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Monday, January 26, 2009

From the Mouths of Babes!

Being a Grandparent...

1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, 'But Gramma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!' I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye...

2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, '62.' He was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, 'Did you start at 1?'

3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin.Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, 'Who was THAT?'

4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: 'We used to skate outside on a pond I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.' The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, 'I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!

'5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, 'Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?' I mentally polished my halo and I said, 'No, how are we alike?'' You're both old,' he replied.

6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor. She told him she was writing a story. 'What's it about?' he asked. 'I don't know,' she replied. 'I can't read.

7. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was.She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last she headed for the door, saying, 'Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!

'8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, 'It's no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.'

9. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, 'I'm not sure.' 'Look in your underwear, Grandpa,' he advised. 'Mine says I'm four to six.'

10. A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother,'Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.' The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool.'That's interesting,' she said, 'how do you make babies? ''It's simple,' replied the girl. 'You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'.'

11. Children's Logic: 'Give me a sentence about a public servant,' said a teacher. The small boy wrote: 'The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.' The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. 'Don't you know what pregnant means?'she asked. 'Sure,' said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child.'

12. A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties.' They use him to keep crowds back,' said one child. 'No,' said another. 'He's just for good luck.' A third child brought the argument to a close. 'They use the dogs,' she said firmly, 'to find the fire hydrants.'--

I found these so cute, and want to add my own.

1. My grand-daughter Tara was telling me they were learning about the civil war. She told a fascinating tale of Abraham Lincoln, and ended by asking me "Mimi, were you ever a slave?"

2.I was sitting with my grand-daughter Kiley curled up in my lap. I told her I was starting a diet and pretty soon I was going to lose weight. Kiley didn't like the idea, to which she replied, "no Mimi, I like you fluffy!"

3.My Aunt Lola was discussing her grand-daughters school work, where at that time they were learning about pioneer days. She was talking about how they came over in Conestoga wagons. Aunt Lola asked her what that would be like, to which her grand-daughter replied, "you should know, you rode in one."

4. I remember the day distinctly, when at about 9 yrs. old, I decided to run away. Mom was dusting, and I was writing my good-bye note. I asked Mom, "how do you spell tomorrow?" For which she replied, not knowing what I was doing. I finished the letter, and headed out the door. This is what my mother read: "Dear Mommy, I am running away and will not be home until tomorrow." I was home before dinner.

Out of the mouths of babes!

Recycled CD boxes

Remember these wooden boxes that AOL would send out with the cd's inside to sample their program? Well, I didn't throw them out, hoping to be able to find a use for such a nice box. I did!
First, I peeled off the plastic film that covers the box.
I found Modge Podge to be my best friend for the project. I covered the box, one side at a time, with it. Then I applied scrapbook paper. The binding side of the book and the sides, are also a strips of paper, or you can use acrylic paint on the sides. I put on any flat stickers at this time, to be modge podged over to assure they stay there. After doing the back and sides, I sealed the whole thing, again one side at a time and allowed complete drying time, with the Modge Podge. I applied 2 coats.
After the outside is dry, I did the inside of the book, using elements that matched the colors and theme, as I would on one of my scrapbook pages. Then, I made a little book to hold 6 to 8 pictures, which fit nicely when the box is closed. I stitched up the center, and glued it to the bottom inside of the box. Then I decorated the outside of the box with more 3 dimensional accents, and there it is! It's filled with pictures of my great niece Kayla, taken in a field of dandelions.
This one I did using stickers in a bird theme,

and the little book is pictures of birds I took around my feeders.
I really wish AOL still sent cd's in these boxes, ideal for craft projects! After I'm done with the two I'm working on, that will be it, unfortunately, unless I can find someone with any in their stashes they'd like to toss my way!

I've been tagged!

Teri, from Lavender Between the Cracks,http://lavenderbetweenthecracks.blogspot.com/ tagged me! I had to post the picture from my fourth post. There were 2 there, so decided to post both. They were my niece and great niece in their Halloween finery! Jenna, below made the cutest lady bug, and Claire, above was Pebbles. Claire is a girly girl, and thought while her mother was getting her hair and what she thought make-up done, that she was going to be beautiful, all the time saying "Oh Pretty!" Well, she was so upset when Wendy held her to the mirror. Poor kid! Claire though, is beautiful no matter!

In turn, I tag Diane from "Pinecones and Roses"! http://pineconesroses.blogspot.com/