Just Playing

Grandma Kc wrote this on January 28th, 2014 23 Replies

There has been a lot of talk on Facebook lately about how kids don’t just play anymore. Everyone is so preoccupied with their screen time that they don’t get outside and just play. Certainly, kids don’t play in the neighborhood the way they did when I was young. I think we manage to do a great job of balancing old-fashioned playing with modern technology around here.

Amara spent the night with us on Friday last weekend. She was very excited when she got here and couldn’t wait to tell us that she was planning to be in the school talent show! She had picked out the song she wanted to do and printed out the lyrics so she could finish memorizing them. She couldn’t wait to sing it for Grampy and me and we couldn’t wait to hear it. I can’t wait for the talent show either!

I had reminded her to bring a movie and her special sparkle markers with her when she came. A few weeks ago, we had gotten a plain white frame at Michael’s and she wanted to decorate it and send it to her Little Cousin. For two little girls who have never met they have a very special relationship. So making that frame was the next item on the agenda.

Amara's class picture in the frame she made

Amara slept in a little bit Saturday morning but woke up ready to make pancakes and eat bacon! This week on the menu were pink and purple pancakes. She got the batter ready, colored, and practiced singing her song some more while she waited for me to get the bacon cooking. I asked her if she was planning to sing her song solo or if she would have some kind of accompaniment. She was hoping to find just the instrumental on YouTube. “Could she look for one on her tablet?” I love that she always asks. She quickly found a Karaoke version of the song! So while I cooked more bacon she stood and serenaded me!

Amara and Grampy ready for pancakes

When we were done with our wonderful breakfast, I asked her if there was anything special she wanted to do. There was! I had told her about the tablet covers that you could make through York Photo, another online company similar to Shutterfly. “Could I make one of those so I can give Daddy back his tablet cover?”, which she had borrowed? I just happened to have a coupon for 50% off one so we agreed she could design it but that she would have to show it to her parents first. I asked her what she had planned for this cover. “Minecraft!” While she loves My Little Pony stuff, she is pretty sure she is going to be over them soon and she is pretty sure she is never going to be over Minecraft! So create she did โ€“ I love watching her navigate through web pages easily figuring out how things are done.

When it was done and saved, we headed outside to ride our bikes. I know that most of the world is freezing to death but Saturday morning it was about 73 degrees here and beautiful. We rode and chatted and decided that maybe what we needed to do was to play in the water. It was our first time in 2014. We pulled out the tubs and began filling a bunch of balloons, tie-dyed balloons. Amara would fill them; I would tie them and then throw them into the tub of water so that Amara would get splashed. We even spent some time playing balloon toss. I love my granddaughter but throwing and catching โ€“ especially catching โ€“ are not her strong suit. No matter how many times I told her to keep her eye on the balloon she would hold out her hands to catch it and the moment I let go of that balloon she would turn her head and close those eyes as tight as she could! It was hysterical but then I had witnessed this same behavior at the end of the year party!

It didn’t take much encouragement to get her to dump one of those balloons on her head so that I could take pictures of her with my phone and send them to Aunt Sandy in Michigan. That water was freezing but she would do anything to help Grandma pick on Aunt Sandy! In fact, I got her to do it many times so I could get just the right shot. Off it went by email to Michigan where it was about zero degrees and they were waist deep in snow.

Amara drenching herself with a water balloon. Repeatedly.

She emailed me back that I could be a real brat.
At least that is what I told Amara it said!

 

Amara's worm she foundI took a moment from giggling to pull some weeds and noticed a very long worm had come up and was crawling in the grass. This kind of thing used to happen often when Amara was little and she loved worms! She scooped it up without the least bit of squeamishness and called for Grampy to come out and see it, which of course he did. We made plans to do some Google research on worms and whether they have eyes! We decided that the worm probably didn’t like being in the bowl so she found a place to set him free and watched anxiously to make sure he was OK.

All of a sudden, I realized what time it was, her parents would be here in 20 minutes! She quickly started hurling water balloons at poor defenseless Grandma! Worse yet she grabbed the hose! I was drenched but we were sure having fun! We still had the full tub and we have a ritual for that, too! Somehow, Grampy had never been outside to witness this ritual and he has promised to video tape it for next time. It involves Amara climbing into the tub where she sings the “I’m a Little Tea Pot” song. When she gets to the end, I tip her over and pour her and all of the water out onto our grass. This is followed by much laughing.

We really did have fun just playing.

23 thoughts on “Just Playing

  1. sarah christian

    What a warm and happy and loving and wonderful day you all shared! Everything you did was so special, and you really did share a lot. No sit down and rest moments for you two! Certainly you balance life perfectly! Some day Amara will be a wonderful wife and mother because of so much that you have brought to her life and person! Remarkable little girl, and such a special, loving family! Thanks for the share.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks for the kind words Sarah. I do think she is amazing and I think she will turn out extra special because she has so much family around her โ€“ not just Grampy and me but her other Grandpas and Grandma, too! Not to mention 2 of the best parents ever! So glad she is close by so that we can enjoy every moment of it!

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  2. debra@ HOMESPUN

    LOL this was a fun read especially at the end…the little teapot!

    It has also left me craving a hearty bacon plus anything breakfast now! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amara just gets prettier and prettier! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara always wants bacon so I do try and get it when it is on sale โ€“ which it was. However she did reprimand me for not stocking up and putting extra in the freezer! Space is limited due to an overabundance of Popsicles!

