Gratitude for Grandkids That Let Me Play Like a Kid

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

I’m thankful I can still play like a kid!

 

We became grandparents for the first time 8 years ago, and now there are 4 – aged 8, almost 6, 4 and ½, and 2 (3 are girls). At the time our first one was born I really had no idea how much I would enjoy being a grandparent, and how special the relationships we have with our 2 daughters and their husbands and the 4 grandkids who live in LA would become.

 

As the grandkids have gotten older and their language and other skills have improved I’m thankful I can still play like a kid…and I enjoy it immensely.

 

Lego Robot built by JeffI certainly don’t have the kind of energy they all have…and I consider myself a pretty high energy person…and they have me beat hands down!

 

But I can still run around, get down on the floor, play imaginary games, have fun building with legos (like this robot I built to the right), draw, paint, play hide and seek, and so much more.

 

It’s fun to experience how each one is growing up, and the changes that happen so quickly. No doubt this is more noticeable since we don’t see them every day, but even their parents comment on how fast they are growing and changing.

 

I enjoy taking time to play like a kid (and grateful I allow myself to do so). I never fail to be amazed at what these grandkids know about, talk about, think about, ask about, and some of the things they say and do (well, some of it is not always so nice). But they appreciate so much when I play with them like a kid, and the demands for my attention (and my wife’s of course, too!) seem constant when we visit or they visit us. Thanksgiving is going to be a fun and busy time with everyone here for several days.

 

And of course all of this is a reminder about what really IS most important in my life, and how thankful I am for my family.

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Kathy Streib
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Hi Jeff- we got to see our grandsons this fall and can't believe how quickly they're growing. It's fun because we get to spoil them and it's ok!!! Next...Thanksgiving with great-nephews and nieces!

I'm glad that you still enjoy playing like a kid!!!

Nov 24, 2019 07:01 PM #3
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You Will LOVE it Grant Schneider .

There just are no words to describe the experience!!

Jeff

Nov 24, 2019 07:57 PM #4
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That is so true Rose Mary Justice 

The memories are so precious...and thank goodness we have the technology we have today for photos and videos to remember those moments!

Jeff

Nov 24, 2019 07:58 PM #5
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Hi Jeff,  Thanks for sharing your excitement of being with your grandkids.  We are patiently waiting for this to happen.  Our oldest son is engaged now - so I guess that is the first step.

Nov 24, 2019 08:13 PM #6
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Hi Jeff - the childlike excitement comes through in this post.  King of Lego Land, huh?  

Nov 24, 2019 08:26 PM #7
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Good morning, Jeff... grandchildren add so much joy to ones life... at all ages... we are enjoying our adult grands these days as much, if not more, than when they were young.

Nov 25, 2019 05:05 AM #8
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Such a wonderful blessing and kids definitely are able to keep us active and fit from chasing them around.  They seemingly have an unending amount of energy.

Nov 25, 2019 06:17 AM #9
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Have a wonderful, fun-filled Thanksgiving Kathy Streib .We are looking forward to a very busy few days!

Jeff

Nov 25, 2019 08:34 AM #10
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You will really enjoy it Bob Crane . Congratulations on the engagement!

Jeff

Nov 25, 2019 08:35 AM #11
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Michael Jacobs 

Lego play seems to be pretty popular, especially with 2 of the grandkids. Not sure which they enjoy more - making something or knocking it over!

Jeff

Nov 25, 2019 08:37 AM #12
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Jeff I only have one grand child and she is a special blessing in my life.  I love my kids, but my granddaughter has an extra special spot in my heart.

Nov 25, 2019 02:50 PM #13
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Hi Nina Hollander 

It's been fun watching their personalities and temperaments form. I know you have mentioned your grandkids on a number of occasions some of the fun you have had with them.

Jeff

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OH, you know I'm living vicariously through you, Jeff! I'm dying to have grandkids - I may never let them leave my house when they first visit!!! 

Sounds like you're thoroughly enjoying them and I know they're love having such a youthful grandpa! 

Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS 

I had a big smile on my face when I read your post. There is nothing better than grandchildren. I probably will only have one but he has been a real blessing. 

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I totally get that George Souto  It's been very clear from things you have said in the past about her! Will you be spending time with her over the holidays!

Jeff

Nov 25, 2019 09:05 PM #17
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Thank you for the kind words. Grandkids really are something special in so many ways. You will be a very special Grandma!!

Jeff

Nov 25, 2019 09:08 PM #18
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I love that photo Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  and I know, from many things you have said, how special he is to you.

Jeff

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Jeff Dowler, CRS I am with you all the way & enjoy every weekend I get to spend with mine & expanding their horizons!

 

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Jeff, family to me is the most important thing in life. 

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That's a real nice age group you have going...two, four, six, eight.

Continue to enjoy every minute. 

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