Monday, February 27, 2017

Elliott's Craft Day at Nanaland

Our little house guest is back in Birmingham. While he was here we did this craft project. Of course, Nana added his name but he did the painting in the background.

I saw this idea on Facebook last week and knew it was the perfect craft for a three year old. You can use a canvas, a piece of tagboard or in this case, I had a piece of wood in my craft stash.

Allow the child to choose three colors of acrylic paint. Elliott chose Green, Purple and Blue.  The adult places blobs of these three colors over the surface to be painted. Then you tear off a piece of Saran Wrap and lay it over the area.  The child then can smash and blur the paints as he wishes.  After the child has done all the mixing...take off the saran wrap and let it dry.  I have to say, I really liked the effect we got and when you lift off the wrap, you get a pretty swirled effect.

I know Elliott was glad to get back home to his family. While we were there, Katy told us that Baylor is really making progress in using his words. His teachers and therapists are very pleased with this burst of  speech.  Katy said one of his therapists was moved to tears when Katy related to her how Baylor had used several words to ask his mom for something. Small steps but we will take them.

We have a busy week ahead here in Nanaland. Missions Conference is coming up this weekend at our church and that is always something to look forward to! Cleaning is on my to do list this week. Spring Cleaning that is...I have a list and I hope to get some major cleaning and decluttering done.

Friday, February 24, 2017

String Art Finishes

Here are some of the finishes...we have a talented bunch of girls.  Be sure and scroll down and see the part one of this post.

We are heading to Birmingham  early in the morning. Our house will be a little quieter, cleaner and more organized!  We sure have enjoyed his sweet hugs, kisses and love of all things cars and trucks.

MOPs String Art

Our steering team has outdone themselves this year with all our great crafts.  We worked on String Art at this meeting. I had never done any string art before but it was fun.

My other Mentor Grandmother, Michie, was busy hammering in those nails.

The floor seemed to be the place for pounding nails.

Here I am carefully placing all my nails.

Angela's pretty heart.

The beginning of the unicorn that Jamey drew.

Lindsey was very ambitious with her art.

One of my favorites...

This sweet lady is an artist...can you tell???

Here is my finished project on my cross wall. I think I am a bit too OCD to really enjoy this I kept wanting to move my strings.  I will do another post of the finishes the ladies posted on FB. Be sure and look for them.

Flying Around the Neighborhood

Cousin Scott had his drone flying on Tuesday and he shared this picture with me.  You can see our pond in the  upper middle right of the picture The trees have hidden our house.  The sky is so beautiful...thank you God for creating so many things that we take for granted!

Off to MOPs today. We are doing a craft so hopefully I will have something to share with y'all tomorrow.  Grandpa has babysitting duty while I am gone. As Elliott will tell you, Grandpa is more fun than Nana. Grandpa lets Elliott play in the dirt for as long as he wants to do so. Of course, Nana gets to do the bath to clean up that scamp. Elliott is not a fan of baths..."I'm not dirty." he tells me.:)

Have a good day Bloggy Friends. If you are looking for some new You Tube VLOGS...check out Dixie Delights. I have read Amanda's blog for years so I was glad to see she posted some videos last week. Be sure and check out the tour of her mother's home in Savannah, all decorated for Christmas. I got several ideas for Christmas 2017 here at Nanaland.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lenten Thoughts

As Lent approaches I have been thinking of ways to make this time in the liturgical year most effective in my life. Not all Protestants embrace Lent but I have found that some discipline and self sacrifice has been meaningful for me in my Christian Walk.

I have decided to give up Bread for Lent this year. I am one of those people who truly could eat bread as my only food. I love it that much!! So it will take some real effort on my part to decline it for 40 days.  And while giving up one thing, I am going to also do something positive. I will write out a note or card each day and mail them to friends and family to encourage them.  One of my Catholic cousins told me that their priest asked them to not only give up something put to use the Lenten Season to make a difference in some way. The choice was up to them as to how to put this in practice.  My cousin and his wife made the decision to attend early Mass and pray for others each day of Lent.  Now they live in the Chicago area so getting up in the extreme cold and getting to church at 6 am every morning took a lot of self discipline as well.  I find it very interesting how God speaks to all His children in different ways. I do think all these things build our spiritual muscles. I don't know about you but I need this...i can get pretty flabby.

I saw this cute photo on FB...

I could also use some discipline in my craft room as well.  Right now on one of my cross stitch FB groups, some ladies are Stitching from Stash this year.  They can only purchase something when they have completed a project that has been in progress.  Because I do stick to a budget in my crafting, I do not tend to have a big stash of fabric or floss but those patterns call my name.

Off to have lunch with the Besties at Panera today.( Gotta get that bread while I can!!) Grandpa is babysitting Elliott. I hope those boys behave while I am gone!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Rolling Store

My cousin came across this old picture of her mama that was in our hometown newspaper many years ago.

My Aunt Joyce was trading eggs for groceries at The Rolling Store in 1952. When I was a little girl, I remember how excited I would get when The Rolling Store stopped at my grandparents house.  It was a big truck, the back enclosed and filled with all sorts of wonderful things.  Of course all I can remember is the candy!! Grandmother let me get a package of those miniature soda bottles filled with some kind of sweet liquid. You drank the liquid and they you could eat the bottle. Does anyone else remember this candy?  I do remember the man would lower down steps and you climbed up inside the truck. As a small child, it seemed quite the endeavor but it was worth it for a treat.

Someone commented on Facebook that The Rolling Store became the Red Food Stores once Rolling Stores were no longer necessary. The Rolling Store serviced country families that did not have the means to get to the grocery store on a regular basis and you could barter for your goods if you chose to do so. Cash was gladly accepted as well.  It is another way of country life that is now just a memory.

And on the home front.. Little Boys are noisy and messy. How did I forget that? Elliott had a good night's sleep and was up at the crack of dawn which is a good thing since we have to take Kendall and Landon to school this morning.  I am hoping the dreary wet weather leaves soon so we can go to the park and get rid of some energy. No not mine, my energy is already on the wane!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Night on the Town

No not a night on the town for the hubs and me but for Ben and Katy.

While we were in Chatsworth, Katy's mom came to babysit so the young Grimms could attend a charity event held at The Club in Birmingham. Ben's company gave him tickets to attend a benefit for the Glenwood School.  Glenwood is a school for special needs children.  This picture is a framer for sure.  If you have read any of the late  Anne George books about Birmingham( Murder on a Girl's Night Out, Murder on a Bad Hair Day etc), you will have heard of The Club.   I have no illusions to getting to attend an event there but so glad my children had the opportunity.

It is still hard for me to believe that Ben is out networking. This boy was one of the shyest children ever.Although he was shy, he was strong willed and I just about wore out a copy of James Dobson's book, The Strong Willed Child!!  I use Ben as an example at my MOPs group, that you will survive a strong willed child and that character trait stands them in good stead if channeled properly.  I am so proud of Ben and the man he has become.

Speaking of Strong Willed Children, I better see if I can find a copy of that book for this week. Ben's youngest son, Elliott, is coming to spend the week with us. Daddy is out of town on a business trip so Katy asked if I could take Elliott to make it a bit easier on her this week. As she put it in her text to me yesterday, Gird your Loins. My parents always used the phrase, " You are paying for your raising."  Well Ben is paying for his as he got a child that is very similar to him as a child.  Don't get me wrong, Elliott can be the sweetest of children as long as things are going his way! And it is easier to let them go his way, believe me. I did learn a lesson about picking my battles with his daddy so I will try to remember that this week as well.  Prayers appreciated!!