Sunday, September 10, 2006

Walla-walla-bing-bang and other tales from Grandma's adventure in monkeyville..

Grandma H's monthlong sojourn in the Garden State was a special time for all of us. The Little Monkey, in particular,had a blast. In so many ways, great and small, important lessons were learned. For example, here, he learns to manipulate the latch on the back deck. This makes his future escape from the confines of home much easier.

We also played with balloons. What more do you need for a good time? And before lunch, even??

We practiced spelling our name, a skill that always comes in handy when it's time to sign those autographs or checks, as the case may be.

And Grandma H also taught the monkey the importance of proper sun protection for one's eyes. Here, she models her "I'll-be-back" Arnold inspired eye visors. They looked super fly when we visited Turtle Back zoo.

Sometimes, we just took a random moment of the day for some impromptu photo ops. The Little Monkey even shared the spotlight with Miss Mina. Each has learned at an early age how to pose for the camera.

Work it, girl. That cute chubby-faced, big eyed look is always a crowd pleaser.

And it's even more convincing up close. How many acorns can the mina-monkey store in those chipmunk cheeks?

Finally, we managed to catch on tape, the true peice-de-resistance. Here, monkey demonstrates the vocal stylings that we are certain will lead to a lifetime of fame and riches. Don't forget who helped train you, little monkey. I'd like to retire early.

All kidding aside, we enjoyed watching the little monkeys interact with Grandma H. I know she enjoyed it too. But in her typically understated way, she left thanking us! She thanked us for letting her take care of Jordan. Was she kidding? Does she have any idea what an enormous help she was, and how lucky we were to be able to take advantage of her generosity? I don't know. What I do know is that it was a wonderful month, and I was able to relax, knowing that Jordan was always in such capable and competent hands. It's not the same around here without you Grandma, but you're only a car ride (and one state) away.

Hugs, and Rubbing noses to you! Come visit again soon.
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