In The Mood

August 30, 2009 by  

Well it has been awhile. The Sons blog kind of got me in the mood to jot down a few thoughts – not sure where to start as it has been an eventful summer just full of stuff going on.
* Nate and his pal logan were here for a few days – stayed with us while they got their stuff together to go to College here at Casper College. They have moved into the dorms now and Nate seems to be doing okay. I havent seen or heard from Logan since he left so imagine he is good too. They both have new roommates – Logans from Colorado and nates from The Left Coast. Nate is working close to 40 hours a week and doing twelve credit hours of college. I am really proud of him – seems to be adapting and has scored a few new friends.
* B is working two jobs right now while he goes to school. Luckily he took a light load at school this semester – in fact a banking class that I think his employer pays for. He is transitioning from his current position in Credit at the main branch of the bank into his new position as a branch supervisor over at the Safeway branch. Remarkable young man – amazing actually how well he is doing. Anyway – works credit cards from 8 – 4 or so then heads over to the branch and works til 6 or 7.
* B’s BIG news right now is he is heading for London on his birthday (9/12) for a week of vacation and exploration. I think he has already paid for the trip pretty completely – just working on spending money now. Hope he gains a few Pounds (LOL…play on words there….I am really clever sometimes).
* Vickie’s Dad is in California. Tough decision for the family but the correct one I feel sure. He is doing well out there and Lynda is keeping a pretty close eye on things. Miss him around here but know that where he is is where he needs to be. God Bless him and God Damn his disease. Alzheimers —— can’t think of anything I would like to endure less!
* I will be traveling quite a bit this month – some work and some pleasure. Will spend half of the coming week in Kemmerer, WY for meetings. If you don’t know where it is look on the map – it’s over on the west side of Wyoming somewhere – but it is NOT Jackson Hole.
* Rebecca and Ryans baby boy due soon. Due date was 9/23 I believe, but scheduled to induce labor on the 18th if he isnt here sooner. All reports are he will be here sooner! I am scheduled to fly to Overland Park on the 16th and there appears to be a really good chance that he will already be there waiting for me. Imagine Reba is past ready …… pregnant through July and August cannot be glorious eh?
* We went to our annual church picnic today – the Liberty Quartet in the Park – what a nice afternoon respite. They do such a good job – have their own rendition of “In God We Still Trust” and then they put tears in my eyes with their version of “Battle Hymn of The Republic”. man I hope we can retain some PRIDE and PATRIOTISM through current times – it is really important to me and I hope to many.
* Just took a break from typing – BGE called in on ICQ so we just finished talking to her. She was showing off her skinny jeans lol. What a cutie…….will be really fun to see her again in a couple of weeks.
* Let me brag on Courtney for a second if you don’t mind. Freshman at Fossil Ridge HS in Fort Collins and STARTING on the VARSITY Softball team. She is a kick-ass ballplayer folks – remember her name!
* I’m looking down the barrel of retirement now. Am set in my mind that it is close. Starting to try to think about what I am going to do next. I know for a fact the first thing will be some traveling around. Have alot of places left to see and experience and plan to be started on that process by this time next year! Yep ….. I “think” I have made the decision.
* Okay – so not much new in this novel but it seems like something is new just about every day. We put a new roof on the cabin, I just had the trees marked for thinning so we can comply with fire insurance standards, things are good up there. My Mom is chugging right along – taking her to dinner later today as she likes to get out of there “with family” whenever she can, Vickie is revving up her Bible Study classes for Fall – I think the community group she leads starts tomorrow night. Darrel Manlapig and i have Fantasy Draft on Tuesday 9/6 – just a couple of days before the season starts. Ashley is dating the HS Quarterback, living the dream eh.
I think that covers most of the last few weeks – Oh …. most of you heard me scream I was so happy – WE SOLD the motorhome! I wasn’t sure that would get done the way the economy seems to be slogging along but we got it done!

I wish each of you the very best. You deserve it…..just for having to put up with me. I already have it …. I am blessed.
God Bless!

The Dad

Crazy Times

August 30, 2009 by  

Happy Sunday morning. Looked at my site yesterday and realized I haven’t posted in almost 2 months. Congratulations to you, for not having to expend your valuable time pondering my meaningless thoughts. Time to make up for that.

