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A grilled grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions — and she's graciously responded with answers and photos!

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    Wednesday
    Mar212012

    Grilled Grandma: Sandy

    How many children do you have? I have two daughters, Kathleen and Courtney and one son, Joe. They were all raised in a military household and both daughters swore they would NEVER marry anybody in the military because they didn’t want to ruin their children’s lives by moving every three years. Both girls are married to pilots in the Air Force, just like their Dad, (Ha!) my son is not yet married.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages? I currently have four grandchildren, Courtney has two girls, Kate (4), Emma (2) and Kathleen has two boys, Jackson (4), and Gavin (21 months). However, in just a couple of months we will go from four grandchildren to seven as both girls are pregnant, Courtney is having another girl and Kathleen is having twin boys! We’ll have seven grandchildren all under the age of four.

    Any great grandchildren? No

    What do your grandchildren call you? They call me “Honey”.

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother? Actually, both of my girls were pregnant at the same time with their first babies and neither of them lived nearby. I live in North Carolina and one daughter lived in Spokane, WA, and the other lived in Pensacola, FL. My biggest concern was not being close enough to them to help out on a regular basis and get to play with the babies as often as I would like.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren? Currently they still live far away, for two years both daughters lived in Okinawa, Japan because their husbands were stationed there. One still lives there and the other just recently moved to California. We see each other, in person, at least twice a year for three to four weeks at a time.

    If all goes as planned, I hope to be present for the upcoming births. “Operation Baby Drop” will have me flying to California for the birth of the twin boys, then on from there to Okinawa for the new baby girl’s birth, and then back to California to help out with the twins again, whew! I’m already exhausted just thinking about it!

    What is the best thing about being a grandma? Getting to spoil my grandkids whenever they are around. We try to fit lots of adventures into their visits. However, I also have to listen to my own kids complain about how we NEVER spoiled them.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma? Keeping my mouth shut. I try not to give unsolicited advice but sometimes it just slips out. Fortunately my daughters are very good about listening to what I have to say. It’s amazing how much smarter they think you are once they have children of their own!

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. The last time Kate and Emma were visiting we had just finished nighttime baths, pajamas were on, and they were sitting in bed, hair dripping and waiting for a bedtime story. I decided to make up a story instead of read another book so I made up an elaborate story about a little girl who went on a great adventure. Then I said, “Okay, it’s your turn to tell me a story.” Kate proceeded to tell me about two princesses “who were very beautiful, but not as pretty as me” she said. I couldn’t help but laugh. Apparently that child has no problem with self-esteem!

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? Right now we like to draw and color. I can’t wait until they are old enough to learn how to sew!

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house? We like to go on walks, more drawing and coloring, and do lots of puzzles and read books.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? We talk on the phone two to three times a week and Skype about once a week. Thank goodness for Skype, I don’t think I would be able to survive the distance between us without being able to see them so often. When they were smaller they thought we were the “grandparents in the box” but being able to see us on a regular basis makes it easy when we visit because we aren’t really strangers.

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? Live life to the fullest and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish your goals!

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you? Fun! They will probably think I’m a little crazy too since I went skydiving for my 50th birthday and love to try adventurous things. However, I flew off the side of a mountain skiing a few years ago and ended up in the hospital so I’m a little more cautious in my adventures, now that I know what pain feels like!

    One of my favorite quotes is, “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand – strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming, ‘Woo Hoo, what a ride!’”

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? Just like the saying goes, “If I’d known that being a grandparent was so much fun, I’d have had my grandchildren first!” I’ve always loved children and having my own was great but, man oh man, there is just something wonderful about grandchildren because the pressure in raising them falls to someone else and you get to be the good guy!

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? Enjoy every minute, hold those babies as often as you can, close your eyes and memorize their smell, feel their skin, give them baths and drink in all the sights and smells that come with them.

    Do you have a website or blog? What is it about? Yes, I have a blog and a website. I am a designer of applique quilt patterns and I strive to make designs that are whimsical and easy to make. My blog is about sewing, quilting and basically randomness of life. My website address is http://www.HissyfitzDesigns.com and my blog address is http://www.sandyfitzpatrick.wordpress.com. You can also “Like” me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/hissyfitzdesigns.

    This is an archived version of Sandy's Grilled Grandma feature. See her original grilling—including reader comments—by clicking HERE.

    Wednesday
    Mar142012

    Grilled Grandma: Gwen

    How many children do you have? I have three perfectly imperfect, outrageously talented, uniquely incredible children, and two equally amazing children by said children's matrimonial choices.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    One boy 8, one girl 5 (both gifts from my daughter and her husband).

