Saturday, March 3, 2012

On Letters, Sea Murals and Beachwear


Today, I received this wonderful mural from the Little Man; plus, a beachwear preview and a sweet, sweet note to go along:


Dear Noni,

I am excited about Uncle Zack's wedding. I am especially excited they are having it at the beach. Like I told Mom, "It's a good idea."

Mom has been helping me get ready for our trip to the beach by teaching me a few things about sea life. For the last several weeks, we've been working on a sea mural and reading books about animals that live in the ocean. I've painted fish and made hand-print crabs. I've painted a jellyfish and cut its tentacles. (Dad says to watch out for those, by the way. He says they sting.) I've also made a rainbow fish just like the one in the book Mom read to me. I love the single shiny scale he has. And there are a few shells, just like the ones I hope we'll find and collect in my Cars bucket.

After we got the mural all put together, Mom started to teach me about letters. "R" is for rainbow fish. "C" is for crab. "S" is for seahorse. Oh! Did you see the seahorses? We made three, and I can count them: one, two, three! I crinkled up the tissue paper and glued them on one at a time. I also cut the white "mane" along their backs. I told Mom that those pieces of cut paper were "beautiful." Aren't they, though?

Anyway, I've gotta run now, but I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU AND POP POP in just a few days!!! YAY!!!

I love you bigger than the sky, to the moon and back.
Alex - The Little Man


Can't wait, Little Man!!  I am looking forward to our visit here and then picking up shells on the beach and crabbing and cooking and having a wonderful time!! Won't be long now.  Love you bigger than the sky, to the moon and back!!  Give your brother lovin' for us, too!!  XOXOXOXOXOXO  Noni and Pop Pop

43 comments:

Susan said...

I am in tears. Not only do you have an amazing little man there, you have a daughter who is to the moon and back!! Bless her for being such a great mom.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I'm with you all the way, Susan. Thank you for your sweet blessing.

TexWisGirl said...

absolutely precious! i know you are OVER THE MOON excited! :)

Annette said...

What a sweet, sweet daughter you have to make that mural with him. I'm sure he's so proud of his art work! I love the little crab, and of course just all the detail! Annette T

Chatty Crone said...

I am thrilled with the little guy and how smart he is and how much he loves you - but your daughter impresses me too! sandie

Shug said...

do you know how amazingly blessed you are? Your daughter amazes me with her details in keeping you connected with the little man..
this is very special and it thrills me to see a young mom dedicating so much time to her children..
I, myself am excited about the wedding...You will have so much so share with us...
blessings

Judy S. said...

Aren't grand kids the best? Great post, Tanna. BTW, if your GS doesn't already have it, he'd love 1001 Things to Spot Under the Sea. (http://www.amazon.com/1001-Things-Spot-Katie-Daynes/dp/0794526152/ref=pd_sim_b_3) I love Osborne books for kids!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Precious, precious...have a wonderful time and celebration!! Congratulations to ALL!!

Ginny said...

I don't know which of the the pictures I like the best!! I see everything he is talking about, and I recognize the Rainbow Fish, we have those books. The seahorses and jellyfish are adorable. I would put this under glass, frame it, and hang it somewhere!! Really!

twoknitwit said...

....and the sea mural is as beautiful as all your watercolors

Melissa

Pondside said...

I'll bet you can hear his little voice in that note. Your daughter is a prize! What a sweet thing to do. Is the wedding very soon? You must be very excited!

Swanski said...

I bet you are thrilled to receive such a fantastic present and how wonderful to be connected to his world :)

Debbie said...

Tanna the Gramma, this post begs a simple question:

How in the world are your feet still planted on the ground? You must feel as if you are flying with anticipation of the whole wonderful adventure.

And that's a wonderful daughter/mommy you raised. I'm sure you know that, but isn't it nice to hear it from an objective observer?

Christine said...

I'm excited for you!
Great way to look forward to little hands and feet. Little Man is growing up!

Laura said...

What a great idea to get him ready for the beach! Amanda is a natural teacher and mom. That is such a cute idea. I love it. You are going to have so much fun it almost makes me wish for grandkids. Have a wonderful time at the beach. Hope you find lots of shells with the little men.

