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Aaaackkk! Where has the year gone? I seems like last week was Christmas and yesterday was Valentine’s Day. All of a sudden, it’s today and Awana is over for the school year and school, itself, is out this coming week. Before you know it, Christmas will be back!!! Does your life go on hyperspeed as well? I think that between juggling all the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents; coming up with and implementing a wide variety of fun, educational, and often spiritual activities for grandparents and their grandchildren; and writing all about them and other subjects, it does make things go soooo fast! Even when I wasn’t writing, I often felt like we were going at roller coaster speeds. Throw in work, and it becomes space shuttle speeds, doesn’t it?
It’s time to put some brakes on, just a bit, to make sure we make the most of our summer time with our grandkids! A little pre-planning definitely helps there. After all, if we aim at a target and miss it, at least we have a chance of getting on the board. If we never aim, we we’ll never get on the board at all! So I’m setting up my summer targets, gathering my arrows, making some fun plans and thought you might enjoy coming along for the ride. I’ll do all the work and you can enjoy the results with your own grandkids. 🙂
1. inflatable Swimming Pools Are Splish Splashy Fun – I’m going to look at the large inflatable swimming pools as well as the baby pools for the grandkids when they come visit. They’ve actually pretty much outgrown the baby ones at ages 6, 7, and tweens and yet, they might still have fun with it on a short term basis. And since they’re here so irregularly (I mostly go to their house), it would be easier for us to store in between, and save our grass. Always a good thing, particularly with a rental!
Then again, they had such a great time with the large inflatable swimming pools their parents have had in the past, I’m thinking of getting one of those instead. Although, if they have one at their house, then I can do a smaller one at my house. Either way, it’s fun for all the generations. My senior mom and I just grab a chair, sit out beside them, and enjoy their antics. They can actually swim in the larger pool so they have a blast.
2. Fun In The Sun With Crayola Regular and 3D Sidewalk Chalk Along With Lots of Bubbles – Sidewalk chalk and bubbles are always popular with my grandkids. How about yours? They can be as creative as they want decorating my sidewalk. And I don’t mind in the least, knowing it will all disappear after the next rainstorm. We love the crayola chalk and always have a box in the garage. Today I discovered that my favorite, Crayola, now makes 3d Sidewalk Chalk, complete with 3d glasses. Of course I had to buy one to test it out. My grandkids are going to have so much fun and I’ll be sure to let you know if they give it a thumbs up or down!
Thanks to my grand-tween, I also have a nice selection of bubbles to play with. When they were tiny, they had a fun bubble machine, but now that they are older, it’s more fun for them to do it themselves. Those will definitely be a hit, as well, the next time they come over. 🙂
3. A Yummy in the Tummy and Healthy For the Body Sugar Free Fruit Juice Popsicle for Each of Us – After we’ve had a great time wearing ourselves out in the hot sun and cold water, it’s always time for a tasty sugar free popsicle. Some of my grandkids are on a special diet which makes it mandatory, but even before that, I have always tried to limit the amount of sugar and caffeine I give to any of them. I have the easiest of popsicle recipes for my own homemade popsicles and it’s quite delicious. Pick any of the healthy, sugar free kids fruit juices, like Libbys Juicy Juice, pour it into cute plastic popsicle molds, and freeze. Delish!
Sounds like a terrific start to some sunny fun time for all of us in the summertime. How about you? What are your favorite ideas for some summer fun Sandwich Generation activities for grandparents and their grandchildren? We’d love to hear. In the meantime…