Long Distance Grandma Face-to-Face at Last!

by Mum Dee on July 11, 2010

My daughter and grandchildren are coming to visit this week! I haven’t seen them in over a year. I am always nervous when I get to see my grandchildren because I feel as though I don’t really know them well enough and so am not sure how they will like what I have planned to do with them. They change so much in a year it can feel like they are different children every time I see them.

I have asked my granddaughter what she would like to do while she is here and I am glad that she wants us to go camping. Now that is something that I know how to do and better yet, she has never gone camping so she probably doesn’t have too many preconceived ideas about it. Ah, home-field advantage, just what I need. The other thing she really wants to do is go walking in a corn field. Well that is right outside the front door, so to speak, so this is a dream that I can also easily fulfill. Okay, I am feeling a little more confident already.

My grandson is a little harder to get info out of. I know that he likes Rube Goldberg type of contraptions

because he loves to watch the cause and effect over and over so maybe we can build some kind of a contraption together. I also have a Capsella construction set that belonged to his uncle when he was a boy. It uses motors and gears to create land and water vehicles. I hope it isn’t over his head but I am banking on his love of how things work to capture his attention. Alright, this should give me enough structure to feel like I have something planned.

I am actually hoping to fly by the seat of my pants with them. I really prefer spontaneous activities. I find them much more exciting and love that we end up doing what the kids really like that way. I guess I needed some preplanned agenda as a safety net because I feel like I don’t know their tastes well enough to make it all up as we go along.

I hope that I will find out that I had nothing to worry about at all in the end. We will probably have a blast doing all sorts of things. The thing I love about young children is that they can have fun doing just about anything if you put the right spin on it.

Wish me luck!

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Mariah July 14, 2010

they are going to be ecstatic, mom!! Capsella will win Joseph’s heart a 1000 times over! (i totally forgot about that toy). Romi’s heart will be won over by Rice Krispie squares alone. haha! and the camping will make this trip a lifelong memory for all of us. =) cannot WAIT to see you!!!!

Ailin July 14, 2010

mumdee,

you’ll do great! camping, cornfield, capsella… even makes me wish i was yr grandchild! lolllll…

Mum Dee July 15, 2010

@Ailin Maybe I’ll take you up on being a grandchild of mine. Can you come visit more often than my real ones lol

Bonnie July 21, 2010

I hope I have a grandma like you, Mum Dee!

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