My grandsons live thousands of miles away. So when they come to town for a grandparent visit, you can bet this Grammie is ready to roll!!
Talking to my grandsons this week on FaceTime (the greatest invention for long distance grandparents ever!!), we chatted about their grandparent visit. This picture pretty much sums up their feelings about the trip: Jack knows what to expect (Grammie and Pop-Pop= good time) so he is pretty excited and happy and is counting down the days. Hudson, on the other hand, just turned one and every day is a new adventure that he isn’t so sure about. The best way to insure both these adorable personalities have a great grandparent visit – and I’m not totally worn out in the process – is to prepare, plan, and participate.
Get their room ready. Since it isn’t what they’re used to, make it as homey as possible. First, I went through with a good cleaning: vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning the blinds. I made sure there are lots of pillows and soft stuff to cuddle with and a shelf full of toys and books for quiet time. For this grandparent visit, I’m trying something new by adding a diffuser/night light from Spark Naturals. I’m excited to see how the lavender oil (a natural stress reliever) and soothing night light work to relax the boys at bedtime. Go through the toys. I made sure there were no broken pieces and that they were clean. I added a couple of new toys and pulled out a few older toys. I plan to save those for when the boys get “bored” to change it up a bit. The new toys I added came from the attic; favorites of my son when he was growing up. Jack is a big fan of Legos (since seeing the movie) and dinosaurs. Check out this hand puppet I dredged up. It roars and everything. Well, it roared once I replaced the 15 year old batteries. Grocery Store Run. I asked their mom what the boys’ current favorite foods are and made sure I had their comfort foods and snacks ready to go for their grandparent visit.
Baby-fy the house. Our empty nest lifestyle has incorporated lots of fragile things on display. I went through each room, looking at everything from my knee’s viewpoint and the item’s breakability status. Those decorations that didn’t pass the test got put away; not to return until after they go home from their grandparent visit.
Bake. I’ve got to have homemade cookies on hand. For this grandparent visit, I made these Chocolate Chip Twix cookies from the blog, Is This Really My Life.
While my daughter keeps them on a pretty tight schedule, I don’t want to be got off guard with a lot of down time – time that leads to mischief for Jack and lonesomeness for Hudson. I’ve planned some field trips for this grandparent visit – a couple close by that take an hour or so (petting zoo, swimming) and a couple all day affairs (Natural History Museum of LA County and Griffith Park Train Ride). Of course, a standard fall back is always the park.
Since our grandparent visits are few and far between, I made sure my personal calendar is cleared as much as possible. I want to devote as much of my undivided attention as possible to these two adorable youngsters. I also let my clients, friends, and business associates know that the grandsons were coming so that they would understand why I wouldn’t be keeping my regular schedule. I also pulled out some age appropriate games and visited Pinterest for some craft ideas to enrich our one-on-one time.
Giving some extra attention ahead of time to Prepare – Plan – Participate helps to insure that a grandparent visit to Grammie and Pop-Pop will be a great experience for everyone, filled with memories in the making. Let the fun begin!!! How do you get ready for when your grandchildren come to visit?