Justice’s Birthday

Justice is the 3rd oldest grandchild of mine.  His birthday is January 31st this week and will be 5 years old.  He comes over some weekends to spend time with his dad and Nana!  We got to bake a cake and home made Strawberry Ice Cream.

When we’re in the kitchen we do our best to get the kids involved.  Not just so that they have fun but so that they have a great learning experience and enjoy being in the kitchen.

Justice is one of THE pickiest eaters I have seen. He won’t try any of the foods I make.  He eats either mac and cheese or chicken nuggets.  I was surprised that he liked cake!!

Here’s Justice licking the frosting as they get the cake ready.

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Here’s Justice, with his brother Mason being a big helper!!

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After the cake was done the candles got put in.  Poor Justice didn’t know that we found some of the magical candles that started up again after you blow them out. The look on his face made us just giggle!!  He’d blow, they’d light up, he’d blow, Mason would blow it out.  They took turns until it finally stopped.

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Have a super happy birthday Justice this week.   We hope you get all the fun things you wish for.  See you again next weekend, I hope.

Two Girls Cooking – Nana (aka Patricia) 😉

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Brooklyn’s Party

This past October, Brooklyn turned 9!  For the past years we’ve always struggled with what kind of party to have, where to have, who to invite.  So this year I decided that we could have a party at a hotel, invite five of her friends and make have fun for more than just two hours.

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There’s Brooklyn and me.

After all of the girls arrived at the hotel, we went upstairs, got things settled, got into their swimming gear and went down to the pool.

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After the pool it was time to eat.  We ordered pizza!!

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After pizza it was time to open the gifts!!

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And after gifts it was cake time for sure!!

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And as you can see, she had a good time with that cake..

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Well after we did that the girls wanted to go swimming again.  So of course, we did. We had plenty of time to use up and swimming was sure to get them tired!! Yeah ok.

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I’m not sure if it got them tired or not, but watching them swim  and run around gave me a run for my money!!

Upstairs we went.  Time to get settled in.

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They looked tired right!!!  My sister and I got all settled into our little room and watched a bit of tv.  I fell asleep….woke up to my sister asking one of the girls:  “Why are you out of bed?   It’s 1am.  Get back to sleep now!”  I giggled to myself because if anything, I thought it would be me out there hearing the noise and telling them to stop and go to sleep.  But it was Auntie that was giving to the girls.  Go on and be the bad one I thought!  I snuggled back into my sleep!!

I don’t recall what time we got up, but I do know we had a pretty good breakfast with the girls.

If you’re out of ideas on what to do for a party, this is a great idea.  You spend less money, you get to hang out a day with your friends and go swimming.

This was a great time.  We’ll be doing it again for Caleb’s birthday this month!

Happy Birthday parties to your ideas!!

Patricia – Nana

Getting Ready for School

So we are all getting the kids ready for back to school (if they have’t already gone back).  Who’s excited for that??  Hands up, mine is, mine is raised really, really high.

I love school.  My kids here, not so much.  I love that the kids have structure, a solid routine for their day.  They may want to hang out with friends and ignore the school work, but I know they need the structure just as much as I do.  As we all do as parents/grandparents/guardians/Aunts/Uncles..anyone caring for any kid in a school.  Not trying to leave anyone out.

Along with the new school year comes of course the fun shopping sprees we all get to pay for.  And if you’re lucky as I am, you have more than one child to buy all the fun stuff for!  Double the pleasure, double the cost.

Here’s Brooklyn and me:

We got to go shopping for some new clothes for her.  I love shopping for her.  She loves to wear the cutesy frilly skirts, the pretty shirts:

I love this shirt.  We went shopping at Khol’s and found this cute little top.  I really wanted them to have one in my size.  But no such luck.

And this cute dress!!

Brooklyn is pretty tall for her age, so none of her jeans from last year fit her.  She needed a new closet full of clothes.  I wish I could say the same thing.  Well, I could, but I really don’t need it, I would just like to have it!!

Next up comes the school supplies.

Yes, that little pink box is full of all new supplies.  We can’t go into the new school year with pencils that have been used or crayons that have been broken.  So we keep a container here at home to use for after school homework or art projects that we come up with.  They do not go to waste.  New back pack as well.

