Archives for June 2010

New Grandbaby Pics

Hi there,

I held him for the first time last night…how wonderful! He is such a good baby, and he is perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Proud Parents Are Both Naturals At Parenting!

My Grandbaby Is Here!

There are really NO WORDS to describe how I felt when I seen my newborn grandson. I really did NOT think I’d get that emotional! I knew I’d cry…but there was some very unexpected feelings for sure.

I’ve heard so many grandparents say “there’s nothing in the world like it when you first meet your grandchildren” NOW I know what all the fuss is about! ๐Ÿ™‚

It was truly the best moment in my life! Above getting married, (sorry hubby), above having children, (sorry slim)! And I haven’t even held him yet. I can’t imagine what that will be like. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

We are heading back over there this evening and I will find out. ๐Ÿ˜€

Another awesome moment was when my son started walking down the hall after returning from surgery with his camera of pictures. He was literally grinning from ear to ear!!! He will be a natural at being a Daddy! I’m sure of it.

He weighed in at 8 pounds and 3 ounces. ๐Ÿ™‚

My DIL made it to 8 CM…and then they discovered that she’d have to deliver C-Section. She was crushed, but was all better when she saw her little boy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy the photos!

Before It Got Difficult

Officially Almost A Grandma

Hi there, =)

I’ve been anxious these past few days, and have been cleaning my house the last 2 days, and was up cleaning my office until 2:30 this morning. I could not sleep last night, as I’m very anxious about the upcoming arrival of our grandbaby. ๐Ÿ™‚

My DIL told me on the phone this morning that she’ll probably be the calmest one in our family that will be there for the birth! And you know…she’s probably correct on that one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My son is a nervous reck, bless his heart. =)

There were some contractions last night, however they stopped. So alas, we are still waiting!

I thought I’d share a photo with you all…

This is the front of a card that my MIL gave us not long ago.

Such tiny little hands can hold all the love in a Grandparent’s heart.

Follow Those Dreams

If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and yourself.
Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, your ideal of what you long to attain, the ideal of health, efficiency, fun and success. You can lift yourself by your thoughts. Your vision will help you climb mountains.

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. You’ll become as small as your controlling desire, or as great as your dominant aspiration. The courage to follow your dreams is your first step toward destiny.

When you cease to dream, you cease to live.

ยฉ 2010


What Kind of Grandparent Do You Want To Be?

Prior to becoming a grandmother for the first time, I gave serious consideration as to what kind of grandmother I wanted to be. Having had three living grandparents in my life from birth to my early twenties, I was exposed to three very different grandparenting styles, and to be honest, a couple of the styles weren’t always that admirable. So with a mind shaped by 23 years experience of being a grandchild and a total of 43 years life experience, I sat down and created a list of grandmotherly traits that would suit my personality and encourage healthy, loving relationships with my grandchildren. My list is small thus far as the girls are still very young, but it’s been a good foundation to work from. I’m certain my list of traits will be a work in progress for many years to come.

*  I will not be the grandmother who always has a “surprise” in their purse each time they visit. Gift giving will be saved for birthdays, holidays, and the occasional special event. (I want them to want me, not things.)

*  I will teach my grandchildren to garden and, more importantly, to have respect for nature and all its wild critters.

*  I will invest in the futures of my grandchildren by purchasing savings bonds (or stock) monthly for each child. (The stacks of bonds are growing fast.)

*  I will babysit one day a week to help reduce child care costs. (In retirement I will gladly up the babysitting a day or two.)

*  I will paint, write, color, play in the dirt– just about anything creative– I will do it with my grandchildren.

*  I will enjoy seeing the smattering of toys throughout my house, and I will refrain from tidying up until after the grandchildren leave. (I’ve found that I struggle most with this trait.)

*  I will act in a supporting role, providing only the help and advice that’s sought by my children.

*  And I will love unconditionally . . .

What kind of grandparent do you want to be? 

"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true."

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”
Leon J. Suenes

An amazing satisfaction comes when you get to the point where you know what you want and youโ€™re prepared to take the action necessary to see it through to completion.

While all of us have dreams, irrespective of where on the totem pole of life we sit, itโ€™s those individuals who are willing to pay the price attached to their dream who ultimately live successful lives everyone else can merely envy.

