Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Grand Time!

Earlier this month, I was able to spend some special time with
 the littles, aka my grandkids, Janie and Walt! 
My son and his wife went on a little getaway for a few days and left me in charge!!
Bring out the Hershey kisses-- Mimi's in the house! :)
Me --  What?  You're Leaving? 
In case you're wondering,
Janie is 3 already and Walt is 2 -- such fun and busy ages!
I was a little nervous to be left on my own -- but my daughter-in-law
is super organized, efficient and left home-made meals for us!
Plus the kiddos are on a great schedule and routine.

Don't tell his parents -- I only finger-combed his hair for 3 days!

We went to the park, played outside on the slide, did loads of paints,
watched a few Thomas the Train episodes and . . .
Miss Janie learned how to go potty!! 
Yay Janie!! 
 She did fabulous and earned lots of little incentive rewards along the way.
I attempted to show Walt the potty too,
but he said NO in a very big voice. 
Your turn next time Buddy!
Artist Janie at Work

Probably one of the reasons Janie was so excited to go potty was to
see me do the "Elaine" dance! :)
That put a big smile on her face!
I admit that I did have a Billy Crystal "Parental Guidance" moment
when I couldn't get Walt's car seat unbuckled and almost had to hoist the seat out. 
Instead, I pulled the poor little guy out through the top of the straps. 
And then we never got in the car again!
So happy to have been able to help Philip and Catherine
have a little break before their new baby arrives in August. 
If it's a girl, they promised to let me name her in payment for working with Janie! 
Kidding --
but that's a good idea, isn't it! 
Being in Omaha for a few days with the littles,
you know who I really missed 
(besides Mr. Tennis and Maddy, of course)
 was my Mom. 
I just know she would love to be around the littles. 
She was so proud of all of her grandkids and would adore her great-grands too!
I think of her and miss her every single day.
Love you Mom.


Courtney said...

Aww I am sure everyone had loads of fun! I can't believe you will be adding a third grandchild in August.

Jodee said...

I am so glad that you had a great time in Omaha and that the potty party was a huge success! Janie and Walt are such cutie pies!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm wiping away a little tear with that comment about your Mom. So sweet. What a wonderful few days with the grands. Congrats on the potty too! Darling pics.

Jean said...

Oh Yes- I know exactly what you mean- your mom was there in spirit marveling over those two adorable (great) grandchildren! Well- I guess I shouldn't be presumptuous? Maybe she is still here but unable to travel?

Anyways-good job Mimi! And yes- you should name the next little one- just kidding Philip and Katherine!

Laurie said...

LOVED this post! I could just imagine all of the fun scenes, from the carseat issues to you doing the "Elaine" dance. Too funny! They are for sure going to ask you back!! :)

Catherine said...

Aw, I love everything about this post! Thank you SO MUCH for coming and staying with the kids while we went on our babymoon. Janie & Walt had a ball, and they're still talking about the fun they had with Mimi. I'm going to go ahead and blame it on the hormones, but you've got me sobbing into my cereal with your comment about missing your mom. I'm so glad she got to meet Jane, and I know she's praying for us everyday. She was an amazing woman, and I hope we're all making her proud! Thank you for being the best Mimi ever to our little ones. Love you! :)

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

I love how you said to break out the Hershey kisses! How special that you got to stay with them and have one-on-one time. That is so awesome!