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Granny Margie C shares her latest granny moments

February 14, 2012 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

Thomas (18 months) arrived with mom and dad for Christmas in South Africa. Granny couldn’t wait and met them at the airport. Fortunately a family friend lent me all the gear again and I was prepared. He had grown out of the high chair and was sitting in an ordinary chair at the table. He still used the car seat and the pushchair – these were essentials. Mom still breastfed him at times and it was very tiring for her, especially during the night when he would wake up for a feed.

I soon learnt to bring my soccer skills into play as he was totally ball mad and forever running and kicking the ball. With the weather being so hot, many hours were spent in the pool. Thomas was not happy with cold water as he was used to a heated indoor pool in England, it was quite a shock to his system.

When he first arrived in SA he wore his closed shoes all the time. For Christmas I bought him Nike sandals and they were great except we had to watch him, as he learnt to undo them very successfully and throw them out the trolley or pushchair.

Our gardener, Michael was fascinated that Tom had to wear shoes all the time and when he finally got used to the South African way, he was always barefoot.

He was very cautious of my dog, Jack. Jack was not used to children and did not appreciate him coming too close. The cats were a different story – he chased them and pulled their tales if he could. They were soon wise to him and disappeared under cars. He loved his walks along the road in his pushchair where Jack would run up and down along the fences of our neighbours in the street chasing their dogs. 

Last but not least, Thomas sat on our neighbour’s tractor. What a joy for him! He was so engrossed with tractors and even though mom had brought out many reading books, he always wanted the Smallholders Farmer’s magazine with lots of pictures of tractors.

What a joy to spend time with our grandchildren – they are so special!

Margie C

Grandparents Answering Machine

July 31, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

Good morning. At present we are not at home but, please leave your message after you hear the beep. beeeeeppp... If you are one of our children, dial 1 and then select the option from 1 to 5 in order of "arrival" so we know who it is.

If you need us to stay with the children, press 2
If you want to borrow the car, press 3
If you want us to wash your clothes and do your ironing, press 4
If you want the grandchildren to sleep here tonight, press 5
If you want us to pick up the kids at school, press 6
If you want us to prepare a meal for Sunday or to have it delivered to your home, press 7
If you want to come to eat here, press 8
If you need money, press 9
If you are going to invite us to dinner, or, taking us to the theatre start talking we are listening!!!!!!!!!!!"

Granny Margie C shares her granny moments with Tum2Mom

July 11, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

Well, my grandson Thomas, born on the 28th May 2011 is a year old and growing too quickly for granny. He lives with mom and dad in England and I was fortunate to be there at his birth and at his 1st birthday.

I just love to cuddle him and was able to do that many times. He calls everything “DA” including me and has the most wonderful smile. Mom and dad had to put a gate up at the bottom of the staircase as he always made his way to the stairs. I slept in the bedroom upstairs, so in the morning he would call me until I came down the stairs to fetch him. He loved my cell phone and my laptop. I pretended to be asleep and he would pull my hair and jump on me until I woke up. He loved opening and closing doors and drawers, of course the inevitable would happen and he would catch his fingers. Lots of tears! And cuddles from Gran, of course! He had so many bumps on his head from falling and knocking his head.

He loves being outside and helped me feed the birds, eating some birdseed himself. They live in the country and the field next door has 2 carthorses that come up to the fence to look for food. There are apple trees in the garden and in season the horses have a feast. I saw a fox early one morning in the garden, also gray squirrels, magpies and very big black crows.

He doesn’t sleep well at night and mom has a tough time. He is at nursery school now 4 days a week as mom and dad have to work. I would love them all to be nearer, but I can see him on Skype which makes a big difference.

His 1st birthday party was a lot of fun and I baked him a cake. Most of the children were around 1 year and walking and running and falling. So much energy, it made me tired just to watch them. We bought him a tractor and trailer that he can ride on whilst dad is on his, cutting the lawn. No gardeners in England unless you are very wealthy.

To all those other Grannies out there, enjoy your grand children – they really are special!

Granny Margie C


Kiara, Monique & Jennae

July 04, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

Kiara (10) and Monique (8) spent four days with us during the worst spell of weather East London has experienced in a while. There went my plans of having picnics on the beach, dune sliding (the girls, not yours truly) and a visit to a Touch Farm.

