Happy 2nd Birthday Ace!

Two years ago today Ace made his first appearance in this world.  It’s amazing how fast time flies…can it really be two years already?

Momma is sad that her little baby…is not so much of a baby anymore.  I am excited that my little boy is becoming…well, a little boy.  😀

So, what has happened in Ace’s 2nd year?  A whole lot…

Ace has figured out that the world extends much farther than the walls of our home.  The boy loves to be outside, at the park, riding on the mowerswimming in the pool, swinging on the swingset, or at the zoo

He no longer fits in the kitchen sink for bath time, so we had to actually finish installing the bath tub in our upstairs bathroom.  He has some foam letters that float in the bath tub, and at only two years old, he can tell you what every single letter is…both upper and lower case.   (He’s a genius)  😀

Ace spent his summer going new places and doing new things.  Remember going to COSI, doing the chicken dance on the field at Cooper Stadium, going to Iowa for vacation, and swimming at the beach?  We had a blast last summer…

Not everything last year was cheerful and happy though.  We had to put down our family dog, Buddy.  And after trying for 11 months, we got pregnant, and then mis-carried.  Ace was young enough that he wasn’t really affected though, which is a good thing.   

Last fall Ace drank his last bottle, went to his first fly-in and demo derby, went to Circle-S-Farms, and dressed up like a Vampire for trick-or-treat.

Winter time brought on Wildlights at the Zoo, an amazing Christmas, a new fish tank, and locking Momma out of the house.  😀

So what will next year bring?  So far we have a two week vacation planned at the end of summer, which I’m sure will provide some good blog fodder.  Other than that I’m sure there will be some more mower riding, swimming, playing, and hopefully….some potty training!  😀

Ace’s birthday party is planned for this weekend, and I know of at least one present he is getting that will get some exposure time here on DadThing.  Stay tuned to hear all about his newest big boy toy!  😀

Happy Birthday Momma!

Momma turns 28 today!
( Hope I don’t get in trouble for revealing her age. 😀 )

I’ve been out of town all week for work and expect to get home tonight to celebrate her birthday.  I missed Momma’s Birthday last year.  So, just incase I get stuck out of town again I wanted to tell her Happy Birthday face-to-face…or as close as I can get to face-to-face.  😀

So without further ado…

Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday Dear Momma…
Happy Birtday To You!

Is There A Way, It Could Stay, Independence Day?

Momma and I ventured our way deep into the mob of people who take over down town every year to catch a glimpse of the colorful explosions…and a mob it was!  From young ganstas to old bitties, everyone was in attendance.

We found a great spot, on top of a bridge about 200 yards or so from where they let off the fireworks.  AMAZING VIEW!  (and an even more amazing neck cramp) I’m glad we didn’t take Ace to this firework display though!  The booms were loud enough and strong enough that I could feel my heart flutter every time one went off…and Ace wasn’t too keen when the neighbor was letting off firecrackers earlier in the week.

After experiencing one of the best displays of controlled explosions I think I have ever seen, we sat in traffic for about an hour before getting home.  It’s alright though…there was plenty to entertain us.

First, a bunch of the whitest white boys, with white boy dancing skills, were getting jiggy to some Michael Jackson…in the back of a lifted pick up truck in the parking lot.  “THRILLER! THRILLER!” I’m betting alcohol had absolutely no influence there… 😀

Second, we were entertained by the guy who was stuck down town.  His “friends” left him to find his own way home.  He was yelling into his cell phone trying to get someone to come pick him up.  What I learned… if your in need of some help…yelling and screaming into the phone at someone when you are trying to influence them to pick you up…probably won’t get you anywhere…except more PO’d!  😀  I can’t laugh to much though…I’ve been left somewhere by some “friends” and it took a $40 taxi ride to get me home.

The next night one of the smaller suburbs were doing their fireworks.  We took Ace this time and did not get very close at all.  Tryin to ease him into the big BANGS and BOOMS, ya know?

He loved it!  If he concentrated any harder his eyeballs would have popped right out of his head.  I think next year is a GO for the big fireworks celebration down town for Ace.

So, if I were not looking forward to next years fourth of July celebration with Ace, I would say is there a way, it could stay, Independence Day?

PS:  The camera has been acting up lately, so I did not get any pics from this weekend.  However it is working again, so there will be some more exciting pics coming soon!  😀

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POLL RESULTS: How Much Do You Spend On Each Of Your Children At Christmas?

Well, the poll has been up for a little more than one month and we have had 25 votes.  Here are the results:

POLL RESULTS: How Much Do You Spend On Each Of Your Children At Christmas?

Momma did all the shopping this year, like always, so I’m not sure how much we actually spent on Ace, but I would guess it was in the $101-$200 group.

So, it looks like we are right in there with the majority of parents!  I feel better now. 🙂