Welcome to the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party 2013 at SandwichINK

by Kaye Swain

Welcome to Kaye Swain and SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation and our Christmas Holiday party for boomers seniors caregivers .jpgMerry Christmas! It’s the holiday season – a sweet time of music, family, and holiday parties. For many caregivers, though, the parties may be too difficult to get to. Medication schedules, health needs, elderly anxiety…. The list can go on and on, can’t it? BUT, once again, Denise Brown and Caregiving.com have a grand solution for caregivers everywhere – their annual Holiday Progressive Blog Party! You get to come as you are, even if you are wearing cute bunny slippers. And there is NO cooking required! Now that’s a FUN party, don’t you think? :) And, of course, SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation is thrilled to again be a part of this season fun. So WELCOME! Pull up a chair, enjoy some yummy hot cocoa and and a delish donut

Welcome to the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party for Christmas 2013

and enjoy!

As a full-fledged member of the Sandwich Generation (those caring for elderly parents while still raising kids or helping with grandkids), I stay very busy taking grand care of my real estate clients, writing,  helping my senior mom, and babysitting adorable grandkids. It’s a non-stop life that I really do enjoy. Of course, there are plenty of difficult moments mixed in with the smiles and hugs but God is good and keeps me going and I’m so grateful!

My holiday activities are fewer this year as my grandkids are older and my schedule is fuller. So far, I still only have two ornaments on my Christmas tree but the lights do look lovely! I finally brought the boxes of ornaments in and plan to hang a few every time a loved one and I chat on the phone. Then, after Christmas, I’ll de-decorate the same way. I should be done by Valentine’s Day? :)  Hoping my Christmas tree is dedecorated by Valentines in the midst of real estate work - caregiving - and more However, if you and your kids or grandkids have more free time than me this year, here are some fun ideas for y’all:

And here’s a fun coloring page to print out for them to enjoy (for that matter, many of our beloved seniors enjoy coloring pictures as well. :) )

Snowmen coloring pages are SNOW much fun for grandkids and grandparents

  If you or your elderly parents are having a tougher time during the holidays, a very common occurrence, these might be a blessing to you:

Are you looking for ways to de-stress your own holiday schedule – beyond decorating in slow motion, as I am doing? How about:

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the lovely music. I’ve got some grand songs for you to enjoy. First – courtesy of Smilebox, Barlow Girls singing Carol of the Bells beautifully!

Click to play this Smilebox greeting

Join SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation at Caregiving and Denise Brown for the Holiday Progressive Blog Party 2013.jpg

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit for the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party here at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation. Be sure to CLICK HERE to head over to Caregiving for more holiday merriment, smiles, virtual hugs, AND a fun giveaway, including an Amazon gift certificate from SandwichINK. MERRY CHRISTMAS! :)

Just as promised God sent His Son Jesus to be the Savior of the World - He truly is faithful   .jpg

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

The Weekend Brew With words and Scriptures of encouragement for all of us in the Sandwich Generation

Faith-Filled Friday for the Sandwich Generation

Family Home and Life is a blog by a fellow boomer and grandparent and is a delight to visit

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

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 paula

My parents have passed on. May they RIP. I am the sole caregiver to an aging husband with Parkinson’s disease who is 18 years my senior and also two teenage grandchildren. I don’t think it is the sandwich generation here….Help me think up a good name! Enjoying the holidays is not only slow but it is HARD!
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2 Denise Brown

Hi Kaye–I love all your ideas–you are always such a wealth of information.

Thanks so much for being such a gracious host during our blog party. I look forward to this time with you every year.

Merry Christmas!!

3 Kaye Swain

Hi Paula – yup, it’s the Sandwich Generation. Per Carol Abaya – who came up with the name – we (I babysit half my grandkids) are Club sandwiches :) http://www.sandwichgeneration.com/ “Club Sandwich: those in their 50s or 60s, sandwiched between aging parents, adult children and grandchildren. OR those in their 30s and 40s, with young children, aging parents and grandparents.” :)

My senior dad had parkinson’s Disease for two decades so I know how challenging it can be and you’re right, throw in anything extra – especially the holidays – and it can definitely be hard!

I enjoyed reading bits and pieces of your blog and boy, it brought back so many memories. My dad also went thru the up and down roller coaster of health the last 2-3 years. He’d go really low, then go back up but never as high up. But I do have so many treasured memories of those last two years as well as hard ones. And the best treasures of all were knowing that when he did pass, it would be straight into the arms of his Savior. AND the treasures of seeing him so happy in small little ways – like giving his great-grandkids rides in his wheelchair. Or watching him watch his tiny great grandkids swinging as he pulled the rope we attached to their swing so he could pull instead of push.

That’s part of the joys of the Sandwich Generation, isn’t it? Having the different generations there to help each other, encourage each other, hug each other. It ain’t all perfect as I can tell you know well. But God keeps giving us the grace to take one more step, doesn’t He?

Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m praying for you and your family – those grandkids are adorable looking and such a sweet blessing to you both.

Kaye :)

4 Kaye Swain

Hi Denise. Thank you so much :) And thank you for all your hard work throwing this encouraging holiday blog party for caregivers. You are truly a blessing to many – including me :)

5 paula

Thank you for your kind words Kaye. I will return for more insight. Like you said it is HARD…but we do have good moments!
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6 Grandma Kc

First, your Smilebox is wonderful! Merry Christmas Kaye! Must share that I came up with an easier way to decorate the Christmas tree – let the grandchild do it!
I must add that it always surprises me just how many people have been impacted by Parkinson’s. It is so hard on everyone involved and it can be so demoralizing for the victim. Maybe someday…
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7 Carol Covin

So, I’m not the only one who doesn’t get the Christmas tree down until February! I love your process, hanging or taking an ornament down each time you talk to someone on the phone! http://newgrandmas.com/8957/rememberwhen/when-do-you-take-your-christmas-tree-down
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8 Kaye Swain

It definitely works great, Carol :) Finally got it decorated that way :) :) :)

9 Kaye Swain

Thanks KC – And I usually do put the boys to work on it but we’ve been at their house more this year so the timing hasn’t worked for it. :)

I’m with you in hoping for a cure for Parkinson’s someday!!!!
:)

10 Kaye Swain

:) Amen! :)

11 Bohemian Babushka

Here from the GrandSocial, and you got pinned! Gracias for the great info and sharing in this post- gonna save it to savor it. BB2U
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12 Kaye Swain

Thanks! And welcome :) :) :)

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