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Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Another lesson from Grandma

Every time I spend some good time with the grandgirls, I like to teach them about something that their parents might not.  When I spent the summer with them in 2011, I taught them how to use those noodles in their pool to squirt other people with water.  Not a harmful spray, but one to get someone’s attention.  Flirt male  I’m not sure their parents were thrilled with that, but that was the beauty of it.  I had another chance this weekend, but I’m going to save that for the end of this post.

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While Avery spent her sleepover with me on Saturday night, I still had to do my physical therapy exercises.  Of course I invited her to work out with me.  Emma had to get her two cents in as well, but she cheated on the squats by just sitting down.  I’m really trying to work on the abduction exercises which involves moving my right leg to the side as far as I can.  (middle and top right pics)  As you can see, Avery is bit more flexible than I am at this point.  She can lift her leg to a 90* angle.  I don’t think I’ll ever get that limber.  (take note of the bit of the Euro recliner that is visible in the bottom left pic)

On Sunday we only had visiting planned so it was a pretty laid back day.  In the afternoon, I could tell that Robyn and Dennis were wearing down, so I took the grandgirls for a hike with me and Emma while their parents rested a bit.  What a time that was!  We chatted along the way about why Emma had to sniff everything and how her nose was better than her eyes.  She sniffed out the first of three Gopher Tortoise holes that we found along the way through the woods.  Gopher Tortoises are an endangered species I believe.  I sure wish we had actually gotten to see one but we didn’t.  I told the girls that their tunnels went ten feet underground and could be about 40 feet long.  We were gone almost an hour, and covered more than a mile I am sure.  No camera for that jaunt as I had my hands full with Emma’s leash, my cane, and keeping track of the girls.  They were much faster than I, and at one point just laid down on the trail to wait for me.

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Once back at the rig, Robyn and Dennis removed the Euro recliner for me.  No one ever sits in it, and about all I use it for is dumping my grocery bags into it.  So thanks to them, out it went.

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Instead, I moved the three drawer thing I bought for when Kurt was here to the spot the chair was in.  Now I can actually see out the window (as can Emma), and it opens up the room quite a bit.  Some day I might have a nice wooden cabinet made to put in there, but in the meantime this will do.  I’ve got a month to decide if I’m happy with this alteration.

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While we were busy with the removal of the chair, the girls continued helping Emma dig to China!  So much for my thought that they would maybe fill the holes in.  Disappointed smile

We had the wiener roast with all the other volunteers and interns, but I was enjoying everything too much to take any pictures.  Let’s just say that lots of ‘dogs’ and marshmallows were consumed.

And now for the new thing that I got to introduce the grandgirls to this weekend:

_MG_1711Yep, it’s a whoopee cushion!  Ha!  Little kids love bodily functions, and what could be more fun than this cushion?  We had a wonderfully gross time with it, and Avery voted her father the best gas passer of all time.  I just can’t wait until they are old enough for me to teach them how to spit correctly…

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

34 comments:

  1. You're my kind of grandma. And I think you are doing so much better than I imagined with your own flexibility.

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  2. You are correct the Gopher tortoise is endangered. Looks like you are teaching those Grands some of the really fun things :)

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  3. Love, love, love the whoopee cushion idea! Those girls will remember this spring break trip for a long time. Dione

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  4. LOVE IT , LOVE IT!...Our oldest daughter, Terrie, could honker up a luge and spit it just like a man when she was age 3....I disciplined her for it, but secretly I loved it!...Do they know how to make fart noises with their hand under their armpit?? just sayin', school "ain't" out yet, Grama.

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  5. Will you adopt me as a granddaughter? Please?

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  6. What a great grandma you are. I'm sure your granddaughter enjoy doing your exercises much more than you did!!!! LOL.

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  7. You are too funny! Your granddaughters will remember this time always. I love grandparents who enjoy being kids right along with the children.

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  8. The beauty of grand-parenting, you can teach them neat stuff to take home. It's a form a payback.

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  9. I haven't seen a whoopee cushion in a long time. Maybe it's about time.....

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  10. You are one wild and crazy grandma. I think I might be just like you when I have grandchildren. Of course, I need to wait until they get married.

