As you know by now, if you've been reading my blog at all the past couple of weeks, I spent last week in South Carolina loving on my two grandbabies, Abram (3 1/2) and Lucy (22 months).
Most of the week, the weather was dreary so we had to find ways to entertain each other inside.
"To infinity, and beyond!"
Lucy has discovered the easy way to dunk!
In order to keep Buzz Lightyear from injury, Gramaw thought it might be a fun diversion to make and fly paper airplanes.
It turned out to be a hit of an idea....
...and by the end of my stay we had 5 mangle-nosed, falling-apart airplanes parked in their airport hangar each night getting a well-deserved rest.
While Abram was obsessed with the airplanes, Lucy's obsession was with the magnetic shapes.
Of course, it was no surprise to Gramaw that my granddaughter is exceptionally bright and way above normal (no brag, just Gramaw-fact!), but even I was amazed that a not-even-two-year-old had the eye/hand/mind coordination to build shapes...and then tell me what they were! A pyramid!
And then there was general silliness aplenty!
Silly Socks Day at Abram's preschool...he was all about that, the silly socks, that is! I don't think he quite caught onto the Dr. Seuss week ("Fox in Sox" was the book of the day) theme concept....
Mealtime silliness...raspberry fingers...
...and Krispy Kreme sugar overload.
Bathtime shenanigans...who knew an empty ketchup bottle could become an erupting volcano???
Nothing snugglier than a clean baby doll!
Except maybe TWO clean baby dolls!
Sticker mustache silliness...
Gramaw: "Please stand beside your sister and let me take your picture."
You can see how compliant they were at first...
...but a little "coaxing" (who said Gramaw is above bribing with offering a chocolate candy Hershey's egg?) did the trick. For a couple of seconds...
One might think there are only so many shapes one can make with a few magnetic pieces.
One would be right...
We made houses (tiny), beds for baby dolls (tiny), and by the end of the week had advanced to rocket ships for Mickey Mouse and his miniature friends.
When Gramaw was plumb out of construction ideas, the magnets made great fish for the little fishermen.
Warning: Do not go to spend a week with your grandbabies without first revving up your imagination!
I miss my darling Lucy Pearl already!!!
Thankfully, Team Umizoomi intervened a few times to give Gramaw and Mommy Kara a short break here and there.
The last evening I was there, Kara decided we just HAD to get out of the house for awhile, so we met up with some friends of theirs for some Bouncy House fun.
Girlfriend is a little daredevil...nothing intimidates her!
Nothing scares Abram either. I think their Daddy Kyler tossing them into the air and doing crazy stunts with them from the day they were born may have something to do with their fearlessness.
Dinner afterward with their friends at IHOP...
...where the almost-too-friendly waitress (just bring us our food, please, ASAP....) let them key in all of our orders on the computer...a time-consuming process, but they loved it!
We were grateful she came through with yogurt while we waited on our pancakes, as Miss Lucy was beginning to get a case of the "hangries"...
We are thankful that Kyler and Kara found such wonderful friends to make their brief stay in South Carolina less lonely. I know they'll miss this crew!
A few last snuggles before Gramaw headed to the airport (see...Lucy even cried, presumably because she doesn't want Gramaw to leave...that's my story and I'm sticking to it).
A wonderful week filled with...
...magnets, airplanes, and lots of silliness.