Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Julia and Adelynn ~~~~ Two Peas In A Pod



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These two precious girls are my granddaughters Julia and Adelynn. This picture was taken a few years back when they were in a Christmas program at their school. These girls are close in age, so people always ask if they are twins, and to that question they always reply,..."No just sisters!"

But these sisters may as well be twins because they are so very close. They do everything together. They have two older brothers who share a room, and Julia and Adelynn also share a room. They wear the same size clothes so they can always share.
But I do think the youngest one, Adelynn does have slightly bigger feet, so she may wear a bigger shoe.

When Julia and Adelynn come to spend the night with Grandma we have a lot of fun. I have mentioned in another blog post that they like to play in my Victorian room and dress up with old hats, and gloves, and shawls and jewelry and play like they are friends staying in a nice hotel. They play like they are on vacation.

They put post-it notes on the two guest bedroom doors and write room numbers on them. Then they ring a bell and I act like I am bringing room service to their rooms. I bring tea and cookies or other goodies on a tray, and they open their play purses and give me tips with their play money.

They keep me hopping as they ring the bell to request stationary so that they can send a note to each other's rooms. They ring it again when they want to request that I bring magazines for them to read, or when they want to know if the hotel gift shop is open. We use the dining room table and play that it is the gift shop and we fill it with all kinds of pretty things for them to buy. We have an old toy cash register and I ring up their purchases and put them in pretty gift bags and they return to their rooms.

At times they come and sit at the kitchen bar area and pretend it is the hotel lounge, and grandpa fixes them sodas. He told them he is a good soda jerk! They of course thought that was funny since they had never heard that expression before.

They share the adjoining bathroom and they ask me to draw their baths just before bed. Or sometimes they ask if the hotel has a Jacuzzi, and they use our master bath's jetted tub.

These girls always want grandma to put make up on them, and to paint their finger nails. They like to have a shot of spray on cologne too, and I brush their hair so that it will look nice under their hats.

This sort of play is so much fun, as I see them use their imaginations. It can go on into the night if I am not careful. And sometimes I have to say prayers with them and remind them that they do have to "sleep" when they come for a "sleep over!"

They never seem to be sleepy, but grams is always bushed by the end of the evening. So, since they are so wide awake, I put a movie in after we pray and they usually watch the whole thing before they fall asleep. I wish I had half their energy!

They remind me so much of their mother when she was little. It brings back happy memories when I watch them at play and think back to the play times I spent with their mommy.

Oh the years go swiftly by don't they? I am sure some of you are close to my age and know just how nostalgic I am feeling. And to those of you who are still young and have small children still at home, I just caution you to love every minute you have with them while you can. They grow up quickly.

As a matter of fact they even look much more grown up now than they did in this picture, because they are in the 3rd and 4th grades this year.

Thanks for letting me share my sweet girls with you today. It was fun!

Linda ~~~~April 2009

21 comments:

Lynnette Kraft said...

I miss my nieces. I wish I had more time with you - and I know you do too.

They are precious.
Love,
Lynnette
PS They'll always remember the fun times as Grandma and Grandpas.

Tanya said...

They sounds so sweet and what a grand grandma you are! I'm sure you all have many special memories from their sleepovers!

HappyascanB said...

Hi! Found you through Lynnette! I loved reading your story from a Grandmother's point of view. I cherish so many dress up times and fun times spent with my grandparents. They'll remember these times for years to come!

The Yellow Door Paperie said...

They are sweet little ones!

Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul said...

How precious....we are in the in-between - 18 & 15, about to graduate from high school and ending a freshman year. While I find I can wait for grand-babies, I find myself thinking more and more about what I will do and be with them - and I love your memory! My Mom and sister were grandmas at a very young age- I've already past that but I can keep going a few more years...like 7-10!!!

Thanks for sharing!
Pamela in TX

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness, Linda........can I come over next time you have a sleepover? I want to play!!

You sound like such a fun Grandma. I remember playing dress up with all of my MeMe's old fifties dresses. I wish I lived back in the 50's, when everyone dressed up just to go to the store.

I am so glad your party went well the other day. I hope you are feeling better soon. Thank you so much for your love and encouragement. You are a wonderful friend to have and a blessing to me.

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

What fun!!! You are such a sweet Grandma. Your family is so blessed to have you.

And I feel blessed to know you, dear friend...

Blessings to you...

Julie said...

What precious grandaughters! They do look like they could be twins! It's nice to "meet" your other grandkids!

What wonderful memories with the girls. That sounds like SO much fun!

Raye Ann said...

"...remind them that they do have to "sleep" when they come for a "sleep over!""

I never knew sleeping was part of a sleep over. :)

It sounds like a wonderful time.

Blessings

Paula said...

There is nothing in this world better than little grandchildren. We are truly blessed

Terri said...

Hi Linda, Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your granddaughters are precious! What sweet memories you are making with them! I look forward to following your blog!

Patricia said...

You are a marvelous grandmother. Thank you for sharing about your two precious granddaughters and all the fun you have together.

Laura Hoekstra-Bettig said...

Oh, how I enjoyed reading this memory, Linda! Those little girls are so very blessed to have you in their lives! I could just picture the fun. I must spend more time at your blog. It is so lovely.

Also, I am halfway through Lynnette's book and have to say I feel as though I am getting to know your family so well. You have been a godly mom and grandmom through some very difficult times in your daughter's life. Wow.

Thanks, too, for stopping by my place today. Hope to see you next week! Blessings,

Laura

Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul said...

Thank you so much for your prayers. Your sweet words are a tremendous comfort.

Pamela in TX

Sarah Robbins said...

What a sweet memory, and what precious girls!

Karabeth said...

Granddaughters are so much fun! I love the idea of a "Victorian Room." Wow! I'd probably never come out of it.

Jennifer said...

Such sweet times you have together - my little granddaughter is not quite a year....we have lots of fun years ahead of us. Playing dress up sounds like alot of fun!

Abigail Kraft said...

*sigh* Gee Grams, I'm only a little over a quarter your age, and nostalgia's taken me over like hot cocoa and Christmas music on a snowy day! *sniff* haha. I love this post! Reminds me of a lot of the great times we had in your old house. I remember playing in that awesome little attic room with you. I loved all of your little plastic dishes! Those were so much fun! And I was soooo happy when you bought my dollhouse for your playroom. :) Ooh, and I remember that kitchen that you had in that room that you gave me for my 4th birthday I think. I loved that thing to death!

Thanks for bringing up such amazing memories! Julia and Adelynn are sweeties. ^_^

Love,
Your insanely sentimental granddaughter,
--Abigail

Jamimania said...

Linda, I was disappointed that this story had to come to an end, it is so fantastic! What a good Grams you are. I was really delighted by them ringing the bell for your service and how you and even Grandpa take the time to play with the girls. I bet they have the time of their life. :) That's really special that you spend good, quality time with them - I know that these will be fond memories that they have forever, just like I do of my granny who has gone on to be with the Lord. You are so right, if we don't enjoy every moment... all too soon the time will pass us by and our babies are all grown up. I've been posting about this some recently as I prepare to graduate my first born. *sigh* But to everything there is a season. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story about your grandaughters... they're beautiful girls!

Aspiemom said...

I really enjoyed reading this. You sound like a great grandmother! It also sounds like they keep you hopping!

Pretend play is perhaps the best kind of play. Your pretty granddaughters have a great imagination!

mbduke said...

What a beautiful memory. The grandparent/grandchild relationship is so important. All you have to do is love them. You don't have to raise them.