Friday, April 15, 2011

The rocking horse, and the chef....

Me and "Rocky"
When I was born, my dad who loved carpentry, made me a rocking horse.  My parents said that I loved it and subsequently my sisters used it too.  I don't know whatever happened to it.  My mother probably sold it at a long forgotten garage sale. 
 When my children were born, my dad decided to make the grandchildren one like the original.  This was it.  It, too, was well used through three children, then I put it in the attic till one day I would have grandchildren. 
I got it out the other day for Bryden,..it's a bit dull and could use sprucing up, but it still works and still brings joy....
 as this little one rides away in the sunset waving good-bye!
Bryden and mother Chelsea

On another note, he has learned the appliances in our house and this is his favorite...the popcorn maker!

He doesn't talk much but you sure know what he wants!!

He's only 16 months old, but he's a man that makes up his mind quickly, decisively and has a "can-do" spirit!

He likes to help in the kitchen too...here helping make barbecue sauce. Tasting is his favorite thing! Then he says....mmmmm!

 And here he is at breakfast whisking eggs...I think he's going to be another Emeril!! (Bam!  alright!!)
And when it's all over...we ALL need a bath!!!! lol

21 comments:

acorn hollow said...

what a busy bright boy he is. Lucky you to have such a sweet boy for a grandchild
cathy

Lesa said...

We had a white rocking horse with red on it. I've not thought about that for a long time, until I read your post. My granddaughter is 16 months as well and she is into everything and wants to help with everything. It is fun!!

Lorri said...

Love the rocking horse! So sweet. Mine are huge fans of the popcorn maker, too. I have to admit, I love the fresh taste when we use it. It makes microwave popcorn taste BAD!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I just about cried when I read that about the rocking horse. How sweet that you've kept it and now your own grandkids can enjoy it.
Looks like mister is keeping grandma on her toes!

Kim said...

Love the rocking horse story. It's great that you kept it so has family memories for generations.
Bryden is so cute. He looks adorable wisking the eggs.
Thank you for your comment tonight :)

Sue said...

What a cutie, and that rocking horse is the best kind of family heirloom!

Love the popcorn machine, too!

=)

karen said...

Isn't he a cute little boy! I love rocking horses. Even more special that your dad made it.

Catch the Kids said...

Donna, I always enjoy these litlle "play-dates" with your cutie-pie grandson. He is growing so big now! Each little step is a treasure.

yaya said...

Great keepsake Donna! Bryden sure looks like he's enjoying it...and I think he's pretty smart to realize what a good cook you are! Looks like he inherited more than your good looks...he loves popcorn as much as you! Made me smile!

Wanda..... said...

Bryden looks like a good little helper, Donna. I have a rocking horse too, it's on display on the balcony, since all the grandkids are older now.

Julia said...

Donna, thanks for your comment on my blog. I think that you are pretty special and I love seeing pictures of your grand kids. They are such little treasures. You were wise to save the rocking horse. Enjoy them for they grow so very fast. JB

Donna said...

Hi Donna,I adore the picture of you on the rocking horse! How cute! And that is aswesome that you have the rocking horse that your dad made, and your grandson can enjoy. Great photos! Thanks so much for stopping by, it'ds great hearing from you! i've really missed blogging. We are in Idaho, my first time here, and I love it!

Donna said...

A man after my own heart... I can't resist fresh popped popcorn! How CUTE is he?? I absolutely love that you were able to pass down the second rocking horse. We have our girls' rocking horse in the basement, too, but I'm afraid it wasn't a handmade heirloom. What a lovely thing to pass on! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!... Donna

Kerri said...

How sweet that now your grandchildren can enjoy the rocking horse. Looks like you do have a chef on your hands! He looks so cute mixing up those eggs!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Such a handsome little guy, and so clever too! We are expecting our new grandson this week--your post has just heightened my expectation!

saltbox treasures said...

He is precious! So great you have a toy from the past to share with him.
~ Julie

Rebecca said...

I'm not sure I ever HAD a rocking horse growing up...but I've got 'em now. Somehow, I've accumulated 4 child-sized ones and (believe it or not) just gave away shelf-sized ones to a lady who has a collection. I just couldn't part with the "real" rocking horses yet--but I need to soon!

I believe one of my remaining 4 is the same pattern (not paint) as yours!

You have a bright and beautiful child there--and I'm sure you think so too!

Jennifer said...

oh how wonderful you have the rocking horse. I love to save heirlooms...we have my family cradle and old fashioned school desk...
we will be having another granddaughter in late August!
Gracie will be here for the Royal Wedding!! Guess we will be getting up early on Friday!!
Lots of love, Jen

becky said...

O, this is the best!!! I'm so glad you're treasuring every moment and putting it all in a blog...it's the family album, isn't it?

Deb Shucka said...

Your original childhood rocking horse is wonderful - I love the eyes. How cool you saved the most recent one for grandkids - clearly it's a hit, and from here doesn't look too worse for the wear.

mollygolver said...

Little Bryden loves his rocking horse! Looks as if you got quite a few good cooks in your house too, Donna :0)