Friday, July 18, 2014

Promise to our Grandkids


When we first purchased our coach a year ago we made a promise to two of our grandkids, Kylie and Clayton,  that one day they would get to take a trip with us.  With Fred in chemo and us having to stay in the area for a while we took this as a chance to take them on the “adventure” that they wanted to have.  I think it was as  exciting for us as it was for them to get the chance. 

First we had to find a place that was a day trip to take them where they could have fun and get the experience.  They love the water and swim like fishes so our first thought was to go to the beach in Galveston, but we just don’t really like Galveston that much.  After you go to other beaches and see the clear, clean blue water you just aren’t as excited about Galveston that much.  In talking with people here at the park we were told of Jamaica Beach RV Park in Jamaica Beach just west of Galveston.  Checking out the park we decided it was a place they could enjoy.  Check it out for yourself.

They came out the night before and we filled them in on all that needed to get done before we could travel and told them that they had to help.  Clayton was to help Papaw with the outside things and Kylie has to help Memaw with securing things inside.  I don’t know if they slept that night or not as they were bouncing off the sides of the coach all night. 

They were up at sunrise and were wanting to go.  Check in was not until 11 so we had to take our time as the trip was only a couple of hours 10438922_10204219361107997_7421637147670227055_n[1]at the most.  They both wanted to ride in the “co-pilot” seat but there is only room for one so we did paper, rock, scissors.  Kylie won the trip there and Clayton won the trip back.  But, of course, we did have the seats set up so I could ride up there if  need be, and they had to try that out also but went back to be “co-pilot” as “it is more fun”. IMG_3183

We finally got there and  I could not keep them in the coach as Papaw got us checked in; IMG_3192to the shark and to the playground.  Fred and I got checked in, setup and just let them play.DSCN6450








After lunch the pool and playingIMG_3201 water basketball with the other kids:






Then the splash pad:

One otheIMG_3204r nice perk about the perk is that they have outside movies each night – Disney movies, so it is family friendly.  You go to the office and get a bag of popcorn, bring your chair and sit back and enjoy the movie.  They hardly eat dinner that night as they were ready to go and just could not understand why they had to wait for the sun go down .  We took them down and they played tetherball while we waited for it to get started.   

Finally theIMG_3209 movie but they were so tired they did not last.  Kylie’s head was bobbling  and she finallyIMG_3211 came to me about 30 minutes into the movie and wanted to go home.  It was so much fun watching them have so much fun for their first day.  Honestly Memaw and Papaw were very tired ourselves.

The next morning they were ready to go again and they wanted to go to the beach.  The park sits across the street from the gulf so we packed up drinks, snacks, towels, etc., gave the “grandparent” lecture about walking across the street and playing safe in the gulf and took off.  Clayton and Kylie, both started on the way walking over there talking about sharks and sharks in the water – they actual wanted to see one – well at least Kylie did.  She knows no fear!!  When we got to the beach as far as the eye could see was nothing but seaweed.  Kylie started to get upset as she wanted to “go to the beach!!”  I explained to her we were at the beach it was just that the water had a lot of seaweed in it.  We had a discussion of what seaweed was and she said ‘ok it is just a plant and it WILL NOT keep me from having fun”.  She told Papaw to hold her hand and off she started through the seaweed into the water.  She came back and told Clayton it would not hurt him so they took off together to go play in the water seaweed and all.  They had so much fun jumping into the waves and riding with them that we just let them go.  Seaweed was not going to hurt them and there was “no sharks around here cuz they eat fish not seaweed” as was pointed out to us by Kylie.   Oh to be young again!!

Back to the coach for lunch and then to the pool, spDSCN6453lash pad, and playground again.  We were so fortunate as the site we had we could just sit in the coach and watch out the window while they were at the splash pad and playground.  We could not have asked for a better place.  Across from us was a wide open pasture that was also a great view.  Of course they enjoyed going and seeing the horses and petting them!!








That afternoon once it cooled off some we all headed to the mini golf park.  What fun and exciting to explore.  The thing that excited them the most was the land turtle.

What a great time we had with them and one I think we will remember and I do believe they will also.  The next day after a wonderful breakfast provided by the park, we headed back to our home base and they both were asleep before we got to far down the road.  I think they were worn out – well at least until we got back to Advanced.  Off the the playground and pool here they went.  They even got Papaw to go to the clubhouse and play checkers and chest with them.  Mom was here the next day and they went home – it was so quiet; we missed them but it was nice to get back our regular routine also.  Memories were created!!!  Promise #1 fullfilled.