Saturday, July 24, 2010


When you spend time with a toddler, your day is a whirlwind of laughing, running, clapping, giggling, HICCUPS, eating (always eating!), kissing, hugging, playing silly games, ~~~

We recently traveled to Atlanta to visit our little (almost 2 years old) Mason. For those of you who, like us, live some distance away from your grandchildren - you know all too well how hard it is to miss seeing them often.
Mason is talking really well now - and he can say anything that you voice to him - BUT - whenever he says any word, he puts an "A" in front of it. We have reasoned this out as when someone talks to him , they say, "look Mason - a doggie, or a truck, or a kitty." So - that is exactly what he says now. We all think he is adorable and we are saying that he is our little "French boy!"

" APapaw"










We bought this little rolling suitcase for Mason and he LOVED it! He just had to roll it around and carry it everywhere we went over the next few days!


While we were there for our visit Mason must have said "apapaw" about a million times - he said "gb" - ONCE! Now I ask you - what is fair about that!

" awaffle"




(is this really a picture of me first thing in the morning - no make up - in my pajamas? Have I no shame?) The things you do to show a picture of you having fun with your adorable grandson! (at least they are cute pajamas - that should count for something!)


Mason's kitty cat


Mason's Papaw loves to fly model airplanes - so we took Mason to a local hobby shop. He was totally fascinated by the airplanes and trucks and boats! This was the perfect place for him as he was totally enthralled with seeing the models. This little visit made both Mason and his Papaw very happy!

"a doggie"

After a little encouragement from his Papaw - Mason soon made best friend's with the shop doggie!









We kept Mason by ourselves all day! He really enjoyed the play station at the local Barnes & Noble bookstore. (his gb really loved the black and white tall, light, extra shot of espresso mocha frappucinno - with just a dab of light whipped cream on top - and oh yea, the chocolate syrup too, because - why not !)



"aice cream"


"ayarn "

OF COURSE we visited several (3 to be exact!) local yarn shops - and Mason was my big helper there! (You might observe that this is GREEN yarn - now I wonder just why that is?)

"APapaw" is showing Mason how guys wait for girls when they go to yarn shops!

Yarn shops that have play areas for children - totally rock!


These last two pictures (above and below) were taken at my absolute favorite yarn shop - Yarn Garden in Lawrenceville, Ga. The folks here are so nice and they have a wonderful selection of yarns. If you are local to the Atlanta area - you MUST go here! And when you do - be sure to say Hello to Shirley - she will be your new best friend! Her smile lights up the whole shop!
This really is just a fabulous yarn shop. After I visit next, I am going to do a blog posting on this fun and beautiful place. (At that time - the owner has agreed to offer a special one time discount for my readers.) So - be sure to be watching for this posting - coming up in the next several weeks.




We took Mason to a local airport that had a small playground. He was all about this slicky slide! One of his silly games was to push his gb up the stairs and then push me down the slide. (NO - no pictures of me going down a slicky slide!)


actually - he was not all about the swing!



Mason hardly would stand still all day! But when he say this huge blow up photo of a plane cockpit - Mason just ran right over there and stood totally still for us to take his picture! We really wanted his "APapaw" to be in the photo also - but everytime he would try to sneek into the picture - Mason would take his little hands and push him out! He thought he was a really big boy posing for this photo! Go figure!



Nothing fills your heart so full of love as spending time with your grandchildren. You are full of energy and exhuberance that you did not even know you had anymore! These are absolutely the most precious and memorable times. AND - at the end of the day - nothing makes you so emphatically say -"oh my gosh - I can't move - I think I might be almost dead!!!"
(it's worth it!)


Sonia said...

How wonderful time you had with that little angel...... beautiful pictures.
You know, i laugh about his 'a' in front of words. I live in Brazil, we talk portuguese and even all differences between languages the 'a' in front of words happen here too.....with small kids of course.....:)))

Dorthe said...

Vicki sweetie, you talkes as from my heart,
endeed those houers , that we spend in compagny with our small ones ,are the most precius, and loved houers,just full of joy, and with the hugs, and kissing, ones heart is just running over with happiness.
Your Mason is so dear a little boy, what a great time he has spend with you both-and you with him, dear.
I see your husbond loves to play, too, from his favorite shops :)
and I can imagine ,what new beautifull nests you are soon knitting from the new found green yarn.
I loved hearing from you, again,Vicki --seemed long ago--
I hope you are well, and feeling great, dear.
Lots of hugs, and love.

