One of my daughter’s favorite summer vacation destinations (alone): Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
This year’s stay got a bit of an extension because — “We just don’t get everything done in a week”, she said.
So after a two week stay this time around, she came back home with lots of fun memories of junking, gardening, picnics, cousins, parties in the chicken house, fishing, art projects, dribbling competitions with my dad, sleeping in and ‘air conditioning’. (her first question when we picked her up was…do you have the air conditioning on at home?) Funny.
They explored Grandma’s newest addition to the gardens (she’s been helping my mom garden since she was in diapers — for some reason, she finds it more fun there than at home…*laugh) –have to admit though, my mom’s garden is what you would call more colorful and playful than ours….her latest surprise was Gnomeville. Madeline LOVED it…it was like a miniature village and after having seen the movie, she had all kinds of playful plans for her and her new friends. Her only suggestion was that Grandma needed more ‘blue hats’…
Madeline got her started on her gnome collection with these two little gems several years back… (and to think, I laughed when Madeline would always pick them out for birthdays, mothers days, etc…wondering where Grandma was going to display them…::)
We’ve all cracked some fun at the yard ornaments out there, especially the ‘gnomes’…but I gotta say, I’m thinkin’ they may be back en kitschy vogue! Love how she used all the driftwood, log slices, mosses, and miniature structures….all nestled in amongst her perennials…….
Even the trees got a ‘mushroom’ trim….
When maddie wasn’t rearranging Gnomeville, she had plenty of other adventures like going out on the river with Grandpa and raising nets for the first time. (not the best place to be sporting ‘white’ pants, she found out)
They made aprons out of some old valences that Maddie discovered in a junk pile.
And she came home with some mad box building skills…..
This now sits outside my office…..
I too spent a lot of time at my grandparents growing up. Good times.
Cheers to Grandparents everywhere….AND GNOMES!!!