Do you have special memories of visiting your grandparents? I do! I thought, since this was a cooking blog, I would share some of the special treats I associate with my grandparents (and Rob's) - and finally, to share some special things our kids enjoy when they visit our grandmother's.
My paternal grandmother was a generous and kind person. I am thankful to possess pictures of her holding and looking lovingly at each of our babies. Sadly, she passed about five years ago. This is kind of hilarious, but my fondest memories are of toasted crackers (that she kept in an orange tupperware container - my sister preferred saltines) and mint tea that she always kept in her refrigerator.
I also remember her love for singing (even though she was seriously tone-deaf). I would sit next to her in church (always the 6th row on the right) and she would belt out the hymns. She loved to praise her Creator, and I'd like to think that now she probably has perfect pitch!
When Josh was about two years old and she was in her eighties, I had her babysit for a short time while I ran to the store. When I came home, I found her playing guns with Josh - she crawled out from under the dining room table and had about six guns stuck in her belt!
|this is my grandmother with Emma - about ten days old|
|yes, that's me with the long white shorts - cute, huh?|
My maternal grandmother - we call her Nanny - is still spunky as ever! Our kids love going to her house and she has a very special relationship with our girls. She spoils our kids with cookies and milk, lollipops, and pretty much anything they want. When I was younger, we would visit her in Florida (where she and my Pappy went for the winter) - and she would make me strawberry shortcake. I would eat it for every meal - no kidding.
|this is my aunt Connie, my Nanny and the kids at a bank opening|
|Kate and Nanny at her 8th birthday party|
Rob's paternal grandparents lived with his family. His grandmother has moved to Iowa since she lost Rob's grandfather - so we only see her once a year. Rob's grandmother is an exceptional cook and baker - her rhubarb custard pie is one of my favorite foods of all time. He enjoyed special treats from her all of the time - and all he had to do was walk down to the basement! She spoils the kids with treats when we go to visit, and she even lets them pick out something special from her house to take home with them. She loves to spoil us with books and I've never met anyone who rivals her wisdom in raising a family or knowing the Bible.
|isn't she beautiful?|
Rob's maternal grandmother has always lived in Iowa - she is the wife of an Iowa farmer! They moved to "town" once they became a little older and we lost Rob's grandfather a few years ago. She, like Rob's other granny, is ageless. Rob and his sister's were only able to visit once a year, but they have many fond memories of summers on the farm. One of their favorites (and ours, when we visit) are her famous waffles with homemade rhubarb jam. The kids love visiting and we usually enjoy many games of Take One. Her quiet wisdom and unflappable nature are inspiring.
|Granny is on the left, with the sunglasses!|
|most of Rob's family here, minus one sister and a couple of babies!|
We have been blessed with grandparents - I'd love to hear your special memories. Did you have a special snack or a special trip you took with your grandparents? Did they spoil you rotten? Please share!