Tag: fun with grandkids

  • Silence on the Hill

    Silence on the Hill

    I pulled the black ski mask down over my face to fight off the biting cold. When I heard the sounds of twigs snapping, I knew the little boys were close by. As I stood up from the log I had been resting on, I picked up the axe with my right hand. Grateful for…

  • Grandpa Socks

    Grandpa Socks

    I felt the hot sand under my feet and wondered why it didn’t seem to bother the little ones. Here at the lakeside with three of my grandchildren, the youngest not even two years old. They played in the water and the sand, completely unaware of the inherent risks in the fun. I stepped into…

  • Playing Cards With Grandma

    Playing Cards With Grandma

    “Why are you moving the King, Grandma?” “That’s how you play Solitaire. Watch what happens when I move it.” “Wow! Another card is there. How did you do that?” Aiden asked. “When you move a card that has one underneath it, the bottom one flips over so you can see it.” Our latest visit to…

  • Grandpa’s Here!

    Grandpa’s Here!

    I knocked on the door. I was not feeling particularly bright today. I didn’t sleep well and would have preferred to stay in bed. But I had a long to-do list, so I went through the motions in the shower and put on clothes for the drive across town. I saw the blinds at the…

  • The snipe hunt – explained

    Nothing like a snipe hunt on a backyard camping trip. You can jump over to youtube to see parts 2 and 3.

  • Backyard Campout

    Backyard Campout

    Written by Michael Lee Joshua I picked up the newspaper on my way to my recliner. Settling in, I avoided my wife’s stare. “Well?” I smiled and said, “I checked the tent stakes and opened up the boys’ sleeping bags. They will be fine, honey. It’s just a backyard campout.” “We’ll see, dear. We’ll see.”…

  • Dirty Feet? Written by Michael Lee Joshua

    “Grandpa, Ariana’s feet are dirty,” Aiden told me. “Has she been walking around barefoot?” He giggled, “No, I don’t think so.” Now, it is important to note that Ariana is the newest addition to the Joshua clan, born on the 13th of August, 2011. It’s not likely that she was walking around barefoot – or…

  • I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up Written by Michael Lee Joshua

    As the grandkids climb on me, I wonder aloud if I’ll be able to get up from the floor today. Two grandsons hold out their hands to help pull me up. It would be better for me if they were older than seven, but I grasp their hands anyway. As they look at one another…

  • First Grade Reading – My First Day (In a Long Time)

    As a loving grandpa, I write a lot of stories about my grandchildren. From one story that discusses my relationship with my first grandson and the name he used to call me, Baba, to a story that I wrote about reading to my second grandson and first granddaughter – I have found that much of…

  • Family Vacation Around the Corner

    With our Marriott timeshares “in the bank” we decided this would be a great year to try to get all the kids together for a vacation. So we reserved two two-bedroom villas and invited our daughter and her family, our son and his family, our single son, my wife’s sister, my brother and his wife…