When our daughter was a little girl, her grandparents would fly her to be with them for a grandchild's vacation each summer. She has great memories of her MiMi and PawPaw trips to Texas or Daddy Sam and Mama Joyce trips to Georgia.
Now time has passed and it's our wonderful turn with our own grandchildren. Later this summer our grandchildren will be having a vacation with us - while their parents are in ministry elsewhere. So we decided we better get some ideas lined out, so when the week appears we have our grandparent game all lined out!
She decided she liked hers and promptly wanted to spend the night outside in it. Ahhhh..... we didn't think she would come up with that! Of course that's not an option. But she says 'I thought we were going camping' on our vacation?
How about lets see if you both will want to ride bikes with us. The training wheels are on, but MiMi I can't ride without you walking with me. Never mind that it's no problem when she is with her parents. She rides all over alone when she is with them. Somehow all that changes when she gets with me!
It takes me longer to get her helmet on, her elbow pads and knee pads strapped on, then it takes her to get tired of riding - or rather me pushing her around! We will have to only bike ride when I am not too tired on their vacation!
Maybe the tents will be played with and maybe they won't, but for PawPaw and MiMi the sights and sounds of grandkids make us happy no matter what the darlings will want to do. We prepare for the big week coming.........
I will plan carefully the right meals that hopefully they will like, bring their favorite books and stuffed animals. But I know the greatest memories they will have of their week with us, will not be so much of the activities that were done, but the unexpected surprises or little life events that become lifelong treasures. I hope we can make some with them in The Grandchildren's Vacation.