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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009

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Students show talents through Creative Kids publication The year 2009 marks the eighth year the Sidney Herald and area businesses will bring the talents of area students to life through the Creative Kids special section. The editorial portion of this section was written by seventh- and eighthgrade students on the subject “What makes your grandparent ‘grand?’ ” The sharing from area students when writing about their grandparent was awesome, which made it even more difficult to judge. The time and thought that went into each essay made everyone realize how much these youth care about their grandparents. Herald editorial staff chose the top 15 essays.From those, the first- and second-place winners were picked. No spelling corrections or editing has been done to the stories, so what you read is what the students wrote. Printed in this section are the top 15, along with many of the other essays we received. There was not room to print all the essays we received, but

‘Spend time and read what our children say makes their grandparent “grand.” ’ Libby Berndt Sidney Herald publisher

our plan is to publish all of them on the Herald Web site at www.sidneyherald.com in the schools section under news. An important part of the Creative Kids section is the advertisements, just as it is in the newspaper. In this case, the ads were not designed on the computer by the Herald production staff, but instead were hand-drawn by fifthand sixth-grade students from the area.

Each sponsoring business was given a variety of advertisements designed by the students, with each business deciding the best ad representing its message. The chosen ad is the one printed in this section. Students were encouraged to do their homework before drafting the ad. It is important to know the ins and outs of the business you are helping to promote. The students educated themselves about the businesses by viewing their ads in the newspaper, phonebook, special sections or by checking out the businesses’ Web site, a valuable lesson in marketing. The Herald staff then selected the top 15 advertisements from those selections, with the top two receiving the first- and second-place awards. Spend time and read what our children say makes their grandparent “grand.” Through these essays, our communities can see what influence the older generation has on our children and what influences them the

Bree Fischer for OK Lanes, fifth grade - Mrs. Wheeling, Sidney Elementary School.

most. First-place advertisement winner LaTasha Wieferich from Sidney Middle School received a $100 savings bond from Wells Fargo; second-place ad winner Nick Larson, Sidney Middle School, received a $50 savings bond from Stockman Bank. For the essay winners, first-place winner Hailey Steinbeisser, Sidney Middle School, was awarded a $100 savings bond from Edward Jones; second place Samantha Gangstad, Sidney Middle School, received a $50 savings bond from Richland Federal Credit Union. All savings bonds were donated by the financial institutions. Thank you to all the businesses involved and to the many teachers and students through Richland County for their continued support of this creative project. The success of the Creative Kids section each year is only because of each of you. Libby Berndt Sidney Herald publisher

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The most amazing grandpa By Hailey Steinbeisser, Sidney My grandpa’s name is Joe Steinbeisser; he is an example of the best grandpa to ever walk the planet. One thing I just love about my grandpa is that when I’m having a horrible day he is able to make me laugh some way, somehow. He always has good advice for me too. He is also willing to listen to any problems I have. His hugs are very warming and whenever I see him he grabs me and squeezes me as hard as he can. The hugs make me feel like I’m important to him. My Steinbeisser part of the family has a lot of grandkids, and grandpa will make a way so everyone is included in the games we play. He made up one game. He sits in the chair, and we try not to get caught by him. If one of us do, everyone has to try and get them out. When he laughs, it is like the whole world is laughing! He also loves to sing! In church I always sit by him, and I don’t really like to sing. He puts the song book in front of me and tells me to

sing so I do. There are little songs he sings when we are at his house; some of them make no sense at all. He makes his own songs about everything. My Grandpa also loves to go on bike rides with us. He comes down to our house in the summer, and we go on little bike rides around the neighborhood. He loves helping in the garden. He comes down sometimes and waters it, and he helps clean it out sometimes too. My Mom loves that! My Grandpa also gives the best tickle massages. They are so relaxing you literally fall asleep laying there. Every time he is sitting in his chair I lay on his lap and he tickles my back. My Grandpa also has a great sense of humor. He always is scaring me when I’m not ready for it. He is always having a great time. Whenever one of us grandchildren gets hurt, not -big time hurt, he tells us to go look in the mirror. We end up not crying. When I look at my grandpa I think

Danny Johnson for Pizza House, sixth grade – Mrs. Mueller, Sidney Middle School.

‘One thing I just love about my grandpa is that when I’m having a horrible day he is able to make me laugh some way, somehow.’ Hailey Steinbeisser Sidney student

about when I grow up I want to be happy like him and just live life to the fullest. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my grandpa in my life. My grandpa is a lot of things: amazing, funny, helpful, and many many more. He has kept strong since my dad died and I am amazed by that. I love my grandpa. He is one of the most important people in my life.


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My grand grandma Selma By Samantha Gangstad, Sidney My grandma Selma is grand because she is special in a way that makes me happy. My grandma pretty much does everything right. She’s like a pea in a pod with no one else there, but lately she isn’t because her hip is acting up. Anyway, my grandma makes the best pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving time. Sometimes she just makes the inside of the pumpkin pie which is still really good. Also, at Thanksgiving she makes the best turkey ever. She is special because she is always happy no matter what she does. I love my grandma so much. I could talk to my grandma and you wouldn’t get tired of talking to her unless you were tired. Every year at Christmas she gives us all a fifty dollar bill because she loves us all. She knows that every day we make a good decision. Sometimes she gets us different things. Last year my grandma got us an ornament with fifty dollars. My grandma has the healthiest heart in the whole world because she has the most caring heart that will drive you crazy. She was married, but her husband died. She still has everything he made. I think she is the kindest grandma because she keeps everything that

Jordan Tyler for Richland Federal Credit Union, fifth grade – Mrs. Wheeling, Sidney Elementary School.

‘Last year when my family was coming to Sidney, I drew a night sky with a moon and stars with a black background; she still has my picture on her fridge.’ Samantha Gangstad Sidney student

people buy or make. When I make the dumbest drawing ever she keeps it with her. Last year when my family was coming to Sidney, I drew a night sky with a moon and stars with a black background; she still has my picture on her fridge. Another time my mom made her something out of knitting that said “you are the best grandma ever.”

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Cristian Seitz for Seitz Insurance Agency, fifth grade – Mrs. Wheeling, Sidney Elementary School.

Lindsey Minow for Richland Pump & Supply, sixth grade – Mrs. Mueller, Sidney Middle School.

