Tuesday, July 22, 2014

grandma's chuckles - re-run - You Have to be Brave to be a Super Hero!

I have lots of things planned for the second day of my Five Days of Fun, but I thought I'd take a moment to share another of my "grandma's chuckles" from my "archive" with you - enjoy . . . 

My sweet grandson, Josiah, is four years old and he is really into Super Heroes! He LOVES the VeggieTales movie, The League of Incredible Vegetables and he LOVES his Super Cape! He will "fly" around my house singing, "♫♥♪ Super Josiah is here ♫♥♪ to save the day! ♫♥♪" Josiah told me yesterday right now he just pretends to be a Super Hero, but when he grows up he will be a Super Hero for real! Did I mention he has a "super" imagination?

Yesterday he was being "Super Josiah" when he came over to me and said, "I'm Super Josiah and you can be Super Grandma!" I said, "Okay! My 'super power' will be Super Kisses and Hugs!" Josiah let out a HUGE sigh and said, "Okay, but you HAVE to have a super power for when you fight bad guys, too." I said, "I don't know if I can fight bad guys." to which he replied, "You have to be brave to be a Super Hero."  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

grandma's chuckles - re-run - Watch Out for Those Fire-Breathing Basset Hounds!

While I'm enjoying my Five Days of Fun with my sweet grandsons, I thought it might be fun to "re-run" a few of my "grandma's chuckles" so you can "get to know" these sweet boys . . . and brighten your day with a smile, too! Enjoy . . .

I LOVE the imagination of four year olds! I LOVE the way they see the world and how some things are just "obvious" . . . at least if you are four years old! 

My sweet grandson, Josiah, was at my house yesterday and he told me the following. "Grandma, if we lived in a different world, we'd have to watch out for fire-breathing basset hounds!"  I smiled, and said, "Hmmm. I don't think I've ever seen a fire-breathing basset hound." To which he replied, "That's because they would only be in a different world!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

grandma's chuckles - "A grandma's Lap is a Place for a Boy!" (re-run)

Grandmother reading a book to her grandson
I initially wrote this about a year ago, but it is a great reminder, so I'm going to share it with you again today!

This grandma's heart is overflowing with joy! God is SO Good! Yesterday, when my grandsons were here, I was working on getting my posts up on my two blogs. Josiah walked over to me and said, "A grandma's lap is not a place for a computer . . . it is a place for a boy!" I smiled, set my computer aside and told him I completely agreed with him! He smiled and climbed into my lap and we had a wonderful time of snuggling!

Friday, July 18, 2014

grandma's bookshelf - The Garden Gate - I'm Giving One Away!

I have been delighted over the past year or so to review a series of books by Christa Kinde. Christa's Threshold Series of four books gives us the opportunity to see what Spiritual Warfare might be like and gives us a glimpse into what angels might be like and what they do.

Needless to say, her books are engaging and once you start reading, you will find it difficult to put it down!

So, Christa's new book; The Garden Gate, wraps up the story she has been crafting about the Pomeroy family and the angels who guard them. I enjoyed the opportunity to see what happened next to these characters and found the way Christa, "dealt with " Adin, the evil, fallen angel, to be surprising and an end which "fit" very well! I especially loved how Christa not only tells a great story, but in so doing, she challenges us all to make the choice to be faithful and hold on in difficult and confusing times as we fulfill the "jobs" God sends us to do!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Have a Winner!

I am happy to say Maria Malaveci is the winner of Fact or Fib?: A Challenging Game of True or False Book 1! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Maria for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by July 25, 2014 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending it for me to review and for making another available for me to give away!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our Five-Days-Of-Fun Are Almost Here - Back-yard Water Park!

Yes, in just three short days we will be experiencing Day One of our Five-Days-Of-Fun for 2014! Yesterday I asked Josiah and Caleb what they wanted to do this year and Josiah said he wanted to do science projects and make a water park in the yard. Caleb agreed with anything which involved playing in water, so I looked on-line and found some great suggestions for turning my backyard into a water park which I'm happy to share with you today!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Two Days Until I Give-Away Fact or Fib: A Challenging Game of True or False Book 1

In two days I'm giving away the book: Fact or Fib?: A Challenging Game of True or
False Book 1! This fun book is more than just a book . . . it is also a game which children will enjoy reading/playing with the whole family!

You'll find the full review, along with all the specifics for getting in on this give-away . . . which is in just two days; on July 17, 2014, at this link. Please join in the fun!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Next Week We are Having - Five Days of Fun!

Last year Josiah and Caleb spent four days with their Poppa and I while their parents took a little trip - we called this our, "Four Days of Fun"! This year, Josiah, Caleb and Shane will be staying with us for "Five Days of Fun"!!!! . . . next week will be wonderful - and busy around my house for sure!

So, I have a few plans for these, "Five Days of Fun" . . . I'm going to buy white t-shirts for the boys and cans of T-Shirt Spray Paint! Last year we made tie-dye shirts; this year the boys should have lots of fun spray-painting their shirts!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Memories - Build Some Today!

I live in the house my grandparent's had built back in the 20's. My dad was born in this house and I remember visiting my grandparents and having sleepovers in this house. I remember my grandma baking homemade bread and then giving me a slice with peanut butter on it after it came out of the oven. I remember singing Sunday school songs with my grandma when I visited her! There are a lot of wonderful memories in this house!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I Have a Winner!

I am happy to say Laura Waltz is the winner of the set of five Good Question! books! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Laura for reading grandma's cookie jar (please message me your address by July 19, 2014 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Sterling Children's Books for sending a set for me to review and for making another set available for me to give away!

FREE Printable Games!

Summer is a time for children to play, swim - if it ever gets warm enough - hang out with friends and not have to get up and go t o school five days a week. However; with all the Summer fun, children can "lose" some of what they learned at school. If we can provide opportunities for our grandchildren to have fun and learn at the same time, we can help them keep what they learned at school - all through the Summer! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

FREE e-books!

While I think reading is a wonderful activity for any time of the year, the Summer is a
particularly important time to get and keep our grandchildren reading books. Since they are not in school, they need to do something to keep their minds alert and learning and books are a great way - and fun way - for them to do this!

So, when I found a website with literally hundreds of free e-Books for every age, I just had to share it with you! You'll find many classics such as; Robinson Crusoe, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, books by Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinsen and Arthur Conan Doyle; just to name a few! Take some time to browse the list of books at this link; download a few and then share them with your grandchildren! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

One of the Most Important Things I Do as, "grandma"!

We are about a third of the way through the month of July; it won't be long and it will be
August! This is one of my favorite times of the year! Why, you ask??? Because all the, "back-to-school" sales will be starting!

You may wonder why this is one of my favorite times of the year; especially since I'm a grandma. The reason is because of the word, "sales"! I LOVE back-to-school sales! It is the absolutely best time of year to stock up on important supplies . . . crayons (we can often find them for as low as 25 cents a box!!!!), water paints, markers, chalk, colored pencils, glue sticks, pencils, etc.!!! Of course, being grandma, I want to have a well-stocked supply of these, "essentials"!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I LOVE being grandma!!!

I LOVE being grandma to Josiah, Caleb and Shane - they make my heart so happy! Last
night Josiah and Caleb were having a sleep-over; at bedtime they were having trouble setting down and going to sleep; imagine that! An almost three year old and a soon-to- be-six year old having trouble settling down at bedtime!

At any rate, we were trying to get them to go to sleep, when Josiah looked at me with the sweetest face and said, "Grandma, will you sing, 'You are My Sunshine'?" Of course I was happy to do so, so I began . . .