Monthly Archives: August 2010

Catching Up

I’m so far behind on Ten on Tuesday so I’m just going to toss out a bunch of things that are on my mind right now.

1.  First and foremost (always)

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This little guy has been sooooo good this week.  It’s a rough week for me.  Jim is travelling and instead of being Monday through Wednesday it’s Monday through Thursday (ugh!)  Compounded by the fact that I have a major Federal Grant due on Friday (double ugh).  Robert has been an absolute gem every night this week.  When I say bedtime he grabs dolphin and heads down the hallway, after story time, snuggles and kisses he goes to sleep (Harley has even slept through the night!).  In the mornings I wake him up and he is all smiles while we get dressed.  Yesterday morning I told him how much I appreciate him getting dressed like a big guy and making Mommy’s morning go so smoothly and he said, “I love you!”  Absolutely melted me.  Last night I actually got 15 pages of narrative written while he played.

2.  Work.  LOVE IT!  Even on weeks like this.  I have a Federal Housing grant due.  Never written it before.  The woman who is actually responsible for doing the work is on extended leave until October.  The Program Director is out of the office Thursday and Friday for a medical procedure.  I kind of feel like I’m on my own a bit which for the most part I don’t mind but I’m still LEARNING the program.  I’ve got a pretty good grasp of it and with 48 hours to go it’s 75% done.  I worked from home the majority of today (a nice bonus!)  I’m really glad that Jim will be home tomorrow because it will probably be a really long day (ending at my Starbuck’s office I’m sure).  The classic part so far is federal grants are submitted online now and whereas the system recognized that I was a registered user and had the authority to grant or deny privileges to other users apparently I did not have the “right” to apply for grants.. so I had to “authorize” myself to “apply” for grants.  Luckily got that straightened out today… but not until after having a mild coronary that we might not be able to submit this stupid application after I thought everything was in order.

3.  My dear nephew has moved in with my Mom.  Yeah!  Yeah!  Yeah!  They are both doing wonderful with the arrangement!  I’m so happy for them.  In an effort to help him with his job search my Mom and Jim and I teamed up.  We have an Explorer that we are not using but it needed brakes and some other work.  Mom paid for the repairs and we have “loaned” it to Donald (so that we still carry the insurance) to use.  We delivered it last week.  He was thrilled and touched that we would all do that for him (um, hello, of course we would!)
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Of course, his mother found out about it and made him him come into town and take her to work three days this week… grrr.. she just can’t be happy that someone did something for her son… she has to guilt him into doing something for her.  Seriously, she’s 38 she needs to learn how to take care of herself.  She’s the one who kicked him out when his social security checks quit coming when he graduated.  I was glad to hear today that he is back out with my Mom… and hope he can stay and not give into the guilt anymore.  He needs to live his life for himself for awhile.  Hopefully he can find a job soon, that would really boost his self-confidence.

4.  My Mom… she called last week and was going in for a CAT scan.  Found out this week it was clean… yeah!!!  So glad to hear that.  I worry about something happening to her… yeah, I’m almost 40 but I still really need my Mommy…. and so does Donald, and Robert!  He LOVES his Grandma!
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5.  Robert turns THREE in a month and a half.  Party planning is in full swing.  We’ve set the date and it’s going to be a pirate theme.  My aunt emailed me today.  They’ve already bought the plates, cups, napkins, eye patches and a banner.  He is such a lucky kid.  My Mom called me the other day and said she was just going to get him a savings bond.  I told her that what I was probably really going to need was more pants so she went to Kohl’s THE NEXT DAY and bought him a bunch of pants.  She called me and said they’re really boring just navy blue and gray but I assured her he would love opening them.

6.  We have some really super volunteers at my job who pretty much run the food pantry.  Average age…. 75.  This is Mrs. Helen.  She’s 82 and has now officially adopted me.  I am so lucky.  She is really a neat woman and I enjoy the days I get to eat my lunch with her.

7.  Along with the Groundbreaking at work last week we also had our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday that was really well attended with about 100 people there.  We were giving all of our volunteers lapel pins and through a mistake with our promotions company the delivery came right down to the wire… apparently the Fed Ex guarantee delivery by 8am is not 8am CENTRAL time.  They got there right before the program started but gave me some anxious moments.

8.  I am really, really ready for the three day weekend next week.

9.  Jim is in Lincoln, NE right now and I wish he was home.  Even though things are going smoothly I miss having him here.

10.  I love Facebook and getting to catch up with my friends but I think it has but down on my blogging and the blogging of some of my other friends which sucks a bit.

