Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Get social with me

facebook grandmasbriefstwitter iconpinterest iconinstagramyoutube grandmasbriefsgoogle+ grandmasbriefsnewsletter updates


Thank you for visiting Grandma's Briefs, where I write on the good, bad, humorous and heartwarming of being a baby boomer, grandparent, parent to adult children, wife and writer. Peruse the place, leave a comment or two, and feel free to email me any time at

Meet the family

 grandma and grandpa
Lisa (me) and Jim (aka PawDad)

blended family
Brianna (oldest daughter) and hubby Patrick with his son James 

 grandsons and parents
Megan (middle daughter) with hubby Preston and Declan, Camden, and Brayden

youngest and her fiance
Andrea (youngest daughter) and hubby Matt


Search Grandma's Briefs
Visit the Back Room

Go to Grandma's Back Room for reviews, giveaways, sponsored posts and more!

Follow me on Instagram

Read more from Lisa on...


What I'm reading

 best website for grandparents award

The Gazette Best Blog best grandparent site

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Peruse the archives
Share your thoughts
This form does not yet contain any fields.
    Privacy policy

    I do not share personal information with third parties nor do I store information I collect about your visit to Grandma's Briefs for use other than to analyze content performance through the use of cookies, which you can turn off at any time by modifying your Internet browser's settings. I am not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without my permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice.


    Grandma's Briefs, Grilled Grandma and all content unless otherwise noted Copyright © 2009-2017, Lisa Carpenter. All rights reserved.
    Protected by Copyscape Duplicate Content Detection Tool

    « From both sides now | Main | Decking the halls: Like mother, like daughters »

    Introducing Grilled Grandma Anna

    What is a Grilled Grandma? A Grilled Grandma is a grandma whom I've grilled with some grandma-related questions, and she's graciously responded with answers and photos. Here is Grilled Grandma Anna:

    How many children do you have? Two daughters

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    Two grandbabies, so far. My granddaughter Sydney will be 5 in February and my grandson Russell is turning 3 in December.

    Any great grandchildren?

    What do your grandchildren call you?
    They call me 'Nanny'

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren?
    Currently they live in Arizona and we live in Colorado, but now that I am retired I find a way to see them every few weeks. I also talk to them on the telephone often. They were both born here in Colorado and came to work with me in my store so I saw them every day. About 14 months ago their parents decided to move to Arizona...that about killed me because I was use to seeing them every day. I was first worried about them forgetting me, but I have since learned that they won’t forget me. I stay in touch with them, and see them as often as we can. Now I feel confident that they will never forget their Nanny & Papa.


    Beyond the initial elation, what most concerned you upon hearing you'd soon be a grandma? Nothing concerned me negatively. I was immediately elated and have not come down from that high yet. When we learned that were were getting a second grandbaby that elation just doubled. I have a special bond with each of them. I feel like I was meant to be a grandma my whole life...and now I finally am.

    What is the best thing about being a grandma? Oh my...I don't know if I could name just one thing. I would have to say one of the best things is being able to be in the roll of a grandma and not a mama (with all the mama worries) I get the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a child. They always amaze me with their view of simple and untarnished. It helps to remind me not to take the world so serious.

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?
    I am careful to respect their mama's rules, but at the same time, my daughter and I both know that grandma's get to bend the rules a bit ;-) when they are with Nanny. My daughter is totally okay with that too.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. They make me laugh so often, but the most recent was when I took my grandson to the bathroom while visiting my sister in California. He was nervous about using a strange bathroom by his self (he is newly potty training) so he asked me to go with him. Once we got in the bathroom he wanted me to use the potty first. Since I did need to go pee I agreed. As I was sitting on the toilet he said, "Nanny, you got a big butt." I said, "Well, thank you, you have got a little butt." He replied, "Well, thank you!" So here I thought he was insulting my big butt, but I guess he meant it as a compliment because he took my reply as a compliment.  We both laughed out loud together over that.

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house?
    They love to play with Playdoh so we break out the Playdoh kit and create things with it for hours.

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house?
    They enjoy showing me all of their books and toys. Then we go to the park and play until we are dog-tired. It is also a must to get an ice cream cone at the local DQ.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? We talk on the telephone. At almost 3 and almost 5 it is sometimes hard to understand what they are saying over the phone (not seeing their mouths move), but I get most of it. They call me when they have something exciting to share, or if they are not feeling well. I call them when I need to hear their voices. We talk about how many more 'sleeps' (nights) until Nanny & Papa will be visiting them again.

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren? That they each are very special people. That they have special talents and qualities about them, and I try to encourage their own unique specialness.

    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?
    I don't know...I am still learning :-)

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma?
    Don't give advice to your adult children unless the specifically ask for it. Respect that they may have different ideas on how they want to raise their children, and that doesn't make it wrong...just different. Grandmas have a special relationship with their grandbabies, just enjoy that.

    Do you have a website or blog? What is it about? Yes, my blog is about my life in 'mid-life' and all the changes that come with this new season such as going through menopause, being a grandma, my recent retirement, discovering my true self, and loving my time with my soul mate. The URL is

    This grilling will now be permanently placed in the Grilled Grandmas Hall of Fame—AKA the Grilled Grandma Archives—under, fittingly, Grilled Grandma: Anna.

    Dear Readers: If you'd like to nominate a grandma for grilling—yourself or any other grandma—please e-mail me her first name and e-mail address and I'll take care of the rest. Thank you!

    PrintView Printer Friendly Version

    EmailEmail Article to Friend

    Reader Comments (6)

    Nanny Anna is one of my must read bloggers. If I had realized she'd never been "grilled," I would have nominated her. Her story about taking her grandson to the bathroom almost made me spew coffee on my laptop. Hilarious!

    December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrams

    Hi Anna and welcome to Grilled Grandmas! CUTE CUTE CUTE grandbabies! Lucky you and lucky them to have you for a grandma. Enjoy your special day!.

    December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa Sonoda

    Good morning, Anna, glad to have you in our "Grilled Grandmas" club! Your grandchildren are precious and you have the right attitude to keep them reminded of how much you love them. They look so happy to be with you; continue to enjoy them, they will grow up so quickly.

    December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Hi Nanny Anna! Welcome to Grilled Grandmas. Your grandchildren are adorable and I love your attitude! Having them be so close and now be so far away has to have been a difficult adjustment. I'm glad you're able to see them kind of often! I'm off to read your blog. Enjoy your day in the spotlight.

    December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Hi Nanny Anna!

    December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegryansmom

    Hi Anna! What a treat to read this! Thanks. Loved the photos, especially the "How may I help you". Merry Christmas to you!

    December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVidya Sury
    Comments for this entry have been disabled. Additional comments may not be added to this entry at this time.