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Monday, November 16, 2009

Proud Nana Alert

The GrandBabies were here for the weekend while The Parental Units went to a Devil's game.

It was Absolute Bliss!

We made cupcakes. From scratch. 

Chocolate with Butter Creme frosting.

Sprinkled with crushed peppermint candy.  Ms. Abby can wield a mean hammer while crushing the candy.

Topped with homemade white chocolate bark with crushed peppermint candy.   Yum.  Yum.

In between, we told stories and laughed and giggled.

Then, it was off to the Toy Store to get some ideas for Christmas, followed by dinner at Friendly's.  (Ya gotta love the 'color your own place mats' to keep your mind off a growling tummy).

Mackie had a 'build your own Sundae' for dessert.  Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream with Hot Fudge Sauce, M&M's, and Sprinkles.

Then it was 'home again, home again, jiggidy-jig.

'Tubby Time' is always Fun.

We've had some of the tubby toys since Ms. Mackie was a small child.

They especially love the little rubber fish, but can be just as easily entertained with cups of water and bubbles.

If you haven't had enough sweetness, here's two stories: 

Abby called for me from the bathroom.  It sounded urgent. 

When I got to the bathroom, Ms. Abby had a special request. 

"I need you to wipe my bottom," she said.

I said, "I need you to wipe my bottom, please Nana." (Grandmothers are ruthless when it comes to teaching good manners.  You have to be. It's in the Grandmother's Handbook.  I checked.)

She sighed and dutifully said, "I need you to wipe my bottom, please Nana."

 "Why?" I asked, "Can't you do it yourself?"

"Yes," she said, "But, well, my poop is too stinky."

Hey, can't blame a body for trying, right?  I mean, from time to time, who doesn't want or need that, really?

As we were waiting for their parents to come fetch them on Sunday afternoon, Mackie announced, "You are the BEST grandmothers. Ever." 

And Abbi said, "Yea-ya!"

And then Abbi said, apropos of absolutely nothing (or perhaps because she was thinking that after they left, we'd be very sad), "I don't ever want you to be alone."

I said, "Why would I ever be alone?" And she said, her eyes sparkling, "You won't. You will always have me. And Tenna (her sister). And, Mommy and Daddy. And Dakota (their dog)."

Mackie nodded her head wisely and said, "And, Clara!" (her pet bunny - well, it wasn't 'Clara' after she got him for Christmas last year that the Vet told her that the bunny is really 'Clarence'). 

The sincerity in their little faces brought tears to my eyes. 

What joy!  What bliss!  I am absolutely stupid in love with these two.

Can you tell?


johnieb said...

"Enough sweetness"?!! From these two? Ha!

suzanne said...

Out of the mouth's of babes. They are so cute.

June Butler said...

Oh my, how lovely. If Padre Mickey can do it, why can't you, Elizabeth? All three of you are beautiful, but I give the little girls the edge. Forgive me! They are adorable. It sounds like a fun day.

And you wiped Ms. Abby's bottom after all.

Padre Mickey said...

What a fun evening!

Mark Harris said...

You always look wonderful, kid, but with those wee ones, you are absolutely positively wonderfully beautiful.

quiet admirer.

Brad Evans said...

Thank you for sharing the poop part.
Whenever I think of religion, I think of it.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Thanks for indulging me with your kind comments.

Yes, Mimi, I did wipe Ms. Abby's bottom. It's what Nana's do. And the correlation between that and religion, Brad, are profound. Thanks for the chuckle.

Padre, if you can do it, I can do it too. Ain't grandbabies wonderful?

Mark - Ah, you know you have had my heart since the first time I laid eyes on you. The 'glow' you see is probably all the sugar from the cupcakes. Then again, it just may be the 'stupid love' of a Nana for her GrandBeauties. I adore you.

emmy said...

Look at all that hair Abby has!! When did that happen??