Posted on November 13, 2014
by Renee Spindle
A 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?
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Posted on March 28, 2012
by Renee Spindle
On our continuing travel saga from last weekend, Travel Man and I made the drive from the Oakland airport to Reno on Saturday at lunchtime. We were on our way to see my Mom and Dad. My Dad is having some chemo treatments as an outpatient, and we just wanted to give them some moral support. My Mom’s blog-Joan on the Road explains all of the details of the treatments. Take a look at her stories and you’ll get the jist of what they have been going through. My Dad’s been battling his lung cancer and some complications for over 2 years now. He is a shining example of perseverance, and refuses to give up or give in. The best thing that has happened to me this year to date, was seeing my Dad this past weekend. His coloring was so much healthier looking, and he is getting his appetite back. I just love, love, love seeing my Dad feeling better.
The road to Reno was delightful. It was a rainy Saturday, but I had never traveled on this stretch of I-80, so I was glad to be the passenger taking pictures. Here are a few of my favorites along the way.
A cool bridge!
The local Ikea!
The highlight of this drive was the trip over Donner Summit at 7200 feet up in the mountains. We stopped and got a great picture of Donner Lake, and a few other sites!
The worldly travellers.
The train tracks through the mountain
A snow plow - what an unusual sight.
The views were really great all the way through the mountains. When we got to Reno we checked into our hotel, and then I called my parents to let them know we had arrived. We quickly got over to their hotel, and that’s when I gave them the HUGS. No better medicine than a good hug to soothe your soul. My Mom and I got a little teary-eyed, as we hadn’t seen each other in about three weeks. That’s a long time for us. I gave my Dad a huge hug and told him how great he’s looking.
Everyone was hungry so we headed to PF Changs for dinner. My Mom and Dad have taken up residence at the PF Changs during their stay in Reno. My Dad lovesssss the crab wontons, and we had a really great dinner. Too much food of course, but wonderful company and conversation. I’m so glad Travel Man and I were able to get this trip put together, just for the hugs.