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A Josie-visit

Hello everyone and welcome to Friday’s blessing list.

What a week! Josie came to stay with Nannie and Grampie. I put the mummy/teacher/librarian part of my brain back in gear and had a list of things to do. She’s an easy girl to entertain. Of course, stories topped the list – I don’t think I could out-read this girl. She loves books. Richard Scarry books are her favourite and she could easily sit for a half-hour while we read one. But we didn’t just read – we packed in a lot of fun activities. Here’s some of them.

1. Walks  are interesting with Josie – there are stops for “rests”  (note the drama face in picture #2.)Josie snow walk collageand stops for “snacks”. Do you remember eating snow?

Look at those rosy cheeks! A walk in the fresh, crisp winter air is such good medicine.

josie-rosie cheeks
2.  Sledding – the snow piles from our driveway make perfect luge tracks for little bob-sledders.

Her daddy (the wee one), and sibs, played there before her.


Making memories. 🙂

3. and we baked! I love Marion Cunningham‘s writing. But I have to confess – the cake we tried to bake was a flop.

I can’t blame my little helper – she did her part perfectly.  And the cake batter was “tasty”, so she said, as she licked the spatula clean.

I’m a fairly confident baker. Cookies, pies and desserts usually turn out great –  but I’ve never once been successful baking a plain white or chocolate cake. I keep trying. I’m not one to give up easily. In the meantime, Duncan Heinz remains my secret friend. 😉

4. We had a few field trips – to Josie’s “plastics class” (gymnastics – no pictures allowed 😦 ) and afterwards to one of Nannie’s favourite places – the library! Is there a better way to spend an afternoon??


5. We did crafts. Did you know how many games you can play with a bag of Dollar Store pom poms and an egg carton? Sorting by size, by colour, counting, making patterns and more. The list is as long as your imagination.

Cheerios threaded on pipe cleaners make good little bird feeders, as well as help develop fine motor skills.

I found some Melissa and Doug puzzles at the thrift store. Josie loves them.


and the old faithful activity – colouring


My favourite activity – and Josie loved it too – was one that Pamela of Playing with my Camera posted on facebook this week. Thanks Pam!

So simple  – Josie just needed a little “help” to paint the flower stems. She picked out the buttons and I glued them on with the hot glue gun.

Oops a little green paint “slipped” and landed  at the top of the painting. No problems – we covered it with yellow and made a sun!

This was a perfect “Welcome Home” gift for Mummy, Daddy and Isaiah! Josie was so proud of her present and so excited to give it to them!

John, Kathleen, Isaiah and Sarah arrived home from Guatemala in the wee hours Wednesday morning. We’re thankful to have them all back home, safe and sound! Thank you so much for your prayers. We’re just catching up on all their adventures – in Sarah’s words “It was amazing!”

Here’s a bonus #6 for Friday’s fave 5 – Josie and Mila bird-watching at the kitchen window

And look what bird returned? Not just one, but ten Bohemian Waxwings landed on our tree!  And this time I had my camera – yay! Aren’t they gorgeous?!

bohemian waxwing collage

Thanks so much for joining me for Friday’s blessing list ~ I’m so glad you did.

Hope your weekend is overflowing with blessings!

with love

PS – I think a little someone is pretty excited about their very First Birthday party tomorrow – don’t you?


PPS for more Friday favourites, visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story

FFF spring


29 thoughts on “A Josie-visit

  1. I’m a little late coming here…but so glad I did! Josie is adorable…and it looks like you both had the best of times together! What beautiful button art you created. I think I will try that with my wee granddaughter.

    Hope the birthday boy enjoyed his celebrations!

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  2. This is THE BEST post ever!! And that’s saying something because I love every one. I love the pictures – her face just so happy. Dear, dear little Josie. Thank you for sharing this wonderful, special week!

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  3. oh how fun to share your week with us of your time with Josie! she is just precious and YAY for you doing some amazing hands on and whole language activities with her! the teacher in me applauds you…great job Grandma!! Enjoy the birthday boy and praise God for the safe return from the missions trip. Happy Weekend!!

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  4. You don’t need to do a photo album with your lovely photo-documentaries. And what a great time you had with your grand daughter: cooking, crafting, playing, and reading. I imagine you even got in a few snuggles.

    I confess my ignorance that I had to look up Marion Cunningham. Since I am middle-aged and don’t always feel very accomplished, it was encouraging to read the following: “In 1972, when she was about 50 years old, she started on the path that would make her famous in the cooking world.” I don’t need to be famous, but a little more accomplished would be nice. 😉

    Hurray for having the camera when your lovely birdies returned!!!!

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  5. What a week! I love all the pictures you shared of all the fun. I am so stealing the button flower picture craft and the bird feeders for my dayhome. I bet Nannie and Grampie had a nice long nap the first day on their own? Those waxwings are absolutely gorgeous birds!

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    • haha – we did have a good long rest when Josie went home. But she’s an easy one to look after. She loves to cuddle and read for hours – so that suits me perfectly. The button idea was Pam’s. it turned out so pretty. Josie was very proud. 🙂


  6. You certainly had wonderful times with your girl. I love the library visit photo — perfect for your budding voracious reader!

    The waxwings are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing their beauty and God’s creativity with us!

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  7. Ellen says:

    What a great grammie your grands have! You really filled your days well. So thankful everyone is back safe and sound and that it was a good trip. Those Bohemian Waxwings are so amazing. What a joy to have them come and visit but not the same kind of joy having little Josie with you!

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  8. What a fun week! I haven’t babysat my little grandson for more than a few hours so far, and he’s still pretty little yet, but I am looking forward to some of those activities. Love the button picture!

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  9. jerralea says:

    I’m so glad you and Josie had such a great time! I’m looking forward to when my grands are old enough to do activities. It’s getting closer.

    Loved all your photos – especially the one with Josie looking out the window with her wee pigtails!

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  10. Aw, what a fun time you and Josie had together! Your button painting came out beautifully. Fun eh? Have a great time celebrating the birthday boy tomorrow. And I hope the blizzard isn’t too bad there on Sunday. 😦 Blessings. Pam

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    • I’m very late replying Pam – I can’t even remember that blizzard – thank goodness!! Thanks so much for the button picture idea – it was perfect!


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