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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Allergy Season



Quote of the Day:

Always and Forever is a Grandmothers love

 Author: Kathy










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It is allergy season again, and mine are wreaking havoc. But I found this clever idea to help take care of those used Kleenexes. It is so easy, I don't know why I didn't think of it. If you're like me, I keep Kleenexes in every room. But when my hay fever or a cold kicks in, I carry one around with me. Those nasty Kleenexes start stacking up if you're not careful. So I love this idea.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

4 Generation Updated

Quote of the Day:

A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart.

 Author: Unknown









The first picture I put in a post already. You can see that post if you look to the left on this site. I'll do mine with my daughter like the top, But I have other children and this is how I decided to include them. This me and my husband holding a picture of my son and his wife holding a picture of their children, our grandchildren. 

The program that I used to do this is Photoshop 7. It is my first attempt to do this and I don't think it came out too bad.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Super Hero

Quote of the Day:

All Grandmothers like letters. Even if they just consist of a squiggle and a dirty finger mark.

 Author: unknown







My grandson Luke is into the super heroes. I got the idea for the top sweatshirt from Pinterest, Captain America. The Pinterest sweatshirt had the mask attacked to the hood. I chose to make the mask separate. I bought a hooded sweatshirt and appliqued the A on the hood and the star on the chest. I used my embroidery machine for this. The appliques were under $3.00 each. I made a pattern for the white and red strips on the arms from printer paper. I did sew those on by hand. 

The jet pack is not part of Captain America's outfit traditionally, but Luke loved it. My husband sprayed the 2 liter bottles with a white primer and then the silver gray paint. I found a template online for flames and used felt to cut out the different size flames. They are just twisted up and stuffed inside the bottle. This is not the first time I have made this  The first time I glued the bottles to a cardboard piece that I cut out and added straps to. This time I bought a book bag at the thrift store for $0.75. I cut the front off and glued the bottles to the inside back. Now I have ready made strips and it looks much more professional. What is not on this one that was on the first one is pictures of little signs that say flammable. With travel overseas the way it is today, I can add that little thing when I get to their house. 

I showed them to Luke when we Skyped and he said, "Look Mama!! Fire!!!" and was grinning from ear to ear. I'm excited to see his face when they are in the same room as he is. 

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wrapper for Car Seat

Quote of the Day:

A grandma is a mom with extra frosting.

 Author: unknown

Wrapper for a Car Seat

I got the idea from Pinterest. The picture on the right is the picture off of Pinterest. I could not find a pattern for it so I sort of did it on my own. 

I bought the pre-quilted material in pink since it was going to be for my grand-daughter. I cut the holes to match the straps in the car seat. Then I just sewed biased tape around all the holes . I created the hood as if I was making a hooded towel and added the little bow. It kept Lily warm for a while. 
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Adoption


Quote of the Day:

We strongly believe that all children are unique, amazing and loveable!
Sara Deaterla



We help adoption agencies or families who wish to place a special needs baby or toddler and sometimes older children for adoption, find experienced and loving adoptive families. No matter what the special need, we can help you find the very best family.

Our support services are completely free to everyone in the adoption triad. We are a licensed custodial adoption agency and an special needs advocacy group. We provide a way for special needs babies and adoptive families who are willing, thrilled, and highly experienced to parent children with challenges to find each other. We will help connect you to families that are homestudy and adoption ready for a special needs baby or toddler and sometimes older children. Every month, we help several special needs babies and toddlers find their forever families! Our families want to adopt special needs children because they have seen the blessing that these children can be and they have the knowledge and experience to handle their unique needs.

Sara Deaterla is my sister. She started by adopting her own children with special needs with her husband Mike. She has two grown children of her own and 3 grandchildren if you count the one one the way. Their first adopted child is Savannah who is 8 now. Savannah was born in Viet Nam. They traveled to Viet Nam to get her. I have to say that Sara, doesn't let Savannah forget her roots. She takes to area Vietnamese events and Savannah dresses in Vietnamese garb. Savannah's special needs are not as severe as some can be. Mike wrote a book about this adoption and can be purchased on Amazon. Just follow the link:

Special Needs: Adoption Journeys of an Older Couple This is a very informative book about overseas adoption.