Let’s start with the fact that Braelyn is within three weeks of being a big sister. And, if ’s motherly intuition is correct, it will probably be less than the 3 weeks. While the baby’s due date is September 23, the doc has scheduled a Friday, September 18 induction. Our money is on not waiting that long. feels like she needs a few more weeks to get everything done at work that she needs to get done, but the little one may not let her.

Baby’s name is going to be Brody Carlen Elledge. Brody because we like that name. Carlen because that is my mom’s maiden name and suggested it. Elledge because I think the baby is mine. Time will tell if we got the names right!

Brody’s room is almost ready. New carpet was put in yesterday. Walls are painted. We have *some* of the stuff that will hang on the walls to bring it alive but still have to get some. So, surprise surprise, Brody’s room is baseball-themed. Vintage baseball themed, I should say. Bradshaw was going to build a couple of nice wooden lockers for the room, but I think I complicated it enough that he doesn’t feel comfortable doing it now. So, I have to find me a good wood carpenter to get them built. Will be searching the WWW later today to find someone. I have already diagramed them and have some pictures for the lucky person to work off of.

As of today, Braelyn has been out of her crib and in her new big girl bed for one week. While and I would have been more than content to leave her in the crib for awhile, her pediatrician suggested we get her out of the crib and into her big girl bed in advance of Brody coming home so that she won’t have any negative associations with the baby and leaving the crib. She has done really well in her queen sized bed… thanks to the rails we added to the side, we get some sleep, too. Only once this past week did we find her not in the bed in the morning, and that time she was on the chair we put at the corner to catch her if she falls. I think she really likes her new bed and has been doing quite well with it.

The Big Dawg is pretty-well back to “normal” and is recouped from his ACL surgery. He is back chasing the next door evil dogs up and down the fence line, at least until or I get over there and get him to stop. I am not inclined to have to replace his other knee so he best take it easy.

Well, since we last “spoke”, my Carlen has moved out to California to be in an Alzheimer’s facility. He seems to be doing quite well and enjoying it, at least from what we hear out here. The facility is close to my aunt and uncle’s place so they get to see him quite frequently. It was definitely time. Speaking of evil, that is most definitely what Alzheimers is.

Should be off to the Gorge next weekend for my somewhat annual trip to see the Dave Matthews Band for three nights in paradise. Doesn’t look like I will be making the trip this year. Figure it is too risky that Brody might grace us with his presence around that time, so I am going to have to miss out. It’s a bummer, too, as I won’t get to hear the new album at the Gorge and won’t get to reconnect with Rick and Nath (from Europe) and Jamie (from Las Vegas) who we camped by last year. I was looking forward to seeing them again, but they will have to enjoy this year without Gabe and I.

Work is crazy. We sold part of the business and created a new brand, Codero, for our remaining services. This has, and will continue to, kept me overly busy with work. I enjoy working hard and a lot (yep, that’s the Republican in me), so I guess it’s good.

Ok, so I touched on politics… let me get this out of the way right now. I am so excited to live in a country with czars in charge of many aspects of my life. I am so excited to live in a country which is de-privatizing industry and taking control over salaries, leadership and the such. I am so excited to live in a country that is more concerned with the “rights” of those who intend to do harm than the safety of its citizens. I am so excited to live in a country that is governed by a few whackos who feel that even though they can’t keep our government clean they should manage our health care for us. I am so thankful to Pelosi, Frank and for really doing everything possible to make my life better so I don’t have to.

Enough politics for now. Quick sports update:

* Broncose will suck. Bowlen will figure out soon he messed up.

* Royals still suck. And, as long as they have David Glass and crew owning them, they probably always will.

* Chiefs will still suck, though they may double their victories from a year ago. The push for 4 is on!

* Soccer is still not my favorite thing to watch. Spent 2 hours watching play it yesterday. And after 80 minutes of thrilling no-scoring soccer, they shake hands and walk off the field with both teams, um, winners? losers? equals? I dunno, guess it isn’t important enough to have someone win that they don’t do over time or even a “kick-off” of some sort. What a disappointment to spend so much time watching so much “action” and not even have a winner. Oh well, this way I am the only loser!

Speaking of … it’s official. He’s 16. But have no fear [yet] as he doesn’t have his driver’s license. That will be coming soon, though. He’s a sophomore in high school. Must be doing really well… hasn’t had any homework in the first week!

Ok, time to go put together a crib and such so will sign off.

Talk to you soon… maybe.

-RE

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