Monday, June 6, 2016

An Afternoon with Campbell Walker and Indy Thomas - June 5, 2016

Yesterday we had another afternoon with the grandsons. This time Michael and Estée went out for lunch together - I think for the first time alone since the boys were born.

When we arrived Indy Thomas was asleep so we had an extended time alone with Campbell Walker. He wasn't a bit concerned that his parents left. One time he did look around the house saying, 'baby,' but we said Indy was asleep so all was fine. The big deal was Play-Doh. They keep it in a basket and he wanted each of the little cups, one by one. 'More Play-Doh' he would say after he'd opened one.

Working hard and very patiently to get it out.


And so happy when he did it.


I have a wonderful little movie of him saying 'ta-da' when he got it out. I wish I could post it without it having to be on youtube.

For his second birthday, Margaret's friend, the queen of paper mache who made the wedding 'cake' for Matthew and Margaret, made Campbell a Daniel Tiger which he loves.



She made a Postman Pat for Hazel's second birthday.


For Indy's first birthday we commissioned a Curious George. Both Hazel and Campbell got them for their firsts as well, Hazel a pug, and Campbell a dog playing piano. We'll probably stop after Indy turns two, but they are sure fun to look at, and love.

We spent a lot of time doing 'cheers.'



I went up to peek in at Indy, and he was just waking up.


I put this on Instagram and called it 'Pop sandwich.'


Can you tell that Indy is crying? We all went downstairs, and Tom and Campbell watched Sarah & Duck, while I went out into the three-season room so we could hear the rain, and I sang and sang for about half an hour until his parents came home. At first he couldn't stop crying, and then he began to settle down until he just cried a tiny bit. I felt good that I was able to soothe this little fellow who had only been alone with me twice.

So, the little things that make up an afternoon in childhood. They seem little, but they are the building blocks of a happy, contented life. Tom and I had a wonderful time.

23 comments:

  1. Simple pleasures are the best...ta da

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  2. It must have been disconcerting for Indy Thomas to wake up not where he fell asleep and then not immediately see his parents, but it's great that you were able to soothe him. The play-doh 'ta-da' is awesome and so are the cheers :) And I love the paper mache figures. Those are amazing.

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    1. Oh, I must have said it wrong. Indy woke up where he fell asleep. We were down at their house. But yes, he didn't see his folks right off. I was very happy that my little songs calmed his sadness. Thank you for your comment. Makes me happy.

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    2. You didn't say anything wrong. I realized it was my lapse in comprehension :)

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  3. Two of our grandchildren (and their mother) have been living with us for the past two years. You are so right that the small moments are what lay the foundation - of your relationship with them, and of their lives. Your grandchildren are blessed to have you in their lives. (And vice-versa, I'm sure!)

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    1. Lucky you! Do you remember the most wonderful tv show - Brooklyn Bridge? Art Garfunkel sang the theme song. Was it on in Canada? The grandparents lived upstairs in the apartment building. And yes, vice-versa. They bring more happiness than I can express.

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  4. Nan, your grandchildren are beautiful. I can see why they are such a source of joy to you both. My mother, 75, is helping her granddaughter (my niece) look after her two children. She loves spending time with her granddaughters.

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    1. Oh, thank you! Your mum is only 7 years older than I am! What a kind, helpful, loving thing for her to do! I hope I have that energy when I am 75! Thanks for your comment.

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    2. Thank you, Nan. She is fortunate to see her great-granddaughters grow up.

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  5. What is a three-season-room? I like the sound of it, and it has made me curious! Some kind of conservatory? (you mention rain)
    A good time for everyone; the parents were able to spend time alone together, the boys had their grandparents around, and you had the grandsons all to yourselves :-)

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    1. Nothing so grand as a conservatory! It's just a room that is too cold to use in the winter. We saw and heard the rain through the screen door.

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  6. Whoever taught Campbell Walker to say "ta da" is a genius. I would probably never get tired of hearing that.

    They are both adorable!! (but you know that already)

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    1. Hazel says it, too. I guess both my kids taught it to their kids! It is so precious.

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  7. Beautiful grandchildren you have (smile). Enjoy them while they're so small. Our new grandchild is due next week.

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    1. Oh, lucky you!! How many do you have?

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  8. What a beautiful post... simple pleasures really are the best! How can I find you on instagram? I'm lakesidemusing there if you don't mind other bloggers following you :)

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    1. Thank you! I'll email you about instagram.

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  9. Nan, your joy over these darling children flows like honey into your words and your photos. Moments to savor, for sure.
    Love those paper mache creations.

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    1. Thank you for your words. They really are perfect joys, all three of them! Let me know if you ever want to buy one, and I'll put you in touch with the creator. She makes piñatas, too.

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  10. such wonderful memories you will have
    my little ones now 10 and 14
    and two older in their 20's
    but I have many wonderful memories
    and you bring back so many
    with your sharing...

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    1. I'm so happy for you and your grandchildren. The years go too fast, and I realize it much more now than when I was a mother of little ones.

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