Remorse, Fish, Family, and Fun

 

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This is one of our three formerly feral cats, obviously no longer feral. They were a daily source of delight for 3 yo Vivian Rose and 7 yo Alastair.

 

Before the summer was over, our two younger grandchildren came  across the state for a week of Nana (and Granddad) camp.  As all grandparents know, it was a fabulous, memorable time for all, not the least of whom were their folks who were relieved of parental responsibilities for a week. How well I remember that special joy in years gone by.

In an effort to give this some sewing references, I must tell you that Vivian Rose’s suitcase was packed with nothing but Nana-made clothes.  I love my daughter for that–and a million other reasons.  Vivian wore her firefly outfit, the ever popular parade dress, her ABC shorts set, the CC Jane tricycle set and others.  More pictures should have been taken, but I was too wrapped up in the children to shoot more.

 

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With a goofy grin and a little chocolate cake still lingering on her mouth, Vivi wears a well-worn Children’s Corner Katina, made fir her mother 35 years ago. There is something to be said for polycotton. The dress and bloomers are in near perfect condition.

 

FISH

A highlight of  the week was a visit to our friends’ garden and koi ponds.  The day before our outing,  Alastair and Vivian Rose collaborated on a pair of koi dishtowels for their hosts.  Alastair actually did most of the embroidery, with Vivi pushing the needle threader, presser foot lever and start button occasionally.  They chose the threads and were quite proud of the results.

the children did the embroidery at my Dream Machine. Alastair is fascinated by the technology and Vivi loves to push the buttons--any buttons.

The children did the embroidery at my Dream Machine. Alastair is fascinated by the technology and Vivi loves to push the buttons–any buttons.

 

John and Susanna are the grandparents of Baby Shrek who surely found a world of delight at their home when he visited in September.  Vivi’s mother and our daughter, Rebecca Susanne, was named for dear friend Susanna. (But Rebecca Susanna sounded a little too heavy on the -a”s.)

 

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Susanna led the trail through her jungle paradise.

Susanna led the trail past the koi pond and through her breathtaking garden.

 

After a short time, Vivian left the fish.  They were pretty, they swam, she moved on.  In her explorations, she discovered a quiet hideaway where Susanna likes to sit and read, though she seldom sits.  She and her husband John are always on the go, what with keeping up with the garden and ponds, doing church work, and being friends to all.

 

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Vivi was awed by the wind chimes and a singing bird in a secluded nook in the garden.

Among the bromeliads  was a pink pineapple.  Alastair was old enough to know that it was unique.  Vivi just saw a pineapple.

 

Vivian points to the nearly ripe pink pineapple.

Vivian points to the nearly ripe pink pineapple.  Take note of her outfit, lovingly made by her adoring Nana.  Read on to the end oft his post for news of its unseemly demise.

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Our host John led Alastair to a barrel full of tadpoles under the treehouse. Somehow frog eggs had traveled through the pump to this holding tank and hatched.  It was brimming with tadpoles that he could see up close and personal.

 

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Both children enjoyed the treehouse, one in which their mother and uncle spent time as children.  That fact didn’t impress them one bit, but I thought it was nice for them to know.

 

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The visit ended with cookies and lemonade.  John and Susanna know how to end a perfect visit.

FAMILY

At the end of the week, the parents returned along with our son and his family.  It was so special to have all both of our children and their families  home at the same time.

 

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Twelve yo Laurel and 11 yo Robert are idolized by the younger cousins.  Their mutual affection and admiration for one another is a joy to behold.

 

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FUN

Of course, there was swimming.  In lieu of her own darling swimwear, Vivi chose one of Laurel’ s old suits from our box of swimwear loaners for visitors.  The suit is size 8–not a good fit for a 3 yo. But she loved knowing it was Laurel’s.

 

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All four grands are good swimmers and had a grand time splashing around together, along with their parents.  Vivian Rose, on Uncle Ryan’s back, couldn’t get enough of him.

Now, Vivi is the only grandchild who hasn’t outgrown the old rope swing on the side yard and she loved it. How this size 3 little gal managed to hold on with the size 8 straps falling off her shoulders is a mystery.

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Alastair did his swinging under the treehouse, often eating a homemade orange juice pop.

 

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We had so much fun!

REMORSE

Then there was The Incident. Vivian found a long lost permanent marker and decorated the house, her arms and the outfit she wore to see the fish.

