The End of 07

December 31, 2007 by  

Not much time to ramble tonight, but I am sitting over at the Murphy’s getting ready for their first New Years Eve party. Can it top the last two we have had at the Elledge Casa? Probably so, considering:

They are catering the event
They have a paid bartender coming
They hired a DJ
The DJ has a game show set-up

It should be a great time. People will start arriving within the hour, I suppose. So, not much time to reminisce about 2007 right now, but I will tomorrow (headache pending) and what I look forward to in 2008 (of course, Braelyn is at the top of that list!)

I can say that in 2007 I once again quit chewing… I did it in April or May, and haven’t had a one since. But, I know I do want to on numerous occasions (like now). But, I enter 2008 tobacco free.

Catering company just showed up. Time to get back to setting up for the big Murphy Fiesta.

Peace, and be safe this New Years Eve.

–RElledge

Feel the Power?

December 26, 2007 by  

This afternoon, after millions of calls and e-mails from RyanElledge.com readers, the NFL decided to simulcast the Saturday night game between the Pats and the Gians on NBC and CBS. You can read all about it right here. Failed to mention in this article is the proper credit to my blog, but I take it as a victory anyway.

No word yet on if I will still be sued for using the term SUPER BOWL without express, written (& paid for) permission from the NFL.

One Finger Salute, Continued

December 26, 2007 by  

Busy at work here on the day after Christmas. Just read an interesting article on Fox Sports. Click here to read it. Relates to the NFL trying to force-feed cable companies into offering the NFL Network as a basic cable offering.

Oh, this is also the funny time of year when I listen to sports radio and commercials all refer to the Super Bowl as the Championship Game in Phoenix since the NFL does not allow advertisers to use SUPER BOWL by name without paying them royalties. Hell, I may get sued for typing Super Bowl on my highly acclaimed blog.

SUPER BOWL SUPER BOWL SUPER BOWL SUPER BOWL SUPER BOWL

Sue me.

More Dad “Spam”

December 26, 2007 by  

Another worthy posting via a forward from my pops.

This is too true to be very funny
The next time you hear a politician use the
word “billion” in a casual manner, think about
whether you want the “politicians” spending
YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,
but one advertising agency did a good job of
putting that figure into some perspective in
one of its releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were
living in the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and
20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let’s take a look at New Orleans It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division . .

Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number, what does it mean?

A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of
New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you
each get $516,528.

B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in
New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family
gets $2,066,012.

Washington, D.C .. HELLO!!! … Are all your calculators broken??

Tax his land,
Tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirts,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his booze,
Tax his beers,
If he cries,
Tax his tears.

Tax his bills,
Tax his gas,
Tax his notes,
Tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers,
Tax him more,
Tax him until he’s good and sore.

Tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.
Put these words upon his tomb,
“Taxes drove me to my doom!”

And when he’s gone,
We won’t relax,
We’ll still be after the inheritance TAX!!
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
Liquor Tax,
Luxury Tax,
Marriage License Tax,
Medicare Tax,
Property Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Sales Taxes,
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
School Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Utility Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,
and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell ‘politicians!’

And I still have to “press
1” for English.

I hope this goes around THE
USA at least 100 times

What the heck happened?????

