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Wednesday, February 10, 2010


My little Jedi's bedroom!

Notice the little Darth Vader Pug

I have been waiting for a couple days to write this - I'm so excited.

My grandson is an avid, did I say AVID Star Wars lover. To the point of OCD maybe like his grandma.

His uncle, my son, lives out of town and he's such a great role model for my grandson, his nephew. I try to keep them close without either of them knowing what I am up to. I am a sneaky grandma too - but a person has to do what a person has to do - you know what I mean?

My son loved Star Wars growing up. He still has his originally 'stuff'. (He loves it so much he didn't want grandson to have it - quite understandably.)

So over the last couple of year we have bought the six movies so my grandson knows Star Wars. Whenever we do connect with my son - the two of them - they play Star Wars (yep) and grandma has known to play too - in fact we were just playing with the light sabers the other day and I broke his being overly zealous - lol.

This is the X-wing fighter he made out of notebook paper!

So through Ebay, Wal Mart, and Toys are us - we have THE COLLECTION. The Millennium Falcon, The X-Wing Fighter, the Tie-fighter, and the Land Speeder - plus about a hundred figures.

I made a Star War rug about 25+ years ago which is now in my grandson's room. When I went to LA my sister bought him a huge R2D2 that speaks and works with a remote. I bought him a huge talking Yoda (my favorite guy - not hard to guess that is it?) for his birthday.

We have sticker books and coloring books. We have posters and sticky's for his room. He has changed it from Ben Ten to Star Wars.

We even did Star Wars Valentine's.

Notice how serious he is.

Okay now for the exciting part - I have a blogger - (doesn't God work in mysterious ways) who just happened to be the voice of Wedge/Red 2. David Ankrum is my angel - probably unaware of how much this has REALLY meant to us. Let's just say we needed something positive right now and here it was. . .

When I blogged about my grandson loving Star Wars - do you know what he did? He wrote me for his address and send my grandson an autographed copy of two pictures. One of the X-Wing Fighter he was in and one of himself. He wrote on one, "I'm hit." And on the other his speaking part, "Red 2 standing by."

Here he is opening it - notice the light sabers he drew on the paper I let him put up on the wall! He's learning the big difference between good and bad.

He's so excited.

He's so happy.

Isn't he cute! (Well, actually both 'he's' are cute - lol).

Is this cool or what? Now tell me how this happened? One thing happened, then another, then another - if it didn't make all the twists and turns - this would not have happened. God works in mysterious ways.

Okay - check out this wonderful (angel) man's website at

I believe we have his action figure that came in the X-wing fighter - see him on the left.

These photograph's are going on his Star Wars wall! After he takes it to school and shows his Star Wars Club that he is head of!

Of course we both thanked him privately, but THANK YOU David - we love it!

Anyone old enough to remember him?

James Francis "Jimmy" Durante (February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) was an American singer, pianist, comedian and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and large nose helped make him one of America's most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s. His jokes about his nose included referring to it as a "Schnozzola", and the word became his nickname.


Angela said...

Oh my gosh Sandie!

What a great post! I'm excited for Andy and his new Star Wars themed room! And how cool is that that a real person from the movie would read your blog and send Andy those pictures!

Being a girl I never did get into the Star Wars thing but I did have a boyfriend in the 3rd grade that loved Star Wars and he had all of those little figures that he would bring to school and let me play with them with him at playtime! hehehe

I just love the picture of Andy smiling from ear to ear showing his pictures that David sent him! That is precious! Great memories too!


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

How wonderful, God does work in mysterious ways. I know Andy will cherish this for the rest of his life. He is such a cutie and his smile is like a fresh breath of sunshine. Nothing more rewarding than to see a child smile.
And oh, does it make me real old to know who this feller is? I remember him, he was one of my favorite...with his "Good night Ms Calabash where ever you are".
Have a great day and stay warm

^..^Corgidogmama said...

How fun is that? Golly, this is so neat for not only your son, yourself, but especially for ol' Andy! Life is sure funny sometimes.

ClassyChassy said...

How cool to meet someone so nice they would do that for Andy! Andy is so cute - he has the biggest smile! Gotta love it!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Wow! Star Wars has been popular a long time. I was perky, young, and dating when Star Wars first came out.
What fun to see your son and the grandson enjoying the same thing!

Linda said...

That is just way too cool! Andy looks so happy and excited! I will check out your friends blog. That was a wonderful thing to do.

Susan Wicker said...

Ohhhhh, Sandie. There isn't a happier kid on earth than Andy. That gorgeous smile tells it all. What a great story! Thanks for sharing story and super photos! Sincerely, Susan from

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That big smile on your grandson's face says it all! You can tell how thrilled he is. This did my heart good. What a great post, and such a great man to make this child's day! Thanks for sharing, Sandie...


Sheila :-)

That corgi :) said...

definitely, a God thing as I call events like this. And I imagine God smiling when it all comes together, what he orchestrated, and he sees the joy on our faces

what a wonderful surprise and gift for your grandson!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Sandie
Little Andy is adorable and look at that happiness on his face.
I am so happy that this all came about for him. Its a "Good thing"
Sometimes good things do happen.
I wanted to tell you I LOVE
the little stone or glass or whatever it is that has the words Believe on it. That is precious. You have some new stuff on your side bar that we have been looking at.

ocmist said...

What a wonderful post! Your grandson looks rather a lot like my Little Bear (which you'll be able to see on my next post about this weekend)

My sister and youngest son are both TOTAL SCI-FI fans... Trek, Star Wars & Transformers, SpiderMan, etc. Sister was personal friends with James Doohan even. Son (Robert-Dott's Dad) has a room that kids would die to see... Every spare inch is covered in toys from these movies-- things hanging from the walls and ceiling even!

As you can imagine, Little Bear LOVES to visit his "Uncle Boo" because there are certain of those toys that he is allowed to play with, and they go out and play together a lot. Your post is SO MUCH like our family!!!

That Movie Star is awesome to do all that for your grandson! So few are that nice (there are some, but not many) He really made a fan for life there!

Don't you just LOVE "God Winks!" Linda