A Photo a Week Challenge – Over a Hundred Years Old

…thanks to Nancy Merrill for hosting A Photo A Week Challenge

If my grandparents were still alive they would have been over 100 years old…..IMG_1182IMG_1181

….and my great, great grandfather (over 160 years ago) and his mother (over 200 years ago). In fact, the next two photos are over a hundred years old.IMG_3804

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Here in Canada this church is considered old. It was built before Canada became a country in 1867.

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Playing

with my granddaughter

It’s amazing to me what I won’t do for my granddaughter. Getting down at her level is not easy for me. It’s one reason why I want to get into better shape. On Friday my husband and I spent the day in Hamilton to give our daughter some time to work on her at home business. The teachers here are on rotating strikes so we try to help whenever we can. Here are some of the images of our playful day.1941EAAA-A8DB-4B77-A051-91C6A63CBD3DAC63114D-8B1E-4543-8FF8-D3A0CA42CD79FF86BE3A-ACF4-4DC0-B5C2-CF2BCD51B890927CFA69-1077-4945-8770-B60D8CC93FBEAA54387E-ECF1-4BB4-A0B7-6ABA3392CA9FDD138CEA-24F7-445D-B5DE-EE2C44189EA1_1_201_a1E71CA08-38C2-4E5B-B0B8-34993C24211F_1_201_a

30 Day Creativity Challenge – Day 19

…thanks to Rainee for hosting the 30 Day Creativity Challenge\

I’ve been making art with my granddaughter again and making pizza with her. I’ve always loved her free style but she does have a vision and you don’t want to tamper with that. That was clearly evident when she decided to make her pizza in the shape of a ‘stop sign’. The adults kept wanting her to add cheese to her creation but she refused and when they didn’t listen she had a melt down. Oma and Papa to the rescue. Lots of dough left over so we started again. Here are our efforts from last Sunday.

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A Photo a Week – At Play

…thanks to Nancy Merrill for hosting A Photo a Week

My granddaughter and her second cousin got together last week and all seemed to go well as they chased each other around the room, giggling and laughing as they ran. That is until he caught her and accidentally pushed her into the wall. I could tell that it hurt and it took a few minutes of mommy cuddles to calm her down. The two cousins continued to play but the age difference of two years clearly affected how they played. My granddaughter is four and her cousin is two. She was fascinated with his computer game and he didn’t want her to play with it. He liked her stuffed toy but preferred to throw it around. I’m sure as they get older they’ll have more in common. Time will tell.DEAEAB38-06A4-4085-AC77-B87BDC8F2F8B440F3AA0-2CAB-4B12-A3AC-056ADA3431E35F21CC92-0EF2-4880-8890-E634ED3559C2

30 Day Creativity Challenge – Day 4

…..my attempt at free form poetry

Sisters and Cousins

Sisters

sibling rivalry

shared memories

some bad but mostly good

some forgotten

others not

separated by marriage and distance

reunited by an aging parent

and children

Cousins

offspring of the sisters

separate lives

because of distance,

circumstance and work

a longing for family connection

reunited because of their children

an unbreakable bond of love

Four generations; Dad, my sister and I, my youngest daughter and her daughter and my sister’s son and daughter and her daughter’s son.

Thanks to Rainee for hosting The 30 Day Creativity Challenge

Christmas is for Children

….of all ages

I was actually organized for the first time in my life and ready for Christmas Eve. Normally I’m still wrapping gifts as the family starts to arrive but this year I finished all my wrapping the night before and I got all my deliveries of baked goods to the neighbours done earlier in the day.

Our granddaughter came early with her Mom and she was clearly excited. We kept her busy with stories and watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Papa gave her an apron and chef’s hat so that she could help us set up the table with Christmas goodies.

Later in the day she helped her Mom wrap some last minute gifts that her Papa needed help with and brought them downstairs and set them under the tree.1BFC492D-8642-4A7C-8A41-D6387E922B20

When all the family arrived we opened our stockings and Winnie helped hand out the presents. It was a wonderful evening and as always we had way too much food. We’ll be bringing some over to our daughter’s place tomorrow when we celebrate her birthday. Her twin brother is in London, England so hopefully we’ll hear from him like we did on Christmas Eve, unless the second grandchild decides to come early.

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Taking silly selfies with Auntie JoJo.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas or holiday celebration with family and friends this season. Wishing everyone all the best in 2020.

Carol