Tuesday, April 20, 2010


1.  If you are going to buy a child a "gun", it should be a $2.00 bubble shooter.

2.  Bubbles can be used indoors when it's raining outside.

3.  The little bottle of bubbles that comes with the $2.00 bubble shooter isn't big enough.  This is way too fun!

4.  When there are hundreds thousands of bubbles you can hear them pop!

5. Bubbles are more fun for a 3-year-old than they are for a 16-month-old!

6.  Even though they are made of soap, popped bubbles do not make a floor clean.  They make it sticky.

7.  When you mop the floor after thousands of bubbles have popped on it, you only need plain water--there's already enough soap!  (No illustrations here... but trust me, there were suds!)

8.  The little bottle of bubbles that comes with the $2.00 bubble shooter is the right size after all.  In fact, it may be a little too big! 

Monday, April 19, 2010


  •  A watch will sink to the bottom of the toilet.
    • Ideally, alll bathroom doors should be shut at all times.  If this isn't possible because there is a 3-year-old in the house, all toilets should be very clean and flushed at all times.
    • Cheap watches are definitely not waterproof.
    • It's best to have a cheap watch when you put it where a toddler can reach it.
    • It's a lucky thing that a toddler generally can't flush quickly.

  • Toddlers aren't always on the move, or noisy.
    • When a toddler isn't busy or noisy, you'd better stop what you're doing and see why.
    • If you have to go to the bathroom when a toddler is in the house, you'd better be fast.
    • A toddler can hide in small places.
    • A toddler is very quiet when she's hiding.
    • There are many toddler-size hiding places in a house.
    • Don't panic!  After all, if all the doors (including the bathrooms) are all the way closed...how far could she have gone?
    • A 3-year-old is not much help when you're looking for a toddler.
    • The 3-year-old may have helped the toddler hide.  This becomes evident when the toddler is found in a dark closet with the door all the way closed.
    • When you're looking for a toddler, check the very back recesses of the closet too.  

Saturday, April 17, 2010

On Being Grandma

I have the most lovely grandchildren!

I had almost forgotten how much there is to learn from looking at the world through a child's eyes.  Bridger and Kacy are happy just about every second of the day.  Their brief unhappy moments pass like a blink and are forgotten, and they're on to the next adventure. Every little action throughout the day is an event--a happy discovery; each day is a connect-the-dot journey from miracle to miracle. 

It makes me remember how much I loved my "Mommy Years".   I tried to immerse myself in each stage of being a mother. It saddens me to hear young mothers say "I can't wait til she can hold her bottle", "I can't wait til he starts school" or "I can't wait until I can go back to work".  I never wished those years and stages away. I knew they would go by faster than I could imagine.  And they did.  I'm grateful that I have no huge regrets--I was far from being a "perfect" mother and there are things I would do differently if I could do it again; but I know that in any mothering moment I did the best I could at that time.  There were definitely moments that weren't great, but at least I was trying.  And there were times when somehow I managed to do and say and be just right!

Even now I love the stage of motherhood (and grandmotherhood) that I am in.  My children are grown and doing well.  (Their happiness and self-esteem is a credit to their own strength and choices, not to any great thing Jerry or I did as parents.)  I'm proud of my kids!

As for being Grandma... this is the reward for being Mom.  I'm loving this time I have with Bridger and Kacy!  The only bittersweet part of it is that I miss my other grandkids a lot.

I love you with all my heart Bridger... Kacy... Mason... Ericka... RJ... Quintin... Emily.

(Illustrations for this post coming soon!)