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Grandma Lessons-The Christmas Tree

Grandkids, Toddlers By December 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , 8 Comments

I’ve changed.  I am not sure exactly when it happened, but it happened.  As a younger mom, raising children, I used to be a bit more uptight about stuff and less patient.  I used to get embarrassed about things much easier.  I was more no nonsense and not always quick to understand.  What happened to me?

I became a grandparent!

People joke about playing with the grandkids and then sending them home.  However, we do have a marvelous opportunity to provide special and memorable experiences to those unique people we call Grandchildren.

Last weekend I put up our Christmas tree.  I was satisfied with just adding twinkle lights and several strings of beads.  But my husband thought I should put on a few ornaments.  I ignored his suggestion, until I found out my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter was coming over for the evening. I thought she might like to help me put on a few decorations.

I pulled out the kid durable Christmas ornaments (no breakable bulbs).  I left the hooks in the box, because I didn’t want her sister, who just started crawling, to try to eat any that we might drop.  We sat in front of the tree with the box of ornaments; she wanted to discuss each one as they were unwrapped.  She then took each ornament by its string, went to show grandpa, came back and added it to the tree.  She was delighted when she actually got it to stay on a branch.  I let her put them where she wanted – they ended up on three heavy laden branches.  It was fun.  I enjoyed it and I think she enjoyed it.  The next day, I brought out the hooks and rearranged all the ornaments, so the tree looked more even.


Twenty plus years ago, I did this same thing with my youngest son, when he was three or four.  However, at that time I was dismayed that he wouldn’t listen to me, as he insisted on putting all the ornaments on the same branch. We ended up fussing about it quite a bit.  I was trying to “teach” him the proper way to add the decorations to the tree! After all, it is an important life lesson, he can’t grow up and not know how to properly balance out all the ornaments on his Christmas tree!  Oh, my gosh…how silly is that?  To my embarrassment, he still remembers that event.

The grandma lesson I learned last weekend – Don’t sweat the small stuff. Enjoying the moment is more important than getting it perfect.

Happy Holidays!

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Weekend at the Baby Spa

Babies, Grandkids By November 23, 2015 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

My husband and I watched our nine month old granddaughter last weekend.  Her mom and dad were heading to a marathon, in another state and took big sister with them.  Our youngest granddaughter is crawling now,  so I have to make sure NOTHING is on the floor and all the doors are closed.  She woke us up twice during the night (taking groggy grandparents about 45  minutes to get her back to sleep) but that is just how teething babies are.  She is good natured and smiling – we had a great time.

This morning I was reflecting on the weekend. Inspired, giggling and with tongue in cheek, this was the email I sent to my son and daughter-in-law:

Your Receipt

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent visit to the Grandma and Grandpa Weekend Spa.  I hope our guest enjoyed her visit.  At her request, she was sang to and rocked to sleep at night, as well as for naps during the day. This service was fulfilled at no additional charge to you.  She was hand carried to destinations though out the facility and was only left to get there under her own power when she felt the desire. Furniture was placed at convenient locations so she could practice pulling herself up and moving around, allowing her to exercise at her leisure.  The chef carefully prepared foods to her liking and she was hand fed all of these delicious culinary delights. Her sleeping quarters were temperature controlled and any uncomfortableness was attended to promptly. Tickling was occasionally performed for entertainment purposes. We hope our guest enjoyed her experience and felt loved, pampered and generally well cared for.

Payment for the spa facilities has been made.  We collected kisses, hugs and smiles at the time services were rendered.

We hope you visit us again soon.


The Grandma and Grandpa Weekend Spa