Back to Calm in the Studio

I truly love my grandchildren.  The boys are 2 and 5 years old while the girls are almost 2 and 4 years old.  All four of them are utterly charming, inquisitive, bright, sensitive, happy and delightful.  Right up until they aren't.  Anyone familiar with children aged 23 months through 5 years know they also are stubborn, willful, angry, tearful, pushy and demanding.  And then they take a nap at which point I drop exhausted into a chair.  Fortunately the good always outnumbers the bad and we love having them here.

We had our grandsons for five days while their mommy and daddy were on a well earned ski vacation.  They had a great time skiing and snowboarding while we had a great time with the boys.  The boys were here this past Sunday which was our Roc Day celebration.  They did come out to the studio to visit Grandma a couple of times but mostly they stayed in the house with Grandpa.  Grandpa is a godsend.  Ron kept the boys busy and changed diapers and fed them lunch and snacks and put them down for their nap while I spent a wonderful day with our spinning and weaving friends.

Roc Day was wonderful.  We met some new friends who live out in this part of the world and who wanted to learn how to weave.  We also had lots of old friends stop by to visit and eat and laugh and talk.  We managed to solve some if not all of the spinning and weaving world's problems - or at least settle on the location of the next two West Side Weavers meetings.  It was a great day!

Monday, Tuesday and much of Wednesday I spent with the boys.  Ron had done such a great job with them while I was having a day of fun on Sunday that I didn't feel like I could abandon them for the rest of the time they were here.  We had great fun.  They love to go out with me to feed the animals as long as Grandpa is there with the mule.  They are always initially unsure of my crazy dog but by the end of their stay they were playing happily in the back yard with Sadie.  We drew pictures and swept the back deck, fed the cats, did puzzles on the computer with Grandpa and never did quite take naps as long as Grandma needed them to take.  We had a blast.  Now they are back home and it's quiet again.  And while I could sleep as late as I wanted to this morning with no danger of a little voice saying "Grandma it's time to get up" at 5:30 in the morning, I miss them.  And I look forward to the next time they can come and stay a while.

More tomorrow about what I've got on the looms!