Friday, August 1, 2014

Granny Time

Gregory visits Greg's parents, Granny and Grandfather, (and Uncle Jerry too!) on Monday's.  Gregory knows where his toys are, but the best one is Granny's iPad.  She has kids apps on her iPad too :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Random Pictures

Sometimes two spoons are better than one.  Especially when 'sharing' chocolate pudding with Daddy:

Picture with Mommy after she had her hair done :)

At the restaurant, Ground Patti, Gregory and Daddy like to walk around after eating.  Here is Daddy playing hide and seek with his son.

Gregory is getting better about sleeping in his toddler bed.  He's had a few nights where he has slept the entire night in his bed. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

His First Selfie

Gregory is getting really skilled with the iPad Mini...  He can swipe the pages.  He knows to choose an app that is his.  And he plays with the children's apps, especially the animal sounds one - he can turn the pages and pick various animals.

Just recently he took his first selfie... all by himself.  He turned the camera on and Daddy put it to show the person.  Gregory saw himself and snapped a picture :)  Here's his first selfie:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wild Animal Kingdom

My husband says our son gets to see the wild animal kingdom right from our French doors that lead to the backyard patio.

I'm not sure how we got adopted by Smokey, named for her soft grey color.  She started coming to our back patio door and meowing for food.  We thought it was just one grey cat that was eating a LOT.  Come to find out it was TWO grey cats.  A Smokey He and a Smokey She.

And then.... there were three kittens.  Two all grey kittens and one striped kitten.  Cute as buttons.

But here's the problem.  We don't mind feeding the cats and kittens.  But they are all feral, running at the first step towards them. Plus, we have an indoor cat, Tigger, who doesn't get along well with other cats.  We also didn't want under our shed to become a cat population.

We called the SPCA.  It was interesting to find out that if we catch a cat, they will adopt it out.  That is.... ONLY if the cat isn't feral.  If the cat is feral, the cat is killed.  Not the option we wanted to go with.

SPCA told us that there are animal hospitals who are willing to fix the cats for free if the cats are feral.  One thing we didn't know is.. make the appointment ahead of time, because the animal hospitals get about 20 cats a day to fix!  And make sure you can pick up the cats the same day, because otherwise you pay for the boarding.

We didn't have any cat cages, but are very fortunate that Roberta, a good friend of my mom's, had a cage.  Plus she was able to borrow another cage from a friend.  She came over to show us how to set up the cages.  We put the food in them and set the cages out. 

Within minutes, the mommy cat was caught!  When I saw her desperately trying to claw her way out, it broke my heart.  She must have been terrified and worried about her kittens too.

That night, we caught the daddy cat.  And the next day, my husband brought them to the animal hospital, Pets R Our World, to get both fixed.  The same evening, we picked up the cats and brought them back home to be reunited with the kittens.

We are officially the cat catchers :)  We haven't caught the kittens yet or the other big tabby male cat that comes to our yard from time to time, but we will keep trying.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Visiting Time

We went to visit with Gregory's great-grandmother.  I think sometimes that Mawmaw's cane makes Gregory a little nervous, because he gets shy about it.  

Gregory and his grandmother, Oma:

Gregory and his great-grandmother, Mawmaw:

We had lunch at a restaurant that Mawmaw enjoys, close by her home.  It was cute the way the waiters flirted with Mawmaw.  The restaurant was small and had a large open area.  Gregory loved it, because he walked up and down the restaurant, smiling at everyone.

Gregory has never been given candy, but when he saw the candy machine, he was attracted to the colors.  Funny how candy companies know what will hook a child!  No, he didn't eat any.  But it was neat to see him stretching to move the parts of the machine.

Mawmaw was tickled when Gregory gave her a "high five."  Daddy taught him how to do that :)

Gregory mostly wanted crackers, ate a little bit of a grilled cheese sandwich, but he was more interested in playing.  With a plastic container of butter... which then got all over his hands.  He thought it was great!  (not to eat, but to play with... he's a texture child)

We went back to MawMaw's house.  Mawmaw has a lot of stuffed animals that move and play music.  Gregory likes to play with them.  I love this next picture.  It doesn't show their faces, but it's just that "moment" - Gregory is leaning into Oma and he has his arm around her.  They look like buddies.

Before leaving, we picked peaches from Mawmaw's trees.  This was the first time Gregory has picked a fruit from a tree and the first time seeing a peach.  He thought they were balls to play with on the ground.

I like this next set of pictures, because of the teddy bears and Gregory's reaction.  MawMaw has three teddy bears with her children's name of them - Lester, Diane, Vera.  Lester is my Dad and Gregory's grandfather - Opa.  When Gregory was placed on Mawmaw's bed, he went for Opa's teddy bear :)

It was a short drive to visit with my Aunt Didi, but Gregory still managed to catch a few zzz's.  Picture taken after I unbuckled him and about to take him out of the car seat.

Gregory stayed asleep in my arms from taking him out of the car, walking into Aunt Didi's home and sitting on her rocker.  He would have slept longer, but his grandmother wanted him awake!  Lol.  Gregory was about to be grumpy from being woken up by Oma, but Aunt Didi came to the rescue with toys.  She has a great-granddaughter that visits.  I don't know who had more fun with the to toys, Gregory or Oma and Didi.

Gregory and their cat, Magic, got along great.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pool Time Fun

When I was a little girl, my parents signed up for membership at the Green Acres Country Club.  The club had a large swimming pool and tennis courts.  We had a lot of great memories there and it's where I learned to swim.  Skip a few years later and my parents decided to put a pool in their backyard.  I think I swam through my summers.  My Dad used to call me a dolphin.

I don't go swimming as often, but I want to change that.  Especially with having a little boy.  I want Gregory to enjoy the water as much as I do.  We have a small baby pool at our home, but it's not the same thing as a large pool.  

So it was a treat to go to Oma's and Opa's house and see Greg's smiles and joy of the water.

After we took our son out of the pool, he stayed by the door, wanting to go back to the pool, crying.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Temper Tantrums

The article I wrote about temper tantrums was published.  If you have any suggestions on handling temper tantrums, please share :)

Here's the link to the article - click here.