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It's getting later on at night, the kids have been fed and are in varous places throughout the living room insuring all the furniture is being used to it's full potentual. A chorus of snores from every direction. The only child still awake being Misti no more than a couple of feet away from me telling me all about her activities during the day. She is such the talker and must always have the last word. She's my girl! She can be quite insitant about my listening to her. If she thinks I'm not paying her proper attention she will notch her voice up a few octives to get me looking at her and of course inserting the yes and no's in the proper places along with a few you don't say's and so on. But back to our shopping experience.
After Misti was satified that I had participated properly with her conversation she also found a spot next to Lucas, snuggled up to his belly for warmth with one of his arms drapped over her. This was my chance......I very slowly and as quiet as possible got up and tippy toed through the living room to the back door. Opened it as quiet as I could and gently closed it again so as not to make a sound. I opened the gate leading to the front yard and street, got the Hoveround fired up and off to Safeway (which isn't too far away). I can go down the back path and end up in their parking lot without using any streets. It is around 930-10PM. I'm off to get some more canned food for them and of course something for myself also.
I get to the store, do my shopping and am at the checkout stand, there is only one cashier on duty and perhaps no more than 10 customers in the store. I pay my bill and am ready to leave when a woman customer comes from the produce isle letting the cashier know that there are a couple of pugs galavanting around over there, one is at the floral department sniffing the flowers and the other is just checking things out. At first I wasn't sure I heard her right and asked if she said Pugs, she said yes and at the same time Malia heard my voice and came running over to me and jumped in my lap. I was headed over to extricated Lucas from the flowers (he has this thing about flowers, first the sniff and then the eat).
While I am on my way with Malia to get him someone, or one's from the other side of the store is saying that there are a bunch of pugs in the bakery department and another in the meat department. Oh joy! I went first to the meat department and managed to get Jeb before he jumped up in the steak section to help himself. I'm asking everyone to help me. They all drop what they are doing and start chasing pugs around, Mo had a loaf of bread in his mouth, of course one of the expensive 12 grain one's (he likes his bread). Misti I'm told was doing her best to open a package of cookies, Walker was walking around trying to love everyone he could. It was quite fun getting them all rounded up.
Two pugs to a shopping cart later with the help of a couple of ladies all the kids were back at home, inside, with the back door absolutely secured. I went back and retrieved the hoveround and off to home did I go.
The little sneaks, I know it was Lucas that got the back door open and they all bounded off behind me to go shopping also. I went back to Safeway the following day, it was quite the news item, the day shift people when they saw me told me all about the venture we had the night before.
In the future when I do something at night like this I shall make certain the back door is properly latched and will not ever again think that I can leave the gate to the yard open just to save myself some time from opening and closing it. Yes, I did go ahead and get a package of hotdogs when I went back for the hoveround to share with the kids. They did all stay together and went to the store instead of taking off in every which direction for me to try to find while I'm having a heart attack because they got out!
Jeb is still bumming because he didn't have those few extra moments to jump into the steak section and sample the rib eyes, t-bones, roasts and anything else he could have got his mouth wrapped around.