    Any great grandchildren? ZERO

    What do your grandchildren call you? I'm NEE NEE

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother? Mirror, mirror on the wall—I am my mother after-all.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren?
    As much as possible—they live in town

    What is the best thing about being a grandma? Being a grandma erases all the fear and concern that you used to have about being a grandmother.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma? It's always a challenge when I see them, to remember to say hello to my daughter too.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. The grown-ups were talking about how everyone has lost something in this economy when my granddaughter chirped up, "Yes, I know...........I lost my tooth!

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? My grandson and I love, love, love to put together Lego machines—(but secretly he'd rather do this with his grandfather). My granddaughter and I love to paint (She's an artist, you know).

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house? Go for walks and bike rides and READ, READ, READ.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits?
    Frankly, I try not to visit everyday—don't want to wear the ole welcome out.

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? Life is not fair but it is grand. You are special and you are loved.

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you? Life-lover (oops, that's two).

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? Go ahead and buy your own car seat, highchair and crib.

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? Enjoy

    Do you have a website or blog? What is it about? I blog about the grand life......www.play-grand.com.

    This is an archived version of Gwen's Grilled Grandma feature. See her original grilling—including reader comments—by clicking HERE.

    Wednesday
    Mar072012

    Grilled Grandma: Sandy

    How many children do you have? 2 boys

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    We have Chloe who is 9 and her sister Amy who is 7 then we have Grace who is 6 and Oliver her brother who is 4.

    Any great grandchildren?
    Noooo not ready for them yet.

    What do your grandchildren call you? Grandma

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother?
    Hmm… well am I old enough I guess … I don’t think I was concerned, just elated and excited, I guess, and thrilled about the thought of sleeping with a granddad.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren? Unfortunately my eldest son is now divorced and it has been a hard battle to get access. I never really understood those “fathers for justice” that climbed on top of buildings in London etc but for over a decade, Fathers 4 Justice has fought to ensure fathers play an important role in the parenting of their children when parents separate. They have campaigned to ensure that the best parent for their children is BOTH parents.

    Yet 1 in 3 children still grow up without a father. I am lucky to see his two girls (the oldest of my grandchildren) every other weekend but that is not nearly enough time to build a bond with them.

    My youngest son has two children and I see them regularly once a week when we have them whilst their parents go to work ~ we really look forward to having them. What is nice tho is that we actually see them when we are not looking after them if you can understand that … what I mean is that they all visit often as a family with our lovely daughter in law (their Mum) too.

    What is the best thing about being a grandma?
    We both (hubby and I) love spending time with them and love their funny little ways … when they go home at 6pm we are thoroughly exhausted but enjoy talking about the day … and who said what and who did what.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?
    Learning not to “interfere”.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud.
    Oliver, the youngest and only grandson, has us in stitches all the time. He is a little character … he loves playing on the x-box and Wii with Granddad and the other day when they arrived, Oliver said “Granddad why have you got a cold again?” Granddad said “Well you gave it to me, Oliver” and he said “No I didn’t coz I still got it” … Out of the mouths of babes, eh?

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? Well as I said above, Granddad loves to play on the x-box or Wii but I love crafting … I make my own greeting cards and they always say “oh Grandma, can we craft?”That usually results in me dashing off to my desk to put all my bestest pens etc away before the invasion.

    We also had a super summer house built in the garden when we retired and most of their toys are down there so they will often disappear down there to choose what to play with.

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house? I love going to their rooms and playing with their toys … it is not always easy to get up off of the floor now tho !!

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits?
    We phone them … and they phone us e.g. when Gracie’s tooth came out she was straight on the phone to tell us. And I always phone them when I see a rainbow and because they only live just up the road they can usually see the same one.

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren?
    The importance of family and keeping in touch (especially the two older girls who I can sometimes see us losing touch with).

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you?
    Loving … Happy…always pleased to see them … oops could never say it in one word.

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent?
    How expensive this grandma stuff is … and how many toys and games you seem to acquire even tho you have no children at home

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? Enjoy them.

    Do you have a website or blog? What is it about?
    I have a personal website, http://sandyscraftybits.blogspot.com/ , and I use it to showcase my greeting cards … but as usual the grandchildren are featured heavily on there too.

    This is an archived version of Sandy's Grilled Grandma feature. See her original grilling—including reader comments—by clicking HERE.

    Wednesday
    Feb292012

    Grilled Grandma: Kay

    How many children do you have? We have three daughters and one son.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages? We have been blessed with four grandchildren and number five, a little boy, is due June 2nd.
    Nicole is fifteen.
    Kevin is twelve.
    Samantha is almost four.
    Madelyn is twenty months.