Their second child is Christian who is now 7. Christian is an African American child from Cleveland, Ohio. Christian was born with a drug addition at only 2o6 weeks and only weighed 1.9 lbs.  He is as sharp as a tack even though he is legally blind.

Their third child is Marlee. Marlee is of Filipino decent. Marlee has what is known as Tuberous Sclerosis.  This is a rare multi-system genetic disease that causes benign tumors to grow in the brain and on other vital organs such as the kidneys, heart, eyes, lungs, and skin. It usually affects the central nervous system and results in a combination of symptoms including seizures, developmental delay, behavior problems, skin abnormalities, and kidney disease. Marlee has already had at least 7 brain surgeries to stop the seizures and she is only 5.

I have a friend that suffers from this disease, but fortunately, hers appears on her skin and she needs to only have it removed. I'm told the Marlee's mother had the same type as my friend.

Special Angel Adoption Agency is an arm of The Marlee Factor Foundation. This foundation was started as a non-profit program to assist those families that have special needs children. They provide gas cards to assist parents to be able to keep their child's doctor's appointments for example. This name came to be a few years ago when it was fully expected that Marlee was going to succumb to this disease. It was the "Marlee Factor" coined by the hospital chaplain that helped her to turn the corner and live. She is thriving. She was never supposed to walk. She climbs. She was never supposed to do a lot of things she's doing now. She's learning to sign to communicate.

Marlee Factor Foundation If you aren't interested in adoption, please consider donating to this foundation. Right now it is local only. But it is there intent to serve outside their community eventually.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Signing Words for children

Quote of the Day:

 Always and forever is a grandmother’s love.

(anonymous)




Being a grandmother who signs some, I started teaching my granddaughter a few word when she was a baby. I just taught her how to sign eat, drink, more and cookie. It made life so much easier when she could communicate with us some. I taught cookie as a fun word, but we ended up using for anything that was treat. She didn't always get cookies.



My daughter and I have been working with Luke to teach him the word "more". I know I'm blocking some of the video, but you can see that he is getting it.


If your child or grandchild can tell you what they want, it solves a lot of problems and makes other easier.

Now his little sister is learning to tell her Mama she wants more.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Super Hero Jet Pack

Quote of the Day:   

A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart.

 Author: Unknown



















Super Hero Jet Pack






I am doing this one again. My youngest grandson, Luke, is into super heroes. You take two 2 liter soda bottles and spray them first with the primer and then with the gray. The brand my husband used is pictured and is supposed to be good for plastic. It has worked for both of my "jet packs" so far. I just went to Google images and typed in "flammable" and came up with all kinds of signs that I could use to mark my bottles. I also went to Google images and typed in "flames" and came up with a template for the flames coming out of the bottom. The flames are made of red, yellow and orange felt. You can buy just squares of felt at Jo-Ann's or Handcock's for about .50 cents a piece. I had a total of 6 squares, two of each color. If you look close at the bottom picture you can see, I glued the bottles to a piece of cardboard I cut from a box and made straps to wear over his shoulders. This was Halloween 2013. I'm in the process of making Luke a Captain America sweatshirt and I am debating whether to put velcro on the back of the sweatshirt and just attach the "tanks" that way. I am not going to complete this project until I get to Germany where my grandson lives with my daughter and her Air Force husband. Sadly, in this day and age, I am concerned about traveling with something that looks flammable and going through security. In pieces, it looks harmless. 

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Activity Board for Toddler

Quote of the Day:

A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold.

 Author: chinese proverb






This is the cutest and the most incredible idea I've seen in a long time. It is not my idea. I found it on Pinterest. I wanted to share this because I have a small granddaughter and a small great niece that would be entertained by this for a bit. Even the 3 year old might like this. It's like that doll when we were kids that would teach you to use buttons and zippers and such. I can just see my brother and sister-in-law building this for their granddaughter. It is very clever and looks so easy to do.

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