Monday, May 30, 2011

Jurassic Forest, Alberta

For five days starting this past Saturday, Lloyd and I have been staying in daughter Amy's home taking care of their four kids while she and Curtis are enjoying R&R in Arizona.

As we guessed, the weekend was the hardest, with having to keep kids aged 8, 5, 3 and 1 busy and entertained all day for two days.  We managed by taking them to a place called "Let's Play" - a loud, busy activity center for kids, that they loved...and a couple of fast-food restaurants and a playground.  Yesterday we took them to Jurassic Forest about an hour north of town - a beautiful kid friendly place with dinosaur trails, playground, picnic area and gift shop.

Tate, Sydney, Kenzie, Aidan in front of some dinosaurs
 It as slow going, and this is why.  Tate wanted out of his stroller all the time so I had to let him do enough crawling to satisfy his need to feel independent.  Papa watched him carefully.

Lloyd and Tate
 The dinosaurs are all mechanized and are sensor activated.  Lloyd and the kids are watching a couple of long-necks being attacked by a band of smaller meat-eaters.

Lloyd, Kenzie, Syd, Aidan and Tate
 These are Kenzie's favorite dinos - the Edmontonsauraus - named after our home town, Edmonton, where bones of this dinosaur were first discovered.

Kenzie and Aidan
By the time we got back home and barbequed burgers and hotdogs for supper, the kids were all exhausted and ready to go to bed by 8:30.  Lloyd and I, exhausted as well,  didn't stay up much longer.

Things will be easier today, tomorrow and Wednesday because Kenzie is at school all day, Syd and Aidan are in school in the mornings and Tate takes two naps a day.  I think I'll live through it after all!


sara said...

Lucky kids!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day! sandie

just call me jo said...

I sure know how hard it is to tend for young ones when you're not so young any more. It took me a week to recover the last time the grand twins came to stay. Good energy being sent out to you.

Mickey said...

The kids are having so much fun they will want to have fun with Grammy & Papa they will want to do it again and again!

Mickey said...

wish I could delete and write the above properly! but you get what I was trying to say.

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

I often wonder how ever will I take care of more than one sweet grandbaby at a time!! One hour at a time I guess.....