Today ended a 10-day stretch of babysitting. That included our camping weekend, which was our choice. We get a 2-day rest and then we are on the job for Sunday and Monday. After Monday we get our “vacation leave” for about 2 weeks. We will definitely need to recharge our batteries.
Today we took the girls over to Olympia for lunch and games at…………………
Chuck E. Cheese. The girls love to go there, of course, and we oblige them from time to time. Besides that, Uncle Dennis works there and gets us some discounts. Our son, Dennis, is manager at Chuck E. Cheese and even though it was his day off he met us over there to play the games with the girls. They LOVED IT that he came to be with them. When we first got there Mackenzie and Zoey went to the prize counter to see how many tickets they would need to trade in for merchandise.
To get the best stuff they will need about 6,000 tickets. OK…not going to happen in one day. So a lesson in patience is underway. We ordered a large cheese pizza for the girls and Uncle Dennis while Bruce and I got the salad bar. I waited for our food and the girls went off to play some of the games, which are only 1 token each. We had coupons and got about 280 tokens, plus the food, for $39.00.
Mackenzie tried her luck with this Checkpoint Rally game.Zoey tries hard at the Skee Ball game.
Zoey asked Uncle Dennis to get into the giant rocking horse motion ride….and he did! I was surprised he did that but he often indulges his nieces with stuff like that.
Our food soon arrived and the gang had to stop all the kid stuff to come and eat. The pizza is good and the salad bar is even better. Fresh ingredients and a nice selection of cold items to choose from. Zoey tends to be a picky eater and I told her if she didn’t eat one piece of pizza she wouldn’t get dessert. She quickly sat down and ate. At this point I didn’t even know if they had dessert at Chuck E’s. Later I asked Dennis if they had dessert there and he said there was a cinnamon stick thing we could order for only $3.00 and it would serve all of us with a small helping. Great, that was all we needed anyway. It came in the shape of a small pizza and was cut into 16 small wedges. It was time for more game playing now while I wandered around taking photos of the whole thing.
Papa helps Mackenzie win some tickets.
Papa loved playing the Basketball game for the girls.
Uncle Dennis is good at the games and he played several of them with the girls and scored lots of tickets for them. The employees here at Chuck E.’s are able to play an occasional game with the guests and hand over the tickets to them. Customer relations. Since this was Uncle’s day off he could play lots of games with the girls.
By the time we were ready to leave today, the girls had amassed over 950 tickets between them. Add that to the 500 tickets they have at home and we’ll let them redeem the tickets after our next visit. We’ll probably take them once in August while we are still babysitting. It was a good day and by the time we were ready to leave, Mommy was home. We dropped them off and came on back to the motorhome.
We have a busy couple of days ahead getting caught up on grocery shopping, laundry and house cleaning. While we are on a little “leave time” we are planning a short trip to Soda Springs, Idaho to visit my aunt and uncle. We will be leaving Tumwater on Tuesday. We’re leaving the RV at the park and just driving the car over. We can stay at Aunt Anne’s house so there is no point in hauling our entire household with us this time. It isn’t much time, but it gets us out of here for a few days (and we get a lot of peace and quiet).