Saturday, May 27, 2006

Just one of "those" days...............

Have you ever read the childrens' book "No, David!"? If not, pick it up next time you are at the store and take a look at it - very cute book! Well yesterday was a "No, Katie!" kind of day. Actually, it was a "KATELYN MARIE COBB, WHAT DID YOU DO?!?!" kind of day. By 10:00 am I was in desperate need of some wine, valium, or a lobotomy (or a combination of all three). I think she has hit the Terrible Twos a little early. She accomplished the following between 8:00 and 10:00 am:
  1. Dumped a box of dinosaur-shaped ritz crackers on the family room floor (Brendan left them there). Luckily there weren't too many left in the box - then she ate them. I know, I'm a horrible mother and she'll probably get some disease from that.
  2. Reached up onto her high-chair tray and pulled her plate of french toast onto the floor. She succeeded in dumping french toast and syrup all over the kitchen and she nearly broke the plate.
  3. Spilled a large glass of water (I keep one on my bedside table at night) all over a stack of scrapbooking idea books next to my bed - I won't even BEGIN to add up how much $ was involved in that little incident. I was able to salvage most of them, luckily.
  4. Grabbed my make up bag off the counter (as I was trying to put on my make-up) and spilled the entire contents on the bathroom floor - and broke several cases and eyeshadows in the process.
  5. After all of this, she refused to take more than a one-hour nap that afternoon.

I was looking forward to Tom coming home and taking over for me - but, alas, no luck there! He had to go mow his mother's yard, which took three hours. Some days I just really miss my full-time job. Not really. Well, a little. Actually, sometimes I miss it a lot. I know it is a blessing that I am able to stay home to raise my children, but it isn't as easy as it sounds.

Enough complaining.

We always spend Memorial Weekend planting flowers at the cemetery for all of Tom's family. There are several graves and somehow it has become our (well, his) job to take care of this task every year. He enjoys doing it, but it sure ties up our weekend. It is usually a two-day process. He takes Brendan and tells Brendan about each person as they prepare the soil and plant the flowers. Next year, Katie will be old enough to help, too. She can almost walk now - maybe she can help this year ;o) .

Brendan had his first baseball game on Wednesday night. He had two great hits and scored both times (there were only two innings). Mike & Linda (Brendan and Katie's Godparents) got him a subscription to "Sports Illustrated for Kids" and he loves it - there are lots of baseball articles and pictures in it right now. His Kindergarten graduation is next Friday - then he has a busy summer ahead of him. He will be taking golf lessons, a Silly Science class at the college, CCD, baseball, tennis, and Vacation Bible School - but not all at once. Enough to keep him somewhat occupied, but not overwhelmed.

Katie will be hanging out with me. She is 14 mos. old now. She is walking between things right now and I'm sure she'll be running around here soon. She loves playing outside and going to the park. We had a picnic for dinner on Thursday night and she was fascinated with the geese (Brendan was feeding them bread so they were quite close to us). In spite of yesterday morning, she really is a good baby.

Well, that is all from our windy little corner of Wyoming..............

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Tom's Big Adventure!

Tom arrived home early this morning from his business trip to San Jose. He spent yesterday touring Carmel, Pebble Beach, and Monterey Bay before flying home late last night. Here are a few of his pictures:



View of the ravine at Pebble Beach. I'm thinking there are A LOT of golf balls down there.







The entrance to the Pebble Beach course.











The view from Tom's table at the restaurant at lunch.









Entrance to Pebble Beach $9
Hamburger for lunch $29
Pebble Beach Cap $30
Spending an afternoon at the golf course of your dreams (even if you don't get to actually play golf that day) ....Priceless!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pictures..........finally.


Katie enjoying ice cream - her absolute favorite treat!












Brendan at ESPN Zone in Denver Easter weekend.










Brendan's first lost tooth.














Katie's first piece of jewelry - and her Daddy bought it for her. She got a little bracelet at the Gardener's Market in Logan on May 13.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

My Mother's Day Weekend




I had a fabulous Mom's Day this year. We left on Friday to see the boys in Logan. It was a long trip with Katie - she isn't as good of a traveler as Brendan was/is. We stopped in Laketown to see Quincey's grave and I put a big ceramic angel on his headstone. He is buried on a hill overlooking the lake and a little raspberry patch. It was beautiful. Difficult, but beautiful. We then continued on to Logan. We had dinner with Marc, went swimming, and put the kids to bed. On Saturday morning, we had breakfast with my friend, Steve, and his family. I graduated HS with Steve 20 years ago (I am soooooooo old). We had the BEST time with them. Sean arrived after breakfast (he had been working in Tooele with his Grandfather). We went to the park and the boys all played football. Shalie arrived in time for lunch, then Sean and Shalie went swimming with the two little ones while Tom and Marc checked out the campus. We had dinner, played mini-golf, and had ice cream that evening. The boys surprised me Sunday morning with a beautiful Precious Moments figurine. I was so surprised! We went to brunch, then began the long drive home. It was the best Mother's Day I've ever had.

