Thursday, April 29, 2010

Slowly I Turned.....

I am the proud grandma of 3 adorable grandsons, Brad who is 28 months, his baby brother Bo, who just turned 1 year old, and August, who is 26 months old! Because I am lucky enough to not have to go to a regular job every day, I get to be fill in daycare for Brad and Bo, and regular daycare for August, every Wednesday. I thank my wonderful husband for providing a very comfortable life for us, and letting me spend my time doing what I want. That doesn't mean I play all the time, but.... work isn't work unless it feels like work, you know?
August and his dad, Jerry (Rick's oldest son), live in our basement apartment so we can help with August.  It was more critical when Jerry first got full custody when August was about 6 weeks old.  Now, we are extended family, and I feel like I am one of the important women helping to raise and shape August. I know that eventually, Jerry and August will be moving on to their own place, but I hope to be a constant in August's life, and remain close to him.

I absolutely LOVE Brad and Bo, and I cherish my time with them too! But, fortunately, Brad and Bo have a strong family with two people who are excellent parents and partners. Jana, (Rick's daughter) married a great guy, Jake who we love, and who has a very close family himself, so Brad and Bo have two very close extended families!  August was born into less fortunate circumstances, but Jerry is doing everything he can to make his life stable and secure. Rick and I are committed to helping with that goal, and August has really brought a true joy to our lives!   Okay.... I kinda went on too much there, but my heart is full!

August and I play alot together. I know I'm getting too old for it, and I am exhausted at the end of the day, but I love it. We have a few games we like to play, but our favorite is called, "Slowly I Turned....." Whenever August wants to play this game, he either says, "slowly turned" or "falls".  I don't really remember where I first heard this, but when August says "slowly turned" or "falls", no matter where I am, I yell, "Niagra Falls!!.....Slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch,..." and I chase him and tickle him. Then I get up and walk away, and he does it again!  We keep going until I am tired... because he never gets tired!

I decided to look up on the internet to see where this came from. I thought I saw it in a movie or something, but I couldn't place it. I found 3 different ones, the 3 Stooges, Abbott and Costello, and I Love Lucy. I don't know which one was imprinted on my brain, but, I thought I would share it with you! Enjoy!

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