Today was the best day! I picked up Miss Amelia early and then dropped her off at a babysitter for a few hours. I know what you’re thinking. “What??? You’re the babysitter!” Well, no, I’m way more than a babysitter. I’m more like a geriatric Mary Poppins, but maybe that’s just my view of things!
One of the girls I accompanied at Shenandoah is in her senior year and has pockets of free time during the week. Tierney is a Music Education major, and wants to work with children. Because her schedule is crazy, she can’t get a daycare job, so she asked if I needed any help with Amelia. Since today was Sandy’s “Craft Day,” I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to get a little crafting done without my little helper wanting to chew up all my card stock. And I did manage to make three (yeah – count ’em – three) tags from the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit from the holiday catalog. In my defense, one of the other ladies brought her granddaughter with her,and I was employing all my Generic Mary Poppins skills to make her smile.
Amelia had a wonderful time with Tierney. Tierney has lots of tricks up her sleeve, because she’s an education major. And Tierney has brown eyes. No one in the family – and I mean no one – has brown eyes. We all have blue, green, or hazel eyes. So Amelia is totally fascinated with Tierney’s eyes. And, of course, Tierney sings and dances and lets Amelia play her piano. So she had a wonderful time. But, of course, Amelia didn’t nap at Tierney’s house. Amelia thinks she’s too old for naps.
Just as I was pulling into our driveway, Amelia fell asleep – and she slept for almost two hours. This gave me enough time to write some checks for some clients and eat lunch. And then Miss Amelia woke up. I think she wasn’t quite ready, because she was very miserable – until she saw her grandfather. She absolutely loves Mike. She went from heartbroken tears to big smiles in seconds when she saw him.
This is the remains of Flounder Florentine and peas. I found out today that Amelia loves spinach almost as much as she loves Mike. And she loves fish. And peas. (And green beans, and corn on the cob, and beef and chicken and … she just loves all food – especially if it’s healthy! She definitely takes after her grandma in the “loves food” category!) By the way, she’s smiling in this photo because her granddad is behind me.
We went back to the office after lunch, and Amelia was a cutie pie. She chatted with Sandy and Christy, and played with toys and had a blast. And I didn’t get any stamping done at all. But I realized that’s ok. Because I had the best time ever playing with this little girl. She’s so smart and happy and alert. And if I never stamp another project because I’m playing with her, that’s fine, too. She’s what’s important in my life right now, just like her dad and Jon were 20+ years ago. I understand what’s important in life, and right now, it’s playing with this little girl.
I did, however, manage to make this the other day. It’s the project for the ladies at Spring Arbor tomorrow.
I used the 2-1/2″ circle punch and the Bird Builder Punch to create the pumpkin. And, of course, I used the Leaflets Framelits for the leaves. I think they’ll enjoy putting this together, and it will make a fun centerpiece for their tables for the fall.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Hopefully, I’ll have a spectacular project to share with you tomorrow. But if not, know that I had a wonderful time playing with my beautiful granddaughter!