My Grandma, Margaret Sinsel Davidson, died January 25th, 2010. She was a very patient woman, that I never once heard get mad, or complain. She loved cats, tabloids, celebrity gossip, holidays, traveling and her family. Us grankids remember a few of the same moments about Grandma Maggie. One Easter, at her house, after everyone had been served pie, she walked into the living room, looked down at the pie on her plate, looked up and said "Who's is this.... Oh! It's mine!" Then she went and sat down to eat. For some reason, we all remember this moment, and while it may seem non-memorable to you, we all thought it was hilarious! I'm not sure if it's because of what was said, or just that she said it out loud, but we all remember. My Grandma also had this wrist-pinch technique, that would drop a full-grown man. My brother found that out the hard way. She would always drop by my parents house, a mere 5 houses away, just to say 'hi'. She would give you hug, that included a little dance, that always made her laugh. And, when she would have to say goodbye, she used to always say, very incorrectly, but it was hers "Parting is such sweet sorrow... I'll come back tomorrow." We love you grandma and will always remember you and what a wonderful lady you were!http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/saltlaketribune/obituary.aspx?n=margaret-sinsel-davidson&pid=138972951
Saturday morning I was showering and Merrick was wandering around in the bathroom. Merrick went over to the potty and closed the door. I turned the shower off and went to get out, and Merrick was standing there. He had gotten one of my UNUSED tampons, unwrapped it, taken the applicator off, and was holding it by the cotton part, with the string draped over his hand. I asked "What do you have Merr?" And, with excitement, he replied "Firework!!!" Kids have the best imagination!
June 12th was Rowan's first experience at Girl Scout Camp. We arrived at Trefoil Ranch just in time for a huge rainstorm to move in. It happened so fast that we didn't have time to get our bags covered up, and needless to say, lots of girl scouts and their moms had the privilege of sleeping with wet clothes and/or sleeping bags. But the girls had a blast. Especially when they got to ride horses and decorate them with stickers and ribbons.
All of the girls loved finding caterpillars all over and we'll never forget when we heard a rustling in the trees behind us and saw a turkey jump onto the trail and run in the opposite direction. The girls got to do projects and sing songs, and learn some fun dances.
May 27th Rowan bridged from Daisy Girl Scouts to Brownies. She gets to have her same troop leader, Sara, so we're all happy! Rowan and I get to go to a You & Me camp at the Girl Scout lodge in June, and then she gets to go camping with her troop in July. She's pretty excited!May 29th Rowan's elementary school had a 5k run. My sister, Merrick and me drove from one checkpoint to the next to cheer her on. They had police escorts and everything! Merrick held up a sign that said "GO ROWAN GO". He had fun waving at her and her friends going by. Rowan and her friend Tayci walked a lot of the course but had a great time. On May 31st, Alex and I took the kids to the zoo. It was perfect weather and a lot of the animals were out. Merrick loved the merry-go-round and the train. Everyonethought it was gross when the giraffe had to 'do his business' and Rowan kept telling me "he's still going..." I steered clear of the glass windows of the 'cages' that housed spiders, snakes and scorpions. Rowan has been having fun playing with her friend Alex Back. It's funny... When I was a kid, Alex Back's dad, Randy, was my best friend, and now his kid is buddies with my kid! Weird! They spend hours riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, playing on the playground or swimming in the little pool at my mom's. And, it always seems that kids have the best hearing, but only when it comes to hearing the ice cream truck heading our way. I'm sure that I could've bought at least 4 or 5 boxes of creamy delights for the price of a few visits from the ice cream man. But, it's a childhood summer tradition!
In April, Alex and I took the kids to the Children's Museum. Alex had never been, so it was fun for him, too. The kids had a great time playing in the helicopter, and the little grocery store. Merrick liked pushing the buttons on the cash register, and I'm sure that everyone loved hearing "clean-up on aisle 7" 100 or so times. On April 9th, Rowan lost another tooth, via self-extraction.She always freaks out
about the blood, but never fails to get them out. Maybe sometimes too soon! April 12th was Easter.The Easter bunny always brings waaay too much candy and encourages the kids to get up waaay too early. He must have some sort of evil pact with Santa. April 21st, I taught Rowan how to ride her bike. She practiced for hours and finally got it. I don't know how many times I heard "DON'T HOLD THE BACK OF MY SEAT!! I CAN DO IT!!!" Followed shortly by "MOM, WHY AREN'T YOU HELPING ME!!!" It was totally entertaining for me. She didn't appreciate being filmed or looked at in any sort of 'funny' fashion. She gave up about 10 times, about 30 seconds each time. There were probably 3 tip-overs, 75 times up and down the same sidewalk, and countless dirty looks directed at me. But, she did learn and I tried to not take the harsh words so personally. Now, she rides her bike whenever she can. Merrick is really into anything to do with spaceships or robots. He watched Toy Story until I thought the DVD would warp, and he's really into Zathura now. Robots and spaceships... perfect! He loves jumping on the bed, saying 'it's hard' or 'what doin' or 'hold me'. He's very stealthy, so I always have to make sure I can see him at all times, so he doesn't sneak out the front door, lock himself in the bathroom or get fingernail polish out of my dresser and dump it all over the quilt my grandma made for me over 25 years ago. Yes, those were all learning experiences for me. Rowan lost another tooth on May 22nd.But this time, we tied a piece of floss around her tooth, and let Merrick yank it out. It was hilarious! She was trying to tell him what to do and with one flick of the wrist, it was out, before she could finish relaying the instructions. The tooth was missing for a few minutes and then was found.
Rowan has been in Girl Scout Troop 950 since September 2008. She loves getting together with her friends and going on fun fieldtrips and making crafty things. Her troop leader is Sara Witt. She is so wonderful with all of the girls! The kids had a great time outside in unbelievably warm weather in February. Rowan had a blast learning how to play badmitton (or as she calls it 'Mad Mittens') and taking walks around the neighborhood. In March, Merrick was the latest Milius to get their picture taken in the infamous sailor suit. It's over 60 years old, and all the grandkids have had their turn. On March 23rd, Rowan lost another tooth. Once again, she was the brave one to pull it out. That just gives me the heebeejeebee's!!!>