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What makes my grandparents so grand? By Lars Kvaalen, Lambert My grandpa is so cool that it will blow your socks off. My grandpa lives in Boise, Idaho, and he is one of the coolest people I know. The reason he is so cool is that he always makes me laugh every time I see him, he never gets mad at me, and always has a smile on his face. He makes me five eggs, 10 pieces of toast, and eight pieces of bacon. But, the coolest thing he does is make me wood swords. That is why he is the coolest man I know. My grandma is the nicest person in the whole city of Lambert. My grandma always has a place for me to sleep at night. She feeds you so much food, you don’t know what to do with it all. My grandma lets me watch anything I want to on TV. Sometimes, she will make me cookies, and they are the best. That is why my grandma is the nicest person in the whole city of Lambert.

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My misunderstood great-grandmother Ingrid By Sarah Wilson, Sidney Have you ever wondered why grandparents are called grand? Do you have a grandparent or even a great grandparent? Do you have memories about your grandparents or great grandparents? Well I have a lot of memories about my great-grandma. She was born in Germany. Her name was Ingrid MarisMager. She lived through WWII (World War II). The thing she should have known was that the Jews had died for no reason. She died thinking that the Jews died because they were bad people. The reason she thought that was because that is what Adolf Hitler said. My great grandmother served Hitler until the war was over. Hitler told my great grandmother and all of the women that he needed more Nazis that is why my grandfather was born. He would have become a Nazis. After the war my grandfather and my great grandmother both fled to the U.S. They didn’t know if they could get arrested so they ran and fled. Some people thought of her as bad or as evil as Hitler. She

Matt Dey for McDonald’s, sixth grade – Mrs. Mueller, Sidney Middle School.

‘All we could do is talk. The things we talked about are very special to me now because I don’t have her to talk to me.’ Sarah Wilson Sidney student was just misunderstood I think. She was told the wrong things. When I visited my great-grandmother I didn’t think it was that fun because she never had the TV going. All we could do is talk. The things we talked about are very special to me now because I don’t have her to talk to me. She was the person who taught me to speak words in German. I now know that donishane means “thank you very much” and woundibar meaning “great or wonderful.” She was very forgetful; the only

thing she really could remember was the special occasions. She would always call me on birthday. It was always really special to me because I would never get to see her when I wanted. The funny thing about her was that she had the nicest but funniest accent in the world. It was a very German accent, but it had a tint of English accent in it. I would try to speak like her when I was little, and it never worked. She would just laugh. The other thing that I thought was funny about her was that she was as short as me, maybe even shorter. The reason I think about my greatgrandmother all the time was because she was one of the only great-grandparents I had or got to see when I went to Michigan. She was the sweetest but most misunderstood person in the world. R.I.P Ingrid Maris


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Grandparents catch you if you fall

Coffee, toothpicks and fishing

By Louie Reyna, Sidney

By Brandi DeTienne, Sidney

I love my grandparents. They are some of the greatest people in my life. They are very grand. My grandparents are grand because they are always there to catch me when I fall. There love is like a campfire on the campground at night. I can always count on them if I need something or am having problems. They are also grand because they make the best homemade tacos. They don’t always make the best food, but it is made by the heart and not by the mind. They always ask if I need anything like an ice cold ice cream or something to drink like a sweet soda to eat or drink. They never thing about money, but they will help out a person that doesn’t have very much just to help them out. They will help us out like when we had to give our cool dog and lazy cat away.

‘They don’t always make the best food, but it is made by the heart and not by the mind.’ Louie Reyna Sidney student

They took them because no one else was offering. They always spoil me by having awesome snacks they can give to me. If they find something that they know that I will like, something with Jeff Gordon, they will pick it up in a heartbeat. They are always trying to make it to my sporting events or my band concerts whenever there is one. I think my grandparents are the best that ever lived.

My great-grandpa, Wilmer Buxbaum, is the world’s best great-grandparent. He lives 15 miles south of Sidney. He works as hard as an Alabama cotton picker; harder than any man I’ve ever seen. He gets up awfully early so I can’t even see the sun on the horizon, to tend to his farm. When he has time, he goes fishing. He loves many things, from coffee in the morning to toothpicks, to fishing with the younger children of the family. One of my favorite memories with my grandpa is while we were fishing. My cousin Shane, my brother and I were at the river. I recall being so upset with him, just because he took one of my toads that I had caught while I wasn’t watching my fishing pole and used it for bait.

Sarah Turek for Sidney Health Center, sixth grade - Mrs. Rosaaen, Rau Elementary School.

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‘He works as hard as an Alabama cotton picker; harder than any man I’ve ever seen.’ Brandi DeTienne Sidney student

When I think of him, I think of his helpful attitude and witty character. I think of his petite clothing and gray hair. My great-grandpa is a man that doesn’t give up. You can tell by his rough, hard-working hands. He only watches the weather and auctions on TV. My great-grandpa taught us to live with what comes, and in the end, you’ll be proud of what you have achieved. He is my hero, and I respect him. I believe my great-grandpa is the finest man alive.


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Wyatt Cayer for North Star Auto Body, fifth grade – Mrs. Wheeling, Sidney Elementary School.

Brianna Reid for Fulkerson Funeral Home, sixth grade – Mrs. Mueller, Sidney Middle School

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Grandparents can make difference in your life By Jamison Lee, Sidney Do you want to know what makes my grandpa grand? Do you have an awesome grandpa? Have you ever wondered if someone did the same things with their grandpa as you do with yours? I think that the reason grandparents are grand because grandparents spoil you and care for you greatly! Grandparents can make a difference in your life. My grandpa makes a difference in my life. My grandpa’s name is Dennis, and he was born in Plentywood in 1947. When I was younger my grandpa was kind of like a dad to me because I never really knew my real dad. My grandpa is really caring and nice. For example, every time I get an “A” on my report card I get $5. My grandpa is pretty supportive too when it comes to activities I do. Sometimes my grandpa will tell me how the prices, clothes and rules used to be. He has told me stories that his par-

‘The longest we have ever been gone on the road is a full month.’ Jamison Lee Sidney student ents told him. My grandpa has worked as a truck driver, on an oil rig, and on construction. My grandpa has taken me on big road trips before. We have gone to Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho and North Dakota, all over Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and many more states. The longest we have ever been gone on the road is a full month. My grandpa and I love to watch professional football, baseball and basketball together. We even enjoy watching NCAA from time to time. There is nothing better than going over to grandma and grandpas’ house on a Sunday night to watch football with grandpa and eat his famous chili.

