Family Fun With The Kids

Thanksgiving week has begun and many fun family gatherings begin. It’s also the time we can have special time and fun with the grandkids to lure them away from electronic games. Here are two awesome activities friends shared and I thought you will enjoy them as much as I do.


Have great fun and send pictures, we will share them here!


Running Out of Ideas Playing With The Grand Kids?

upside-1What to Do With Grand Kids When You’re Out of Ideas?” Ellen Breslau asks. We grandmothers certainly can relate when after a long day together. You have baked some goodies, read stories and played all the games you could think of. Now you are a bit tired and your creative juice has dried out.
Ellen Breslau comes to your rescue with at least ten ideas of which some will recharge your own creative batteries:

  • Make a video instead of watching on your smartphone, iPad or any video device you have.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt; all kids at any age just love it.
  • Clean the house – add fun to it and you will have a ball.
  • Take out family photo albums with pictures of the kids and their parents when they were kids; kids love to see themselves and the stories you tell them.
  • Visit the fire station, pet store or sports store, . . . and many more fun suggestions.

You will note that, while reading about the various activities and their detailed descriptions, your imagination kicks in. You will enjoy just thinking of all the variations you could add. It happened to me.

This article, “What to Do With Kids When You’re Out of Ideas,” by Ellen Breslau is a keeper for your resource box. It will come in handy at one of those long, rainy days or weekends with the grandkids.

The fun you will have with your grandkids and they with you!

Walking or Running for Meg: A Community Mourns!

crop 400x200Throughout the years we grandparents accumulate a rich repertoire of life experience: highest  joys and deepest sorrows; gains and losses.  We learn to deal with harsh realities in life that make us stronger, more resilient, and wiser.  But we never get used to tragic events that touch our core: FAMILY – families of our children and grandchildren. Such events force us to stop, reflect, and deal with emotions that overwhelm us.

A shock wave traveled fast through our small community in Virginia:  “Meg Cross Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. Meg was an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide.” She was a mother of three young beautiful children. [Read more…]

The Joy of Teaching Grandchildren to Knit

KnittingLooking for a perfect Holiday Gift for your grandchildren?

Knitting with my grandmother were the best times! She was fast; she knew every pattern, how to fix my totally messed up loops or cast-on disaster. And so I learned and loved it. I remember knitting all kinds of cute outfits, scarves and hats for my dolls and later advanced to more ambitious projects, like a sweater, socks or even finger mittens. Just the various gorgeous bright colors and feel of soft textured yarn was and still is an absolute delight. I am still amazed what we can create with simple manipulations of just two long needles and a roll of yarn!  [Read more…]