Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fun Times

I have had some people indicate they wanted more pictures of Braden, and I don't want to be a grandma that bores you with pictures, so if you don't want to look, stop now.  It's all about him.

The proud parents.  They look pretty good on very little sleep.

The proud grandparents.  They needed their sleep the night before in order to look really good for the picture.

Uncle Russ and Aunt Paige taking their turn.

Aunt Abby takes over.  She even got to watch him the end of last week!  Grandma is jealous!

Kent, my brother, and his family were in Manhattan to drop Brian off at KSU.  Brian and Braden came to Manhattan on the same day. 

 The Bauer boys three generations pose for a photo. 

His going home outfit on Saturday.  As you can see, he is already sporting the KSU gear.

This Saturday.  He was pretty sleepy in the afternoon, but Tamara and Blake say he is wide awake in the middle of the night.  I'm pretty sure he is going to be a blond.

My parents, Blake, Braden, and me.  Braden was happy to get to meet his great-grandparents.

That's enough for the first week.  They just change so quickly in the first year.  I love to hold newborns with their little legs curled up and they snuggle in.  We are blessed that he is a healthy boy with great parents.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Random Dozen

1. What is your favorite Mexican dish?

Taco salad.  I especially like the ones made in the food booth at the Clay County Fair.

2. When you were a kid, did you get started on your homework right away after school, or did you procrastinate?

My middle name was procrastinate until I got to be older, way older.  It was more of a problem with projects or papers than actual book studying.

3. What is your favorite store for home furnishings?

Where does this lady live who writes these questions?   In Clay Center we have one choice, Orr's Furniture City, and they are going out of business for the umpteeth time.  But I would have to say I have bought more there than anywhere else. 

4. When you were young, did you like school lunches?

I never really thought about liking them or not.  Taking a lunch didn't seem to be an option and I don't remember anyone in my class bringing their lunch.  The meal I liked least was pinwheels which were meat rolled up in bread like a cinnamon roll.  I don't know why I didn't like them.  We did have more homemade items and variety than I see at school now. 

5. Is religion a crutch?

I liked Mrs.'s E's answer from Easy Street.  I don't like it when people don't think for themselves and use religion to hide behind.  But I have also seen people who have no belief, and I feel sorry for them.  A lady on my blog list has suddenly become aethist and she sure doesn't seem very happy to me.  (By the way, she doesn't know me so don't be worried she is reading my blog.)

6. In your region, what is the "big" (most popular in the community or state) high school sport?

Wrestling is big in Clay Center.  For girls, the softball program has been very successful and is well known throughout the state. 

7. Do you consider yourself rich?

According to whose standard?  I have everything I need and great family and friends.  I am rich.

8. Which of these would you have the best chance for success in administering:


B) Heimlich Maneuver

C) Changing a flat tire

I am going to chose B but I think I could also do C.  I  may have to do the Heimlich on a kid trying to sneak gum at the middle school someday.  As far as CPR, I feel more confident since they took away the part where you breathe into someone else's mouth.  All you have to do is pump on their chest, but I am afraid I would get tired, then they would die, and I would feel bad.

9. Which dance would you prefer to learn & why:

A) Salsa

B) Hip Hop

C) Waltz

D) Swing

D - I am not much of a dancer at any rate. 

10. What's the worst news you've ever delivered to someone?

I had to tell Kyle his dad died.  It was expected and an end to his suffering, but still hard.  He had gone to Oklahoma to get some cattle that day because his dad had wanted him to, and he really had already figured it out by the light being on over at his mom's.

11. Name something you learned in college that had nothing to do with classes or academics.

It is really humid in eastern Kansas as opposed to western Kansas.

12. New variation on an old question: If there's a song in your head that just won't get out, what is your favorite (or most repeated) line in that song?

I can't just manufacture a song in my head, and it never is the same song.  I find myself with church hymns or praise songs in my head more often than other songs.

