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Can we bottle that energy?

The Mommy Chronicles

August 31, 2012
Anne Blankenship - Managing Editor ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

We made a flying trip to Cedar Rapids this week as the opportunity to host the grandchildren presented itself.

Ariel, 3, and Eric, 2, are good-natured little tikes and are always fun to have around. I?have discovered that the only thing that compares with having children - is having grandbabies. We love it when they come to visit.

We get to see them about every two months. The kids, children of Larry's oldest son, Adam, and his significant other, Eydie, are simply a delight to have around. And Daniel takes great pride in being "Uncle Daniel"?during the visits.

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Ariel is a real girly-girl. She likes to pick out her own clothes and make sure her hair is nicely combed. Pink and purple are her favorite colors, and seem to show up in just about everything this young lady wears. Her little smile is luminous and lights up the whole room.

There's nothing that my husband likes better than making young Ariel giggle. Trust me, old Boppa is a pretty popular comedian with the toddler set. He blows raspberries, whistles and sings to them. He reads stories with all the funny voices and characterizations. He's so good at storytelling, that even the adults in the room stop and listen to the tale.

Eric is a tough little fellow who loves football. Well, any kind of ball really. He loves to kick and toss the ball around. He's having a blast with our dogs. He'll kick a big red and blue ball over to Toby who will then dip his head down and nose it back to Eric. Good thing the ball isn't a tennis ball or Toby wouldn't be so willing to give it back to Eric.

Buster keeps a close watch on the two of them. If the kids are on the couch, Buster's favorite spot is right in between the two of them. Last night, Buster was snoozing between the two kids. At one point, he sat up and gave each kid a tongue swipe across the cheek. Then he went back to sleep. The two tots just giggled.

Hopefully, the temperatures will moderate a little over the weekend so we can get these kiddos outside to run off some energy. I wish we could bottle some of that energy for Grandma and Grandpa. Where do they get it and where can I get some of it?



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