Cy Hintz for Gem City Motor, sixth grade - Mrs. Mueller, Sidney Middle School.

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What makes grandparents grand? By Shelby Hier, Lambert The only time I have seen my grandma Gloria run was when she left her purse in Walmart. I love the sprinkler shower when I am working with my grandma Betty in her garden. Every grandparent loves and cares for you. I love making homemade noodles together with my grandma Betty. I also enjoy eating mini pizzas while watching QVC on Saturday with grandma Gloria and doing crafts and sewing with grandma Betty. I watch movies with them. They are always looking out for me because they are full of wisdom. I love walking in the door and smelling baked goods or mashed potatoes.

‘I love walking in the door and smelling baked goods or mashed potatoes.’ Shelby Hier Lambert student My grandpa used to pinch me when I was going down a slide, and say he was a snapping turtle. I remember when I fell asleep lying on the couch with my papa. I miss both of my grandpas a lot. My grandmas give the best hugs in the world! That’s why my grandparents are so grand!

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LaTasha Wieferich for the Richland County Fair & Rodeo, sixth grade – Mrs. Mueller, Sidney Middle School.

Kelly Danielson for Dr. Curt Christensen, fifth grade – Mrs. Fox, East Fairview Elementary School.

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Grandparents’ love By Abby Lebsock, Fairview I have two grandparents that love me very much, Judy and Bob. My grandparents mean so much to me. Sometimes I don’t always show that, but I wish I did. They’re always there for me when I need them the most, No matter what I do, I know they’ll always love me. Judy is my grandma. She is loving, caring, and kind. She’s also crazy and energetic. Grandma Judy always has ‘Judy Jokes’ as she calls them and she’ll tell them to her best friends and to strangers and anyone else she runs into. Most of them aren’t very funny unless your sense of humor is the same as hers, but she knows that and It doesn’t bother her. On any day of the week, you can find my Grandma Judy helping me with my piano or giving me rides to practice or a friend’s house. A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother’s heart, -Author Unknown Hardworking and caring are two

words that describe my Grandpa Bob. He is the most caring and hardworking man I know. Do you know a Grandpa as dedicated to their grandkid that he would give them a ride to and from school every single day? Well, my Grandpa Bob does just that. He takes me to any sport event or activity that I need a ride to. Not only does he help me out with rides, but he also helps my mom watch my little brothers when she’s having a hard time finding a babysitter. He’s always working around our house doing yard work, tinkering on cars, or anything else to help us out; I don’t think he ever takes a break! A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart, -Author Unknown Grandpa Bob and Grandma Judy have

been married for 52 years. They have 5 kids together, 28 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, They live in a little blue house right up the highway from me, which is just perfect because then I can see them whenever I want to, Grandpa and Grandma have a big back yard with a shed full of treasures like nails, hammers, wood, and sea-clamps. My siblings and I used to make benches, shelves and all sorts of projects in their back-yard, My grandparents also used to have an old see-saw that we would always play on, Another thing, my sister Anna and I would always take turns riding the old lawn mower around and around the house, We would always play dress-up with Grandma Judy’s old dresses, hats, gloves, and shoes. I have so many memories at my grandparent’s house and I plan on keeping them forever, Everything my grandparents do for

Megan Wiggins for Blue Rock Products, fifth grade – Ms. Hill, Rau Elementary School.

‘Like I said earlier, I don’t always show my appreciation, but I really do care.’ Abby Lebsock Fairview student me means so much to me. I could thank them every day for the next hundred years and it still wouldn’t be enough to tell them how much I appreciate all of the love and support they give me. They’re very kind and I’m so thankful. Like I said earlier, I don’t always show my appreciation, but I really do care. I love you grandma and grandpa! Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. -Author Unknown

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The parents of my parents By Haelee Spaabeck, Fairview A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart. – Author unknown My grandparents are loving people. I’ll start off with my grandpa from my mother’s side of the family. My Grandpa Gary and Wynona always show up for all of their grandkids’ birthdays. They always bring us great gifts! If they can’t make It, thay send us heartwarming cards. My Grandpa Gary is as sweet as candy. He is really good at making little antiques, like the mini rifles he makes with wood and little pieces of pipes, Grandpa Gary made my siblings and I little cowboy boots with our names and dates of births on them. I think that is really neat because it took him along time to make them and he didn’t have to make them, he chose to because he loves us.

He loves trains and collects mini ones as well. My family usually gets him trains for his birthday. Grandpa and Wynona have this cat – it somewhat resembles a buffalo In the eyes of my sisters and me. That cat, I must say. does scare me whenever I go to their house, but they consider him as they’re kid, so we accept him. My sisters and I always end up running away from it when we go over there, Nona always buys calendars or pizza kits from me when I’m selling them for a fundraiser. She is very kind to me and is always willing to help me out, Nona also gives the best hugs, When I was little my sisters and I would used to always go down in Grandpa’s basement and play with all the toys he had down there. He had this basketball board game and my sisters and I use to always

‘My grandpa is very important to me and is always there when I need somewhere to go or when I need a ride.’ Haelee Spaabeck Fairview student

fight over who got to play who or who got to play at all. My grandpa is very important to me and is always there when I need somewhere to go or when I need a ride. Although my Grandpa Anker just recently passed away he is still forever with us. I remember the time he gave me his hat when he was in the nursing

Ashley Wilson for Valley Crop Care, fifth grade – Mrs. Wheeling, Sidney Elementary School.

home and he told me to wear it on sunny days so I don’t bump my head. I think he kind of forgot that I have a head full of hair unlike him, but it’s still a good feeling to know that he didn’t want me to get sun burnt. Grandpa Anker was in World War II, I’m not quite sure what he did, but one thing I do know is that he did it because he loved his country. He survived it and came back to his family who were blissful to see that he came home safe. He use to come over all the time when my siblings and I were little and he would push us around in our little, yellow toy car, As he got older, and was put in a nursing home, we’d always go over there and visit him and push him around in his wheel chair for a change. Grandpa Anker was a pretty crazy and wild fellow. If I could describe him in one word it would have to be self-governing.

