So a couple of years ago I had this idea. I have no idea where it came from but it certainly came from a place of love. We had 5 of our 6 grandchildren in quick succession. One a year for 5 years ( 2 are only 5 months apart)!
Whoa! I barely had time to get used to being a Grandma when they came fast and furious. Obviously my little talk about us being a fertile family did not take!
Needless to say it was a little like Romper Room around here when they came to visit. And just when I was wistfully thinking about what I would do with 3 pack n plays little Tristun made an appearance to even us out at 3 granddaughters and 3 grandsons!
I wanted some one on one time with each of them so I came up with Grandma and Me day. It has been a huge success and a scheduling challenge since 5 out of the 6 are now in school and we love to do it in the summer!
Here is the very amazing part. While it is my gift to them I have had the privilege and joy of getting to know them outside of their family and away from their siblings. It was so surprising to see how different they are when it is just me and them! I get to see a whole new side of them and it is so fun.
We get to talk, do quiet or very loud things and lately VERY adventurous things
( hope my body holds out).
I see aspects of their grandpa, their parents, and their aunts and uncles. Common traits that touch my heart to see them continuing on in a new generation.
So all this time I thought I was doing this really fun grandma thing FOR them. Little did I know how very much it would also be fun and heartwarming for me!
From shoe shopping and fashion shows ( with my clothes and shoes) to swimming, ice skating in the summer and swinging from the trees at “Go Ape” it has been a blast.
So my Thoughtful Thursday challenge to all of you is this..go have some one on one time with someone you always see in a group or family..it could be your Mom or Dad, a sibling, an Aunt or Uncle, a co-worker, or a friend. You will appreciate a whole new vision of them and it will do your heart good! And as always..go make it a Thoughtful One!
Here are a few photos from our latest adventures!