Posts Tagged ‘Anderson’

If we were having coffee today, we’d be snuggled inside my house if you could get here. The roads are in bad shape and everyone is being discouraged from leaving their home. Yup, it’s snowing again. It’s late afternoon and I haven’t done anything but sit by the window watching the snow and offered my grandson food and drink. He just left so now I am having a warm egg nog, nothing “good” in it.

Last night my six year old grandson, Anderson, came over for another Nana and Anderson special night. We watched the third Harry Potter movie (Prisoner Of Azkiban), ate junk food, drank soda, and stayed up late, well beyond late. He loves doing that, just him and me. He spent the night and slept in. I was up earlier, watching the snow and drinking my first three cups of coffee. When he got up, he came to the living room, snuggled up on the couch with my Kindle tablet, and played Minecraft Pocket Edition until his dad and his little brother walked over here in the snow to get him, three hours later!

As a follow up to last week…I found it! Now if you didn’t read last week, you will have to! Hee hee! Also, I will say that I am enjoying tarot readings. I still need a lot of clients but I did get a couple more this week. If you know anyone, send them my way!

I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I am going to pay the rent beyond April. I haven’t figured it out yet. A couple of nights ago I stayed up for hours and hours researching and making a list of simple, cheap, crafts I can make that are unique enough that I could sell them at craft fairs or weekly farmers markets in the area. I think I have at least five I can do with little investment of money because they use stuff I already have (wine corks, wine bottles, bottle caps, etc.). The only problem now is that there aren’t any of those sales opportunities until April at the earliest!

I’m trying to keep my spirits up. Some days it is more difficult than others. Yesterday, my dad would have been 87. And today is the anniversary of the death of a very close friend and although she died in 1968, it’s still tragic, partly because it was the first time I had someone close to me die. I was twelve years old.

Okay, your turn! What are you reading? What is the weather like in your neck of the woods? What was the last movie you stayed up late watching? Please do tell!

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This just happened this evening and I posted it on Facebook but then I decided it’s too sweet to not share here, too!

For about the last 7 months, Spencer had stuck himself to me like Super Glue and Anderson has become a stay at home boy. I’ve missed doing things with him, just the two of us. Tonight I was supposed to take them both to the play land at McDonald’s. Spencer fell asleep and we were going to wait for him to wake up but Anderson asked if I could take just him. I checked with Tina and she said go ahead and she and Spencer would do something when he woke up. So we were in the car and had this conversation…

Anderson : This feels so weird.
Me: What feels weird?
Anderson : Me and you going someplace together without Spencer.
Me: Is that good or bad?
Anderson : Well it’s good because I never get to go with you alone but I love my brother and I kinda miss him.


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Sometimes the best smiles happen when you least expect them!

Yesterday, I accompanied my daughter and the two boys on a few errands. We went in my car so when we got back to their house, I stayed a bit and had a sandwich before coming home. When it was time to come home, I had two boys saying they wanted to come home with me so I brought them home and brought their little wading pool. I set up the wading pool first but by the time it filled with water, they were distracted playing with other stuff; exploring the yard. When they are in the yard, I go out and sit with them to watch them because the front yard is not fenced in. So I sat out there until they came inside the house. They played and played. They were here for about three hours then Spencer wanted to go home. Anderson did not. I told Anderson that he had to go with me to take Spencer home but he could come back with me if he wanted to so that’s what we did. When we got to their house, Spencer went in and Anderson stayed in the car so we came back to my house. When we got in the driveway, Anderson wanted to stay in the car and play Legos. He had a few with him. As I got all of our stuff out of the car (the candy, gum and lunch trash and empty water bottles) Anderson ran out of the car and said “Wait a minute!” and ran in the house (it’s a key less entry and he knows the combination). Quicker than I could figure out what was going on, he came out with a bunch more Legos and a building platform and got back in the car.

He played and played with the Legos, inside the car. He didn’t want to go inside. So I stayed in the car with him. For an hour and forty-five minutes! I loved it. It reminded me of when we are alone, Anderson and me. He plays and gets so involved in his play. I watch. He talks. I listen. Lately we haven’t done that because his little brother is always around. Last night, he talked and showed me the Lego figures he had made and what each one was named and what their power was and how they worked. He told me stories about his Lego creations and other stuff.  I really enjoyed it. Finally, he found a memory game I bought for them that we hadn’t played so he said “Let’s go to my house and you can come play the game with us, Nana.” So that’s what we did. We played a Finding Dory memory game for a little while then I came home.

Before I left, he asked why I was leaving and I said because it was time for me to go home and time for him to go to bed. He said, “I want you to go home never, Nana. You have to stay here forever.” That’s when I smiled. And I’m smiling again. I know I’ll smile many times over that memory.


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I know I already did a weekly smile post but I wanted to share another smile.

When I upgraded my Amazon Fire tablet a year and a half ago, I gave my “old” one to Anderson. He already had a bunch of games and movies that I had downloaded for him so it was a good thing for him to have…lots of educational stuff and with our rainy weather up here in the Pacific Northwest, there are times when weeks go by that he can’t go out and play so the tablet provides entertainment for him, too. Recently, Amazon introduced the Underground program for apps where some of them are totally free, including in app purchases. So last week, I got rid of some of the apps he plays and downloaded the “Actually Free” versions of the same games. It was a big surprise to him because he now has unlimited coins to “buy” extra lives and hints and power ups, etc.

Yesterday, we haTind to run a bunch of errands. I went a long with them so I could stay in the car with the boys while Tina ran in and out of stores, in and out of the car. We took the tablet with us. On the way back, Anderson was playing one of his Actually Free apps and was so delighted to have all the free power ups and lives and coins. He asked, “So Nana, how did you get me all of these coins?” I answered “I downloaded some special apps that make the coins free for you.” His next words were, “Nana, you’re the best!”

Tina and I looked at each other, smiled, and said, “Awww!”


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I have mentioned previously that I volunteer at my grandson’s school. He is in Kindergarten. Usually, I do one of two things. I either help with kids’ printing practice, one on one, or I take a couple out in the group work center (in the hallway) to work on an art project. I think it’s sad that there is no time for the kids to have an art project as a whole group but there is so much to be covered that there just is no time. I enjoy doing the art projects, though so it’s a good fit for me.

Before Christmas, I was asked to do an art project where the kids would be working on making a Christmas tree picture using their shapes. We were using a large triangle, a small rectangle, and circles. The instructions were for them to (1) draw a large triangle then a (2) small rectangle touching the bottom of the triangle. They had a sample to look at and I explained it slowly and carefully to each of the two (at a time) students. There was more to it but I only gave those instructions until they had completed those steps. The first three kids really had a problem drawing the triangle and we had to erase a lot. So I thought to lightly draw three dots and have them connect them with their pencil to form the triangle. It worked like a charm but I only did it for those that were having trouble with the triangle. So when it was Anderson’s turn (that’s my grandson), I drew the dots for the other child and then turned to help Anderson. When I turned, he had seen me draw the dots and had drawn his own three dots, and was connecting them! No help needed. I was very pleased but the triangle wasn’t quite like the others. It was narrower and not quite as large as the others. However, I did not have the heart to tell him to erase it. He had done such a good job with no help! So what if his was a little different?! I think he made a perfect little Christmas tree!

The last steps were to use a large marshmallow in paint to fill in the triangle and the rectangle; then a small marshmallow to paint ornaments on the tree. Kind of a clever way to incorporate triangles, rectangles, and circles (which they were studying that week) into a seasonal project!


Anderson’s Three Shapes Christmas Tree

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