First and foremost I want to thank the wonderful lady who watched our Little Maggie while we were gone. How lucky are we that the one and only BECKY from Sweet Cottage Dreams (I know, OMG!) is not only a close friend but loves our little Maggie to pieces!!! She and her hubby, along with Dughall took loving care of Maggie while we were gone. ("You can't put her in a kennel!! I'll take care of her!") Maggie had such fun playing Scotty games with Doogs and attempting to terrorize their cat that I am a little concerned that she'll be lonely here with just me and Sweety. Bless Maggie's little heart, though, she laid on the bed yesterday while I slept. In fact, she's supposed to be Sweety's dog but she follows me around everywhere but that's a post for another day.
Our first stop was Casa De Fruita. This complex started out one hundred ago as a produce market and has blossomed into quite a fun place to go. They have a restaurant, gift shops, a train to ride, a carousel, playground, and animals to see. It's low key, certainly no Disneyland, but the kids had such a good time there that we stayed for about three hours. Sometimes simple is good.
The world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium
Took in an Imax 3-D movie
We even saw a HUGE! DOUBLE HUGE yacht complete with a helicopter. We later found out that it now belongs to a telecommunications billionaire (with a couple B's!) who is the richest man in Mexico. Awesome!
"They have real live Mummies, Grandma!"
We got home late Thursday to rest up and do laundry. Then on Friday we drove to Sacramento and took the boys to see the Sacramento Railroad Museum. They have huge steam locomotives, rail cars, and lots of fascinating things for little boys of all ages to enjoy!
The boys' dad lives in Sacramento so he met us in Old Sacramento and took them for the weekend. Sweety and I stopped for dinner, picked up Maggie and got home late Friday night.
One thing I did in Monterey that I am so proud of is that I paralleled parked! Woo Hoo! Parking is at a premium down there and when you find it you take it! I have no depth perception because of an eye "thing" but Sweety talked me through it. I'm sure there were people wondering "why is that lady standing next to the car clapping?"
I am so blessed that we were able to do this with the boys. It was trying at times, of course. Sweety says it was like herding squirrels! But I would do it again. We're planning on taking them on an Amtrak train ride next. We also want to do individual vacations so we can devote more time to each child.
Moral of the story? If you have grand kids, become part of their lives! Do it now! You won't be sorry.
Bye! I'm going to bed.......