Whoever described the “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” certainly did not live at my house! “Crazy” for sure but “lazy” and “hazy”? Not so much around here!
This week it looks more like the Crazy Grammy’s Slime Kitchen – among other things! It is also the best week of the summer as it is VBS at our church so we’ve been over there every evening, and during the day we’ve been just hanging out a while so that this Grammy could actually get some work done – BUT between trips to the store for the ingredients to make GOOP, trying on every article of clothing to determine which ones will be “hand-me-downs” to the 7 and 11-year-old grand daughters, an afternoon at the park, swimming at the YMCA, and in between everything else trying to feed everyone, this Grammy is having more of a CRAZY week than and LAZY week. But we’re having fun, so that’s what counts!
Don’t we all think that summer should be endless days of walking through a sunny meadow, wearing our Sunday-best dress and hat, chasing butterflies with a matching pink net? Carefree and clean, safe and happy – that’s what summer should look like, right? But in reality, even for those of us who are pretty organized and structured with our summer days, kids can be kind of messy, loud, and always unpredictable. Like the 7-year-old who thought that it would be impressive to climb all the way to the top of the monkey bars at the park and stand up to declare to all those boys down below that she was in charge. It was impressive. And it also scared this Grammy enough to order her to come down before she fell and broke her arm.
No worries that her mom will read this . . . she did that kind of stuff all the time when she was 7 years old, so she understands. But I still can’t bring myself to feel all calm, cool, and collected when one of my little darlings is in danger. I guess I never did do that very well.
Last night, after coming home from VBS, all the girls (with my two, there are a total of four little – and not-so-little – girls here this week) decided they wanted to make GOOP. OK so we had the ingredients, and of course it had to be purple, and we mixed up the GOOP. They played with it long after this Grammy escaped into the other room to read for a while – and they made a mess and they had fun, and they cleaned up their mess. They covered the dish when they were finished so it wouldn’t dry out, and now they can play with it again today.
And right now, as I am working on this blog post (which is now almost two hours late being posted), the 7 year old announces: “Hey, Grammy! I can jump really high and land without making a sound!” Up and down she goes, indeed without making a sound (I love it!!!), and then says, “Isn’t that AWESOME?” It is absolutely AWESOME, says this Grammy. And off she goes to discover the next amazing adventure in Life at Grammy’s House.
It’s been a good week so far, tonight is the last night of VBS and then tomorrow we drive a couple of hours to take them home. It will be quiet (er) again, so I will be able to get my work done with fewer interruptions – but it is truly a blessing to have this time with two of my beautiful grand-daughters. I was so exhausted last night while they were playing with their GOOP that I didn’t even take pictures – here’s one that comes close to what was going on here. Courtesy of The Cubby House Preschool.
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