Life is a busy race track with obstacles, milestones and fun. No matter where life takes you in the world, it’s up to you to build and maintain relationship both inside and outside the family especially after you have children. Even as an expat, far away from my own family, I am very grateful we have Mr P’s mom nearby. I think it’s important for my children to know their extended family but even greater when they can bond regularly with them too.
Granny has helped us out a lot in the last year as the kids get older and more independent. This weekend she popped over to see them before she goes back to Ireland to her family for a few weeks. The sun was shining and the kids had been inside all week battling the illnesses so she took them out back for some fresh air.
My kids absolutely love Granny and anything to help her out they will gladly get involved in. She can get them to eat their dinners when I can’t. She can get them to stop tantruming when I can’t. She can make doing household chores and gardening fun when I can’t. She just has a magical power over them and they respond to her so well. I will never jump in when she is getting them to do a chore that I really hate doing, like weeding, because somehow she makes even that fun!
I sat there in the sun taking it all in for a moment (not that I just sit there while my mother-in-law does chores for me I am not that lazy) but watching their bond and listening to their laughter was amazing and I was grateful that my children have this relationship with her. Watching them smile up at her and waiting for her approval of the weed they just pulled out. The simple things in life are always the best to witness. Sometimes I get overjoyed that we have a good relationship as mother/daughter in laws go and want to hug her for all she does for us and the kids. They light up when she is around and she fills them with a happiness that is extra special. I would be devastated if they didn’t have that bond in their life. Another person to love them unconditionally, be there for them, and guide them along their journey of growing up.
It doesn’t have to be going out doing anything special to make great memories with Granny. My two are happy enough going out back and kicking the ball, weeding the garden, playing with rocks and finding bugs in the grass with Granny. This is usually how are weekend go when Granny is visiting and she is great at getting the kids to work as a team to get something accomplished. It may look like child labor laws broken but it is teaching them to listen, make decisions, work together, and be helpful and I love that she can teach them life’s lessons through the simplest things such as gardening.
So we enjoyed the sunshine, family time together and the weeding getting done all together. As long as we are laughing, happy and together that’s all that matters whether its Daddy with us, Granny with us or me and the kids flying solo we know how to make the most of everything and everyone!!
Linking up to lovely Katie for #OrdinaryMoments