What Happens at Nannie and Papa’s

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I wasn’t born knowing how to be a grandmother.  My becoming “Nannie” has been a process that has evolved and changed through the years.  My husband, on the other hand, is a natural.  He has no boundaries or limits as to what he will do, say, give or spend on our grandchildren.  Most of the time I am the voice of reason.(aka: stick in the mud.)  Warning of danger, potential tummy upsets or Star Wars sensory overload.  But one thing is for sure, our love of our grandkids is honest, sincere and forever……to the moon and back!

When you are at Nannie and Papa’s you might have M&M’s as your breakfast dessert.  We have an M&M dispenser that each child thinks we bought just for them.  “May I have some of my M&M’s?” they ask.

At Nannie and Papa’s you are almost always guaranteed a trip to Academy.  New shoes? Check.  You want to sleep in a tent in the back yard?  Check.  You want a tricycle?  Done.  You just want to look around?  We’re on the way.

At Nannie and Papa’s we will feed you what you say you will eat, not necessarily what your parents said you would.  For the boys, it almost always involves something with tater tots and for our sweet girl, it could be avocado.  You are certain to have a yummy meal with dessert included.

While attending Camp Nannie and Papa’s in the summer, you will most likely swim everyday.  Quite possibly there is a trip to Academy involved before hand for water shoes or a high-powered water gun.

It is a given that I will take a million pictures.  I try to capture each child’s essence and document our outings.  One last thing we try to do at the end of a visit is measure and mark their height on the inside of the hall closet door. Each marking is a gentle reminder that the time goes too quickly and these precious souls are growing and changing right before our eyes.

While it is mostly true that what happens at Nannie and Papa’s stays at Nannie and Papa’s….what does go with them, we hope, is the deep knowledge that they are loved and important and valued.  We know we are blessed to have four wonderful daughters and these beautiful grandchildren.  Our hearts absolutely overflow with gratitude and pride to be their Nannie and Papa.

What happens at Nannie and Papa’s?  Love.  Pure love.