I 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!
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.
I 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!
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!
It really was a great weekend!