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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Noodles

Grandson is almost 17 months old. I know, its hard to fathom. Where did the time go?

As all children do, he transitioned into people food age appropriately and new foods are continued to be introduced.  He has his favorites, oatmeal, bananas, and he's definitely his grandmother's grandchild because he loves pasta and potatoes (I never met a pasta or a potato that I didn't like and that's why I'm 50 pounds overweight). 

He's over for dinner 2 nights a week. I have to be careful in meal planning because I need to make sure to include something he will like to eat. In realty, shrimp, which we all like to eat, is not going to cut it for someone his age so there is a backup plan, at least here. At grandmother's house he is a vegetarian. No matter how we cook the meat, he rarely eats chicken, ham, etc., that we serve here (he will at his own home). 

Yesterday the young family came over for dinner. Step grand daughter is missing; she's spending the summer in the New York area with her father, as she does every summer. I planned Betty Crocker's Suddenly Salad Bacon and Ranch pasta salad (a crowd favorite, I always have to make 2 boxes of it), chicken teriyaki barbecued on skewers, and barbecued zucchini. I wasn't sure if the wee one had the suddenly salad before (he had as it was a favorite of son's) so I made cheese noodles, Knorr's 4 Cheese Pasta.  I knew he liked them from a previous time I served them. 

I made the mistake of holding him while I was at the stove dishing out the hot pasta into a bowl for him to cool down while we were finishing the last of the meal's preparation.  Perfectly safe, he was never in danger when I was holding him. Stove was off. I just had a bowl and spoon by the pot on the far burner he couldn't reach and was preparing some so they would be cool when we sat down to dinner.

He saw the noodles and all bets were off. He wanted down and he wanted in his high chair. Son was just moving it over to the table and he helped him into it, buckling him in. From the time he started in his high chair, I made it a point (along with his parents) of folding his hands together when it was time to eat saying "let's pray". We say a very simple prayer "thank you Lord for the meal we are about to eat." For the past month or so when he gets into his high chair, he folds his hands and waits until we all sit down and we all say "let's pray" and then the prayer. He patiently is sitting there with his hands folded while we bring the food to the table etc.

I brought another bowl to the table and told son (DIL joined us a bit later as she was working and a bit late coming over) to put some noodles into the bowl to get them ready for when the bowl I had ready was empty, he would have a fresh batch to serve to the wee one that was cooled down. We prayed and son gave him the bowl I had gotten ready for the wee one, which had cooled down by now.

We could not keep him in pasta noodles. Son was continually filling up one bowl or another. He put a piece of zucchini on the tray as well as some chicken and pasta salad. If the wee one tries something he doesn't like he will spit it out, collect it on his fingers and want to give it to you. He would have nothing to do with the chicken or the pasta salad. Did take the piece of zucchini, licked it and promptly handed it to son. But he ate 3/4 of the pot of pasta. Several times he handed son the empty bowl with a look like if he was Oliver Twist he would have said "please sir, can I have more?" Thankfully there was more and then more on top of that.

Any grandparent will say. It is a joy to be one. I totally agree. It is worth the EXTREME heat to be living 3 miles close to them. He's been a joy. Of course every grandparent says their grandchild(ren) are smart. He is the same. Smart. Sharp, learning, active, busy, full of energy, much loved, a blessing.

Thank you God!

(Happy 4th; be safe out there).

43 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

what a sweet story about the pasta and your grandson. you are blessed, for sure. happy 4th.

Pat Hatt said...

He knows what he likes and sure wants to get his fill.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a blessing our grandchildren are ! My only regret is that so many of mine live so far away. But I do have 4 that live close. Strange as it seems none of the 4 like potatoes much at all. They do love pasta. Mac and cheese being their favorite but only if its Krafts. They love spaghetti too! Hope you have a Happy 4th of July! It's a quiet day here for me.

Mac n' Janet said...

Sounds like a young man who knows his mind. We have no grands and won't ever have any, but we have a daughter who we love more than anything.

Jimmy said...

Grandbabies are definitely a blessing, we are not close in miles to ours but we do stay in contact and Mimi has figured out how to spoil him from afar.

Yes your Grandson does sound like he takes after you, that is how it should be.

Joanne Noragon said...

I recall a day when two granddaughters gorged themselves on watermelon. Happy fourth!

Mevely317 said...

This post made me smile all inside! Why, your words just paint a moving picture!

Doesn't seem that long ago, my 12-y/o grand refused to eat anything but green tomatoes ...and believed herself to be a vegetarian! I think that lasted about 4-5 months. Interesting how children's tastes change. How blessed you are to observe the wee one up-close and personal! :)

baili said...

you painted beautifully the whole image of lovely story ..
i specially loved the way he folded his cute little hands for pray ,how sweet!!!

Debby said...

I would say, most toddlers love pasta. One reason Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is still around, after all these years!

Chatty Crone said...

I am glad you have him and I am really glad that he has you. Wonderful to teach him to pray. Happy 4th of July! Sandie

Maria Zannini said...

My kid brother was like that with cheese. Even, today, at 45 years old, he's still a cheese hound.

I guess we keep our food faves.

Liz A. said...

Interesting. Kids get their preferences, don't they?

Bijoux said...

It's always interesting to see what foods kids that age love. I remember my middle child was obsessed with baked beans for while. She still loves them.

Ann Bennett said...

What a little charmer. I know he looks precious sitting with his hands folded for prayer. I love a baby. I'm not surprised he rejected all the grown-ups food. Mac and Cheese is the way to go.

