Grandma and Grandpa stop by and the kids were thrilled. They brought food and gifts. Both of the kids loved the little cooking set they brought and immediatly set to work cooking with it on our little stove. Zane just started doing pretend play like that within the last year or so, so imagine my shock when Zora stired a pot and then brought is to us, dipped the spoon into the pot, and ‘fed’ us. I about fell over. He also did some ‘cooking’ with it. It was an extension of the play they were doing earlier, which was so cute. Earlier, Zora had been ’shopping’ in our pantry and Zane pulled out the cash register he got last Christmas and scanned the items for her. I can not tell you how amazing it is to see your kids playing like that. Makes me giddy.
One of the other things they brought was bubble bath, and it took a lot of convincing to get Zane back out of the (empty) bathtub and explain that we would take a bath later. lol. He loves bubble baths. They also brought some bubble instruments and Zane saw the picture on it was of a kid in a bathtub, so we had a second round of ‘we will take a bath later’ and he just played the flutes the way they were. (they are meant to be filled with water to create different pitches, but still play without water).
Zora also wanted to put the dress on that Grandma brought her and kept putting it on her head. lol. I just can’t believe one so little likes dresses so much, but she sure seems to have an opinion on clothes already. It is going to be a whole different experience having a child who actually wants to have clothes on and has an opinion of what she wants to wear (beyond ‘no way am I wearing that). She also showed Grandma her progress on “Patty cake” (has the clapping and a cute version of ‘rolling’ down, but doesn’t quite do the ‘throw it in a pan’ yet)
Another heartwarming moment was when Zach gave Zane the valentine card he made for grandma, with only the comment to ‘give grandma the card you made for her’. He went running over to her, exclaiming “I love you! I love you!” and showed her that he had written that on the card. I think grandma was holding back tears at that point. He was so excited.
It was a fantastic evening. We had a great time playing with the kids and looking at some of the old photos I had archived. Mom brought some more baby pictures of herself and their wedding album for me to do, so I will have some more neat pictures to share at some point. We were having so much fun, we kept forgetting to grab the camera. lol. I did get one picture though, of Zane showing Grandma the missing tooth. It was very sweet.
showing grandma the toothless gap
At the end of the visit, when it was time for them to head back home, Zane came up to grandma, snuggled in, and told her:
“Grandma and Grandpa go bye bye? Yes or no? NO!
Grandma and Grandpa go bye bye? Yes or no? NO!”
What a sweet peice of scripting if I ever heard one. He was really working to hold back the tears too, although he did hold it together and gave big hugs goodbye to both of them.