. (I'm ready to go back!)

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  33. I'm glad your grandkids are not the ones in the early photos because those kids look scary. Have fun with the kids and worry about the Bengay later.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. HA! Yeah, I'm glad those earlier kids weren't ours, too. We had a fabulous time, and I haven't even had to pull out the BenGay. (Yet.)

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  34. Have an amazing weekend with you adorable grandchildren... they are so sweet...

    I really wish I could be closer to my grandson :)

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    1. Thanks. We did.

      I wish we were closer to our grandchildren, too, but if we were, they probably wouldn't be so over-the-moon happy when we visit.

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  35. Enjoy your visit!

    After having three boys, I'm now the lucky grandma of three granddaughters. They are my reward that I didn't kill my boys when they were teenagers.

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    1. We did!

      You cracked me up about not killing your boys, but that's how the saying goes: grandchildren are a reward for not killing our kids.

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  36. toddlers are too cute!! uplifting!

    happy friday!

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    1. They sure are. And uplifting? Uh, yeah, they DID want me to pick 'em up an awful lot, now that you mention it.

      Happy Monday!

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  37. Another delightful post.

    Enjoy the time with your grandchildren and take care. Catcha when you get back :)

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    1. Thanks.

      I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. But I'm back now... hey! Where are ya???

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  38. Hey Susan,

    I would have arrived sooner. However, in my quest for getting a clone, or cloning machine, remains 'questless'. I just invented a new word. Yay me!

    Now what a fun-filled adventure you shall have. Yes, kids bring out the kids in us. I reckon you should go down a slide and play on the swings n' stuff.

    I'm now going to cover my face with chocolate cake. Must go now....the quest continues....

    Gary :)

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    1. Hahahahaa! Mad ... bloody mad!

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    2. HA! Good luck finding that clone machine, Gary.Well, I didn't get ON a swing, but I managed to push all four of the kiddies at the same time. I'm thinking maybe I should try out for "America's Got Talent"...


      Wendy? Yep. (But fun!)

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  39. Awwwwww, have a lovely time.
    My Japanese family was visiting for 3 weeks and I will miss my little granddaughter who just turned three. She is so much fun.
    She speaks Japanese and English and is a hoot.


    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Awwwww, we did!

      I'm not happy our grandkids are in other states, but it beats the heck out of them being in another country. You must miss Mia terribly. (Do you Skype?)

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  40. Oh, Susan, they are beautiful! (I love their names too.) Hope that you guys have a wonderful time and safe travels too.

    You are so right about little kids sucking up our energy. I am finally starting to not be so tired after being around them all day long.

    Hugs,

    Kathy M.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. We had a wonderful time, and are safely back home now. (And already missing the little squirts.)

      Oh, you should know all too well about how much energy they drain from us... but darn if it ain't worth it!

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  41. Have a brilliant time, Susan. Loved that post. I'm going to be a granddad in January.

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    1. Congratulations! You must be thrilled. I'm sure lots of people have already told you this, but I'll tell you again, anyway. Grandchildren are WONDERFUL! Being a grandparent is WONDERFUL! You're gonna love it.

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  42. I love this post! The photos were good for a laugh. I even laughed (I confess) at poor Aaron's wee face at the aquarium. Maybe he was worried about the sharks behind him?

    We have a photo of my son wailing his tiny heart by the front door: it was taken by his grandparents, who were babysitting while my husband and I went out for dinner. I love the photo. It says, "my grandchild is crying his eyeballs out — better take a photo!" Grandparents don't feel like they have to fix every little thing every little time, plus also they know the crying will stop in 2 minutes anyway.

    Enjoy your adorable grandkids!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      HA! That pic of your son must be adorable. We have one of our son standing at the front door, too, only he's reaching for the door knob, and grinning from ear to ear. And the little streaker was naked as a jaybird.

      (We did!)

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  43. "I like children.
    If they're properly cooked."
    ~ W.C. Fields

    "My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives."
    ~ Rita Rudner

    ~ Stephen

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    1. HA! I love that Rita Rudner quote. She's a hoot.

