The youngest pair of “wild children,” “keep me on my toes constantly,”
and cutest little darlings are my two granddaughters, Marley and
Makyah. We have taken to calling them the M & M girls!
I write more frequently of my oldest daughter’s son’s, Micah and Skyler
and about our fresh, unique conversations. I feel bad that I don’t write
quite as often about the two girls who just completed more than a
twenty-four hour long visit!
I have wonderful times with my daughter in law and son’s two youngest
children. I also, when the older ones are home from their visits with
their own father, treasure the older two! (Lara and Landen) Last time I
posted about Lara and Landen, it was on their Grandparents’ Day and
my individual experiences in their classrooms.
We could say I am not partial to any of my grandchildren, but I have
to admit that while with whichever ones I am with, I follow that old love
song’s advice: “Love the one you’re with!” (Just in case you were not
familiar with this one, it was originally a single by Stephen Stills, later
performed with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and there also exists a
Luther Vandross’ rendition.)
During our first exciting part of my visit with the M & M girls, I intended
have the girls try on “fancy” dresses and take photographs of them. I
had lost the shots done about a month ago, due to a glitch or override
on my old digital camera. My youngest daughter gave me a recent gift,
since I am the family chronicler of photos,of a new digital more finer
tuned camera. I was all set to do a fun photo session.
Rounding the girls up from looking at the Halloween decorations,
playing with the baby dolls and other distracting things was became a
monumental event! Marley is great in her second year of preschool,
the “teacher’s pet.” She tries to “mother” (or smother) Makyah and that
just puts Kyah’s “brakes” on! This is a stubborn, willful, and very smart
young two year old! She can go potty, put on and take off her clothes
and prefers the latter procedure best!
So, I enticed Marley by showing her the “princess” dress which would
have made her the cutest flower girl ever in my oldest daughter’s
wedding, had her partner had gone through with it! I am still paying
on the wedding dress and other attirements, as her father is paying
for the reception deposits!
Marley’s parents went the more economical way, a back yard wedding
out by a stream at my daughter in law’s grandmother’s house. Her
son, Landen, was the ring bearer and Lara, was the flower girl. Theirs
was all paid for by themselves, except my donation towards some of
the food and the children’s attire. My brother generously footed the
Marley’s dress is a deep lavendar, I put her hair up on her head in
a bun and got pictures of her holding a posey bouquet with white,
pink and yellow. I then gave her a tied together collection of deep
burgundy roses, white roses and baby’s breath. I will probably end
up developing both, since she is just so cute. Kyah kept walking
around us in her undies, took a turn in the bathroomand cried a bit.
Since her dress was Marley’s from when she was 2 and is a cream
satin one. She wanted to wear purple! (or “poople,” as her little voice
I came up with another way to shoot Marley, not to make it such
a wedding attendant’s but as just a “fancy” dress, by getting one
of my English bone china tea cup sets down and asking her to
pretend to drink from it. She did the cutest thing, even with her
prim expression, at first, maybe she has seen a movie with someone
doing this? She looked “British” in her head held high, chin up and
tea cup in one hand, the other one holding the saucer. I had her sit
sideways for her last, more relaxed shots and she was just leaning
on the back of the chair with one arm on the light oak back, feet
tucked up under her. Her poses with the whole gown covering her
bare toes while standing sideways and looking at me, looked like
What got cooperation out of Makyah? The arrival of her cousin, Micah,
who my oldest daughter had thought arranged a play date with and
he was suddenly at “loose ends.” She was on her way to bowling alley
with my oldest grandson, Sky. They were rushed and Micah looked
at the one girl nearly naked and the other dressed to the hilt and
exclaimed, loudly, I may add, “What in the heck is going on here?!”
(He is four years old and tells me all the time I cannot use the word
shit so I say “shoot” and he also lectures me on saying the “stupid”
tire or “stupid” can or anything inanimate that is not cooperative.
I have had to tell him and the other five grandkids, if they hung out
with my two brothers, we were allowed to say stupid or silly but
no “heck,” “darn,” or “dummit” since there are implications of actual
swear words in those substitutes.)
