Backyardigans? Do you know?

Until 4 year-old Robert Charles forced the introduction, I had no idea just who or what the Backyardigans were. But as I’ve said before, the Nana learning curve is steep.  I had to climb hard and learn fast.  Do you know who they are?  I’d love to hear about what you readers have had to learn  for your grandchildren.

As I found out, Backyardigans are just one more set of peace-loving, gentle natured cartoon characters,  beloved by many preschoolers, including my darling grandson.    They include a moose named Tyrone, a hippo named Tasha, Pablo the penguin, Uniqua and Austin, creatures whose species eludes me.  I was never good at science.

I absolutely adore this little guy.  He is almost a clone of his father, my son, both physically and emotionally (translation:  gorgeous and challenging).

After Robert goes home, I follow his long established, clandestine  route through my house.  I turn out all the back bedroom nightstand lights (on the little brass tap-tap-tap switches), turn on the daylight sensor front porch light switch,  reset my dishwasher to “normal wash” from  his preferred “pots and pans” and “air dry”  cycles, turn off his four favorite outdoor hoses, and once again mute the sound on my computer.   We rarely catch him in the act but when we do he is nonplused, like a meter reader just doing his job.  

Recently, the mysterious disappearance of his sister’s  Princess Barbie was solved by the plumber who came to unstop the toilet in the children’s bathroom.  After visiting his aunt and uncle on the other side of the state, a small palm frond was removed from their toilet by another expensive plumber.

Sometimes, if I am very tired, my mind wanders and I wonder just what I am going to do with Ryan Andrew.  But there are signs that Robert  is maturing, i.e.  we no longer have to dump the  dog food from the water dish after he has been at Nana’s.

Much as I long to dress him in button-on-suits and lace collars, he is his own little man and he does not wear such clothes.  Even with the strong encouragement and approval of both his father and mother, he has turned up his little turned up nose to all such suggestions that he wear heirloom style clothing.  Robert’s  year round standard garb is a tee shirt, “short sleeve pants” and no shoes, except when he goes to preschool where both shoes and a uniform golf shirt are required.  The shoes go on and off in the school parking lot.

Nothing makes him happier than for me to acquiesce to his perpetual plea, “Make me a shoowrt, Nana.”  He has oodles of character shirts, including Disney, Spiderman, Autobot, Curious George, Diego and others.  Still, has asks for more.  So I sew, he hugs and I melt.  I take  some comfort in the fact that it saves me time, as few things are quicker than embroidering a kiddie tee shirt.  But the real comfort is that I know Robert loves me and that he knows I love him, as evidenced by shirts and hugs and kisses.

I would so love to hear from readers about what you sew for your grandchildren.  Am I the only Nana sewing unlovely tee shirts?

6 responses to “Backyardigans? Do you know?

  1. As a sewing Grammie ,of two boys who are 8 and 10, they like anything sports related. I embroider canvas baskets with their name. I search the isles of fabric stores and online looking for LSU, Missouri and Alabama fabric. I am personally a Georgia fan, sorry Janice. We have no idea where the LSU and Missouri came from. We think it may be the team colors and the fact that no one else in the family is a fan! I make pillowcases, sheets, laundry bags and anything else I can think of. I make polar fleece throws, briefs and pj bottoms. They are very particular about the boxer shorts, special length etc. See what you have to look forward to. Sue

  2. Wow! You do a lot of sewing for them, Sue. These are some great ideas, especially the laundry bags and canvas baskets. Do you have a favorite boxer pattern that they like? What are they so particular about? Do you use a self fabric casing at the waist or plain waistband elastic? I want to know more about this! Thanks for sharing all this good info.
    Janice

  3. I use a McCalls pattern, I will find it and post the number. I make a self fabric casing. They want them a little large in the waist, long crotch and long legs. They also like soft fabric. But will tolerate anything with the right sports team printed on the fabric . Keep up the post. I look forward to them every day! Sue

  4. As you know I have made many tee shirts for Jackson who is 8. I have had to move on to lounging pants and /or boxers with embroidered tee shirts for pjs. Somewhere on the T for the pjs, there has to be glow-in-the dark thread. This Halloween he got a Halloween towel for his bathroom. Seemed to be a hit. He will still wear tee shirts if it is sports related.

    My g’daughters aslo enjoy the tee shirts. They got a spooky appliqued spider with rick rack legs this year.

    Most years everyone gets a new tee shirt for college football season. My machine loves to stitch the orange and white for Tennessee. However, it coughs and blows smoke at me when I put on a Georgia Bulldog or Florida Gator design. But with some loving understanding that I have no choice, it will accomplish the task in beautiful fashion. haha

  5. Oh, Judy, I love the idea of including glow-in-the dark thread on pj tees. With you and Sue both recommending them, I’ve got to try some boxers. And I love the idea of holiday towels for kids’ bathrooms. I know mine would love them.
    I understand your machine choking up with the Georgia Bulldog designs, but you must be doing something wrong with those Gator shirts. My machine loves them and none of my Florida Gator friends have any trouble at all. Perhaps before sewing, you are not doing the Gator chomp properly. Let me know if you would like me to give you some tips.
    Janice

  6. Trust me when I tell you I have seen ALL the Gator chomps I need to see! I’m sure if I should ever lose my mind and decide to do a chomp, I could do it with perfection! haha

    I’m giving my machine pep talks daily, as Christmas is coming and new SEC pjs will be required.

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