32 Day Photo Challenge. Day 12: Sweet.
Nothing I could bake or buy could be sweeter than life’s little moments and here’s one of mine. Sydney Reece Gerichs at the age of 2 years, 11 months, and 10 days. She came home with us Sunday night after the Progressive Dinner and went home Monday night around 7:00 just so we could hang out and spend some time together since I am off this week. She helped me put the ornaments on our little tree which made her Grampa extremely sentimental remembering Megan at that age doing the same thing. She woke up in the morning talking of candy and gum like always so I told her she could have one or the other “after a while”. About 15 minutes she asked me “Gramma, is it after yet?” I said what do you mean and she said “Is it after so I can have some candy or gum?” 🙂 We made some homemade banana pancakes for breakfast and she pursued the question again so I told her 45 minutes after breakfast she could have one or the other and I set the timer. You know what happened next … “Is the timer off yet? Now how many minutes? Is it time yet Gramma?” When that timer went off you should have seen her face light up! A Christmas tree couldn’t have shined brighter! We later made some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. She sits on the counter and helps me measure and pour the stuff into the bowl and we have a great time. We did a little painting project, read some books, played “little girls” while she sang songs like Alice the Camel, Jingle Bells, and a few others I couldn’t decipher. She dressed herself in the morning, said “thank you” to compliments of her, “please” when she wanted something, “bless you” when I sneezed — all without prompting. When Grampa came home to join us for lunch, she wanted to sit on the big chair with no booster, and when he asked if she was going to take a nap, she matter of factly answered “In five minutes Grampa” and held out her hand as if to say “and not before that.” It wasn’t even nap time yet. She’s growing up and I saw the change from even the last time we had her. We did have one naughtly time (hey, she is still two after all) where she slipped away while playing with the Bristle Blocks and when I called her she didn’t answer. I found her in the corner behind the kitchen table facing the drapes (a common place she’s always hid when being naughty). I said “Sydney, what are you doing?” She pointed to the curtain, and no joke, said “I yike these Gramma?” You like what? “I yike these” and pointed to the curtains again. You like the curtains? “Uh huh.” Well, not believing she was standing in the corner to compliment my drapes, a further search found a gum wrapper on the chair under the table, and a further search from there found a wet piece of gum on the floor with teeth marks in it. I’m sure it came out as soon as she heard me call her. She can be a sneak, and a darn good one too, but seriously she’s so adorable doing it! We threw it away with the statement of “no gum today” and we were on to other things. Her greatest enjoyment of the morning was getting to play with my iPhone. She used to play with it all the time when she was littler, but when she got to deleting contacts and messages, I had to put a stop to it. When she gets it now it’s on rare occasions and usually only to look at pictures which she loves. She disappeared again and when I called she answered from my little studio downstairs. She was sitting in the cleared room with just the little rocker we bought Megan for her 1st birthday sitting in the middle of the room. Okay, you KNOW I’m not missing an opportunity like that so I popped on the lights and snapped a few shots of my adoring and adored granddaughter. She was taking pictures of herself. Sweet, sweet, sweet. I love little moments like this.