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A Time to Treasure

June 2, 2011

This week with our granddaughter has been a time to treasure. A week is just a tiny snapshot in the life of a 2-year-old. She will be very different the next time we see her.

Even with a lot of activity with extended family, Piper and I have managed some quality time, just the two of us, in the garden and doing art. She loved picking English peas. Then she discovered you could eat them right out of the pod.

Next we pulled up a few radishes. Notice that in this picture she has a mouth full of peas.

Then later, of course, we had to have a little art time. Here she is admiring a few of her paintings.

The circles of color are made from the leftover paints in her paper plate palette. After she had painted for a while with temperas, I cut the bottom out of the paper plate palette so it would be a flat piece. Then I lightly sprayed it with water and together we made three monoprints from it, each time re-spraying the plate. The palette itself ended up looking pretty too.

Here is Piper’s art show.

The Printing “Plate”

First Monoprint

Second Monoprint

Third and Final Monoprint

Last evening we baby sat Piper so her Mother and Dad could go out on a date. Rituals are always an important thing for a toddler, so we were given a list showing her bedtime routine in sequence. They said not to worry, that if we got something out of order, she would let us know! The routine goes like this:

  • Brush teeth
  • Potty
  • Bath
  • Lotion
  • Diaper
  • Pajamas
  • Story
  • Bed – Noise machine (rain sound)
  • Note:  If met with resistance, have the stuffed doggie or the teddy bear turn off the light.

Everything went off without a hitch. Treasured times.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2011 5:40 pm

    Aren’t little girls wonderful. My grand-daughter is now 10. We do different things now than we did when she was two but they are always wonderful. This week she showed me how to use the self check-out at the grocery store. I knew, but I was delighted to watch her show me how. Apparently, you need to throw your entire body as you scan the bar code across the glass. Who knew?? Enjoy your Piper time

  2. June 2, 2011 7:25 pm

    “… have the stuffed doggie or the teddy bear turn off the light…” — this is so cute, it almost moves me to tears.

    • June 3, 2011 5:55 am

      I know, Eva, isn’t that just so typical of a little one’s thought process? It also works, because I had to resort to it the day before for her nap.

  3. pat q permalink
    June 2, 2011 11:00 pm

    Martha, Piper is adorable. What a delight! I think she is a budding artist following in her grandmother footsteps. I love the colors.
    I think the garden harvest went well too.

    • June 3, 2011 5:56 am

      Pat, it’s always so much fun doing art with the kids. They come to expect it at my house! (And art-related presents too.)

  4. Sandra permalink
    June 3, 2011 2:37 am

    What a lovely time you’ve had! And I can see an artist in the making.

  5. June 3, 2011 10:35 am

    Just so precious. And an artist in the making too. Perfect!

  6. June 3, 2011 7:06 pm

    She’s gorgeous Martha and an artist!

    • June 6, 2011 6:08 am

      Thank you, Vikki. Of course that they’re all born artists. It’s just so nice to watch them create their own beauty.

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