I loved summers at home with my own three Wonders-of-God's-Creation. Summer as Nonnie-Nanny for Super Daddy and his babies? So. Much. Awesomeness.
Summer with kids expands opportunities for snuggle-hungry grandmas to enjoy two arm belly hugs and forehead to forehead whispers. Summer splatters and spills are priceless, frame-worthy art. A rainy day means indoor cookies today and outdoor mud pies tomorrow.
Each new day brings another new adventure.
To prepare for Wonder Boy's every afternoon therapy, we settled minds and bodies with physical, sensory and creative play. Immersed ourselves in soft blue sand, jumped on a trampoline, molded slime, read books, told stories, ran around the high school track.
Wonder Boy loves being outside. He created a triangle of happiness between the swing set, trampoline and pool. On the swings, Wonder Boy glided back and forth, dragging bare feet through rubbery mulch. He made piles with his fingers before returning the wiggly bits to the starting point with his toes. So he could do it all over again.
On the trampoline, Wonder Boy flipped, twisted, leaped. Ran in circles. Laid on his back, stared at the dappled sky through a green screen of lush Missouri leaves. Rolled onto his belly to inspect the mesh-framed grass below. Read a book.
In the pool, he floated and tossed objects. Stood to let water drain, then dropped fast so a bubble would form between his suit and skin.
Amaze Girl loves people and their creatures. She's happiest making friends out of strangers while learning about animals, insects, reptiles, fish. She collected bugs, played in mud, soared high on swings, bounced, ran, swam. Created castles out of playdoh, told stories with crayons, paper and scissors. Tucked into couch pillows, book propped against raised knees, she read aloud for fun.
Amaze Girl is a fluid dancer and smooth runner. Her lean body bounds with easy, even strides. She's proven herself a quick learner and intent piano student. Graceful fingers curved over the keyboard, back straight, feet dangling, eyes on the page, she counted, sang, recited note names beginning at her first lesson.