by Cath Hammack, "Nanni" to eight grandchildren
There are so many benevolent names for grandmothers and our
melting pot of ethnicity provides new blends of loving endearments
like: Grandmama, Maw-Maw, Nana, Mimi, Babcia, G-Ma, Mamie,
Grand-mère, Nonna, Abuela, YaYa, Bube, Memo, Mams, Lola, Oma, Mor
Mor, Farmor, Lita, E-li-si, Gammlemor, and many more.
In many cultures the grandparents play a significant role in
raising their grandkids. As time evolved, America departed
from that tradition, but with the many problems that many parents
face today, many grandparents are either legal guardians of their
grandkids or they are sharing a home with their children and
I have eight grandkids from fourteen to nine months old. I
am so fortunate to have them all living in the Tri-Cities. I have
three Granddaughters and five Grandsons. One Grandson is in heaven,
but I have many stories to tell about our relationship before he
became an Angel. I love the saying "The secret of life is to
skip having children and go directly to grandkids." It is so true
about how I feel about my grandkids. Though I thoroughly love my
three children and have a great relationship with them I really do
enjoyed my grandparent time. I am a working grandparent and have to
split my time between my husband, work, and my grandkids with a
little time left for the adult children. My weekends are busy with
my grandkids and I love it.
The family tries to get together on Sundays for "Dinner and A
Movie Night" but that is challenge with a two year-old, a bored
expressive six year old and a mobile crawler, at times. It does
bring laughter though as we get into the movie and discover a
missing baby or a mischievous two or three-year-old is up to
something; the movies are paused over and over again and we laugh
that we may not finish the movie by the next movie night. The
challenges we have encountered is to how to entertain as many of
the family members attending the "Dinner and A Movie Night" as
possible. Choice of movie is critical and we have found that
many of the classics movies works best for us, some of my
suggestions are: Wizard of Oz, live action Disney with an
animated one now and then, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Willy Wonka and
the Chocolate Factory, or the Indiana Jones series. So pop
some popcorn, dispense the candy, pour some soda pop and put on a
movie. My tip to save the floor is lay a tarp down on
the floor and put a thick quilt on top, throw some pillows around,
gather the grandkids, and then relax and make memories.
I had an opportunity to taste the most delicious warm
treat at the Friends and Trends event in October at the Columbia
Center Mall and I thought I would share this treat with you!
I can't wait to have it again and share it with my friends .
1 bottle of Preston Gamay Noir (semi-sweet rose`)
3-4 cups cranberry juice (whatever mixture you like)
1 package of Preston mulling spices
1 cinnamon stick
Combine all ingredients together in a crock pot, heat and
serve. Let spices and cinnamon stick simmer for 1-2 hours
then remove. Cinnamon stick and mulling spices can be used up
to 5 times.
Spices are available only in their tasting room. Contact
Preston Premium Wines @ www.prestonwines.com for directions or
order online today!
Right now Preston is offering a special: for every
3 bottles of Gamay Noir purchased, you receive a free package of
mulling spices ($5.95 value).
We love playing board games in our family. Monday
evening has become the 'chosen' game night for us. I am
always on the prowl for great games. One of Ethan and
Natalie's gifts for Christmas and their Birthday's is always a
board game. I'm especially pleased when games help teach
practical life skills. That is why my pick for Ethan is MONEY
MONEY. This is a great way to learn about money. For Natalie
I chose Friendship Island. She is very socially conscience.
This game will give me insight into the emotional and social
development of my children. These games definitely made my
FRIENDSHIP ISLAND -
A unique, fun board game designed by educational experts to
teach social and emotional awareness. Children explore issues
related to making friends, being a good friend, and resolving
disagreements in win-win ways. Include the whole family by
utilizing the Easier and/or More Challenging playing cards and
instructions, plus use the Parent Guide to encourage important
family dialogue. Encourages great communication. from 5y &
up (A, K, V)$25.00
To order either of these games please
Discovery Toys - Educational
About Nikki: Nikki is a Speech and
Language Therapist working in the public school system. She
joined the Discovery Toys team because she felt passionately about
providing her child with educational toys that would enhance they
learning, encourage language development, and foster parent-child
interaction. I love sharing these educational products with
friends, family, teachers, and most of all…kids! If you are
interested in earning free toys for your children, please contact
Don't laugh - I'm going grocery shopping today for Thanksgiving.
It's not as bad as it sounds. Dinner is at my sister's and I just
need a few things. But yes, I did wait until Tuesday before the big
day and I know that I'm headed into a grocery firestorm. Especially
since school was canceled today. Help me out here. Where are the
best deals, moms?
If your kids are itching to get out of the house even as the
weather turns cold, take them to a fun and interactive exhibit with
murals that will make them feel like they're outside on a beautiful
spring day. Open most Thursdays from noon to 4 pm, Cooper's Corner
is an educational bicycle and pedestrian safety exhibit free for
kids up to age 12.
Using scooters, kids learn about stoplights, traffic safety,
railroad crossings and crosswalks while they zoom around colorful
murals depicting buildings, the Columbia River, businesses and
more. The stoplights and crosswalks are operational, and your
pint-size travelers can even cross a miniature cable bridge.
This is a great way for parents to help their children
understand traffic safety while instilling good habits. Kids can
also park their 'cars' to check out the police station, firehouse
and hospital buildings around exhibit.
Cooper's Corner is named after Cooper Jones, who was tragically
killed in a bicycle accident in 1997. This great exhibit helps
carry on his legacy while sending home a powerful message about
safety. Cooper's Corner is run by volunteers and is located near
the JCPenney store entrance inside the Columbia Center Mall.
Don't forget to take care of mom during this holiday season.
We're giving away a luxurious pedicure at Nouveau Day
Spa to ease those tired shopping feet.
Nouveau Day Spa Express Pedicure
A refreshing aromatherapy treatment to rejuvenate tired
(30-45 Minutes) $45 value
Answer this question in the caption section below for a chance
to win. Winners will be drawn randomly from all entries at 5 p.m.
on Dec. 15. Be sure to check back to this page to see if you're the
We know how busy all of you moms are going to be for the
holidays. Here is a quick greeting to let you know that we're all
in this together. Remember to take time to enjoy this holiday
season, and maybe even do something special for yourself!
Have fun with your holiday greetings.
Yourself today! It's fun and really easy.
Kelley Reese's simple and inspiring
jewelry stylishly gives moms subtle reminders of important
qualities that we all embrace. To let all you moms out there
know that you are strong and beautiful, we are giving away Kelley
Reese's strength necklace, like the one pictured above.
In the comments section below, tell us about your strongest
holiday memory. We will randomly draw a name on Friday, December
10th to win the bracelet.
You can view her entire collection of gorgeous jewelry here.
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