Who is Grandma ?

I recently sat down with my Mom and Dad and asked a series of questions. My goal was to document their early lives and loves. During the course of the evening I discovered some unknown things about my Mom. I have put together her answers so her grandchildren can know more about her early years.  I learned she was named after her Mother’s best friend. One of her fondest memories of her childhood was her time spent with her Father at the firehouse where  he was a Volunteer Fireman.Her favorite books were the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M.Montgomery, and her love of poodle skirts as fashion .I would love to get my hands on a photo of her in a poodle skirt to show the grand kids.My favorite discovery was learning she wanted to be an Artist and live in Greenwich Village, New York when she grew up.  She did not follow her dream to Greenwich Village but she did meet her other goal of being a Mom to a lot of children.

To gain this insight into her early years is a wonderful gift to give to her grandchildren.




Who is Grandma ? This  question coming from your Grandchild is the perfect opportunity to teach your grandchild about your heritage, your likes , your family and your life. Here is a list of questions you can complete as a gift to your grandchildren

The following list is borrowed from this link:


1. What is your full name including any nicknames you have or may have had in the past.

2. Were you named after somebody else?

3. What is your birth date, marriage date and locations of each.

4. What are your parents’ names and their grandparents’ names,
and any nicknames they may have had in the past?

5. What are their birth dates, marriage date and locations of each.

6. What was it like for you growing up in the time period you did?

7. Where did you grow up?

8. Did your family move often and if so where and what time periods?

9. What kind of house did you live in when you were a child?

10. What is your fondest memory (of whom ever you are wanting to know about)?

11. Did your parents or grandparents come to this state from another state? When?

12. What was the city, county, and state?

13. Do you remember your great-grandparents? What do you know about them?

14. Who was the oldest person you can remember in your family as a child?
What do you remember about them?

15. Was there a chore you really hated doing as a child?

16. What would you consider to be the most important inventions
that have been made during your lifetime?

17.How is the world now different from what it was like when you were a child?

18. What kinds of books did you like to read?

19. Do you ever remember not having enough food to eat because times were hard for your family?

20. What were your favorite toys and what were they like?

21.What were your schools like? How did you get there?

22 .Did you and your friends have a special hang-out where you liked to spend time?

23. Were you ever given any special awards for your studies or school activities?

24. How many years of education have you completed? Do you have a college degree?
If so, what was your field of study?

25. Were there any fads during your youth that you remember vividly?

26. How old were you when you started dating?

27. Do you remember your first date? Describe the circumstances.

28. How did you meet the person that you would later marry? Describe them?

29. Describe your wedding ceremony. Who was there?

30. Did you have a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?

31. What wise advice would you give to a grandchild on their wedding day?

32. How many children did you have all together?
What were their names, birthdates and birthplaces?

33. If you had it to do all over again, would you change the way you raised your family? How?

34. What did you find most difficult about raising children?

35. What did you find most rewarding about being a parent?

36. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

37. What was your first job?

38. How did you decide on your career?

39. How old were you when you retired?

40. What were the hardest choices that you ever had to make?
Do you feel like you made the right choices?

41. Who was the person that had the most positive influence on your life?
Who were they and what did they do?

42. What wars have been fought during your lifetime? How did you feel about them?

43. If you served in the military, when and where did you serve and what were your duties?

44. What major illnesses or health problems do you remember having?

45. Do you have any health problems that are considered hereditary in nature?
If so, what are they?

46. Have you ever been the victim of a crime? What happened?

47. What are your religious beliefs?

48. What activities have you especially enjoyed as an adult?

49. What pets have you had?

50. Is there anything you have always wanted to do, but haven’t?

Love across the miles


Staying Close When They’re So Far Away


Tim and I are super lucky to be close to two out of six of our grandchildren. This hasn’t always been the case as the two of us have moved here there and everywhere over the past several years. Staying close to our grandchildren was definitely a challenge and it was often difficult when we couldn’t physically be there for holidays, birthdays or other big life events. So that made it even more important to be there in spirit. How did I accomplish this? Through words, basically. Thank goodness for social media! Between Facebook, Instagram, text messaging, and emails, we’ve managed to stay current with what our grandkids are up to. Sometimes we receive a little bit too much information on FB and the urge for a little lecture comes on. But, then I remember it’s my role to love and support and be here to be a listener. Everyone has…

