Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Busy Summer

Beep, (my granddaughter) and I, are spending her school vacation days together, (July and August, weekdays, from 9:30 until 3:30), while mom and dad are at work.
 
There is no TV allowed at gramma's house during the day, no movies, dvd's or videos. Electronic use is limited to an occasional hour or two on her iPad that we gave her as a "passing present". She is going into grade 5 in September!

We have quite the agenda! Arts and crafts, including designing and constructing our faerie houses, sewing lessons, learning photography basics, and cursive writing (which they no longer teach in the schools here). We have to spend a little time on math and spelling tutoring as well.
 
(That's a Canada Day wash off "tattoo" on her cheek)
 
And then there is physical fitness. Did you know that the average child in North America spends less that 3 hours a week engaging in any physical activity, and merely an hour a week outdoors! So, part of every day is outdoor time, skipping, hoola hooping, hopscotching, gardening, feeding the squirrels, (centre photo), and nature walks.
 
Ergo, gramma has a lot less time for photography, being on the internet, and a lot less energy as well! I won't be posting as often over the next two months, and I may not be able to visit and comment on as many blogs as usual. Not to worry, Pixel Posts will be back to "normal" in September.
 
On that note, I will leave you with this...


Lake Huron sunset, Ontario, Canada.

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Cheers, and Happy Summer!
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43 comments:

Muffie said...

Gorgeous photo! Just enjoy your little cutie, and we'll see you when we see you. You're a strict gramma, but I'm sure she's loving every minute of the activities!!

TexWisGirl said...

i'm loving your kind of busy. soak it in and enjoy it! such a cutie she is!

Rambling Woods said...

Enjoy!

Sylvia K said...

I could repeat every word TexGirl has written! You are indeed the perfect example of a perfect grandmother and I do admire you so much, Karen. If I had grandchildren I would want to be doing the same things!! Thank you for sharing with us!! Enjoy every moment and have a wonderful weekend!

Elephant's Child said...

Love that sunset.
Enjoy your time together. And I am very sure you will.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I'm sure you and Beep will have a fantastic summer with lots of fun, giggling, crafting, photography and creating memories.

Lisa Gordon said...

It sounds like you and Beep have a fantastic summer planned, Karen. Enjoy every moment, and I'll see you when you are back here.

eileeninmd said...

A gorgeous sunset! Enjoy your summer with Beep! Have a happy 4th of July!

Valerie said...

A glorious capture Karen. I applaud your wise choices in how you and Beep spend time together. You are in the process of creating special memories for both of you to recall in years to come!

A Quiet Corner said...

To me this is THE BEST kind of busy...less sitting for Grandma makes more moving for us too! Love her nickname and her pix...what a cutie pie!...:)JP

Buttons said...

Oh it sounds perfect to me enjoy this time with Gramma Beep she is very wise. Karen I will be here when you find time to come back enjoy enjoy. I am tired just reading this:):) Hug B

Michelle said...

Enjoy your time with Beep! Glad to hear that you are so involved and filling her time wisely!

Pamela Gordon said...

You and Beep are going to have a very special summer together doing some fun things. She will learn a lot I'm sure. Enjoy every moment and I'll see you in September. Happy summer to you and Beep! P.S. the photo of the sunset is beautiful.

blueseaimages said...

Gorgeous shot of the sky.

RedPat said...

Enjoy your summer, Karen, and I look forward to any posts that you do have time for! ;-)

Linda said...

Wonderful sunset! I almost said seascape, but it's a lake... is there a lakescape?

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Good for you for setting limits!
If it's all summer, you're going to need them.
Our girls learn cursive writing in gr. 3 in Ottawa.
I taught it in gr. 4 classes.

We're babysitting for a week, 4 and 6 yr-olds. Gonna be a blast!
(ใƒ„) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You are living life -- the most important part of it -- instead of writing about it and that is nothing but wonderful!! Enjoy this time. You ar esuch a good grandmother and beautiful Beep is lucky to be making memories with you!

Felicia said...

totally gorgeous photo.

enjoy your time with Beep.

Gail Dixon said...

Enjoy your time with Beep! You know I read an interesting article which claimed that most children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are deprived of physical activity which is a necessary part of brain function. Sitting in school 8 hrs a day is not healthy! Duh. Hopefully, physical fitness will become more of a major role in schools soon. Enjoy your summer. :)

Stephanie said...

Enjoy your time with your granddaughter and gorgeous sky shot!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

A beautiful sunset!! Have fun with your granddaughter.

Jim said...

Pretty colours.

Indrani said...

Have a great time with Beep.
Gorgeous sky shot!

ladyfi said...

Sounds like a fun summer. Enjoy!

Nancy J said...

Enjoy Beep and the busy days ahead, I think your "programme" is so well thought out, fun, some serious stuff, even maths can be fun. and we'll see you here when your time allows. Beep, have a great time with Gramma. Hugs to you both, Jean. your sunset is spectacular.

lina@women perspective said...

Wonderful sunset, Karen. Enjoy your fun time with Beep :)

maryaustria said...

This sunset is amazing! These colors ... breathtaking!
Have a wonderful time with your granddaughter!

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, she is a cutie, and not to mention the Lake Huron, wow, it is fantastic.

Jo said...

Well done, Karen, on that wonderful itinerary with your cute little granddaughter. We look forward to hearing all about your quality time together when you "return" in September. Love the pic of Lake Huron. First time I actually seen it. Blessings, Jo

DeniseinVA said...

Beep is adorable and being able to spend this precious time with her, you are blessed :). Photos are great!

Sandra said...

and all that is good for you to, a win win situations. enjoy your summer

Debbie said...

awesome summer fun!! i have the same t.v. rule in my house for myself. being that i am home all day, i have set guidelines for myself. no t.v. untill it gets dark, get outside every day, grow something.....you get the idea!!!

your image is breathtaking!!!

kmilyun said...

Sounds like a wonderful summer. Beep will have loads of great memories. Enjoy!

Breathtaking said...

Have a great time with Beep,and we will be here when you return to blogging.
All your photos are lovely and Beep does very well with hers too.

Keep well, and happy 4th.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I LOVE the whole concept of no tv/dvd/electronics....what a great grandmother you are. To spend time with her like this will give her so many good memories...and she will excel in so many things.

Shirley said...

Is there a better way to spend a summer day or two than lakeside? Hope you are enjoying your summer together.

My Little Home and Garden said...

You certainly are a loving grandmother, looking after your pretty granddaughter for 2 months. It sounds like you have plenty of wonderful ideas of how she can spend her time, along with that unscheduled time for dreaming! Enjoy.

Lake Huron looks fabulous in your sunset photo.

Karen

EG CameraGirl said...

Beep is lucky to have you for her grandmother. I bet you'll both have a wonderful summer.

Stewart M said...

Very jealous - I would love our kids to be able to do this - but, unfortunately, we have no grandparents left!

Sorry for slow reply - hectic weeks!

Cheers - Stewart M

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Well it sounds as if we have something in common. Having returned from an Alaska cruise and multiple shore excursions I missed our early morning walks in the Florida wetlands. Sitting and eating have been our major activities, and I have 10 new pound to show for it! Now starting to tackle my correspondence backlog and enjoy seeing your delightful images on something bigger than an iPhone.

fairy lover 226 said...

Ha ha so cute. I'm loving all of your photos. And so gorgeous photography.
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Jeanne said...

Totally love your plans for the summer with your grandaughter. This time is some of the most important in her life and a wonderful time with you. know she is loving it! Love your shot of lake Huron. so beautiful!