Grilled Grandma: Judy

How many children do you have?  5 children

How many grandchildren?
  8 grandchildren -- 6 boys and 2 girls
What are their ages?   Ages 6 to 26
Any great grandchildren? 1 (he's 16 months old)

What do your grandchildren call you? Grandma -- and the big ones call me Grams!

How often do you get to see your grandchildren? Lots!  Two live across the street and the rest are pretty close.  It's harder now to see the older children because they are so busy working and going to school.

What is the best thing about being a grandma? Watching these guys grow up.

What is the most challenging part of being a grandma?  These new-fangled electronic things they all seem to have!  However, they all know how to fix my computer and work my phone and digital camera!!  That's a big plus!

Describe a recent time that one (or more) of your grandchildren made you laugh out loud. Our 14-year old grandson started playing lacrosse for the first time this season.  Since we have been football, baseball, basketball people all our lives, this is a new sport for us.  So my husband asked him how many periods there were in the game.  He said, "I have no idea!  I don't even know how to play it!"

What is your favorite thing to do with grandchildren who visit your house?  Play games. For many years, we have yearly special activities for the children and grandchildren. In February we have a 'RED DINNER' for Valentine's Day where all the food is red.  On St. Patrick's Day we have a 'GREEN DINNER' where all the food is green.  The last Saturday in October, we have a Pumpkin Feast.  All these involve an afternoon of competitive games--and often a scavenger hunt of some kind.  We've had Bible hunts, hunts with cameras and tape players, and this Thanksgiving we had a scavenger hunt at a huge grocery store--maybe the best one we ever had!!! And in the summertime, we have Camp Grandma--a day camp for the middle-aged children for 1 week. And In December, I always have a Christmas Tea for them.  Actually I have 2 teas--one for the ‘big' kids (because they love fancy goodies), and one for the 'little kids' because they like plain, ordinary food made to look fancy!!!

What is your favorite thing to do when visiting grandchildren at their house?  I don't often go to their homes because they are always here.  But when I do go, I usually end up helping mom clean!!

How do you maintain the bond between yourself and your grandchildren between visits? Years ago, when they were younger, 4 of our grandchildren lived several hours away from us.  I used to make cassette tapes and send them to them.  I would talk to them by name on the tape, read stories, play music and sing, talk about what we would do the next time they came to visit, maybe something I was going to make for their next visit.  My daughter would tell me that when they got the tapes, they would sit and listen and actually 'talk' to me as I was talking on the tape.

What do you most want to pass along to your grandchildren?  The memories of playing together and enjoying each other regardless of what they can or cannot do.

What is one word you hope your grandkids think of when they think of you?  She's lots of fun, and she always thought I was special!

You can visit Judy any time on her blog, Bible Gal. (Tip: Scroll down the page and on the left side you'll find a great recipe for "Fried Egg Treats" that aren't eggs at all. Very creative -- and yummy!)