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What happens when Mommy gives the little girl a crayon?

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But no peas, please

This is what happens when her Mom tries to feed the little girl peas:


Mina on Skype

All my interaction with my granddaughter is online these days. I downloaded a demo recording program to capture the cuteness. I have now paid for the demo, but this compilation is watermarked.

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Sleepover at Grandma’s

Mina is sleeping over at Grandma’s house tonight. Her mom and dad wanted some quality time together and I wanted a baby all to myself. It’s been going reasonably good. She was quite happy for the first hour or so, had a bottle and fell asleep; but when she woke up and Mommy wasn’t around she had about an hour of fussing and crying. It took another hour between nine and ten o’clock to really settle down, but I think she has truly fallen asleep now.
I’m not too worried about my sleep during the night — I never sleep through a night myself. I am hoping that, if she cries, it won’t disturb my neighbours.



Monday morning

We had a reasonably good night. I changed and fed Mina at 3:00 and 6:00, but otherwise she was in bed till 8:00 a.m. And this morning I had a beautiful smiley baby!

Good morning, world!

Good morning, world!

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A Visit with Great Grandma

Trina, Mina, & Great-Grandma Trina shows her baby Great Grandma & Baby 4 generations Sweet baby Women Mina

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All in a name

Every name has meaning, a story behind it. “Wilhelmina” means “Volker’s baby” regardless of what the baby names websites say. And here is the story behind it.

Volker Willi Walter Burkard (called Wee Willi—his father was Willi—by his loving wife) loved Volkswagen Beetles. He owned quite a few of them (though only one at a time). The last one he owned he built out of two old cars that he melded together to create one: a 1972 beetle. It took a lot of long hours in the garage to build that car; I was sometimes jealous of the attention it got. I decided, that as it was my rival for his affection, it was definitely female; and as it was his, Wee Willi’s baby, its name should be Wilhelmina. And so it was always known.

As she need some repairs we couldn’t afford, in 1983 Wilhelmina was taken off the road. When we moved to Bloomingdale it was stored in the barn, except for occasional runs down the farm lane. There just never seemed to be the time or money to fix her up. So year after year she stayed in the barn.

When the Snyder family sold their farms Wilhelmina had to move. For a time she stayed in my driveway at Ruskview Road. She was slowly rusting away. It was apparent that I could never afford to have her fixed again, and so, in August 1998, I sold her.

Now Volker has a new baby, a baby granddaughter. And she is named in honour/for love of him.

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