Dec 29

I’m Back! And Now I Know My ABC’s

Tag: grandchildren,my family,seasonsDonna B. @ 12:38 pm

The entire blogosphere has been on pins and needles waiting breathlessly for my safe return, I’m sure. Well, worry no more! My knees survived the 13 hour trip there and the 13 hour trip back. My son-in-law did have to prop me up for a few steps when I tried to stand after the last leg of the return trip.

Everyone should be proud of my son-in-law (and my daughter) for not getting upset with either me or my 22 month old granddaughter when it was time to get back in the car after each fill-up and potty stop. We both whined, but I wasn’t physically able to kick and scream like I really wanted to.

In fact, my granddaughter was pretty much an angel. This is in part due to the backseat video player. I’m up on a lot of kid stuff I didn’t know about before. We found Nemo twice and I know all about Elmo’s World. The best video was Leap Frog’s Letter Factory. It’s funny, colorful, and I enjoyed it as much as my granddaughter did. We had a fantastic time watching it and saying the sounds together.

The DVD has a 5-star rating on Amazon with over 500 reviews. That’s astounding. I can see why. It was actually a nice refresher course in basic phonics for me. Consider how many years it’s probably been since I was taught phonics. Just consider it, don’t dwell on it. That number is rather depressing.

It was, as always, the best Christmas ever. I can’t wait ’til next year.

6 Responses to “I’m Back! And Now I Know My ABC’s”

  1. Lori says:

    I bought a portable DVD player for road trips with my granddaughter, but usually we just have radio cranked! Glad your home safe and sound!

  2. Talina says:

    My mom just got one of those DVD players via a white elephant gift exchange this year. When our little one is born and older I am sure I’ll need one and I’ll also need that dvd, it sounds great.

    Glad to see you are back and that you had a good time!

  3. Donna B. says:

    You will definitely want the Leap Frog DVD. When I heard my granddaughter responding to the sounds, imitating them, and later, singing the abc song (not entirely, but through HIJK) I was so impressed. Because of her name, she was familiar with the S sound and really giggled when it was presented.

    I really cannot stress how great that DVD is. Get one now, in case they stop making them!

  4. Mary says:

    Glad they managed to keep you entertained :-) I am partial to the Imagination Movers. Did you get to see any of those videos?

  5. Donna B. says:

    No Imagination Movers this time. It was in defiance to the child’s constant request for “Elmo!!” that Mom put in the Letter Factory DVD.

  6. Venomous Kate says:

    Those backseat DVD players are a Godsend. With all of the traveling we do to see family, I insisted on that option when we bought my mini-van 4 years ago. My husband thought I was nuts until our first 8+ hour trip when my son — then 4 years old — didn’t utter a peep because he was too busy watching Elmo.

    Glad you’re back. Glad you had a good trip. Even more glad that your knees are doing well!