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Canvas Art

Canvas Art

Fun Project to do with Grandkids

Fun Project to do with Grandkids

Fun art to do with Grand kids. I saw this done with 2 and 3 year olds and they painted over their names The finished canvas was so fun

 set up our  table cloth , and put some finger paints on paper plates for child to dip her fingers into. Use painters tape to write the word LOVE on the canvas . Let the child finger paint all over and when dry peel the painters tape off I loved the version where they wrote the child’s name  or you could write Grandma and gift it as a gift 

Technology Bringing Loved Ones Together Every Day

Technology in our society has been given a bad rap. People love to hate technology such as Facebook and Instagram  . They feel it takes away from close family interactions.I have found just the opposite.

My 82 year mother came over last night with her new laptop computer and wanted a few lessons. She  has been on Facebook for a few years and she gains so much from her time spent connecting with family and friend through social media.  With her new laptop computer she can reach out and connect with family with just a few clicks.She is able to see her grandchildren climb mountains, fly airplanes, travel to India, take Ice skating lessons and score a winning goal in a game .The ability to be a part of the busy lives of her grandchildren  keeps her vested in their daily lives.

Another form of technology used to connect with Grand children are sites like Skype and Tango. These two apps are one step better then a phone call. They  connect  you with your grandchild wherever they are through the computer.You are able to see and hear your grandchild.

Instagram is another app you can use on your computer or IPhone to stay connected to your grandchildren.Instagram uses photos and short messages to relay an instant message between you and your grandchild.

Certainly learning to use all of this technology can be a bit intimidating but the perfect solution  is let your grandchild teach you. Spend some time with them in front of a computer and learn from them while enjoying a shared interest.



Here are a few tutorials on using some of the techonology I have mentioned :





Technology can be a tool to help you be a part of your grandchild’s life very day


Love Them to the Moon and Back 🌛


A Legacy of Love


My husband is one of 10 siblings from  a large Italian family. His mother Rosina was an exceptional mother. She baked, taught , disciplined and loved her children deeply. My husband lost his Mother Rosina over 30 years ago to cancer.The lose is still very much felt by all the family members.Only a few of her grand children were alive during her lifetime and were able to spend time with her. My sister in law Nancy has taken on the role of Grandmother with  our nieces and nephews. She keeps her Mother’s memories a part of the family traditions. She passes her mother’s  recipes down to the grand children as well as stories and memories. One of the ways Nancy has kept her mother a part of her grand children’s lives is she has made  wedding garters from her mother’s wedding dress for our nieces and our  nephew’s brides.

Nancy explains, “We just packed it  ( the wedding dress) up and left it in the attic.When my first nephew  got engaged I ask  my Dad how would he feel if I cut it up and made garters for all the grand kids, he loved this idea so much he asked to be  the one that gave it to my nephew’s bride.  So far I have made one for all the grand kids that have gotten married, I also made a ring bearer pillow out of the satin and lace of the top of Mom’s dress. I  thought I would only make them for the granddaughters, but heard some gripes from the boys so it looks like I have 20 more to make.  Hope I have enough fabric!”

We had a family wedding this part weekend. Our nephew Justin married beautiful Erika. Nancy made the garter and Erika proudly wore a piece of Grandma Rosina’s wedding dress as part of her something old,But what she really wore was a garter belt with a piece of this large Italian family’s legacy of love.


A Grandmother’s love is felt for generations after they have left us.How has your grandmother’s love been passed down to your grandchildren?

All Because Two People Fell in Love, Going From 2 to 12 !

Submitted by: Grandma Marilyn


On being a Grandmother…..


As the saying goes, “When a Grandchild is born, so is a Grandmother.” This is so true as experienced by me, a verifiable Grandmother!  This is among the most exciting times of my life!  (Other than having my own children or marrying my love.)


