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“I just think that giving a child a chance and sharing what you have with a child is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, as well as a child.”  Hillary Clinton

We arrived at my Son’s today.  

I promised Chloe that we’d spend New Years with her, and have a fondue party.  We did that last  year at our home in Canada – she remembers it and wanted to do it again.  Since we didn’t spend Christmas with them, we opened presents shortly after we arrived.  I have to say that I think this particular present was perhaps the most special one I’ve received this year.  Her Mommy said that she did this all herself . . . no prompting from her at all.  She wrapped a sheet of stickers in kleenex, taped it up with more stickers, and wrote Grandma Beth on it.  I love it!  

Truly from the heart.

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“A child’s attitude toward everything is an artist’s attitude.”
-Willa Cather

My Great Nephew decided to draw “hands” this afternoon.  He put his hand on the paper and traced it.  Then he put my hand on the paper and traced it.  He then added the fingernails and my ring.  He was just so proud of himself!    Oh to have that uncensored,  fearless feeling when I create!  I am such a harsh judge of myself and yet see such beauty in the simplicity of his creativity.  At 60 years of age, I am seeking that child-like abandon . . . 

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“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.” Charles Schaefer

Today I had the pleasure of watching my 3.5 year old Great Nephew as well as my 16 month old Granddaughter.  My house was chaos!  The living room was a mass of pillows for Batman who was jumping from couch to ottoman to the floor destroying the world!  The dining room chairs were covered in blankets for the fortress.  The kitchen “tupperware” cupboard was emptied on to the kitchen floor as Batman’s destruction continued!  Of course, the baby just followed along loving every moment of it!  I decided early on there was no sense in fighting it.  I captured this moment on the kitchen floor just before nap time as the three of us surveyed the “mess” (Baby Girls description).  I’m trying to remember how often I sat in the midst of the “creativity” of my children, savoring the moment – like I did today with my Granddaughter and Great Nephew.  How much more aware I am today of the preciousness of every fleeting moment . . . the memories created.  How important just being in the moment is.  Treasuring it.  Relishing every second of it.  

This isn’t the most creative, or technically perfect photo.  It’s taken with my little point and shoot.  However, I think it is 100% perfect from an emotional standpoint.  At least from where I’m sitting!

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“I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part.” Shirley McLaine

We actually had a day without rain!  Yay!  Baby girl and I took off to the park for a bit.  Later that afternoon – I snapped this picture of us having some chill time before her afternoon nap.  I masked in the photo of her at the park.  I do feel like I’m so lucky to have this opportunity to be with my Granddaughter for this length of time.  I know her Mommy and Daddy miss her terribly, but they know she is safe and happy here with us.  Every day I am reminded of her mother when she was this age, just a happy, playful, sweet little girl.

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“Bub-bub-bubble gup-gup-guppies! Bubble, bubble, bubble, guppy, guppy, guppies! Bubble! Bubble! Guppies! Guppies! Bubble Guppies!”  Bubble Guppies Theme Song

Our morning routine is Baby Girl waking up about 6:30am and snuggling in to bed with Papa and Ya Ya (that’s what Grandma sounds like when she says it).  She has her bottle of milk, and demands to watch Bubble Guppies on my iPad.  Here she is trying to get me to put them on instead of taking this picture!  I’m hoping that she somehow retains the memory of these moments with us.  They are priceless moments.  I may be operating on sleep deprivation since I’ve been taking care of her . . . but I would not change one second of any minute that I’ve had with her.  I love the joy she gets on her face when the Bubble Guppies Theme song plays, and she “dances” back and forth while it’s playing.  So cute!!  I am one very blessed Ya Ya!!

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