Joy in Grandparents Heart

 Celebrate the Joy of Life

Joy in Grandparents heart, is the way I felt during our July 4th festivities. When all our nation was celebrating our countries Independence, I too was celebrating with our family and friends who had traveled to my daughter and son-in-law's home from several states!

Our son surprised us by driving up from Houston! In fact, there were 33 of us eating, laughing and just enjoying a day of patriotism, enthusiasm and love of family!


Many of you may have heard the old Gospel Hymn, "I've got Joy, Joy, Joy in my Heart" that I sang growing up in my hometown of Honey Grove, Texas at the McKenzie United Methodist Church.

That really is a feeling you get when you see your children, grandchildren, and extended family and their friends enjoying food and fellowship together on such a special day!

American Flag display at Texas A&M University

Friends and family gathered to celebrate July 4th, Independence Day!

Flags surround us!

Also, the twins first "Play Day" with many family and friends!

Joy in Grandparents Heart: First Play Day

I felt a joy in my heart the day I watched the twins have their first real "Play Day" with other children.

As preemies and all infants, parents are encouraged to be very careful when visiting with other children and adults so not to pick up any infections. Use hand sanitizers whenever you are going to pick up the boys. We always wash our hands even now before we pick up the boys.

MRSA was a Concern

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) was always a concern in and out of the NICU during the time that the boys were born.

In fact, when the babies left the Unit, the parents were told not to let the kids be exposed to large groups of people until April 2012. Of course, during the Christmas and Easter holidays, family gatherings were hosted, but this was really the first "official" play day for the twins.

However, today, their first July 4th holiday was all about play! Each were smiling, Baby A was excited and playful. Baby B was laid back and not bothered about anything throughout the day! My daughter is careful to keep the boys on a feeding and sleeping schedule even throughout this day.

Great to see that they enjoy playing with cousins and older babies. All 8 children were in the play room enjoying games and toys. Really puts "Joy in Grandparents Heart!" Both were so tired, they slept throughout the night which was amusingly "Joy in the heart" for their parents! All really enjoyed the day!

Joy in Grandparents Heart:
First Birthday

Frogs, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails...

Birthday Invitation

...that's what little Boys are made of!

Thinking about all the excitement from our twins birth this past year, we are so excited to soon celebrate their first birthday!

My daughter has asked to have the party at our house. This is exciting! I told her that we need to discuss plans soon so we can start making decisions on the invites, the food preparation, and the theme of the event. 

                    Will share all the specifics of this exciting day                         as the time draws near!

So much fun watching babies eat "smash cakes" during their first birthday party!

Too much Cake

Find more grandparenting ideas online at our Home Page Grandparenting Essentials 

From Joy in Grandparents Heart to Fun Activities for Grandchildren

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