Grandkids to Caterpillars! Caregivers Care For A Delightful Variety of Issues

by Kaye Swain

My grandkids and I were having a lovely time on the porch last week. They were enjoying their treasures from the Dollar Store – animal-shaped sponge critters that you put into water and watch expand. They thought those were just the coolest things on a very warm almost-end-of-summer day. 

My grandkids loved watching their tiny sponges and watching them grow BIG

My grandchildren had so much fun growing their sponge critters

While they were playing, I headed for the car – when I was stopped by the cutest sight on the ground. A cute little caterpillar!

My grandkids and I LOVED this cute caterpillar

I've never seen one move so fast! The grandkids came to ooh and ahhh, then headed back to their water projects. I used a big leaf, helped Mr. Caterpillar onto it, and moved him across the street to a safer spot, as he headed for some tall trees and cool water. Last week, I got to do the same for a delightful turtle. And won't my senior mom love to see these cute photos on her new iPad!

Life is definitely never boring for all of us caregivers, is it? Anything intriguing happen to you and your Sandwich Generation family lately? We'd love to hear about it.  ANNND, for more fun grandparenting articles, be sure to visit Lisa at Grandma's Briefs! And…

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 Grandma Kc

What cute pictures! My granddaughter used to love those sponges when she was little. We even got this big turtle that you soaked in a bucket for a couple of days and he got huge! She then put him in my garden and watched over the next few days as he shrunk back to his original size. And then we did it all over again — such fun! Thanks for sharing.
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2 Judy Harper

What a pleasant post! I love the pictures! Are you a stay at home Grandma, retired or just took the day off? Thanks for stopping by my blog.

3 Judy Harper

You asked what we I’ve done as a grandparent that’s been interesting. My grandson lives in Oklahoma and I live in Alabama, but we’ve decided to birdwatch by email! He’s ten and we really are having fun. See the following link where I posted about it, I hope posting the link is okay. http://sixtyisjustthebeginning.blogspot.com/2012/04/grandson-hummingbirds-and-woodpeckers.html
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4 Lisa

I love that you’re even a CATERPILLAR caregiver! Such a caring woman, Kaye! We used to call those great big ones like you photographed “itchy worms” because one of the girls once picked one up and was itching for days, no matter how much she scrubbed her hands.
I bet your mom LOVES her iPad!
Thank you for sharing this in the GRAND Social!
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5 Kaye Swain

Oh Judy, what a great idea! My senior mom LOVE birds and blooms. She enjoys reading it each month, then cuts the photos out and pastes them onto papers and uses them to write letters to her great grandchildren. I’ll have to share your ideas with her as well.

6 Kaye Swain

Hi Judy, I’m a Sandwich Generation granny nanny. My senior mom lives with me, and I live near half my grandkids – babysitting them often. I write from home and am taking a nursing assistant class as well. So I am staying MEGA busy that’s for sure! :)

7 Kaye Swain

Hi GrandmaKc – we got those too. They grew AFTER I took the first set of photos – what a cool surprise. I’ll be sharing them next! And wow! I didn’t know they could shrink back – I’ll tell my grandkids. :) Thanks!!!

8 Kaye Swain

Hi Lisa, I’m way to chicken to touch them with my hands so I used a leaf. But would you believe it, 2 of my grandkids and I just learned about the itchy caterpillars on the educational kids show, Alfred the Hedgehog! :) How fun to have you verify it’s correct!!! :)

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