Thursday, 25 May 2006

My Grandchildren

 

AOL,Chat and community.          When they asked could they feature my journal,for the silver surfers week ,suggested I do postings on how the web has enriched my life ,and what it means to be a Grandmother ,I think I covered the web bit ,the other day when I posted ...'On line not a fish '..Two very different subjects,both dear to my heart in different ways ,I have made so many new friends since I became tangled in the web,good friends its a strange relation ship,as I'm sure you will all agree,we learn so much about each others lives and thoughts, on so many different subjects ,and it may be a cliche' by now ,but people really are willing to help each other ,no strings attached in this community ,and like the other sort of web,once caught up in it, difficult to escape ! The other week when I was having problems with my computer my home sparkled, but my heart was heavy ,I just felt so out of touch ....I know ! !  Hands up those of you who know what I mean !

Now being,a Grandmother is equally rewarding,except that I am Granny Jan to my lot ,and there are alot,especially as my honoury 'on line Grandson'Leigh aka Edward Soapy pointed out at Christmas it can prove expensive ! I could be Gran to my computer guru ,who lives next door Glyn and  who is always willing to help me out when I'm stuck,even the fellow in the corner shop near where my two daughters live calls me Gran !

I have been a Gran now for twenty three years ,since my eldest Daughter Sharon delighted me with the birth of Iain Michael,he was born just three months after the death of his Grandfather making him extra special,sorry no picture of him today ,I featured him on his Birthday ,in April ,then Stuart now engaged to Vickie ,then Paul who I also couldnt find a picture for,but you have seen him before here with Becca and Baby Keira,who Becca was expecting when she met Paul ,but now Keira is very firmly ours ,(Great Grandmother !Oo er)then to complete Sharons family is Charlotte ,the one and only Grandaughter ! My son Derek in Dorset has three sons Mickie,Edward and Christopher,then last but certainly not least comes my Daughter Kates two boys Matt and Sam,both of whom you have met on my journal ,these are all very special people ,who I love so much ,in fact I think I like them so much I wish I'd had them first lol......

We have done so many exciting things together,who took Iain out on his sledge when his Mum was too pregnant to do so ?'My Granny '...who taught Stuart to cook biscuits and toffee? 'My Granny'...who taught Paul to ride a bike ?My Granny..Who collects Einid Blyton books for Charlotte ,yes its her Gran...And when Kate was working before she had Sam ,I looked after Matthew ,oh the fun we had,we would stand frozen on the bridge watching the trains coming and going to London ,'just one more Gran 'each time I suggested we go now,and Sam he loves his Gran nearly as much as he loves Maurice ,who takes him fishing ,hes the one who scrubs the kiss off his face with the back of his hand ! What a character he is !

And then, the boys down in Dorset Mick Ed and Chris ,although we dont see them as often ,are still special,we email IM and phone each other and when we do get together it is extra special ,the E disk on my computer is named Edward so he is responsible for many of my files !

Now look again at the lovely graphic ,made for me by dear Donna,Can you visulise Granny Jan ,giving each one of these lovely children at one time or another a ride on that five bar gate ,and hear the hoots of laughter ,what better sound in the whole world ,the sound of happy Grandchildren,who it is  my privilege to know ......Love always

  

Thankyou Donna xx

27 comments:

sugarsweet056 said...

Great entry & pics. I haven't seen Silver Surfers anywhere? How do you join?
Hugs,
Sug

madcobug said...

You have a great looking family. Thanks for sharing your photos with us. Hope you have a great afternoon. Helen

icklemisssexpot said...

I started on AOL back in 1997 but i didn't discover journals until last year...There really is as you say a wonderful community feeling in J-land :o) Am looking forward to being a granny at some point...Not in the immediate future like but sometime where i can spoilt them rotten but also hand them back at end of day <g>  Caff xxxx

jlocorriere05 said...

What a lovely entry Jan! I get worried about you after yesterday  if you haven't posted by lunch time!! Your grand children are beautiful! AOL should be ashamed of themselves for not giving out alerts for you after asking you to participate in the silver surfer week! Jeannette xx

msecz said...

I love all your pictures of your beautiful Grandchildren... I know how you feel because I have been blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren now too... I can't find the silver serfers either.... wonder where it is???? Sandra

salonrose123 said...

What a lovely Granny you are.  Smashing looking grandkids too!!  Lovely photos Jan.
Have a great day.

lindaggeorge said...

Lovely grandchildren Jan.

Less then three weeks till I join 'The Club'! Thank goodness for the computers, my daughter and I both have webcams, so if we can get them working I'll be able to see my grandaughter growing up in Germany.

oddb0dkins said...

One thing Jan - Sam's not wiping the kiss away, he's rubbing it in.
Thanks for a great entry, as usual.
B. x

debbiewebb4465 said...

