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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?

Evan’s Scavenger Hunt

Grandson Evan is on his winter break for three weeks.  So he has lots of time on his hands to do “stuff”.  I have the good fortune to be able to take care of him on Thursdays and Fridays while he is on his break.  (I just noticed in this picture he was wearing a legos pirate shirt too – How cool.)

 My Mom (Evan’s Nana) called me last week before he came over with a fun activity for Evan.  “Why don’t you send him on a scavenger hunt?”, my Mom said. “With your big back yard it would be a great place for a hunt”.  I am always game for new and different activities to do with Evan.  So I made up a list of ten things for Evan to search for, and waited for a moment when he was completely bored before I sprang the hunt on him.

Sometime after lunch and a few errands, Evan said, “I don’t have anything to do Grandma, what can I do now?”.  I said, “How about a scavenger hunt, would you like to do that?”.  Evan says, “What is that?”.  So, I explained it to him, and told him there would be a prize for him if he found all ten things on the list.  He was totally game for it.

So I gave him this list and an empty grocery bag to collect everything in.  Here’s what he was searching for:

 

 He set out with an empty grocery bag to collect the items, and the one that stumped him was the bungee cord.  He had no idea what it was.  I tried to explain that it was like a rope but stretchy with hooks on the ends.  He was not seeing this, so I confess I did help him with this one.  But everything else he found on his own.

Here’s the picture of the goodies he collected. It looks like the leaf blew away before I snapped the picture, but it was there.

His prize was two of those little velvet posters to color.  They were Christmas scenes. When he pulled them out the bag he gave me a big hug and said, “You’re the best grandma ever”.  Just melt my heart.

Then he said, “Now let me make a list for you Grandma!”.  I told him we would do that next week, and he was all for it.  Now we’ll just see if he remembers.

What a fun easy thing to do with him that was different. (Thanks Nana!) Have fun with the six-year olds, and keep giving them adventurous things to do.  Happy hunting everyone.

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