We did manage a quick walk down to the beach one morning but had to rush back as the rain and gale force winds made it very unpleasant. We were more fortunate the second time around. A lot of debris had been washed ashore and Kiara managed to build a hut with some of the reeds. It was very cosy and she stayed in it while Monique (we all her Mickie) and I went exploring the on the rocks.  

Luckily, they are at an age where they can entertain themselves. During the foul weather they watched TV, played computer games, read books and designed Princess Charlene's wedding gowns. Kiara made me a delicious omelette one morning. She also cleaned the cottage by dusting and sweeping (getting under gramps feet too).

Mickie's interests do not include cooking and cleaning. She likes to play on her own and is able to make up games using things in the cottage. Mickie loves to talk and can keep us amused for hours changing topics at a drop of a hat. Both girls like to sing and dance.    

Grandpa is an excellent "fixer of things". Kiara has realized this and more often than not, she brings something or other to be fixed.

I am blessed to have been able to bond with my four granddaughters, even if I do not spend that much time with Jennae (17). I love them and love to be around them. They make me laugh and grandpa sometimes has a chuckle too. They say the most incredible things. It's lovely having them to stay and when they go home, the house is so quiet and we miss them.  

Balloons in my shoes!

June 15, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

I flew up to Johannesburg on 15 June to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Due to a flight delay, I arrived after Chloe had gone to sleep. The next morning I heard my daughter telling Chloe that I had arrived. As Chloe opened the bedroom door, I jumped forward saying Hello Hello. Poor Chloe got such a fright, she turned and ran up the passage crying. I felt awful. I was not expecting that reaction! When she realized it was only me, she was all smiles and I was forgiven. 

Chloe went to a birthday party on Thursday. That brought back memories of my children going off to birthday parties. On Friday I went with Chloe and Janine to the famous Clamber Club. Chloe did not participate with the other children, preferring to do her own thing. It is a lovely idea, lots of indoor and outdoor activities for the 2 - 3 years old. It was freezing but the little ones had a whale of a time.   

We spent Saturday morning buying goodies for Janine's tea to be held on Sunday afternoon. Chloe noticed the "see through lift" and wanted to go on it. When we got into the lift, Chloe started saying "I don't want to." I pressed the button and down we went. Chloe's eyes lit up when she saw the shoppers and started laughing. When we reached the basement, Chloe said, “More Granny, more."  Chloe and I spent quality time together during the afternoon. Chloe is speaking very well and enjoys creative activities and watching "Shrek." She is very pretty and looks more like Janine every time I see her. I gave her some balloons to play with and she could name and recognise the different colours. She was able to group them together according to colours and shape.

That was a proud granny moment!

We had a special treat on Sunday morning - we went to the Lipizzaner Horse Show. Chloe and Gariss, her cousin, enjoyed every minute. Gariss loved giving carrots to the horses after the show, Chloe, however stood a distance away, quite happy to watch the proceedings.  

Chloe enjoys being outside and loves to go to play parks. She is fearless on some of the apparatus and afraid of others. She takes delight in playing with me and we have such fun. I am so pleased that we have this ability to make each other laugh.

I have a lovely ring tone on my cell phone. It sounds like Chloe's laughter. Whenever I received a call, Chloe would run to my phone and laugh. Of course she wanted my phone to ring all day. Janine would phone me from her cell and Chloe would dash to it and say "Again Granny, again." Then Janine would ring me again!

Chloe normally calls me granny but if I do not hear her she shouts "Gran, where are you?”

When I arrived home, I took off my boots and put them away. I wore them to work on Monday and when I got home, my feet felt odd. I felt inside one of the boots and there I found three balloons. The other shoe yielded the same. A gift from Chloe!  


Win! Win! Win!

