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Day 180: G & G

My parents, also known as Grandma and Grandpa or G & G, arrived yesterday! Cue celebration music! Pop the champagne! Or juice boxes! One of my favorite sites is the kids' faces when they see G & G walk in.

I grew up with one grandma three hours away and the other three blocks away, so I got I experience both setups. I had fantastic relationships with and memories of both of them. I took grandma Helen for granted, I suppose, because she was always available to me. I could stop for cookies on my way home from school, or call her to come over when my babysitting gig got a little out of control. She is one of the many reasons I'm grateful to have been raised in dad's hometown. 

Visiting grandma Bess was a different experience since I didn't see her as often. Spending time with her and at her house was always special, and I envied my cousins who lived in mom's hometown. 

Living away from both sets of grandparents can be challenging at times, especially when it comes to needing backup childcare and traveling with lots of small kids for holidays. I often wish we had a grandparent nearby for a number of reasons. But seeing the delight in the kids' eyes when it's been a few weeks or months since they've seen G & G is simply priceless. 

And don't get me started about little boys who get to ride in grandpa's pickup. Sheer excitement, I tell ya. Both of our parents are nothing but generous and helpful to us and we have much to be grateful for regarding our relationship with them. 

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