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A grilled grandma is a grandma on whom I've shone the spotlight, grilling her with some grandma-related questions — and she's graciously responded with answers and photos!

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    Grilled Grandma: Alice

    How many children do you have? I have four, one boy and three girls.

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    Four and another on the way. Two boys and two girls. Eight, six, four, one and one half.

    What do your grandchildren call you?

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother?
    That my daughter and the baby would be healthy throughout her pregnancy.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren? Regularly one set lives nearby and the other set approximately forty five minutes away.

    What is the best thing about being a grandma?
    That I never knew how much love my heart could hold til I heard my first G-Maw.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?
    I can't fit them all on my lap at one time.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud.
    When my oldest grandson described how he won his ribbon for the wheelbarrow race on field day at school last week.

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? Since I'm a crafter they all want to do arts and crafts for part of their visit. Then we make cookies.

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house?
    To see all the things they have done and are waiting anxiously to show me.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? We talk on the phone.

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren?
    The value of being loved just being themselves.

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you?

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? How much my heart would break when they got their first spanking in front of me.

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma? Love them unconditionally and listen to them. Their foundation is built around those close to them. We are a part of shaping them into the adults they will become.

    Alice and her musings can be found on her blog, Just This... Alice.

    Reader Comments (4)

    Alice, your family is must be very proud of them. And you have the perfect way to keep them happy: making them know, at all times, they are loved and worth your time and attention.
    You're a good G-maw!

    July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Hello Alice and welcome to the very elite "Grilled Grandmas." Every one of your Grands is just gorgeous! That little one on the last photo is especially cuddly looking.

    July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrams

    Welcome to Grilled Grandmas. You do have a great family and a wonderful outlook. We are part of shaping them and it looks like you are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work!

    July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    You are so right about the most important things we can give our grandchildren is unconditional
    love and to listen. I am so grateful to know that my granddaughter can share anything with me
    and know that I will listen with an open mind and heart. Being a grandparent is wonderful !!

    July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralaska granny
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