Monday, August 30, 2010

Down To The Wire Now

When they start coming in groups I’m really surprised!  I noticed 3 new “Followers” in the past couple of days.  So welcome aboard to Mike Mills, Olena Spicer and Gizmojo. THANK YOU very much for spending some of your time reading about our RV adventures!  I really appreciate it.

We’re getting down to the wire on this babysitting job now.  One more day!  It’s been so much fun….but very tiring for us old folks.  Yesterday we didn’t babysit since it was Sunday, but that was the day Bruce and I planned the small family birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese for Mackenzie. 


Being almost 9 years old (on Wednesday) Mackenzie is probably a little big for a Chuck E. Cheese bash, but it was only family and the girls love to go there.  And it kept any mess out of the house and we didn’t have to clean up.  I have to say, too, that the 6 adults that were there played some of the arcade games themselves and had a pretty good time.  (just don’t tell anyone I mentioned that)  We ordered pizza and soft drinks for dinner. 

                                                       Mackenzie lost no time in getting to a slice of pizza.DSCF6343 

The special birthday guest of honor gets to enter the Ticket Blaster.  They have 30 seconds to grab all of the tickets they can.  Those tickets can be used to redeem for gifts and prizes at the counter. 

                                            Mackenzie dons the protective goggles.DSCF6346

After she got inside the Ticket Blaster, Mackenzie got ready to start grabbing.  You can grab all the tickets you want in the air or that stick to your body, but you cannot pick any up off the floor.  The red tickets have higher point values, up to 200 on each ticket.

                                            She grabbed tickets that totaled over 650 in points.DSCF6348

We opened gifts and had birthday cupcakes and then it was time to go.  The girls redeemed all of their tickets (4,200 worth) and got some nice stuff at the prize counter this time.  We had a nice time getting together with the family and Zoey has already suggested we do the same thing for her birthday in March.  How could we say no?

Today we brought the girls over to the motorhome after breakfast.  It was the day we were going to finish up their summer photo albums.  Whew!  What a project that turned out to be.  It was a great opportunity for the girls to learn some beginning lessons in scrapbooking and they enjoyed it.  It was just a little back-breaking for me….but I got through it!  They now have perfect keepsakes of their summer spent with Grandma and Papa.

                                                     Zoey was proud of her work.DSCF6377-1

                                                     Mackenzie wants to work on more albums now.DSCF6380

Tomorrow is our final babysitting day and we told the girls we’d take them out for lunch any place they want to go.  They chose Brewery City Pizza (didn’t they just have pizza?) so we’ll go there.  Bruce and I can get a salad and lay off the pizza for now.  After stepping on the scale this morning, I’d say that is a good idea.

Wednesday will be spent doing some much needed house cleaning.  Almost ready for “blast off” now.  Thanks for hanging in there this summer when most of the blog posts were about the Grands and family.  I appreciate it, and all of the supportive comments too.

Until next time….so long for now!


Jessica said...

Have a great time on your last day of babysitting! :) Soon you will be hitting the road and having a great time traveling!!

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

You are such a brave woman...Chuck E Cheese's...WOW! Good to hear you all made it through that and are still sane!

Enjoy your last day of babysitting the grands this time around!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

That brings back memories, we have not been to a Chuck E Cheeses in a very long time.

MargieAnne said...

I've loved every minute of your grandchildren.
It's been a privilege to share them with you. You also took us some interesting places in your area. Csan't wait to see them for myself.

It'll be very strange for a while as you get used to being 'just the two of you' again.

Hope you've planned somewhere close for a rest before you hit the road in earnest.

Have a wonderful final day with the girls tomorrow.

Gypsy said...

It will be a bittersweet moment when you take off. I can't wait to go, but shed a little tear when I think about it.

Dennis and Donna said...

Chuckie Cheese scares ME!! Have a good trip!

Judy and Emma said...

It's been quite a summer hasn't it? You're due for a little R and R! I'm sure the girls will keep those books forever! :)

Hey, my word verification is appropriate!

Carol K said...

Happy early ninth birthday to Mackenzie! I hope both girls have a wonderful school year.

Do you have a lot of preparations to make in order to get ready for your next destination? To me that would be one of the advantages of full-timing, in that you always have everything already packed.

Rick and Paulette said...

It seems pizza has become the food of choice these days over hamburgers for kids.

I've really enjoyed reading about all your adventures and outings with the Grands this summer - it's been great! Well done!

Now, take a deep breath, get a good night's sleep and soon you'll be on your way with many wonderful memories of a summer to remember!

Wild Blue Yonder said...

I can't wait to hear about your travels again, but I know you had a good summer bonding with the Grands :)


Sue and Doug said...

what great scrapbooks the girls did!!!..cheers to you and Bruce for being such great deserve some time off now!!!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Never tire of the Grandkid posts, some of lifes greatest memories are made with Grandchildren. Have fun on you upcoming trip. Be safe out there. Sam &Donna.

Gail Durham said...

Those scrapbooks are great, what a great idea. I'm sure they will cherish them forever!

Freely Living Life said...

You both are such fun and wonderful Grandparents! It's so important to bond and make special memories for these children to cherish for years to come. The scrapbooks are a special keepsake for these girls to be able to take a peek at anytime they want and relive the fun they had with Grandma and Grandpa. They are going to miss you and I'm sure you will miss them. But you'll see them again soon enough. Now it's time for YOU! =) Enjoy the remainder of the time with your beautiful Grands. Thanks for sharing your summer with us!

Happytrails said...

Mike and I have enjoyed every post you have written in regards to your "grands." You and Bruce have done an incredible job making this summer fun, learning and memorable for Zoey and McKenzie. They will remember their summer with you guys forever.
Love the scrapbooks. They turned out great and will be a great memory of their time with you all.

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Karen and Al said...

The scrapbooks will make a nice keepsake for the girls and I'm sure they will treasure them always.

Chuck-e Cheese sounded kinda fun.

John and Carol said...

I heard once if you are thinking about having another child, to go to Chuck E Cheese. It is great birth control. :) Just kidding!

It looks like you are making wonderful memories for your grandchildren. The scrap books look really great.

Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your well deserved time off.

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

What a great idea on the scrapbooks something they will always remember.

pidge said...

A birthday to remember. What great memories you have made for your Grand kids. Great job Margie and Bruce.

K and D in the RV said...

your posts of the Grand Summer were wonderful - and the photo albums are a great keepsake for the girls and yourselves..." remember when we did this Grandma?"