Monday, August 18, 2014

A Macaroni & Cheese kind o' Week

Last Sunday, after Garbos' long morning walk, I climbed into the car and drove half way to LA to pick up the South Cal grand kiddles.  Yesterday we made the same trip in reverse.  Meeting at Mac D's (one of my least favorite places) in Kettleman City to make the child exchange.

It was a very good morning for the Little Man E as he had a big plate of plättar = swedish mini pancakes before we left and then regular american pancakes at McDonalds!  Both versions drowned in maple syrup!  Oh YUM.  The rest of us eating eggs on a toasted english muffin.
It was a wild week!  Intense!  Pretty much Non Stop!

Garbo was in heaven.... having her OWN kids to play with, all the six days!  Talk about a happy puppy!  Even she got tired!

A week when I reflected on times long ago, with the now grown grandchildren, spending time with us.  A time when our  energy  and our  patience was at a different level.  Mariposa was a particularly special place during the grand children's young growing up years.  A place with lot's to do.  If we were not cooking, baking or making Ice Cream there was a bubble pool, there was lot's of dirt, lot's of animals, a forest to explore, and a creek to pan gold in.  There was the yearly Mariposa State Fair, where one could ride those rides until one got sick! :-)  But oh, I am looking backwards,  I am digressing.....

This last week, with the two youngest grandkids we did similar things down scaled!  Miss S who is growing tall and lanky, enjoys cooking and baking just as much as her predecessors.  We ate a lot of good food, Miss S and I sharing a Lutfisk Dinner one evening, with the traditional cream sauce, potatoes and little green peas!  Too bad The Future Chef was not here!!  Little Man,well, if it is not Macaroni and Cheese, Grilled Cheese or Hot Dogs, forget about it!.... No despair! We used to have someone who ate little but ramen noodles, for many a year:-)

There was Golf Camp.  Miss S participated in a three day event and seemed to have a great time.  Little E changed his mind, decided to not go... maybe next year,  he said.

There was dog walking with Little E inline skating on the golf cart paths, he is really good at it!
Miss S also used her roller skates a couple of times.  She is good too.

There were visits to the grocery store, visits to the dog park, shelf building lessons for Little E at Uncle R's one afternoon, and swimming at Garbo's friend Yuki's house two times.  Yuki, the worlds most adorable Aussie, lives near Auntie M's house and she took them there for some water fun.  The kids could skip their baths!  Hurrah!

Boompa showed Miss S lot's of photographs of her Dad, from his life before her time.  That was fun too! It gave her much to think about.

There were of course, the regular squabbles between siblings.  Big Sis is VERY protective and helpful (for the most part) with her little Bro, who runs on two throttles!  He is either uproariously happy or he is mad. Like the faucet.... cold or hot? But when he laughs, well,  it is one of those laughs that makes you laugh right along.

She is like all Big Siblings...a bit bossy!  Yea, you get it!  It can be a lethal combination at times.

It was fun!  But let me say that last night I soaked in the tub filled with hot water, Epsom salt and lavender essential oil!
It felt REALLY good!

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