June 07, 2011 1 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

Post a comment and stand a chance to win a hamper consisting of 5 children's books, compliments of Pan Macmillan! The books in the hamper are; My Fold Out Words, Shiny Touch Animals, It's a book by Lane Smith, Basher's A B C and One Mole Digging a Hole by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt.
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First time grandparenting

June 07, 2011 1 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

Huggies NappiesI did not have the opportunity to get to know Jennae and Kiara from birth. I met Jennae when she was six years old and Kiara was eighteen months old. My hubby and I had become instant grandparents and it was very exciting! We were novices and boy, how it showed. We were asked to babysit one evening. They were both so good. Jennae went off to bed without any fuss. Kiara had her bottle and I wanted to change her nappy before she fell asleep. I could not find any nappies in her baby bag, (the type that I had used on all three of my own children.) I only found these funny looking things with cartoon pictures. I opened one and tried to put it on Kiara whilst looking for the nappy pins. Oh dear, what a laugh! I had to phone a young friend who had a three month old baby girl and ask how to put on the "nappy." By the time the nappy was on, Kiara was crying and I had to sing to her before she settled down. How Craig and Ash laughed when the story was told. Of course, I am a wizard at putting on "Huggies " now.

Easter Weekend Break

April 25, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

easterJanine managed to to escape from her busy schedule to spend some time with us during the Easter weekend. We met them at the airport and Chloe came running into my arms and gave me a hug. Chloe then realised that her mom was not with her and became quite perturbed. I showed her where her mom was and she immediately calmed down.(Janine had to wait awhile to claim their luggage.) Ohooh, I thought, Chloe is experiencing separation anxiety. The past came flooding back, Janine was about the same age when she started to experience the exact same thing. Chloe had grown some and was looking so cute-a real little girl!

When we left the airport we went to pick up Kiara and Monique,(more about them next time).

The three girls do not see each other that often but they get on so well together. We spent a delightful time at the beach on Monday, building castles, swimming in the lagoon and having fun. I met friends there and they came back for coffee and cake. Danie could not stop saying how pretty the girls were. I was chuffed. Danie has two big strapping sons! We had an Easter Hunt and all the girls found the eggs. Matthew,who is also two,was also invited. Chloe has played with him before but she was not too impressed to see him finding eggs! Matthew is my next door neighbour's grandson - a typical little boy! Monique and Kiara left later that afternoon. Chloe kept on asking where they were. When we told her that they had gone home, she said "oh"

Skinny Dipping

April 08, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

skinnydipI wanted to spend time with my brother, sister-in-law, cousin and her mom, my dear aunt of 93 years. We decided to meet at The Lido for lunch. It was a perfect day and Chloe wanted to swim in the baby pool. Mom undressed her and she had a great time paddling about in the nude until it was time to eat. Chloe does not eat much, just like her mom when she was that age.

Hop, Hop?

April 08, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

CuteBabyDollStrollerPinkI was busy making tea for us when I heard her shouting "Hop, hop." I thought that she was playing so I did not answer. Then a "Granny where are you? Hop, hop." I went to her bedroom. She was stuck between her doll's pram and her chair. She had been saying "help". When I told Janine, she laughed and said that Chloe can not say the  'l' sound.

So Proud

April 08, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

flashcardsI love having Chloe all to myself. She is cute now that she is a little person with her foibles, temper outbursts and sayings. She loves to play with her flash cards. She looks at the picture and says " Um" and then answers. She can name most of the colours.

Tourists are us

April 07, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

goldreefWe went to Gold Reef City Theme Park and Chloe and Garris enjoyed the rides. We watched a Kiddies Science show and I was impressed with both children as they sat still for an hour, being enthralled by the experiments and the other activities. We went to the Bird Park at Monte Casino the following day. It was fascinating. Visitors were allowed into a bird enclosure to feed the birds. The birds are tame and one flew onto my shoulder and started to nibble my ear. Chloe was horrified! She grabbed my hand and pulled me shouting "Move, move granny, come on!' It was so funny.

Nap Time

April 05, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

naptimeA friend took Chloe and me to visit her daughter who runs a crèche. Chloe was quite at home in her new surroundings, playing with the toys and eating the lunch served. She even had a little nap at naptime with all the other children. She is very well behaved and I know I can take her anywhere.

My arrival

April 02, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

ortamboWhen I arrived at OR Tambo Airport, Chloe saw me at the baggage claim. She wanted to rush through the doors and Logan had to restrain her. We had to do with smiles and waves. When I had claimed my luggage it was time for hugs and kisses. Grans who have to travel to see their grandchildren will know about that feeling of utter contentment!  We had a lot planned during my stay. Janine entertains a lot and on Saturday evening guests had been invited to dinner. They were impressed with Chloe's good manners and behaviour. As they entered into the hallway she said "Come in, come in.”

