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 anti fungal 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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