Sarge- I have 7 grandkids (and one is going to make me a greatgrandad about next April).
However, I have one little girl that lost her dad before she was born. Besides the doc that delivered her, I was the first person that held her. She has been my shadow for 14 years now. We have fished, hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, and shoot together (She is a Coloradan, born in Aurora). we have done gun shows, museums, battlefields, and shopped for a dress for a first dance.
When my lady and I were raising our kids, I was doing a lot of TDY, no money, short on time, and short on sleep. we did a lot of things together, but I have become convinced that life should be reversed- give us our kids when we are older, and have the time (and sometimes, the money) to do things with them. As our kids become grown, we should grow younger, and then go to work. Still trying to figure out how to do that, tho.