Saturday, June 28, 2008

Our weekly thoughts

I guess this is turning into a weekly publication. Starting in August it will soar back into being more of a daily publication. Anyway, last time I was telling about all the fun summer stuff we were doing. That evening we took Matthew to the carnival. Phil took him down one of these really tall slides they have. To me riding down on a gunny sack and going over humps looked scary so I didn't want to go. Especially while also trying to hold my little precious 1 year old. Phil decided he just had to see Matthew go down with me so he could see his face. He bugged me enough I said yes, IF my mom would go too. She reluctantly agreed. We payed our tickets and trudged up to the top of the ride. The guy at the top took Matthew so we could get settled in the gunny sacks before we took him back. I got settled in with minimal fuss and looked over to see my mom was completely petrified. She would put one foot on the gunny sack, it would slightly move and she'd panic. NONONONO, I can't do it. So then the guy stepped on it with one foot and said that it wouldn't go down. NONO. Then 2 little boys came up and she waved them through while slightly hyperventilating. When they went down 10 seconds later she had no choice but attempt it again. We got her gunny sack down again, tried the one foot thing and then she came up with the brilliant idea that she'd sit down downwards and swing her legs around. OH boy. All I could see while she attempted this was my older mom streaking down the slide backwards screaming bloody murder. I might mention that my dad was at the bottom and is slightly protective. If his bride of 32 years hurtled down that way and got hurt I'm sure I would have got it for convincing her to go up in the first place. By now I'd been sitting in place for what seemed like 5 minutes and we were no closer to seeing her go down. She had already attempted the backwards plan and gave it up as a bad idea. So in desperation I held the gunny sacks other side and said hold on to us and sit down, you'll be fine. She finally gave in and did. Mostly I think in sheer desperation to get off the top of this slide. The very polite ride guy started to give Matthew to her to hold on the way down. I snatched him quickly and said "Alright are you ready?" My mom squeaked back, "I'm scared, can I hold on to you?" Yes, yes anything to just go down. So we linked arms and shoved off. We both screamed the whole way down. On the last hump Mom fell backwards and slid on down completely flat. In the process she gave herself a nasty bruise, but we lived. And wouldn't you know it, Matthew smiled the whole way down. He thought Grandma was funny too. Phil was laughing so hard when we got down I didn't think he could breathe. Dad on the other hand was slightly dismayed I think. If we'd only had the video camera. We also took Matthew with us on the ferris wheel and in the moonwalk. That was enough carnival for one night. Then we hit the powwow and enjoyed the beat.

This week has passed quickly and without excitement. Wednesday we got enrolled for swimming lessons. Thursday we came home in the evening so that Phil could go to Stampede as a VIP for free. Must be nice to get into concerts for free as a recruiter. We brought a guy he works with, with us and wouldn't you know it. Storms to drive through and no power at my parents house when we got there. It was so hot. It was miserable. Finally power was restored around 4am. Yesterday passed quickly and here we are ready to journey back up north and belatedly celebrate our anniversary. I'm thinking Cheesecake Factory....hmmm....

Happy Saturday everyone!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Grandparents invasion

Shhhhh...don't bother me, I'm very busy "reading" my book.

Miss Sue, what are you doing to my curls? I didn't say I wanted a big boy cut. Mom help! Daddy, let go!!!

Hmmmm, cake.

There's nothing better then smashing frosting on my chin and cake on my crotch! Oh yeah, I know how to show my guests what a stud I am!

Matthew loves to dance to all kinds of music, so when he was given this little piano for his birthday, you know it'd be a big hit. And it is! If you look at his sandal, you can see he still has frosting smashed in it.

I finally got to put some pictures up! I said I would. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend his 1st birthday! We had so much fun last Sunday. I wasn't sure how it went I was so busy at the time, but I've just been so pleased with it for the rest of the week. He missed his afternoon nap and played with the little kids so hard that he was asleep before we got 2 miles from the house. Poor kid! But he had such a good time.

This week has been rather different. Phil came home and announced that at 6am he had to be back in here for a PT test, so Wed. night we all loaded up and invaded that Grandparents. Phil went back to Olathe that morning, but Matthew and I have been here ever since. We've had a great time. This weekend is that annual street festival, so we've been enjoying the parade, carnival, street vendors, and flea market. I fell in love with some antique pedal tractors at the flea market and really want to get one. But if I spend $200 or $300 on one Phil says Matthew can't ride it. :( That'd defeat the purpose. So...I probably won't get one dag-nabit!

I was up visiting my boss yesterday and on the way home swung by our house to get the mail. My hollyhocks are still blooming. They are white, which I don't remember them being last year. I could have sworn they were pink. Can they change color year to year? I also saw that I had some yellow daylilies getting ready to bloom. I'm not real excited about yellow, but it's always a surprise when you are given bulbs to plant.

Matthew is really growing and changing. He has done so much new stuff in the last month. I think he's said about 30 words now. He will tell people hello or hi and waves goodbye with a greater consistancy. He's such a joy. He's just too smart for his own good. After a day and half of extensive training, we've finally broke him of his need to beat on the grandparents rather large screen tv. It's not a big screen, but it's much bigger then ours and I don't want to have to replace it. Boys must be hardwired for being rough with toys and things.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

2nd week

We're on week 2 in the big city. Things went much smoother this week. Matthew and I found a couple important places, like the Goodwill and post office. I am so glad that it was much easier to find the post office here then it was in Phoenix. I could be on the right block and still not find the post office. I swear they make them invisible there. Matthew has been just growing and changing so much. He is attempting to jog on his little chunky baby legs and can walk so far before he falls or sits down. He can now crawl up on the furniture by himself. He can drink through a straw. He plays with the dogs. He tries to mimic things we do. He can throw his balls at you and catch them if not thrown to fast at him. He's saying more and more words. He's been trying to say dozen more, I just don't understand them. And the biggest thing of all...he turned 1 yesterday and gets to ride facing forward now! I have been trying to remember all the cute stuff he's been learning to do,so I could write about it, but it's hard to think of it all. I miss our blog!!! We really need the internet. I have learned that many libraries have wireless internet, so maybe Matthew and I can hang out there once in awhile. Oh, he's starting to really like to look at books on his own and be read to. Very exciting stuff. He doesn't even try to eat his books anymore.

Matthew had a very good birthday yesterday. His Great Auntie very kindly made him a cake and brought him a present. He had a wonderful time banging his stacking cups the rest of the day. His daddy gave him a big boy ball and he loooooves that too. Tomorrow we will be having his official birthday party. I think he'll have around 20 people there to wish him well. It should be loads of fun. It was a little disappointing watching him eat his birthday cake for the first time. He didn't know what to make of it and had to be helped to eat it. I guess I haven't been letting him eat on his own enough. We are hoping that he puts on a bigger show tomorrow.

I know that you all are probably dying to see new pictures. (The site is a little dull without them.) But unfortunately, we lost our electrical cord for our camera, so it's dead and took all the great pictures I took with it. I can retrieve them only when I can get the cord back. It might still be at the house somewhere. I've been using mom's in the meantime, but she hasn't downloaded the pictures yet, so I have nothing to give. I'm not even on my computer! So keep hanging in there with us and I promise we'll get back to posting more and pictures will appear!

Sunday, June 8, 2008


Well, another week down. We are all living in KC, but do not have internet access yet. So bare with us until we get it and can publish semi daily again.

We have been lucky and storms that could have done much damage haven't. Hopefully that luck continues. Last week was filled with getting settled in. This week with preparing for Matthew's big day. We can't wait.

Well, I better run. Last load of laundry and drive to KC awaits. Till next time!