 

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This is our ancient and well-loved pine kitchen table, unembellished until the day of The Incident..

 

This was all accomplished while Alastair and I were watching a 3:30 video of his summer camp. What Vivian lacks in artistic style, she makes up for in speed.

 

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And this is Vivian Rose showing genuine remorse in her ruined outfit.  But it was the set’s second summer, so I wrote it off as a lost cause.

The day after The Incident, which I handled rather gently, Vivi came to me, unprompted.  With those big blue eyes looking up at me, she said, “Nana, I not never gonna mark on your walls or your stove or your table or my arms or my dress ever again.  But if I do, I’m gonna say sorry.”  I THINK she meant it.

As it turned out, the stove and woodwork cleaned up, thanks to Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser and the efforts of Vivi’s mother.  The yellow walls in the utility room were scheduled to be painted the next week.  Whew!  The table remains embellished with Vivi’s signature artwork.  Granddad wants it left as is, a colorful reminder of our special week with the children.  I may start using tablecloths in the kitchen.

19 responses to “Remorse, Fish, Family, and Fun

  1. Try spraying the marker with hair spray to remove it. I use Aqua Net. Works great removing marker from clothes.

  2. Thanks, Penny. I’ve tried other hair sprays on other “art work,” but not on this one. I’ll get some and give it a try. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Toothpaste has worked for me on almost all surfaces. You know, they’re worth it!

  4. Granddad is right…that will become a treasured part of your table. I’m so glad your Grandchildren are normal!!…and they are certainly a good looking bunch.

  5. Thank you, Mina. That particular day I was wishing Vivian was not quite that normal.! But she is sooooo cute. I think the table will remain decorated.

  6. Judith, I’ll remember that for the next Incident. Meanwhile, the table will remain a basis for Vivi’s art work.

  7. from Martha Pullen forum: This line cracked me up…..What Vivian lacks in artistic style, she makes up for in speed……..one little dynamo that one!

  8. from Martha Pullen forum: LOL Isn’t it nice to be able to chuckle afterward? You have darling grandkiddos!! And, I would be lost without Mr Clean Magic Erasers–they have “saved the day” many times at our house!!!

  9. from Martha Pullen forum: Cute story!

  10. from Martha Pullen forum: A very cute little devil!

  11. from Martha Pullen forum: A fun adventure that I’m sure will be the topic of many family conversations for years to come…. A delightful memory (now that the Magic Eraser has worked its magic)!! She sure is a cutie with a lot of sass and spunk!

  12. from Martha Pullen forum: Love it!! They are just so darn cute that it is hard to get upset. She really did a job! I have shared this with other grandmothers and moms.

  13. from Martha Pullen forum: If she showed remorse, you did your part very well. Learning lessons – some the hard way – is what kids are supposed to do. Good job, Nana!

  14. Laughing like crazy here! I adore your Vivian-Rose stories. My niece (now married to a minister) used to decorate things, too. My sister has a coffee table completely embellished on the UNDER side with Kelly’s artwork and writing. One of the things the table has written on it is “Ros did dis.” Ross was her much older brother!

  15. Karen, I am loving YOUR stories! So “Ros” did it! Hysterical.

  16. Janice, Love your blog! Always enjoy reading your posts! I had a similar incident with our daughter over 35 years ago and ended up taking the dress to my local dry cleaner. They have access to solvents that we don’t and they were able to get it out! The cleaner told me that some markers are removable, while others are not. Certainly worth a try!

  17. Carol, I appreciate your kind words about my blog. I love writing it and love hearing from readers. You must have been so happy when your dry cleaner got the marker out of your daughter’s garments. I had the same good luck with my 6 yo daughter’s Easter dress about the same time. It was an ultra sheer peach Swiss batiste heirloom dress, heavy with puffing and tatting. Someone at Sunday School gave the children permanent markers and she ended up with black stripes all over the front of the dress. I was in despair, but my cleaner also was able to get that out. Vivi’s top needs to get to that same cleaner. I’ll let you know if he is successful. Thanks for writing.

  18. from Martha Pullen forum: Thanks, Janice, for a great tip about using those fabrics we love just in the border. I was reaching for a scrap today and came across a fabric I have always liked but have never liked whatever it was I used it in, and bingo, it hit me, this fabric would have been great in a border, but was too much overall. Live and learn with this hobby.

  19. You are so right–live and learn with this hobby. I surely learned a lot with this project!

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