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    Big little things! Plus, GRAND Social No. 232 link party for grandparents

    Big little things!

    My three grandsons along with their parents arrived at my house late last Wednesday evening for a brief visit. We had several big-time activities planned for the three days Bubby, Mac, and Jak were scheduled to stay, and we successfully executed most of those big-time plans. We went to the Denver Aquarium, Casa Bonita (a Denver tradition), The North Pole, and more. Big. Time. Fun.

    It's the not-so-big-time things that I especially appreciated while my grandsons stayed at my house, though. Little things such as when Bubby and Mac accompanied Mickey and me on our daily walk the first morning of their visit.


    My two oldest grandsons posed in front of Pikes Peak, marveled at the neighborhood deer, took a turn leading lucky Mickey, pocketed treasure, er, handfuls of coins someone apparently tossed along the road. And they told me stories, showed me how fast they could run, shared their Christmas wishlists, made me laugh.

    Grandmas who live near their grandkids may think such little things are no big deal at all. Yet to a long-distance grandma whose days with visiting grands are jam-packed with (exhilarating! memorable!) events and activities and outings and more, those little things — ordinary everyday nothings — are very much big things when nonchalantly shared with little ones not usually around.

    I'm inexplicably thankful for those little things I experienced for a few short days during my grandsons' visit. Thankful for the big things, too, of course — as well as the hundreds of photos I snapped of both.

    GRAND Social No. 232

    Thank you for joining me for another GRAND Social link party! Cheers linking and reading!

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    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • Grandparents who do not blog (or want to share something other than their own post) are welcome to add links to other posts grandparent readers may be interested in.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to the blog or website home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
    • I reserve the right to remove posts I feel are inappropriate. (Which hasn't happened yet, but I feel obligated to note that, just in case.)
    • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).
    • If adding your own post, including a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:

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    • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a linker, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.



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    Aw, so happy you had those three days with them. So many memories to treasure! Every moment with grandkids is BIG in my book. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

    November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJas @All that's Jas

    Totally precious! The boys will remember those simple moments, too!

    November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    I'm sure you and your husband really enjoyed a visit from all three grandsons, Lisa! Yes, those little things mean so much--even to close by grandparents. I think we realize how fast children goes the second time around.

    How was the North Pole? I don't think any of my grandkids visited that park as yet. We had one birthday party at Casa Bonita---lol--that was a fun place! I don't think my granddaughter has been to the aquarium as yet--that is a good idea fro somewhere new to take her to. She loved the Children's Museum next door--they have a nice outdoor play area there now.

    November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPat

    It is in the simple things that beauty is found. The tiny happenings of each new moment are precious and should be treasured.

    November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMaz

    Lisa, I'm so glad that you were able to spend 3 wonderful days with your grandchildren. They truly brighten up our lives, don't they!

    November 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

    Nothing better then time spent with the grandchildren. We have one here in Wyoming and one in California. I agree that the simple things can many times be the most rewarding. I find that walks, ice cream in the park, or such, can lead to some wonderful conversations.

    November 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJackie S

    I'm so happy that your wonderful grandchildren visited you! And so glad that you could have BIG and little moments together!

    November 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNina Lewis

    Your walk with the boys sounds wonderful! I love going for walks with Amara. I get to hear all the latest gossip, learn all about the latest Pokeys and I get my steps! But I get to do that all the time. I know how special this was for you since you don't get to! Glad you had so much fun!

    December 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Hello Lisa, thank you for your blog site which I stumpled upon just today. I am enjoying reading your posts. I too am a grandmother of 10 but will soon be welcoming my 11th granchild via cesarean birth on Decmeber 8th. Thats right, 7 days from today :).

    I have been playing around witht the idea of blogging for about 3 years now and so your site has really brought a lot of encouragement to me. I want to give you a big high 5 and say to keep up the interesting posts. I hope to soon share my url here in Grand Social.

    Great pictures of your granchilden in this post. It looks like they have lots of fun with grandma!

    December 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Van Alen
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