Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More Fun With Grandma T

Since our knowledge of Knoxville is limited, we took Grandma T to the Clark Center Beach, out in Oak Ridge. We love this little man made beach, even though the sand is quite coarse, it is still a lot of fun to play at and spend an afternoon.
The kids, Grandma T and myself made a fort, as Tyson called it. We even had a mote around the whole thing in case robbers came to over throw it. (Tyson has a good imagination)

Grandma T loved the water, it is as warm as bath water; but you have to watch out for the little fishes. They like to nibble at your legs if you stop moving in the water.Grandma T buried Tyson up to his neck in sand. We did this once on St. Maarten and it was just as funny now as it was then. Glad he is willing to do such things.
It has been so fun to have my mom here to be with and to just go places with the kids and I. I don't particularly love to do things myself, however, I have gotten used to it since I have been doing it by myself for years, but it is always nice to have someone along with you.
Vaughn has begun to be really busy at work and so he was only able to hang out with us for a short amount of time. Thanks for hanging out with us babe.
Of course we picked the hottest day of the week to take the kids to a park. That is just my luck. After we all sweat for 2 hours we decided it was time to go. Luckily I always bring plenty of water to drink during this excursions.
There was this red tube slide that the kids just loved. It was short, fast and they must have gone down it about 30 times, no joke!
The swinging queen. If there are swings at a playground, you can bet Taryn will want a turn on them.
Puddles, Puddles.......and my kids love to play in them. They will dance all around in the puddles until they are completely wet, or at least partially.We took another day and visited the World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. The kids played in the water and then we headed over to the Sun Sphere.
I had just recently found out that you could actually go up in the Sphere and see all over Knoxville. It was really cool, but the elevator ride was the most entertaining. It took the elevator about 5 minutes before it came to the ground level to let us in. There was a lady and her two kids also in the elevator with us. The elevator starts to go up but it does so in such a slow motion, and we could hear such awful scraping noises that I was a little bit nervous if we would make it. Well.....that other lady in there with us started to FREAK OUT! She started to hyperventilate and started ranting about how we were going to fall or the elevator was going to break down and we would be stuck. About this point I was ready to slap the woman and knock her back into reality, but luckily the elevator came to a stop and the doors opened. We all filed out quickly, except for the lady. When she saw how high up she was in the sphere, she again freaked out and yelled at her children to get back in the elevator. The kids protested and I was just smiling. What did she expect to see when those doors opened up? Did she not realize that she was going up, up and up into the ball? GEEZ...some people.We had a great time up in the Sun Sphere, looking out over the vast area of Knoxville and learning more about her history.
It was hard to put Grandma T on a plane back to Utah, but at least she got to stay with us for 10 whole days. We love every minute of it and cannot wait until she comes back. The kids, especially Taryn, will ask where she is and I have to remind them that she went back to Utah. They then get a little sad and say, "OH." I am glad that they love her that much!!