Turtle's Progress

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Surprise in Grandad's Closet

When  any of our children and their families come to visit there are two things that our grandchildren can count on happening each and every time and both of them happen in Grandad's closet!

Since 2006 when we first moved to this house my husband has been documenting the growth of the grandkids.  He chose a wall in his closet and has a spot for each of our four grandchildren where he marks the date, their height and their weight.  The first time he did it they weren't quite sure what the point was, but now four years later, they are all anxious to see how they've grown, who has grown the most, and who weighs the most!  The have become pros at standing up straight while he uses his ruler and pencil, and then carefully stepping on to the scale to see the numbers!

The other very special thing that happens in Grandad's closet is the official visit to the money jar!  My husband stashes all of his change in a large pickle jar in the closet and each time the kiddos are here for a visit, before they leave, and only if they have been very very good (I don't know what they would have to do for Grandad to consider them not very very good!) they are allowed three hands full of change from the money jar.  He has them place this money in a ziplock bag and then he dramatically adds a gold or silver Doubloon (silver dollar coin) which he tells them he received from The Pirate Steve (who,the story goes, floats around in a lake near our house!).  The older ones have about given up on believing in The Pirate Steve, but they know if they do that the Doubloons will quit coming.

I'm linking up to "Grandparents Say It Saturday" at
"The Grand Social" at


At 4:11 PM, Blogger erin said...

Love this...and love you guys!

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Lori Grimes said...

A great tradition from a great man!

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Grandma Kc said...

I love this post and I love you guys, too! You and Granddad seem to have as much fun as Grampy and I have -- well actually you have all that times four! I love that he is so involved with them -- not all granddads are and they miss a lot! As for the doubloons -- we have friends that are using the same logic for Santa -- if you don't believe you won't get presents! Helps to make it last for the little ones.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger J said...

WHAT FUN! Just love it when grandparents "let loose" and turn their homes into a creative and happy refuge for the kids...a place where it's not only "okay" to be "goofy" but where it's expected! Your grandchildren are adorable.

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Awww, what a fun tradition. Thank you for a delightful visit via Grandparents Say It Saturday.

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Barb said...

What wonderful traditions. Your Grandchildren will never forget the closet - or his Granddad love.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What sweet traditions! Your grandchildren will remember this fun their entire lives! It was nice to visit youb through Grand Social today!

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that one of the smallest rooms in your house is the place where all the action takes place. :)

At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Grandma Kc said...

I should have mentioned -- Granddad's closet is MUCH neater than Grampy's! His only good for hide & seek!

At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Love this. My husband is big on sharing his coins with the grandsons, too, but he never thought of adding a pirate twist to it. Very cool! I need to remember to do the growth chart next time my grandsons visit. I have the perfect closet for it. Thank you for the idea! And thank you for being an awesome addition to the GRAND Social! ♥

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Vicki Valenta said...

We also have a growth chart in our walk-in closet. It's where we marked our kids as they grew up. I love the idea of adding the grandkids to the chart.

I also love the idea of "The Pirate Steve." I like it so much that I may steal it.

Stopping by from The Grand Social.

At 5:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great memories for the grandkids. My husband keeps loose change in a drawer where my grandson loves to 'browse,' and my daughter has a closet door where she records their height.


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