When my kids were young, my wife and I were focused on the every day chores required when you are a parent. Items such as feeding, clothing, schooling and health were where our attention was on a day to day basis. Then, all of a sudden they were grown and with families of their own.
But now, as grandparents, the mundane chores and concerns are the province of (at the moment) our son and daughter-in-law, and my wife and I can concentrate completely on actually watching the grandtwins grow up.
pictures of a trip to the playground we recently took. Though it is still winter, we have started to have some warmer weather and on this spring like day we took the boys to the playground.
My wife and I hadn't been with the twins at the playground since before the winter. At that time we put them on the (baby) swings and placed them on top of the small slide and stood there while they slid down ... very slowly. They had just turned 2 years old and were able to do a little climbing on some very low to the ground areas but not much else. Of course we all had a good time while we were there.
Although they are twins (fraternal as opposed to identical), their personalities couldn't be more different. While one is very social, one is a bit more shy. However, he became interested in what a group of older girls were doing, and climbed up to watch them. When one of the girls noticed him, she introduced herself and asked him his name. He responded and introduced himself as well, rather than keeping silent or walking away as he might have done. Again, as grandparents we can take the time to see and enjoy watching them grow up and mature.
My wife and I raised our 2 children to adulthood, and as most parents, we were often so focused on the act of raising them that we weren't aware of how they were growing up day by day. As grandparents we now have this luxury ... and are enjoying it to the fullest.