NO TIME TO BLOG–busy having fun with guests especially grand kids.

I have had very little time the past month or so to blog or to write. We have had an influx of family and friends come to Florida  to escape the reoccurring, snow storms, ice, bitter cold and power outages.

Our son and daughter in law and two little princesses came for a visit. They were happy to see us and we noticed a big change in the kids especially the little red headed baby. These two were the darlings around the pool. They were quiet, sweet and gentle and loved swimming. It was a pleasure watching my son, interacting with his daughters in the water and being such a great dad. We must have done something right as parents! The just turned 3 year old decided that when she was in Florida, she was going to be Allie the Cow. When someone said hello to her, she answered “moo”. This little lady made one gentleman very happy,  He lives here and sometimes brings his guitar poolside. Those that reside here take his soft playing for granted and no longer pay much attention to his performance. He plays mainly for his own satisfaction, but he was thrilled when “Allie the Cow” wandered over, sat down beside him and listened attentively while he played. She told him that he played his guitar really well and conversed with him about his music for a long time.

I shared adventures with my family at various parks including Sugar Sand Park in Boca which has an old fashioned Merry Go Round. The attendant was hard working. As the horses went round and round , he constantly chattered. All we heard was “Whoopee, Giddiup, Howdy Cowboy,  Hello Princess”  over and over and over again. That poor man must have a hoarse throat [ pun intended] every night.

A couple of rainy days cancelled out some planned outings, but a science centre and indoor mall area helped save the days.

We missed the four of them when they left, but a few days after their departure  our daughter , son in law and their two little boys arrived. I was afraid the toddler wouldn’t recognize me, but when he saw me, he ran up to me and threw his arms around me. I  picked him up and he wouldn’t let me put him down. My heart melted. Our two young grand sons definitely were not as quiet or gentle as their female cousins, but they were every bit as delicious, even though they did get into more mischief and sometimes antagonized each other. They also enjoyed the pool. The baby had no fear of the water and the 5  year old exhibited good swimming skills.

I accompanied my daughter and the older boy to see the Lego movie. I also accompanied the four of them to the Children’s Museum in Miami. I am glad I did. Where else could you find a Carnival cruise ship, a fire station, a construction site with the same name as my grandson, a Publix that sells rubber chickens and whole lobsters as well as numerous other  hands on displays housed in the same building. I am not sure who had more fun, the baby, the kid who owns the  construction site, the parents or the grandma.

It was great having everybody here, but I need a little time to recuperate. I learned three things:

1–you need to be young to raise kids

2 –toys are obsolete. cell phones, I pods and any electronic device, where kids can play      games or watch their favourite thing is the way to go.

3 –kids are brilliant. Even toddlers can navigate their way around the internet and   download programs of their choice on their personal devices or devices begged or borrowed from their parents. When we return home I intend to take lessons from my young grandchildren  Hopefully they will have more patience with me than my offspring.

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  • Elaine & David Blackstien
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About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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2 Responses to NO TIME TO BLOG–busy having fun with guests especially grand kids.

  1. Oh yes I hear you – or more appropriately “read you loud and clear.”
    My beautiful granddaughters are the same age. I’m looking forward to help with various pc programs on their next visit! (Any gift advice for a 3 yr. old birthday next month?)


  2. epsnider says:

    For our granddaughter’s 3rd birthday I wanted to get her a dollhouse. My daughter in law suggested
    we buy a Calico critters town house. Extra furniture and extra critters can be bought separately. Apparently our three year old loves it. Enjoy your beautiful granddaughters.


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