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The almighty grandma

My grand grandma

By Tucker Heller, Sidney

By Jade Creswell, Sidney

The radiance, the sheer awesomeness! Who could it be? My grandma. To me she is all-knowing, all-powerful and all-loving. She always looks out for my best interests. She looks like an angel, brightening the room, and filling it with her bitter-sweet aroma. To many, she is just another old lady but not to me. Everything she makes is like a gift from the almighty heavens. Everything she does is a swift, but agile wonder. What would I give to be a grandparent, to be loved and called “grand” or “amazing” or even the occasional “Almighty King.” My grandma is my idol, the family’s idol (should be the world’s idol...). She takes me in with a warm smile and caring arms. She loves me so and comforts my woe.

‘She doesn’t care if I lose, she doesn’t brag if I win, she only cares if I tried.’ Tucker Heller Sidney student The one who isn’t the best at everything, but is the best at all the right things. She is my grandma. She doesn’t care if I lose, she doesn’t brag if I win, she only cares if I tried. The one thing that annoys me about grandma, no matter how you do something, she can always do it better. A grandma can never have too much wisdom, only too little. They can never be too grand, great, or good. Everything, that is great, pure, and cool, is my grandma.

My great grandma’s name is Jan Scott. She’s 5 feet tall, dark brown eyes and light black hair. She is truly my real grandma, but obviously we look nothing alike. She is 78 years old but acts like she is my mom’s age (34). My great-grandma is Lebanese. Which is a different culture. She loves to cook and teach us her way of cooking. The taste of her food is like a journey in itself. I often wonder what it would be like growing up eating Lebanese food. One time the whole family was going to her house for dinner. And my little sisters and I got to go over and hang out before everyone got there. I loved it because I got to help her cook. We cooked for eight people. When my great-grandma cooks, she uses gloves because she doesn’t like to tough raw meat. She is so funny; she even

Bethany Erickson for Great Plains Supply, fifth grade – Mrs. Wheeling, Sidney Elementary School.

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‘It is fun being with her because she is truly a big kid herself.’ Jade Creswell Sidney student

taught me a way to take them off without getting anything on me. She does have a serious side though. Disrespect is a big thing to her. That’s why my sisters and I try not to do or say anything that would upset or hurt her in anyway. Even my mom wouldn’t disrespect her. That is one way we show our love for her. My great-grandma also loves having fun with us kids, we shop or just hang out. She buys things she knows we like; it makes her feel good. It is fun being with her because she is truly a big kid herself. So, is your grandma as cool as mine?


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Investment Representatives Nick Lonski • Enid Huotari • Jerry Hughes Sidney • Member SIPC

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First-place essay winner Hailey Steinbeisser accepts her $100 savings bond from Edward Jones representative Jerry Hughes. Edward Jones representatives Jerry Hughes, Enid Huotari and Nick Lonski provided the savings bond. LIBBY BERNDT| SIDNEY HERALD

Top 15 essay winners include, front from left, Sidney students Louie Reyna, Tessah Desjarlais and Brandi DeTienne; second row, Jamison Lee, Tucker Heller, Sarah Wilson and Calee SheeSUBMITTED han; back, Hailey Steinbeisser (first place), Samantha Gangstad Fairview students re(second place) and Lakayla Nentwig. Not pictured is Jade ceiving top 15 honors Creswell. in the essays are, above, Abbey Lebsock and, below, Haelee Spaabeck.

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Second-place essay winner Samantha Gangstad receives a $50 savings bond from Kevin Mayer, representing Richland Federal Credit Union, who sponsored the award. GUTTER & DOWNSPOUTS

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Sidney advertising top 15 winners include, front from left, Brianna Reid, Megan Wiggins, Alexis Haggerty, Lexi Berube and Bree Fischer; back, LaTasha Wieferich (first place), Nick Larson (second place), Cy Hintz, Mattie Steinley, Lindsey Minow and Jordan Tyler. Not pictured are Hailey Coster, Bryana Christensen and Ashley Wilson.

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Lexi Joslin for Yellowstone Chiropractic Clinic, fifth grade – Mrs. Wheeling, Sidney Elementary School.

Alexis Haggerty for Franz Construction Inc., sixth grade – Mrs. Mueller, Sidney Middle School.

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My grandpa and I

Fun memories with my grandpa

By Lakayla Nentwig, Sidney

By Tessah Desjarlais, Sidney

When I see my grandma we usually have a grand time. My grandma always makes me happy whether I’m happy or sad. My grandma and I were just sitting at the campsite, so I asked her if I could do her hair, she said, “sure.” So we went in our camper and I straightened her hair. I wanted to embarrass her for fun because people always walk by our quiet campsite. I went and got the ponytails, hairspray, and brush. I put about 20 ponytails in her; I spiked it up! Next we went outside and my dog started barking at her because he didn’t recognize her! We all took pictures of my grandma.We went and sat around the camp fire and roasted marshmallows. About five people walked by and stared at my grandma - like WOAH!! We then went on a four wheeler ride and everyone was laughing. We got back to the camp site, and she made me take out the colorful ponytails because she wanted to

‘Her hair was as solid as a rock from all that hairspray!’ Lakayla Nentwig Sidney student go shower to get all the hairspray out. Her hair was as solid as a rock from all that hairspray! I love my grandma so much because she’s willing to do anything, and she is so fun to be around. Whenever I’m with her she either makes me my favorite meal or lets me do embarrassing things to her, such as me doing her hair! The best meal that she makes is chicken and rice! When my grandma is almost done making chicken and rice, we sit around the table and play board games. When it comes out, we put away the board games and eat. After we eat, we go on walks around the neighborhood My grandma and I always have special memories to remember.

The memories with my grandpa are just amazing. When I was younger, I would always go to his house and stay the night when it was time for bed. I remember him reading me a bed time story then I would always fall asleep in his arms. Then the next morning, I would go to church with grandma and grandpa. After church I loved going to their house and have a big lunch. After lunch I would go and sit by grandpa and watch some TV. Whenever we got bored from watching TV, I would ask if we could play a game of hide-and- go seek. It was so much fun playing hide and go seek with grandpa. Then of course we would get bored of playing that game, and then we got some board games. Candy land was mine and grandpa’s favorite game. When our board game ended, we would always go back up on the couch and lay down and just relax for a while. Then it was time for dinner. My grandpa and I would go up to the kitchen and eat grand-

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‘I love my grandpa so much, and those memories are the best.’ Tessah Desjarlais Sidney student ma’s good food. Some more things grandpa and I did were go out to the garden and plant some plants. I loved helping grandpa plant plants. My grandpa is also the football coach, so every time Sidney had a home football game I would always make sure to cheer for grandpa. At half time I would give him a high five or a hug, and if Sidney won their game, I would be so proud of grandpa and those football players. As I got older my mom had my little sister so then I didn’t spend so much time over at my grandpa’s house. When my younger sister got a little older, grandpa and her were starting to do the things grandpa and I did. I love my grandpa so much, and those memories are the best. I will never forget them.


