Chapter 3 ~ Getting Everything Ready

It was late in the afternoon on Tuesday and Annie was making Abby's favorite desert, peanut butter pie, when Matt walked in.

"Mom, what are you making?" Matt asked.

Annie smiled. "I'm making a peanut butter pie, but it's for tomorrow evening when Abby, Grandpa and Grandma get here. It's Abby's favorite."

"Oh. Can I please have my friend, Jeff spend the night?" Matt asked.

"No, Honey, it's a school night, but he can probably come over and spend the night on Friday." Annie answered.

"Okay." Matt said with a sigh. "I wish I could get out of school early, like Abby."

"Oh Honey, it won't be too much longer, you only have two and half weeks left and then you'll be out, too. Abby has a different schedule because it's a special school that she goes to." Annie replied.

Before Matt had a chance to answer, Lucy ran in the kitchen with Mary chasing her and then (Lucy) tried to hide from her.

"I can still see you." Mary said to Lucy.

"Mommy, what's for dinner?" Lucy asked.

"We're having meat loaf, mashed potatoes and corn, and please don't run in the house." Annie replied.

"She started it." Lucy pointed to Mary.

Mary sat down on the floor. "I'm getting tired of running, anyway." She said.

"Okay, Sweetie, but please don't chase each other through the house anymore." Annie replied.

"Do you want to play outside after dinner?" Mary asked Lucy.

"No, Honey, it will be dark out by then. I don't even have dinner started yet." Annie told the girls.

"That's okay. I don't want to go outside anyway. She might chase me again." Lucy told Annie.

"Mom, is it time for Full House?" Mary asked.

Annie looked at the clock. "It will come on in ten minutes, Honey."

"I guess I'll go watch it, too." Matt said.

"Okay. Sesame Street will be over by then, so Simon probably won't mind if we change the channel." Mary replied.

Matt, Mary and Lucy left to go in the living room, when the phone rang.

Annie picked up the phone. "Hello?" She asked.

"Auntie Annie! I wanted to call you again before I go to your house. I can't wait to see you." Abby smiled.

Annie smiled. "Hi, Sweetheart! I am glad that you called and I can't wait to see you, too. I am making your favorite desert, peanut butter pie, for tomorrow after dinner."

"Thank you, Auntie Annie! Can we please have pizza for dinner, too?" Abby asked.

"Okay, Honey. I'll put lots of cheese and mushrooms on one of them, for you." Annie replied.

"Awe, thank you, Auntie Annie! Tomorrow at school, we're making art projects and I'm making mine for you." Abby said smiling even more.

"Thank you, Sunshine. I have to go now and finish dinner." Annie said still smiling.

"When I get to your house, I have a lot of new stuff that I want to show you. I love you, Auntie Annie. See you tomorrow." Abby told Annie before blowing kisses over the phone.

Annie blew kisses back to Abby. "I love you too, Sweet Baby. See you tomorrow." As soon as Annie hung up the phone, she got out the food and started making dinner.

Later that night at dinner, Annie told the children about the sleeping arrangements for when Charles and Jenny would be staying with them. "Your dad and I talked this morning, and we decided to let Grandpa and Grandma sleep in our room. Your dad, Matt and Simon will share a room, Mary and Lucy will have their room and I'll share a room with Abby."

Matt was surprised. "You and dad aren't sleeping in the same room?"

"Just while Grandpa and Grandma are here, Honey." Annie replied.

"She can sleep in our room if she wants." Mary offered.

"That's very nice of you, Sweetie, but I'm going to share a room with her while Grandpa and Grandma are here and then after they leave, we'll see. I'm not sure how well she remembers all of you and sometimes she gets really shy around people she doesn't see very often." Annie replied smiling.

"Okay." Mary replied.

After dinner, all the children went upstairs to play a little before getting ready for bed while Eric and Annie started cleaning up the kitchen.

"I don't know how I'm going to help Abby hide her night time special need. I don't want our children finding out ~ I don't know how they would react and I don't want Abby to be embarrassed." Annie told Eric in a quiet voice to make sure none of the children could hear her.

"Yeah. If you want, we can hide them in our closet. I know the children probably won't look in there ~ if they did, they would get in trouble since they're not supposed to be back there, anyway." Eric replied.

"Yeah. After mom and dad leave, I was thinking of having her put her air mattress on the floor by my side of the bed and she could sleep in our room, if that would be okay with you." Annie asked.

"Yeah, I guess that would be okay, since it's only for the summer." Eric replied.

"Okay." Annie said as she put another plate in the dishwasher.

After Eric and Annie finished cleaning up the kitchen, they went upstairs to tell the children, it was almost time to start getting ready for bed.

It was late in the morning on Wednesday and the older children were already at school, Eric was in his office, and Simon was watching Sesame Street in the living room. Annie just finished getting everything ready for Abby and was about to leave for the grocery store, when the phone rang.

"Hello?" Annie asked.

"Hi, Annie, it's me." Jenny replied.

"Oh, hi, Mom!" Annie smiled. "I was just getting ready to go to the grocery store to pick up some food for dinner tonight and a few other things."

"Okay. Your dad and I are leaving to pick up Abby at her house and then we'll be on our way. I just wanted to call you before we walk out the door." Jenny replied.

"Okay. I can't wait to see you, dad and Abby. I'm making homemade pizzas for our dinner tonight and I made the peanut butter pie yesterday." Annie said.

"That sounds just wonderful, Annie. I can't wait to see you, too." Jenny replied.

"Okay. I guess I better get going now, Eric is in his office and Simon is in the living room watching Sesame Street. I want to get back before Eric has to go somewhere, so there will be someone here to watch Simon. I love you and I'll see you this evening." Annie told her Mom.

"Okay. I love you, too. We're heading out the door now, so we'll probably see you in a few hours." Jenny replied.

"Okay." Annie said. She hung up the phone and then went into Eric's office to tell him she was leaving. "Honey, I'm leaving for the grocery store, now, and Simon is in the living room watching Sesame Street. He's not going with me, but I'll be back soon."

"Okay." Eric replied.

Annie kissed Eric on the head and then picked up her keys as she walked out the door.

A few more notes:

For this story, Eric doesn't have an office at the church ~ just the one at home. That's so he can be around more for Simon in case Annie needs to go somewhere (like the grocery store).

I've never heard them mention where in CA, Glen Oak actually is, so for this story, I'm going to pretend that it's right by the Arizona border (so close that if someone left Glen Oak, going East, they would be in Arizona after driving for only a minute or two).

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