    Any great grandchildren? We don't have any great grandchildren.

    What do your grandchildren call you? My grandchildren just call me Grandma. Sometimes, our twelve-year-old grandson affectionately calls me Granny. I don't know why.

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother? This is a great question. I confess, I was immediately concerned with how I would juggle work and other family responsibilities with spending time with our grandchild. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to help with any childcare that would be needed as my daughter returned to work. As a grandmother, I understood my energy and time would be limited and I wrestled with how to juggle it all.

    I had seen a great example of grandmotherly involvement in my maternal grandmother. She did not work and had no other grandchildren. I was fearful I would not live up to all that she was able to do for us. I have since learned to balance my expectations with reality.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren? We are fortunate to live close to all of our grandchildren. It would be rare for us to not see them every week. We try to babysit when we can and to have the families come for dinner so we can spend time just enjoying one another.

    What is the best thing about being a grandma? This is a difficult question because I love the totality of what it means to be a grandma. The opportunity to share in the lives of my children's children is a gift and a privilege and I hope to make the most of it. I probably most enjoy our conversations. My grandchildren are all very interesting people and I love the times we can sit and talk without being rushed.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma? Energy! How I wish I had more energy. There are so many things I want to do with my grandchildren, but I must remind myself to be realistic about what I can do.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. I babysit the two youngest girls every Friday. Madelyn, the twenty month old, loves to clean up. If I can't find my shoes when I leave their house it is probably because Maddi has lined them up with the other shoes in the closet. When we play with play doh, she is always picking up after her older sister. Maddi still uses a pacifier. One day, when I got her up from her nap, she took her binky over to a table and put it next to another one. She organizes her binkies!

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? We love food and enjoy cooking and eating new things. We also enjoy games and walks around our neighborhood. Our older grandkids just love coming to our house to hang out and we don't need to do anything special at all.

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house? When we visit our younger grandchildren, we often go for walks or to the park. In the summer we spend a lot of time blowing bubbles or using sidewalk chalk. In the winter, we pretend so many things. Just last week our 3 1/2 year old had a wedding in the living room. She wore a princess dress and tiara and carried some silk flowers. It was adorable. Sometimes, we take flashlights into the basement and play in a little, pink tent. We imagine we are camping and making s'mores.  There is nothing like imaginative play.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? All of our grandchildren live very close. However, as the two oldest become more involved in other activities, we try to be intentional about keeping that bond strong. We send each other notes on the internet and make frequent phone calls. We also plan special days here and there so that we can just be together.

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? I hope to play a role in helping my grandchildren become mature and responsible adults. I also hope to see them become creative people who love life. Most importantly, I hope to pass along my faith so that my grandchildren will have Someone to turn to in times of trouble. It is faith that gets us through the hard times and I want my grandchildren to have the strength that comes with faith.

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you? My initial reaction is that I hope my grandkids will think of the word love. Someone has said that every child deserves to know there is someone who is crazy about them. Throughout my childhood and adolescence I was certain of this one thing: my grandparents were crazy about me. I hope that my grandchildren will experience great love in our family and know for a certainty that I am absolutely crazy about them.

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? You don't have to bake cookies to be a good grandma. You don't have to be rich or talented. You just need to be loving and available.

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma?
    Have fun. Be yourself. Don't compare yourself to other grandmothers. Use the best of who YOU are to enrich the lives of your grandchildren.

    Do you have a website or blog? What is it about? I have a fun grandma blog, www.americangrandma.com. Our blog is meant to be an encouragement to grandmothers who are trying to balance work, aging parents, health concerns or just busyness with their desire to spend time with grandkids. We also want to encourage grandmothers about their unique role in guiding their grandchildren spiritually. Our blog has recipes, articles, fun ideas,self-care tips, book lists and links to other grandmother websites. I hope you will visit soon.

    I also have written a Kindle book for grandmothers, One Endless Line of Faith: 30 Days of Prayer for Our Grandchildren.

    This is an archived version of Kay's Grilled Grandma feature. See her original grilling—including reader comments—by clicking HERE.

    Wednesday
    Feb222012

    Grilled Grandma: Cynthia

    How many children do you have? I have two children and two step-children.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages? 5 grandchildren ages, 5, 4, 3, 1, and 2 weeks.

    Any great grandchildren? No.

