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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Artists at Work

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Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

I made a great find at the dollar store; a small wooden easel/mini-canvas set for only $1.25. It seemed like a perfect project for a rainy day, so I bought enough for all of the grandkids.

When our out-of-town grands were visiting, the rains came ... and came. The time had come to bring out the little easels and canvases. I covered the kitchen counter with white paper, put newspaper under the bar stools, and took out some acrylic paints and paint brushes. After putting some old T-shirts over the kids' outfits, we were ready to go.

Each young Michelangelo had a lot of fun, and the big mess was worth it. I wrote the children's names and the date on the back of their completed masterpieces. I must say, the kids and their parents were very proud of the art work ... and so was I!

In case you would like to do a little painting with your grandkids, I just googled "small easel and canvas." Although I couldn't find the exact easel/canvas set that I found at the dollar store, there was a mini-easel and canvas that was very similar.

Have a great weekend
Mary May Larmoyeux


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Independence Day Memories

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Hope that you will be able to make some special memories with the grands this Independence Day!

You and I may want to spend a little time talking with our grandkids about the creation of the Declaration of Independence. I confess, I had forgotten that the signing of it was not completed until August 1776. Independence Day actually honors the formal adoption on July 4, 1776, of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress.

I'm planning on checking out the TV schedule to see if the National Independence Day Parade will be aired in our area. I'd like to see some of it this year (It begins at 11:45 a.m. in Washington, D.C.). It would be fun to watch this parade with a grandchild or two.

Are some of your grandchildren coming to your house for a backyard BBQ on the Fourth. If it's not too hot, I think a game of family whifle ball could be fun. And maybe a watermelon-seed spitting contest ... Do you have any special family activities that you do on the Fourth?

It's wonderful to celebrate freedom on Independence Day, but that freedom came with a price. Pastor Charles Stanley said:  "The price of freedom is expensive. The most important freedom—our inner, personal freedom—is the most expensive of all, because it was bought with the blood of Christ." You may want to watch Dr. Stanley's June 30, 2013, message "The Price of Freedom."

Have a great week,
Mary May Larmoyeux

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