Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Prior to today, he only had one Thomas engine to play with, and the jet engine it came with. He is the littler metal version that doesn't fit on the normal wood tracks. So, after a visit to my friend Karla's house last week where her youngest boy has like just about every Thomas train available and Noah had SUCH a good time, we decided this might be something we could start investing in. However, the nice wood trains that fit on the wood tracks are expensive - $15-$20 for just one. Terry went in to the North Platte Walmart to get him one as a treat last weekend and they didn't even have any! So, that left us with almost no options.
Thank goodness for the internet here in the barren Nebraska cornfields.
When we got home Terry hopped on Ebay and bid on one set that looked good out of like 12 pages - 40 engines all in pretty good shape for a reasonable price. Of course, when he started bidding, the price went up, but he won with a good price too. Something like $3-$4 a train. Don't do the math... HA! Or else you'll know how much we spent.
So the package came today and we sneakily gave Noah a few new toys and hid the rest. He got a Thomas, Annie and Clarabel (his coaches), and Thomas' friend Percy, so he had someone to play out the stories with. Yeah, Noah's always telling the stories as he plays. Quite cute.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Anyway, Cody Park is pretty much the hub for all the festival's activities. Most of the vendors were packing up but all we really wanted to do was ride the little kid amusement park rides and have some ice cream. I took Noah there last year for this when Terry was at the junior high rally Surge an hour away. Noah had soooo much fun last year. He was like laughing and hooting and hollering he was just having so much fun. It was all brand new! The most exciting thing he'd been on before was a swing. These weren't that much more impressive, but still better.
Oh, and then we had some chocolate ice cream (b/c why would you have anything else but chocolate?). It was great...in a dish. Last year Noah and I stood in line for like 15 minutes to get our cone. We were walking away and had got a couple licks in when it fell off the cone onto the nasty concrete. I'm sure they would have given me another but I was so ready to go.
This ride just goes around in circles. Terry didn't think he could stomach it (sensitive w/spinning) so I went again. I have some of the BEST pictures on my phone from this last year. If only we had Verizon down here I could upload them.Evie giggling later that night...video to come.
We're always complaining that we don't have anything to do (well, one of us is anyway =) ) so we just packed up the kids, fed them in the car and drove to Rail Fest! Yes, Rail Fest. That sounds so Midwestern, doesn't it? Well, fortunately, we live in the Midwest and Noah LOVES trains.
Rail Fest is a festival of trains. Duh Eva. A brochure we picked up says Rail Fest is Home of Bailey Yard, the largest railroad classification yard in the world. It further says that Bailey Yard:
- covers 2850 acres
- has enough room to enclose 2800 football fields
- where 3000 cars are sorted each day
- has 18 receiving and 16 departure tracks
Awww. He looks so cute.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
At 10am we headed over to Terry's aunt and uncle JoAnn and Herb's house who live on the main drag directly across from the park! We had premo seats, although when the sun got above the trees, we were pretty hot and squinty. But it was good nonetheless. And we had company - Terry's family and some other friends from church. Last year it was pretty chilly and we didn't know anyone. This year was much more enjoyable. Yeah, and last year Noah had no clue what was going on. He just had this inquisical look on his face the whole time. We had to get the candy for him and everything. This year he knew just what to do, although he calls candy "candle." Habits are hard to break.
After the parade we had lunch inside while Terry wrangled up some high school kids to help with the kids booth. The (very) small Christian school puts on a kids booth with a variety of games to raise money and asked Terry to help last year. He did again this year, although the kid helpers grumble somewhat, but at least they helped!
Candy retrieving. Next to Terry is Andrea Carlson, the blonde girl is Kalli (Tawnya and Tim's youngest), Kellen w/the hat (T & T's middle with a heart defect - 5 heart surgeries and 2 brain surgeries), JoAnn (Tawnya's mom and Terry's aunt), Herb clapping (JoAnn's husband).
Why yes, that's a llama. Yaaeee! I'm a llama again!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We were visiting w/the fam and when I tried to get Terry to hold Evie, he said he had to go the bathroom. Noah of course followed him. When he came out again I heard Noah behind me say "candles" and turned around to see Terry bringing me a chocolate-chocolate cake w/27 lighted candles. Yeah, pretty good huh?! He can surprise me I guess. I didn't suspect a thing.
But more surprises were to come.
He gave me a sheet of notebook paper w/a poem hand written on it:
--I did not get you "27 Dresses"
for your 27th B-day.
Instead I made you 27 messages
that you will discover on Wednesday.
Each message is a clue
leading to what you must do
to discover your next notes
which will be hidden though not too remote
I hope you have fun on
this little quest
Though I don't want it to
keep you from getting your rest
I did this to give you a
And maybe you can share it with your daughter and son.
I hope that you know I love you.
If I liked tobacco you'd be my chew
Happy Birthday, Eva, my wife
I'm glad God made you a huge part of my life!--
So, after putting Noah and Evie to bed, I embarked on this great adventure birthday scavenger hunt. And hour and a half later, I was done. Pictures to follow.
#3 said, Use the "tool" to mix your eggs. Some might use it to stir up dregs. This was the canister I put my cooking supplies in.
#5 said, To turn this on, sometimes tricky. Maybe the switch is sticky. This was taped to the back porch light - the switch hardly ever works to turn on that light.
#6 said, This "sweet ride" is nearly fixed. Look in the place where Noah kicks. That, of course, was in our silver van, taped to the back of the driver's seat that Noah kicks when he's sitting there. It needed to be fixed b/c back in May I had a little accident and the fender and door got somewhat crunched. Terry acquired a comparable used bumper, fender and door that he's repainted with the help of a man he was introduced to...so now it's "nearly fixed" and hopefully we can sell it.
#7 said, Trying to keep our dishes clean, Never had luck w/one of these. Out in storage taking up space, You'll find our next clue starring at your face. This was in the shed taped on the dishwasher that was originally in the parsonage. Terry's dad got us another one at a garage sale b/c the other one didn't really work. But the newish one doesn't either b/c of the nasty hard water - leave a terrible film over everything it "cleans."
#11 said, A film we skimmed in the last 7 days Has a clue to direct your ways. That was Casino Royale. When I opened the case, there was a DVD that said #12 on it.
#12 was a personal message from Terry that he had recorded that morning while I was at Kathy Hult's have a birthday party. It was quite funny. It said, Noah doesn't like it, We take it out. If we miss some he will shout." I was pretty stumped and Shari called. She was stumped. Terry called and gave me a clue. It was ICE. When he doesn't finish his milk we put it in the fridge and when we get it out again, sometimes there's ice there and if we don't take it out, he will shout.
#17 said, Little Red Engine on a red bike has a note you will like. I thought at first of Noah's trains but then remembered Terry's motorbike - "red engine!"
Debbie Spencer stopped by here and gave me some pumpkins. She tried to help me with the next clue but neither of use had any idea. So she took my picture since I couldn't get my camera to do it myself.
#27 was a sweet note and had the last clue, To get there you need a chair. A lonely gift sits up there. Above pictures above numbers A gift for you like the others. This was in the basket above the fridge. The present was something for nursing...
Terry, you did SUCH a great job. I'm amazed at your creativity and love. Like Shari said while I talked to her during my search, I must have done something to you b/c she didn't know you had it in you to be so sweet. I feel so special to be the one that gets to receive all your love. Thank you for a wonderful 27th birthday!