My 2 year old Granddaughter Kaylee loves to invade my scraps box in my craft room! I decided to make a big Santa Bear to hang on the door where we hang all of our Christmas Cards this year. He was so darn cute and I didn't have a particular use in mind for him, but I so wanted to see how adorable he was pieced together so I sized him to about 18 inches tall, and cut an extra for my little helper since the pieces were so big. I figure her Mommy painted her first ceramic piece when she was 2 so why not! (and her high chair, and her hands, and her clothes, and her hair, and a few spots on the floor, and a spot on the wall, and well...you get the picture...lol) So, I made my Santa Bear and of course, as usual, Nikki did a great job creating, and I loved him! I took my bear, supplies, and the pieces for Kaylees bear to the kitchen table so we had lots of room to work. She was so excited! She held up each piece in her pile and I told her what they were, and if she looked like she didn't know what that was I would point to it on my bear. Finally, we through that (which wasn't on my agenda but I found adorable) and I told her what piece to get out of her pile to start. I would put adhesive on it and hand it back to her and tell plus show her at the same time where to put it at. As you can see from her bear she actually did a pretty good job! Her "I can do it myself" "Little Miss Independant" did come out several times too! Hence the reason Santa's nose is on his mustache and beard, and the sole of his one boot is sideways, etc! By the time we had him all together I could tell it was not the right time to do his marker on his face, and I stopped there. Later on when her Mommy got home she did her Santa Bear's face with her Mommy. She sat at the table in her little booster seat and laid her head on the table beside her bear while his face dried, and so Nana could get a picture, but she wouldn't look at me cause she was too busy watching her Santa Bear. These are the moments that Nana scraps in her grandbabies Scrapbooks so when they get older then can remember these special things we did together. I have a scrapbook for each of my 3 grandbabies, and come April when Baby Isabel arrives Nana will start one for her too! I encourage every Grandma to do the same thing! MT memories with my Grandparents are the greatest, and I so wish I had more pictures of the things I did with them growing up! Even things we did together when I was 8 that I have pic of the details are foggy. Never assume your grandchild will remember all those great times that you cherish together.....take it upon yourself to make sure they have pictures and the the details too!
I live in the world of grandbabies. My world revolves around my babies. I am so blessed that 3 of the grandbabies (oh ya and their parents too ..lol) live on the opposite end of our house. They give Nana a reason to get out of bed in the morning! My other grandbabies come and visit too, and Nana loves having them visit too! Everyone that said grandbabies are more fun than your own children were right. All this time I thought they were crazy, until I got my first grandbaby. I am still in awe over how much you can love a child that you didn't give birth to. Of course I love my daughters too, but not near as much as my grandbabies! lol Nana loves you Kaylee, Allan, Clayton, Isabel, and Keegan!