Office Update
OK, so I guess the office apparently needs a bunch of stuff because it is wearing me out. I forgot about the water pipes for the backyard and I still have a header to put in over the door and some final touch up to the sheetrock. I have 4 sheets that I need to return and now I remember why I paid to have someone haul that stuff back. It's heavy.

In other wonderful news, I have no idea what we are doing for the 4th of July (probably working on the office). Aiden turns 4 months today (so he is a third) and I need to post some pictures. Also, Mindy still hasn't popped that kid.

  - Richard on Thr July 1, 2004 at 6:20 pm
     - Aiden is 1 and 1/2 years (21 months)
     - Keenan is 3 and 1/2 months

Finally some pictures
OK, here are a few pics, finally.

Aiden loves to hold Keenan's foot

Dawn and Aiden standing behind Sarah and Obie's wedding cake

Both of these are from when we went to Sarah and Obie's wedding on June 20th.

  - Richard on Sun July 4, 2004 at 7:52 am
     - Aiden is 1 and 1/2 years (21 months)
     - Keenan is 4 months

Some more pics
Dad stopped by the other day and we took a few pictures.

There was much excitement.

A good pic with everyone looking at the camera.

The attention span of a toddler takes over

Of course, Keenan decides he isn't moving anytime soon.

  - Richard on Tue July 6, 2004 at 3:22 pm
     - Aiden is 1 and 1/2 years (21 months)
     - Keenan is 4 months

A few quick notes just for kicks.

Grandma Lakeview came over yesterday to see us and we had a few things going on, but I was getting the impression it was more than she was up for handling at that exact moment. The phone was ringing quite a bit, at least more than usual; we had people in back working on the texture for the sheetrock; Aiden had climbed over his crib rail the other day so we took it off, but knew we had to go into town and get a new bed for him; tax payments were due yesterday (monthly estimates), etc, etc. We invited her to go along with us into town for the bed search, but she had just traveled over from Lakeview and decided to pass.

So, we rolled into town and started looking at kids beds. Of course, the first place we went was Beds 4 Less (since I've had success with them in the past). Aiden was climbing on this one bed that had a slide on it. Of course, the bed was on top and the slide came off of that and there was a ladder on the other side. Well, once he figured out how to go up and down all he wanted to do was go up the ladder and slide down the slide. Occasionally, he would stop long enough to jump up and down a few times. We looked at a big fire truck bed that was really pretty cool (it's a set of bunk beds) and we looked at an oak set. Finally, we decided that the slide bed was out since if he fell off of that it would be bad. The fire truck had the bottom mattress very close to the ground which was something that we both liked. The other option in all this was to get him a more "grown up" kinda bed.

We settled on the fire truck which of course, we had to have right then since he was falling out of his crib with no rail up and it was hard waking up all night long and putting him back in his bed (plus I wouldn't really like it if I was a kid and you kept sticking me back in a place where I would fall back onto the ground). We hauled it home and it was a bit of a pain to put together, but with the help of the mighty cordless drill (and the dremel to create some bits out of the allen wrenches they sent). It is done!

In the meantime, my office is now taped and textured. I'll probably try to put a sealer on it tomorrow morning (or maybe tonight) and then Dawn and her mom will be painting on Sunday. With some luck, love and a wee bit of sweat I'll be in it before August!

  - Richard on Fri July 16, 2004 at 11:38 am
     - Aiden is 1 and 1/2 years (21 and 1/2 months)
     - Keenan is 4 and 1/2 months

Joe and Mindy and Joey and Joshua make 4...
Mindy, somehow enduring Joe's existence, had their love child Wednesday afternoon sometime. Joshua Eric Watson was 7 lbs and something and 21 or so inches long. I should probably get accurate details, but I haven't even seen the little tike yet. Joshua Eric beat out a few other name selections including:
Zeke Watson
Hoss Cartwright Watson (which would result in Joey being renamed as Little Joe)
J. R. Ewing Watson (where Joe would teach him to say - "I wouldn't give you the dust off my car!")
Porky Watson

I do not yet know the exact origins of the Joshua Eric name, but I'll find out soon enough.

  - Richard on Sat July 24, 2004 at 6:30 am
     - Aiden is 1 and 1/2 years (21 and 1/2 months)
     - Keenan is 4 and 1/2 months