I’ll never forget how it felt visiting my grandma Nan’s place when I was little. It was a small place–An apartment from what I remember. And there was always something interesting going on.
I can recall using all my might to crack the walnuts that sat on her coffee table. I remember how successful I felt when I’d get one open and munch on the insides.
One time she let me help her pour different color liquid candy into flower-shaped molds (I think it was chocolate). We put it in the fridge, and waited for it to cool. It was a satisfyingly delicious treat.
As we grew up our families moved around and we weren’t always near my grandparents, but it was always fun when we visited. In fact, I STILL look forward to visits, and the memories we make together.
I still feel like a kid when we get together and work on sewing projects, or talk about our interests and dreams for the future. I can’t believe I’ve come full circle and am starting a new cycle with my own kids and their grandparents. Specifically my mom who lives so close.
Given the fact that my mom was pregnant at my wedding, I wasn’t sure what type of grandma she would be. Turns out, having a grandma with young kids at home has it’s perks. There’s always someone to play with, extra hands to help, and it always makes the Granny’s house that much more fun.
Just a mile and a half down the road lies a one of my kids’ absolute favorite places in the entire world. A wonderland known as Granny’s House.
Here’s a little video I made showing a bit of the craziness it entails.
Lil’ J loves Granny but Big T ADORES her. Like, ADORES. He’s a mama’s boy to the extreme but when we go to Granny’s house he’s in heaven. She rolls out the red carpet for him, brings him his favorite cookies, sets up the toy trains, gives him some juice, and sits right by him. He has her wrapped around his little finger.
I bought a medium-sized trampoline to keep at my mom’s house which essentially sealed the deal for turning her place into a party.
When I arrived to pick up my kids from a quick afternoon I looked around and realized the traditions they were starting on their own.
My mom was wearing her colorful Jozie’s apron with pockets stuffed with treats and Jozie’s Jems activity cards. These two are never short of things to do, but the charming durable deck of cards give them good ideas for places to start.
Shortly after arriving my son will ask for Zoomer, the robotic dog, to chase around and play with. After a little while they may decide to jump on the trampoline, throw around the ball, or have a dance party.
I don’t know how my kids will ever be able to forget how extremely technological their Granny is. She has robots and automation everywhere. From lights that turn on and change colors depending on the song that’s playing over the wireless radio, to a fridge that tells the news and a hands-free speaker that can tell jokes, play games and quiz you on spelling with the command of your voice, her house is on it’s way to being something from Star Trek.
Sometimes it’s something as simple as a walnut cracker, a voice-controlled speaker, or a colorful apron full of fun that stays with you forever. It’ll be fun to see which little details about Granny will my kids forever look back at and smile about.
What’s your Grandma’s secret to making memories last?
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