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    Introducing Grilled Grandma Caryn

    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 Caryn:

    How many children do you have? I have three adult children. Our daughters, Lyndsey and Rachel, are both married. Our son Grant is currently in Mexico serving a mission for our church. We are empty nesters!!!

    How many grandchildren? What are their ages?
    One: Jack, 1 year and 2 months. He was born on his mom's (my oldest daughter's) 27th birthday, so I became a mom and a grandmother for the first time on the same date!!!

    Any great grandchildren?

    What do your grandchildren call you?

    After the initial elation, what was your first concern upon hearing you would soon be a grandmother?
    No concerns, just excitement to be a part of this new generation of our family.

    How often do you get to see your grandchildren? I try to visit at least once every three months.

    What is the best thing about being a grandma? Being able to be completely absorbed in everything my grandson is doing without having to worry about what "I should be doing." My favorite thing to do is just sit and watch Jack do whatever. I never had that kind of freedom when I was "the mom."

    What is the most challenging part of being a grandma? The distance. I live in California and so far, Jack has lived in Colorado, Utah, and now Washington.

    Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. I love the faces that Jack makes. They are never the same and some are quite hysterical.

    What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house? Play!!! Just sit down on the floor and get down to Jack's level and follow his lead.

    What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house?
    Go on walks and discover.

    How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits?
    We do Skype and talk on the phone but Jack's attention span is pretty short so I'm not always quite sure if these interactions are making a difference.

    What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren?
    That they are a part of cool, extended family that is there for them, no matter what.

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

    What is one thing you wish you had learned earlier as a grandparent? Everything I anticipated has pretty much held true. There have been no surprises.

    What one bit of advice would you give a new grandma?
    Stand back and observe. Don't offer advice unless asked for. This can be tricky because you have so much experience you want to share. Let the new parents experiment with their new parenting skills on their own. There will be plenty of time later on when they will come to you. Be patient and just observe.

    Do you have a website or blog? What is the URL and what is it about? TheMidLifeGuru: Making the most of life after 50.

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

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

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    Reader Comments (9)

    Nice to meet you, Grammie Caryn.

    In my opinion, any Grandma who gets down on the floor to play doesn't need to worry about a bond. I bet Jack loves it when you come to visit!!

    Also enjoyed stopping by your blog and reading your post. Wondering if it would be copyright infringement to post those rules on our web store? Truly wonderful!

    September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNonnie Kelly

    Welcome to Grilled Grandmas! Jack has a wonderful smile! It must be hard having him so far away. Now I'm off to visit your blog! Enjoy your day in the spotlight!

    September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    that's my mom!! :) she's the BEST grammie we could ever hope for.

    You're a pretty grammie, Caryn; seeing your own smile reflected in your cute little grandson's face must make you a proud one, too!
    Enjoyed your "Grilling", thank you for sharing. Made me remember back when I had only the one; I have twenty now. Their little faces are so much fun to watch at that age, everything is so very interesting to them. Continue to enjoy.

    September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    So nice to meet you Caryn!

    September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegryansmom

    Welcome to Grilled Grandmas Caryn! Your grandson is adorable!

    September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa Sonoda

    Welcome to Grilled Grandmas. Jack is too cute for words. His smile is absolutely beaming. I completely agree that it's so wonderful to be able to spend time with the grands without worrying about what I should be doing.

    September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrams

    Welcome Grandmother Caryn! Jack is so cute!

    September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat --Mille Fiori Favoriti

    Caryn, loved your comment about your grandson's expressions. When my first granddaughter was born, we used to watch her like television.

    September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Adcox
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