Sunday, April 29, 2012

Keeping Grand kids BUSY and HAPPY!

Yesterday Louis Dean and I worked from 11 am - 3 pm in the front yard! Weeding, edging, trimming, mulching.....there is always SO much to do when the grass starts growing. Our Asian Jasmine nearly takes over EVERYTHING if I don't keep a watchful eye out!

Just about the time I was giving out - the grand kids arrived!!

We wound up the front yard and bolted all the gates and settled down in the gazebo for nice visit.

Sam, my oldest. He is nearly 10 years old!

Levi, the youngest, is THE hardest worker! And STRONG!!!

Faith is a girly girl.......after my own heart!

She loves a good game of checkers.....
however, Sam beat her by three this time!

Levi was content to watch!

After a lunch of hot dogs, chili, chips and jello - complete with a topping of tiny marshmallows - we started an art project.

Louis Dean had primed the wall with some left over PINK paint.
The kids got right  to work covering it with the nice 'fudge bar' color we are using on the house and storage buildings.

They did a bang up job!!!

They insisted they could paint the other side as well......and so they did!
That little Faith loved painting from the ladder!

Levi loves MUD! He played for over an hour in the mud pit he created.
While not CLEAN fun - it WAS fun!!
A little dirt never hurt anybody!

All too soon it was time for baths and roasting marshmallow!
We thought the fire wasn't going to start because......

.....Levi had been 'cleaning up' over there!!

No worries!
We got it started just fine!
The kids took their baths while the fire burned down enough to use their wires.

We closed down the night out on the front yard.
The kids have a game they play........they lay facing west looking at the four way stop sign. They watch to see if the cars actually STOP at the stop sign.

13 out of 15 cars DID NOT! (Most don't!)

This morning we had fresh banana muffins by popular request - it's Sam's favorite!

Muffins, milk, and 'fluffy salad' made a perfect breakfast!

Not the best pic to show right after food.....
but the kids were so excited to find this small squirrel skull.
Faith is taking it to school for show and tell.

Then it was back to the art project. They each drew in their design.


Art by Sam, Faith and Levi!
Signed and dated!

OOPS!!! Faith remembered to sign hers!! A true artist!

We had the best 24 hour MiMi Camp EVER!!
The kids were as good as gold and it did our hearts good to simply look at them and love them and spend some time together.

Every single child is so very different. and so very special .

It was nice to at long last use my spring table setting.
Everyone shared their 'high and low' of the day.
The highs were ALL either spending the night here with MiMi and Granddad or
'Having the kids here!' Not many lows in the group today.

The kids are back home. I came back and took a long nap.
Now I am gearing up for next week!
It just seems like there is SO much going on in my life right now.
Even as life goes on for ends for others.
I recently received word of a friend going on to be with the Lord after a long battle.

Life is Fragile......Handle with Prayer!

There has been a lot of activity in the quad world lately.
The mom of sextuplets recently delivered and you can read her story Here.
Then I think I have already linked to Ashley's blog. She recently gave birth and you can read about it HERE!

Last but not LEAST is my daughter, Amber's latest blog post: Here!
Amber even has a video greeting as she gives you the latest goings on!

OK! That's a wrap for the weekend!

We are all in store for a great week!!
I close with one of my favorite quotes from Charles R. Swindoll.

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities
brilliantly disguised as
impossible situations!"

And THAT'S the truth!!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I enjoyed seeing your grand children's visit and see all the fun you had with them, Linda. They look like delightful children. I'm glad to hear Amber is doing well...I am keeping her in my prayers.
Enjoy your busy week!

Kathy said...

My goodness you are a busy lady! Sounds like so much fun at MiMi camp. And their art work is precious.

Glad Amber is doing so well. I liked being able to see and hear her on her video. This is going to be a busy summer for you.


Texas Tales said...

You are a great grandma - now we just need to find energy backup for you when the quads arrive!! Always love eating at the dining table at home. It looks very nice. Heck, I'll just be glad to eat at a table again soon...when my stomach fits and I can lean over my plate too!

Deb said...

The kiddos did a great job sounds like a lot of fun

Bev said...

I am amazed at the energy you have... I need to know your secret!!

Angie said...

I absolutely LOVE the kids artwork. Such a great idea. I bet that kept them content for hours!!!
Oh and the mud pit looks like a blast. My son would LOVE that :)

Glad you got some time with the grands. I know you have been missing them. Hope your week is awesome Linda!!!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

What cuties they are!

And what a wonderful job you do, with giving them memories, of "Being At Your House."

Kelly said...

Your grandkids are precious. Love the artwork they left for you! Looks like they had a wonderful visit. I know kids love campfires and marshmellows. They'll probably remember it for a long time!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

There's never a dull moment in your world! It sounds like a fabulous 'camp Mimi'.

Life is fragile...handle with prayer. A great quote...and one I used when signing my autograph in my college days.

Carla said...

The kids are cute. You are one smart grandma. You've always got activities for the kids to do. I can only hope I'm that good whenever I have grandkids.

Sorry to hear about your friend.

Susie said...

Linda, I truly enjoyed your post of the children. Yesterday, I saw my own grandson , in his work shirt and little apron , he buses tables at a texas roadhouse steak place..he was going to be driving himself to work. On our way home, I wondered how did all the years get away. I hope everyone hugs their children and grandchildren all they can, they are growing before our eyes. Smiles, xo, Susie

bj said...

Ahhhhh, Linda....I want to live next door to you 'cause I like you so much!

Debbie said...

how are you not exhausted?? you sure did make everything fun for them, painting that wall was an awesome idea....having a constant reminder of their love!!

i love your checkers, i have them too. i got mine at cracker barrel!!

Sweet Tea said...

Your Grands are ARTIST'S!!
Please tell them I am a fan of their lovely work!

Yeay for Amber and her squad!
Glad they are doing so well.