Previously On Amara…

Grandma Kc wrote this on March 22nd, 2010 8 Replies

Pink and Purple CupcakesOne of the things about waiting until Amara is almost 6 to start her blog is that there are so many funny stories that I never got posted and that I want to always remember. So this is what I call an Amara back story or maybe Amara, the Early Years. This first memory took place in May of 2008. Amara just turned 4 years old.

The kids came over for dinner that night. It was fun and Amara was in rare form! It was May in Southern California and it was gorgeous outside. Everyone had plenty of time for swinging and chasing Amara before dinner. She is such a sweetie and I remember thinking she had grown again that week. Jenna had made cupcakes for dessert. Jenna is amazing in the kitchen but more importantly she is the Queen of Baking and cupcakes are her specialty. She had made us white cupcakes with pink frosting and purple sprinkles. Amara saw them and burst out with:

“Pink and purple cupcakes! My favorite!
Mommy — you’re a genius!”

Amara and her cupcake

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Burrito Baby

Grandma Kc wrote this on March 15th, 2010 15 Replies

Another one of the traditions that Amara is quickly outgrowing is Burrito Baby! Amara and I have always had a blast with bath time. This is another one of those things that parents often have to rush through because there are so many other things to be done. Grandma doesn’t usually have to rush and Amara does LOVE her bubble baths! She loves playing chemist in the bath tub and taking empty bubble bath bottles and filling them with a little of this and a little of that to make a new scent. She has a bag of letters that hangs in the bathtub and she loves them. It amazes me how much she has learned over the last few years — she is old enough now to come up with words for all those letters. Sometimes we even make up stories with them. "A"  "b"ig   "c"at… The letters hang right behind the soap on a rope which she calls her "slippery soap". She also has a dolphin family and some colorful fish and no bath is complete until they have all been played with.

bur-babyWhen we have finished playing with our letters, played chemist and played mermaid so we can wash her hair then I am finally able to drag her out of the bathtub. I wrap her in a towel like a burrito and then call Grandpa in to see "Burrito Baby"! She pretends to be a baby and to cry and it ends up with the 3 of us laughing until we are crying. It was easy to create "Burrito Baby" when she was little but as she is getting bigger wrapping her up now takes at least 3 towels — and still the toes stick out!*

Soon this game is going to have to end, too. But for now I am just happy that she isn’t too old for all these fun Grandma games.

*Read into that Amara likes to make her toes stick out!

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Last Plane Out

Grandma Kc wrote this on March 9th, 2010 11 Replies

There are so many traditions in place at AmaraLand. But what do you do when grandchildren grow up and get to old and to big for those traditions?

grampsgirl3One of those traditions has always been for Grandpa to “Fly” Amara to the car when it is time to go home. This was easy when she was little but as she gets older it gets more difficult for Grandpa to swing her up on to his shoulder and fly her to the car.

So this weekend when she turned to Grandpa and asked him to fly her – he told her “No, you are just getting to big to fly.” Her mouth trembled, tears rolled down her cheeks and she begged — just one more time? Grandpa couldn’t disappoint his girl but he did think fast. He explained that he would fly her to the car but that once she turned 6 years old — which is only a few weeks away — then she would be to big to fly.

Grandpa flying Amara to the car.

Grandpa flying Amara to the car.

So until then Air Amara is still flying out of AmaraLand.

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Top Turtle

Grandma Kc wrote this on February 27th, 2010 10 Replies

Yesterday was the first of what I know will be many awards ceremonies that I will  attend in Amara’s honor. Our amazing kindergarten granddaughter received the Author of the Month Award yesterday. Her Daddy is also an author so she comes by these talents naturally. Both of her Grandmothers and both of her Parents were sitting in the front row to enjoy every moment of The Awards! We watched as 4 classes of kindergartners filed quietly into the Media Center and sat down cross legged with their hands in the laps. They were all so well behaved. They were all excited to see their fellow class mates be recognized. Each recipient was called up by their own teacher and handed their award while the teacher gave a speech about each of their talents. They then proudly walked to their Principal who shook their hand, gave them a folder for their award and helped them on to the stage.

Amara and her Award for Author of the Month

Amara actually earned this award last month but it was while she was sick with the flu and her teacher wanted her to get the excitement of receiving it in front of all her classmates. It was a wonderful moment for all of us. Everyone was very proud — including Amara!

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Outraged and Shocked

Grandma Kc wrote this on February 25th, 2010 9 Replies

Last Sunday I got my first chance to take Amara to a birthday party for one of her friends. The Kids had plans and since Amara was spending that afternoon with us they asked if I would take her. I have been to all of Amara’s birthday parties – all but the first one have been held in our backyard but I had never been with her to a party for someone else. She and the other girls bounced for hours! Bouncy houses are the best invention ever. Every kid loves the bouncy house and it is easy for the parents to watch the kids as they are all in one place! About every 20 minutes or so Amara would pop out to get a drink of water and back in she went! There was a great BBQ but I don’t think any of those kids had a bite to eat. It would have taken to much time out of the bouncy house. The parents had to drag the kids out to get them to eat cake and open presents. I’m betting all of the kids slept good that night.

Amara in a bouncy house

Amara bouncing in the bouncy house.

As we were leaving Amara and I decided that we wanted an ice cream. I have had ice cream on my mind a lot lately. We stopped and got Grandpa so he could have ice cream with us and we headed for Baskin and Robbins. The parking lot was a nightmare and when we got there Baskin and Robbins was a Dairy Queen and the Baskin and Robbins was across the street – in yet another nightmare parking lot that was impossible to get to. We finally get there and we get inside and there is a sign on the ice cream cabinet that they are sorry but they only have 11 flavors. Baskin and Robbins 31 Flavors  only has 11  and vanilla is not one of them! Amara is in tears — she only likes vanilla. So back we go to Dairy Queen. It was a trying adventure but the ice cream sure was good. Can I just mention that the 10¢ chocolate dipped cone I used to love is now $2.59? Outrageous!

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Poison Apples

Grandma Kc wrote this on February 14th, 2010 8 Replies

Cartoons change with each generation. There is always a new cast of characters. I had no idea who Sponge Bob or Dora were before Amara came along. Jenna had watched Sesame Street. Amara loved Little Einsteins. The games have changed, too. Lots of them are computer games like Leapster – very educational but kids need to be active and play.

For little girls right now it is all about the Princesses. The Princesses are everywhere. They are the favorite Halloween costume, they are the most fun when it comes to dress up. They are even in the Barbie movies. What little girl doesn’t want to be a Princess? It is usually the theme for Amara’s birthday party. She has been Princess Ariel and Princess Belle. It is usually the theme of the party for most of the other little girls she knows. Princess costumes can be found in every Target Store. Playing dress up has taken on a completely new meaning.

Sleeping Beauty Princess Amara

Amara loves to eat apples and all apples are probably “poison”. So what could be better then eating apples, being a Princess and playing with Grandma and Grandpa? Once again Grandma is the bad guy. I always play the wicked witch or the evil step mother – whatever the story requires. I must bring her the poison apple and lure her into taking a bite. She will then fall into a deep sleep and the townspeople (me again) will place her on the special bed with a wreath of flowers on her head and wait for Prince Charming to come and break the spell. Enter Grandpa! Playing the role of Prince Charming he comes to wake the beautiful Princess. I must admit I like this game much better than Star Wars!

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