My three great-granddaughters are staying with me this week. We went to my grandson's basketball game and this was a totally new experience for the girls. Afterward, we took some pictures of the cool girls and the wet and shiny BB player.
Yesterday we went over to a nearby school that has an excellent sliding hill. The girls had a grand time sledding. When we got done, we headed back home to find that the power had gone out in the whole area. Since my place is totally electric, that means no heat, no lights and no cooking. We got out the candles and lit up the place but it was really nerve-wracking having all those fire sources around!
By suppertime, it was getting cold in the house and the girls were hungry. So, much as I loathe MacDonalds, I took them over there for an evening at the PlayPlace. We stayed until 9:00! This was not a good evening for me. I ate a lukewarm, soggy fish sandwich and listened to screaming kids for over two hours.
Adding to the general frustration was a man who was there with two women, a pair of toddlers and a baby. While all the other parents sat back and let the kids have fun, this guy was jumping up every 15 minutes and yelling very loudly at the two toddlers up in the "habitrail" for no reason. He was shabbily dressed and held up his droopy pants by the crotch to keep them from falling off. The two women ignored the kids. At one point, the guy decided he had to find the one of the kids and proceeded to climb up inside the trail where all the little kids were!
I was upset about this wildly inappropriate behavior but none of the other adults seemed to object. A few moments later, he emerged at the other end with the child. He took the little boy back to the table, set him down and the kid ran right back and went up in the trail again! This erratic behavior occurred a number of times over the evening.
Moral of the story: NEVER AGAIN will I take kids to that place!
Anyway, when we got home the lights and heat were back on. The girls were tired and went right to sleep when I put them to bed.