Children copy those they love.

January 28th, 2010

Sometimes, we don’t know the effect we are having on those around us.  Children especially are watching us more closely than most of us realize.  Let me explain what prompted this comment.

August of 2009, three of us made a trip to the hardware store to purchase some plumbing parts.  There were three since my eldest grandson wanted to be with us men (actually, I think he wanted to be with his daddy).  While in the hardware store, as we shopped for the parts we needed, Grandson was busy pointing and asking, “What is that?” and expecting an answer.  If we picked up something, he was right there to pickup something similar.

Finally, we had what we thought we needed.  As we were getting ready to leave, the store owner was talking with my son-in-law and commented on the Grandson.  I had not noticed, but the young man was standing behind his father, holding his hands behind his back, emulating his father.

It is wonderful for me to be able to observe the love my grandchildren have for their parents.

Am I back?

January 21st, 2010

Sorry for having been gone for a long period of time.  I started what I thought would be a simple update of the blog software.

As with any computer upgrade, there may(will) be unexpected complications.  The new version of the software required an upgraded database.  Upgrading the database required creating a new database, exporting the old database data and importing the data to the new database.  That sounds simple enough.  HA HA!

How to export the data?  Check the FAQ files and find instructions.  That did not work.  I sent a message the the support staff.  I received a link to a different FAQ file.  That worked, so now the data is exported.  Check the FAQ files again for importing the data.

The exported data would not load into the new database.  I sent another message to the support staff.  I received a link to the same FAQ I had followed, so I sent a detailed message to the support staff.  This time I received specific instructions on editing the export file to remove the old database information.  This time it seemed to work.

When I tried to log in to the newly upgraded software, I had forgotten the password.  Seems frustration deletes memory.  After a few days away from the upgrade process, I remembered the log-in information, and now I am creating this post.

Next, I need to get caught up with the happenings around the family.

Reunions

July 19th, 2009

Several times, my wife and I have been invited to attend the family reunions of our younger daughter’s in-laws.  We have not always been able to attend, and even when attending parts, we may have not been able to attend all of the events.

This past Friday night, we attended the cook-out that starts the reunion each year. The extended family and close friends are invited to attend this opening event.

What a joy it was to sit and watch a large family interact. Adults were greeting each other and catching up on what had happened in the lives of the family members.  Children were doing the things children do when they get together.  I saw small children running around in what appeared to me to be meaningless circles, but I am sure they had their reasons.  Older children were demonstrating their moves with a basketball or showing the latest dance moves.  The babies were passed from one lap to the next as older generations met the newest family members.  Some new members were introduced who had recently married into the family.

When the food was ready to be eaten, there was a blessing asked, and then a line was formed to start loading the food onto the plates.  There was so much grilled meat and delicious side dishes, that the deserts were hardly touched.

It is always a joy to spend time with the members of OUR extended family.  Everyone is cordial, courteous, and congenial.  We thank them all for making us a part of their family.

Wedding thoughts

July 16th, 2009

This past weekend, we were at the wedding of a member of our extended family.  The small church was full of friends and family on both sides of the aisle.  After the minister lead the couple through their vows to each other, the minister then did something I have never seen in a wedding.  Both bride and groom came to the wedding with children, and the minister had the children stand in front of their parents.  The minister then lead first the groom and then the bride through vows to the children.

So often in marriages that blend families together, the children are at the wedding, but are not a part (except as flower children, ring bearers, etc.).  To have each parent vow to take care of the children brought to the family by the other parent was a unique and wonderful experience.  Another first for me was seeing the groom kiss the bride while holding their youngest child.

This was truly a family experience.

How much fun is too much?

July 11th, 2009

We spent the 4th of July weekend visiting with our younger son and his family. It was a wonderful time visiting with our son and his wife while the 19 month old grandson was sleeping. The FUN occurred when the grandson was awake.

Watching that child chase the cats or crawl through the maize created by a couple of chairs was good for lots of laughs.  He and I played with one toy that created so much laughter that it is a wonder the Fun Police didn’t arrive to tell us we needed less laughter. I did not time the event, but my wife said we were laughing non-stop for about 30 minutes.

They say that laughter is good for your health. I think we greatly improved the health of four adults and one child during that visit.

Was that too much fun?

