Here it is nearly Friday afternoon and we are rushing around in an attempt to finish cleaning before our Grandchildren arrive for the weekend visit. She is cleaning inside while I tackle the outside. I’ve finished trimming the grass and gave the pool its last cleaning, making sure it has plenty of chlorine. We look for unsafe areas and kid-proof them. Not having youngsters all the time we take extra time to think of placing the pesticides and cleaners behind locked doors. Our grand kids love to explore the yard as it has so much to see: flowers, trees, bird feeders, rocks, crystals, geckos and a pond with two turtles. With all the flora and fauna, we certainly have our share of the insect population which provides the grandchildren an enjoyable earth science lesson while they investigate their homes and movements.
It’s always a treat for us to have the Grand kids spend the weekend. Sometimes we have to pick them up but we prefer to have them dropped off, so we can give them a full welcome. Plus it gives us a few extra moments to finish preparing for our little troupe. With the cleaning, yard work and repairs complete we can go shopping prior to picking them up. Shopping ahead of time avoids taking the children into the store.
Off to the local discount store for child friendly tooth paste and tooth brushes. Last time they arrived with none so we indulge them with their favorite super-hero brushes. Those little mouths need to start early learning to take good care of those shiny new teeth. Let’s go look at the pajamas. What a great selection of cartoon kid’s pajamas. Scott, now age seven, loves Spiderman or most action figures. We can get him a nice pair of pajama pants and a t-shirt to match. Then we have Jarilyn now six. Anything fluffy with lots of flowers she will enjoy. She loves to dress up with Grandma Jo- Jo and they can play girls games all day. While us guys lay around in our pj’s and play Xbox 360 Indiana Jones The Original Adventure by LEGO, rated E for everyone.
We also invested in the Wii entertainment system, we all love playing the Wii sports. Not only is this family fun at the television like we never had as a child. No longer is it acceptable to sit and play videos, they’ve kicked it up a notch. The Wii has made tennis and boxing interactive so we get quite the work-out while having a great time. The grand kids love beating us every chance they get.
Then we can eat our healthy breakfast filled with oatmeal and an assortment of berries. Venturing out doors Grandma always decorates turning our backyard into a fairy tale story. She mixes the scene with bright colors of blue and red some orange and pinks. We bought some bubble making machines and water blasters. While Grandma entertains the screaming twosome, I sneak off for my well-deserved nap. With eyeballs peering around the doorway into my room, the little ones let me know it’s time to start lunch.
Although we enjoy eating all-American hot-dogs, the big beefy ones, we are both health conscience since growing older. Eating a small amount of healthy food is a wise decision and the grand kids take it all in stride. Snacks consist of finger foods usually: Small cheese squares, celery cream cheese and some natural peanut butter, apple bites with some broccoli and cauliflower with a bit of my spicy cheese, and some sugar snap peas fresh. The kids go wild and eat whatever we offer. I like to give them fresh peaches when in season. We try to keep the sugar to the lowest amount. Kids and sugar can make grandparents’ heads pound.
What to do for the weekend a quick check list:
Food – varies upon season availability for fruit and vegetables healthy snacks natural yogurt add in berries
Buy each child a tooth brush and tooth paste this can stay at the house in their own bathroom
Personal clothing we recommend things you can keep in a small decorative box like Pj’s and 2 sets of play clothes – thrift stores can really help here for under ten bucks we purchased everything for two grandchildren.
Have any medications the child requires- the parents ought to be providing these but always asking if you do not know.
Emergency contact information and a notarized paper stating you can have the child treated at the ER if needed
Video games can be for a bit of down- time inside or if the weather is foreboding, we have Wii entertainment system and Xbox 360. Make sure you have plenty of controllers for everyone.
As a last resort, we can always count on the local zoo. The kids can pick out their favorite animals and then tell us about them. We have an arsenal of questions stored up. Where does the animal come from? Are they an endangered species? What can we do to assist in their preservation? We like our activities to stimulate learning and revolve around the planet we all share.Enjoy your time with those grand kids whatever age they are, their only little for a short time.