Posts Tagged ‘Phelps Youth Pavillion’

Blue Zones Spring Break

March 15, 2015 @ 7:53 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

RJ and Gwen are spending Spring Break with Grammy and Papa.  Grandchildren are Blue Zones for us.  Also a challenge: can we tire them out as quickly as they tire us out?

Three days into Spring Break, they have hit many highlights.  They have enjoyed the Phelps Youth Pavillion at the Arts Center and the Imaginarium (Children’s Science Center) at the Grout Museum.  RJ saw a very good “Illusionist” at the Waterloo Rec Center.  Papa could not figure out the stunts either.

RJ and Gwen both drink milk at every meal.  They want to grow strong bones.

Today they and Grammy watched Papa sing in the church choir.  After “second breakfast”, we all set up RJ’s Thomas the Train set he had brought from home.  Gwen helped by repeatedly setting off the noismaker in the crossing guard.

This afternoon RJ attended a Waterloo Blackhawks hockey game with his Uncle Alex.  He liked being close to the ice.

It is barely dark outside and they have crashed.  We are about to too.  Nearly a week of Blue Zones left.

Jay Ginther, MD

Grandkids Blue Zone

April 21, 2014 @ 7:32 am
posted by Dr Ginther

3 1/2 year old grandson RJ and 10 month old granddaughter Gwen were here for a whirlwind visit of less than 2 full days.  In the case of RJ, whirlwind is a proper description.  Saturday morning he hunted plastic Easter eggs, afternoon he spent at the Phelps Youth Pavilion, played baseball and soccer with his uncle, and in the evening he dyed real eggs.  Gwen is more sedate, learning to walk while hanging on.  Sunday they watched and listened to Grammy and Papa in the choir.

Grandkids are a blue zone.

Jay Ginther, MD

Grandchildren Are Blue Zones

December 27, 2013 @ 11:11 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Family is one of the pillars of “The Blue Zones”.  We started with my wife’s extended family gathering at our home this year.  Each of her siblings had grandchildren in attendance.  The Santa thing was the only time we did not have total chaos among the youngest generation.

The next morning our daughter and her husband headed back to prepare for Christmas at her house without three year old RJ “the Tornado”.  He stayed with us.  I took him to the Phelps Youth Pavilion for over 2 hours, which left us both in need of a nap.  The next day Grammy helped RJ make his special banana bread.  (Only RJ, Grammy and Uncle Alex can make special banana bread.)

We arrived in Minneapolis in time for Christmas Eve service.  RJ and Gwen shared their mother’s lap, briefly.  Christmas Day included in-laws and the highlight for all.  Enticed by crinkly paper, 6 month old Gwen crawled for the first time – over ten feet in all.  Mama beware, she’s mobile!

Home Alone again after a 5-day whirlwind, we are exhausted.  And happy.  We can’t wait to see them again.

Jay Ginther, MD