August 1, 2009
Grandparents.com has a great list of games to keep the kids occupied while travelling in the car, waiting in traffic in the car, waiting in line, waiting at the doctor’s office, or wherever. Grandson Austin loves to play the Bridge Game that I taught him while we are in the car in the city or suburbia. I learned it as a child from my grandpa.
It is part of the game to be the first one to say “Bridge coming!” to get the attention of the rest of the people in the car. As we get closer to the bridge – can’t be too far away – we time it with Ready, Set, and Wheeeeeee for as long as it takes to go under it. For tunnels we try to hold our wheeeeee to last as long as the tunnel.
Attention lags when there aren’t many bridges – except he came up with a variation on his own (He’s 3) on the last trip. He started pointing out highway/interstate/freeway sign ‘bridges’ that went over the road. As we went under , he said “Whe” short and sweet. It was too funny – and immediately became a variation of the game.
June 8, 2009
There is a new Whitewater Park at Rock Park in Sparks, NV. Now there is quite the rapids to get through if you start at Reno and float your way down to Sparks on the Truckee River! Overcoming early obstacles, the revamping of the river at Rock Park is the start of river restoration that’s taking place. More info is here.
May 30, 2009
Consider getting Grandpa Do It! I Do It, Too! for Grandpa for father’s Day!
Every day experiences turn into special moments for Grandpa Ron and Grandson Austin. The book captures some of those moments. It is a picture book with Austin-like sentences to describe the pictures. Most of the pictures are from photographs when 2 and a half year old Austi spent a week with us in Reno. Others are from Seal Beach and Long Beach, CA and the Portland, OR area. I turned the photos into drawings using photo applications.
It hits on the message that we may seldom be given the opportunity to know the impact we make on another, even very young, individual. Live as though it will happen always and then cherish the memories. It demonstrates “family relationship togetherness” and little ones watching and learning from grown-ups – namely grandpa! It helps foster self-esteem and demonstrate how every day activities can be special. Just taking the time to go places, explaining things to kids and playing with the kids can be something they remember for the rest of their lives.
There are some blank pages at the end of the book for you to put your favorite family photos or memories or the kids could draw themselves with their family. When they are all grown up 20 years later it will be fun to rediscover those special pages at the end!
The story has a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 1.8.
The book is printed in the USA.
I call it a children’s book. Grandpa Ron calls it a grandparent’s book. Read it and decide for yourself! The kids enjoy talking about the activities and details in the pictures. The adults remember their own special moments – either as kids with their grandparents or as grandparents with their grandkids. Oh, and moms and dads get their own flashbacks, too!
I do it, too!!
Click the Amazon link on the right hand side of this page or click here to purchase!
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