I’m in Grandma Heaven with my Exceptional Grandsons Owen and Cam. This is a rotunda in the hotel where the kids are staying. The pink marble floors of the hotel are stunning. The boys love to race around the upper level while an adult times them.
Here, they paused on the far side for a picture.
There is a Mellow Mushroom in Coral Gables so we went there for dinner. The waiting area is in a modified Volkswagen bus. We could hardly keep Cam at the table; he only wanted to sit in the bus.
Today we went to the Miami Children’s Museum. Grandma is exhausted, even with an afternoon nap.
Andy and I gave Christmas presents to the boys this morning while George and Jennifer worked out in the gym.
We stopped in a bagel shop for breakfast and sat outside to eat. Here are the Bartons watching the world go by.
Cam loves cream cheese.
A loud truck was passing by so Owen held his ears.
This is the Miami Children’s Museum
The Wicked Witch of the West went south here.
I think this was everyone’s favorite exhibit. This aquarium is an extra large computer touch screen. The fish are swimming around and if you gently touch the screen near them, they will turn around and swim the other way.
The coolest part is that we got to “make” the fish. They had little cartoon drawings on a table for the kids to color and write their names on them. Then they put the picture on a scanner. In a moment or two, the fish would drop down into the aquarium screen. This is Jennifer’s jellyfish.
I wrote “Baba” on a fish and scanned it, but when my fish dropped into the tank, my name was upside down. I re-scanned the picture, but my fish was still upside down. This was interesting. Then I realized that the scanner could tell which edge was the top of the paper. I had drawn my fish upside down, so it didn’t matter how I put it on the scanner. I drew one right-side up and it turned out fine. Owen posed in front of the aquarium with his fish picture.
The next room had a fishing boat with plastic fish to catch. Owen like catching fish.
Cam liked to drive the boat.
They were most enthusiastic over the firetruck where they donned their fireman outfits, complete with boots. Here they are waiting their turn.
There is a large screen in front of the steering wheel, showing street scenes as the firetruck drives along.
The cruise ship was also a big hit.
Again, Cam was most interested in steering. He was sounding the horn with the large button.
Own liked ringing the ship’s bell on the fore deck.
The adult children were doing the limbo.