This weekend we are supposed to go shopping for Caleb:

Caleb isn’t a fan of pictures like Brooklyn and Nana!  He’ll do it if I beg him to though!  But we will try to get his clothes and supplies done this week.   Caleb has to be with me when I shop.  He’s very picky about what he wears.  Thank goodness for hand me downs from my nephew.  He has all new pants that fit him that we’ve saved for a year!  Woo hoo!  Shirts, not so much.  And that is what he is picky about.  It has to be something he likes and/or picks out or it will sit in the closet with me trying to force him to wear.  Eventually I find it in the bottom of the closet hidden under a truck that he got for Christmas three years ago.  (We will be making a donation to some organization for kids that need clothes and toys coming soon).

Both Kids did get some new shoes though:

These shoes have been tucked away in our closet so that they can’t wear them to daycare. Trust me, they have tried.  But the deal was, we buy them at the time they found them, they are for school only.  So far they have been forgotten!!!!

Hopefully you’ll find great deals on clothes and supplies for your kids.  I tend to go to one store and get what I need and I’m satisfied with the cost for the supplies.  I haven’t figured out yet where to take this young boy for clothes.  After the first few weeks he’ll find a shirt that he loves and will try to wear it 3 times per week if not more anyways.

Here we all are being goofy:

I found last years school pictures.  I’m sure they will appreciate this when they see it!  Well Brooklyn will anyways.

Well the weather is starting to change here in MN (for now anyways) and stores are packed with all the school goodies.  I hope I have more luck with the kids this fall in school doing reading and school things.  I had a rough time getting them to read.  How sad is that??  Oh how I wish I could take time every day and just READ.  I would love to do that.  I did it when I was younger and now not much time is allowed for me to do so 😦

Have fun with your kids and enjoy the time that you have.   Before you know it you that time has passed and you see your children as adults with their kids!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking (aka Nana)

Our Easter Eggs

Every year we are like most families that celebrate Easter, we color our eggs.  I’m not one to be all fancy smancy with out eggs because the kids are the ones that make them for us all.  If I were in charge of how it were to be done, there would be a huge fight!  So I sit and watch and try to direct as much as possible on how to do this or how to do that.  My only panic was when I looked over to see them both using their hands in the dye, or when Caleb had started to pour the dye over his eggs, which then was all over the table.

Jodi and Sammie stopped over to have dinner with us (we had Pulled Pork Sammies) and dye an egg or two.  I didn’t even get a picture of the handsome little guy for you all to see.  It was a pretty hectic night here!!!!!  Not with Sammie of course.  But a lot going on at once!

The Friday before Jodi and I had a conversation about the meaning of Good Friday.   I like to have a conversation with the kids when holiday’s come up so that they know the meaning behind the day.  I can’t say that I know the reason behind the coloring of the Easter eggs and the Easter bunny, but I can explain what Good Friday and Easter means to them.  So far, they haven’t asked how it fits together.  When that happens, I may need some good advise.

Saturday came and went with a minimal mess made with the eggs.  The Easter Bunny came and succeeded to please the kids.  We went to church that morning with the kids all dressed nice.  I even got a picture of them with their arms around each other (I won’t say what happened after the photo snapped!!

I hope you all had the best Holiday with your family, friends and loved ones.  May your days be blessed with Love, Joy, Happiness and Peace.

Patricia, Brooklyn and Caleb

Three Day Trip to Duluth

The kids and I have never been on any kind of vacation since they’ve been with me.  We’ve traveled to Duluth for a day, but that’s pretty much it.  This week was their Spring break from School and I had taken Tuesday through Thursday (today) off.  Last week I said to myself, self…let’s go to Duluth and visit Uncle Joey (my younger son).

Me not being the random person sure didn’t give myself much time to PLAN.  But once I made up my mind, found a hotel for us, I got online and started planning out each and every day for us.  Then I checked the weather and saw that it was going to be nice and cold there with tons of chance for rain.  So, back to planning stage one and created an agenda for inside activities for us to do.

We got in the car and traveled our 3 hour trip up North.  Not one fight with the kids.  We actually had a nice quiet trip with no bickering or fighting.  I was already in vacation mode.  Bring it on!

