Today I am thankful for two week with grandparents.
Last week the boys were with Grandpa Pete and Grandma Nancy, this week they’re with Grandpa Ken and Grandma Mary. Two straight weeks away from home, two straight weeks of being completely spoiled. Shooting .22’s, flying airplanes, building a tipi (or teepee), going to the zoo, and being chauffeured in a rented van with their cousins are amongst the activities on the agenda. By the time we pick them up on Friday I’m pretty sure they will be totally exhausted.
Of course, we miss the boys, but it’s also nice to have some quiet time in the house. There are two reasons why I am thankful for two weeks at grandparents today…
First, I used to do that every summer with my brother. We’d have one week at Grandma and Grandpa Lamping’s and then one week with our Kreiling Aunts and Uncles. Those weeks were always filled with tons of fun, I’m thankful that my boys have the opportunity to do the same. Get away from mom and dad, be on their own, and enjoy time with family members they don’t get to see all the time. I’m thankful for them having the opportunity to make some awesome memories… Which leads me to the second reason…
Them being away makes me chuckle and think back to all of the fun times Nick and I had as kids during those weeks away. Over the past week I’ve had many memories pop back into my brain, all of them making me smile:
- Catching fireflies at Grandma and Grandpa’s
- Staying up all night at my cousin’s house, and then falling asleep on Grandma and Grandpa’s deck the next day
- Spilling Nerds in the thick living room carpet
- Knowing that Aunt Nadia would take us to the reptile house at the zoo every other year
- Going to Brewers games with Uncle Kevin and Uncle Buster
- Throwing darts in Uncle Tom and Aunt Renee’s basement
- Going to many baseball card shops and candy stores
- Going to Return of the Jedi in the theater with Aunt Diane
- Playing many video games, making movies, and learning to set fires using gasoline in a sandbox with many cousins
- Lastly, how could I ever forget eating butter pecan ice cream at the end of the night with Grandma and Grandpa and then watching late night TV, every single night!
It’s pretty cool thinking about what types of memories the boys will hold on to from each year. Will they remember the treats, being spoiled, escapades with cousins, or something equally as fun? Who knows?
What I do know is that they will always be able to look back on those memories with their grandparents and family and remember how much they were loved. That gift is one that I am incredibly thankful for, both for them and myself.