Since I share a lovely big home with my son & his family, I get to spend time with the 3 & 4 yr old every day. What a treat to come home every day and see the pleasure on their faces when I walk in the door. (When I was a stay-at-home mom, I think my kids got sick of seeing my face every minute of every day...) They love to spend time in "Mimi's Room" (but only when invited in!) with puzzles, beads to string, and jellybeans.
After living 400 miles away for the last 12 years, the 3 oldest (12,10,7) now live 2 miles away for easy access whenever I (or they) want! The spontaneous sleepovers have been plentiful, and the cousins can't get enough of each other (most of the time).
a few tidbits to show why "Mimi-ing" is such a reward after a hard days work......
overhearing the VERY articulate 3 yr.old talking to a new 6yr old neighbor:
neighbor : "Do you have any pets?"
3 yr old grandson: "Noooo.....we just have a Grandma...."
after spending the day in the 1st grade class for Grandparents day, grandaughter #3 said at the dinnertable:
"Mimi, everyone at Grandparents Day was wrinkly except you!" (that girl is a keeper!!!)
Grandaughter #2 has the sweetest, kindest heart. When she was 4, she asked me to do a somersault with her. I told her I was too "chubby" to do a somersault. Wanting to make me feel better about my size, she lovingly told me "Oh no Mimi! You're not chubby! You just weigh a lot of pounds!!!
GRANDPARENTING: THE BEST THING EVER.......