Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Day With the Woolf Cubs

Last week I spent a day with two of my grandkids, Tate and Sydney.  We had a good day together.  Technology makes babysitting easy these days.  Tate just turned three last month and already he can maneuver his way around my iPad like a pro.

Because I have so many grandchildren, and they all like to play with my iPad, I have a forder on it named Kid's Stuff so it's easy for them to find the games and kids' activities they like.  Also, because they're sometimes not as careful as they should be, I have a heavy duty frame/holder on it which makes it waterproof and also protects it when it is accidentally dropped.

Tate and the iPad

My daughter, Amy, has the largest bunch of rhubarb growing in her back yard.  She doesn't like it very much so it doesn't get picked and is allowed to go to seed.  I've never seen so many seed stems on a rhubarb as this one has.  The kids and I went out to do something about it.  Armed with a large sharp knife (which the kids weren't allowed to touch) and a big bag, I hacked away at the plant, getting rid of all the seeds and filling the bag with lots of rhubarb which I brought home with me.  It's all chopped and bagged in my freezer now waiting to be made into rhubarb crumble, rhubarb pies, and anything else I can think of to make.

Every time I opened the front door my senses were assaulted by the heady sweet fragrance of spring lilacs in full bloom.  Heavenly.
Sydney and Tate by the lilacs
 While Tate had his afternoon nap, Sydney and I practiced a new craft I have recently discovered - Zintangles.  Basically, it's the art of doodling.  I printed a coloring page from the internet and we filled our owls in with freehand doodles.  A lot of fun.

And then when Tate got up, we went out to the backyard so the kids could show me their moves on the trampoline.   Syd wanted me to take pictures of her 'in the air'.

There were about three flowers in the back yard.  The best was this sunflower.

And that was my day with the Woolf cubs.  No stress, fun, creative and active.


Belle said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. So many things in your post reminded me of my past - young grandchildren jumping on the trampoline, growing rhubarb and making pies, the fragrance and beauty of lilac bushes and huge sunflowers growing in the yard.

I love the holder for your iPad. That is a great idea for kids. Great photos.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That was a wonderful day for you. Our lilacs were outstanding this year too. I haven't had rhubarb in years but do love it. You are very fortunate to have some there. Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Mickey said...

The rhubarb plant is beautiful with the seeds looking like flowers.
Doodling sounds like fun with the Grandchildren. Great creations.
Sounds like you all had a fun time.

Granny Annie said...

What a fun day in every way. I cannot wait to have our youngest grandchild next week. She is 11 and we are planning some flea market trips and maybe a movie or two plus a trip to the library and she can go with me to my cardiac rehab. Thankfully she loves the chickens and cats and my dog Slim so she won't get bored (I hope).


Sounds like you have enough rhubarb to make a little bit of everything. Great idea to keep the kids occupied with the iPad.

RoeH said...

I'm in awe of how easily these kids coming up handle technology. I thoroughly believe that it must be a learned subject before they get here on earth. They just know how to do those things way too easily.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Love your bog info of the children.

I just picked all the rhubarb and I cooked in micro wave with no water as it makes its own juice. Then used the jello strawberry jello mix with the insructions and then pour into the cooked rhubarb after it is cooked.It is delicious. I do add brown sugar after for taste when it is cooked but not as much as I did before.

The rest I frozed. I had a huge cut rhubarb from garden but instead of cooking on the store. I put in a big plastic bowl and microwave till it is cooked.

My hubby taught me that one.

doodles n daydreams said...

Once again, lovely photos of the grandkids. They are justdelightful.
And I have never seen rhubarb go to seed, it's quite pretty isn't it?
You seem to have been having a busy time of it lately.