Thursday, July 7, 2016

Play Doh Under My Fingernails #21dayjij

Cars on the window-sill is serious work.
I have a confession to make. I have blue play doh under my fingernails, and it is happening much more often as a grandma than it ever did as a mommy. 

You will typically find me on the floor two days out of every week. My grandson is almost 2 and we have a blast together every week. I got to watch him learn to walk, run and now, well, now both Layla and I have a hard time keeping up with him. 

In practical terms, our twice weekly play-date is helping his mom and dad go to their jobs and get their school work done. They say thank you over and over again...but come on! I delight in every moment with him, even his cranky ones when I am putting on a silly show meant ONLY for him. 

The perks of grandparenting are huge. I can get on the floor and line up the wooden zoo animals for hours on end, with no thought of laundry waiting for me. Play doh time will not be interrupted by thoughts about dinner or loading the dishwasher. 

A mommy does not have that sweet deal. 

I know that I will have uninterrupted time to clean my house and make dinners every other day of the week. But my baby days are all about him. When I was a mom of little ones, I do not remember savoring every minute as I do now. I was good at enjoying my years with them, my journals are full of baby stories. But a mom of littles is also in the middle of the craziest season of life and every joy is surrounded by more questions and doubts and busy schedules that fight for space in the heart and head. 

A grandma has room for just the love. Just the marvel of watching little fingers learn how to roll the play doh into a ball or a snake. Cracking up at the comical sound he makes when pretending to eat the fake pancake he created. "Smack smack smack". And watching extra closely because scraping the yucky clay off teeth has already happened and I do not want to send him home with blue teeth again. 

These are days of tangible love. I giggle and laugh out loud a lot on Grandson days. I stare at that little perfectly shaped head...is there anything sweeter than the back of a little boy's head?...and my heart feels full and content. This kid has my heart in a way I have never known before. 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR prompt for 21 Days of Journaling in July with Enthusiastic Dawn.  Pin It                     Like this? Don't forget to SHARE...

11 comments:

  1. OH, I was wondering if you would be here for this- no pressure...BUT I know this little cutie and that sweet black ball of fluff keep you busier than a chocolate bowl that needs licking(or am I just wanting chocolate in a bowl?)...anyway...he is sooooooooooooooooooooooo cute. This IS where you are...a beautiful place. How I hope to visit and see it all soon- don't give up...I know it will happen. The waiting is the hard part, HUGS!

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    1. I keep imagining the day you and Pam will be floating in my pool with me! Gotta happen.
      Yes this is my season and your prompt took me right here. I knew that the grace you're offering in this challenge let me write about this kind of love instead of the marriage view for today.

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  2. Ooh! I love that he has playdates with Grandma. :-)

    So sweet. These photos remind me of my son. Same shorts, and cars on the windowsill. Cars everywhere.

    Yay for Grandmas and double yay for playdough! (Seriously, someone should make playdough ice cream. Just saying. Kids must love to eat it for a reason, right? Maybe it's yummy.)

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    1. Ick, it must be irresistible because he tries often. So gross. I love this season we are in. So often my husband and I talk about how thankful we are to be living close enough to be in our grandson's life!

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  3. Awwwwww, I LOVE this, and I LOVE that you are there enjoying this precious little boy while he's still a little boy. You are SO blessed to be near and able to spend this quality time with him. I am SO happy for you, and a little envious I must admit. So I will enjoy your sweet grandbaby vicariously from here. Thank you for opening this window for us to peep through. Love you!

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    1. We do not take it for granted at all, as you can imagine. This little guy is such a joy to us that Curt and I text pics of him back and forth to each other throughout the day when one of us is feeling down. Have to smile at that sweet face.

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  4. Loved reading about your fun with your little grandson! I have SIX grandchildren, from a granddaughter that is almost 2 (birthday is next week!); her brother who is 3; and older brother who is 5...I was in your shoes when the 5 year old was younger! And, then a grandson almost 8 (also birthday next week!) and his brother who is 16, my oldest daughters' two; and my son's step-daughter who is 18...

    So, YES! loads of FUN for the grandmas! Good to see familiar - as well as new - faces for this journey!

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for coming by. Six grandkids! Wow, lots of fun!

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  5. A friend of mine made her own play-doh. When I co-ordinated a day-care for a 10 day meeting of our former denomination, she made some for me to have as one of the activities of one of the age groups.

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    1. I have some recipes and plan to do some soon because this stuff is getting dried out.

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