13 March 2013

granny-nanny journal


I spent the past week in Texas, helping to care for three of our grandchildren while their daddy took a group of students to Alaska. As wonderfully capable as daughter-in-law Carrie is, it's hard to be in more than one place at a time --- The boys' daycare is in one direction, Jayna's school in another, and Carrie's workplace in a third direction. Plus the laundry, dishes, etc. that Jason usually takes care of.

Keeping up with three small children truly eats up time! I had forgotten how much. I had planned on sketching our grandchildren in this small journal (purchased on eBay from Cathy 'Kate' Johnson), but ended up only capturing a few of their toys --- drawn while they were at school and daycare!

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 Josiah and Judah love throwing these angry birds across the room . . . . and playing the games on iPads or iPods. Ages 3 and 1 1/2, both are quite proficient at electronic games.

At the end of the week, Jason came home bearing many gifts, including three snow bears and a book telling their tale. Also, a mug for me made of marble.

Jason teaches physics at Fort Bend Christian -- the high school sponsors mission trips all over the globe each spring during "Eagle Week". Kids work with needy children, paint and roof buildings, and many other public service works --- the Alaska team helps set up for the start of the Iditarod dogsled race among other tasks. Students unable to raise funds for the trips spend the week working on service projects at home in Sugarland, Texas.


  1. Wow, that's fantastic that they all do so much to help... Alaska! Amazing.

    Glad you had fun helping take care of the troop :) I know times are different now, and I'm probably a fuddy duddy when it comes to computers, but I don't want my little ones to know about electronic games. I feel they are addictive and take up way too much time... my 17 year old used to play them all the time, and never spent much time outside because he didn't want to. My 2 little ones aren't going to go that route :)

  2. I totally agree with your thinking concerning electronic media and little ones! Jason & Carrie believe differently than I do in this, as is their right --- but I can't help wondering if their kids' high-strung natures are due in part to too much electronic stimulation.

    Another grandchild was not allowed on the computer until she was 5. She played Webkinz all the time for a while, as well as several electronic games her parents played. But at almost 10 yrs. now, she prefers games played in person with real people, loves playing golf, soccer, and volleyball, and very seldom plays on Webkinz any more. Seems to prefer reading REAL books all the time. Different personality than our other grandkids, but still makes me wonder . . .

    (You have a 17 year old??? I've imagined you as much younger!!

  3. LOL... hete we go... and you can't lie! How old do you think I am?

  4. I thought you must be in your upper 20s / lower 30s.

    I'm 58; our kids are 38, 36, 33, and 27.


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