Anonymous said...

I can't tell who looks happier; Mason or his aPapaw. What a cutie. We are so blessed to live in the same city as our granchildren. I can't imagine not being able to see them every week.

carol said...

Aren't we "BLESSED" to have beautiful grand-kids!!!! I also live away from mine but do look so forward to each visit to NC & NY to see them.
Its their insolence of children that should stay with them!
You have a beautiful family....

Bella said...

Your grandson is absolutely adorable!!!! It looks like all of you had a wonderful time. Such a sweet post. Thanks for making me smile. :)

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Vicki! I can't tell you how much I love your posts! What a little cutie you have there, just adorable! I really enjoy all your photos! Have a fun Sunday! ;) Paulette

P.S. There's a Yarn Garden in my town also!

Karen said...

Mason is such an adorable little boy. It looks like he really likes visits from his Papaw & gb. I love the picture of the boys waiting in the yarn store, way cute.
Can't wait to see what you make with your yarn purchases!

Jenn said...

So precious!!!
Such a good picture of boys waiting in a yarn store (my closest one has a comfy couch up front for 'the boys' and rockers outside.

Fearless Nester said...

Oh couldn't you sneak him home with you!!! Looks like you made the most of your time with him though. All of your pictures really made me smile, I can tell your time with him was filled with joy. He is A-dorable!!! ~Lili

The Feathered Nest said...

What a precious grandbaby Vicki!! I know you were in heaven for your entire visit too!!!! I can't believe you were in very close to me girl ~ toddlers are precious but having a grandchild that's a toddler is even more wonderful!!! I love his little way of talking...such a wonderful memory for you to share with him as he gets older ~ I hope you're having a great weekend sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Esme said...

Vicki-what an adorable little boy he is. It looks like you had a wonderful time-I love the fact that you took him to the yarn store.

I look forward to seeing what you knit.

Jo said...

What an adorable little boy - I can imagine how hard it is to say good bye. Even though I think my sons are far too young to have children secretly I can't wait until I am a grandma!!!! I am sure to spoil any grandchild far too much.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Oh what precious unforgettable moments you had with your little sweet one. All these pictures are touching! You keep enJOYing every single moment with Mason.
Wishing you a happy Sunday! xx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

What precious post, Vicki. All your perfectly pretty pictures touched me. You keep enJOYing every single minute with your sweet Mason!
Have a happy Sunday. xx

elvira pajarola said...

Cara Vicky........soooo tender "daystory "with your little grand-boy....!

He is very, very lucky to have You and your husband as grandmommy and-daddy......
Have a wonderful, happy sunday!!
ciao ciao elvira

myriamkreativ said...

My dearest Vicki,
thank you for sharing the wonderful moments you have with your adorable grandson - he looks like an angel. Must habe been lots of fun during your adventure day lol. My summer is as busy as yours one event is hunting the other and we rarely stopover on our backyard or in the garden busy joining tennis matches, castle serenades, benefiz runs and whatever our children are participating in... but I admit I love that - I love summer. Time enoough in autum and winter to sit it the house doing boring thins lol. I just tried your iced orea latte tip a few moments ago..... gosh it is out of the world! Our perfect summer mystery. Hugs to you my dear friend and to everybody around you that makes you happy Myriam

Silke said...

Oh, what a acutie!! I just love all the photos you've taken of him. He is adorable!! Makes me really look forward to spending some good quality time with my nephews in a few weeks. So much fun!! And those yarn stores... Next time I go to Atlanta and have more time, I must check them out!! I hope you are doing wonderfully, dear Vicki!! Love, Silke

Michelle Palmer said...

Love your apajamas! ;) Such a sweet picture of you and Mason :)
There is something about APapaw's... your photographs of them together are treasures!
Thank you for sharing your joy~
Perfect way to start the day...

SuZeQ said...

Oh my - what a sweetheart. I could just bite that little dimple right out of his cheek. No wonder you're smitten! said...

Hi Vicki,

Goodness- what a lovely time you all had with Mason. He is adorable and your photographs of him are heartwarming. Time spent with children is so precious and photographs create lasting memories.
Have a wonerful week.