40th Anniversary

June 30th, 2009

We have just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary.  Our children had suggested various ways we should celebrate the event.  One suggestion was a cruise.  Another suggestion was to have a romantic pre-anniversary dinner at a great downtown restaurant and then to spend the night downtown.  Great ideas, but we just didn’t get it scheduled.  Life is so very busy with work, classes, and FAMILY.  As it turned out, we stayed home.

Staying home turned out to be the best thing we could have done.  An air conditioning issue brought two grandsons and their mother to our home for the night, and they spent our anniversary with us. As the day of our anniversary was starting, I was greeted by the three-year-old grandson saying, “Hap nerverse!”  Of course, I needed help translating that into “Happy Anniversary.”  So the first person other than my wife to wish me a happy anniversary was the oldest grandson.  What a great way to start the day.

The fun filled, if not romantic, day ended with Grandpa grilling hamburgers (or as the three-year-old grandson would say “berbers”) for the six of us.  What celebration is complete without a cake? The three-year-old grandson believes all cakes should have candles.  Our daughter rounded up some CANDLES, and produced a mathematical presentation of 40

candles 80/2

candles 80/2

which was placed on a round pound cake.  Once the three-year-old grandson blew out the candles, we all enjoyed the desert.

Vacation with Grandchildren

June 30th, 2009

Years ago, I didn’t give much thought to vacations.  We either worked around the house or traveled to visit family.  Now we travel to have fun.  Yes, we can have fun at home, and frequently we have a great deal of fun.

By traveling, we eliminate the potential to stop the fun to do some work (one of those four letter words).  Now when we travel, we usually travel with grandchildren.  We have even taken a weekend trip with grandchildren (and their parents of course).

Spring of 2009, we had a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach, SC with grandchildren.  The younger of the two grandchildren became a major attraction for other travelers.  Everyone seemed to want to comment on the cuteness or beauty of the baby.  While we were at the swimming pool, taking turns holding the baby, others at the pool were drawn to the baby.

The older grandchild had a blast in the pool.  He doesn’t swim yet, but his swimsuit includes a flotation vest, allowing him to have a lot of freedom moving around the pool.

Changes to the blog

June 27th, 2009

I have relocated this blog.  The new location should allow me to have more control over the look and feel of this blog.

Notice the calendar on the right.  You can use that to locate older blog postings.

Please post your comments about this blog.

Another Year Older

March 23rd, 2009

Well, I have added another year to my age.  We even had a party to celebrate the event.  There were no presents for me to open (those were on the way from websites where I bought them) but as usual, the grandsons made the event wonderful.  Lest you think there was nothing to open, you should know my wife had purchased another toy for use at Grandma’s house.  Grandpa got to help open the Fisher-Price school bus, and Grandpa was actually a little too slow getting things opened (they have so many twisted wires holding things to the box), but it did get opened.

No one needed to show the eldest of my grandsons how the bus worked.  He immediately pushed the top of the driver to get sounds and flashing lights working.  I have gotten ahead of the story.  We no longer put the full compliment of candles  on the cake for fear of setting off smoke detectors and heating the house to an unbearable temperature.  My wife placed two candles on the cakes, and after they were lighted, I asked if my eldest grandson wanted to help me blow out the candles.  I think he had one out before I finished speaking.

Birthdays are more than just a marking of the passing of years and should always be celebrated with family.

New Year

March 23rd, 2009

Shortly after Christmas 2008, we traveled to spend time with my family (Mom, sister, brothers, nieces and nephews).  Being with family is really wonderful in so many ways.

Just sitting around and talking with family is something that should always be enjoyed.  Sure you can get angry with family, but there is still and always will be a bond.   So get over any ill feelings, and just sit and talk.  Talk about how things were years ago, the things we did as children, and the things we have done as adults.  Talking is what we did while visiting with family.

Mom helped me with learning about her family.  I never knew my maternal grandparents, since both died while I was a baby.  I never knew my uncle Garland.  Through mother I know a little about Garland & his wife, my Grandparents, and my Great grandparents.   Much of what I learned will make it to the genealogy site.

While visiting with family, we attended a tradition established by one of my nephews.  He has small children.  For New Year’s Eve he cooks up a feast and the children are allowed to stay up and watch the New Year arrive.  Sometimes a little one will not make it all the way to the new year.  Everyone is invited, and there are lots of family members, and even those made family by being friends.  Ushering in the New Year with my nephew and all the rest of the “family” that attended was a wonderful experience.