Anyway, Kyah was told that Micah wanted to go on a flashlight walk,
that we needed to get her portion of the photo sitting done, pronto!
She walked over, got the dress off the bed, stuck her head and arms
into the lovely dress and promptly told “older” sister, Marley to “get
off the chair and leave Nana and me alone!”
I unbuttoned Marley and she went into the living room dressed to
play with Micah. I got a few cute shots with a sort of smile, one with
a smile I had to tickle and do the little chant “This Little Piggy” on
Kyah’s toes and one looking at her hands, pensive shot. I know her
mother, my daughter in law will be happy, since Makyah is a tough
one to get to smile. She is one that when you do get the rare one,
it is like a huge rainbow feeling. You feel successful and in awe, at
the same time!
On our flashlight walk, we had three flashlights and all the lights at
OWU that light the way around their property. We investigated and
looked for the ducks in the creek, crossed two of the three bridges,
looked for walking sticks. (Kyah’s was the thickest and heaviest, of
course. And seeing that stubborn little waif dragging it, rather than
leaning on it as the others did, cracked me up!)
We came to big bright green orbs in the grass, the size of tennis balls.
I saw one half open, knowing there were nuts inside, I pried it with my
fingernails open, there were white mealy worms in there, but finally
I managed to unearth the walnuts! Are you yet realizing how stupid I
was to do this? I am still typing away at the library with pitifully brown
fingers that have endured three soakings in bleach water and every
other kind of cleaning liquid I could find in my house! Never, ever do
When we found some spider web like leaves that were huge and looked
like they belonged in the rainforest, we were excited. Do I know the tree
and am able to impart this knowledge to you? Nope! But each child
wanted to drop their walking sticks and carry these leaves that were
partly green and the rest weblike brown, transparent enough to put
your hand on one side and flash the light through to see the shadow
on your hand. They waved them above their heads like they were
carrying an umbrella made of a leaf. When we got to the tall bridge,
I held each child up to look over the ledge and they shone their light
to see if they could spot a fish or two.
Once home, we made a big effort to clean their hands that “Thank God!”
I had not let them touch the green coated shell of the black walnuts!
We managed to get our p.j’s on, except Micah who would be picked up
around ten o’clock. I served little trays of drinks in sippy cups with lids,
popcorn and 100% fruit snacks.
Nana hates spills! That is when “shit” just comes flying out of my mouth.
I managed very hard to say nothing when, in the morning, maple syrup
was spilled and also, milk. I make fifty cent piece size (some may be like
the old silver dollar sized) pancakes and give little empty applesauce
cups filled with maple syrup. I cut apple slices up to give some extra
nutrition. I was okay with how the two girls ate and wiped them off
fairly successfully. There will need to be a reapplication of carpet
shampoo in one area, but if that is the worst that the carpet endures,
that isn’t too bad!
We watched two movies, one at night: “Hoodwinked” and one in the
morning during our stickers, coloring and making cards for Sweetest
Day time for Mommy, Daddy and Great Grammie Oldrieve. (My Mom)
The animated movie, in the morning, was titled, “Madagascar 3, Europe’s
Most Wanted.” Since this post is overlong, and I really want to review
those two hilarious movies, I will be reviewing and writing their
summaries next post! You can skip them, that way, without having to
go through them, although both can be viewed and enjoyed by adults
only, without accompanying children or grandchildren!
Today, we went to Mingo Park and played for an hour to wear off the
sugar from natural maple, apples and corn syrup served by myself
to youngsters. They loved to chase each other, I helped them go
down poles, followed them on slides and we did the whole Big Toy
experience. We also went back past the Olentangy River subsidiary
and saw lots of ducks and a heron, too.
When I dropped the girls off, they ran inside showing their sticker
and artwork cards and said, “We only ate pancakes for breakfast, mac
and cheese for lunch and we are hungry!” I smiled, because the park
exercise had done its job and worn off all those calories and sugar!
Happy Columbus Day! Enjoy your day off, if you are lucky enough to