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What makes a grandparent grand?

By Calee Sheehan, Sidney

By Chris Sommerfeld, Lambert

My grandma is a very important person in my life. She is always there for me when I need her. She always takes the time to listen to what I have to say. My grandma is one of the select few people I can actually stand. Also, she doesn’t judge me, but on the other hand, she doesn’t give me special treatment. She tells me when I do something wrong, and she supports me when I try to fix it. Grandma tells my family not to drink, do drugs, anything bad. She tells us “boozers are losers.” We laugh at her because it sounds funny when she says it. Grandma Shirley lets me stay at her house when I have nothing going on. There will always be a meal for me there too. My grandma is amazing, if she wasn’t in my life I have no idea who I would be

‘My grandma is amazing, if she wasn’t in my life I have no idea who I would be today.’ Calee Sheehan Sidney student

today. She’s just done so many things that I am grateful for. She brought me closer to God also. My grandma is a very religious woman, and I look up to her for that. She takes everything into consideration. She may not agree with everything I do, but at least she takes the time to think about it. I love my grandma. I am so glad that she is here for me.

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You may use big words to describe your grandparents; and yes, grandparents are grand, all of them are. One of the things my grandparents do is ask me if I’m hungry. And, I’m hungry a lot! My Mom’s mom and dad are so awesome. When I was young, my grandpa let me drive his John Deere tractor. My grandpa was in World War II and liberated the survivors of the Bataan Death March. My grandma makes the best food in the world, and lets us do fun things. At Thanksgiving every year, we get to make something awesome like a cookie tree or a ginger bread house. She doesn’t care when we get frosting all over her basement. This year, we’re hosting Thanksgiving at our house, as my grandma has Alzheimer’s disease and can’t cook anymore. My aunt Laura and mom are going to make gingerbread houses for us all to put together. I met my dad’s mom and dad when I was in the fourth grade – they adopted me as their new grandson then. They are tough people. My grandma is a welder for

‘One of the things my grandparents do is ask me if I’m hungry. And, I’m hungry a lot!’ Chris Sommerfeld Lambert student

Bobcat, and so is my grandpa. My grandpa has beat cancer (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma), not once, but probably twice. Right now, he’s going through chemotherapy and has lost all his hair. Despite this, my grandpa lent me his gun, so I could shoot a deer this year. I shot one near Fort Peck. Even though he’s going through chemotherapy, he ground up the deer I shot this year and made it into jerky. My grandparents are tough, awesome, and that is why I’m so thankful.

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My wonderful grandparents

My grandparents truly are grand

By Trisha Hurley, Fairview

By Tessa Dahl, Sidney

Do your grandparents ever come to your house and have cookies or other goodies? Are they always there for you? Do they ever just call you to see how your day is going? My grandparents are wonderful to me. They come to all of my volleyball and basketball games, and give me lots of support. The most things that I like about them are that they like to have fun at whatever they are doing. Most of all they love me, and I love them as much as they do me. “No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet.” – Author Unknown They always come to my house for no reason, just to give me cookies, brownies, and many more good treats. My grandparents were there for me when I was little, just holding my hand, or baking cookies with me. My grandparents sometimes will come and get us, and we will stay the night and go have supper with them, and sometimes they will even tell stories. “Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.” – Author

Unknown My grandma used to work on the farm, driving trucks and helping out. She still helps out but not as much as she did a couple years ago, but she makes lunches for my grandpa when he is out in the field, and doesn’t have time to come home and eat. My grandma comes to my games, and gives me lots of support. “Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.” – Author Unknown My grandfather helps my dad on the farm even though he retired himself a couple of years ago. My grandfather comes down to do field work that my dad cannot do. He always helps people in need. He volunteers to come down to work on equipment that is broke. “Grandfathers are for loving and fixing things.” – Author Unknown My grandparents are the best to me. So I just wanted to thank them so much for all the support, and all the love they have for me. “You don’t choose your family, They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu

My grandparents are grand in so many ways. My grandma Gene and papa Gordy are so special to me because they love me soo much and always make me happy. Whether my grandma makes me one of my favorite meals or my grandpa takes me golfing I’m always happy to spend time and goof ’ off with them. My grandma Gene makes the best chocolate sheet cake in the world! She makes a lot of REALLY good food, but chocolate sheet cake is my all-time favorite dessert. The moist chocolate cake is topped with a thin sheet of creamy chocolate frosting. This cake is like a piece of heaven! I always know when she’s making it because her whole house fills up with a delicious chocolate aroma! My grandpa Gordy grows the best corn and watermelon in their backyard garden. The corn is so much better than any store-bought corn in the world! My family and I come over to eat at my grandma and grandpas whenever the corn is ripe, though we go there many times. The corn is so sweet and juicy! But besides their

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‘No matter how well I do, they both are so proud of me that I try my hardest.’ Tessa Dahl Sidney student

great cooking and corn growing, they are always there to support and cheer me on. They try to make it to all of my sport and school events. No matter how well I do, they both are so proud of me that I try my hardest. They also “spoil me rotten” as they say. My grandma is always getting me new things that I want. Though I love all of the nice things, all I really need is their love and support, and they give me that. This is why my grandparents, truly are grand.

