An advantage to being a teacher is the 10 week break we get at the end of the school year [ I don't call it a "vacation" because we aren't paid during that time]. That means time with the grandkids. This year we've spent several days at Adventure Island, the water park across from Busch Gardens in Tampa. Usually my son goes with us, but we did venture out one day without him.
This seems to be the boys' favorite activity (besides trying to drown each other). Jumping from lily pad to lilypad. This is "Tater".
Tater is also the only grandkid brave enough to jump off the high cliff. Well, Fearless wants to but I won't let him unless a parent is there.
Here's Boppa and Tater (he's the one upside down). The lagoon pools are great for swimming because a large part of the pool is shallow enough for them to stand.
Here's the youngest grandson taking one of the big people's slides. He's pretty fearless.
This is my son with his three.
Before we go off for the day, we spray well with sunscreen.
JT is always there to help. This is in the wave pool.
JT again. The first time we brought him here, he refused to go down the slide by himself and he wore his life jacket. Now he'll go down on his own without a jacket.
"Fearless" jumps off the low cliff.
JT jumps off the low cliff, too. This is the first day I'd let them try it.
Boppa walks the boys through the Lazy River. They like to hit the jets on the side which pushes them quickly through (and sometimes puts them under).
Here's Uncle Bumbo at his favorite spot -- which we call Big Bucket. Tater and JT are there with him, but who knows where Fearless went?
After one of our visits, we hit Mel's Hot Dogs in Tampa.
See, JT even helps Fearless while sleeping.
This is our usual lunch -- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
JT surprised us all by eating a barbecue chicken wing.
The girls had a sleepover. This was Cupcake's first sleepover with her older girl cousins. She was so excited.
First we have makeovers.
She got a little carried away with the lipstick.
Next come the pedicures.
I popped in to take this photo after lights out. Look who's still wide awake!
The next morning, we hit the beach. Here are two water babies.
Building a sand castle is a must.
"Rolling in the deep" is what this is called.
Diddles caught a baby angelfish. We let it go a few minutes later.
After the beach, we headed home all smiles. Well, maybe not Cupcake.
One day we took four of them to the beach. It was a perfect day! Warm but a nice breeze and the water was just right.
Tater has swim gloves that look like shark fins.
They're trying to figure out how to use a snorkel.
Digging a hole ... because ...
Of course, if the girls have a sleepover, the boys have to have one, too.
This was supposed to be their "normal" faces.
We made two videos of them dancing. Here they are watching them.
Another project we had was to plant a butterfly garden. Here's Diddles watering our finished garden.
A week later we find Cupcake helping to water the plants.
Boppa and I have four days to get ready for our annual Beach Week. That's always fun (and a little exhausting) but as the grandkids get older, it gets easier. Making memories along the way.