11 Reasons Grandparents Are the Best

11 Reasons Grandparents Are the Best

They love you unconditionally and tell the best stories about your parents.

Grandparents. They hold a special place in grandkid's hearts. There's a special relationship between a grandchild and their grandparents that can't really be described, but it's a relationship I couldn't imagine my life without. My grandparents mean the world to me and will forever remain as one of the most beautiful and influential relationships in my life.

1. They have the COOLEST stories.

Listening to my grandpa's hilarious teenage stories and my grandma's sweet stories of their first few dates and how they met never gets old. There's nothing as great as learning about your grandparent's lives while they were growing up and realizing that they were kids, just like you.

2. They always feed you the best food.

I always look forward to hanging out with my grandparents because I know that means I'll be eating some dang good food pretty soon! Plus, when I was younger and my parents said no to dessert, grandma's cookies always came to the rescue.

3. They can always make you laugh.

My grandparents are huge goofballs and they have the best sense of humor. And although I may be a tad bit biased, no one can make me laugh as hard as my grandparents do!

4. They give you the best blackmail stories about your parents.

Of course we would never actually use these stories as blackmail, but we love to know that our parents messed up when they were our age too! Our parents are always right and we respect them, but laughing at their stories when they were younger is always a perk.

5. They give you the best advice.

I don't know what it is about grandparent's advice but somehow, they always know what to do and say. Leave it to my grandparents to be so wise and influential in my life decisions.

6. Your childhood memories with them never fade, no matter what.

Your memories with your grandparents are some of the most prominent memories from your childhood and recalling those memories always make you smile. There's so many memories to choose from, but I will always remember putting my grandpa's (basically non-existent) hair into small rollers and him letting me pretend to do his makeup. What a trooper.

7. They've restored our faith in soul mates.

Listening to the way my grandparents talk about one another has always made me long for a beautiful and Godly relationship like their's. My grandpa passed away 11 years ago, but my grandma still speaks of him with the fondest tone of voice and with so much love and respect for the man he was.

8. They're hugs are the most comforting and warmest hugs in the world.

The highlight of my day is getting a hug from my grandparents, there's nothing like them.

9. They're always so proud of you.

It's one of our biggest goals in life to make our grandparents proud, but no matter what we accomplish, they always are. We will always strive to accomplish great things in our academic, career and social life so we can share those triumphs with them, but even if we just learn how to make a new pasta dish, our grandparents are proud of us.

10. There's nothing like the bond between a grandparent and their grandchild. It's incomparable.

I am so close to my grandparents and I couldn't imagine having it any other way. They're some of the first people I want to share my good and bad days with because I know they'll be there to support me no matter what. Picturing ever having a relationship like ours with anyone else is pretty much impossible, and I'm totally ok with that.

11.Best of all, they love you unconditionally.

And we love them unconditionally too.

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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.

This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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5 Things You Understand if You Are The Baby of the Group

That's okay, have fun without me

If you are one of the youngest members of your friend group, then you know just how it feels when everyone starts turning 21. Here are 5 things that only the babies of the friend group understand.

1. Always the DD

Once your friends start turning 21 and decide to go out, guess who gets to pick them up? That's right. You. The one that still isn't 21.

2. The mom

You may be the youngest, but when your friends come back from a good night out, you are the most responsible and mature one of the group. You are the one that has to take care of them.

3. Being left out of things

Well, if you aren't 21, you can't go to that cool bar that everyone else is talking about or on that wine tour.

4. Home alone on the weekend

While everyone else gets to go out and have fun on the weekend, you get to sit at home in your pajamas, watching TV. Sure this isn't a terrible thing, but when you are getting snapchats, and seeing your friends post about the fun they are having, you feel left out.

5. By the time you turn 21, your friends are over the hype.

You are finally 21 and you invite all of your friends. You are so excited, and they are excited for you, but after that night, you wanna go out and have fun, but your friends don't wanna go out as much because the hype of them turning 21 has faded.

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