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
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
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!