Happy Easter Week! I had really thought my grandboys had outgrown our fave Easter tradition – the Easter Resurrection Eggs. But when I asked them about that, I was thrilled to hear them all say, “NO! We LOVE those! We want to do them again.” And do them again, we did. Or is that Did them again. 🙂 Anyway, we thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful Easter treat. I hid the eggs – 24 (since I have two sets). They found them. Then they helped me retell this wonderful and true story of Jesus’ last week on earth, from the ride on the donkey into Jerusalem to the Last Supper to the Prayer at Golgatha to the Resurrection to the last egg – which is empty…because HE’S ALIVE – shouted quite loud by all of us. And we finished just in the nick of time – right as mom and dad walked in from their date. So I bundled all into the egg crates and brought them home.
And now, speaking of “thinking outside the box,” I’ll ask big sis to put them all back properly for me. It’s the kind of thing she is really good at and enjoys. And, hopefully, she will also enjoy fun memories of her younger years when we did this together regularly as well. AND THEN, she can share them with her cousins when they get together. Talk about “the gift goes on!”
The eggs, along with listening to the dramatized version of the Easter story from both their Action Bible and the dramatized version of the book of John in the GoBible, coupled with reading the story together a couple of times this past two weeks were our main Easter preparation this year. Between them AND me being extra busy AND them staying busy playing with friends, our craft project times are rare. But in case y’all are still having fun with them, here’s some grand ideas we ALWAYS enjoyed thoroughly.
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Have a blessed and beautiful Easter week with your Sandwich Generation family and friends! And Happy 100 to the Grand Social!
P.S. If any of your grandkids like Francesca Battistelli (Several of grandkids love her music – and so do I. She sets a great example and is a terrific musician!), she is releasing her latest album – the first in quite a while – next Tuesday. A wonderful Easter gift ! Click here for details – and be sure to check out the cd/free mp3 “rip” option BUT notice – you can’t order it as a gift to get that. You have to order it regular which means the price will show on the receipt. If you are ok with that (I was) they will get the CD and the mp3 version – a sweet treat for parents, grandparents AND grandkids. 🙂
Most of our country has been in the throes of nasty weather recently. That means a lot of indoor time together when the grandkids come to visit or we are babysitting – unless of course, you live in wondrously warm places like Honolulu, Hawaii or San Diego, California? Even then, you might still be enjoying some indoor games with your grandkids as I’ve been doing the past few weeks.
My grandkids and I have been having fun with some old AND new games lately. Chinese Checkers with brightly colored marbles have always been popular at my home, since I was a little kid playing with MY grandfather. My grandkids enjoy a good game periodically and one in particular had fun trouncing me at it last week.
We also added some new games to our repertoire and the fun part is that I taught them one AND they taught me one. How fun!
They are old enough now for more advanced card games (though they still enjoy a rousing game of Fish occasionally). I taught the oldest how to play Gin Rummy. He liked it so much the other two wanted to get in on it and also learned it quickly. We pretty much follow the rules of deal seven cards, put down if you have three or four of the same kind (3s, Kings, etc.) or three or more in a row of the same suit. You can pick up as many cards in the discard as you’d like as long as you use the bottom card right away. And you can put your sets down as you get them or hold them in your hand to fake out the other player(s). My oldest grandson loves those last two rules and uses them quite advantageously. They win as often as they lose and we all have fun with it.
A couple of days ago, I just had my oldest grandson and he taught me how to play a totally new-to-me game, Stratego. I was a bit leery of it at first, but was pleasantly surprised to discover it was quite an interesting, intriguing and fun strategy game. He beat me BIG time but considering it was my first time and I was still learning the rules, that was pretty much expected. I’m looking forward to a rematch in the coming weeks.
So, how about you and your grandkids. Learned any new games lately? Or are you one of the blessed few who are still playing outside all the time? We’d love to hear. 🙂
My grandkids are all thoroughly enjoying the Christmas season. Several are involved in music programs for school or church and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing each of them all dressed up in their Christmas best -singing and speaking their brightest, boldest and loudest. 🙂
Our trees are all up and decorated – even mine, thanks to a nice long chat with a loved one. Christmas cookies are abounding a bit too much, as my tummy will be soon if I don’t rein it in a bit! OYYYYY!
My senior mom just got her hair set at the salon is looking quite cheery and ready for plenty of hugs as the holiday season progresses.
My grandsons and I have enj0yed SNOW much fun with a wee bit of snow we got this week – including a snow ball fight, snow ball toss, and ice sliding in tennis shoes (not to mention – grandma going WHOOOOOMP when she tried to rescue one grandkid. He was fine, and eventually, so was I. 🙂 ).
I’m in the midst of a TON of studying as God leads my direction down a path I’ve been veering towards for years – putting to good use that A.A. I earned in Real Estate. HOORAY! So in the midst of all the fun and frolic, I’m learning more new things; keeping my brain hearty, healthy and active; and yet, still enjoying the holidays. And, of course, ALWAYS, keeping my eyes (and my grandkids’ eyes) on the blessed Reason for the Season. So here are some fun coloring pages for our grandkids to enjoy.
I hope and pray this season is has sweet moments of fun and joy for all of you as well. As we caregivers know well, that’s not always true. But always we have wonderful resources to encourage us as we “keep on keeping on” in this season of our lives!
P.S. Joining up with fellow grandparents at Grandma’s Briefs. 🙂
Happy Birthday, America!
And Happy Fourth of July to YOU!
Whether in or out of the Sandwich Generation, I pray y'all have a fun and safe day, a day of family, friends, food, and fireworks.
Or perhaps a lovely and peaceful day at home with fun memories and funny movies. 🙂
And don't forget the birthday gifts. The best gifts we can give our nation? Plenty of prayer.
I do love the way the Message Bible puts 1 Timothy 2:1b-3, don't you?
Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.
And, of course, another grand gift – teaching our grandkids how important it is to pray for our leaders!
It's always fun to teach an important truth coupled with a fun coloring project, don't you think? 🙂
Happy Fourth of July to multigenerational caregivers and grandparents