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Happy Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party
Merry Christmas! The party post is actually at Christmas Smiles and Caregiving Progressive Holiday Blog Party. If you haven’t visited that post yet, be sure you do as there are extra coloring pages and a link to the main Caregiving Holiday Blog Party just for caregivers. You will find interesting people to visit and fun prizes to win including an Amazon gift certificate from me – Kaye Swain and SandwichINK for multigenerational caregivers helping with elderly parents and often babysitting grandchildren. 🙂
Sweet Grandkid Ideas
Shhhhh I have a secret. I have a phone buddy – sometimes more than one. Who, you might ask? Various and sundry grandchildren, of course. Since we don’t live near each other, we’ve learned to have grand times together on the phone and I have a couple of of new games my grandkids and I have thoroughly enjoyed to share with you.
Hangman – I have the iPhone app for Hangman on my phone (they have an Android version of Hangman too) and I have had great times playing hangman with my grandkids on it. But sometimes it’s fun to do it the old-fashioned way. And that works easily for phone calls. So we each grab a piece of paper. Then take turns writing a word from 3-9 letters. The other person guesses the letters and if the little stick figure gets drawn first, the guesser loses. I’ve even played this game on the phone while walking and kept the letters in my head. Great brain exercise BUT that can be REALLY hard to to, I have to admit. 🙂 We don’t always worry about the hangman itself. Playing the game is actually the best part of the whole process.
Thanks to a fun Christmas movie I watched last night, we have a brand-new one – The Game Gal calls it the Alphabet Chant and has the whole list of rules at her site. Basically you take turns saying – My name is—-, my friend’s name is—–, we live in—–, and we sell——. And fill the blanks in with words that start with the same letter of the alphabet. You start at A and work your way to Z.
Two of my grandchildren and I had a blast playing this. We didn’t worry about perfection. Fairytale Town (which actually exists nearby in Sacramento CA) and some creative made-up names were allowed as were real names and words. As with Hangman, we’re not too worried about sticking to rules. We just have a lot of fun and laugh a lot.
We even pared it down when my youngest grandchild in that state came on the phone and wanted to play. We turned it into – My name is—– and we sell——. And you know what, for a wee one, he did GREAT. Surprised me how well he did! 🙂
Sweet Sunday Encouragement For Boomers and Seniors, Caregivers and Grandparents
Advent Devotions for Boomers and Seniors
Today is the second Sunday in Advent. Here’s a lovely song, Our God, to be blessed by on this sweet Sunday and beyond, sung by Lincoln Brewster. He’s a favorite with the young crowd, like my grandkids. And a fave with the boomers and seniors at our church (of which there are plenty of both as well as all ages in between). It’s a praise and worship song that I have loved for a long time. When I went to his Christmas concert recently, I discovered he had also recorded it as a Christmas song, with O Come Let Us Adore Him interwoven within. It’s a beautiful interweaving of the two songs and it’s especially comforting right now with all that’s going on in the world! I hope you are as blessed as I have been while listening to it.
And here’s Pastor Guzik’s next sermon in the series of John which covers John 5:10-18
Have a lovely week
I hope you are having a lovely week. My town of Roseville CA has had a series of fun Christmas activities in the city and beyond, and I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Christmas Concert by Lincoln Brewster along with a fun Christmas church service this week learning more about Joseph, the father of Jesus. Both were sweet delights! Even if caregivers duties are keeping you closer to home, there are many lovely Christmas videos on YouTube and I’ve shared some favorites in my Christmas Music playlist.
P.S. Don’t forget to pop over to Caregiving.com and say HELLO from SandwichINK. They are having giveaways to enjoy including a $10 Amazon gift card from me, Kaye Swain of SandwichINK, to use for an adult’s Scripture verse coloring book, caregivers needs, etc. 🙂
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Loving grandparents will always find a way to interact with the kids, no matter the distance! I love your game ideas. They’re fun and they encourage creative thinking!