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Loving my Grandma World

IMG_1111A certain, special someone is celebrating her second birthday this week.  Miss Madison is turning two, and is every bit of that two-year old.  She’s head strong, feisty, sweet and loving.  Madison spends two days a week with me at Camp Grandma, and we have fun-filled, exhausting days together.  Her favorite things to play with right now are Playdough, and her dolls.

Last week Madison had a moment with me that I will always cherish.  We have a little routine together in the morning after breakfast.  We get dressed, brush our teeth, and then I fix Madison’s hair.  On this particular morning I had Maddy sitting up on my bathroom counter.  We had to get her hair wet just a bit to get it put up into a little, tiny pony tail.  Once we got her hair all situated, I was just about to lift her back to the floor, and I got this huge unexpected hug, and an “I lub you Gwamma”.  Oh my goodness, I had to pick my melted heart up off of the floor, and gave her a big squeeze back right away.  I told her, “ I love you too, Maddy”.  This is one of those sweet, loving, ever-so-short grandma moments that stays in your memory bank for a long, long time.  The fact that the “I lub you” was not prompted by anyone else made her saying it to me all the sweeter.  I lifted Madison back onto the floor, and she ran off to play, as if nothing had happened.  As far a she was concerned, it was just another normal morning.  But for this Gwamma, it was a special morning filled with love.

When is the last time you had a “Gwamma” moment?

This post linked to the GRAND Social

Happy Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day.  And I want to wish a happy Mother’s Day to all of you Mom’s and Grandma’s out there.  I want to send an extra special package of love to my Grandma, my Mom, and my daughter Naomi.  All important Mom’s in our family circle.

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This post is all about when Naomi was born.  The pictures shown above were taken the first time Naomi met her Grandma Joan (Marma), and her Great-Grandma Nehls.  Naomi was about two weeks old.  We were living in Wisconsin at the time, and my parents travelled from California to see their newly born granddaughter (the first grandchild), and my Grandma came up to visit us from Illinois too.  Naomi was also the first great-grandchild in the family.  What a special, special memory.

That same weekend this five generation picture was taken.  We’re so lucky to have this memory.1-811017

From left to right this is my Great-Grandpa Quist, and myself holding Naomi. Standing behind us is my Grandma, and my Mom.  I love this picture.   It is a treasure.

I recently found this poem my Grandma penned to my Mom the day after Naomi was born.  It is such a sweet sentiment on becoming a Grandma I wanted to share it with you all.

On Being A Grandparent

Dear Joan,

I’m glad you were able

To sit at our table

Tho’ Lord knows the time was too short.

And while sleep we were lacking

T’was more fun just yakking

And sharing a generous snort.

 

I know it’s a trauma

For you to be gramma

As for me—at long last I am Great.

And I’m sure you’ll adjust

As all Grandparents must

For it’s really a wonderful fate.

 

When Renee gets to show me

Her precious Naomi

My pleasure will be overflowing

And I’m glad I will be there

When you and Jim see her

For I’m sure that you both will be glowing

 

I called Bobbi and Mother

But not any other.

Remember you told Dad you’d call

I know he’ll expect it

If you recollect it

Is really a first for us all.

 

I hope Grandma Nehls

Reconsiders, and feels

That the trip would be too long and taxing.

If she goes, I will drive

And I guess I’ll survive

But to ride with you would be relaxing.

 

I’ve written Loretta

And I hope they will get a

Day off and bring Dad as per plan.

Other wise I’ll be going

(Lord, I hope it’s not snowing)

To White Lake to get the old man.

 

So at this point it’s iffy.

Let me know in a jiffy

When your plans are all made and you’re due.

And I’ll have to see

Who is going with me

Or if I can ride up with you.

 

I’m glad that your visit

Was really exquisite.

Your reunion was joyous and hearty.

But it’s really outrageous

That girls of your ages

Indulge in a big slumber party

Now I’ve done what I said

With this rhyme you’ve just read

And I hope that you found it amusing.

But if I tried much more verse

It could only get worse

I’m afraid you would find it abusing.

 

With love,

Mom (and Harry)

Anne L. Nehls

On the birth of Naomi Carolyn

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On becoming a Grandma, again.

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Madison with her Nana.
December 2012

For any of you who follow my blog regularly you know that last November we welcomed our granddaughter into the family.  Such a sweet, little cutie pie.  It’s amazing to me that when the family tree expands, your heart just becomes filled beyond overflowing with happiness and joy.