I love this entry Jan ~ I bet you are a wonderful Granny ~ as you are friend. And yes I can put my hand up to knowing what you mean! All your children and grandchildren are lovely, as are Donna's graphics.
Hope you're having a great week ~ silver surfing :-)
lots of love Debbie ~xxxxxxx~
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aniracj said...

Lovely entry Jan; or should I say granny Jan!!! I have not seen Alfie for almost 4 weeks and I am beginning to get very fed up with it, they are never in when I can get to them....aaargh!!

ally123130585918 said...

Jan we have all got tangled in this web and I wouldn't have it any other way ~ the friends we have made all over the world have given us an insight into their lives which otherwise we would not have had ~ and it is lovely to learn their different ways ~ which really arn't much different to our own ~ It has been a pleasure learning about your family and talking to you on the phone ~ and I know how much you enjoy being Granny Jan you all your lovely grandchildren ~ how lucky they are to have you ~ Ally

kaydeejay5449 said...

I could sense the love you have for your grandkids!  It's easy to see why they love you back!  There's nothing more special that the relationship between grandparent and grandchild.  When my friends told me I'd love being a grandmother I didn't believe it but the minute Megan was it was love at first sight and I'm over the moon about all 3 of them!  Thanks for telling us about yours!
Love,  Kathy

labdancer51 said...

Hmmm...Granny Jan,  I like the sound of it!  I can tell by the way you wrote this that you are so proud of your family, and they obviously adore you too with your hands-on approach.   Talk about Action Gran....lol!   I`d feel the same as you if my computer crashed, I`d probably have withdrawel symtoms...lol! :o)

Sandra xxxxx

irisclyde said...

You have been a busy bee Joan, with lots of long entries! You're certainly a very sociable person too!
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wobblymoo said...

What a special entry, lovely

rachealcarol said...

A wonderful entry Jan or should I say Granny Jan :) You've much warmth surrounding you. Rache

astra1547 said...

Hi Jan...

Wonderful entry! Jan, you certainly do have a way with words...lovely pictures of your Grandchildren and the Graphics are great too! I can see why you were picked to be on the welcome page...Best Wishes!

Astra!
http://journals.aol.co.uk/astra1547/astrasjournal

cacklinrosie101 said...

LOL...my hand is up; my monitor is dead and I'm waiting for the new one to be shipped...grrrr  Love your stories of your grandchildren and the pictures.  I can't wait to become a grandma.  HUGS  Chris

jaymact1 said...

You have been busy this week Jan another great entry you are so lucky to have all those Grandchildren.  Love and take care Joan.

faircolleen said...

What lovely family you have Jan. . .they are all smashers too.Bet they love you to bits too.

xxroxymamaxx said...

Oh what a sweet entry!  You are one special lady and I can't wait for grandchildren someday. hehe.  Love and Hugs, Shelly

ahweed987 said...

Pathetic!  There's so much, much more to life than this pathetic drivel.

prideofplaceuk said...

horrific! Another cultureless English family that spend all their life in the pub

eileendoll5 said...

HI GRANNY JAN.tHIS IS THE FIRST TIME I OPENED  THIS UP I AM PRETTY NEW TO THE COMPUTER SO FORGIVE MY MISTAKES
WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY YOUR GRANDCHILDREN SOUND LOVELY.

I HAVE FOUR MYSELF AND LOVE THEM DEARLY.3 GIRLS 13  18 AND 20 YEARS
MY ELDEST GRANDSON DANIEL IS AWAY IN THAILAND AT THE MOMENT HE HAS BEEN TRAVELLING FOR 18MONTHS AND LOVING IT.
MY DAUGHTER HIS MOTHER WENT TO VISIT HIM ON KOREA AND HE TOOK HER ALL OVER FOR 3 WEEKS  WHATA GREAT SON HE IS .

I AM KNOWN AS NANNY DOLL

jjoanielou said...

Your life sounds as rich (and sometimes maybe as manic) as mine I became a gran at 34, 16 years ago as I write this I am in my large lounge surrounded by over 30 large pink and white helium balloons which I have just picked up in my tiny corsa - it is my 10th grandchilds christening tomorrow and I only logged on to order an electic knife (much needed for buffet) to be picked up at Agos.  Joining Ameila Joan at her christening will be 80 friends and family and about 25 children, as I am writing this I am drinking a large bacardi and coke (in a pint glass because kitchen is that manic cannot find smaller).  I started my day today going to work at 8am (40 mins drive) and will not get to bed until after midnight, my feet are swollen and will be tommorrow (arthritic) but tommorrow I will be wearing a red and navy outfit and possibly for the last time the dust is coming off my red stilleto's and I will suffer the pain!!! from nanna Joanie who would not have her life any different to what sounds like a super gran.

jmoqueen said...

What a lovely entry - thank you for sharing this with us Jan xx

nedmoh said...

As you say, all your granchildren are  all lovely kids as are their parents.They all think the world of you  too.I like the design of Donnas " Granny Jan"......Love Jeanxx