i live w my mom and she watches him while i work. she does most of his therapies w him. he sees my dad once a week or so. He sae my great grandparents 2x before my grandpa died and I hope to take him up that way again soon. they live 4.5hrs from here and I have to have time off work.
My parents were very involved in my sons life, when we moved away ( military ) But still still was from a far. Then we moved back & she was my after school watcher on days I didn't get off til he was old enough, etc. In summer, I tried to use summer camps. But she still would do stuff with him. Not so much like you described, but still would do stuff with him.
My daughter see my mother every couple months. She comes whenever she is able to visit. My father only lives about 2 hours away and he visit 1-2 times a week. My husband's mother lives out of state and she hasn't seen the baby yet. We are getting ready to go visit our mothers' side of the family. His father lives also lives out of state and I am not sure when we will be seeing him. We're also military so it depends on my husband's leave.
My 2 grandson's live in Missouri and I live in Tennessee so I only get to see them atleast once a year maybe twice sometimes. I do talk with them on the phone all the time and skype alot. My parents have passed away.
Usually we don't live near family and the grandparents aren't very involved. My dad has never met my children at all. My mom will call on birthdays if she remembers, and once every couple of years she sends a box of things she'd been collecting for awhile. My mother in law sometimes calls on birthdays, and once sent one of my kids a birthday card with cash, but that's about it. My Oma (grandmother) has always been very involved. With me when was little and now with my children. She sends boxes for every holiday, calls for all holidays and birthdays, occasionally we talk to her on FaceTime. She works in a department store and when outfits she loves go on sale she buys them. I've never had to buy my girls formal dresses, because my Oma sends several a year. She knows their favorite colors and characters and does her best to visit regardless of how far away we are.
Mine... Not so much.. My kids probably see my mother 9 or 10 times in a year, but only really spends time with them 3 or 4 times a year. She only lives 15 minutes away. My kids are 10 16 and 19 and they have seen my father 3 times their entire lives, he lives in WI.
my DHs parents are more involved. They live 7 hours away, but my kids spend almost the entire summer with them every year.