Showing posts with label grandchildren/grandparents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grandchildren/grandparents. Show all posts

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Friday Fun in Shiloh

My granddaughters didn't have to travel all that far for a fun Friday in Shiloh. They came with their mother (my daughter) to the pool, lunch and then some playground time.

We don't live all that far, and even there's a war going on in Israel, it's not in our neck of the woods. So they had some summer fun, thank G-d.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Trick, She Has Discovered Speed

 We have a daredevil in the makings.

When I was taking my three and a half 3 1/2 year old granddaughter home the other day she began telling me about a new "thrill" she liked. I didn't quite understand the description. It was something about how on her tricycle she lift her feet and "wheeeee..."

So when we got home she got me to drag the thing down the stairs to the sidewalk. She quickly sped up the street, and then...

"Wheeeee..." she raced down, lifting her legs, letting the decline increase the speed. I could barely keep up with her.  May G-d watch over her.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fancy Cakes for Siddur Party

Mothers (or am I being sexist for taking for granted that the mothers and not the fathers?) of the First Grade boys of Ofra got very creative baking specially decorated cakes for last week's big מסיבת סידור Missibat Siddur, Siddur (Prayerbook) Party.

Yes, some of them looked too good to eat, but by the end of the party, most cakes were pretty much finished. There was lots of other nosherei, too.

Of course, we weren't there for the food.  We were there to see our grandson get his first official siddur. The students are given siddurim after basic reading skills are taught to the class.

The timetable has changed in recent years. It used to be that the children received their siddurim around Chanukah time, early winter. And then around Shavuot, late spring, before the school year ends, they would receive their first Chumash, בראשית Bereishit Genesis Book of the Bible. Now the siddurim are given late winter and the Chumash is given at the beginning of the Second Grade when they begin to study בראשית Bereishit Genesis. So, G-d willing and bli neder, I'll post about it next year.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Few Reasons Why I Fled In Wake of the Blizzard

Have you guessed?

The answer is my grandchildren.

When I was on the phone with my daughter and heard the kids singing, I knew I was in the wrong place.  It was so quiet and depressing and yes, dark and cold at home.

Kids make a snow day fun.

So, when my daughter not only invited me over, she also said that she'd send her husband to get me, I started packing.

And by the way, this is the most serious blizzard I've seen in my 43 years in Israel.  It's over a week since the snow stopped falling, but there's still snow here in Shiloh and in Ofra and other places.  I even moved into a warmer bedroom.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

And Finally.... The Presents

It seems like a million years ago, when I visited my parents in Tempe, Arizona, just after my sister moved them to Clare Bridge.  Just before I went back home, my sister and I got my grandkids some presents.  I think we just went into Target and looked for the washable markers my daughter had requested.  Then we saw the fabric paint markers and bought shirts for the kids to decorate.  I figured that it would be a great school vacation activity.

Who would have guessed that right after I got back home our mother would die and then we'd  meet back up in New York for the burial etc.?  So, after the shiva and my return to work and real life, it ended up that the first time I got to visit the grandkids to babysit was the day school let out.  So I brought one of the packages of fabric paint markers and some simple t-shirts for the kids to decorate.

There's more packed away for them.  These are great vacation gifts.  And there's more to come...

Friday, October 1, 2010

Stopping the Argument by Adding Choices

For various reasons, we ended up alone with the big grandkids on Simchat Torah.  After a lot of dancing in our very local shul, literally in our backyard, the kids and my husband had had enough.  Numbers 1 and 3 spent time at the quicker dovening with my husband, and I took the second one home with me.  We got everything ready for the festive meal. I cut the salad, and she set the table.

My daughter seems to have raised her kids with the rule I made up:
Whoever sets the table decides where everyone sits.

When my husband came home with the other two, the eldest had complaints.  She preferred a different wine cup and wasn't very pleased with her location.  The two girls began fighting it out, verbally, of course.  I decided to change the rules.  I went into the cabinet which contains all the wine and shot glasses and took out a few others, very different from the one they were fighting over.

Success!  Each one fell in love with a different cup from those included in my new choices.
"From now on, this is the only wine cup I want!" They said in unison.

That's all it took.  And neither of their choices is actually a wine cup.  One is a very kitchy small glass decorated with gold swirls and the other is a very  modern shot glass, "v" shaped on a blue ball.

Yes, classic "out of the box" thinking saved the day, B"H, thank G-d!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Nice To Be Nearby

Recently, I've gone for short visits to my married daughter to help out, just a bit, with the kids. If they were living further away, I wouldn't be able to.

Today I got to the babysitter on time, to take the kids home, while my daughter was stuck in traffic. She met us near the grocers and then she took the little ones and I took the oldest to her friend's house.

My kids never had that sort of relaxed relationship with grandparents. The visits were long and infrequent. My parents and in-laws worked hard to make an "impression." I don't feel that sort of stress.

Baruch Hashem, Thank G-d