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Mall Trip with Three Teenagers

The continuing saga of the teenage grandchildren’s visit took in a visit to Ontario Mills on Monday, a place that is touted as the largest single-story mall in the Western United States. It consists of a huge food court and 200 stores that cover 1,473,000 square feet! Right, you read that right: One million, four hundred and seventy-three thousand square feet! . . .Feet?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Did you say feet?

Maybe I should not have done this, but I had a terrible time restraining myself when we passed by this set of massage chairs. Later, as my own legs were yelping, I wished I could find these people and apologize–well, actually I wanted them to scoot over and share their place.

untitled (17 of 52)Before we actually entered the mall, just across the street, we took a quick duck into Tai Pan Trading. The boys weren’t too excited about prowling about a gigantic home decoration store, but they did fine, I believe, in entertaining themselves.

“Twenty minutes, that’s what we’re giving you, Granny,” Nathaniel ordered, and Gentry agreed.

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untitled (10 of 52)We shopped . . . and shopped . . . each trying to find the outfit they wanted, that fit, that was in Granny’s budget.

untitled (18 of 52)They laughed at belts that would almost reach around Gentry twice. Along the way we had picked up a couple of honorary grand-youngin’s that Patrick and Holly had dropped off.

untitled (45 of 52)Finally, many hours later, each of them had treasures in their hands, and we headed for the exit.

untitled (34 of 52)But one more thing: Those sweet youngsters gathered about me in that huge mall and as Rebecca operated the camera, they gave me a group hug! Love it!

Trekked all of them up to our home in Crestline, where we all fell out of the car totally exhausted. Even the youngsters complained of sore legs.

We prowled about the kitchen for food. The boys opened the Balderdash box and soon uproarious laughter came from the dining room. Pictures that will make you laugh are here.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

7 replies on “Mall Trip with Three Teenagers”

You are the BEST Granny ever! Thanks for including my boys in this shopping trip. They made wonderful memories which won’t be forgotten.

We love you more than you’ll ever know!

My sweet honor, dear girl. Wish you were here with us in Santa Maria. Dynamic……love.


Wonderful photos and captions! Thank you so much for sharing. It means so much to me because I miss them so much. You are the best Granny EVER! šŸ˜€

Thank you, Tena. Understand the missing part, for when too much time elapses between visits, I feel mighty sad………..


How wonderful you are…making such beautiful memories for your grands. And taking such gorgeous pictures along the way! Precious!!!

Oh, Eva. While I thank you for your remarks, I am doing nothing wonderful in spending time with my grandchildren. Indeed, I am the blessed one to have them with me from time to time……God is so very good to me……


I love your posts, they are always so delightful and just want to say thank you for taking time out to share them. šŸ˜Šā¤

Thank you, Sister Grogan. It is my privilege to share my blessings with others…….love.


This looks so fun, Shirley!! I’m sure you were exhausted!! I turn 75 next month and couldn’t do it unless in a wheelchair!! LOL
Love your posts and pictures!! You make my day enjoyable.

Good to hear from you. . . and to tell the truth, a wheelchair toward the end of that trip would have looked like a heavenly gift! :)…….My love and prayers.


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