Kelly said...

It's wonderful how close you all are. I think that is just so sweet that they made a mural for you to enjoy while waiting for your visit.

Stephanie V said...

What a great mural...I love that jellyfish. It looks too friendly to sting :)

He has such a sweet face and a sweet letter to you. Guess they know the times in between visits are hard to wait through sometimes.

Leontien said...

Yes! Amazing little man! And i LOVE the hands with the eyes (just had to point that out)!

Big Hugs
Leontien

Betsy said...

Oh, he is adorable. :)

I especially loved the hand crabs!

podso said...

It sounds like the wedding is coming up soon! And your daughter is marvelous ... and teaching her little boys to care and communicate and love!!! How precious for you.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Awww... that is the sweetest letter! Love the sea mural too! :)

steph said...

What a sweet daughter (who I bet learned quite a bit from her very thoughtful sweet mama!!!!) Have an over the moon great time with the family this week, Noni!!!

steph said...

What a sweet daughter (who I bet learned quite a bit from her very thoughtful sweet mama!!!!) Have an over the moon great time with the family this week, Noni!!!

Cindy said...

That is so sweet, Tanna, you are so blessed.
Hugs, Cindy

no spring chicken said...

I laugh and sigh with you right here in Oregon. What precious thoughts your little man has! ;)

Blessings, Debbie

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

This is such a special blessing. Your daughter must be a wonderful loving person. She obviously is a fantastic mother. Taking the time to teach and create with her children and then to share it with you. Truly touching! The artwork is wonderful too :) You are one lucky Noni!

Jen said...

That is too sweet! What a beautiful mural!

Stitchfork said...

Ahhhhhh, sweet! And that guy is lookin' good in his beachwear - look out girls!!
xo Cathy

Donna said...

Oh, Tanna...my eyes are sweating! I made a mural very simialr to that one with my kindergarten last year! Your daughter is a GREAT teacher! She's a much better share-er than me, though. I would have been keeping that at my house!

Karolee said...

Ahhhh.... Too Cute! And I LOVE the mural! My 8yo wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. She is constantly studying about whales and dolphins and other sea creatures.

Mary said...

How very sweet. You have an amazing family, Tanna. But then you are pretty amazing as well. Have a fabulous evening. Blessings...Mary

Bonnie said...

That mural is definitely a keeper. He worked hard on that! Your daughter is certainly a great mother and teacher. You have such a special family and I enjoy hearing and seeing them all along.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Little Man's mural is a work of art and his words though your daughter's sweet letter is a treasure, Tanna!

Have a wonderful time at the wedding. Many blessings to your family on thsi happy occasion!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

What fun! Cannot wait to hear ALL about it. Enjoy every second Tanna!

Dianne @ My Southern Heart said...

Didn't that absolutely make your day!! What a precious (and smart) daughter to help Little Man do this for you. Loved the post...

Katherine said...

Wow- what a sweet surprise you received in the mail! I can only imagine your reaction as you opened your package and saw this mural and sweet note with it! That Amanda thinks of it all, doesn't she? What a great activity to do with Alex. You must be one special Noni to receive something so special!

I'll be thinking of you guys. Hope you all have a blast at the beach and I can't wait to see the pictures! Best wishes to Zack!

T's Daily Treasures said...

So, so sweet! Your daughter is very special to make sure your little men stay in touch with you in this way. I love those handprint crabs. Hope your day is wonderful. Tammy

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Awwwww....Such a sweet boy, note and picture. Sometimes life is just too good!
Best,
Susan

Debbie said...

Learning is so much fun! I have a feeling he'll be as smart as his Noni! Such a sweet letter! Have a great time on your break! I'm coming down there! :) XO

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a precious note! You are blessed :)

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Enough to melt your heart. You have so much to look forward to. Enjoy!

Kathy said...

Thanks for your visit to my place. I live about 70 miles from you and Tyler is our "go-to" place for shopping somewhere beside's the World's Largest Retailer or Tractor Supply!

Ana said...

Soooo cute!

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

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