Chris drove Sarah and GiGi to Progresso, Mexico, to see our oral surgeon friend, Dr. Manuel Basan. Sarah needed some dental work and the quotes for that work in the Waco area were frightening. Chris told her that Dr. Basan was an excellent Dentist and his prices were very reasonable. She wanted to check it out. Sandy, of course had school . . . so I got to keep Ali and Abi.
Everyone left the house early and I let the girls sleep late while I took care of a few business matters. When they woke and came down stairs they both crawled up in my lap to cuddle for a bit . . . and they are both cuddlers. I love that sweet time . . . they are so gentle with each other, with themselves, and with me. After a bit, Ali asked if she could have a bowl of cereal. Abi wanted a bowl, too. So, that broke up that part of the party.
After breakfast, I told them to get dressed for the day as we had some errands to run. Our first stop was Prosperity Bank to pick up a supply of Mid-Coast check stock, which required that we go into the lobby of the bank. The ladies in the bank had been doing some fall decorating (both Halloween and Thanksgiving) . . . which included several small buckets of candy. The girls were quite interested in those . . . and hey, there wasn’t a responsible adult around to object . . . there was just a Pappy who is inclined to spoil them. As I took care of my business with the bank teller, my friends Ann Robbins (President) and Kathy Smith (Vice President), came out of their offices and visited with the girls. Mrs. Robbins brought out a bucket filled with small suckers—of every kind. As I finished my business and turned around, Mrs. Robbins was sitting in a lobby chair with Abi on her knee . . . both girls had a handful of suckers for the road! As we went back to the car, they both talked about how nice the ladies in the bank were. I told them, “They are our friends, I am glad you like them, too.”
After a few more errands, I called Nana and told her that we would bring her an iced coffee from McDonald’s (she is addicted) . . . if she would walk out to the parking area to collect it. She said, “If y’all will be here at 2:01 pm I can do that. The break between periods is from 2:01 to 2:06.” We assured her we would be there. We were talking via Blue Tooth in the car . . . meaning over the radio speaker system. It was cute that the girls in their car safety seats in the 2nd and 3rd rows could hear Nana perfectly clear and thought she could hear them as they called out to her. Of course, she could not hear their sweet little voices as the microphone is above the steering wheel, but they just talked up a storm anyway.
After delivering coffee to Nana, we drove over to the community pool and the girls played on the playground for a bit. It is mid-October, but the temp was 91. After a while, Abi called out, “Hey, I have a great idea . . . let’s go to Sonic and get a slush and then go home and get in the pool!” Ali and I agreed that was, indeed, a good idea, and it was exactly what we did. This time of the year entering the unheated pool is a slower process . . . but after a few minutes of adjustment, everything was back to normal . . . and fun. The girls laughed, splashed about, squealed with delight, and did a series of running and jumping into the pool with shouts of “Geronimo,” “Cannonball,” or “Remember the Alamo!” They, of course, had to incorporate some of their dance class routine and wanted me to serve as their announcer/barker with introduction of, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please make welcome the lovely sisters, Ali and Abi, as they dazzle you with their amazing footwork” (of course, there was an imaginary crowd there to be entertained). Later, I told the girls that I need to get out of the pool and water some plants as it didn’t look as if Mark was coming to do his chores. They got out too and entertained themselves (and me) by trying to catch a few frogs, with Abi faithfully telling her big sister, “We can’t eat them frogs, Ali, they will make us too jumpy!” After they tired of frog-catching, Ali got a pool net and tried her hand at catching a butterfly.
We then dried and changed back into our street clothes. We had made a date with Nana to go on a picnic at the beach. When Nana arrived home, she informed us that her school was having the Home-coming bonfire on the beach at 7:00 pm. We went and got our supplies and drove to the beach. It was a perfect day for such an outing. As we finished up our meal, the big fire trucks rumbled by and Abi was thrilled. She insisted that she wanted to go to the bonfire, so of course we drove over to the large pile of wood. Abi is like her Nana . . . no way either one could just sit in the car and watch . . . They got out of the car and marched up to the front . . . as close as the public was allowed. An hour later, they returned, excited and jabbering about the experience.
After we got home, Chris, Sarah, and GiGi returned from Mexico, with a watermelon. Abi grabbed it and said, “I really like this pumpkin.” Nana started giggling, so Abi said, “Well, that’s what I call it, Nana.” Nana asked, “But what is it really?” Abi said, “Ah, a pumpkin?”
I know everyone in the family adores and enjoys the girls, and I really like that, but I really enjoy just getting to have them sometime all by myself. What sweet, fun, and funny little girls! I really like this Pappy thing.