I am not too sure what to tell you other than some of the wonderful experiences I have had PLUS a few missed opportunities.


Rocking or walking around with your grandchild to induce sleep while singing a lullaby is the beginning.  So satisfying to know, “I’ve STILL got it!”  Most grandparents believe that their grandchildren are the most beautiful and most intelligent children EVER!  Well, they are all wrong, because it is MINE that are the most beautiful and most intelligent!


Make sure to provide the most loving and fun environment you can muster.  If this means being silly and acting like a witch making stew out of their piggy toes and eyelashes, then do it.  Or if hiding in a closet with the kids from their Mom will bring giggles and a “special secret” between you and your grandchild, do it!  One of the best things you must do is REALIZE that your time with them MAY be short and you must make memories while you can.


Here are a few of my memories that I hope are remembered by the six munchkins I adore:


Every birthday we go shopping for a gift the child chooses (with a set amount of money to spend).  If it is not ON their birthday then they have to wait to have the gift however, if they choose more than one item then they can have one item immediately that is not wrapped for their birthday.


Every Christmas Season we shop for Christmas pajamas that will be worn on Christmas Eve (but they are wrapped and the child cannot have them before Christmas Eve) then they are “surprised” with what they find.  Prior to opening the “gifts” we go Christmas caroling just before our special dinner of Grandpa’s famous chili.  The chili is not fully enjoyed til they are around 12 years old, but they love the time spent together.


Playing “dress-up”……..hide ‘n seek……board games….cards….paint ceramics…..make cookies….make their favorite meal….sing….sharing experiences like Disneyland or the beach…..or just hanging out….take ‘em TPing (they love this)….go to their events (sports or otherwise)….listen intently and do not be judgmental……accept them for who they are becoming…..lotsa hugs….share stories about when their parents were young…..watch baby videos…..


One of the things I wish I had done was to write down some of the cute things they say.  It may never be heard again and there are so many to try and remember.  Also take a lot of pictures of EACH one of them.  It is especially easy to do that with the first grandchild but the others want to see themselves as babies too.


Is there a limit of space on this blog?  Because as you can see I love being a Grandma could go on forever….it is the greatest job on Earth!!!!


What are Family Treasures Worth?

I have been lovingly given my Grandmother’s necklace shown in this photo. I have always admired the piece when my mother would wear it and my mom Fifi has decided I can now own and enjoy the treasured necklace. I understand the value of this necklace.But how can you tell the actual worth of a piece of jewelry, china or any family heirloom? The first thing to do is collect known information about the item’s history. Ask  family members about the piece.. For example, did Grandma buy her beautiful ring or receive it as a wedding gift? What is the estimated date of its creation or purchase? Who in the family has owned the item? Where was it stored?  What is the  value? In other words, what do family members believe it to be worth, or what was told of it from one generation to another? Make note of any stories about the item to pass down with the item to your grandchild. The monetary value may be one thing to determine but the true value is the sentimental value. Who in our family has owned and loved this piece and how can the next generation learn the value of treasures from Grandma. My mom Fifi remembers going to the jewelry store as a young adult with her parents and seeing her beloved father Rocco purchase this necklace for her mother Angela.I cherish the fact this valuable heirloom has been in our family for over 65 years and will be handed down to my grandchild. The value of this necklace is priceless.
What family heirlooms do you own and what will you tell your Grandchild about the treasures ?
Here is a way to be involved with passing treasures to family members: This is from the current Oprah O Magazine

My grandmother’s Project 296 is named for her Ohio address. She invites one of her children per weekend to help tackle a closet or a section of the basement. (Only one—any more, she says, and they’ll stay up late talking and lose focus.) With their help, she’s digitized her photos and recipes and made books that tell family stories, like the reason we eat oysters on Thanksgiving. And she’s assigned colored Post-it notes to each kid’s family, which we can use to claim furniture we’d like to inherit. I’ve got my eye on the four-poster bed my mom slept in as a girl.
—Abbe Wright


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