Bikini season

The South Texas heat is already doing me in! Our oldest grandchild (also oldest granddaughter), Tal, decided she wanted a little “shopping time” with her Tyta and some help picking out a bathing suit.

She also asked if she could spend the night with me and Pop. I couldn’t contain how excited I was! I had promised that one of her birthday presents (other than birthday cash) was to buy her something she needed. A new bathing suit for summer was what she wanted.

I picked her up from her Dad and Mom’s business, Appliance Pro, and off we went on our shopping mission. Tal took several bikinis to try on and couldn’t decide which one she liked the most, so Tyta decided on all three. Target has great bathing suits by the way, and on this particular day, if you bought the top of the bikini the bottom was half off. To say we saved money is almost an understatement. In my day, they didn’t sell tops and bottoms separately, it all came in a set. Smart marketing move because sometimes we’re not built evenly on top and bottom. I’m smiling as I say this and hope my readers understand why.

From there, we went back to the shop to pick up Danny, aka Pop, because we delivered our bunk beds to the shop for the kids to hang out in their room and have a place to chill or sleep if needed. He put them all back together for Todd and Danny because they’re so busy, they have zero time to do stuff like this. And besides, we’re retired, and this is what we love to do….help out the kids when needed.

We got home, I cooked dinner and Tal wanted to go swimming. I was just getting over the two weeks with my other set of grandchildren and swimming every single day so I wasn’t too excited. My love for my oldest granddaughter kicked in though and I put the suit on and jumped in.

WOW…..getting back to paragraph one where I mention the South Texas heat….the pool literally felt like a “hot tub.” We swam and hung out in the pool for about an hour and I was done. We had a wonderful visit talking about her softball and many other topics. I love it so much when I get to spend one on one time with each grandchild. You can really connect. I haven’t had the opportunity to do this with the boys yet.

They’re at an age now that hanging with Tyta isn’t their thing at all and when they were younger, Todd wanted me to keep all three so he and Danny could have some time. I think my window of one on one with the boys has passed but perhaps some day.

We crawled up in my bed later and Tal started making beaded bracelets and anklets with charms. She’s extremely artistic and creative like her Savta (grandma in Hebrew) in Israel. I failed to mention earlier that after the bathing suits at Target, we made a Hobby Lobby trip where she bought all the beads and charms. I asked her if she planned to make me a bracelet since I helped contribute a bit toward some of the beads.

I got a beautiful bracelet and so did Pop. We’re both going to wear them till they fall off.

I loved having Tal spend the night since she’s so busy with select softball every week-end and works at Game Changer most days. She’s an amazing catcher and does a great job as a valued team member.

As a freshman at East, she made catcher for the Varsity team. That tells you something about her playing abilities. Danny and I are so very proud of her as well. She’s smart, beautiful, athletic, artistic and a very kind, considerate and wonderful young woman.

I commend Todd and Danny on doing such a wonderful job as parents for all their children. Julie and Ryan do an amazing job too. Sometimes Danny and I talk about how we managed to raise such great kids who ended up being great spouses and parents. We just attribute it to lots of prayers and some help from the man upstairs blessing us each and every day of our lives.

I can’t wait to leave for Colorado shortly to get into the cooler weather. This year we’ll get to see Tal play in a week-long tournament about an hour away from us. We can’t make every game but we’ll see a couple I’m sure with Julie, Ryan and the kids and hopefully with Rob and Charlene.

We always have such a great time with our Dallas crew and Rob and Charlene. This is the first summer Todd and his crew will be in Colorado for a week. They’ll be where the tournament is with their camper so unfortunately, they won’t be staying at the house we rent every year. Having them in Colorado to see Tal play softball and making the Astros/Rockies ball game with everyone is just icing on the cake.

We love Colorado and the climate and how wonderful and motivated I am to walk, walk, walk more, and eat healthy. The cooler weather just does that. There’s also great, free concerts and so much other stuff to see and do. I never tire of it.

So until next blog post, be kind to a stranger, do something nice for someone and remember to be kind, patient and considerate toward others. I see too much anger and impatience these days and can’t seem to wrap my head around rudeness but I see it way more now than I ever have. Could this be an age thing? I hope not because I still consider Danny and I young at heart. We’ll be slowin down and you do the same and have a safe and memorable summer!

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