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My lovely grandparents

What I like about my grandma

By Austin Wicorek, Fairview

By Chelsea Gatzke

My Nana and Papa are cool, because they took me to Minnesota so my Papa could go to the V.A. hospital to get his hip checked. His hips are not doing so well. But one thing, do not go to Minneapolis because they drive crazy! Nana and I went to the Mall of America and went down this huge log rollercoaster water ride! Once we got lost, so we had to call the hotel so they could tell us how to get there. My Nana and Papa also took me to Helena once. Nana and Papa said that I was excited because I have friends that live there. They live out in Jefferson County their house is big and in their yard they throw a toy for the dog and he runs out in the yard and when he runs out there all that jumps in the air is grasshoppers, and Jordon and I went and played the Wii. We went to the V.A. hospital so they could do my Papa’s hip surgery. Nana and I stayed at the V.A. hotel there and it was nice. A lady said that there were rattle snakes by the door. We said if they’re there, we are going to sleep out in the

‘My Nana and Papa are cool because they take me places. I can’t wait to go on my next trip with them.’ Austin Wicorek Fairview student truck. My Nana and I also took a trip to Missoula to go see her sister there. Her sister took us to the best rib restaurant in town! Then we went for a ride around town, and in the sky we saw a guy hang-gliding. Later we went to a store and got a coconut. I was glad I got to see my Nana’s sister because she died just four months later. My Nana and Papa are cool because they take me places. I can’t wait to go on my next trip with them.

Mmmm, I smell my grandma’s melt in your mouth chocolate chip cookies. I think she makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the world! She also makes the best mashed potatoes with gravy too. They’re to die for. She is so nice when it comes to Christmas. She lets me pick out whatever I want, but she tells me to forget what I picked out so it will be like a surprise. My grandma lives in the country. She lets me keep some of my black horses at her house. When I go out there to see them, they run freely and swiftly across the hills, it’s so beautiful, and it makes me happy to see that they’re free. My grandma is so nice because since I love to bake and cook, she lets me help her. One time we baked sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. It was confusing because they said mix certain ingredients in one bowl and mix the rest in the other. She is so thoughtful too. She invites me to spend the night a lot. Whenever I do spend the night, we make the cheesiest macaroni and cheese there is. Sometimes

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in the morning I go over there and there is either bacon or sausage sizzling on the pan. Whenever I go over to her house I always go on the computer since she has internet. She doesn’t even mind if I’m on it the whole entire day. When I was sick last weekend she put some of her special chocolates (chocolates with caramel in the inside) in a little baggie and sent them to me. That was so thoughtful. She knows I love that kind. Sometimes I have problems with my dad (not bad ones) she reminds me that he loves me or he wouldn’t be taking care of me. When she told me that, I almost cried. I knew it was true too. It was so touching. Sometimes I leave my MySpace page open because I forget to log out, and she doesn’t go through it. She just logs out of it for me, and I always thank her for it. She respects my privacy. My grandma is the best grandma in the world! She loves me to death and I love her back. My grandma’s like an angel from above.


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The ‘Got It Together’ Grandma

I love my grandparents

By Tyler Quilling, Sidney

By Chris Trumpower, Fairview

There are many ways to describe your grandparents. I will tell you how my grandma is grand. One way my grandma is grand is she is always worrying about us. Like one day we were playing football outside, and I got the wind knocked out of me. She made me stop playing for the day. Another way she is grand is she always makes sure that she has snacks for us at her house. Like one time she told us there weren’t any snacks at her house, so she took us to Baker Boy to get our favorite donuts. Then, she always tries to be too nice. One way she is too nice is when I mow her lawn on our new driving lawn mower; She always over pays me. Their lawn is only about a 15 minute job and she pays me $15. She has a hair cutting business called Hair Plus. When my grandma cuts my hair, she makes it as shiny as a star. She cuts my hair for free. I always insist that I pay her, but she always says, “No, you keep it and spend it on something you want.”

‘When my grandma cuts my hair, she makes it as shiny as a star.’ Tyler Quilling Sidney student

For our report cards she pays us $10 for each A, $5 for each B (She is always trying to give us money). The final reason she is grand, is she lets us do pretty much anything. When we first built our tree fort, it was in a tree in a vacant lot, but our papa took it down. After that we built it in a tree above my grandma’s house and she didn’t care. I think she thought it was pretty cool. After a while though, she told us not to go into it. Sometimes we do because it is really high in the air. In conclusion, I believe that my grandma is an awesome and grand person.

Why do I love my grandparents? The reason I love my grandparents is because they love me. Not only that but when my parents are gone, I stay at their house. The donuts that are freshly made by my grandma are delicious. Helping my grandpa with the lawn in summer and snow in winter. The Christmas gifts I always get from them. They love me and I love them. When I was little I needed a ride, my grandparents took me to church every Sunday when my parents couldn’t go. My grandma crocheting toys for me when I was little and even making my sister’s prom dress is why my grandma is grand. My grandpa letting me wear his old military outfit for the Veteran’s Day parade was a wonderful memory. My grandparents love me and my sisters more than the light that the sun brings. My grandparents spend most of Thanksgiving recalling on earlier times of which only a few I have ever recalled. Remembering the times we would sit around watching home movies in my

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house and my grandma would recall what was happening and we would all laugh. My grandparents are real jokers, just silly things like making a joke or picking on someone nicely. My family is definitely weird but I have always said, being weird is not bad. My grandmother is very nice. She cooks and knits and as weird as it seems she even has a Facebook account. My grandfather on the other hand has never used a computer but is very good at fixing cars. My great-grand mother is very nice and she loves to take care of me. When ever I mow her lawn or rake for her she always insists that I take ten dollars even if I refuse. My favorite meal that my grandmother makes is SPAM noodle hot dish. It is, as you can tell by the name, a delicious mix of spam and noodles. My grandfather has a bad back so when I go to mow his lawn during the summer he sits there and watches me, telling me if I miss a spot. I love my grandparents because they love me even more every day.


