Hunting for Aliens

Grandma Kc wrote this on May 25th, 2011 13 Replies

Amara spent the night with us Saturday night and I really didn’t have anything special planned so we just had to kind of improvise! With her around there is never a dull moment.

Writing lettersOne things I actually had thought of was proposing to her the idea of becoming pen pals with Aunt Sandy’s granddaughter. She is 7 months older and she lives on the other side of the United States. I thought this would be fun for them and so did Amara. I found some decorative printer paper and she sat down and wrote her first letter! She is already thinking about all of the questions she wants to ask her and of course she is very hopeful that they will someday get to meet. Found out yesterday that her cousin is also very excited about the idea.

She wanted to play Star Wars so I talked her into taking a walk and pretending that we were on a foreign planet and that we had to document the alien life forms and alien plant life — my excuse for taking the camera along on our journey in space! She made up rules as we went along. The houses that have at least one even number in the address were safe. The other houses were probably occupied by unfriendly aliens and we had to shoot them and run by as fast as we could before they could shoot back. Did you know that aliens like to hide in trees?

Princess Padme blesses the alien catShebee the cat doubled as a friendly alien life form and so was blessed by Princess Padmé Amidalas. She is loving the glittery star wands that are leftover from her birthday party. We went home and played Princess some more and she dressed up in her purple gown that Grandma Judi made her. And we had an impromptu snowball fight while we waited for the oven to get hot!

Saturday morning Amara wanted donuts. We hadn’t done donuts in a really long time so I caved and beside it gave me a chance to go get gas in my car. OK so I wanted donuts! We got hooked watching Harry Potter, one of Amara’s favorites. Her Daddy has read her all of the books. But as soon as it was over we were out the back door. She had fun learning how to jump rope with Grampy and seeing how high she could swing with Grammy. I don’t know how much longer that swing set is going to hold up but she is making sure we get our money’s worth out of it. And since the slide really is to small for her now she has turned it into a “jumping off platform”. I’m pretty sure Grampy would have not have permitted this but since he didn’t see us… It’s so fun to watch her grow.

Amara loves jumping

13 thoughts on “Hunting for Aliens

  1. Amara's Grampy

    I see it now – no jumping off the slide!!! Look how close her foot is to that handle. Picture me shaking my finger – you know how effective that always is.

  2. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    What a busy, busy time. Even without a plan, you two had a splendid time, it seems. (Although, I gotta agree with Grampy on the slide thing … just LOOK at that foot ready to get caught up in the handle!) 🙂

  3. Grams

    I thought the exact same thing as Grampy and Lisa. That handle is an accident waiting to happen. Sounds like a good time was had by all. Isn’t being a grandma fun!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Honestly everybody — I think it is just the camera angle! But I do promise to be careful next time. I think it would be so cool if she ended up doing track, she has always loved jumping off and over things. Maybe she will be a hurdler.

  4. Sandy Siegel

    I can’t wait for Amara and Kendal to become pen pals (or should we call them pen cousins??). Maybe the girls could get some kind of special box to keep their letters in. They could decorate them any way they wanted.

    Sorry, big sister – but I have to agree with Grampy on this one. Jumping off the slide makes me a little nervous too!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I can’t wait to see how their boxes turn out! It has just added another fun aspect to this whole pen pal thing! I love you little sister.

  5. Kimberly

    How noble to pursue the nearly lost art of letter writing. Children are so much more interested in writing for authentic purposes, then some silly prompt in school.
    Yeah, I know about that swing business. They just grow up too fast.

  6. Susan Adcox

    I love the pen pals idea! One of my grandmother friends does a family newsletter and sends it out to all the grandchildren to let them know what their cousins are up to. I love that idea, but it’s also a great idea to let the cousins take charge.

  7. Penny

    So creative, grandma. I’ve heard if you hold your breath while children do something kinda dangerous, they survive. My son broke his arm 3 times, in 3 years, doing the same catapult stunt with the same neighbor. Guess I didn’t hold my breath long enough.

  8. Jenni

    Wow, you really should have this password protected. It’s a pedophile’s dream. Unlimited access to stalk your granddaughter. I wonder if her parents are aware that you have her all over the internet like this…

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Hi Jenni,

      Thanks for your comment and your concern. Rest assured that her parents do know, I asked their permission many years ago and I would never do anything against their wishes or behind their backs. They know that I am diligent about removing any address pertinent info. I have Photoshopped out things like the name of her school, her teacher, her Principal, etc. I even Photoshopped her cousin’s name out of the letter Amara is writing in this post. On those occasions when I use a picture of another child, such as birthday parties or school events I send the photo to the parent and get their permission before I ever post it. If it is a photo where I can’t do that — I blur out the other kids. I’ve even gone so far as to paint out phone numbers on the cats collars — just to be safe. I do understand your concern.

      My blog is my electronic version of a Grandma’s Brag Book as well as a Grandma Journal. I don’t password protect it because I love having other grandparents stop by as well as relatives who would never bother if they had to remember a password!

      Thanks again for stopping by! Grandma Kc


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