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What is a Grilled Grandma?

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!

I regularly feature a new Grilled Grandma, so if you are a grandma, have a grandma or know a grandma, I want to hear about it. Just email me a first name and e-mail address and GRILLED GRANDMA in the subject line, and I'll add you/her to the menu of future Grilled Grandmas.

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    Grilled Grandma: Lissa

    How many children do you have?  4 - 2 boys, 2 girls

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages? 4 girls - ages 6, 3, 2 & 3 months

    Any great grandchildren? nope

    What do your grandchildren call you? Nana - when my kids were still really young I started telling them "I get to be the Nana when you have kids." My Nana totally rocked.  :o)

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother?
      That I was WAY too young.  :o)

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren?  Not nearly often enough - every few weeks usually. They live about 1 1/2 hours away which isn't that far, but I'm pretty busy with all kinds of other things.

    What is the best thing about being a grandma?  I have so much more patience now. Also I don't feel that pressure for them to be perfect or that people were judging me based on how they behave. Besides kids are ALWAYS better for grandparents than their parents, right?

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?
    For me it's having enough time to have them. I lead a pretty busy life and I feel guilty that I don't get them as often as they ask!

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud.   I had the 3 month old last weekend & she is trying so hard to roll over. She gets over on her belly but her arm is in the way. She gets so frustrated & mad at her arm you just have to laugh!

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? 
    It depends on which one/ ones I have. We love to make cookies or cupcakes, arts & crafts, go to the pool, pick stuff out of the garden, make smores in the fire pit, read books, or just watch movies with a big bowl of popcorn .

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house?
      I would say we usually just watch a movie or read.

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

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren?
    Good memories of things we have done together. When I look back it's not that things that were purchased that mean something. I want them to remember sitting on the couch wrapped in my arms.

    What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you? Can I give you two?  Fun & Loving

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent?  I really can't think of anything. I'm so lucky to be so close with my daughters so I've been a part of almost everything, from birth on! I'm one blessed woman.

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma?
      Time goes even faster than it did with your kids- soak it in, every single minute!

    Do you have a website or blog? What is it about? My blog is called Don't Blink... It refers to the fact that one minute you have 4 kids that you are ready to throw from a moving car, and the next you are sobbing at graduation because they grew up so fast.

    Reader Comments (5)

    Hi Lissa. Welcome to Grilled Grandmas! WOW all those granddaughters! I soooo wanted a daughter, and I had two sons, and then three grandsons. Not meant to be. Beautiful pictures! Enjoy your day!

    August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

    Welcome to the Grilled Grandmas! You're right-- you don't look old enough! Your children and the grands are beautiful and isn't it wonderful when you get along with your daughters!! Enjoy your day in the spotlight!

    August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Welcome! I'm not even sure I'm entitled to welcome you and to comment, because I DON'T have any grandchildren. WAAAHHHHHHHHHH... or as my older daughter says, "Mom, do you want me to call you a WAAMbulance?"

    Such a beautiful family. I'll also check out your blog.

    Old Gal

    August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOld Gal

    Lissa, sorry to be a day late, was having trouble getting my comment to "take".

    Pretty, vibrant girls produce pretty, vibrant children and grandchildren; your family photos prove that. Enjoyed your Grilling, thanks for sharing.

    August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    "I want them to remember sitting on the couch wrapped in my arms." I love that ... it's exactly what I want my grand children to remember.

    Congrats and welcome to the grilled grandma's club. I'm on my way over to your blog to check it out.

    August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrams
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