Tom has a business trip to San Jose this week. He will be attending a Traffic Control conference on Friday, and will be sight-seeing on Saturday before flying home that evening. He is planning on driving down the coast to Carmel and Monterey. I was going to go with him, but we didn't have anyone to keep the kids. I've never been to Northern California and was so looking forward to going. Oh well, there's always next time.............

Brendan graduates from Kindergarten on 6/2. He is pretty excited. Marc leaves for Alaska on 6/10. Everyone going in different directions........

That is my life, excitingly dull........................ :0)

Friday, May 05, 2006

Is it spring yet?

We woke up to a nice dusting of snow this morning! I cannot believe it is this cold in May. Our high today will be 39 and we are having rain/snow showers all day. I should appreciate it, I guess. By mid-July (when it is over 100 degrees), I will be longing for these cool, wet days.

My 20-Year High School Reunion is coming up this summer. I cannot believe it has been that long. I actually hadn't planned on attending. After the 10-Year Reunion, I promised Tom I would never make him go to another one. It is difficult when you graduate with 13 in your class - and one of those people happens to be your ex-husband. He, Tom, and I actually handled it better than some of my classmates. They honestly didn't know how to deal with us being there with different people. I think it made some people a little uncomfortable. But, now that we are in "planning mode", I am beginning to get a little excited about it. Maybe this time will be easier for all of us.

We are leaving for Utah next Friday. We will be with the boys for Mother's Day weekend. I am sooooooooooo excited about it. We are also going to be having breakfast with one of my high school classmates and his family. They live in Logan and have a daughter who is Brendan's age.

Tom has to go to Laramie tomorrow morning to help our niece move. She is finished with her semester and is moving back home to Tom's Mom's house. I have a feeling he will be very tired (and sore) by tomorrow afternoon.

After we get back from our trip to Utah, Tom has to go to San Jose for a Traffic Conference. I am so jealous. I have always wanted to go to Northern California. We tried to arrange things so I could join him, but we don't have anyone to keep the kids. Tom will be spending one extra day there so he is thinking of golfing rather than sight-seeing. That way, we can discover it together next time he has a meeting there. It is so nice of him to make such a sacrifice for me ;o) .

Marc is finished with his Finals. He will continue working with his Grad Student (doing fish research of some kind) until he leaves for Alaska next month. He is really excited to be going.

Sean pulled his first calf this week. He is helping one of his friends while his friend is out of town. Well, friend's cow couldn't deliver her calf so Sean had to pull it. I don't think he was overly thrilled by the experience (pretty messy and gross), but he was excited that he was successful. He sounded pretty proud of himself when he told us about it.

Brendan lost another tooth this week (his fifth). After the first few teeth he lost, the Tooth Fairy left him dollar bills. Then he complained that he never got any change from her. So, this time the Tooth Fairy left him 5 quarters (for five teeth). He has now decided that maybe he'd like to start receiving "paper dollars" again.

Katie is finally over the stomach flu. That was sure fun for all of us......NOT. I found a great appetite suppressant though: watch your one-year old daughter vomit...................all over the dining room............... during dinner. Tom, Brendan and I were ready to join her. I shudder just thinking about it. I'm just thankful she is feeling better now. She is back to her perky, happy little self.

I got offered a job today. I hadn't even applied for one - I just got a phone call from out of the blue. It was for a full-time position and I am not ready to go back to work full-time. Heck, I can't even make it into work for my 6 hours/week now. Since Tom's Mom got sick, I haven't had anyone to keep Katie while I work so I haven't been able to go in very much. I go in on weekends to catch up on filing, etc. - but I miss being there when PEOPLE are in the office. My niece, Amy, is going to keep Brendan and Katie for me this summer while I work my 6 whole hours each week. Luckily, my boss has been MORE THAN UNDERSTANDING about this.

Well, I've got to go get Brendan from school. I will let you know how the weekend in Utah goes.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are moms.

Blessings-