Monday, August 19, 2013

Wholly Guacamole!

The best parties of my life are with my little family, when we welcome Terrific Grandkid for the weekend and go out to the current favorite restaurant, Tacos and Tequilas, and have a blast!

This past Friday there was an orchestra rehearsal and Grandkid was there with her upright bass, Jojo, right on time.  She and Jojo always emerge from practice glowing and enthusiastic, the energy shooting out in all directions.  The lady conductor just brings out the best in everyone, I think.

We headed for our favorite eating spot and it was crowded with families, babies and kids everywhere, loud and happy.  We waited a few minutes and got a corner table right behind the guys playing and singing, and we could see right into the kitchen - very clean!

The service and food are excellent, I had wonderful tamales.  They make the salsa fresh there every day, and it's so good.  When my entreĆ© arrives I always pour the bowl of salsa on my plate.

I don't drink and drive, and they don't have non-alcoholic beer, so I get the lemonade which goes great with Mexican food. 

We laughed and talked and hugged each other and shared tastes from our plates.  We have fun together.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Busy Summer, Now Back To School

My terrific grandkid is starting 8th grade very happily, and excited to be back in school.  The first day was great, so I heard.  I am so glad! 

The three times she was with her mom for two week increments, and thus able to visit with us too, were incredibly fun and exciting for us, her Papa and Grammaw.  We made sure to have her favorite meals at home here, eat out at her favorite restaurants, shop in her favorite stores, and let her have down time to watch her favorite tv shows.

Early in the summer she got enrolled in an orchestra camp, and we bought her a double bass to use.  She did so well, she was awarded a scholarship for the orchestra camp in 2014!  She loves playing the bass.  We found a teacher who is happy to provide lessons whenever she can be here, and now the kid is playing Bach. 

She also worked with her Papa planting a vegetable garden and he harvested some sweet 'taters just a couple days ago.  We had lots of cukes and squash.  There were hardly any tomatoes, it's been so rainy there wasn't enough sunshine.

There has been a problem with one of her teeth for a long time, where an infection was resistant and she needed surgery.  We were able to get that done and taken care of, and the antibiotics were over with by the time she had to go back to her father's place.  It was such a relief to get it all behind us. 

She had a good time shopping for school supplies and a few clothes.  We always end up in the bookstore and the comic book store while she's here. 

She is happy to help her mom with all kinds of chores and her grammaw too.  We make sure she has lots of rewards! so she's always motivated.  Not only do we love her like crazy but our funny cat won't leave her side.

I can't think of anything more wonderful than being the grammaw of this extraordinary, lovely and intelligent person as she grows into a fabulous individual.  I only hope she will cherish her own self the way we cherish her.