Shirley said...

Hi Vicki, Your grandson is so adorable and I can tell you enjoyed every minute of your trip with him. It is so precious all of the time you spend with your grandchildren watching them grow up and teaching them about things that you like. Our oldest told his papaw about a train display that was awesome that we have to go see. We will take him with us when we go that is for sure, Thank you for sharing all of the pictures. Your Missouri Friend.

simpledaisy said...

He looks like such a little cutie and so full of energy:)
Glad you got to spend some time with your grandson!!!

KarenB said...

Hi Vicki,
Mason is absolutely adorable! It's great that you had such special times with him. Isn't it wonderful the way all this moments can be captured so easily now compared to when our children were little? I don't think we had a video camera until our oldest was 5! Thanks so much for your kind words and written hugs when you visited me. I've loved visiting your blog occasionally and absolutely ADORE your nests. One will be mine some day. I'll come back for your next LYS visit. I posted another one today. Hugs, Karen

Sandi said...

Oh Vicki Mason is so precious!!! What a little cutie pie. Love the way he is saying the words now too. I just love to hear the wee ones talk!!
Happy week ahead!

Pat said...

Vicki, This child is just precious! When he is grown...he won't care that you were in your pj's with no makeup in that photo...he'll just be happy to have aphoto of YOU. And, the agardener....he is adear! Nice to see the fun you all had...SWEET!!! pat

Bumpkin Bears said...

totally precious, how wonderful it must have been to have had all that time with him. I too live a long way from my little niece (in England) and it's hard not seeing her much. Hugs, Catherine x

francis said...

Oh Vicky , I just found you this morning and I love your blog.
So inspiring , your life with a loving husband , with children and grandchildren . Mason is beautiful ! Children are so special and they show us all the secrets of life through their eyes and how they share everything with us .... Makes my day .
And how you love knitting .... and your loving husband goes with you and waits with patient.....
You are so lucky to have all that in your life but most of all
You inspire me too look at my own life because I neglected a lot for too long . So today you make my day . Thanx dear Vicky .

Kathy said...

How wonderful!!!!
Mason is the most hansome little boy!
Morning pj's photo= priceless!
Enjoy every week he's off to college, seems that way anyhow!
Thanks for peeking in.
You would have loved my friends Quilt Shop!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

myriamkreativ said...

Hi my dear friend,
again something that we have in common..... i love noodle salads in summer, simple, quick and delicious - made just for us hihi. I wish you a wonderful week and hope you enjoy the wonderful summer.... Huggibuzzels Myriam

sjmcdowell said...

Oh Vicki I loved this post and I have to admit that I have a couple of tears in my eye's because I miss my two grandsons soooo much. they live in NJ and so difficult to see each other. Our grandchildren are the pure joys in our life..they give us such joy and fill our hearts with over flowing love.

Hugs, Smiles and laughter,


Susan said...

Adorable pictures Vicki...he is so cute. That yarn shop loved amazing! Have a great day. Susan

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Uh oh Vicki, you've got it bad too. I don't think that there is a sweeter or purer love than that for grandchildren and I've never figured out WHY??, but it is true.

My times with our grands fills me with joy. So much joy that I wrote a book about grandmothering.

Mason is so handsome and full of child-life. He is a joy to watch. One photo, the one where he has his back turned to us and is moving away, well, it reminds me of a Winnie the Pooh illustration that I love.

Thanks for sharing this. I loved every second and I KNOW how pooped you must've felt at the end of the day. Pooped, but elated.

Continued joys to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Jody Hammer said...

Little Mr. Mason is so lucky to have you two for grandparents!!! By the time I came along, my grandparents were either too old or too sick to play with me that way. Not to mention the fact that I only had one on each side of my family left.... I can't wait to have grandchildren! (Of course, I HAVE to wait. Tate is only 10.) Mason is so precious!!! I love the suitcase. Treasure those times!!!

Diane said...

What a darling post....such a sweet litle "man"...I just love my grandbabies so much.....I enjoyed the "a"...had to give that alot of "giggles"...thanks for making me "smile" today!!

Drawn to The Sea said...

Now that's a boy who knows how to have a good time... & how to pull heartstrings :-) Simply adorable!