Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Singing in the Rain?

Today my grandkids got to visit the nursing home in their area for some Spring time fun.

The little kids went to the nursing home and played a game with Singing in the Rain. They danced around the "puddle" and when the music stopped they had to jump in the puddle. The second part of this video catches more of the music. The post below shows some views of the other things they did. The residents and children really had a wonderful time! VIDEO IS 46 SECONDS

Toddlers and Nursing homes?

I am visiting my daughter (it is my birthday week and I needed some grandkids!) . Today a bunch of kiddies got together to visit the nursing home. They had stories about Spring and rain (and Noah --)
They visited with the elderly and found out what Spring reminded them of--ie renewal, summer cloths, flowers etc were some of the answers given. They wrote these on umbrellas and stuck them on a bulletin type board.
Yes, there was music and my grandson decided to help out on the piano.

Below they are singing to Singing in the Rain and they have their "umbrellas" and are walking around "puddles". When the music stops they get to jump in the puddles.
Below they are playing a game of jumping over the "puddles".

When we left my Granddaughter had to put her real umbrella up!
They also learned some signing for umbrella, rain, etc. The older folks loved watching the kids and really enjoyed this. The kids loved everything. It was a great time.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The wonder of children

I was reading an old book and I love this quote on children:

"When some of us look at children,

especially when they are happy, we feel what the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins was
expressing in a poem called "Spring" when he asked: "What is all this juice and all this joy?"

For us, children are the springtime, all creative burgeoning of human life.

They are not only in that springtime; they are that springtime.

Except when they are ill or hungry or in terror, their faces are fresh

free of the scars of old passions and enduring responsibilities.

They seem to breathe their own excess of vitality into the things they touch

or try to touch. Their surprise (and they themselves are surprises)

sometimes makes us older ones want to

draw close to them, the way a freezing traveler

wants to stop his purposeful voyage in order

to draw close to a warm and lambent fire.

What joy!

What excitement!

What beauty!

What delight!
Yes, the wonder, the juicyness, the blessings of children!!! YA gotta love them!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Cookies

Don't is your chance to make Easter Cookies : There is so much symbolism here, but you need to make them the night before easter and then easter morning there is a special the link!

Friday, April 2, 2010


This painting is by Bill Stephens. I like it. It can be found here: This is what he says about it:

"There exists a chess game between the devil and a man in which the man is one move away from checkmate. If he looses, that jar beside him will hold his soul as all who are on the mantle over the fireplace. The man thinks he has lost, but actually if one studies the board, they will come to realize he has a way out, but he can't see it. Signed 18x24 Canvas giclee $185.00 Please add $50.00 for a signed one-of-a-kind giclee print which you alone would own."
I saw this a few years ago and I still often think of it! It is amazing how one picture can speak to a person, eh?