Yesterday I bought all their favorite foods–mac n cheese, french fries, chicken nuggets, juice boxes, hot dogs, beans, cheese, eggs, chocolate soy milk. Today I made a banana pudding. Terry is vacuuming. Later I’ll clean up the backyard from the rains we had for two weeks. I seriously considered buying a sandbox but have put that on the back burner for now.
The grandchildren are coming for the weekend. We will pick them up tomorrow and return them home on Monday, which is a holiday so Leeya will be out of school and won’t be missing anything. I am trying very hard to not take her out of school, even though it’s preschool that her parents pay for whether she attends or not. I believe attendance habits are formed at a young age, and once she goes to kindergarten next year, we won’t be able to do some of the midweek adventures like that coastal getaway a few weeks ago.
Leeya and Judah have been pestering their parents to go to Grandma and Papa’s house. Even when we were leaving Cayucos they wanted to know if they were going to our house when we talked of going home. Our daughter tried to appease them with the fact that they had gotten to spend four days with Grandma and Papa, but it’s not US they want to see, it’s our house. When they come here, they are in charge. They get to do what they want like watch PBS cartoons all morning. They get to choose their foods. Even though I have planned menus for this weekend, I know it will change once they get here and I ask them if they want such and such for lunch, dinner, etc. Jennifer says to not ask them, just fix the food and put it in front of them. That’s how she does it, but at Grandma’s it’s different. We have an assortment of toys they play with as well as a variety of craft materials. All different from those at home. Even the books are different. There is a bubble bath every night.
So, we will be tired by the end of Monday, but as all good grandparents know, that’s what it’s all about. Making small grandchildren very happy. I know these days are numbered. They will get older and Grandma and Papa will become boring. We will enjoy being tired for now.