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Fun loving, awesome grandparents By Chelby Spaabeck, Fairview Is spending Thanksgiving with your grandparents fun? For me it is because I don’t always get to see them. Every Thanksgiving I spend it with my cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents. There’s always laughter and food so I call it a great time! Usually we just sit around and talk until the food is ready, but sometimes we all watch television, or all of the kids go down stairs to watch movies or to play Call of Duty. This year me, my mom and my grandma all sat at the table and just talked about everything. My grandpa on the other hand was watching the football game or something. I love spending Thanksgiving with them, mostly because their fun to talk to and so much wiser than I am, so it’s fun to ask them questions about back when they were kids. They aren’t like usual old people I know, they’re like my best friends – kind of like just people to depend on. They are like old ninjas who have seen and know almost everything! It’s always a great time listening to my grandpa talk about old stories and my

‘My grandparents always love to talk so I think it’s fun to listen and learn.’ Chelby Spaabeck Fairview student grandma going on and on about clothing prices and food prices going up. Then we all play apples to apples and other fun board games. Last year for Thanksgiving we went to my other grandmother’s house and all of us were outside watching the guys ride around on a thing called the odyssey. They took the hood of a pickup and tied it to the back of it and went sledding! Then they took It and jumped off this hill with it. Even my grandpa took it for a spin. My grandpa loves trains so he let me try playing with one of his collectable train set when I was younger. We spent almost the whole afternoon playing with the train. He

taught me how to drive it and how to hook it up to the other parts of the train. My grandma always lets us play with her old board games when we go to their house. My mom used to always take us to our grandparents house after church so we would always get a treat from them, usually they gave us ice cream and sometimes they even gave us pie! But we would always have to be careful because of their buffalo cat named bobby. That cat is the devil cat. It even chased me around the kitchen for a few minutes before my grandpa saved me! That cat is so mean it wouldn’t even let me go to the bathroom! But the cat is nice to my grandparents so they like him. My grandparents are awesome people. They’re always there for you when you need them. Their dependable, great loving people. I love them because their family, because their hilarious people, they’re my heroes, and they get me presents for my birthday! My grandparents always love to talk so I think it’s fun to listen and learn. Well, my grandparents are grand because they are fun, loving and are awesome!

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Grandparents always there for me By Bailey Schriver, Fairview Have you ever gone to your grandma and grandpa’s for Thanksgiving? I went there this year. It was a lot of fun. I got to go work in the shop with my grandpa and help my grandma with the food. We made a lot of food.We also played games. My grandma taught me how to make stuffing. It was very exciting. My grandma is grand because she buys me stuff and always has projects for me. She also does things with me. Like going shopping with my grandma. I also like cooking with her. I like hanging out with my grandma. My grandpa is grand because he spoils me. He also makes stuff for me. Like desks, shelves, and paints thing for me. He always has stuff for me so I am not bored. I love doing things with my grandparents. They are exciting to be around. I know they will always be there for me when I need them.

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Trips with grandparents are special By Faith Vitt, Fairview Have you ever been on a trip with your grandparents? My first trip was with my grandma, and we were going to Seattle. While we were sitting in the train station we said goodbye to my dad. My mom also got to come with us. I asked my grandma if she had ever been to Seattle. She said that she had never but thought that it would be a very nice place to visit. I also asked her why we were going. She said that it was because her family was having a family reunion. My mom also told me that there were going to be cousins from Norway there. I then asked if they would be able to speak English. They both said that they should be able to but they might just have a little bit of an accent. Then in about an hour, the train got there. The train ride was about 22 or 23 hours long! The train stopped a few times to let people on and off the train. (sat with my mom and my grandma sat with my aunt. Once we stopped in Idaho and my mom and (got off to just stretch a little. I was

afraid that the train might leave without us but my mom assured me that it would not leave without us. When we got back on the train I fell asleep. Once we got there we were all very excited to get off the train. When we got to Seattle we went and checked into the motel and then went to A Bite of Seattle in the park. There people had booths and were selling stuff. At one shop you could get an airbrush tattoo. At another booth you could buy food or a drink. After we ate we went to a big fountain that kids could swim in or you could just watch. After the Bite of Seattle we walked back to the motel and my sister got there. After my sister and her kids got unpacked and rested for a while we went across the street to eat at a hamburger place. My grandma thought that they had the best milkshakes and hamburgers ever! I thought so too. In the morning we drove to a ship dock We got to drive the car onto the boat! It was really cool. The

‘I think my grandma is grand because she will always be there for me no matter what. She also loves me very much.’ Faith Vitt Fairview student ride was only about 10 minutes long one way. Once we got to my grandma’s cousin’s house we started the reunion. Some people went on a raft or canoe ride. Then we got to ride horse. Then we went back to the motel and went to sleep. We had to drive back to Everett to get on the train. We were there about an hour or two early so we went to the mall. We then had about 30 minutes before the

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train left so we had to go to the train station. We had to wait at the train station for two and a half hours. My grandma and I were really mad and wanted to get going so it was not so late when we got home the next day. My mom went into the train station to figure out why the train was not there yet. They told her thatit was because some cables had been broken. We were still very mad. But finally the train came. On the way home my grandma, my mom, and I played my grandma’s favorite card game hand and foot. Then the train broke down again. It took us 25 to 26 hours to get home. It was a long ride but very fun because it was with my grandma. I think my grandma is grand because she will always be there for me no matter what. She also loves me very much. My grandma is also grand because she thinks it’s special to take her grandkids and great-grandkids on trips with her.


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What makes my grandparents grand

Grandparents support is grand

By Autumn Rehbein, Lambert

By Christian Prevost, Lambert

Turkey was where my Grandma Nana went to right after Christmas. She always brings me back something when she goes places around the world. When she went to Mexico she brought me back two Mexican dolls. They were the best. She always goes somewhere new in the U.S. like last year it was Washington, D.C., with my mom. Whenever I go to Billing to see her she has something for us to do. Like once we went to a meeting with her and it was fun. They didn’t just sit and talk they did stuff, like they had contests to see who could make up the best story. Whenever I come over for breakfast we have cereal

or mini pancakes. I never met my grandpa. He died before I was born. My grandma and my grandpa, from my dad’s side, they lived right next to us. My grandpa had arthritis and had half of his leg amputated. My grandpa was always waiting for us to get back from school so he could talk to us, and he was always finding new ways to annoy us. He would let us watch TV when we were there. He liked to criticize our cooking especially if you mess up the potatoes, you were in trouble. One time I was in the tractor with my dad listening to the trading post then grandpa’s voice came on selling tractor tires. The sad thing is that

he died at age 95. A week before he died he got to see our former foreign exchange student we had before I was born. In the summer he got to go to the family reunion. My grandma is great because she loves to tell stories and give gifts. She always has something to give us. She likes to tell us stories that she already told, but she starts telling it in different ways. She likes to get out of the house even if it is just to Lambert. She loves to know what is going on even if it is just what’s going on in school. She is a great grandma. That is what makes my grandparents so grand!