Got to Duluth, checked in our hotel, drove up to Two Harbors and met my son, Joey.  Since it wasn’t raining outside we decided to take our chance at Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse.  It’s been a while since I’ve been to either of these places so I was really glad that I could share this memory with the kids and Joey all over again.  Just seeing the falls and the looks on the kids, I knew we made the right choice to go here and be at one with nature.  Little did I know as this trip went on how close to nature I would actually come.  More on that in a bit.

We walked through the falls and just took it all in.  Caleb and Joey were a bit more risky than Brooklyn and I were.  Caleb took a dip in a the water a few times!  It felt so good to laugh.  Life has been a bit on the stressful side and this is what, at least I needed for the next three days!!!  Peace, quiet, nature, time with my son and to forget about life for a bit.  Yep, we’re back now, but we had a great time and created life long memories that we will never forget.

After Gooseberry Falls we took our chance to go to Split Rock Lighthouse.  We jumped in the car and made our drive.  We got there and there was only one car in the lot.  We got out and noticed that the building was closed.  Joey insisted that we could still walk around and take our pictures, we just wouldn’t be able to go inside.  I was okay with that.  I just wanted the kids to see what this beautiful place held and why.  We got to the lighthouse and I started to tell the story to the kids of what was behind this talk building and the houses that stood by them.

When I looked up, there was Joey climbing as high as he could on the lighthouse.  Snap, snap.  I kept taking pictures.  We get Joey to come down and get prepared to walk down the 168 steps (yes Joey counted them last time he was there).  But there was a fence up that said “Closed”.  Apparently that was not going to stop my son from taking us down those stairs.

He opens the gate and gets us all in.  I was NOT feeling this at all.  I felt like we were doing something wrong.  But he insisted.  So snap, snap, pictures kept going.  Down the stairs we go.

Caleb following Uncle Joey on his journey of jumping and climbing all over the rocks, buildings and running down the stairs.  I just took in the beauty of all of this.   I guess as you grow older you sure do appreciate what sits before you.  Snap, snap.

I sit here trying to find words to express my feelings and emotions that I felt being where I was with the kids and my son because, as I’ve said, seeing such beauty at a different stage in life so appreciative.  It wasn’t just a three day get away, it was a true three day get away that was needed to refuel myself.

All things happen for a reason.

For dinner that night we went to Red Lobster.

We went back to the hotel that night and went swimming.  I haven’t been in a pool for a very long time.  Touching the water with my toes, I really didn’t want to get in that pool.  But I was doing it for the kids.  I got in and we swam for over an hour.

Day two held more fun and adventure.

My indoor plans were put to rest for a bit as we walked around Canal Park taking pictures of the lift bridge, the barge that came through.  We walked through the Maritime building learning about the history of those big boats and how they run and were put together.  We had so much fun.

We traveled on down the road to Adventure Zone to find the door open, but the lights off.

We found out that they didn’t open until 2pm.  The look on poor Caleb’s face…..so off we went to do some hiking.

Now when I say hiking, I guess I meant hiking.

My son and his girlfriend apparently do this quite often.  They find parks and wooded areas and wander around, looking for items they can find, but more importantly, they knock over the dead trees.  Which in turn got the kids to start their new adventure of finding the biggest tree they, too, could knock down.  Snap, snap.  Pictures were going.

We finished at one park and went to another to Enger Park.  Another beautiful site to see with your own eyes.  The scene is so hard to explain unless you see it for yourself.  My pictures may tell our story but can’t express what you feel when you see it on your own.

As we traveled through to the wooded area, in my mind, we were lost.  I was proud to say that my iPhone did not lose signal.  I was able to post my pictures on Facebook, text them to friends, but not able to find our way out.  My sister told me to use my GPS on my phone.  I sent her a note back telling her I think that works on roads, but not sure how it would work in a wooded area.  “Hi GPS, I’m located at tree C here, can you find my way to my car?”  Which then led the kids to tell me to use my “Find My Car app”.  However, if I’d have set that app prior to getting into the woods, it may have worked.  But I didn’t know my son, Mr. Adventure would get us into the woods where we saw nothing but trees.

We did find a couple of home made tee pees made out of wood that we thought we could sleep in if needed.  Here’ll you’ll see Joey and myself in this little house and then me having a hard time getting out of this little house.

Thank the Lord when it came time to find our way out and head back to Adventure Zone.  I can honestly say that at that time, I was glad to see a building that had a bathroom I could use.  Though I’ll admit, the hiking adventure was fun.

