Thursday, August 4, 2011

These Days Just Blow Right By

Yes, I realize it is Thursday, and in the world of ever quick updates and speedy technology - it seems irrelevant to tell you about Aiden's weekend (last weekend) at this point. But alas, here are the photos and silly captions:

Glenn and Maria have family in town from New York right now, who were just dying to meet Aiden (who wouldn't be??) so we went over for dinner Friday night and had spaghetti. Then Papa Deiker and Aiden played in the garage for a bit.

Papa's new golf cart

Taking Grandma for a ride
I know Aiden has been growing like a weed recently but looking at this picture, all I can see is his tremendously long legs - at least he gets something from his mom. But mind you, those legs, like over night, have gotten so hairy it is ridiculous - even the thing he gets from mom has dad all over it. Poor kid is going to be a warewolf by the time he is 12.




Silly Guys
After dinner we took a late drive out to the lake and didn't get there until nearly 10:30. Yes, I know I am lame, but if you think I did anything besides go right to bed you are seriously kidding yourself.

Since Aiden slept all the way there and all night, he was up at 6:30 ready to go. And what a busy morning we had...


While getting sunscreen and swim suit on before going outside I told Aiden he could ride his bike so he went looking for his helmet, and suddenly came running into the kitchen saying he had an owie. He is at the age where almost anything constitutes and owie, so I said, "You're fine, put on your helmet." But he kept insisting so I said, "show me where your owie is." And sure enough he had a nice little cut on his finger and it was bleeding.

Poor guy. 

And since I fix owies with peroxide, neosporin and bandaids - it is hard to get to steps two and three because he is never very trusting after step one. But by the time we were filling up the pool he totally forgot.


While digging in the shed for his pool toys he found his fully-functional fishing pole. Then he decided to practice fishing in the pool.


He really went at it for a bit, and soon discovered why many of the men he knows usually park their reel in the water then sit and wait.


So he dropped the hook in the pool and took a seat about 10 feet away on the deck.
The best things happen when you're just hanging out on the deck in the morning.

We spent most of the day on the boat, it was so hot that I didn't even mind the green water.

Aiden had his first lesson in why not to lean over the edge of the boat too! We went to get gas and I was standing in the water, about hip deep (5 feet for me I know hahaha) and holding the boat. To entertain himself, Aiden was tossing his floatie toys over the side and pulling them in. After the third time or so he decided he wanted to peer over the side to see the splash - so he leaned over the side of the boat, tossed his toy, didn't let go, and went right in with it.

It was soooooo funny. He didn't panic or make much noise, I think he was mostly startled. But his little life jacket floated him right side up and I walked around to grab him and set him on the back of the boat. He whimpered a little but not much, especially because I was laughing so hard. (A+ parenting??)

Anyway, after a hot day on the water we went to Josh's for dinner - so the boys could work on their boats mostly. Aiden and I were pretty bored so me made the rounds to near by houses and said hi to everyone. I think Josh noticed that Aiden was bored to he tried to keep him busy...

By loading him up with sugar

And teaching him about water guns
After dinner, we took Aiden home to crash and ended up crashing pretty hard ourselves. I only got about 15 minutes into Cloverfield and then passed out. 

Sunday we had a nice little surprise - Grandma and Grandpa Deiker called to say they were on their way. They came around lunch time and hung out with Bubba on the beach for the afternoon.

Papa Deiker and Aiden

Papa laughing at Aiden


Aiden also played in his pool a bit - in fact, I think he was doing his very best to pretend he was wake boarding. 




Aiden stayed over night with Grandma and Grandpa and we headed home around dinner time. When we got home I decided to give Cloverfield another go. I don't know why I am so fascinated with creature features but I love them. And I also don't know why everyone hated the movie, I loved it. I actually screamed out loud a couple times!

Thank God I crashed out early because it has be a rough week. I haven't left the office before 5:30 even once this week. It's so busy. I really am not complaining though. I love that I care about my job, I love that I feel like I am doing relatively important things and I love that I don't have homework to do when I go home right now.

Speaking of, I have decided I want to go to grad school. Pending the financial aid situation. I will definitely be doing so at CU and I am meeting with my academic adviser next week to ask all my questions and get sorted out. The idea is to hopefully get going immediately after graduation because really, if I quit now I may never go back and what am I going to do with myself when I have no homework??

As always good friends - push yourself as hard as you can and then maybe a little harder. Do what makes you happy. Get yourself so stressed out that you have no choice but to be brutally honest with everyone you know. I am getting to that point where every sentence begins with, "Want me to tell you the truth...." and I love it. Be brave. Today is your day, you're off to great places, you are off and away!

***

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch.
You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.
And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And if you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.
No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.
All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!




2 comments:

COmeetsNE said...

Thanks for sharing about Aiden's weekend! Totally worth waiting a couple days to see those pics!

(I cannot believe he is getting hairly legs already, isn't he too young for that!? Ah I am starting to feel old since he is getting old!)

I cannot wait to hear more about this grad school thing! I need to see you and your weed (Aiden) ASAP!

Outnumbered said...

Is book club at your house? We can see you then?? He can show you his hairy legs and play with your puppy