Welcome to my blog! I’m Cindy – a baby boomer in love with this whole grandmother gig. Currently, I have nine grandchildren ranging in age from newborn to pre-teen: seven girls and two boys. I not only have a mix of genders and ages, but also a mix in terms of how close I live to each of them.
It may be a little ironic that I am blogging about skipping the “middle generation” when in my everyday life, I have arranged to live in just the opposite situation: three generations living all together.
In May of 2018, my husband and I downsized… by moving into a larger house! The reason for the move was the decision, after much careful discussion, to co-house with our younger son and his family. They had three little girls, ages 5, 3, and 1 at the time of the move. They have since added a little boy to the mix! Next, my oldest daughter lives about 15 minutes from us. She is the single parent of two little girls, ages 8 and 4. For these six grandchildren, I am blessed to be able to spend a lot of time with them.
The situation is a little different with my older son and his family who live seven hours and two states away. They have two girls and a boy, including my two oldest grandchildren. In the beginning, it was tough being a brand new grandmother and having my grandchildren live so far away. (For two years, they actually lived 12 hours away).
I have always loved to travel. I credit my mother for my wanderlust. Growing up, she was a master at planning ambitious summer road trips. As a result, I have been to 47 of the 48 contiguous US states. (Just missing Louisiana – will have to remedy that soon!) I have also traveled from coast-to-coast in Canada, widely in eastern and western Europe, plus thousands of miles within Russia and two of its former Soviet states – Belarus and Kazakhstan.
When my grandchildren started to arrive, whether near or far, I couldn’t wait until I could begin “skip-gen” traveling with them (although I didn’t know that was a term back then!) They are still quite young but I have already managed to take train trips with 7 of the 9, many road trips of varying lengths (again, with all but the youngest two), and am planning major trips by plane soon with the oldest two. As they all get older, I imagine the kinds of travel adventures we’ll have together will only become more frequent and more fun!
But this page is titled “About Us,” not “About Me.” So who are the others involved in the blog? First and foremost is my #1 granddaughter and self-described “partner in crime,” Sophia. She will be weighing in on different trips and doing product reviews in her little mini-posts, “Sophia Says.” I have the pleasure of sharing Sophia with her other grandmother and, from time to time, Sue will contribute articles as she is also experienced with, and a firm believer in, the many benefits of “skip-gen” travel.
So grab a sturdy suitcase or backpack and head out with us as we explore an almost limitless array of fun, educational, quirky and inspiring ideas for grandparents and grandchildren traveling together.
Remember: Grandparents + Grandkids = Grand Adventures!