Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring Break

The weather was perfect last weekend, and we were able to spend a good bit of time outside with our grandchildren.  Of course, I couldn't resist capturing some pictures -- I think I uploaded 303 from my camera to my computer! -- but I will try to limit myself to sharing just a few.

Most of the pictures I take of 19-month-old Maddox usually have blurred little hands and feet, because he is never still.  In fact, he doesn't ever just walk ... he runs wherever he goes, as fast as his little legs will carry him!


Even his big sister Avery has trouble keeping up with him ...


I did manage to get him to sit for a few minutes by giving him some rocks to play with.

The only problem with that is that he apparently thought they looked good enough to eat!

I will never cease to be amazed by the difference between little boys and little girls.  While Maddox was busy eating rocks, his sister Avery Grace was taking the time to smell the flowers.

I do believe there is some truth in the nursery rhyme about little boys being made of "snips and snails and puppy dog tails," and little girls being made of "sugar and spice and everything nice."


Avery is seven now and I was thrilled when she said she would come spend her Spring Break with us.  I asked her to make two lists for me before she came -- one listing things she would like to do, and the other one of things she wanted to eat.   We were able to do everything on both lists, and then some, and made so many sweet memories to treasure in the process.

One day we went over to the Vicksburg National Military Park to take pictures.  This was our second photo shoot at the park and we had such a good time capturing pictures of monuments, cannon, the Vicksburg National Cemetery, and a variety of sites that caught our attention along the way.

Here she is capturing the Seal of the State of Illinois which is inside the Illinois Monument ...

Avery is a very good little photographer and has quite an eye for composing pictures from different angles. She took this next picture of the Navy Memorial, and, as you can see, her picture is much better than the one I took of the monument.

Avery's Picture

My Picture

She was excited about her pictures and we created a photo booklet of them for her to take to school today to show her teacher and class.

I loved every minute of our time together, and hope it was as meaningful and memorable for Avery as it was for me.  She's growing up so fast, and I hope and pray that this won't be the last time she will want to spend part of her spring break with "GrandMama."


C. M. Designs said...

I have missed seeing pictures of your sweet Grandchildren.. Both of them are beautiful children.. I know you love having Avery spend time with you.. I can remember back when you and she baked cookies together..
She is a great little photographer. Must take after you, Janie.
Thanks for sharing the pictures of your little blessings.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I was going to say, Avery has really grown! What a little doll, and so is Maddox. Both beautiful children, Janie.

And something tells me that Avery wants to spend lots of time with her grandmother. I always did with mine.

Love you...



Pat said...

Hi Janie,
For some reason photos would not entirely load yesterday, but today I see every one of them.

I know Spring Break week made your heart sing having your two beautiful grandchildren visit. They look so much alike.

The black/white were my favorite poses of the children. How nice you and Avery share photography together...You are making such wonderful memories for her and as my husband likes to say, "Our memories are our treasures here on earth."

Happy memories,
Pat in Tallahassee

Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

Oh my goodness, Avery has gotten so big. But still just as pretty as ever. Little Maddox looks like a charmer. I know how hard it is to keep up with them. You are right, they only have one speed....FAST!!!
ha ha. Gotta love 'em. :)

Stacey said...

They are precious and look at how Avery has grown before our eyes!