I'm fortunate to live just one neighborhood over from my parents and a few miles from my mother-in-law. I can honestly say that if it wasn't for the help of grandparents, I don't know if we would be the family we are today. You see, ten years ago we had twins, and life became wild. Grandparent help was great when we had three kids, but it became essential when we had five! A couple years after the twins were born, my husband went through four years of night school to get his law degree and then took a job where he travels much of the time. We wouldn't have been able to do all the things we've done if we hadn't had our parents close by.
So just what have our parents been doing over the past ten years? Here's a short list in no particular order:
Chauffeuring and cheering for many games and practices.
Baking cookies and decorating cakes, roller skating, going to football and hockey games, and visiting the zoo.
Babysitting for long and short periods. I could never repay the hourly rate all that's been worth!
Helping with homework. Teaching them to love and care for pets. Playing tennis. Dressing up like Santa Claus...
Overpaying my kids for tasks like feeding the dog and picking up sticks in the yard.
Doing crafts, puzzles, and playing countless board games and rounds of Skip-Bo and Bingo.
Going to kids' movies, playing kickball, blueberry picking, and fishing...
As well as, cheering our family on through all the milestones they've seen their grandchildren achieve..
Happy Grandparents Day to Nanny and Papa, and Grandma! We couldn't do it without you!!!
How about you? Do you have some special grandparents to celebrate in your life?