Sunday, February 27, 2011

Playground Swings

I remember loving the playground as a child.  Most of our  time was spent honing our swinging skills. After all, we had to be ready at a moments notice for the "highest swinger" and the "farthest jumper" competitions.  We also loved to twist the swing until it could not twist anymore, just to see how many times we could make it untwist, for dizziness sake! 
As I watch Jude loving his bucket swing, I have no doubt that he will be moving onto the "big kid" swing in no time, and discovering his own daring stunts. 
Can't wait,
Bubbie and Jude!
P.S. What do your grandbabies love to do at the playground?
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Calming Down" Time

Soft comforts!  Who can't love this?  Petting a furry-purry cat with one hand, and hugging a silky-lovey with the other. Jude sure knows how to take a "play" break.  And I thought the answer was a box of chocolates and a good movie. Just snapping the picture soothed my soul. The best part of this moment was the chatter between the two. Although I couldn't understand a word either one said, it was clear that they did.
Take a break and enjoy,
Bubbie and Jude
P.S.  Any tips of your own, for helping the kids with down time?
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Sense of Balance

Hold it, hold it, hold it...and he did it! Yes! After only six tries, but two minutes of grueling persistence, Jude balances his lightweight, yellow ring on the top of his head for his record breaking time of...wait for it... five seconds! Let's hear it for Jude!  
Keeping it fun,
Bubbie and Jude

P.S. What balancing games have you found to be fun for your kids and grandkids?
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fun With Stickers

Getting a sticker to stay stuck on your cheek isn't so hard, but try getting a sticker to stay stuck on your nose.  Now that's quite a different subject!  Jude worked on it for quite a while, and I think if we had a little more sticky on the back of the sticker, and not so much runny from the tip of Jude's nose, we would have had a much better chance at accomplishing this major goal in Jude's day.
Bubbie and Jude
P.S.  How do your grandkids play with stickers?
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Discovering Facial Features

Once your little one figures out they have facial features, their next logical step is to discover who else has them!  I've found that stuffed animals are a terrific place to start.  Obviously, these darling, little critters were built to withstand the poking, prodding and pulling which a face has to endure through the early stages of discovery.  Thank goodness for small, plush favors!
Bubbie and Jude
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Indoor Exercises For Kids

Watching Jude watch a video is inspiring.  All these years I could have been firming-up my abs, glutes and thighs while watching TV!  I didn't have to sit on the sofa, feet up, with my fingers playing rapid fire with my mouth and a bag of M & M's!  From now on I'm doing it Jude's way!  Stretched out with muscles tightened between the ottoman and sofa, while holding onto Jude's blankie.  That'll do it!  I'll keep you posted on my new physique, or aching back...whichever comes first!
Bubbie and Jude
P.S. Do you have any fun indoor exercises for the kids, that you'd like to share?
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Toddlers and the "No" Word

No! No! No!  Of all the words that Jude can say, "no" seems to be on the tip of his tongue at all times.  And it sure does work around me.  I find myself standing at attention when he expresses his favorite word, anxious to find out what he is now cognizant of that he doesn't want, or doesn't want to do.  Usually it's in place of, "Stop shoving food into my mouth, I've had enough," or "That's not the video I want to watch, that's the one you want to watch!"  As long as it doesn't mean, "Enough with the hugs and kisses," I'm happy!
"No-no" for now,
Bubbie and Jude

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

When Toddlers Develop Their Sense of Smell

Ahh...the smell of Playdoh!  You just can't beat it, and I don't know anyone who can't recall it!  The first thing that I want to do when I see a container of the squishy stuff, is smell it.  Now that I get to play with it again with my grandson, we're both delighting in it's enticing aroma, especially since Jude is beginning to recognize different smells.  Next up...freshly baked, chocolate- chip cookies!  (Nestles, of course!)
Bubbie and Jude

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