The Holiday Armadillo

The Zs celebrate Easter with their parents. When they were little, I hid eggs and gave them animal shaped baskets.  Now that they are older, I still want to indulge in my Nana joy of giving them gifts.  Last year, I sent them some Amazon items for Spring/Passover/Easter.

This year I wanted to show up in person. I needed my hugs.  I didn’t call in advance because I had no idea how long it would take to get there. It was a three hour drive today.  Traffic made the trip twice as long as it should have been. My body was not happy, but my heart sure was.

On the way, I checked in with my cousin to see how she was doing post her J&J vaccination yesterday. Happily, she is great. She commented that she hoped I had fun being the Passover Easter bunny. I literally laughed out loud. Then my mind went to the scene in Friends where Ross was the holiday armadillo to teach his son about Hanukkah. Maybe we WERE holiday armadillos delivering our spring gift bags. 

I called my daughter when we were exiting the freeway.  Happily two of the three Zs were home. We brought Annie with us so the kids could see her and play with her. Licks and kisses were exchanged.

We gave Z2 and Z3 their gift bags. Along with assorted candy, the required chocolate bunny, and Jelly Bellies, each received a gift. Z2 a liked her gallon of clear Elmer’s glue and Z3 was happy with his Lego cars. I checked in with both to make sure they were still interested in making slime and building Legos, respectively.   

While we were visiting outside  Zdrove up and gave us a quick hello. I told him his gift bag was in the house. He retrieved it and came to the door with a mouth full of candy and a “thank you.” He picked up a few items then bolted to his car. Oy vey, 17-year-olds. 

After hugs were shared, catching up was completed, and more hugs, we returned to the world of crazy traffic. It was worth every minute of it to see my grandkids.

Perhaps from now on, I shall consider myself the Passover armadillo delivering gifts at the end of Passover.

Why not?

9 years ago. Where does the time go?




Day 346 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Three Line Tale – There is always something to be grateful for.

tltweek190Three Line Tale – NOT AGAIN!

I swear my two year old can get up a flight of stairs faster than a hummingbird flaps its wings. She typically takes forever to get ready to go anywhere. That is except when its time to go to the doctor.

This post was written in response to the Three Line Tales, Week 190 prompt by Sonya. Thanks for this interesting challenge. If you want to participate, please visit the link for instructions and other guidelines! I found the prompt from Shweta Suresh post here.

I am grateful I have had the joys of motherhood and now enjoy the gifts from grandmotherhood.

Day 288 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Too Hot For Comfort – There is always something to be grateful for.

Not much was accomplished today, it was too darn hot. I was outside before 6:30 sanding the handles of my outside tools. Then I used the plastic wood fill to make the handles smooth. Sanding again and then painting completed my morning job. Z3 woke up and wanted to play with the dog for awhile. She was happy for the entertainment. I put away some things outside and then came in and made breakfast for Z3. I kept asking him if he ws hungry but not until 9:30 was he willing to eat. 

After breakfast we started another marathon of Sequence games. At last count it was four to three. We had a good time. My spouse got up and went to his district to get his laptop for work. I don’t get a laptop from school this year because I am not returning. Last night there was an all call from school. It was an alert to everyone that school is starting school. I need to find out how to opt out of the school calls.

When my spouse returned we all decided it was just too hot to go out anywhere. Z3 wanted to play in the wading pool and it seemed like a great idea. I went out with him and kept him company while putting away my tools from the morning. The pool was the only cool place outside. The air was on all day. It reached 99 or 100 today depending on which forecast you believe.

An easy lunch, more board games, and lots of popsicles filled our day. More time in the pool, a cool dinner, and more board games filled the afternoon and evening. It took until 8:00 for the temperature to be low enough to open the windows and turn off the AC. Now it is movie time. Tonight we are watching ROBOTS. It is another good choice. Hopefully tomorrow will not be so miserable. I am grateful for out visit with Z3, for the AC in the house, for the wading pool with cool water, and for hope of cooler days ahead.