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Making our way through the snow to get to the ice. 
Mar. 5, 2012 1:18 pm 
Updated: Mar. 7, 2012 6:36 pm

I wish I could say this outing with the grand daughters went beautifully but that is not exactly what happened. I bought the tickets a week ahead of time, ok, that went well except the “deal” I thought I was getting didn’t happen and I had to pay 2 times the price I thought I would have to. Ok, me, grandpa, and both grand daughters would now go, not the parents. Ok, I made up some “goodie” bags to give to daughters after we went out to dinner with them. I put in Disney items, Princess items and snacks. So to start we told them that we were going to take them to dinner, not mamas and papas, just us. It was snowing so much, I mean, there were snow storm warnings out not to travel unless necessary. We decided to try to get there, it is about an hour away. Told the girls we might do something else if the weather wasn’t too bad. Now they got excited. We stopped at the A&W and got them their favorite foods and gave them the bags and they tried to figure out where we were going. They said “Disney World” but we told them no right away so they didn’t get their hopes up too high. Explained about the Disney on Ice as best as we could and we started off.  I bought a travel game of Connect Four, so for a while the girls were fine and had fun. Well, the GPS is out of date so hubby said to just print the instructions on how to get to the Arena from Mapquest. OK, but to tell you the truth, without the GPS, I knew we would never make it. Snow was so hard coming down that we couldn’t even see the signs for the turnoffs so of course we missed the first one and it was downhill from there. Stopped at 3 gas stations for instructions, also stopped 2 people in the street and had someone “Google” the instructions and print them for us from a different arena that we found. Girls fell asleep sometime during this trip, thank goodness because the words me and hubby were exchanging weren’t for their ears.  Guess what! We found it by mistake! Downtown Milwaukee on a snowy friday night. Got there just at intermission, and again, luck wasn’t with us, hubby had to park 3 blocks away and spent more money to pay for the parking. So, we got in, got help finding our seats and guess what, some other family was sitting there and the usher had to kick them out so we could sit. Got to sit down and take a breath, and with the last of our money, got 1 soda, 1 bottle of water and 1 box of popcorn ($14.00). Show was wonderful and tried to take pics, however my camera battery decided to die. Ok, my cell phone camera isn’t good but thought I could at least take pics of the girls in the arena at the end of program, but, guess what, cell phone battery went dead.  Of course the snow stopped during performance and we made it home in about an hour, not the 2 ½ hours it took to get there. So, what do you think the girls will remember from this experience? I hope something good. We talked about the show on the way home, to try to implant those good things, instead of the problems.

Mar. 5, 2012 2:46 pm
They will remember this and cherish it forever. I can remember similar situations maybe not as intense but never the less memories of time together are forever.
Mar. 5, 2012 2:48 pm
Girls are age 7 + 8 and I am always asking if they remember "something" that we did, maybe a year ago and sometimes they remember, sometimes not, so I think also talking about it in a good way will help them to remember the good times.
Mar. 5, 2012 2:54 pm
So glad you made it! I am sure they will remember a great time with their grandparents! I am directionally challenged, too! I hate it! :)
Mar. 5, 2012 3:07 pm
If they are like I was, I'll always remember the things that went with the event. My g-grandmother took me out to a theater in the round, to a musical. I was nine when that happened. It was a special night!
Mar. 5, 2012 3:12 pm
I hope you are not too disappointed - someday you will laugh about this. And that concession cost is nuts!!!
Mar. 5, 2012 3:16 pm
Directionally challenged is an understatement! While we were there the girls and I chatted about how beautiful all the performers were and how nice the set was, and about the colors they changed on the ice, I tried not to say anything negative in front of the girls. I am just sad that I didn't have enough money to give them a momento from the place, just what I bought in their goody bag. But, really, the least expensive thing there that they were selling was a $10.00 "guide book" and you had to have cash, which we ran out of. When we had to drop off the one grand daughter with her dad, she gave Papa a big hug and said thank you. For her, that is a milestone, she tends to be selfish and not use manners. I think it was a success.
Mar. 5, 2012 5:36 pm
I knew a family that went years ago and the cool stuff they bought the kids ended up in their garage sale. It wasn't what you did but that you spent time with your grandkids. That is priceless :)
Mar. 5, 2012 6:20 pm
Ibbz, you and your husband are so wonderful to take your grandkids to such a wonderful outing. The hug from your granddaughter tells you plenty. It is an experience they won't soon forget.
Mar. 5, 2012 8:14 pm
ibbz, I'm sure they will remember their adventure with the two of you. And driving in Milwaukee in such weather? What bravery! My DH almost had a cow driving in Milwaukee in good weather. I believe that was when I determined that DH should no longer drive in heavily populated places, LOL. Very colorful language, if you get my drift.
Mar. 6, 2012 10:40 am
That was an adventrue! Ahhhh, winter...just daring us to make plans! What they'll remember is the adventure and how hard you tried to make it such a special day and it was. LOL, btw, you sound like you have my kinda luck. Mr. Murphy and I are so well acquainted!!
Mar. 6, 2012 10:54 am
Don't regret not having the money for the junk they sell at the concessions. You gave them something so much more valuable - your time and attention! They will remember that night years from now(warts and all) as a great time.
Mar. 6, 2012 11:15 am
Just last night I found a monkey cup in the cabinet. It was our grandsons when he was about 3 or 4. He got it when his dad took him to Ringling/barnum and bailey circus. A snow cone came in the cup. Our grandson is having his 21st birthay later this month. I remember our son on there arrival home that night saying the snow cone was $10.00. Probably more than that now? My great grandaughter enjoyed drinking her dinner drink in it last night.
Mar. 7, 2012 6:11 pm
I just turned 40 and I still remember my 10th birthday when my grandma took me to the ice capades.
Mar. 7, 2012 6:36 pm
I remember when one of my foster parents let me go with a friend of mine, one and only time I think I ever got to go anywhere without having to watch one brother or another. I still remember it as a good experience and wanted my grand girls to have a nice experience.
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My name is Deborah, please call me Debbie. I've been married for over 36 years to the same man. We have 2 children (girl and boy) and 2 grand daughters, one from each child. At the moment we have a gecko and a cat as housemates.
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I tried making "meat muffins" and the fat from the ground pork overflowed the muffin tin, dripped on stove and caught fire, which in turn caught the meat on fire, which in turn caught the towel that I was holding while trying to get the pan out of the oven on fire, which in turn caught my pants on fire when I dropped it, which in turn burned my hand and arm when I tried to retrieve it, then I had to pay the landlord extra for the burned spot on the tile in the kitchen. I don't make meat muffins any more.
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