Posts Tagged ‘grandkids’

My Grandson and Bad Guys

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

My two-year-old grandson Sean Kelly is always on the lookout for bad guys thatIMG_3895 need vanquishing.  If he can’t find any, he settles for a girl cousin.

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Following a grandkids’s orders

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

My eight-year-old granddaughter is going away with her mother for a few days during her spring breakPumpkins 2009 087 from grammar school.  She told me to log onto Facebook on her mother’s account, go to the Farmville
application and feed her puppy, Cuddles.

To make sure I got it right, she wrote out a set of instructions (including sketches).  Click here to see the instructions.  Click on the second ‘puppy’ to open the file.  I programed my cell phone to send me an alert, just to be sure.

Iphones and Grandkids

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

These just go together naturally.  I have five grandkids from 8 1/2 to 2 and they all play games on my Iphone.  The 2 year-old will come up to me and yank on my pants, then say, “play game.”  He sits son my lap (I hold the Iphone!) and we play a few games I downloaded.  In one of them he has to match shapes.  Another teaches him numbers and colors.  My four-year-old granddaughter loves a game called Cookie Doodle.  She rolls out the dough, cuts it with a cookie cutter (the game has dozens of cutters) bakes it, decorates it and then “eats it.”  My seven-year old grandson likes to play battleships while my six-year-old grandson will play anything with movement: car racing, tank battles, Doodle Jump.  The oldest, 8 1/2 is the only one not very interested in playing games on it.

I think the Iphone games are marvelous. It is the best computer gadget I ever bought and I’ve had home computers since they first became available.  Except for the two oldest grandkids, the others can’t read or are just learning, but that doesn’t stop them from playing.  Everything they have to do is instinctive on the Iphone.  All they have to do is what feels natural to them and it works: no reading necessary.  Meanwhile, the young ones are learning skills while entertaining themselves.

I think the new Ipad will become, over time, an invaluable tool to teach kids many subjects while making it fun for them to learn.

Cooking with Grandkids

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Yesterday, my four-year-old granddaughter, Jenni, and I set out to make out own chicken nuggets.  Part of the process involves crushing corn flakes in a plastic bag withswimming 2009 010 a rolling pin.  Alas, my rolling pin was missing.  (I later recalled I lent it to my daughter who never returned it).  In desperation, I pressed a bottle of wine (unopened) into service and finished the recipe.

Who knew a bottle of wine would make such an admirable rolling pin?

An unusual day

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

My wife and I generally watch some of our grandkids for a few hours one or twice a week.  Yesterday (Friday) was quite different.  I picked up two of them, Jenni age 4 and Sean age 2, at one o’clock.  Both parents were at work and their sitter had to leave to attend her college classes.  At five, another pair of kids got dropped off: Anna age 8 and Will age 6.  Part of the deal was I’d cook dinner for all of them.  Jenni and Sean ate chicken nuggets and alphabits (a pasta dish shaped like letters).  Will had a cheeseburger (without a roll) and popcorn chicken (different than the nuggets).  Anna ate popcorn chicken and thin egg noodles.  Around six, the father of Jenni and Sean showed up with another kid: Tom age 7.  Tom ate alphabits and popcorn chicken (cooked fresh) while his father had a hamburger.  I also steamed broccoli. It’s the only green thing the kids will eat; even then it has to be slathered with melted butter or margarine.  Eating broccoli always involves a lot of whining.

After all that, I cooked more hamburgers for my wife and I. All this activity took place in less than an hour.

Now I know what a short-order cooks go through and I don’t envy them their jobs.

Kids Photos

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

This is a public service announcement:

Modern technology has turned a charming tradition into a health hazard. From now on, do not, ever, ask a grandparent if he or she has pictures of their grandkids. Naturally, they do and in the past, you would look at five or six snaps stored in a wallet or a purse. Now, if the grandparent whips out an IPOD or another MP3 player, you are doomed. You will be subjected to endless slide shows of beasties you don’t know, never saw before and will never see in the future. The slide shows will continue until you a) pass out or b) throw up. In either case, you will lost a friend.