Just living with these two little characters is fun and fulfilling. I get to witness everything without filter, most of which the parents would rarely tell me if I were living elsewhere. This morning big brother was feeling puny ... wicked cold and a headache. When little brother got up and heard this ... he went and made him a toaster pop tart and a glass of milk. Those two are thicker than thieves! So caring about each other. Most of the time.
I do spend a lot of my time in my room. Chatting on the phone, using my laptop, listening to books, folding laundry, playing scrabble and doing the crossword puzzle. In the afternoon I get myself out for some reason or another. After, I help (supervise) B with his homework or have him read to me. In the near future, I will be driving for either the Adult Center or the local Village that is opening in June. Transportation is the first thing elders need to have assistance. I love my Honda Odyssey and am happy to drive, and even wait if it's not more than an hour. Usually something I can do during that time.
Love? Every chance I get. D is going through a LOVE phase with books and being read to. I am learning how to play boy games with Legos. We all like Board games and even Mr. 5 year old knows how to play a lot of them. Sometimes I bake a little sweet treat. Or help them do a recipe. They even like cleaning projects! We play grocery store, restaurant, zoo, library and garage sale. They both love treasure hunts where I leave clues for 5-6 stops before they get to the surprise. Mr. 5 made a "movie theater" in their bedroom, put the iPad on the window sill and even brought in snacks.
Spoil? Yes, I do. Every single one of them. And every day they each thank me. Even when a boy is not happy with me ... they aren't to the point they don't want me here. After B goes to school, if a parent is not up when D gets up ... he creeps into my room, puts his cheery little face near mine and whispers "Gramma ... do you want to play with me?"
Oh yeh, buddy. I do!