I took some time to just sit and watch everyone play mini golf, hit balls at the batting cage and then eating some pizza that Caleb insisted on having.  Fun was had by all.

We decided to head back to the hotel to swim and meet up for dinner around 7pm.  Grandma’s for dinner tonight.

I chose not to get in that freezing cold pool this time.  I sat in the chair and watched the kids swim for almost two hours.  Feeling so relaxed.  The kids were getting along so well, with a few minor hits and bickers in between.

Joey calls shortly before 7pm to say that Grandma’s on Canal Park was packed and we needed to go to the one by Miller Mall.  He said he heard that possibly the Jonas Brothers were going to be at the Sports bar.  Well that had me going.  If the Jonas Brothers were going to be there, I’m sure that Miss Brooklyn would love her Nana even more than she does now (if that’s possible) if I could get her to see the Jonas Brothers.  I get on my phone to find the number.  I call, it rings.  A voice mail picks up and and says they couldn’t answer the phone because they were busy.  OMGosh, I better try to call back.  I try again and get someone on the phone.  I ask who their entertainment is for the night….NO ONE.  Way to go Joey.  Now we drove out of the way for dinner AND the Jonas Brothers were not at Grandma’s across from our hotel.  Dork.

Back to the hotel we go to get some sleep.  NOPE.  The hotel does S’mores at 8pm.  We thought we missed it.  But the fires were still going.  We get our gear, head out to the fire pit, and make our bed time snack before settling in.

I set the alarm for 7:30 to get up and get our awesome continental breakfast.  Joey was coming to eat with us and then set out for more “hiking”.   The hotel has belgium waffle makers, eggs, egg rolls, yogurt parfaits, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal, bagels..you name it they had it.

We fill out bellies, we walk back up to the room, finish packing our bags and head out for our last day of our Duluth journey.

I can’t even say if we went to one or two wooded areas today.

All I know is that I had the funniest Nana moment that the kids nor I will soon forget.

Mr. Joey felt the need to get from one side of the river, lake, creek, whatever you want to call it, with a broken tree.  Yes, a broken tree.  Why was I the last one to go across?  Because the oldest must watch over the youngsters?  Yeah ok.  Not.  So here comes my turn.

Joey even says, here give me your camera so we can take pictures of you crossing.  Oh, yes, this is my fun!  Snap, snap.  Not by me this time.

We get across, get more pretty pictures.  There was, yet more falls that we got to take in.

So now we must go to the top of the falls to see it even better.

Hey, I know lets climb up this muddy area, and crawl under this little bridge type of things.  Oh and even better, lets have Nana go last.  Why, so we can all laugh at her as she’s being pulled through the mud, being told to grab the tree branch so help me on my way.  Well, apparently that was not going to get me up that stupid muddy hill and under that stupid make shift bridge.  Snap, snap….grab my hands they kept saying (all I could hear was laughing)…grab my hands.

I’m now on the ground being dragged by my son and his girlfriend as I’m laughing so hard I swear I peed my pants.  Mud.  Mud…it’s filling my pants, my jacket.  Oh Lord, what if my new camera gets dirty.  I’m beating the crap out of Mr. Adventure if my iPhone even has a speck of dirt on it.

They finally pull me out as we all sit and laugh….at my expense of course!!  I finally get up off of the ground, pull up the pants that fell half way down, look at myself and just laughed even harder.  I was so glad I got up and put on clean clothes, fixed my hair and makeup today to be pulled through mud so I could pee in my pants.  But on we went to see more of the wilderness.

All and all I may have been bruised and humiliated and sore as all could be.  But I have memories that no one can take away.  Not from myself or from the kids and my son and his new girlfriend.

I’m getting ready to settle down for the night and put away the computer.  I’m ready to head off to put the last load of clothes in the dryer and tuck myself into bed.  Ready to face what my work day has ahead of me tomorrow.  Which will be busier than I’m sure I’ll be ready for.

I will take it all in stride in knowing that for those three days, I got to escape reality for just a bit.  I got to spend time with my son and my grandkids and have an awesome time knocking down trees, eating food that is so not good for me, for hearing my grand daughter say that I look pretty good for a 44 year old in swim suit, to seeing the laughter in all of our eyes.  I’m ever so thankful that I’ve been blessed to have taken this time to renew my thoughts and just be me.

