Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The countdown begins...

One day last week, I spent the afternoon going through photos...
 
Of this guy...
 
 
You know him...
 
 
Yes, it's Tony!
 
Mindy asked me to dig out his photo box
(I was a photographer, not a scrapbooker.
We had a million photos, just no organization)
 
What fun to take that trip down memory lane!
 
The countdown to the wedding (I think it's ten days now) starts NOW!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Go! Go! Go!

A while back...so long ago that I can't remember just when,
Mr K was out of town on business. 

Since I like hanging out with my family,
I talked (some of) them to hit the local Go-Cart track.
 
 

Andy and Locklan (and sometimes Andy and Tony) have been
zipping around in their Go-Cart, so it might have not been such a big deal for Locklan...
 
 
 
 
 
But it was for Grandma!
 
 
Of course, Uncle Tony and Aunt Mindy were thrilled to hang out with him too...
 
 
 
 
 
Ashley wasn't feeling up to driving in circles, so we let her act as our photographer
while we hit the bumper boats...
 
 
 
 
 
And then we all got together and watched the other families enjoy themselves.
 
 
 
~sigh~
 
It's all good!







Monday, November 20, 2017

This might take a while...

I tried and tried to get Locklan to get dressed...
 
He was more interested in reading to pappy...
 
Finally, we struck a deal...
 
If he got dressed, we could go down in the basement so he could ride his bike.
 
Since he loves his bike, I thought it would be an easy deal...
 
We put on his shirt and I went to button it...
 
He said those magic words,
"I can do it myself!"
 
Ten minutes later...
 
 
He was so proud!
 
 
Grandma promised...
 
 
 
~sigh~
 
I love that kid!
 
 
 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

It runs in the family?

Remember a few posts back when I shared this photo...
 
I said, "I forgot what it was like to have a boy or better yet, a boy who climbs."
 
Mindy asked me to get out Tony's photos so she could display some of them at the wedding reception.
 
I found this...
 
 
Yes, that's Tony.  Yes, that is our fridge.  Yes, there is a belt around it.
 
We had to belt the fridge to keep Tony from opening it and feeding all the food inside to the dogs...
 
It worked! 
 
BUT it enabled him to climb up the fridge.  That's where I kept the really good stuff...
 
I wonder why I started to go gray so early...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dumb Stuff

Did you ever spend time on Facebook and all of a sudden and ad pops up...

And you think...

Wow, that'd be cool.

That's how I come to be the proud owner of...

 
A PANCAKE MOLD RING!
 
according to Amazon.com:
It makes the perfect pancakes...eggs...hash browns...brownies...
in non-stick silicone maker tool.
 
Since Mindy loves to come over and make us breakfast...
 
 
Like she did for Mr. K while I was in New York!
 
I thought this would be perfect...not to mention, they came in a set of two...
One for me, one for Mindy!
 
I always like to stay ahead of the rest of the world...
 
A trend setter, you might say...
 
So, when it was so new that there were no ratings,
I thought I'd be the first on my block...
 
All I can say is that I hope I'm the last on my block...
 
Not at all comfortable with the thought that any of my neighbors
are dumb enough to purchase this...
 
I hate the thought that I might be surrounded by idiots!
 
Off it went to a thrift shop...
 
If you see it there...
 
Step back from the pancake mold!
 



 
                                                                                                                    

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mom

Locklan and I try to visit my mom every week.
 
It's about an hour drive, we sing the whole way there!
 
On the way home,  I sing and he...
 
Usually snoozes.
 
A few weeks ago (when my mom was only 85)
 
Locklan and I went for our usual visit. 
 
Tuesday with Toots (our family nick-name for my mom).
 
 
I don't know who likes to play with Play-Doh more,
Mom or Locklan...
 
 
They had a blast!
 
 
After turning Locklan over to his parents,
Mr. K and I went out to eat.
 
I didn't even start my meal when I got a call from my mom's neighbor.
 
They had rushed my mother to the hospital in severe pain.
 
I went flying to the hospital, which is more than an hour away,
 
To find that they thought Mom had a bowel obstruction.
 
They put in a NG tube and admitted her to intensive care.
 
The next day, they said she needed surgery but she also has
 
a bone marrow issue and they were hesitant.
 
They wavered back and forth and finally, on Friday, they got the approval of her oncologist
 and scheduled surgery.
 
Turns out she had four hernias!
 
A little more than 4 hours later, they had repaired three. 
 
Long story short,
 
After 11 days in the hospital (even her 86th birthday), most of them in ICU...
 
They transferred her to a rehab center
 
(The same one she stayed in when she fell off the ladder and broke a bunch of bones
just not her hip...and that was 10 years ago, when she was only 75.)
 
for two more weeks.
 
She's home now, doing well,
 
She kept us hopping for a while.
 
Now, hopefully, we'll be able to take a quick breather before the wedding frenzy starts...
 
Don't ask me what I'm wearing for that...
 
~sigh~
 
Never a dull moment!
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Should I?

While compiling the photos for this blog post...
 
I realized it's about time spent with Locklan again...
 
But I DO spend as much time as his parents will give me...
 
From overnights, to afternoons...
 
From Tuesdays, holidays and just plain rainy days...
 
Every time I relinquish him to his parents, I tell them that this was the best day ever.
 
Andy called me on it once...
 
He said I ALWAYS say that...
 
But it always is! 
 
He changes every day, learns new things...
 
Oh and the imagination, the new words
 
Like Heptocopter (helicopter)...
 

 
 
He's such a tease...
 
 
But I'll admit, I love pajama time!
 
First he reads me a story...
 
 
 
 
Oh, I pointed out that the book was upside down
He looked down and said,
"Looks fine to me!"
 
 
Then I read to him...
 
 
And then...
 
 
The next day was really fun...
 
Uncle Tony stopped by on his way to the office...
 
 
Locklan loves to feed us plastic food and I don't know why the helmet...
 
After Uncle Tony left, we got out the Play-Doh!
 
 
 
We had to stay in our jammies because the frog...
 
 
The one with a squeaky voice and who lives on my top step...
 
 
Said we could not go upstairs and get dressed!
 
Now do you see why I keep going on and on and on about him?
 
So here's the question:
 
Should I change the name to Red Sock Grandma?
 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Trick or Treat!

Yesterday was Locklan's first trick-or-treat night out. 
 
 Mom, Ashley, had to work (she's a RN) and Tony was late leaving his office,
so after Andy and I got him in his costume,
 
 
And he got to liking it...
(even though he was the one to choose it)
 
 
(He calls it his horsie)
 
He headed out the front door!
He saw neighborhood kids and shouted at them,
"Hey guys, I have a horsie!" 

Mindy joined them and they headed out into our neighborhood.
 
 
It was soooo cute, his little tail wagging!
 
But I think he enjoyed passing out treats to the other kids...
 
 
 
But it was a long night...pretty soon he was ready to come in
and play with Dad, Uncle Tony and Aunt Min...
 
 
Incidentally, this is the same pumpkin!
 
 
 
 
Family!  Gotta love it!