I had a crazy time over the weekend. On Thursday I went to Buck’s to catch Scotty’s last ball game of the season. I took Carver and Gannon with me. The plan was to watch the game, pick up Scotty and then bring him back to my house. It was supposed to be a weekend with the big boy grandsons…it morphed into a little more.
So we didn’t get back until late…past 10 pm on Thursday night. Carver, Scotty, and Gannon all stayed overnight.
Kelli had talked about wanting to take her kids somewhere over the summer and I suggested I take the boys and meet her at the Nature Center near Elkader, Iowa. It was about an hour drive for me…a half-hour for Kelli and Kayla and Jasper joined us too. It was a little over an hour’s drive for them.
We went to the cross stitch shop in town first…but I’ll tell you about that later in the week.
The kids weren’t in the mood for pictures…I tried. This is Georgie, Scotty and Carver.
Here is Kelli with Eli and Emmett. By far, the boys were the best behaved of the bunch.
At Osborn Nature Center they had a replica of an old town complete with a caboose. The boys jumped on and let me take their pictures.
Jasper needed a little help navigating the stairs so Kayla hopped on with him.
I couldn’t decide which picture I liked better so I included this one too…
The animals that are there were somehow injured and not able to be released into the wild. There was a raccoon.
They have a bear and Gannon was not excited to see it all. In fact, I had talked about the bear before we left and he decided that he wasn’t going to get in the car and go because he knew he would be afraid of it.
I had to do some fancy talking to get him to go and then once there we had to continually point out that every animal was in a cage and couldn’t get out.
They were hosing off the bear to cool him down when we were there.
This was the red-tailed hawk.
Here is the barred owl.
The kids loved checking out the bald eagle.
They had a wolf too.
There was a cute little play area.
I tried to get the kids together for a picture…it wasn’t happening.
I took eight pictures and every single one was some version of what you see in these two pictures.
There is a building with interesting exhibits but we quickly realized that these kiddos just didn’t have the maturity for that.
In the end, after the long morning, I don’t know who was more pooped…me, Kelli, Kayla, or the kids. I look forward to trying this again sometime in the future…like 5 years from now.
That is 7 of the 9 grandkids. Lucy and Lilly were at their house…
After the nature center, we all parted ways. I took the boys back home and they had a fabulous time playing with the hose. Saturday we picked up meat from the locker and delivered it to Kelli’s house and Kalissa’s house. Kalissa and Craig took Scotty, Carver, and Gannon to fireworks on Saturday night. I stayed home. Sunday Buck came and picked up Scotty…and I had Kelli’s kiddos here because she needed childcare. By Sunday night I was ready for some downtime. I was so pooped I didn’t even fix supper. I sat down on the couch and cross-stitched.
It was a fun weekend but a long weekend…and now, I have a few days off with no kids. I love having the kids but I also love some downtime with no kids too.
I’m hoping I can get Lucy and Georgie, the “big girl grandkids” sometime this summer too. Happily, that will be much more relaxing. Those boys have a ton of energy…or maybe this grandma is just getting old.