Are you losing touch with your grandchildren?
Do you feel like they are growing up too fast without you?
Do you not know them as a person and what they like and want in life?
We were feeling the same way about our grandchildren.
SO, my husband and I decided that we were going take each grandchild on a trip, of their chosing, when they were 8 – 10. We let the child pick the destination (within reason) and what we would do.
These trips with grandma and grandpa have been something that each child has looked forward to and planned for many years.
Lazarus and Levi
Laz and Levi wanted to go to Disneyland with us.
It was their first time on an airplane and to Disneyland. Their mother gave us strict instructions to not give them too many sweets.
Their uncle, who met us at Disneyland, bought them this sucker that sure went beyond mom’s wishes.
Every-time they went on a ride, we would break a piece of the sucker off and throw it away. They never noticed that the sucker got smaller and smaller. They probably ate only about 1/8 of it. We told them what we had done when they were older and we all had a good laugh about it.
Ryanne, being the little princess she was, chose Disneyland. We took her to Bippidy Boppidy Boutique and had them turn her into a real princess.
We went to princess training, even Grandpa. He learned to wave and bow like a Princess.
Noah was in his shark stage at the age of 8. Everything to do with sharks was his obsession. Of course he chose Sea World in San Diego. The really fun thing about this trip was that we stayed on a houseboat for the week.
He fed the stingrays while he was there. He told me that it had buggers on it (it was slimy). Kids!!!
Arianne also chose Disneyland. This was only the second time she had been to Disneyland so it was really special for her.
Arianna was older when we took her because of schedules. She lives in Washington state and we live in Utah so to spend this time with her was very special. We learned so much about her and created a strong bond of love.
Austin also chose Disneyland. I think there is a theme here.
One memory of Austin is that he said he wanted some popcorn. I asked how much money he had left, and he said he only had one dollar. I told him that he did not have enough money. I had noticed the prices earlier.
He stated that he had enough, with much emphasis. I told him to go over and ask. A few minutes later he came back with a tub of popcorn and a big smile on his face.
He said that he asked the man how much the popcorn was and was told it was $4. He said he did not have that much. The worker asked how much he had and he said $1. The worker then said, “You know the popcorn is just $1 right now” and proceeded to give it to him. ONLY DISNEY!!!
Ambree’s trip is this October. We are taking her on a Disney Cruise. I will let you know about that trip at the end of October.
To really get to know your grandchildren, spend some one on one time with them to create memories and a loving bond that will last a lifetime.
Take the first step by setting up some alone time with each grandchild.
Leave a comment below and let me know how you have created bonds with your grandchildren
See Ya Makin’ Memories!