Whatever your dream is, realize that it wonโ€™t be achieved by wishing, only by doing, and the choice is yours and yours alone whether youโ€™ll be one of the few who do versus the many who merely dream.

Ask yourself today, โ€˜Am I paying the price required of me to achieve my dream? If not, what can I do beginning today to start doing so to ensure I begin the journey towards achieving it?โ€™

Have an Outstanding Day!

Reprinted with permission of Alex Prez & Motivation in your Mailbox E-ZINE, for more information, visit

Latest On Infant Care For Grandmothers

I went to an infant care class with my DIL and the other grandmother. It was rather interesting to find out how infant care has evolved in the last 25 years.

This is a follow up from ~~ Latest On Infant Care. I referred to it as “Grandma School” ๐Ÿ™‚

Us grandmothers learned a lot! =)

I learned the phrase “Swaddle” Yes, this is all new to me. I have not cared for an infant in a long time. lol

Below is an example of swaddling a baby–my great nephew and neices

After I had my son, I put him down in his crib on his stomach with a blanket over him. A whole new way of doing things now! Remember, I had my son 25 years ago. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You are supposed to swaddle an infant tight with a blanket. โ€œThe whole idea is to make your newborn feel like heโ€™s in the womb again,โ€ Quoted by Dr. Harvey Karp

Dr. Karpโ€™s Five โ€œSโ€™sโ€ For Calming A Fussy Baby:

Side/stomach position

Awesome infant care information! The Happiest Baby On The Block

A couple more things…

Baby powder can cause cervical cancer (baby girls)
You’re not supposed to use crib bumper pads anymore due to “sids death”

This class was held in a room at the hospital where my DIL will be having the baby. And after the class, they took us down to the nursery. There was one baby girl there…the sweetest precious baby. Well, they all are aren’t they? ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s getting really close now to the big “D” day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Double Spinach Fettuccine

To add protein when serving this for a meal, offer low-fat frozen yogurt or ice milk and assorted toppings for dessert.


8 ounces uncooked spinach fettuccine
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 cups shredded spinach (about 4 ounces)
1 1/4 cups thinly sliced zucchini (about 2 small)
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained


Cook fettuccine as directed on package; drain. Heat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

Cook garlic in oil, stirring occasionally, until golden. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender.

Stir in fettuccine.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

From: Betty Crocker’s Best of Healthy & Hearty Cooking.

Text Copyright 1998 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Latest On Infant Care

Hi there,

I am very excited to be going to a 3 hour class tomorrow with my DIL and the other Grandma! This is a follow up from Grandma School. =)

I originally thought it was just a 1 hour class, but it’s 3 hours. I will be toting a spiral notebook with me to write all the important facts and details.

I’m looking forward to finding out what all has evolved in the last 25 years on infant care.

After the class, we are planning to go shopping, I need to purchase a car seat and a swing for the baby. ๐Ÿ˜€

I will post an update to this post sometime after the class, should be interesting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Great Things About Grandparents

I hope most of these pertains to me…LOL!

Due date is getting closer! ๐Ÿ™‚

1.They like to hold you in their laps.

2.They don’t get mad when you don’t eat your vegetables.

3.They boost your confidence!

4.They like kids, and dogs, and cats!

5.They really know how to tuck you in at night.

6.They’re not in such a hurry.

7.They listen to funny music.

8.They have the nicest-smelling houses!

9.They always buy what you’re selling.

10.They don’t mind when you make noise.

11.They help with homework…They don’t always know the answers, but they try.

12.They never say “Hurry up”.

13.They give good presents for your birthday.

14.They are grown-ups who have lots of time.

15.They like going to the park…They don’t go on the monkey bars, though.

16.They think you’re the smartest, cutest kid on earth.

17.They give you money and never say it has to be saved.

18.They like it when you sleep at their house.

19.They understand you when you cry.

20.They take you places in their RV.

21.They know how to explain things to Mom and Dad.

22.They show your picture to everyone!

23.They never put you on hold when they get a call-waiting signal!

24.They listen to what you say!

25.They have some really neat weird old toys.

26.They don’t skip parts of a story or mind if it is the same story over again.

27.They say they knew Mom and Dad when they were kids!

~~ Author Unknown ~~