Friday, August 20, 2010

He's Here

Braden Bowles Bauer
August 20, 2010
8lbs. 7 oz    22 inches long
Everyone is doing great.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Random Dozen

I was counting on my next post being pictures of the new baby, but he is taking his own sweet time arriving.  So I decided to do the Random Dozen and maybe the next post will be about a new baby.

1. What is your favorite fair/carnival food?
I like cotton candy but it is a sticky mess and I hate sticky messes.  Maybe snowcones?  At the state fair, I always get a box of salt water taffy.
2. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
That is a tough one because I am such a tosser.  I need to go through all my folders at school and get rid of material I haven't used for several years and also activity sheets that went with my old text books.
3. What is your favorite gift to receive?
I like to receive jewelry and flowers.  I know it is corny, but the best gift is just being together.
4. When was the last time you tried something new?
I had a #7 at El Puerto's instead of a #12 yesterday.
5. What is your favorite and least favorite book genre?
Least favorite would probably by science fiction.  Favorite is harder because I like a variety including mystery, romance, Christian fiction, and occasionally an autobiography.
6.Silver or Gold?
I think gold probably looks better with my skin tone, but I like silver too.  It is funny how jewelry color goes in and out of fashion.
7. What makes you sigh?
Sticky messes A slower metabolism.
8. If you didn't know how old you are, how old would you claim you are?
Definitely 40 but that doesn't explain the 28 year old son.
9. Would you break a law to save a loved one? To protect a loved one?
10. If you had to teach something, what would it be?
I am going to say middle school FACS.  Oh, wait a minute, that is what I do.
11. You're having lunch with 3 people whom you respect and admire. They begin to criticize a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. What do you do?
This question probably isn't going to happen in a town our size, but I would defend my friend.  Hopefully steering the conversation would take care of it.
12. Which of the 5 Love Languages is your prominent means of experiencing love?

Quality Time

Physical Touch

Acts of Service


Words of Affirmation

I have read the book this question came from, and took the quiz again, and still came out with quality time followed by words of affirmation.  I think that is common for women according to the book.  If you haven't taken the quiz, you can on the 2nd Cup of Coffee blog found in my blog list.  It asked for your name, but you can skip that part.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

This Girl

This girl is going back to KSU tomorrow.  She caught this monstrous fish with Paige and Russ a couple of weeks ago.  Her jobs this summer have been giving baths at Presbyterian Manor from 6-10am and cleaning motel rooms.  We have joked about how that is going to impress the heck out of the girls going through recruitment who ask what she did this summer!

She may take her Power Rangers gun.  She would have liked me to wash the t-shirt every day, but that didn't happen.  She loved her Power Rangers.  Notice the cute belt and holster.

Some in the family have accused me of spoiling her.  But I ran across this picture, which was really of Blake's birthday, but notice the girls on the divan.  I will not be held fully responsible!

Have a good year, Abs.  We will miss you here at home.
Love, Mom

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hot Out?

I couldn't resist this cartoon, but I had to edit out the popcorn's response.  Use your imagination.  Isn't this how it has been the past few days, though. 

In other news, the girls and I saw the movie, Dinner for Schmucks, yesterday.  At Manhattan, on Thursdays a small bag of popcorn and small drink are $1 each which is quite a savings for the movie theater.  The only low moment was when Paige yelled out from the line, "Mom, did you ask about a senior discount?"  The 15 year old behind the glass said, "No discounts for matinees."  Thankfully the 50 plus man to the lef tof me spoke up that I was too young for the discount.  I said to the offending daughter, "What senior discount starts at 51?"  But later Kyle informed me that AARP starts at 50 and Valerie Bertinelli was the cover girl for that publication this month.  As for the movie, it had it's funny points and made me wonder who could have thought of all the things in it.

Last night we went swimming in the neighbor's pool, which was a great way to cool off.  There was another neighbor there with his 2 year old grandson, and it was fun to watch him.  That will be us in a couple of years!

The primary is over.  Maybe we will get a break from the phone calls for a while anyway.