11.  The weather has cooled off and it is a welcome change from hot and humid!  I even turned the air conditioning off last night.  I finally turned it back on this afternoon because my sinuses were starting to tune up a bit but opening the door and it not feeling like a blast furnace is certainly nice.

12.  Robert is still loving the Matching Game.  When he says Match Game he sort of emphasizes the “h” at then end of Match.  It’s so cute.  We played a few rounds tonight.  The last few rounds he got to choose what Mommy was going to find.
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13.  A few weeks ago we met our friends the Petersen’s at the Bounce House to let the kids run off a bit of steam.  What a change from a year ago.  Robert can now navigate everything on his own.  Such a big guy.  He loved the obstacle course the best.
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14.  Robert is also currently fascinated with The Lion King… The Polar Express is sooooo last week!

15.  An old friend who I don’t talk to a  lot but have reacquainted with via Facebook sent me a message the other day offering me tickets to the Kansas City Fan Appreciation night…
– Royals vs. Indians game featured live on Crown Vision (6:05 PM start)
– Food and drinks provided
– Free giveaway items and prizes
– Access to walk the warning track
– Music, entertainment and free kids activities
– Majestic Team Store end-of-season clearance sale
– Free parking and admission
I thought that was pretty cool and we are looking forward to going.

16.  I’m helping another friend move this weekend.  They’ve gotten a lot of their stuff moved already so it should be pretty easy… hopefully the weather stays cool and we can be done in a few hours.

17.  With Jim out of town it is super tempting to let Robert sleep in our room because I miss the cuddle time but I know if I do he won’t want to leave so I have resisted the temptation but it isn’t easy!  Luckily he’s been in a pretty snuggly mood every nights so I’ve gotten a lot of nice cuddles.

18.  I have been so busy at work it seems like I’m neglecting the family sometimes.  Last week I only picked Robert up at school one night.  Usually Jim drops off and I pick up.  I felt horrible.  Unfortunately I hired in at a very busy time and have had to really hit the ground running.  The good news is that the deadline Friday is my next really big deadline and I’m hoping next week things slow down a bit and I can really take some time to do some planning and get a calendar of due dates set up so that it’s not so hurry up all the time.  Let’s face it, I’ve only been there 10 weeks.  I had to do a re-design on a display board that was completed my 8th week there… normally that would have been an 8 week project… let’s just say I worked at home a bit on that project.  Our office is closed the Friday of Labor Day weekend to clients so most of the staff will take that day off.  I’ve decided to go ahead and work because it should be really quiet, there will be really few people there, the dress will be uber casual and it will mean I can take Veterans Day off in November (which is a few days after my birthday).

19.  When I picked Robert up at preschool tonight Ms. Mary informed me that tomorrow is Yellow Day.  Of course today Robert wore a yellow shirt… so tonight I had to do laundry because he didn’t have another yellow shirt clean.  Couldn’t have been red day since he has approximate 100 clean red shirts right now!  Last week they had “Spirit Week” at the preschool… Monday was inside out day; Tuesday was crazy hair day; Wednesday was pajama day; Thursday was hat day and Friday was flip flop day.  I thought we had a few years until we had things like Spirit Week.

20.  There should be and probably is so much more but my brain is fried right now so this is it for tonight.


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Today we had our Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new building at work.  Jim and Robert came and Robert absolutely stole the show.  He showed up with his hard hat, shovel and pail… seriously, he was too cute.

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When I introduced him to people he would stick out his hand and shake hands and then point to Jim and I and say “My Mama, My Daddy”.  Hilarious!  During the speaking part of the program he decided to check out Mac the Missouri Mavericks (hockey) mascot and stuck pretty close to him.

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When I was photographing the groups of people turning dirt… board, campaign committee, dignitarites, etc., Robert was right beside me with the point and shoot camera motioning with his hands for them to move left or right and saying “one, two, three”.  Luckily his voice is so soft the groups could not hear him.

Once the photographs were over and the ceremony was officially done he was all over the shovels and hard hats.  His attitude was really, “What is up with you people?  You turn the dirt once and walk off???  We’ve got a hole to dig!  Let’s go!!!”

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I’m so glad they came.  It’s nice to be able to share the celebration parts of my job with them since there have been a lot of late nights and early mornings the past few weeks… yeah, I know, I’ve only been there 9 weeks. 