    What do your grandchildren call you? They call me Grandma or Grandma Cynthia

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother? I don’t remember having any concerns about being a grandma. I was just thrilled and excited.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren? The 5 and 1 year olds live near us and we attend church together, so I get to see them a couple times a week. The 3 year old and her brand new sister live about 90 minutes away, so we see them at least once a month. Our little 4 year old just moved from New Jersey to Georgia. We get to see her about once a year. There have been a couple years we’ve gotten to see her twice in the same year. I sure wish they could move closer.

    What is the best thing about being a grandma? It’s hard to explain why being a grandma is so great. I suppose the best part is that you’re much calmer than you were with your own. Your perspective is different, and you don’t have the ultimate responsibility for them. It’s easy to just relax and enjoy them.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?
    The most challenging part is letting the parents be the parents when you disagree with what they’re doing. For the most part, our kids are great parents which makes it easier to keep my mouth shut when I do disagree with them.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud.
    Wow! It’s hard to pick one time out. These kids make me laugh all the time. The 5 year old says the most outrageous things, and the one year old is just too cute! The 3 year old is a handful of mischief. When we visited the 3 year old last week, I brought her a little craft kit for making valentines. She wanted me to sit down and make them with her right away. I told her that we needed glue and I hadn’t brought any with me. She looked thoughtful for a moment and said, “I tink so,” and disappeared into her room. Sure enough she came out with a little glue stick, and we made valentines.

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house?
    Truthfully, I like to just watch them play. I’ve got lots of toys, so Grandma’s house is always fun. Sometimes we go to the park. I talk to them while they’re playing, and they tell me what they’re doing. The Princess likes to come over for a pajama party, which means popcorn and a movie.  Now that they’re getting bigger, I’m looking for craft ideas we can do together.

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house?
    Ha! Same thing, except they play with their own toys.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits?
    We send and receive pictures. Thank goodness for the Internet. We keep in touch on Facebook, and occasionally Skype.

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren?
    I hope to pass on what I passed on to my own children, a love for God and a desire to do what’s right. I want to help them develop a sense of security so that they know they can aspire to great things and they’ll always have someone to catch them if they fall.

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you?
    LOVE!

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? I really don’t have an answer for this. My mom is a wonderful grandmother, and I’ve patterned myself after her.

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? Just let them know you love them however you choose to show it. Rest assured that they will naturally love you too.

    Do you have a website or blog? What is it about? My blog is Commonplace Crazy. I write about my life, my grandchildren, and good grammar.

    This is an archived version of Cynthia's Grilled Grandma feature. See her original grilling—including reader comments—by clicking HERE.

    Wednesday
    Feb152012

    Grilled Grandma: Linda

    How many grandchildren do you have? What are their ages? I have four grandchildren: Andrew Michael (9), Lauren Grace (5), Grace Carolyn (5), and Payton Elizabeth (3).

    What do your grandchildren call you? Grandkids call me “Grandma.” I don’t care for “grandma nicknames.”

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren? Andrew & Lauren live with their parents in Beaverton, Oregon and I live in St. Louis, MO. However, we manage to see them 2 or 3 times each year for several days each visit. Grace and Payton live with their parents nearby, so we see them 2 or 3 days each week.

    What was your biggest concern upon learning you were to become a grandma?
    I was very happy to learn I was going to be a grandma when Andrew was born. His parents had been married for 4 years, and I was 56 years old. My biggest concern with all the grandkids is growing up in a world filled with so much turmoil and uncertainty. Although, history has a way of teaching us that the world and mankind remains pretty much the same – just with newer technology.

    What is the best thing about being a grandma? The best thing about being a grandparent is teaching and influencing the kids based on my life experiences, and growing up in a different time. I would like to instill in them some of the “old fashioned” ways to go along with the “new fashioned” ways.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma? The most challenging part of being a grandparent is understanding the large generation gap between me and the kids. I do make every effort to bridge the gap as much as possible though, and accept the gap as reality and a natural and good thing.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud.
    The grandkids make me laugh all the time. Once Lauren came into the living room ready for bed wearing her horse theme nightgown and included her pink cowgirl boots I had given her last Christmas and pink cowgirl hat. The kids do say “the darndest” things all the time which makes me laugh.

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house?
    When the kids are visiting our house I enjoy getting out old toys that belonged to their mothers (I have two daughters). I saved Barbie dolls, Barbie jeep and horse trailer, My Little Ponies and their stable. Recently we got out the old Lite Brite and there were still some unused pictures which were the Smurfs theme. I also have a large collection of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans memorabilia in a bedroom. I let the kids play with those items and encourage their questions and interest. They are pretty careful not to play too rough with some items so they don’t break, but that is my decision as I really want them to make that special connection with my childhood (and adulthood).