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2007 by  

I can’t believe Christmas 2007 has come and gone.  It seems like it were just a couple of months ago that we were taking the Christmas tree down and Ryan was heading back to San Diego for work.  The year has definitely gone by fast and a lot of things have changed for the Elledges. 
Ryan "moved back" to KC in February and didn’t have to travel to San Diego nearly as much as he did in 2006.  It sure has been nice having him home more this year.  You get spoiled having him around (love ya honey).
In late April we went to Maui with the Murphy’s.  We had to postpone our January trip due to Gabe and Ryan’s schedules at work.  It was so worth the wait.  The weather was beautiful, we were able to see a couple whales, but not as many as were there in January.  We laid in the sun, had some lava flows, ate great food and best of all hung out with our great friends.  It was a week in paradise.
We came back the first week of May on a Sunday night.  It was the night that I found out I was "preggers".  Yep – as you all know we are expecting a baby girl, Braelyn Grace Elledge on January 10th (if not sooner).  
Steve and Vickie ventured out to KC in May for a visit over Memorial Day weekend.  It was really nice to see them here and have them spend time with us.  We don’t get to see them as much as we would like, so any visit we can get is always welcomed.
In June, Ryan and I became proud owners of a boat.  We named it Wastin’ Time…and yep, that’s what we do on it.  It’s very relaxing hanging out on the lake with great friends.  Enjoying the boaters life.  We spent quite a few weekends down there this year, and are ready for our summer weekends down there in 2008 too.  Miss Braelyn will be all comfy in her quarters, all cool and relaxing.  Can’t wait to buy Braelyn her first bikini!
In July, we went to Chicago with Gabe and Stephanie to a DMB concert and had a really nice weekend.  Spencer spent the month of June with his dad, so July he was back with me.  He got to spend sometime with both sets of grandparents here in KC.
In August, Ryan and I sent Spencer to Casper for a week to spend time with Grandpa Steve and Grandma Vickie.  I believe ALL the grandkids invaded Casper during this week and camped out at the Elledge Casa.  Spencer had a blast and enjoyed hanging out with his cousins and grandparents.  Spencer turned 14 in August.  He went to the DMB concert in KC for his b-day and sat(did I use that correctly, sweetie?!) in the 4th row.  Something not too many people ever get to do.
Spencer started the 8th grade this year, next year he’ll be a Freshman at Blue Valley Northwest, where has the time gone?
September, Ryan and Gabe had to go to Bulgaria for a business trip.  He decided to extend his trip a bit and visit Rome for 5 days.  Stephanie and Debbie were able to make the trip out there with them and they came back with some great stories!  They had a blast. 
October, brought the 2nd Annual Elledge Spook-tacular Halloween Bash.  We had about 50 people this year, up a little from last year.  We enjoyed it…have to admit though.  It was so much easier cleaning the house up after a night of drinking diet coke than after a night of drinking of Mich Ultra!  Ryan got a new ride in October, a beautiful blue 2007 Cadillac Escalade.  It’s nice and he loves it!  I have to admit, it’s awesome driving it!
November, brought us a baby shower, Vickie came in for a long weekend.  It was nice to see her and spend some time with her.  The baby’s room was completed (still have the BGE’s name to put on the wall, but that’s it)!  Thanksgiving was Ryan, Spencer, Hoover and me loading up Ryan’s new ride and taking a roadtrip to Casper.  We were there for a week visiting the Elledge Clan.  It was awesome being with family.
In December, I turned the big 34…I am getting so old…man!  Ryan bought me a gorgeous watch for my b-day this year.  I love it!  We celebrated Christmas Eve with my family.  A trip to mom and dad’s yesterday, church, dinner presents and way too much food.  It makes you realize the true meaning of Christmas isn’t gifts, but spending time with those that you love and care about, even if you aren’t able to see them.  Ryan spent his first Christmas away from his family in, well, I think forever.  I know he missed them tons and I know that they all missed him.  Spencer went to his dad’s this afternoon and he’ll be there until New Year’s Day.
January 2008 will bring a new Chapter in for the Elledge’s.  Braelyn Grace will be born in a little over two weeks (time has flown by).  I’ll be a mom to a baby girl, and Ryan will be a really cool dad to a gorgeous daughter.  Spencer will be a very awesome big brother, he’s ready to have her here now.  His biggest fear is that he will miss the big day while at his dad’s.  I promised he wouldn’t…did you hear that BGE, you have to hold off until after 1/1!

Till 2008 – Merry Christmas…love ya all

Santa Stopped By Early

December 24, 2007 by  

Santa stopped by the house early tonight, not sure why. He came and dropped off a PlayStation 3 for Spencer. Guess he knew Spencer would be going to S.D.’s house tomorrow mid-day and that he might want to play it for awhile before he goes. Just got it hooked up and he’s up there playing it while listening to some Jason Mraz… very loudly, I might add. Rebecca is up loading his new IPOD, courtesy of Grams and Gramps Elledge.

We enjoyed Christmas Eve with Rebeccas mom and dad, along with Chris, Sandy, Cayse and Wyatt. It sure is fun watching the little ones at Christmas. Really makes it a special holiday. I definitely missed being with my family this holiday season, but I spoke with them and they sounded like they were having a great time. Lil Stevie told me to have a Merry Green Bay Christmas. Guess he didn’t check the scoreboard yesterday!

Spencer got me a nice picture for the basement and a cigar ashtray with poker cards on it. Great gifts… though the ashtray will be decoration only. No smoking in this house! The Mom and The Dad got me a nice Broncos pull over, some cK jeans, a Casper Ghosts long sleeve t-shirt, and an excursion for the cruise in March. Rebecca, er, the dawgs, got me a nice pair of silver cuff links… very much needed. Oh, and a new pillow. Seems Hoover decided to chew one of my pillows up last month. So, he got me a new one.

