|Actually, her birthday was on Friday March30, but she has been celebrating just about all week. I went out on Wednesday and stayed the night and gave her my gifts that evening....Sponge Bob Legos and a large storage box to store all of her Legos in. I also picked up an umbrella on sale at Gap Kids for $10.00. It was her favorite gift. It is always the less expensive gift or the box that the expensive gift came in that they love...when will we learn??? I ended up staying Thursday night thru dinner when her other grandparents gave her their gifts...more Legos. She loved them all.
I went home on Thursday so I could go to the gym on Friday. I signed up to walk in a 5K at Layne's school to benefit "Girls on the Run", so I am in training. Layne will run the 5K, but I don't think I am up for that just yet.
I really enjoy my workouts. The day always seems to go a little better after I work out.
Friday afternoon, I went with matt and Leslie and the girls to the Lake of the Ozarks. Norm and Jean have a "fishing house" as the girls like to call it. It has a magnificent lake view on a wooded lot with a large dogwood that was flowering right next to their deck. It was a great week end and we all enjoyed ourselves very much. The girls stayed busy fishing from the dock and also went out with Mom and Dad on the fishing boat. We also went out on Norm and Jean's pontoon boat. It was very relaxing, but I don't think Abby was quiet for more than 2 minutes all weekend. I remember several years ago when Elgin and I kept Abby one afternoon. Elgin was driving then and we were on our way somewhere, I can't remember where, but we were not sure of the directions and Elgin was trying to listen to the GPS. And of course, Abby was talking non stop and Elgin had asked her several times to please be quiet...but it was not happening. So, he told her if she would not talk for 5 minutes , he would give her $20.00. She was so very excited, but wanted to establish all the ground rules...you know...like "if you cough, does that count? and when does the 5 minutes start? and just when would she get the $20.00? and so forth and so on. I don't think he got his 5 minutes and I don't think she got her $20.00.
I am back in Kirkwood tonight. I am working out tomorrow morning and then Jack and I are setting up the booth at the Antique mall. We have some shelves to put together and a lot of stuff to load up. It is probably going to take us a couple if days. Then we will go weekly and check on the inventory and restock as needed. We have a lot at Matt and Leslie's and we will also shop tag sales,auctions, etc. I am looking forward to it.
I also went to a grief support group this week at the Presbyterian Church. It was a small group and they only meet monthly, but I am glad that I went. It is also grief counseling.One of the things I learned is that there are no limitations on grieving. I can take as long as I need and I don't need to feel guilty about the bad days. It is better most days, but then I might have a day that I feel like is day one all over again. It sometimes feels so unreal...like I will wake up and it is all a bad dream.
The girls miss him too. They talk about him anytime we are together. Abby was making wishes and blowing on the dandelion weed heads this weekend and then breaking the stems into pieces and throwing it up to God so he would grant her wishes. She wished that her PaPa could come back to us and not have alzheimers anymore. She also wished that she could catch a duck off the lake...and that did not happen either.
I love my granddaughters so very much.