Thursday, April 30, 2009

Easter Outfit

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Swing and Slide

When Smoochie woke up on Saturday, April 25, he told his Mommy, “Grandma, Gramps red car go bye park.” He is getting to be quite verbal. When he went to bed the previous night, Mommy told him that Grandma and Gramps will visit the next day and take him to the park. He met Grandma and Gramps at the door when they arrived. He wanted to leave immediately for the park. Grandma said that she wanted to visit his Mommy and Daddy first. Gramps and Smoochie went to the nearby field to kick around the little guy’s soccer ball. They had fun kicking and throwing the ball for a while but had to return sooner than they wanted because a seam came apart on the ball. When they came home, Smoochie showed Grandma the ball and asked, “Grandma fix?” Debbie gave Jaci a needle, a thimble and dental floss. Jaci threaded the needle and started to sew the ball with a fascinated spectator. Blondie probably has not noticed a needle or thimble before. He was all set to help. He desperately wanted to hold the needle and thimble but Grandma was performing the operation by herself. It was not easy to sew when a little face is inches away. Grandma eventually finished. In a short time, Grandma, Gramps and Smoochie left for the park.

On the way to Columbus, Grandma asked original Jason if he wanted his parents to pick up burgers to grill that night. He said, “NO.” He and Debbie wanted Grandma and Gramps to have dinner with their grandson so that they had time by themselves. On the way to the park, Grandma and Gramps stopped at the grocery store to pick up sandwich fixings. They also got some bakery chocolate chip cookies. Grandma, Gramps and Smoochie arrived at the park to find it quite crowded. The swings were full so Blondie started on the slides. He no longer fears the big slides. He went down both big slides although he preferred the twisty green slide. The safety swing became available so we went over to the swings. Up to now, Jason had limits on how high he wanted to be pushed. No more limits. He was happy to go as high as Grandma could push. At one point, he was singing and smiling as he did what Grandma calls “cherry bumps.” He might have spent all afternoon on the swing but another young person wanted to get on so we went back to the slides. Jason found a new way of getting on the slide structure. He climbed up the rungs which are kind of like a ladder. He later got on the structure by walking across two rails. Grandma, Gramps and Smoochie broke for dinner. During dinner, Jason noted that Grandma’s juice had bubbles that went up. After dinner, Smoochie went back to the swings and slides. Grandma got a thorough workout pushing the swing. Eventually, Grandma, Gramps and Smoochie left.

Gramps drove to Graeter’s. Smoochie was quite mellow on the ride. He made it through the day without a nap. After the car pulled into a parking space, Jason saw where he was. He perked up and said, “Eat ice cream.” While Gramps paid, Grandma and Smoochie sat on a bench on the patio eating their ice cream. Jason made his way through his ice cream while dripping ice cream all over himself. They went through a huge number of napkins. Before the ice cream was finished, Mommy and Daddy showed up. They all went back to Mommy and Daddy’s. Grandma and Smoochie sang songs and danced. Grandma and Gramps had to leave. Grandma got to kiss and hug a sweaty and stinky boy. There were three tired individuals after that fun day. Grandma and Gramps crashed the whole next day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Easter Candy Yum

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Two Year Old Sense of Humor

On the day Smoochie became 2 and one-half, Saturday, April 18, Grandma and Gramps are met at the door by Smoochie who checks to make sure that Grandma, Gramps and the red car have arrived. Since Smoochie and his parents did not come to Cleveland on Easter because of his cold, Grandma and Gramps brought some gifts for the little guy. Grandma knitted a ball bag for him. He opened the ball bag to find what is in it. He pulled out a soft soccer ball. He was all set to play with that. Grandma told Blondie to keep looking in the bag. He pulled out big boy underwear which he handed to Mommy and promptly forgot about. He took out a book. Grandma told him that there was one more object. Jason kept grabbing and finally pulled out a package of M & Ms. At this point, Blizzard was interested. Smoochie is well aware of M & Ms which were put aside to remove temptation from the dog. Gramps then showed him a box with a Bubble Mower. Gramps and Smoochie put the mower together and took it outside with Grandma. Smoochie pushed the mower around without many bubbles. The mower needed to move faster to get the bubbles out. Guess who got to push the mower? Grandma pushed the mower and the bubbles flew out. Jason chased the bubbles. Then Gramps got to push the mower. Smoochie chased more bubbles. After a few minutes, Grandma and Gramps had enough of the bubble mower. Gramps told Smoochie to get the soccer ball and they could go kick the ball. Blondie and Gramps walked over to a nearby field and kicked the ball around.

On the way back to Jason and Debbie’s house, Smoochie picked a dandelion and gave it to Mommy when he got home. Everybody decided to have steaks for dinner so they all went off to Costco. Jason and Debbie went in their car. Smoochie went with Grandma and Gramps in the big red car. Jason put on his sunglasses while in his seat. He put them on upside down and off center. Blondie and Grandma sang B-I-N-G-O and the ABC song. He refers to himself more as Jason and not as “you.” At Costco, the family picked up bacon wrapped filets, green beans, diapers, dessert and other stuff for Jason and Debbie. Original Jason decided to fix garlic mashed potatoes to go with the steaks and green beans. Smoochie had no problems sitting in the cart looking at all the bright objects. In the middle of the store, he said “Mommy bunk!” He then laughed. Debbie said that is a new term for him. Debbie had called Blizzard, “Shminky bunk.” One day Smoochie said “Mommy bunk” and thought it was a great joke. For the rest of the time in Costco, we heard, “Mommy bunk. Daddy bunk.” Debbie told Smoochie, “Jason bunk.” On the way home, Jason and Debbie stopped to pick up a cylinder of propane. Smoochie got real mellow on the ride home. For the first time since Grandma and Gramps arrived in Columbus that day, he had his binkie. He worked on that while his eyelids were at half mast. It was a quiet ride back to Jason and Debbie’s.

We all helped prepare dinner while original Jason watched the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game. Grandma started the green beans. Original Jason fixed the mashed potatoes while Gramps grilled the steaks. Grandma and Smoochie danced the Hokey Pokey. Smoochie knows all the Hokey Pokey moves. The family sat down to dinner. Smoochie is not a steak person. He is not a complete Hoagland male, yet. For a change, Mommy had to work on him to finish his green beans and potatoes. At one point Mommy told him that he had to eat five more bites of beans and potatoes. Smoochie said one more but Mommy prevailed. After slowly working his way through the beans and potatoes, Blondie was given dessert. Suddenly, his had no problems eating. When dinner was finished, Grandma and Gramps took Smoochie off for a bath while Mommy and Daddy cleaned up. Bath over and Smoochie in jammies, Grandma and Gramps had to leave so that Jason could go to bed. Grandma kissed Smoochie’s face off. The little guy needed a binkie while saying goodbye. Grandma and Gramps left with still more memories including “Mommy bunk.”