Have a great weekend.  Take time for yourself.  I do know that I can’t save everyone, but I can save myself.  And this week, I did just that.

I have over 900 photos that I took away from this.  Oh how I’d love to share, but doubt that you all want to see it!  Otherwise I’d be happy to share.

Patricia

Mason and ASD

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This is my Grand baby, Mason.  He will be celebrating his 2nd birthday this month.  I’m not quite sure what to get him yet, but whatever he gets, I’m sure he’ll love it no matter what!  Two year olds love toys.  Two year olds love to play.  Two year olds are learning quick how to get into as much trouble as they can.

Mason though, is a bit different.  He goes to Pre-school and his teacher suggested that he see a speech therapist because he wasn’t talking possibly as much as he should be.  He can say Momma, Dadda and Nana – oh and I believe he says NO too!  But what kid can’t!

Mason & Justice (his brother)

A speech therapist has been seeing Mason for quite a bit now.  And I’m not certain if it was the therapist or his school teacher that recommended that he be tested for ADHD.  I’ll be honest, at that age, I thought it was too young to say that, but Tanessa (Mason’s mom) did as she was asked and had him tested.  it turns out that that doctor said he didn’t believe that he had ADHD, but possibly Autism.  So she was told to get him in to see a doctor that specializes in that area and have him tested for this now.

Mason & Tanessa (his mom)

I’m not sure what sort of testing is done to determine that a child has Autism, I wasn’t there, and I honestly know I asked but can’t remember.  But, Tanessa did call me after and said that Mason did have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  She explained what that was to me and I went online after to read about it.  I remember that Jenny McCarthy’s son has or was diagnosed with Autism so I actually sent her a tweet.  She did respond to me three times!  It just shows that she has a passion for children that have been diagnosed with Autism.

Mason & Joey (his dad - my son)

After hearing that Mason had this it started to make sense to me after reading what the symptoms are.  He has frequent ear infections, he wakes up in the middle of the night screaming, his vocabulary is about 3-4 words, he has a lack of focus and he has a behavioral issue.  Well outside of any other “normal” two year old.  I can only assume what must go through his mind.  He’s not able to communicate so I guess I’d get mad and lash out too.

Mason hanging out

The internet can be a wonderful place for fun, games, research…the list goes on.  But I can get myself into trouble by too much research.  So I’ve done my best to read up on what ASD is and find books from people that have gone through the experience and try to learn how to help my son, Tanessa, Mason and Justice go through life on their new journey.  This is a shock for all of us.  But I’m the type of person that puts things into action.  It’s easier said than done when I’m more on the outside, because if it’s me, I’m not sure I handle it the same way.  I will admit it made me very sad to know that my grand baby will experience things in life that not be so fair to him.  I never once thought that this is going to be and issue or that I’d see him differently.  I cried only when I realized that not everyone in this world will see him the way his mom or dad or his family does.  And those things made the tears fall from my eyes.

All I know is that I love all of my grand babies the same.  I will love Mason no matter what he has or doesn’t have.  If he doesn’t get the ability to speak, then I will learn sign language with him.  If he throws his tantrums when he’s here with me, then I’ll hold him until he can be soothed.  That’s what Nana’s do.

But then he goes home and his mom and her family are there on a daily basis dealing with this and becoming unaware of what to do or how to react or what to just do plain and simple.  It’s easier when there isn’t a “label” put on a child to say he’s just a naughty little boy.  But now there is a reason behind that behavior.  And that behavior can be helped through treatment and lots of love.

When reading over some of the symptoms that ASD includes, one of them was sleep problems.  I found this portion of an article very interesting.

Sleep problems

Children with ASD tend to have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, or have other sleep problems.15 These problems make it harder for them to pay attention, reduce their ability to function, and lead to poor behavior. In addition, parents of children with ASD and sleep problems tend to report greater family stress and poorer overall health among themselves.

Fortunately, sleep problems can often be treated with changes in behavior, such as following a sleep schedule or creating a bedtime routine. Some children may sleep better using medications such as melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle. Like any medication, melatonin can have unwanted side effects. Talk to your child’s doctor about possible risks and benefits before giving your child melatonin. Treating sleep problems in children with ASD may improve the child’s overall behavior and functioning, as well as relieve family stress.

