Sunday, May 29, 2005


I've been lucky the last couple of weeks. I have an on-line subscription to a Scrapbooking magazine. Theyt had worked out a deal with to allow access to the 1930 federal census. I was able to find all of my Grandparents, and their families. As well as a couple of Uncles who were either out on their own or were married already. I was able to find my fathers mother, she was only 12. I learned her mothers name, my Dad never knew it because he always called her Grandma. Her name was Cordelia. I found it interesting to discover that my Grandaddy, my Dads Dad, worked as a stenographer when he was 21. This also gives me some approximate birth years for some of the family members that we didn't have information on. I feel happy and satisfied with this information. I plan to get a years membership as soon as my Credit Card will handle the cost. It's almost $200. It will give me access to several census', as well as other databases. I really enjoy the research and I get a ... thrill when I find that elusive ancestor.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Cars and trucks

Aidan has discovered cars and trucks. He loves them. He even takes them to bed with him. I mentioned the book he picked out yesterday, it's about BIG TRUCKS! He usually loves to go out and play in the truck with his Uncle Jimmy, until today. Actually he still likes going out there as long as his book stays in the house. He didn't want Jimmy to read his book, and tried to hand it out the window to me. I don't know what he was thinking would happen to his book but he did not want it out there. In the end they did look at it together, and then Aidan climbed out the window, into my arms, carrying the book. Jimmy teased him by trying to grab the book. Aidan glared at him and tucked the book under his arm and turned away. It was funny.

I've been wanting to paint lately, but with Aidan around it's not an easy thing. If I had the time and the talent I'd like to paint some trucks on his wall, I don't know exactly what I'd do, but it would have trucks and cars and maybe even some tractors. Maybe I can find a stencil or something. Hmmm now I'm going to have to go looking around the internet for things I can use. Then I'll have to find the paints I'd want to use, and then figure out how to do it and how to get Aidan out of the way. Which means that it probably won't happen for awhile. I tend to start out all gung ho for a project, then as the problems build up I start to loose enthusiasm for it and eventually it gets left unfinished, or maybe even unstarted. But if I can get it done it will be really cute.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Shopping woes.

Remind me never to go to any store on it's opening week-end. We just got a Ross Dress for Less in Merced. Sometimes you can find good deals on things there. Howard and I decided to stop in and check them out. I didn't realize that it was opening week-end, that is until we walked inside. The place was a mad house, so many people! Children running loose with out parents any where close, and brand new cashiers. After I found a cute little outfit for Aidan (it was $7.99 for overalls and t-shirt) he spotted a book on Big Trucks. His favorite things are cars and trucks right now. So, for $3.99 I got that for him as well. I found a pair of jeans that fit me almost perfectly (I can make the adjustments needed) for $12.99, and a box for our mail for $3.99. We walked around a little more then got in line. Trust me to pick the slowest moving line in the whole store! I spent one and a half hours in that line. I guess someone was arguing about the prices on everything she had picked out, and then had a voucher which took extra work to get put into the register. Then it was shift change. Once I got to the check out, the girl was really sweet, but slow. She apologized for the delay and told me that almost all the cashiers were new to this job as of today. Oh well, Howard and Aidan went looking around while I stood in line, and then went out to the car so that we didn't have a whinny 2 year old in line for that long. I am pleased with my purchases, but I'll make sure that the next time we go over there it will not be any kind of special occasion.

Saturday, May 14, 2005


I've been putting things off, or forgetting to do them. For example, I really should finish painting the kitchen, but since Aidan isn't napping much any more I've been putting it off. I got the upper cupboards painted. (Did I tell you all about the paint?) I've also forgotten to mail Allen a book he left here in November, and some pictures of him when he was little. There is no real reason why I've been so lax with that. I just don't think of it when I'm going out of the house, or I'll be out of money at the time I do think of it. Or I'm sure I'll get around to it later. (sigh) I really need to get that package mailed, and finish the kitchen, and maybe even paint the bathroom.

Monday, May 09, 2005

When a boy meets a girl.

Yesterday we were Walking through Pier One for some ideas, when Aidan discovered a beautiful little girl named Bella. She was wearing a cute little pink tank top, it looked like it was made from a cotton type fabric and was embroidered with a nice geometric design, her skirt matched. Aidan loves feet and shoes so her pink platform thongs with the beads and flowers on the straps were of great interest to him. Bella was sitting on a red couch with bright colored cushions. At first Aidan just sat down near her, but then he moved closer and tried to kiss her. She refused, and leaned back to keep her face away from him. He wanted to hug her, but she wouldn't. She talked to him and asked me questions. I'd guess her to be about 3 or 4 years old, because of her language skills. She was only an inch taller than Aidan though. He didn't want to leave her, but when he finally did, to go try out a blue couch, she followed. He still wanted to kiss her, and she still refused. They were so cute together. It makes me wonder what I have to look forward to as he grows up. He IS only 2, you know.

Friday, May 06, 2005

My baby is growing up.

I've been noticing how different things are raising Aidan than it was with Christopher and Allen. I always had a little sadness that Chris and Allen were growing up. I'm sure many of you have at least heard a Parent say something like "He's growing up too fast!" or " I wish he could stay a baby longer." That is how I felt with the older boys. Now, with Aidan, I find myself looking forward to things he will do once he is older. Maybe it's because I have a better idea of what to expect this time around. I still want him to be my little boy, my baby, sometimes, but I'm also excited about the next steps he will take.

He is getting so big! He wants to do some things for himself, like take off his pants and diaper. But he isn't interested in doing other things, like putting on his own cloths or shoes. He would rather walk into his room to go to bed than be carried, but he still wants to be lifted up into bed. He also hates to put his toys away. He would rather throw things around. I recently started to put his toys out of his reach if he throws them. Now he is more careful about it, but when he is mad he tosses things around. He hasd a temper, but it blows over fairly quickly. He loves to play outside, I wish we had a fence so that we could go out and I could do some yard work or something. Oh yeah, He decided that naps are no longer a part of his life. In the last 3 weeks he has accidentally fallen asleep 2 times. Once in the car and once on the floor. We will adjust, but it's been hard.