Tuesday, December 31, 2019

How did we all entertain that 3 year old?

A grand time with our granddaughter and her parents! She was happily busy the whole time and we enjoyed their visit tremendously. BTW, naps are a feature of the past so there were more hours to fill and it didn't rain but was cold and very windy so we were mostly indoors anyway. Thanks for all of your suggestions.

She brought her scooter and helmet so that burned up some energy after a long drive to get here.

She used the few dress up items I had stashed especially loving to wear the fascinator I had left from my older son's wedding. The mardi gras bead necklaces moved around with each of us getting our turn to wear them. I'm not good at taking selfies but here one is.

She loves to help so she set the table and helped her Mom wrap some presents.

She still played with a puzzle, xylophone  and toy car I had and thought might be too young for her. Creative imagination is a wonderful part of being 3. The xylophone hammer became her "bone" as she pretended to be a dog much to the confusion of our dog lol.

Out of the 4 books I borrowed from the library one was a very much repeated favorite because "it's funny!" and another got a fair work out. She bought her "Frozen" story book which was read a lot too.

Speaking of Frozen, we thought Frozen 2 would be too dark for her, but she had already seen it once and was eager to see it again so we all went to see it in the afternoon. At 3 the darker messages in the story seemed to go right over her head which was good. She is starting to ask questions about death (Mommy where is your Daddy?) but doesn't have an emotional or much of any reaction to the concept yet.

She helped build a "castle" using a table covered with blankets and she filled it with pillows and a quilt. At one point all 5 of us managed to at least get our heads in there at her request.

Lots of games of Go Fish, Hide and Seek, and Keep all the Balloons in the Air  the latter of which provoked peals of laughter.

She got to play Papa's drum set and we learned she has a really good sense of rhythm and timing. Not surprising since both her Mom and Dad are musicians.

We made breakfast for lunch and then they moved on to our other son's house and we will join them tomorrow to see the Rose Parade and have brunch making it a great start to the New Year.


  1. Ah, such a fun read, makes me happy and sad at the same time. You get that, I'm sure. So hard when they live far away.

    We see ours in two weeks. ☺

  2. She's a cutie. I'm glad you two had a good time together.

  3. What a lovely time you had. I am glad that you all enjoyed yourselves.

    God bless.

  4. What a fun stage. My Grand Girls loved dressing up and I had quite an accumulation by the time there was two of them. I still have books from the younger stages and now they play school and read them to dolls. I loved that age but boy did they wear me out!

    1. The dog and I took a 2 hour nap right after they left LOL. Wonderful and exhausting compared to my usual quiet life.

  5. Love that your little one enjoys imaginative play. Got a kick out of her improvisation with the xylophone stick. Lucia, my 3 year old, loves stuffed animals most of all. Neither of my girls cared much for them but Cia does. We play many games of 'bunnies' with her stuffed bunny menagerie. And we play 'pretending' where I am the teacher and she is the student (in the car, usually) or I am the mommy and she is the kitty.

    1. Ah yes - we were her students too. Such a delightful age. You are lucky to see your little one a lot.


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