Adventures Right Outside My Door

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The sun is out.  It’s a beautiful day.  Who says that a day’s event has to cost money?  Instead, you look at me and make the back up sound of a construction vehicle.  It’s “beep-beep-beep” but you make the sound with your mouth closed.

“Oh, you want to go to the construction site today?”  You nod, “Yes”.  It’s your favorite place right now; so many things to point to. So, that’s a plan.

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It’s a busy place this morning.  Lots of action.

“That’s a forklift, little man.  See how easy it is to lift things that are heavy?”

IMG_8408“Look at how high it can go!”

Oops!  Distracted by a siren…

IMG_8409Ambulance going by.

Now, back to the business of construction.

IMG_8410“Do you see those men way up high?  Hmmm, can’t tell what they’re doing but it must be important otherwise why would they be in that bucket?”

“Let’s go to the other side of the project and see what we can see.”

IMG_8411 You have the cutest little gasp!  You see a digger just like your’s!  Oh my gosh!

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And then a cement truck and another forklift.

Every machine is busy. AND LOUD!

You add to the noise by making your own motor sounds and that back up “Beep-Beep-Beep”.

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Placing a steel beam…welding…and then more heavy lifting…so much to look at…so much to see.

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It was hard to see through the fence and around the posts.

Sometimes, that frustrated you!

But pretty soon you could see the forklift carry away the heaviest load of all.

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And then you waved good-bye as it drove away.

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Time to head home, but with lots of stops to say good-bye for the day.

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One more look at the men up high.  Now, they’re doing something but we still can’t tell what.

Then we counted the number of floors so far.

And then we headed home.

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But not before we stopped to look at the motorcycle.

The best yet, though was when we walked up to a restaurant and you made the sign for “eat”.

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Now, that’s impressive.  “Mama and Daddy take you this restaurant, don’t they?”  And…you’re probably hungry.

Before we leave, we have to stop and see the fountain and touch the evergreens – it’s tradition.

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Then we turned the corner, the last stretch till we reach home, and what do we see?

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Well, what a day!

So, first we watched them from the outside…

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And then….we got to watch them from the inside!

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I mean, really!  Days with Grandma are full of adventure.  One would have thought I planned all of this.

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One Fish, Two Fish -Red Fish, Blue Fish, Blue Water,Blue Face!

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 One fish, two fish.

One red, one blue fish.

But first…

we had to paint

the little fish dish.

We mixed some corn syrup with a drop of blue.

Then the fish dish got painted with this sticky blue goo.

That made is easy to stick the fish to.

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But, what do you do when the goo

sticks to you?

You tried to shake the fish off

but it wouldn’t let go.

You pulled, and tugged, and tried to peel it off.

Still it stuck to you so.

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With a little help from Grandma,

we got the fish

back into the fish dish.

Now, you had another wish…

Grandma, more fish!

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So we filled that fish dish

with more red and blue fish

Until we were done with that

sticky

fish

wish!

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you put your sticky fingers

all over your little face…

on your nose…in your hair,

Sticky fingers everywhere!

So…

Grandma did

what Grandma’s do

She let you play in water too!

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We got sticky but it was fun, I have to say.

Hmmm, what else can we do to get ready

 for Dr. Seuss’ big day?

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Another Epic Fail!

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Now, what’s Grandma doing?

We had our first big snow of the winter but you were not feeling very good which meant that going outside to experience it was completely out of the question.  Still, I thought that I could bring some of that snow to you so that you could touch it at least.  So in the middle of the night, I had this idea that I could just bring in a little snow and let you watch as I built a little snowman.  I even tried to think of little things that could serve as eyes, mouth, hat, and buttons.  You know, the way a typical snowman should look.

I was excited!  Your mom…not so much, but I was undeterred.

First the snow.

IMG_7244  I just took a cookie sheet and filled it with the cleanest snow from right outside the door.

Then the ingredients.

IMG_7243 Your snack food was perfect.  At least, that’s what I thought.

Then I tried to form the snow into a snowman but there was one problem:  the snow wouldn’t pack!  It was that light kind of snow that just doesn’t work well for snowman building.  I hadn’t even considered this issue.  I tried and tried to form a ball but just couldn’t get it to hold.  You were getting tired of just sitting there watching me so I gave you a little bit of snow to play with – your first science experiment: what happens to snow when you hold it in your hand for a few seconds?

Well, after adding a little water to this snow mess, I was finally able to get it to stand upright…a little.

IMG_7249When your mom saw it, though, she just laughed.  Your Auntie E called it a “Pinterest Fail”.  One thing we all decided was that it didn’t look anything at all like a snowman.

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It looked more like Ursala from Little Mermaid.

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I don’t know.  You decide!