Rebecca and I promised not to buy each other gifts this year as we have spent a ton recently. She didn’t live up to it; I did. Sort of. I did get her a really nice watch the other day for her birthday (and Christmas, but don’t tell her).

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, but now-a-days, it’s all about giving and making people happy. Cheesy, I know… but it is fun to get people stuff. One of the best things today was watching Hoover literally open his present from Sophie and Maggie in Casper. It was priceless… and I took quite a few pictures. They are uploading now, will take a couple hours for all 175 pictures I took today. All are going under Holidays > Christmas > 2007. Check ’em out.

Merry Christmas all.

–Ryan

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2007 by  

It’s Christmas Eve. Here I am, sitting in my home office. For the first time in my 35 years, I am not spending Christmas with my parents, grandparents, sisters, nephews, nieces, etc. This year, I am here in Kansas but will trek to Missouri this afternoon to spend Christmas Eve with the in-laws. It will be different than I am used to, no doubt. It is difficult to realize that today is different. But, it will still be Christmas and we’ll be with Rebecca’s family… well, my family, too. Just different. Not bad.

To all my family in Wyoming, Colorado, California, Arizona, and whereever else they may be, Merry Christmas. Love you all, and can’t wait to show you the newest Elledge… coming soon!

Love,

Ryan

11 Years.. Hard to believe it

December 19, 2007 by  

Happy Birthday to Keegan.  Hard to believe that sweet little boy is almost a teen-ager.  God has gifted him with an amazing personality, and athletic abilities, and he is a great student.  Grandma loves you munchkin.  Have a wonderful day.

I’m baaaaaack!

December 18, 2007 by  

Whew!  Been so long since I’ve been here I had to try several usernames.  Think I have it saved now.  Just blew in (literally) from Lusk, WY.  Long day on the road.  I "think", however, that that is the last trip out of town before Christmas.  I’m ready for a brief respite.

Got to see the Lecher crew this weekend.  I don’t get to see them near enough.  They are growing and changing almost daily.  What a great family.  All unique and all special.  And Stephen went with us – what an interesting and impressive young man.  Guess you could say I have, hands – down the greatest group of children and grandchildren on the planet – in fact in the entire solar system!  Okay – enough schmoozing…..just remember what I posted at Christmas kids! 🙂

God Bless each and every one of you this CHRISTmas Season.  Enjoy yourselves, enjoy your families and extended families.  I wish you everything that you want, within reason and reach, and so much more.

The Dad

Little Sis’

December 16, 2007 by  

I can’t believe that little "BGE" will be here in 3-4 weeks.  She’s due on 1/12, but I’ll be enduced on 1/10 if she hasn’t come by then.  Spencer was 10 days early, so if we go by that then she’ll arrive on 1/2 – Stephanie Murphy’s b-day.  At any rate Miss Braelyn will be here, maybe then I can start putting on socks and shoes with out grunting (which by the way Ryan finds very funny).
Spencer is getting excited about his little sister arriving.  He should be at our house the weekend that she is brought home.  He’s really concerned with that.  He wants to be at the hospital when she is born and wants to be home when we bring her home.  I think he will be a wonderful big brother. 
So the room is finished…we need to hang a shelf in the bathroom, hang her "name" above the changing table and get a glider.  I still need a couple of items…major one, car seat and a mattress.  I’ll try to get those taken care of next weekend.  Key word is try.
So…I turned 34 on Tuesday.  I don’t feel any older, I hope I don’t look any older.  So I guess nothing has really changed.  It was actually a great b-day.  We had this huge ICE STORM…NOT!  They cancelled school, Ryan’s office closed and I worked from home.  It was supposed to be really bad and turned out to be nothing at all.  But, it was a great day.  I spent time with the boys, went to lunch with the Murphy’s and Ryan took me out to Jose’ Peppers for dinner.  I couldn’t have asked for a better b-day.
Well…need to put the clothes in the dryer and figure out what the heck is wrong with garage door.  My garage door won’t go down…oh yeah, and a wire broke on the pulley thing.  I need to figure if it’s covered by our warranty or if I need to call Overhead Door out tomorrow.

Oh yeah…and only 9 shopping days left till Christmas, are you done shopping?

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