It’s a multi-part thing; you are ecstatic to have a new member in the family, you are ecstatic to see your children become wonderful parents.  And nothing can compare to the joy on your own mother’s face when she becomes a great-grandma for the second time around, our resident, “Nana”.  Plus, in my family we are especially blessed because my grandmother shares in this joy long distance.  So,  we have a great-great grandma in the family.  We are able to Skype with her once in a while so she can say hi to all the grandkids, great grandkids, and the great-great’s too!!

5th Generation - July 2006

5 Generations from July 2006
My Mom, Grandma & myself
Standing is daughter, Naomi with Evan.

My Grandma sent me a little note over the holidays, she still likes to send “snail mail”, which I love.  She has seen many, many pictures of her new great-great granddaughter since her arrival, and this is what she wrote to me:

“What a unique child Madison is.  Her face is so “knowing”.  Her eyes are seeing and processing everything, if she can keep her busy little mind awake.  She is truly beautiful.  I’m so proud of her, and of Evan too.  Such wonderful kids- my great-great grandchildren!  I feel like I had a little part in that along the way.”

I think my Grandma’s words sum up the feeling that any of us who are grandparents have.  That in some small way, you had a tiny little something to do with that new life that just came into the world, and expanded your family tree.

We had a Lovely, Positively Pink Day

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday,  my daughter, Hilary and I hosted a baby shower for Hilary’s big sister, Naomi.  We were surrounded by family and friends, all of them ladies at this shin-dig, except for Evan and his cousin.  It was a wonderful, sunny Saturday, and the planning paid off tremendously.  Of course,  all of us Grandma’s, Grammie’s, and Nana’s in the crowd were especially excited.  For me there is nothing more heart-warming or meaningful than knowing that the family tree will soon be expanding.

We had lovely tissue paper flowers, a diaper cake, lots of pink tulle and ribbons, and even a crown for the guest of honor.

And we had the food!  Deli sandwiches, chips, dips, watermelon salad (more on this later), pink lemonade punch, and a beautiful coconut cake.

We passed around a journal for everyone to write their thoughts and good wishes to Naomi and her family.  It was a lot of fun, and will be a great keepsake for the new arrival.

Hilary headed up the game co-ordination, and I think we had the most fun with “The Purse Game”.  In our game,  we used a points system which made it a lot of fun to find out what treasures all of the ladies had in their purses.

One of the highlights of the day was Evan opening his “Diaper Dude Junior” tool belt.  I saw this idea on Pinterest, and had to make them for Evan and his Dad.  Both of the tool belts had a diaper, baby wipes, goggles, plastic gloves.  All set for diaper duty.  Evan was a great sport and thought this was a very fun gift.  I’m sure once his baby sister has arrived he will try to put his diaper tools to good use.

My daughter and her family received a plethora of wonderful, amazing gifts.  They will be ready for anything when the baby sister arrives.

This is all of the grandma’s that live in the area with the “mom-to-be”.  We are blessed to have so many family members close by.  The only thing that would have made this a positively more perfectly,  pink day is if my Sister and my Grandma could have joined us.

We had a wonderful afternoon together, and are counting the days/hours Until Evan’s baby sister arrives.  Travel Man and I are sponsoring a guess the baby date prize for the family.  It’s turning out to be a lot of fun. We’ll keep you all posted on the arrival.

What’s your most recent and favorite family moment?

My April Fool’s on Evan

If you are a reader of my Evanisms page you will have seen what a little jokester Evan was on this past Sunday, which was April Fool’s Day.  Being the diligent Grandma that I am I decided to have a little April Fool’s fun of my own.

I found a post on one of the Mom blog’s that I follow- Money Saving Mom for a little April Fool’s present.  The print out was to make a package of “donut seeds”.  There was a pdf link to print out the package and then glue it together, and in the package you place your favorite Cheerios, these are the donut seeds!!  I knew this would be a great little April fool’s for Evan once I saw it.

Here’s a picture of the package I gave to Evan.  I waited until we were done eating breakfast to give it to him.  I said, “Evan, I got you something to plant outside.”  Evans says, “Really Grandma what is it?”  I hand him the little “seed” package, and tell him its “seeds” to grow his own donuts.  Everyone else at the breakfast table is talking this up, and excited for Evan.  Evan takes the packet, and reads a little bit of it and then opens it to look at the “seeds”.  Evan says, “Grandma, this is just Cheerios.”  And I smile and pause, and tell Evan, “April Fool’s, I got you!!” 

It was a fun way to start the day, especially when Evan got in the spirit of the little jokes all on his own.  Happy April everyone.  Wishing you all a wonderful Spring!

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