Saturday, July 21, 2012

Week of the Granddaughters

They're 12. They're twins. They've been here since camp ended last Saturday. We drive 380 miles tomorrow to take them home - from Seattle to southern Oregon.

We've been to the community pool twice. The library three times. To Fred Meyer for flip-flops. To the pizza place and the pho place and the grocery store. They've read six books apiece and spent two hours a day each on the computer. We've done laundry twice. Picked raspberries and strawberries and blueberries and peas every day. Had ice cream three times and corn four times. They learned to make smoothies and quesadillas. They went to the optometrist where one found out she needs different lenses for the glasses she got last year, and the other found out she doesn't need glasses at all (she's disappointed). They found out they like pita bread for sandwiches. Yesterday we took a field trip to a hedge maze.

We listened a lot. They have an annoying little brother and parents who want them to do chores "all the time". Sounds like a normal family to me!

The grandparents are sleeping very, very well at night. The girls get up at around 9:30, so grandparents have a little time in the morning before they get up, and again after they're in bed at 10. I tell them they can read all night if they want to. I have no idea what time they actually turn off the light and go to sleep, and that's okay with me.

Ah, summer!



18 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

It sounds like you've had a great time. They surely feel the same. What a wonderful combination of activities.

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful grandma and grandpa you are!

Ms Sparrow said...

I just took my great-granddaughters back today. The peace and quiet are wonderful--and a little boring.

Grandmother said...

It sounds lovely and familiar!

DJan said...

You are so fortunate to have them around! It sounds like a perfectly marvelous time (other than the drive). Wish I had had grandparents like you when I was 12!

Out on the prairie said...

What a delightful time, thanks for sharing your love

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

What a lovely way for your granddaughters to spend time with you, and vice versa. It's great that they can talk and you can listen, and trust is built.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Wow! It sounds like a wonderful visit -- for them and for you!

Olga said...

Yeah, we miss them them when they are not around and wonder how we will possibly make it through when they visit.

Perpetua said...

A lovely account of a great week, Linda. It sounds so familiar and fun.

Arkansas Patti said...

You could run a summer camp for kids the way you kept them entertained.
Wonderful they know what a library is and like to read.

rosaria williams said...

All the way down to Southern Oregon? You might want to stop in Port Orford and visit me. Leave me a message if at all possible:
rosariainpo@gmail.com

Deb Shucka said...

You're making a memorable summer for them. Wish I'd had grandparents like you!

Galen Pearl said...

I hope my grandchildren will remember weeks like that with me!

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

So nice to spend such fun time with family! Enjoy the road trip too :-)

Retired English Teacher said...

Since my days have been filled with grandchildren, I haven't read about yours until today. It sounds like their time at your house was perfect. I think you are an awesome grandmother. I bet they can't wait until next year! Like DJan, I wish I'd had a grandmother like you when I was 12.

Lynnie's Son said...

How blessed they are to have shared such quality time with two wonderful people.

Linda Reeder said...

Oh, that all sounds so lovely. What wonderful experiences you have provided, and what wonderful memories you are building.