Sunday, July 24, 2011
Why Nana Hasn't Posted For a Few Weeks
This is the reason that I haven't posted for the past few weeks. I'm in Austin, Texas with my granddaughters. I borrowed my five year old granddaughter's laptop to write this. I'm in Austin because we wanted the girls to have swimming lessons and since both their parents work, the only way that was going to happen was if Nana drove them back and forth each day.
For the past few weeks I have been the director of Camp Nana. My sole responsibility is to keep my granddaughters, ages four and five, constructively occupied. They have kept me running from morning to night.
Every morning we go to swimming lessons. The girls have back to back lessons and I sit under the canopy with the parents and grandparents and cheer every accomplishment of our respective charges.
After swimming lessons we go home for lunch and then to the neighborhood pool for more swimming. Despite gallons of sun screen, all three of us are quite tan. The girls practice swimming and are dangerously confident in the water.
Late afternoon we go home to work on projects. We have painted sun catchers and wooden princesses, done paper mosaics, and decorated cards with glitter. Despite numerous cleanings it is still impossible to cross the kitchen floor barefoot without getting sparkly feet. When the creative juices are flowing the glitter seems to just fly!
We don't ignore the culinary arts at Camp Nana. Faithful readers will recall that Nana isn't especially skilled in this area. Fortunately four and five year olds do not have discriminating palates. We successfully made scrambled eggs and instant chocolate pudding, but not at the same meal!
We've taken field trips at Camp Nana, mostly to local play areas. It has been over 100 every day in Austin, so last Thursday we went to the play area at the mall. When it's 103 if Nana isn't sitting in a cool pool of water, it better be some place air conditioned. The girls enjoyed the play area and Nana enjoyed sitting on an upholstered bench in a fully climate controlled area.
Last week one of the girls asked "Nana, tomorrow can we stop at the blow up kitty and take pictures? So, the next day I pulled into the parking lot of the cat hospital and we all piled out of the car and took the picture above. The blow up kitty is a lot bigger in person than it appears when you drive by it on the way to swimming lessons. Tomorrow we're going to take pictures with the giant wild animals at the dental office. It's true that everything is big in Texas...in Austin it's giant animal yard art!
So, that's why I haven't posted. I am at the mercy of two little girls. There are only so many summers in a childhood, and Nana doesn't want to miss any of them.
I'll be back to my regular posting schedule next week.
Jann aka Nana