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  11. Ha Ha You and I would get along great! I always rated all 10 0f my grand kids, girls and boys on how they burped and tooted. 1 or 2 was "come on you can do better than that. You only got a 10 if you got some on ya sort of thing. But on the good side of this grandma, The girls all learned how to sit like a lady, eat with manners, and the boys learned how to open doors for ladies, and help them scoot their chairs to the table. Please and Thank yous, and respect for their elders and each other. Sleep overs with grandma at our house was a learning time but to have fun too. ah...did I say I six great grand kids now? Can hardly wait to have them for sleep overs. :)

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  12. What great pictures of great fun all around. I never had a grandmother who would teach me to spit and I still can't do it. One of these days our paths are going to cross and you really MUST teach me. Probably need to teach David too he can't even whistle worth a darn.

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  13. The kids will never be able to call their gramma and old foggy hahah what fun you are all having. Love it.

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  14. Oh, how I wish you were my grandma. What fun memories you are making. It sure looks like everyone is having a great time. Did the girls find China yet?

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  15. I tried to convince one of my grandsons that I could do magic, but it was a no go. You do better than I did. They grow so fast!

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  16. I loved my Euro chair. Don't suppose you'd like to bring yours to Minnesota this summer? I'd be willing to "store" it for you. :)

    Carbon paper is magic, too.

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  17. Oh, they are learning all sorts of useful things. Great adventures with grandma!!!

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  18. The parents are just going to love the whoopee cushion lesson:)

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  19. Hah! Hooray for grandmas who teach their grandkids the important stuff! We camped at one local county campground, and one of the staff had a Saturday event during which he taught all the kids the songs their parents hoped they'd never learn! (Great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts ... ). We olds sat in the back row and cheered him on!

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  20. Sounds like the weekend was a huge success. What fun you had with the grandgirls... and they sure are cuties!

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  21. butterbean carpenterMarch 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Howdy Judy & Emma,
    Everyone's a Teacher, but you're SUPERB !!! Who's agonna fill those holes, now, Emma?? I thought the swamp tour was really a nice thing for the grownups, but little kids don't like to have to sit still FOR ANYTHING!!! If Emma wasn't so rambunctious maybe you could get her to excersize with you... Give her a pat & hug for us...Hope the kids have a safe trip home!!!!

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  22. Thanks for the chuckles this morning Judy! Got my day off to a great start. The whoopee cushion is right up there with bubba teeth! Gotta love it!

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  23. Haha, I like your 'teachings'. Your grandchildren are lucky to have you, so interested in their education!

    That euro recliner looks comfy to me, but when I saw the nice window it was hiding I have to agree with you to take it out.

    Congratulations on your PT exercises, it looks like your healing nicely :D

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  24. You're a badass granma Judy! Keep up the good work with your grankids, and good job on the exercises, it looks as though you're getting better...

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  25. I need to learn how to spit. I try but it never gets more than a few feet if I am lucky. Most of the time it's down my shirt.

    Now, about using a whoopie cushion. In our house one is not needed. Len is real good in that department. (Opps, did I say that?)

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  26. Judy you are a grandma after my own heart! Love teaching the grands things their parents never would. I once bought a CD of gross kids songs and we learned most of them. Enjoy it all - they grow up so fast. Love the picture of the girls in the holes.

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  27. Your girls weren't digging their way to China, they were trying to be Gopher Tortoises! You were teaching them and they showed what they learned from you.

    Just like with that Whoopee Cushion. Teaching them about all the good things in life... ;c)

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  28. Everything I wanted to say has been said by others. I will just add that you are one heck of a great role model for a grand parent.

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  29. You made memories for the grandchildren they will never forget. I do this for my niece and I teach her things my grandmother taught me.

    Leigh

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  30. Aha, Judy, you rascal, you! Next you'll have to teach the girls how to blast a whistle using their two forefingers. I like to do that at concerts and then look around (innocently) to see who made that loud racket!

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  31. I'm sure glad the girls are learning all these important things from you. Don't forget about arm farts! It sure looks like the 4 of you had some fun.

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