A tribute to grannies!

January 31, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

From our local Saturday Dispatch - The Cheil Column dated 29 Januartribute-to-grannyy 2011. A tribute to grannies.

What is a grannie? Grannies are things that no one can afford to be without. If you haven't got one, you should try as soon as possible to get one. A granny should be round and small with bright pink cheeks and gray hair in a bun, but they can be other colours and sizes as well, and still work just the same.

All Aboard!

January 04, 2011 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

all-aboardLogan celebrated his birthday today. It was drizzling but warm. Janine had organised a boat trip on the Buffalo River at the docks. We were not sure if it would take place because of the weather, but we went anyway. The boat and crew were ready and we went onboard. I had Chloe in my arms and when I tried to board, Chloe started to cry saying that she was scared and wanted to go to the car. Logan took her and I got in. Logan handed Chloe to me, still crying. I sat down and put my rain Macintosh around her and held her close. The boat started and off we went. Chloe stopped crying and snuggled into me. What a great feeling. Music started playing and Chloe sat up and started clapping. It was still drizzling but we were under cover. Chloe soon took note of her surroundings and realised we were moving, the look of utter joy on her face was incredible! She was enjoying every moment. It did not take her too long to wriggle out of the Macintosh and do a bit of exploring herself. A great time was had by all of us.

Christmas 2010

December 27, 2010 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

xmasJanine and family arrived on 21 December and Chloe gave the fist clench when she saw Vic and me. Bless this child!! Chloe attended church on Christmas morning and sang, danced and clapped. She was so well behaved. My two older grandchildren fell asleep!!  When we got back, Chloe took more delight in opening /tearing her presents than the actual gifts inside. We were invited for breakfast by Vic's younger brother and Chloe was so good.

Chloe was putting words together and was into everything. We had to put many things away. "The Terrible Two's" was manifesting itself. Chloe loves my costume jewellery and every time she stays at our cottage, she spends hours putting on my rings, bracelets and necklaces. Chloe loves to be outside and we spent many a happy morning walking around the neighbourhood, swinging on the swings and doing our morning exercises on the grass all before 6.30am. When she does not want anyone with her, she waves and says "Goodbye."

Big Walk

November 06, 2010 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

babywlkI spent a weekend up in Johannesburg to attend Chloe's Big Walk organised by her Nursery School. What fun we had! Chloe and I walked/ran 3km which I thought was fantastic. Unfortunately, Chloe developed a high fever that night. We kept her cool and wiped her down with a warm cloth. We did not sleep very well that night. Janine managed to see the Dr. the following morning and he diagnosed tonsillitis. We had been worried that Chloe may have contracted meningitis. The prescribed antibiotics did the trick.

Picture perfect

November 01, 2010 0 Comments Latest Updates by Carmen

chloe_picturePChloe has a younger cousin, Garris. He is a typical boy. The two of them look great together. Garris is big and strong, with amazing big blue eyes. Chloe is tall and slender with amazing big brown eyes. Picture perfect

Chloe has a fetish about shoes. I noticed that before she could walk. She would sit at her mom’s cupboard and remove all the shoes and try to put them on her feet. I was dumbstruck when I realised she was picking out the correct shoe for the correct foot. Many of my learners are still unable to do this!  Now that she is walking, buying shoes for her is a treat. She chooses what she likes and, hey presto, it is done. Woe betide if what she fancies, is not available in her size!

Chloe went through the usual teething problems – constipation, irritability and sleepless nights. On 15 April 2009, Chloe cut her first tooth and there were celebrations all round. At 2 years, 2 months, Chloe has a mouth full of teeth but the molars are about to come through, so the cycle begins anew.

School Play

October 22, 2010 0 Comments Latest Updates by Janine Daniel

schoolJanine and Chloe flew down for the weekend. I picked them up at the airport and took them to school so that they could meet my class. Chloe was so shy. I think she was tired after the flight. On Friday night the school was holding a singing competition and we all went. Chloe loved every minute of it. She danced and clapped her hands and everyone was delighted! Her cousins, Micky and Kiara,( I will be writing  about them too) were there and they played so well together. An evening well spent and enjoyed by all.