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  44. I used to love it when our 3 granddaughters used to come stay for weekends years ago. I now have two delightful little granddaughters but we are too old to care for them so only see then when their folks aren't too busy. I do miss having little ones around these days. I am sure you had a wonderful time with your grandkids. Thanks for sharing some delightful photos with us.

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    1. We did have a wonderful time, and made a lot of good memories. And much to my surprise, I'm not nearly as sore today as I thought I'd be! However, I don't know how many more years I'm gonna be up to throwing them around and crawling around the floor with them. (With them crawling all over me.) Oh well. All we can do is enjoy it as long as we can.

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  45. Aloha Susan,

    You are soooo going to have your hands full - but you know it's so worth it - which is awesome :)

    I won't bother with "Have a fun weekend" but do have a *great* weekend - and remember the best part of being a grandparent... when you are completely wiped out, tired and hungry... you get to give them *back* :)

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    1. Aloha!

      Yes, it was TOTALLY worth it, and I'm ready to go back for more. You're right; it can be a relief to give them back to their parents, but still, I hate to see them go.

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  46. Pretty sure you're going to have a most awesome weekend!! Beautiful grandbabies you've got there, and thank goodness there are other parents who let their kids take over their bed. I feel normal again. ha!

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    1. We did have an awesome weekend. Nope, you aren't the only one. Our other son and his wife usually have a bed full of kids, too.

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  47. Lovely grandkids!

    Don't have any of those yet, and I can wait. I remember the things kids can get into. . .I also co-managed a summer program with 15-20 pre-school kids 3-5. Loved it. But then, they went home with their parents after 3 hours.

    Hope your visit is a great one. Kids keep us laughing at their innocent way of viewing the world.

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    1. Thanks!

      We just had our thirteenth grandchild, and the most recent one is every bit as wonderful as the first one was. Whew! A summer program with 15-20 preschoolers was great preparation for handling grandchildren. After taking care of that many at once, looking after one or two at a time will be a piece of cake.

      It WAS great, and you're right. We definitely found plenty things to laugh about.

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  48. such cute pictures! Have a great time with the grandkids, dear! And don't let Smarticus spoil them too much :)

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    1. Thanks! We did, and spoiling grandchildren (just a little bit!) is our JOB!

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  49. Adorable photographs! What is it about pics of children in need of a clean-up crew that warms the heart? Hope your weekend is full of joy!

    VR Barkowski

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    1. Thanks! Pics of kids in need of a clean-up are very heat-warming, especially if you aren't the one who has to clean 'em! It was chock full of joy. Overflowing. (But I'm ready for some more. Greedy, greedy, greedy.)

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  50. Cute photos. Yes, getting old is worth it if you have little ones to play with again.

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  51. Great pictures, I especially like the one with the statue in big shoes. I loved doing that when I was a kid. I hope you all had a great time together

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you liked the pictures. We had a terrific time together.

      Thanks you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I do appreciate it.

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  52. Ohmygosh! I loved those pics :)) Your REAL grandbabies are beautiful. Have lots of fun!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you liked the pics. I got a real kick out of them. (We had a terrific time!)

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  53. Love love love those pics! Your grandkids are gorgeous. My mom gets just as excited when she visits with my little guy. I am happy to just sit back and breathe when Gramma is here. :)

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    1. Thanks! Our daughter-in-law enjoys having a little more freedom when we're entertaining her kids, too. (But I doubt if she enjoys it as much as WE do!)

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  54. I love it!!! Those pictures are awesome and the real deal ones....adorable! I bet you are the best Grams!

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    1. Thanks!!! Dunno if I'm the best, but I'm pretty doggone enthusiastic, anyway.

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  55. lol, amusing pics. And your grandkids are gorgeous.

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  56. Hi Susan .. hope you've had a wonderful time - still are perhaps ... they are such fun - though I don't have the grand part of the little ones, just know some little ones.

    Yea - you'll be tired!!!! But full of the joys of Spring .. happy times - Hilary

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  57. Hi-ya!

    We had a fan-TAS-tic time! And I've almost recovered... HA!

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