Wendy said...

I could have written this about my little Ainsley-boo. Yep, hands back whatever she doesn't want as if that morsel has infected the plate. As a wee one being introduced to solids, she could have survived on pureed blueberries. Now we call them "the blueberry of death" because there is no way she will let it sit on her plate, let alone eat it!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

OHMYGOSH...I love this story. He sounds adorable. I'd want to squeeze him :) Happy 4th!

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Cute! Amazing how some days they seem to be bottomless pits when it comes to food. Love and adore my two grandchildren!

We love the pasta salad mix, too! I usually jazz it up with a can of chicken, A cup of shredded cheese, and a cup of broccoli and a little bacon. Sometimes some olives as well.

Visit me @ Life & Faith in Caneyhead. 😉

Saleslady371 said...

They are a joy indeed. The wee one sounds like a charmer! I know some kids are fussy but I don't care, I'll do my best to cook the things little Amy likes too. Her sis was a better eater and made it easy. We are all more relaxed with #2. Carrie stocked me with fruit and veggie pouches and wheat thins and pretzels last week. You sound like you are doing a wonderful job!

jack69 said...

I am smiling as I read this. I love how silly grand mothers are! LOL. I am thinking of my son and his latest grand. he is absolutely crazy about the grand. A picture passed thru my screen saver of me and his Grandson, my favorite guy in the world. Ben who is visiting here now. My son told me a few days ago, "Dad you do not understand, Jude is wonderful!" As the picture popped up I said, "Look at that, Ben was my first grandson, You cannot tell me I don't understand exactly how you feel.
Keep it up Betty, the Wee One will be just as wonderful at 35! LOL
SDWEET entry, I hope you all had a great fourth.

salemslot9 said...

"He saw the noodles and
said AMEN!" ;)

Victoria Zigler said...

Cute!

Intense Guy said...

:-) enjoy every minute! they are so fleeting!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sweet post Betty. You are so blessed to have him in your life.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I smiled the entire way through your proud grandma story. I've been enjoying my granddaughter the same though she's only 4 months old. Mmm...pasta.

Bobbi and Gracie said...

There's nothing like having the little ones around us and watching them learn and grow to keep us young at heart. It sounds like you had a great time with the wee one.. That is great that you live close. Three of mine are close too :-)

Jo said...

So glad you are enjoying your grandchild and you find the move worth it.

Glad you had a good 4th too.

Paula Kaye said...

I am so glad you live close enough to get to enjoy him this way. It's just not the same if you only get to see them occasionally. He sounds like he is a delight! My grandkids will eat most anything. Of this I am very thankful. No picky eaters at this house!!

Joanne said...

sounds like you are having a blast (despite heat). Keep cooking those noodles. You are bringing joy and nourishment. And he's nourishing your soul. Enjoy!

Birgit said...

He is a young man on a mission and he knows what he wants! You have another loving memory to add to your journal

Blue Grumpster said...

Good to hear he makes you happy. People have called me grandpa since 1st grade... Don't know why :)

Have a great Saturday.

Blue

Sandi said...



"For the past month or so when he gets into his high chair, he folds his hands and waits until we all sit down and we all say "let's pray"

OH! This makes my heart sing!

Juli G said...

Enjoy this... the picky stage of food comes all too quickly. I still have this problem... and they are 15 and 16. *sigh*

Love the baby story! While I don't want to go back, it is fun to remember.

DMS said...

Little ones certainly know what they want. Those noodles sound delicious! Guess next time the other food will have to be brought out first so he might have a chance of eating something else. ;) But- yummy noodles are hard to pass out. So glad you live close by and get to spend so much time together. So special!
~Jess

Secret Agent Woman said...

That's really great that you get to be so close to your grandson.

Jerralea said...

My grands love the Knorr noodles, too. Currently, they love the creamy chicken flavor.

It's so funny how I've turned into my granny: I too love feeding my grandkids. Seems like they eat so well at my house!

Also, after we say grace, they want everyone at the table to say a loud and satisfying Aaa-men! They won't eat until we do!

It's worth whatever you have to do to be with them. Ours live in the same town as us; our new arrival lives about 45 minutes away. I will be on the road to see her as much as possible!

Linda said...

What a blessing to each other, enjoy!

Blogoratti said...

Such a heartwarming tale and thoughts. Warm greetings to you!

Thea O'Brian said...

Betty I love your posts! The noodle story was cute and the prayer part is fantastic to start so early.
http://enchantedfantasies.blogspot.com/

yaya said...

My Grandkiddos are pretty old compared to your wee one but I do remember the days of getting to know what foods they like. I remember my oldest granddaughter sitting in her high chair and eating macaroni salad saying "I don't think I like this" as she ate every bit of it! She'll be 22 in a few days...time does fly doesn't it?

A Joyful Chaos said...

Aw ....

I can see why your grandchild loved the pasta ... one of my favorite foods as well.

Blessings~

BrightenedBoy said...

I can't yet empathize with having grandchildren (or even children). That said, I'm at an age, the late twenties, where some of my friends are just beginning to have children, and it's been a bizarre and surreal (and wonderful) experience. One of my best friends has an eight-month-old who is such a joy.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I can't believe your grandson is 17 months already. Time flies, huh? You just can't go wrong with pasta. We love it. In fact we had the Suddenly Salad (the Cesar one) with dinner on Tuesday night.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

That sounds so precious, his patience in waiting until prayer is said!

Yeah, my grandkids are my heart.