We have completed half of our time looking after our grandchildren Victoria and Nico. It has been lots of fun, very tiring, and occasionally requiring the patience of a saint. Perhaps the hardest part has been the need to be on a strict schedule. This is not something that we are really use to anymore. We certainly have been reminded of our childrearing years and, as I have noted before, it is a young person's job!
Much of the time has been pretty routine stuff. Feeding and changing Nico and trying to keep Victoria entertained.
There were lots of things to keep everyone busy. First it was the Halloween event at the local zoo.
Then is the visit every Thursday to the library for story time and the weekly selection of books.
There was, of course, the occasional directions to not completely clutter up their parents house.
We did a tour of the Fort Pickens historic site. We even went to our favorite fish restaurant in Pensacola Beach with their mom for lunch. It turns out that Victoria loves Grouper bites with fries.
One of the big hits was a visit to the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island.
On one slow day, Victoria and I went to Hurlburt Air Force Base and gave the outdoor aircraft display a close examination. For some reason, she was not interested in my explanations of the importance and use of each aircraft and gave each a different amount of scrutiny based on a system I failed to understand.
Finally, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, Victoria, with a little help, built her own ginger bread house.
So it has been for the last weeks!