I know that Mason has this problem and does take Melatonin to help him sleep.  Last I heard from his mom, is isn’t helping much.  My hope is that once he has been seen by a Neurologist, they can move on to getting a treatment plan in place.  I can really understand how tiring it must be knowing that your child is going to wake up every night crying and screaming and feeling helpless for him.  I imagine it does add much more stress to their daily lives for sure.

For now I’ll continue to read books and find learning materials for Mason to use.  We do have a website set up for him at www.masonsjourneythroughautism.wordpress.com and a Facebook page you can find on there as well.  We are trying to get him an iPad, which has been shown to help with learning development as well as behavioral issues.  There are a ton of apps that I’ve seen so far.  If anyone is interested in donating what you can, please go to ChipIn and do so.  Anything is appreciated.

Support Autism

Please keep Mason and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  I’ll be doing most of the updated on his website as we all travel this road together.  Thanks for taking the time to read and care.

Patricia

 

Nana, Justice & Mason

MOA Day

This will be our first blog post together for Jodi, Sammie, Brookie, Caleb and me. Today we met at the MOA (for those of you that don’t know what MOA is – Mall of America). We frequent this place almost on a weekly basis, just usually not together. Since we started the “All About Kids” page, I thought we should take a bunch of pictures and share our fun day with you guys.

The first stop we made was one of THE most important one of the night. Duh, the Candy store! We made our way to Northwoods Candy Emporium and found tons of fun for us to enjoy.

These are the best jawbreakers! Yep, Jodi bought them all. She says they’re not all for her, but I’m not sure I agree!

Those are the biggest jawbreakers we’ve seen. I got one for Jodi last year and she ate it all!

Even little Sammie was happy to see so much candy…more, more, more.

Since the kids were hungry and it’s not right to feed them bags of candy for dinner, we made our way to the food court. Caleb got pizza, Brookie got McDonalds and Jodi and I settled for tacos and burritos.

Sammie got to play while the big people finished their food.

But finally he said, come on let’s go… And by the look on his face, we knew he meant business…

We walked and stopped. And walked and stopped. Took pictures and more.

Walking the food off we just ate, we wandered our way towards Archivers. Dangerous for a person like me to be allowed to even enter – craft stores are so fun to go in to, but expensive when you walk out. I needed some stickers for a Baptism card for Sammie and since we were traveling by we decided to make our way to the store. I was in DIY heaven and so were the kids. Stickers, paper, cards, buttons, boxes and the Cricut cartridges galore! Quite proud of myself for only buying the cross stickers and two packs of cards, I left the store with money still in my pocket! (I just realized there is an Archivers within walking distance from our house – that could be REALLY bad).

I saw these cool pictures I could make for each of the kids…

While using our Cricut Expression….

Time to go, we have to leave…

While walking down the trail we see below the Girl Scouts store. First, we made our way to Nordstroms lounge for a quick Sammie break and headed down to the cookie store.

On to the cookie store please…Yes, even Sammie wants those cookies!!!

Jodi needed to stop at the Lego store to get her sister some little gifts. I knew this could go bad fast if I didn’t take control before we entered the store. I gave my speech one last time….”No one is getting anything and please don’t ask or touch.” We found the build it yourself little island and put the kids to work (Caleb was just glad he could touch – he wanted to ask, but didn’t. I was quite proud I didn’t have to leave with a screaming kid in tow).

They each had to make a little girl for Jamie!! Sammie kept himself busy with his little friend, Moose.

On our way out we had to stop to say hi to Woody!!

And the dinosaurs too, of course.

One more stop we had to make before calling it a night. What better way to end the day than having a cup of ice cream. Though Sammie’s too young to enjoy, the kids stood by and showed him what, he too, could have one day!

We sat on the bench and rested our feet, while the kids showed Jodi their gymnastics skills. Because I’m such a proud Nana, I had them doing their cartwheels and backbends right in the middle of the walkway for all to see!

We had a good time. Well, since I’m writing this, Jodi will have to agree! She loves hanging out with the kids and me! And we love seeing her and Sammie too! We got tons of candy, good food, had a good walk and ended the night with a cold ice cream treat.

Have a great weekend. Always take time to spend it with your friends. Those are the ones that are there for you the most.

Patricia, Jodi, Brookie, Caleb and Sammie