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#Sundaystills Sweet snippets

“Look, Mommy, the moon is half grown,” stated a clean but tired 4 year old. We were walking back from the camp bathroom. It was, I recall, a stellar camping weekend with friends. I’m unsure what lake we were at or what we ate but I remember her warm small hand in mine as we walked back.

These sweet little snippets of memory float through now and again. Often triggered to the front of the memories by a similar incident or a picture. But most likely, by a conversation with our grandchildren, like how a certain little boy loves the moon.

Some memories totally fade away, and others stick around. It’s that passage of time. Somedays, one feels it keenly. Sweet and bittersweet all at the same time. Reality, of course.

I’m working on a personalized ABC for Little Man C, aka Nan’s Colton bear. There are the usual airplanes to zebras alongside pages with chores, trains, and equipment (lots of equipment). There are also special pages full of family photos of the Cruikshanks, Beutlers, Dunns, and Maki’s. These pages will tell him, in a visual format, who he is.  Who daddy’s dad and grampa were when they were alive. Who G.G. was married to and what Momma and Uncle looked like as youngsters.

He’ll be four next week. Sweet huggy four with a thick layer of rambunctious boy frosting. Bedtime cuddles to sleep are still a thing, and reading always involves snuggling up together. I cherish these sweet times for, far too soon, he will be a teenage boy taller than his Nan and likely not inclined to kiss and hug the same way.

The picture shows us looking at Young A’s ABC book on her special day.  She had chosen a sleepover with us for her birthday, and it was so sweet to wake up to this excited little voice saying, “Nan, Nan, I’m 6 now. It’s finally my birthday, ” as she crawled into bed with us. She’s equal parts raspberry vinegar that one; sweet and tart. A very caring, big hearted child who is fiercely independent with a hefty dose of inquisitiveness. Baking, skiing, reading, playing, or any other activity she’s all in. I treasure this kindergarten year as I know in the fall more school time means less play time with Nan and Grampa.

The sweet joy of being a grandparent is such a blessing. One isn’t guaranteed that this will happen, and if it does, there can be circumstances that mean Monday night sleepovers aren’t options.

Sweet times indeed. Now onward to 6 and 4 with new little baby cousin coming soon.

Crazy how some posts are like pulling teeth to get the words to flow. Then this one I wrote while icing my back today. Now, I’m back to work on the ABC book. I’m making serious progress and feel like I can pull it together by next Tuesday.

As always, I am thankful to Terri over at Second Wind Perspectives for the prompt. I’ve been on a bit of a slow down with words, but this prompt hit the spot. As usual, I went down my own road and chose memories of sweet times comprised of the wonderful connections between parents and children and grandchildren.

I could easily have done sweet eats as there is no shortage of photos or memories of all that baking. But perhaps some of that might hit the #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge. I’m hoping to reveal my reads this month into the #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge although some of it lately is out of my usual genre, and it’s not that sweet.



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

16 thoughts on “#Sundaystills Sweet snippets

  1. I loved this. What a perfect thing to share for the theme. I made my grandson laminated photos of all the people in his life, laminated them and put them together on a ring. He loved looking at them.


    1. I felt like this was such an easy direction to head when sweet was the theme. I feel so blessed to be involved and sharing this time with my young grandchildren. I assume your grandson was a bit younger when you did the key ring photos? What a great way to learn faces and names. I waited until my grandson was four to create the book for him as he is rough and tumble and I wanted it to survive! Thanks for stopping in. I still struggle to leave comments on your site but I do read it often. Bernie


      1. I wish i knew why the commenting was a struggle..hmmm…yes, my grandson was quite a bit younger, not even 1. Boys are definitely rough on things aren’t they. My grandson is now 4 1/2 so a little more understanding of taking care of things. but his 2 year old sister, not so much.


      2. Did you see my last comment on your most recent post? And then one that turned out to be about 7 years old but was right below the most recent one.? Bernie


      3. I did go in and see it…it wanted me to moderate it..maybe becasue it was older. and I did see the one you posted on my #WQ post. Signing your name like you did lets me know who it is. I appreciate you always trying.


  2. Great work Grandma. Making each child feel so special. My kids did not have such a luxury, as my parents were already gone and the remaining two did not seem interested. Keep up the good work Bernie. Allan


  3. Yes, Bernie, grandchildren are a gift and so are grandparents. I was lucky enough to grow up in my grandparent’s house. Our family lived with my grandparents since I was little and I very much enjoyed it. Grandparents are a blessing that not everyone is lucky enough to have. Thus, we must value them and respect them for all they have done for us and our parents. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day 🙂 Aiva xx

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  4. I agree, Bernie, grandchildren are a gift. It’s a privilege to be part of their lives. And you do need to count your blessings to have yours so nearby. Ours are at a distance, but every bit as precious.


    1. I do indeed recognize my blessings. I have friends who’s grandchildren are on different continents and Covid really took a toll on precious times together. They are all precious – I remember how much my mom treasured her time on Vancouver Island to see that set of grandkids. They adore my mom just like my children do but definitely don’t have as many shared memories. Now with technology, other than long distance phone calls (!), it’s a bit easier to stay connected. Thanks for reading Jane and engaging with my written words. Bernie

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  5. You are an amzing grandma, Bernie and so very lucky you can be close to the grands. Those are such sweet moments indeed. The activities you share with them will always be meaningful to them and as time passes, one day they will have put aside the books, then stumble upon them years from now and those sweet memories with you will come flooding back. An amazing legacy for your family. I love that chocolate concoction, too!


    1. I made each of my children these ABC books for their high school graduation and I know that they also get looked at. In this day and age when most people don’t print photos it is nice to give them a physical tangible link to me and the love I bear for them. Definitely sweet. Thanks again for the awesome prompt – that I pulled together in two 20 min icing my back sessions! Bernie

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