There comes a time in every grandparent's life when you realize that, just like with their parents, your grandkids are getting older! That can be a fun revelation and also a bit of a shock to your system! I've been getting that reminder several times this past year! One grand is close to working on driving skills, so we've all been discussing safe driving practices and techniques (never hurts to start em young!) Two more grandchildren reached the "magic tweens!" And then…there was the case of the minimalist gingerbread houses!
While babysitting one set of grandchildren for a few days, I brought out a special treat that I usually save for closer to Christmas – foamie gingerbread houses. They are one of those easy crafts that are fun for all ages – from kids to seniors – or so I thought! Up til last year, this has always been one of the highlights of our season and the grandkids have enjoyed the projects thoroughly. This year, they definitely went with the minimalist look. They did enjoy putting the houses together! And they loved playing with them with their new Squinkies I got for the grand-boys and grand-girls. But they did NOT want to decorate them. I'm referring to the three grandboys. The grandgirl – a teen – opted out entirely. More due to a busy school schedule, though, than anything else.
Perhaps it was in keeping with their headless horsemen motif – less is more? Or perhaps, GASP, SIGH, they are growing up???? Oh my gracious! Honest and truly, I'm not quite sure. But I'll be keeping an eye on them! As I love to tease them, "how DAST they grow up without my specific permission!"
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