Aliens, Gummies and Light Bulbs

Grandma Kc wrote this on January 25th, 2016 18 Replies

Amara at the track meetI know I say it all the time but we are so lucky living only a mile away from the Kids. We love being local grandparents. It means we get to see Amara a lot. Last Friday was the first PTA Popcorn Sale after school and Amara was right there to help run the fresh popcorn from the workroom to the sales table. She has PE as her last period and she seldom changes out of her gym clothes after school. She looked so cute running with that popcorn. It reminded me of her last track meet! If I hadn’t been there volunteering I never would have gotten to see her helping. She does make a Grandma proud. Of course, I am extra proud of Jenna for organizing the whole thing. She really is amazing.

It has been a while since I blogged about our typical sleepovers. Just because we see her often doesn’t make it any less fun or any less special. We just don’t do big thing like the Zoo every time. Instead, we do fun things together. More often, we do dinner and a movie at home. We do make lots of memories!

I had decided long before Amara arrived Saturday that I didn’t want to cook. I discussed it with Grampy and we agreed to let Amara decide where we should go or what we should do. I figured we would either go somewhere or get hamburgers or something to bring home to eat while we watched a movie. Amara was so glad I didn’t want to cook because she wanted pizza! She said she’d been craving it for days and it had been a long time since we had it so pizza it would be.

While we were waiting for the pizza, we decided on a movie, Independence Day. Amara and her Mommy have been binge watching the X Files in anticipation of the upcoming 6 episode special so I figured it was a good choice and it was. Amara really liked it. We promised her that when the sequel to Independence Day comes out we would take her to the movies to see it!

Amara making Gummies

I forgot to mention that Amara arrived with a bag of goodies Saturday night and announced – “We’re making gummies!” She had seen a video on making gummy Legos and while she didn’t have Lego molds she did have Star War molds, Easter Egg molds and heart molds! She and her Mommy had gotten all the Jell-O, Knox gelatin and Karo syrup that we would need. We were making gummies! It became our theme song on Sunday morning. Each batch did not make very many gummies so I think we ended up making 5 batches, the last one being a double batch of orange. We had fun in the kitchen and they were awesome! They smelled amazing and while I am not a big gummy fan a fresh cherry one is very tasty! Especially if you helped your Granddaughter make it and it was the first one she popped out and cut in half to share with Grampy and me. While the gummies were setting up, we had other things to do.

Idea for a decorated light bulbI had seen an idea on Facebook and it reminded me of the time that Amara made balloon animals. I just knew it was something I wanted to do with her so before she got here I had gone out and gotten some new light bulbs and a fresh set of Sharpies. She loved the idea and we had so much fun sitting at the dining room table making them, chatting and getting up every now and then to check her gummies! I have the best-lit bathroom in the world! Every time I turn on the lights, I will think of her! Now I have to add that I almost never have all of those bulbs screwed in because long ago we went on an electricity austerity program. I am going to have to rotate which ones are turned on. I don’t ever want them to burn out. Amara seemed so proud when I told her that no one else had lights in their bathroom like mine! Plus she and I each did one for the dining room! My lights just got brighter!

Decorated Light Bulb Collage

Since Amara’s gummies needed to set up for 4-6 hours she only unmolded the one heart and took the home to unmold. But she sent me pictures!

FInished Gummies Collage

It really was a great weekend!

18 thoughts on “Aliens, Gummies and Light Bulbs

  1. Joyce

    What fun this all is! But first of all, that little gal just gets cuter and cuter! And what a loving world of support she lives in. You have covered a nice range of projects – both crafty and cooking – together over the years! The gummies look professional! And I think that ladybug light bulb is my favorite! So, among other things, Amara lights up your life!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She does light up our life! She is such a good kid and so much fun to be around, not just for us but for everyone. Life is good — I say that a lot!

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  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    You do have wicked FUN with that sweet girl. Pizza and a movie sounds like a wonderful evening. And, I love gummies so I can only imagine how great a fresh one would be. I’m impressed you made your own gummies. And, I’ve never heard of painting a lightbulb, but I certainly can imagine the smile on your face when you turn one on that Amara painted. Fun when she is there and a big smile even when she is not there – like it. :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You are absolutely right! Every time I look at one of those light bulbs I just smile! BTW, her gummies really were good — especially the cherry ones! We can’t wait to do it again. I’m ordering gummy bear molds!

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  3. Sandy Siegel

    Uncle Mark is very impressed that you guys made gummies! They are his favorite candy!

    The light bulb painting is very cool too! What a great idea!

    Every time I hear these fun memories, I’m more excited to make the big decision of moving from Michigan to Virginia to be near our kids & grandkids!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I can’t wait until you get to live close to your grandkids so that we can constantly compare stories! You and Kendie would have a blast making gummies! xoxoxo

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  4. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    Such fun ideas! I need to order some Lego molds to make the gummies with the boys when I visit in April (no time during the visit I leave on TONIGHT). They’d surely like to decorate the light bulbs for their bedroom lamps.

    Electricity Austerity Program!? Brilliant to unscrew some of the bulbs. Jim and I need to do that! (Our last utility bill was over $300!)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      By now you should be in Arizona and loving life! I think the boys would love making gummies but you have to be careful as they syrup is very hot. Amara burned her tongue!

      As for our Electricity Austerity Program it was an ugly bill many years ago that got us started and we really are pretty good about just turning out lights. I’ve learned to just walk around the house before we settle in to watch TV for the evening, It has made a huge difference.

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  5. Barb

    Such pleasure for both Amara and her Grandparents! You are definitely making memories. I think that the lightbulb and sharpie art is a fun craft idea. My husband loves Gummy Bears – I’m not going to tell him it would be possible for me to make them!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You just need to get the grandchildren to make them for him next time they visit! All you need is Knox gelatin, Jello and Karo syrup. Oh and molds!

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  6. Kristi

    You are definitely one cool grandma! My grands are coming over on Saturday, and now you’ve got me thinking that I should find a toddler craft to do! (It will not involve Sharpies, though!) :-)

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  7. Launna

    Kc I’m a gummy kind of girl, I won’the allow myself to go near those aisles… I don’t even want to know how to make them or I’ll be in trouble … lol

    Another snow storm is on it’s way here… I’m not looking forward to it. February is one of our toughest months. I’m not looking forward to it… :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am not a gummy kind of girl which made this project even more fun for me. I wasn’t tempted to eat them all as I am with cookies and stuff! Stay warm my friend!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      If you like gummies you really should try making them. The fresh ones really are delicious — especially the cherry! I ordered official gummy molds for next time.

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