This afternoon we went to a birthday party at the Petersen’s.  Clark turned 5, Olivia 8 and Nancy 44.  They had a nice party.  I have a lot of things to catch up on the blog… maybe sometime this week… Jim is travelling this week and I have a federal grant due on Friday so it may be another week before I get to log back on… but I’m loving my job so its’ a good thing!

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What A Weekend!

Even more now that I’m back to work weekends are our family time.  Our time to go out and just cut loose.  Friday for a change it was not oppressively hot.  We headed out after Jim and Robert got home in search of adventure.  We started off at Crayola Cafe at Crown Center.

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We thought about heading to First Friday’s in the Crossroads district but it was way too crowded so we headed to the Plaza.  After a quick stop in Topsy’s for an ice cream cone we came across a band.  Robert loves live music so we stopped to watch.

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Plaza Band

Plaza Flute
(Playing the straw flute)

Saturday we were up early so I could go and get blood drawn then it was off to my hometown of Odessa and their annual festival, Puddle Jumper Days.  We dropped Robert’s quilts off with Mom at the quilt show, grabbed my nephew and headed uptown to the parade.  We only saw about 10 minutes of the parade before Robert insisted he wanted to see Grandma… NOW.  So we headed back to the quilt show… where he proceeded to ignore her.  LOL

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Later on we headed back uptown to play some games and see who we would run in to.

PJD - Duck Pond

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Robert won a Spiderman at the Duck Pond.

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“All Aboard!!!”


Cousin Donald went through the inflatable obstacle course with Robert.




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Trying his luck at the pop bottle ring toss.

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He won a sucker!   Which he liked more than a bottle of pop!

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My nephew was in love with this Corvette.

PJD - Ernie
This is Ernie… he and I became best friends the first day of first grade… many, many, many moons ago.  For many of those years he was shorter than me.

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Ernie and our friend Lori.  Lori and I entertain each other on FB a lot these days.  It was a mini-class reunion.

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Eating one of Grandma’s cupcakes!  He licked every one of his fingers afterwards!

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He really liked getting to hang out with Cousin Donald all day.

Today we went to Science City at Union Station.

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He had a really good time talking to Albert.  He talked to him for about five minutes and it took forever to get him to turn around and stand still to get a picture.

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Trash can drums!  Brilliant!!!

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This way!!!

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Watching the trains in the freight yard.

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This was a display where you pushed buttons and it made different things light up or move… it was super neat.

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Hello rabbit!

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“Snake.  Hiss… hiss!!!”

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Heavy constructors labor union #101 apprentice class of 2030!

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They had these cones that you talked into and the sound came out on the other side.  He was standing by one and heard Daddy’s voice.

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“Daddy!  Where are you???”

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“There you are!”

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Making clouds.

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Chasing trains at the Kansas City Model Railroad Exhibit.

When we left there it was a brisk 103 degrees outside… that is not a typo.  We headed to Murray’s Ice Cream and Cookies in Westport to cool off.  Robert got lemon lime!

We’re supposed to be posing with our cones but he snuck a bite of Mommy’s cone.
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I got smart and blocked him with my head this time.
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He cracked himself up! 

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A Good Daddy

I love watching these two together.  Robert loves reading the animal book with Daddy.  They say the animal, the animal sound and spell the name of the animal… he could do it for hours, lucky for him, so can Jim.

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Sunday morning they worked on playing The Matching Game.  Jim is so patient and so good about making it work on Robert’s level.  They played for about 30 minutes which is really good when you’re working with a kiddo who has a pretty short attention span.

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(he got a little excited and a piece went flying)

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I love them.

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He Is My Kryptonite!

I know he’s mine and I’m biases but he is darn cute!  He cracks me up.  He loves having his hair spiked and it just fits his little personality so well right now.  I knew when I saw the Superman shirt at Target he just had to have it… only took me three different Targets to find his size  :-)  Consequently he also wound up with Batman and Yoda.  Hey, for $6 you can’t go wrong.

Yesterday we went to visit Aunt Barb and Uncle Ward… which of course meant a trip to McDonald’s for ice cream cones!

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Afterwards we went back to their house to hang out for a while.  Robert discovered that the chairs in the breezeway have wheels on them and got Aunt Barb to push him around for a bit.

Chair Race

Uncle Ward and I tried to teach him to play checkers but he soon lost interest in that and decided it was more fun to pick up the checkers with the granny grabber.  (and of course he had to have a Cheerios snack).

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Then it was time to take dinner orders… of course, all Robert’s restaurant offers is chicken and fries.

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The sign of a successful outing… Robert crashed out on the way home.

Crashed in Car

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