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Old 06-08-2015, 09:03 AM   #351
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:49 AM   #352
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:34 PM   #353
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We have had a hectic, but great, day.

Am train was late, so we did some running....really, running.....and I had a few moments where I thought maybe I had taken on too much, but it all came together and they have had fun.

We're all exhausted, and on the train home.


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Miss Maggie, my Maternal Grandmother "escorted" myself, my brother and two other male cousins on "The City of New Orleans" train from New Orleans to Chicago back in 1969. It was a glorious trip I will never forget. Yes, my younger brother became quite bored after being refused access to the "caboose" and engineto "drive the train". So he tore out the bottom of a paper drink cup creating a megaphone which he proceeded to describe the endless corn fields as "the raw product for Kellogg's Corn Flakes...." The conductor was not amused..

My Sainted Grandmother just watched... Then brought my brother under momentary control with a tender glance.... It was amazing...

Chicago doesn't appear to have recovered....
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Old 06-09-2015, 05:39 AM   #355
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I am hardly a sainted Grandma, but am a loving and devoted one. I expect them to mind me and am on them when they don't. Couldn't do much with kids who were out of control, and simply wouldn't.

We looked at the Izaak Walton Inn online and talked about taking a train trip out there and back.

Probably would be ridiculously expensive, with a family sized sleeper car, but meals are included and I think it would be an amazing experience for them. They would love the observation car. Could spend a couple of nights there and come back.

When Doug & I trained to Seattle 10 years ago or so, which took 2 1/2 days each way, we just had the best time. I'll never forget sipping coffee in the lower berth of our sleeper car, watching the Rocky Mountains pass by out the window.

Am going to look into it and see where points and miles could be used to defray costs. Because.....why not?

One of the amazing features of this new Capitol One Venture card is this "purchase eraser" thing, where you can use miles to "erase" purchases already made on your line of credit.

Going to do a mountain of laundry today, ready the Interstate for Moraine View, and hopefully make a trip to the park this afternoon.

And, Avantis for supper tonite......


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You definitely a have talent dealing with your grands. We invited my husband's grand-daughter down south last summer to go camping with us at Jocasse State park. The trip started okay but early on the grand kept asking for my husband to buy her a new laptop & by the end of the week it had turned into a crying calling my ex-daughter-in-law fit because she wasn't getting a laptop. My husband was so hurt because he loves those kids & realized the mother knew that this was going to be asked for. He felt like that was the only reason for the visit which turns out it was since she hasn't called him in a year. I can't make it right for him but I certainly told both grand & mom what I thought of their behavior.😡

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That is sad, Jane.

Children definitely reflect their parenting, no doubt about that. . These children have very devoted, excellent, and involved parents, which helps a great deal.

These four are also 12, 10, 8 and 7 1/2, and we have had them regularly, all of their lives, which makes a huge difference. They know Grandma, and what Grandma expects, and Grandma knows them.

It is very, very difficult to take on a child you are unfamiliar with, and who is unfamiliar with you. Think foster parenting.....

I'm sad for your husband, but he should keep trying. As she gets older, she will hopefully mature and enjoy contact without putting conditions on it.

I am a big believer in being the one who stays in the game.


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He definitely stays involved to the degree he can due to distance. He face times & visits regularly but you are right parenting is the key. My son in law is level & a good influence on them but weekends aren't enough to sway the behavior as they get older. It is sad but not sure their behavior overall will change unless required to do so at home. My heart breaks for him.


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Yep.

I used to tell my foster parents, when placing a child with them, to pay close attention to what the child did, and how, those first days after coming into their home, as this is a window into their life.......how they play, eat, sleep, behave, what they say, etc.......and had them keep daily notes for me.

None of us are perfect parents, but children in protective custody are assessed, along with their families, to determine degree of risk at home, what is going well, and what is not, etc. This information would then go into a court report for the Judge, who would make final determinations as to problems needing addressed and whether a child could return home, and when.

Think about what you learn about a child's life, simply by observing them.


We have some older grands who were not so easy to deal with, before they were in school and had their first experiences....other than with us....with external structure. Couldn't let them out of our sight for a moment.

There is a story as to why we hadn't seen them in 4 years at the time Doug died, and why I still don't, which I will not go into.

Parenting is the key, and the good, the bad, and the ugly is reflected in our children.


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Hi Maggie!!! sounds like that all turned out well for everyone!!! I love train trips... have done a few out here and now that your adventures have reminded me what fun I had, I think I'll do some more!!! something to think about and plan for.... keep having fun!!! Hugs and love to you...pats for Lily!!! gail
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After the seemingly pellmell pace of the past couple of weeks, now it's going to be all about me and some rest and relaxation.

The kiddos are with my son/his as of this morning, and they will meet the parents of Iowa Alice tomorrow to return her.

It has been a great visit with them......but, I'm tired and ready for no care-giving for awhile.

We did laundry yesterday, took delivery of my 3-week-overdue House Wine Riesling , then went to a favorite park in the afternoon.

These kids have run themselves near into the ground outside these past few days, and dropped like stones by 8pm. I like to see that kind of rosy-cheeked exhaustion in children. Nothing better for them than playing outside in the fresh air.

All of them slender as a reed, they still eat like longshoremen, and it's taken some doing keeping up with their appetites @ 3 meals a day.

But.....I have loved every minute of it.

We are settled in at Moraine View for the rally.....I brought my chair, and am sitting outside. .

Most will begin gathering here tomorrow, and I am looking forward to seeing everyone.


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Congrats on your successful family gathering, your fun and exhausting grands visit and the CHAIR!!! Lots going on Miss Maggie you deserve the rest and relaxation and you're going to need some of that wine have a great time.
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I brought the rest of the Sangria that Sara made over the weekend.....



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Hi Maggie,

So glad to have discovered you are writing again, have always enjoyed you observations and reflections on life. As I typically do I started from the beginning and read every post. How exciting to plan a trip to the southwest. That's one we will do one day too. I'll be checking back from time to time and look forward to reading about you and Lilly, of course.


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