{The Ordinary Moments 15} #13 ‘The Best People In The World.’


Saying someone is the best person in the world is a pretty bold statement.  But I am pretty sure that my Grandparents are up there with the best.  I’ve written about both sets of my Grandparents a few times on my blog, but my Mum’s parents really are truly special.

We are very lucky that they only live about half an hour away from us, so we try and pop up there every other week for some dinner or for Sunday lunch.  They were farmers before they retired and they live on a big old farm which is so much fun in the Summer time- I have such fond memories of racing around the farm on quad bikes with my Uncle, or climbing to the top of the piles of wheat that had been harvested.  I used to love going there to play and that’s why it is so special for me to see my girls so excited to do the same, they love going to Great Grandma and Grandpas house, especially as they know that they get lots of different ice cream for pudding!

They are so proud of me for whatever I do, just as Grandparent’s should be.  They love to sit and listen to our tales of what we have been up to, especially my Grandpa who constantly asks if we have ‘any exciting news to tell him’.  They love to hear about my blog, with my Grandpa even buying an iPad especially for when he went on holiday so he could show people it when he was reading it by the pool!  The thought of him showing some fellow holiday maker my blog and talking about his Granddaughter makes me cringe a little (or a lot), but his heart is in the right place and he finds the internet incredibly baffling and exciting.  (If you are reading this hi Grandpa- we love you!)

I definitely get my travel bug from them, they travel the world on a regular basis, with them constantly jetting off to India, or Malaysia, or Australia for a few weeks at a time throughout my whole childhood.  In fact I remember the best story of my Grandma making an Indian national newspaper for nearly falling off an elephant- there were photos of her looking panicked all over the paper and she has a couple of copies as a keep sake!  They don’t show any sign of slowing down yet- even in their 80’s they just recently went to Thailand for almost a month and next week they are off to Italy.

They make me a ‘red cross parcel’ each time we see them which they have done since I left home for university- it’s always been full of things like toilet roll, washing up liquid, biscuits and ketchup, but since Mads was born nappies and wipes are always in it too- in fact I can honestly say that my Grandma has funded 80% of our nappies since the girls were born- that’s quite crazy really, and of course has saved us a fortune.  They have been there to buy their first shoes, just as they did with me, and every couple of months my Grandma takes us all out shopping and treats us.

They really are the most wonderful people and I feel lucky every day that my children get the chance to know them- I will treasure these memories that we are making forever.  They really are the most ordinary of moments, I have seen them every few weeks since I was a baby, bar when I was at university or when they or I were travelling, but even the most ordinary of moments are worth treasuring, especially as the years pass by so quickly.

grandma grandpa march 15


  • Carie says:

    I think you have every right to say that they are up there in the best people, they sound absolutely wonderful and I love how proud your Grandpa is of you, that’s just the way it should be! It must be so lovely to have so much of your family around to know and love your girls, my three don’t even have a full compliment of grandparents and just the one Great Gran and I do wish they could have met their Grannie and my grandparents too.

  • Kerry/ohsoamelia says:

    Such a lovely post Katie. That red parcel sounds amazing! I love spending time with my grandparents too although we don’t see them as often as they live 7 hours away however we do Skype every couple of weeks as I think it’s important to keep in touch as much as possible whilst we still can. Xx

  • Anna-Marie says:

    I love the idea of a “red cross” parcel, such a lovely idea.. Its wonderful that Mads and LL can have a relationship with them too.. Gorgeous pictures xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It is so special to me that they get to have a relationship with them. We definitely don’t take it for granted. Thanks lovely. x

  • Sounds like a really lovely relationship. I have no grandparents, ,various reasons, and it’s always made me a bit sad to miss out on that. They sound like wonderful people xxx

  • This is so lovely! You and your girls are so lucky to live so close to your grandparents and to have such a wonderful relationship with them, that’s so special!!
    I love that they are still off travelling the world that’s definitely very cool!! X

  • Lauren says:

    They sound so wonderful and special Katie. You are so lucky xx

  • Alice says:

    my girls have one surfing great grandmother, my husbands Nan, and it’s so amazing to see four generations together. This is such a wonderful photo Katie, they seam so proud to have toy all there with them.

  • Alice says:

    The previous comment clearly should have said surviving not surfing….she’s good for 83 but she doesn’t surf!!

  • Alex Bump to Baby says:

    This is such a sweet, heart warming post Katie. You’re so lucky to have such wonderful Grandparents in your life. I’ve never really had any Grandparents in my life sadly but I would have loved to have had a relationship like you do with yours with a grandparental figure in my life. x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Alex, I am sure Ethan will have that relationship with his when he is older judging from what you post about them. x

  • They sound absolutely fabulous Katie! I really hope I still have their sense of adventure the older I get- what a great example to set you and the girls :-) I wish my grandparents were still alive- the Nan I was closest to died suddenly aged 90 4 days before Freddie was born so she never got to meet him which always makes me sad. We are lucky though in that 2 of Adam’s aunties are quite elderly now so do lots of what I call older ‘grandparent’ things with the children (bring cakes, knit jumpers, give old-skool advice)! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      That is very sad Becky, such a shame she didn’t get to meet Freddie. But it is lovely they get those grandparent type figures in their lives. You can’t beat someone who brings you cakes. :) x

