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New Pink Tricycles

A few days ago I wrote about a UPS delivery.  Two pink tricycles were delivered to our door.  We opted to purchase identical tricycles to minimize the fighting of who rides which tricycle (it worked!).

Our granddaughters rode their tricycles for the first time today.

Harper and June rode their tricycles to the end of our street.  We were practicing for when they will ride the tricycles to the playground.

The girls are riding back towards our house.

The girls need to build their leg muscles.  It is a lot longer ride to the playground than it is to the end of our street.

Harper and June like their new pink Radio Flyer tricycles!

When the girls returned to our back yard from their short ride, they parked their tricycles and said they were “taking a break”.

Day at Camp

Yesterday Bob and I took our granddaughters to my brother and sister-in-law’s camp, located near St. Mary’s, PA. We picked up the girls at their house at 9:00 am. It warmed my heart, when I saw Harper and June sitting on their porch step waiting for us. Stacey said the girls were very excited to go with us to camp.

We arrived at camp around 10:30 am. The drive to camp was uneventful. The girls stayed awake for the entire 1 ½ hour drive and did well entertaining themselves with the books and small toys that were available in a basket between their seats.

Harper and June’s activities at camp included swinging on a tire and on a swing; playing hide ‘n seek and story time with Kaitlyn.  A guy, who has a camp two camps up from Jim and Judy’s camp, had captured recently three rattlesnakes nearby.  I am glad we didn’t come across any rattlesnakes, while at camp! While playing hide ‘n seek, an older girl was with Harper and June at all times just in case they came upon a snake!  Another fun activity was making Styrofoam snowmen.

 

Making Styrofoam snowmen

It was Christmas in July at camp this year.  Dinner, which we didn’t stay for, was going to be turkey and all the trimmings.

A small part of the hill across from camp was decorated for Christmas. My sister-in-law gave Harper and June a reindeer and snowman to take home, when we left camp at the end of our visit.

Oh, and I have to share a dialogue that my great niece, Anna (seen in this photograph helping Harper tie her shoes), and I had.  When Harper and June changed into their swimsuits, Judy gave each of them one of Anna’s shirts to put on as a coverup.  Anna was not around at the time.  Anna noticed Harper’s shirt later in the day.  Here’s how the conversation went between Anna and me.

Anna:  I have a shirt similar to the shirt that Harper is wearing.

Me:  Oh?  How is your shirt different?

Anna (after a short pause):  It doesn’t have a heart on it.

Me:  Do you have a shirt similar to the one that June is wearing?

Anna:  No; I don’t have a purple shirt.

We brought Harper and June’s 3 wheelers with us.  Jim and Judy had a couple 3 wheelers and a ride-on jeep at the camp.

Harper and June and these two boys had a fun time riding round and round.

We didn’t stay for dinner, but we did eat lunch at camp.

This was the children’s table.

Lunch included hot dogs, sausage, butterfly steaks, Buffalo Chicken Dip with chips, raw vegetables, and fruit.

After lunch (and changing into swimwear), we walked down to the creek.

The kids dropped their Styrofoam snowmen into the creek.

Whose snowman would reach the finish line first?

June’s snowman made it to the finish line first!

This was the second year that Bob and I have taken Harper and June to camp.  The girls were much more brave in the water this year than they were last year.

Harper and June braved the cold water and sat down in the creek!

 

Thank you, Amber, for helping me to keep an eye on the girls in the creek!

Another highlight from a day at camp was when Harper and June met a friendly giant.

Harper and June were enamored with Troy.  I think the feeling was mutual.

We left camp around 4:00 pm and dropped off Harper and June at home around 5:30 pm.  The day at camp wore out Harper and June.  The girls slept all the way home!

UPS Delivery

UPS stopped at our house late this morning.  The box that they left on our front porch was too bulky and heavy for me to take inside.

 

20150710_155245952_iOSI unpacked the box outside on our porch.

I shared this photograph on Facebook shortly before 1:00 pm.  As of 3:40 pm today, I had received two comments suggesting what might be in the unopened boxes.  Tim wrote “New long distance lens?“.  Richard asked “60#s of newspaper wrapping?”.  I will end the suspense.

Radio-Flyer-pink-tricycle
Photo obtained from babyology

We purchased two pink Radio Flyer tricycles for our granddaughters to use, while at our house.  Aren’t they going to be surprised!

Independence Day at Home

Our July 4th activities began shortly before 11:00 am, when we met my stepdaughter Stacey, our twin granddaughters, and Chris (Stacey’s mother) to watch Warren’s 4th of July parade. We met at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Carver Street, at the start of the parade.