What makes our grandparents so grand? Well, I’m about to tell you. My grandma lives really close to my house, and I go over there all the time. Just about every time I go over there, she has the world’s best cinnamon rolls. And, the best part about those cinnamon rolls is that there is always like a hundred of them, so I can eat 50 and there will still be enough for everybody else to have at least one, and I can still have like 20 more! She also always has really good dinners for me if she picks me up from basketball practice. My other grandparents live in California, so just going to go see them is pretty grand. The first night we get to their house there is always a great supper. And they always have great stuff planned. They’ve taken me to baseball games, ice cream shops, great restaurants, movies, and they have a pool at their house so I can go swimming any time I want.

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‘Just about every time I go over there, she has the world’s best cinnamon rolls.’ Christian Prevost Lambert student All of my grandparents also come out to my house and help me do stuff around our farm, and support me at other events. One thing my grandma always will do for me is give me a birthday party. It is awesome, because she'll have me over to her house, make me dinner, make a cake, and give me a gift. It is awesome. She also sometimes takes me out to dinner on my birthday. So those are some things that make my grandparents grand.


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My terrific grandparents

That one special person

By Gresh Jones, Sidney

By Chelsea Shirk, Sidney

I love my grandparents. They are the best people in the world to me. They are fantastic people. Their love is like a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day! My grandparents are grand because they are always there for me, and they always have a big smile for me. My grandparents aren’t the greatest cooks, but they have the best taste in the world when it comes to what children like to eat. It seems like they can read minds like when I got off from school, she’ll take us to McDonald’s for blizzards or to Pizza Hut for some great tasting pizza. My grandparents are very caring. They give me way too much money or presents for Christmas. They spend way too much money on my brother and I, and I feel like they just love us so much they don’t care about the money. They care about us. They are great to talk to because they’re older and have more experience in life. They are great listeners and don’t ask many questions, and they always looking on the bright side of things even when they’re not that great. My grandparents are always willing to help and give.

‘My grandparents aren’t the greatest cooks, but they have the best taste in the world when it comes to what children like to eat.’ Gresh Jones Sidney student With to my friends, she always offers a ride or some food, and they give clothes, shoes and more stuff they don’t need to people in need, or the Salvation Army! My grandparents love to eat. Every time I go to their house their cupboards are filled with our favorite snacks and drinks. As for sporting events, they never miss a game or match. They always are videoing my games or telling people about it. So if you think you have “grand” grandparents you should come see mine!

Grandma Lola cares for my friends, too By Kortney Mayer, Sidney Ahh, the smell of pumpkin pie sneaks out under the door into the entry way of my grandma’s house! Grandma must be making pie for my brothers and me. My grandma always bakes pie for us. Her pie tastes like I won the lottery. She makes different pies for Marcus, Jordan, and me because we all like different kinds of pies. But grandma doesn’t care as long as she is making us happy. When she goes to Williston, she texts us and asks us what we want. She will get it for us. When it is my birthday, she will get me something even if I didn’t ask her for it. She got me Strawberry Fizz perfume when I didn’t have a clue what I wanted! And I love it! She gives me money if I don’t have any with me. She doesn’t even make me pay her back. She likes to text me almost every day asking how my day was and what I did. She asks me when my next basketball game is so she can come support me. I can always talk to her and know that she will help me with anything. My grandma doesn’t just do things for my

brothers and me, but she also goes and sees her other grand children. She doesn’t pick favorites, and she loves everyone the same. For Christmas she makes sure she gets everyone presents and doesn’t leave anybody out. She always lets my aunts and uncles stay at her house when they are visiting from Billings, Colorado, Alaska, or California. My grandma is very loving and grand because she loves my friends and my friends love her too! She gives my friends and me hugs when she sees us. She also tells me that my friend Lexi is like another granddaughter to her, which shows me that she not only cares for me, but she also cares for my friends. Once she let my friends come and eat pepperoni pizza with us at Pizza House and she paid for them too! My grandma is so amazing and funny, that when I get her age I want to be just like her. I love my grandma and I always will.

My grandma is grand in many ways. When I see my grandma we have some special memories together. We also bring back special memories when we are together. I don’t see her all that much but when I do we have a great time together. The first memory I have with her that I remember anyway, is I always use to fall asleep on her lap, smelling her sweet rose perfume and drifting asleep. After we made her yummy melt in your mouth sugar cookies, they would literally melt in your mouth. When you smelled them your mouth would just drool. I usually eat them all. Also when I was at her house I would play with her canes that had four legs. I would stand on it and try to walk around the house on it, but I usually end up fell over like a falling tree! Afterwards, my grandma would always come to see if I was OK. When we went over there for Christmas, she would open up her amazing present that I got her. I would get impatient because she opened it slow. I would open it up for her. I usually got her

‘The first memory I have with her that I remember anyway, is I always use to fall asleep on her lap, smelling her sweet rose perfume and drifting asleep.’ Chelsea Shirk Sidney student an angel of some sort. Another memory is that when we got to her tan house she would always be in her luscious garden. I would go “help” her, but I would usually just play in the dirt. When we spent the night, she would always love to braid or play with my hair before I went to bed. When she was done with mine, I would brush hers. I will never forget the special memories that we have had together.

A house needs a grandma in it By Louisa May Alcott, Fairview My family goes to my Grandma Carol’s house every Thanksgiving and let me tell you, she makes the best crescent rolls ever! There is always some kind of sweet treat out there when we go. She lives out on a farm and has cats, lots of cats. It’s crazy to know that someone can stand all of those things running around! Yet, they’re still fun to snuggle with or play with by pointing lasers and running them into walls. I don’t think she knows that’s what my brother and cousin do. Because of the fact she lives on a farm, there is a lot of fun stuff to do out there. The last time I was out there my cousins tied a hood from some old pickup out on the farm to the back of a gokart and was pulling each other around on it. They’re pretty crazy but they can surely keep us entertained. Her home makes me think of the Little House on the Prairie. Everyone out there is always cracking jokes no matter if they’re funny or not, but that’s alright we still laugh at them anyways. I’d have to say they’re a crazy bunch, but

‘Everyone out there is always cracking jokes no matter if they’re funny or not, but that’s alright we still laugh at them anyways.’ Louisa May Alcott Fairview student

that makes me love them even more. I don’t get to see my grandma very much but that doesn’t change how much I love her! It’s always sad having to give a hug goodbye, but then you start to think about the next time we go back and those fresh crescent rolls pop in your head and make you excited. No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pullin a baby picture out of a wallet – author unknown


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