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house? When we are visiting their house I enjoy them showing me their old and new toys and games. Andrew has been taking piano lessons and I enjoy hearing him practice songs. He and I also share a love of baseball (St. Louis Cardinals). It is a special thrill for me to play catch with my grandson. He may not think it too cool to play catch with grandma much longer though.  My husband and I met the Oregon family in Disneyland last March for a few days, and we had a great time being young and old kids.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? Between visits with the two kids on the west coast we talk on the telephone occasionally, and hear from their mother on e-mail or Facebook about their school and extra-curricular activities – including pictures (many pictures).

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? I would like to pass along to the grandkids “appreciation” – for their families and the many opportunities they have. Also, the Golden Rule is one that never goes out of style!

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you? One word I would choose when the grandkids think of me – “interesting” (not dull or boring). I want them to enjoy being and talking with me.

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? I am still learning and don’t think I have made many mistakes as a grandparent (unlike many mistakes as a parent). I try to be helpful with them and their parents, but not overbearing.

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? Just enjoy every moment you have with the kids. Don’t put too much pressure on them or yourself for perfection. We are truly blessed!

    This is an archived version of Linda's Grilled Grandma feature. See her original grilling—including reader comments—by clicking HERE.

    Wednesday
    Feb082012

    Grilled Grandma: Carmen

    How many children do you have? I have four children, all boys, ages 22-29.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    Up until December 17th, 2011, I had two grandchildren: Kai (3) and Lauryn (1). However, one of my sons recently married a girl with 3 children: Haylie (13), Heidi (10), and Ethan (8, almost 9), so now I have five beautiful grandchildren!!

    Any great grandchildren? Oh no, I’m much, much too young. ;)

    What do your grandchildren call you? Grandma

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother? That I would know how to be a Grandma! I immigrated to Canada when I was 6, so I grew up without any extended family.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren?
    I babysat Kai and Lauryn about 4 days a week for a while, but now I see them once or twice a week on average. Haylie, Heidi and Ethan live in Fort McMurray, Alberta (I’m in B.C.), so I don’t get to see them as much.

    What is the best thing about being a grandma?
    Just being able to spend time with them! I think when you’re a Grandma you can just enjoy them more. I teach them little songs with actions, make things with them, etc. I did this with my own kids too, but it was kind of busy at the time. I tried to write some of those precious moments down when I remembered to.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?
    I would say that it’s being a grandma from a distance—since my one son and his wife live so far away! However the time we do get with their kids is very precious because of its scarcity!

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. A recent conversation - Kai (2 at the time) to Lauryn, “Come here bean...come with me...come on honey.”

    My 8 yr old grandson is such a free spirit. The other day a bunch of us were sitting in the kitchen when he nonchalantly sauntered down the stairs in a big white towel, in the buff. We all laughed! His response? “What?”

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house?
    I tend to feed them, but then I tend to want to feed everyone! It’s fun to watch them play, and sometimes they just say the cutest things! I also like to do crafty things with the older kids. Recently the girls and I made a bunch of different glycerine soaps of various shapes and scents. We had so much fun! Another time we made a scrapbook album from scratch.

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house?
    Well, there are so many things! We play hide and seek, which they love. I carry Lauryn with me and Kai either finds us or hides on us. When he gets close to our hiding place, we’ll jump out and I’ll say ‘BOO’. Kai loves it.

    Sometimes I hide something of his, and he has to find it. He likes to tell me where to hide it first though, so it’s easy to find...lol.

    We like to challenge each other to a duel, take 10 paces in the opposite direction and then pretend to shoot each other with pretend waterguns. Well, you know...he is a boy!

    I also read to them and I love to bring the kids my delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies!

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits?
    Once in a while we talk on the phone. Mostly Kai...he likes to tell me about his mishaps. “Grandma? Yes, Kai? I fall down and hurt my bum” Lol...

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? A strong sense of moral values.

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you?
    Affection...or Fun...or both. (I know, I know, I don’t follow instruction well.)

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? To relax!

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? As the grandmother of a son’s child, it can be difficult to know when to help and when to back off. What I'm learning, and my advice? Just be yourself and relax!

    Do you have a website or blog? What is it about? I have two blogs. My craft blog Beyond The Fringe Crafts features free digital stamps and vintage graphics, cards and various crafts. I also have an inspirational blog, Bubbling Springs and Random Things, that focuses on the bible and eschatology, and reflects some personal thoughts.

    This is an archived version of Carmen's Grilled Grandma feature. See her original grilling—including reader comments—by clicking HERE.