Single Grandparenting


Single Grandparenting

            My son and daughter-in-saw asked me to babysit while they went to Las Vegas last weekend. I picked up Abby (age 8) and Savy (age 4) at another single grandmother’s house at 8:30 Saturday morning. She looked frazzled and it took a few minutes to collect everything to leave.

I took them straight to Home Depot where we chose flowers to plant in pots for my back patio and their front walk. I remembered to supply them with gloves and aprons so they got to work with dirt without getting too messy. Savy did get some dirt in her hair.

Savy planting

 

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Abby planting

 

Savy's favorite, hot dogs and cantaloupe

Savy’s favorite, hot dogs and cantaloupe

Lunch was hot dogs and cantaloupe. Savy went down for a nap while Abby and I worked on a project. She picked out material from my cache and designed a homeopathic heat bag. She cut and placed the patches of material and I ironed them on. She was excited to sew on my machine to do the seams. We considered whether to put beans or rice on the inside.

Savy woke up and we took my dogs Sparky and Louie to the dog park. Luckily Savy favors Sparky while Abby favors Louie so there was no quibbling over who would hold what leash.

 

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We tried to go to the playground in Chaparral Park but there were no parking spots available.

We met my friend Elissa at my granddaughters’ favorite restaurant, Sweet Tomatoes. I was glad for the assistance. Elissa came over to my son’s house and the girls thanked her for six foot high cutout of Elsa and Ana from Frozen.

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The girls took showers after which we chilled in front of the TV. We slept at their house. My son had provided Diet Coke and Oreos for me.

Savy woke up from a bad dream at 1:30 a.m. I was able to get her right back to sleep.

The next

Doing the exercises at the park

Doing the exercises at the park

was up earlier than the girls. Savy woke at six and Abby at seven. I made them breakfast. Savy was whiny because she missed her mother. We packed their swim suits and cover-ups and then went to my house to collect the dogs. We found a parking space at the park. We communed with the ducks and geese and they played on the playground. I pushed Savy on the swings and recited The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson. She was enchanted and I repeated it ad nauseum.

Throwing leaves up in the air in the park.

Throwing leaves up in the air in the park.

Playing with geese

Playing with geese

 

We dropped the dogs back home and went to McDonald’s. It didn’t have a play place but it had tables with interactive lights and benches. Abby and Savy were enthralled.

Abby and Savy playing with the lights on the table at McDonald's.

Abby and Savy playing with the lights on the table at McDonald’s.

Abby and Savy making handprints on the bench back.

Abby and Savy making handprints on the bench back.

Handprints

Handprints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went to the grocery store and Abby decided to put pinto beans in her warmer.

Abby does try to play the disciplinarian with Savy. On the car ride to my house Savvy turned the tables on her sister and told Abby she couldn’t go to the bathroom because she took a long while the last time she went. Abby and I howled at that.

Abby hand sewing a homeopathic body warmer

Abby hand sewing a homeopathic body warmer

While Savy napped, Abby and I loaded the beans into the fabric warmer using a funnel and she hand-sewed it closed. We experimented and found that it needed two and a half minutes in the microwave to get to the right temperature.

When Savy got up we made cupcakes using the Frozen cupcake liners I’d bought at the 99 cent store. When we put them in the oven to bake, I made the buttercream frosting.

Abby licked the cupcake batter from the utensils.

Abby licked the cupcake batter from the utensils.

After I took the cupcakes from the oven on cooling racks, we got on our swimsuits and went to the complex’s pool. It was 72 degrees out but the pool was cold because it was in the 40’s at night and the pool isn’t heated. We went into the heated spa but had to turn off the jets because Savy was scared that there were jellyfish. I explained many times that one can see to the bottom in a pool or spa and that jellyfish don’t live in them, but she was still frightened. Abby went into the pool and swam. She tried to convince Savy to wade in, but it didn’t happen.

 

 

 

 

Abby swimming in the cold pool

Abby swimming in the cold pool

 

Savy would not go all the way into the pool.

Savy would not go all the way into the pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went back to my place and they took showers and washed their hair. We had just finished icing the cupcakes and arranging the Frozen flags in them when their parents arrived.

I wasn’t exhausted when they left, but it would have been a lot easier if I had someone to help out. No matter what, I treasure spending time with my granddaughters.

 

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