Sliding it.
August 16, 2010


Two different days.  Same slide.  Same baby.  Same grandfather.

Possibly the best argument in the world for living so near your parents?  Watching them love on your baby.  Constantly.  All the time.  Never-endingly.  (Wouldn’t that be a great word?)  In my experience, a grandfather is essentially the only person who will love every minute of hoisting your child up and down a jungle gym as much as your baby will.

When we moved here, I had my doubts about whether or not living this close would be a good idea.  But when I look at these pictures - and the approximately twelve thousand just like them - I realize that the woman who worried about that?  WAS.  A.  MORON.


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  1. By Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble-Style on August 16, 2010

    One thing I have always known is that I will live close enough to my parents to help foster the beautiful kind of relationship I had with my own grandparents.  Ava has that now, and as I see the love between them it warms my heart so much.  To see someone come close to loving my child as much as I do is incredible, to see my mom break the boundaries and get away with the little extras that are a grandparents prerogative makes me smile.  I wouldn’t trade these relationships for anything and I feel really sad for kids that don’t have this.  Good for you for making it happen for Charlotte, what a gift!

  2. By Heidi on August 16, 2010

    We live very close to my parents, too, and I am never-endingly (that IS a good word!) grateful for the love, support, and help they offer my family.  I just got in from running errands and having lunch with my mom and Molly; and my parents are able to help us out with childcare, planned or in a pinch.  And it doubles the amount of love Molly receives on any given day.  Who can argue with that?

  3. By christy on August 16, 2010

    oh my gosh I cant agree more!!  I grew up next door to my grandparents and knew I wanted the same situation for my kids.  Now we live 1 mile from my parents / my grandparents / my uncle / aunt / great aunt / great uncle (OK so it is a family farm errr family compound).  My son can see grandma / grandpa / great grandma / great grandpa every single day.  However, he can’t just “run away from home” like I did when I was a little kid when I was mad at my parents because the 1 mile is a busy street.  LOL.

  4. By Mama Bub on August 16, 2010

    I’ve never loved my parents more than when I had my own children. Watching how they love and care about my kids blows my mind every single time I see them together. Also? When my husband mentions getting the heck out of Dodge and leaving California for somewhere less expensive, less populated, I tell him to enjoy himself because I’m never, ever moving away from my family.

  5. By on September 26, 2010

    My father recently moved 250 miles away. It makes me sad because my daughter adores her “tata”. I fear she will forget him since she doesnt see him anymore :(

    We were considering moving away (FARRRR AWAY 2800 miles!) I dont know that I can do it after reading this post.


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