  • Ah, they sound lovely and truly special. I love the red cross parcel idea, so thoughtful and practical! You’re lucky to have them, and so close to you, too x

  • That’s just lovely. I really treasure memories of my eldest with her great grandad. Truly blessed. Xx

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Grandparents are amazing. All of my family live far away from us so it’s always extra special when we visit each other. Love the idea of the red cross parcel! x

  • Aww how lovely to have them so close and such a big part of your lives. My grandparents on my mums side lived in London, my nan was very formidable and my granddad had Alzheimer’s and both passed away when I was in my teens. My Dad’s mum lives in Australia and I only met her once. Hubs only has his Grandpa left and he is sadly in very poor health (at92!) so we don’t take the kids to see him anymore which is a shame :( so you are very lucky and they sound very wonderful indeed :) xx

  • Donna says:

    Every time that you write about your family i love to read. Your grandparents sound like wonderful, caring people and I am so glad they gave you your travel bug x

  • Mary says:

    Katie I love this post. I don’t know why but it made me feel a little emot reading it! Your grandparents look lovely and your childhood at their home sounds blissful and dreamy – what fun!
    I hope I can travel that much when im a granny and have lovely things for my grandchildren.

    Your tots right though, I treasure every moment I sit and chat with granddad now hes not well and my only grandparent left. They seem so indestructible when were young and more fragile as we grow up x

  • I love that your grandpa shows off your blog to the other holidaymakers! He’s so proud of you, and quite right too :) I don’t have any grandparents now, and it makes me sad they never got to meet Rosalie, so your girls are very lucky. This post will make them even more proud xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      My Mum spoke to my grandpa and apparently my Grandma cried when she read this post- which is so sweet! x

  • They sound amazing, I am so envious of your family (we have such a small family is it shocking). Lovely post huni xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks lovely, ours is actually really small and I am not massively close to any of my cousins or anyone like that, but I am so close to my most immediate family. xx

  • Jenny says:

    Oh your relationship with your grandparents is just beautiful Katie and so lucky. I am close with one grandma back home when I go home it’s amazing to spend time with her and see her with my kids now too their great grandma. I love generations in the family. So lucky you get to be so close with them and the girls too. Love and heartfelt post babes.

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      It is amazing to see all the generations lined up together isn’t it Jenny? Thank you for your lovely comment. xx

  • You are very lucky to still have your grandparents around and even luckier for your children that they have great-grandparents – wow! I do wonder if one of the downsides to our generation having children later is going to be that we won’t know that older generation for quite so long, but then again we are all fitter and healthier and living longer too! :-)

  • They sound like fab grandparents to have around. You are so lucky, as are the girls!!! x

  • Notmyyearoff says:

    Ahhh they are SO lovely and I love the red cross parcel idea. I promise to hereby do the same for my own grandkids when they need ketchup and things for uni too :)

  • What a lovely post. Your grandparents sound like wonderful people. My Nan sent me a card this weekend with a bit of ‘pocket money’ to help me out and at the bottom she had drawn a picture of a daffodil and Elsa bless her. I don’t really have the same kind of close relationship with my grandparents as you do, but I definitely appreciate them more now that I am older.

  • They really do sound like the best people in the world! I’ve just passed this post to Paul for him to read and he agrees that, if we’re ever lucky enough to have grandchildren and great-children, this is exactly the type of grandparent that we want to be. Our own parents are not particularly hands on with the boys and I find it quite strange, to be honest. I don’t understand how they can’t find or see the joy in them. It’s lovely to have role models in your grandparents instead!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Aw thanks for such a lovely comment Rachel- and I hope that we will be the same. We feel very lucky to have all these amazing people in our lives. x

  • Very lucky indeed, thats so lovely Katie. Mr doesn’t have any Grandparents left, & I have my Nan. Thankful to have her in my life, she’s been a mother to me :) They sound like such treasures! x

  • Chantal says:

    Your grandparents are so lovely – the red cross parcel sounds like such a fantastic idea! I hope to travel as much as they have once my little boy gets a bit older, nothing better than seeing the world!

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      The red cross parcel is really lovely. And definitely not, I definitely got my travel bug from them. x

  • Beautiful photos Katie, you are very lucky to still have your grand-parents around. My Nanny lives in Spain so we don’t see her very often and unfortunately my Mum’s parents have passed away, I would have loved for Dexter to be able to get to know them. xx

  • Mummy Fever says:

    Gosh how lucky to have all those people still around. My last grandparent died when I was 18, the others when I was only 7 and 10. It must be so special to spend time with you all.

  • This is just so lovely, you know how I know they mums be lovely? Because you talk about them with such warmth. I have never been close to either set of grandparents as they lived so far away but thankfully we live near both sets of parents and I hope that will mean my girls love their grandparents as much as you love yours. x

  • Lina says:

    Ah how lucky you are to have such amazing grandparents! My grannie was so lovely too but unfortunately passed away when my eldest was just a baby. Definitely make the most of every minute with such special people :-)

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