Harper and June did not stay in those chairs for very long.

The parade lasted 2 hours, and I spent most of that time sitting on the ground, cross legged, with Harper on one knee and June on the other. Stacey, Chris and Bob stood for the duration of the parade.

See the man and boy who are wearing patriotic hats?

That man, his wife and son were already at this parade location, when we arrived.  They moved their chairs over to allow room for Harper and June’s chairs.  Harper and June pushed their chairs back because they didn’t want to sit at the front, alone, beside strangers. I sat down where the chairs had been.  Harper and June liked that seating arrangement.

Brett Fallon

A highlight of Warren’s 4th of July parade is the candy that is tossed (and handed) to the children.  The older children in this picture went out of their way to make sure Harper and June got candy.

Neither Harper nor June like loud noises.  June is even more sensitive to loud noise.  The fire trucks hit their sirens in the parade.  You could count on June holding her hands to her ears, whenever that happened.

Harper and June liked the Zem Zem Hornets and their Go-Karts.

This was the first year Bob and I saw the parade with Harper and June. The girls liked the parade, and I am so happy that we were able to share the experience with them.

 

Time Spent With Granddaughters

Bob and I watched Harper and June for several hours during the afternoon of July 1st. The girls were here from around 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm. Bob took off work at 1:00 pm to spend time with the girls too.

Soon after their arrival, Bob and I took the girls to a nearby playground.

Harper and June enjoyed riding in the wagon to the playground.

 

The girls had fun at the playground.

Harper and June went down the slide together.

In addition to having fun riding in the wagon and at the playground, the girls enjoyed riding their tricycles, blowing bubbles, and playing games on the iPad at our house.  We have a “game chair” at our house.  Each girl, individually, is given 20 minutes game time on the iPad.  I have the Starfall app on my iPad.  We pay $35.00 for an annual subscription.  The girls really like the Starfall app.  It is an entertainment choice that should provide them years of enjoyment.

While June was on my iPad, Harper and I checked out a children’s book from the online library that I could read on my Kindle Fire. Harper selected the book, “Dancing Feet”, by looking at the book covers.

Dancing Feet
Photo obtained from Amazon

Harper liked the elephant on the front cover. There were only two pages in the book about the elephant. It was so cute, when Harper told Bob we had to be quiet because we were in the library!

 

“One of life’s most simple pleasures is spending time with those we love …” ~ Ash Sweeney

 

Backyard Picnic

Bob’s daughter, Stacey, and our twin 3-year-old granddaughters joined Bob and me for a backyard picnic this afternoon.

Our picnic fare included hot dogs, hamburgers, coleslaw, macaroni salad, potato chips and strawberries.

 

A folding child-size picnic table would be a nice addition to our pavilion, but the table and chairs that the girls use inside the house worked well.

Stacey’s mom told me that Harper and June knew about S’mores from one of their storybooks but had not yet eaten one.  We introduced the girls to S’mores this afternoon.

June was upset, at first.
She just wanted the chocolate.

We finally convinced June to take a bite of the S’mores.
All she got that first bite was marshmallow.

I don’t think June liked how gooey a S’mores is.

Harper sat down on the pavilion step to eat her S’mores.

Harper enjoyed her S’mores.

We had a good time today and look forward to the next picnic.

Hanging Out With Our Granddaughters

My husband and I have three-year-old twin granddaughters.  Bob’s daughter and the girls live near us, so we have the opportunity to see Harper and June on a regular basis.

 

On Monday, June 1, Harper and June hung out with me for a couple hours, while Stacey was taking care of some errands. The two hours went by fairly quickly.  The girls and I went for a short walk, as soon as they arrived. When we came back from our walk, we used sidewalk chalk to draw numbers and houses on the driveway.

June’s artwork

Harper’s artwork

We blew bubbles.

Harper and June blowing bubbles

It was a chilly day, so we spent more time on indoor activities than outdoor activities.  Inside the girls took turns playing games on the iPad (20 minutes each), read books, watched TV, looked at videos on my iPhone, and helped me move laundry from the washing machine to the dryer.  The girls talked with our great niece, Elise, on FaceTime too. Elise is about 6 months older than Harper and June.  The girls, all three of them, had such a good time seeing/talking with each other on FaceTime. June wanted to tell Elise that her baby got soaked in bubble water (June caused the bubble container to fall down…an accident…the baby was the only casualty). Harper wanted to show Elise her baby. Elise sang “Jesus Loves Me”. June sang the ABC song, while Harper sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” at the same time as June.

Harper and June enjoyed hanging out with Grandma.

 

 

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