August 16, 2023

Just My Opinion - by Mary Kilen

It’s A Wrap
It was a busy three and a half weeks at our house as each of the grandkids came to stay for about five days each. Last week, it was finally Abel’s turn to come. We planned to meet Amanda in Minot on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Because we had a couple of errands to run, we left home a little earlier. We were barely at Berthold when Amanda called to tell us Abie had gotten sick in the car. Unfortunately, it wasn’t getting better and she decided to turn around and try again on Wednesday. This did not sit well with Abie who kept asking for one more try well sobbing his heart out. He also pointed out he “had already waited so long”. We all decided to give it another try. We met in Max and Abie seemed fine. On the way back we stopped and bought new books and a toy and let me tell you he was definitely fine. It must’ve been a touch of car sickness.
Wednesday was a workday at least for part of the day. Abie came up and had massages in the chair and got his first Whirla Whip of the week. He picked dill pickle and enjoyed it. One of the teachers at his school apparently owes him $5 for trying it and can’t wait to hear what he thought about it. He also got in a motorcycle ride with Dale.
On Thursday, I put in a couple of hours before we headed to Minot. This was Abie’s treat day. We had lunch at his choice KFC and then went to the Discover Center. I cannot say enough about how wonderful our time was there. The multiple stories feature so many different activities designed to engage kids’ creativity and deductive skills. We spent two hours in there and it felt like minutes. If you have kids and haven’t been there yet, I would highly recommend this as a day trip!
We went to the mall, had a snack and then spent some time at the arcade. After supper we had to go buy some treats for Buddy before heading home.
On Friday I tried to get some work done, but I was out of the office more than in doing a couple of interviews. Abie came up and had his second Whirla Whip of the week.
Saturday was an outdoor day for us. Abie spent lots of time on his bike over the course of the week, but he was on it so many times on Saturday. We went to the park. We took Buddy for a walk. Abie also returned to the pool in the backyard. He enjoyed that multiple times during the week. We wrapped up Saturday with supper in Palermo with Don and Connie.
After we got home, we watched some more episodes of Duck Tales before time for a story and bed. That’s part of our nightly tradition as well. Unfortunately, Abie had a little home sickness that night, but we got it under control after talking to Mommy and he sacked out for the night.
Sunday was time to head home for the little guy. He got up at 6:30 a.m., his usual time. We took it easy for a while and watched some more Duck Tales before packing his suitcase. As usual, he went home with more than he came with. It wouldn’t be a trip to Nana and Papa’s without taking home a few extra things!
We met Amanda and Jozie in Minot for lunch and then he headed home.

We got back home and I tackled some of the work that had been waiting for me. I really just wanted to take a nap. Six-year-olds have a lot of energy. They also want you to take part in what they’re doing.
Buddy was laying in the middle of the floor, alternating between being tired and glaring at us for letting Abie go home. I’m not sure, but I think he’s waiting for one of them to come back again.
We had a great time the past few weeks with each of the kids. We spent time giving them all their own time with us making memories. It’s awfully quiet at the house right now. I’m pretty sure I’ll get it all back in a pile soon, but if I seem a little scattered for a few days, just remember I’m a tired Nana who wouldn’t change any of it for the world.