Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Grammie Playdate

I had a playdate with 4 of my grandkids today.  I was out of town for Aidan's 4th birthday last week and told him I'd make it up to him by taking him to McDonalds for lunch.  I knew he'd have more fun if I took his best friend, cousin Elly, with us and as it happened his sister, Sydney, and Elly's brother, Max, were both at loose ends today so I invited them along too.

McDonalds playlands are great kid pleasers and these guys love going there.  I sat them all at a table for 4 and sat by myself at a table for two.

Elly didn't think that was such a great idea so she gathered up her food and trotted it over to my table so I wouldn't have to sit alone.

Aidan wanted to be sure he got noticed in the picture - after all, he is the birthday boy, sort of. That's his sister Sydney in the blurry foreground.

They'd play all day in the tunnel/slide structure if I let them.  Elly is showing off her new picture-taking face.  It's hard to get a shot of her these days without her toung sticking out.

These two sets of cousins have been friends as long as they can remember.  Syd will be 6 in August and Max will be 7 in December so they're pretty close.  Aidan just turned 4 and Elly will be 4 in November so they're even closer.

This is a typical picture of the little ones.  They'd come down the slide one after the other and stop to hug one another.  They love each other to death.  And when they were in their terrible two stage, it was chaos whenever they were together.  I don't know how many boxes of laundry detergent they dumped into Sara's (Elly's mother) dryer, on top of clean clothes, in an attempt to 'help'.  Or how many walls were scribbled on with permanent markers, or bathtubs and sinks filled with water while they stripped down to play in it.    Luckily they've outgrown that stage.

After spending almost two hours at McDonalds, we went to my house right across the street from a huge park and playground that they call Grammie's Playground.  They love it there but we had to cut our fun short because Aidan had an  appointment to go to with his Mum.  Just as well.  Grammie was getting quite worn out by then. 

It was a fun day for us all.


Chatty Crone said...

Oh they are soooooooo cute.

Bouncin' Barb said...

That's such a great way to spend the day. How cute they all get along. My grandkids are the same. They adore each other. My Kali was a tongue sticker outer when she was that age too. Wonder what the thrill is? haha. Pat us grandma's on the back!!!!

just call me jo said...

Cute kids. I'm kind of tired just reading about it. You're a good G'ma. When in August are you coming down?

Sush said...

What a fun day! I know they are just itching to be with you again! Memory maker you!

PS Those kiddies are too adorable for words!

Holly said...

You are the best grandmother! What beautiful babies!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for taking the kids out today! They had such a good time!! Aidan said to me, "When you be a grammie, you be so nice to my kids too?"


JQ said...

Nice Grammie! Howcome Elly's doing the wink in that one picture?

Carol Wyer said...

Great photo - great kids. I used to host my son's parties at McDonalds they were always exhausting. I don't think I'd have the same energy now - mind you I could still manage a cheeseburger and fries :)

sara said...

Love the pics of Aidan and Elly, but hate the tongue.
Elly slept 13 hours last night. Tired out!

Mickey said...

Precious times! So nice to take pics and blog about the fun times!

Mickey said...

PS Your Grandkids are adorable! Think how much they will enjoy reading this blog about themselves when they are older!

Desiree said...

What a super Gran you are! In fact, having raised seven of your own and now, as Gran to twenty more, I think you are utterly remarkable! You must have the patience and temperament of a saint!

Kath said...

What a fun grandma you are!! Such cute grands you have! Those two do look like they could get into alot of fun mischief.
Have fun scrapping!