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  3. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    Love the photo of Amara – beautiful young lady. But, you should put a disclaimer at the top of any post that involves70+ degrees and water. It sends those of us in the deep freeze into a real tailspin. LOL

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  4. Sandy

    Although I love my big sister dearly, you can all see what a cruel person she can be. She neglected to mention that for nearly a month now it has been -40 wind chill here, roads are solid ice, we have frost on the inside of our wooden front door, snow every day, & she sends me pictures of playing in the sunshine & warmth of southern California! Geesh! I hope she gets a flat tire on her bike & a sunburn!

    Of course I’m kidding about Kc being cruel. I love her with all of my heart. She is an amazing woman & much wiser than I am because she lives in a much kinder climate than I do. I’m just delirious from the cold. ๐Ÿ™

    I love that you still play & like to be silly & have fun. And it’s wonderful that you are setting a great example for Amara! Imagine the stories she will have for her kids & grand kids!

    Party on, Kc & Amara!!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I love you, too baby sister. I just wish you lived closer so that you could be warmer and so that you could join us in some really good water balloon fights โ€“ and we could all ride bikes down that path we walked the last time you were here!

      Come join our party Aunt Sandy!!!

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  5. Joyce

    Usually, I’m sitting here bemoaning the fact that “kids just don’t play anymore” because technology has taken over their lives. Well! You have made me realize that if there is a nice balance between the “old days” and the new ones then that is the perfect way to live! And you certainly have accomplished that here! Amara cruising through web pages one minute and then sitting in a tub waiting to be “teapotted out” the next is the way every child should be brought up these days! Lucky Amara! She really does have it “all!”

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Grampy and I feel like we have it โ€œallโ€! I hope it never ends. I do know she will grow up and her interests will change but I sure hope our house will always be a magical place where she still wants to go.

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  6. Connie

    Yes you do have a LOT of old fashion play! I shivered though over you getting hosed down! I ordered some stuff online and it came in an overly large box. I saved it for the kids to play with of course, and after hours of play the door bell rang. One of them yelled, “maybe its another box!” lol! Yesterday they played for almost an hour on the patio with my youngest sons rock collection that I kept. They moved those rocks all over the place in buckets, strollers and hands. They counted them, stacked them, knocked them down…anything you can do with a rock they did! I think if you just provide kids with the ingredients for old fashion play they know what to do.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I couldn’t agree more! Although I must admit that around here all boxes are the property of Cats!

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  7. Amara's Grampy

    The little teapot was hilarious, mostly because of the screech as she tipped over. Of course I was afraid she was going to do a face plant, but she didn’t. The pancakes and bacon were delicious. We never get tired of having Marsie over – I just wish she would get tired of “My Little Pony” – right Grammy?

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      1. Amara's Grampy

        Oh true that!!!! And she’s so oblivious to what has to be four glazed eyes as she goes through desribing all the details of each one – I still don’t know what the uber Unicorn (Ubercorn?) is all about. And little pony Minecraft? That’s so wrong and so booorrrriiing.

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  8. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    You clearly have found the key to the perfect balance between on-screen time and playtime. Always my idol when it comes to such things!

    I must say I had a twinge of sadness reading Amara may soon be over My Little Pony fun. Not that I give much of a hoot for the ponies, but it’s yet another sign she’s growing up. Alas, I know that’s a good thing โ€” as you’ve shown again and again with all the adventures you have with her and Grampy.

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  9. Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma

    So cute! Our grands love their iPads but their mom has strict limits on using them for games and they are good about setting aside the iPads and playing. And they would love to get back outdoors but it’s still below zero, or was last time I checked. Brrr.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amaraโ€™s parent set pretty strict guidelines, too and I am OK with that! Also OK with the fact we live where we CAN go outside and play almost all year round. I can remember being a little girl in Michigan and bundling up to go out to play โ€“ for about 5 minutes! Hope they cold snap is over soon.

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  10. Launna

    Kc what a lovely day… you two sound like the best grandparents ever…I bet Amara is making memories she will treasure for the rest of her life ???

    I love this post ?

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  11. KImberly

    Having taught this many years, I fear I do know kids that don’t know how to play without a plastic piece of something between their paws, and won’t if invited. It will be the ones who do who will figure out how to navigate to wherever new place we need to be in the future. There’s room in my freezer because the popcicles are hanging from the roof and there won’t be any water play because it’s frozen up.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      So glad I have my Popsicles instead of your icicles although I sure do remember how much fun it was as a kid to break one of those off the roof and pretend it was a lollypop! I am pretty sure Amara has never had a chance to do that!

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  12. Mary T

    Woah, love that weather! It’s currently 2 degrees here! I loved reading this post and was obsessed with My Little Pony myself ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom still has all my ponies at her house for Brielle and eventually my girls to play with . Amara is one lucky girl and will have so many wonderful memories of your time together! As a “former” school social worker I only wish that all kids could have at least one relationship like this with someone.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Mary! We do have some of the best weather ever and we are extra lucky to only live one mile from the kids and that we all get along so well. Life is good!

      Happy Valentineโ€™s Day! Hope it has warmed up a little. Donโ€™t hate me โ€“ it is supposed to be 82 here today and Iโ€™m helping the PTA sell fruit pops after school today.

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