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Old 03-17-2017, 02:04 PM   #41
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Can't wait see him in person next Friday! All are doing well.
Such a boy!
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:50 PM   #42
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Thank you all for the nice words and good wishes! All are doing well and should be able to go home tomorrow. We are so Blessed!!!!
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pssst.............want to get a leg up on the other 3 grandparents? Willing to resort to some mild subterfuge? A neighbor friend got me something similar to this https://www.amazon.com/Record-Your-P...ing+pink+bunny

(or perhaps the same thing). You record a loving message and then leave it w/ the grandkid to squeeze every night before bedtime so you are in effect there 24 hrs a time.........or at least your voice is. You might even be responsible for the first words spoken .........the parents thought our granddaughter was trying to say "Ma...ma" when she was actually imitating
the pink bunny.......as in "Can't wait to see you again and give you a great big
hug........mmmaaa" . At least that's my interpretation.
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Congrats! I've always wanted to be a grandmother, but couldn't figure out a way to do it without having kids first. 🤣
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pssst.............want to get a leg up on the other 3 grandparents? Willing to resort to some mild subterfuge? A neighbor friend got me something similar to this https://www.amazon.com/Record-Your-P...ing+pink+bunny



(or perhaps the same thing). You record a loving message and then leave it w/ the grandkid to squeeze every night before bedtime so you are in effect there 24 hrs a time.........or at least your voice is. You might even be responsible for the first words spoken .........the parents thought our granddaughter was trying to say "Ma...ma" when she was actually imitating

the pink bunny.......as in "Can't wait to see you again and give you a great big

hug........mmmaaa" . At least that's my interpretation.


Done! Thanks for the suggestion!
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We have one grandchild and another on the way.

Apart from setting up tax advantaged edu funds, grandchild/grandchildren have caused us to think about changes to our respective wills. We were planning an update but twill wait for number two and then move forward.

Would be interested in hearing any comments/suggestions for those who have done something similar. We both feel that provision of a post secondary and/or post graduate opportunity that is free from financial stress is one of the best gifts that we can leave behind. It would also serve as a gift to our children.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:26 AM   #47
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We have a family wealth trust where all of our major assets are kept and a pour over will that puts everything else into the trust after we pass. The trust is set up to go evenly to our two boys, with successor beneficiaries being their children should they pass. If no children, as with one of our sons, his share goes to other family members. The mother of our grandchildren will get sufficient funds to care for our grandchildren, but when the grandchildren come of age they get the funds. We can set the age that happens and also direct the trustee to pay for college.
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Would be interested in hearing any comments/suggestions for those who have done something similar. We both feel that provision of a post secondary and/or post graduate opportunity that is free from financial stress is one of the best gifts that we can leave behind. It would also serve as a gift to our children.
Yes we are well into it. 5 GCs and a big fund for them all. I would not wait because you can easily add the new ones once they have their social security number. Our kids got married early so they now have two at U, each appreciating the $10k per year for four years! The third one has dreams of Harvard with a scholarship so we will see!
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Congratulations. Words to think about - if you thought your kids grew up fast, wait until you see how quick your grand children grow up. It's rewarding but scary. Time does seem to go faster as I get older. Spend time with them. It will mean a lot to them and more to you.
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Congratulations. Words to think about - if you thought your kids grew up fast, wait until you see how quick your grand children grow up. It's rewarding but scary. Time does seem to go faster as I get older. Spend time with them. It will mean a lot to them and more to you.


I've heard those wise words before. We're headed out on Friday to meet my grandson for the first time. Can't wait!!!!
I think I've decided on the Utah 529 college savings plan. Just waiting for the SSN to set it up.
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Hint: people will enjoy your pictures and stories a lot more if you first ask and are interested in hearing about something in their lives: travel, kids, remodeling project, whatever is going on. Trust me. Also important: when bragging (your right to brag is inalienable in the GP code, but still), if you say the mini-Dman is the cutest, smartest, funniest baby "in my life", your listeners will always agree with you.
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Hint: people will enjoy your pictures and stories a lot more if you first ask and are interested in hearing about something in their lives: travel, kids, remodeling project, whatever is going on. Trust me. Also important: when bragging (your right to brag is inalienable in the GP code, but still), if you say the mini-Dman is the cutest, smartest, funniest baby "in my life", your listeners will always agree with you.


I might be a little slow understanding your point, but in personal conversations with friends and family, I am always interested in what's happening in their lives and ask. I'm a proud new grandfather and love sharing it. I don't recall bragging about him, since everyone loves a baby and especially their own kin. It's not my style to brag or to pry beyond casual questions. People will share what they desire.
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I might be a little slow understanding your point, but in personal conversations with friends and family, I am always interested in what's happening in their lives and ask. I'm a proud new grandfather and love sharing it. I don't recall bragging about him, since everyone loves a baby and especially their own kin. It's not my style to brag or to pry beyond casual questions. People will share what they desire.
Oh, no, not implying at all you are doing this, more reminding myself and wishing someone had given me some early tips. I notice among my fellow gparents that the ones who never ask about others soon are avoided. There is also a level of competitive grandparenting out there, as I am sure there always has been--I remember MIL gritting her teeth when her best friend's grandson was playing football because the bragging went on for years and the best friend never asked about MIL's somewhat less accomplished grandkids. Forget I said anything, please.
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Congratulations! He is a cutie. We are blessed with 3 grandchildren and they are truly a joy! Can't wait to see them again the end of next month. Enjoy your time with the little guy.
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Oh, no, not implying at all you are doing this, more reminding myself and wishing someone had given me some early tips. I notice among my fellow gparents that the ones who never ask about others soon are avoided. There is also a level of competitive grandparenting out there, as I am sure there always has been--I remember MIL gritting her teeth when her best friend's grandson was playing football because the bragging went on for years and the best friend never asked about MIL's somewhat less accomplished grandkids. Forget Insaid anything, please.


Got it! Thanks for explaining.
Being a grandparent living on the east coast with my son and family living in Seattle, I'll miss them terribly. With DW's family being all on the east coast, relocating isn't really an option at this point. We'll visit when we can. Hopefully to see some wonderful accomplishments as he grows. But I worry about how much I'll miss.
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