Thursday, March 25, 2004

The Best $15 Ever Spent

Today's turning out to be a wonderful day. It's hard to imagine what $15 can give you these days. Kim went in for her ultrasound today to get a checkup for the baby. Her last visit she hadn't gained the 3-4 lbs. that the Doctors/Nurses said she should so they scheduled her for an ultrasound. Kim was pretty quiet and nervous this morning before we went as she was fearful something would be wrong. Well, everything turned out just fine and the baby has 10 fingers and 10 toes and by the measurements is 2 days ahead of schedule on growth. :) The baby weighed in at 11 oz.

It's something that can't be put into words the description of watching the baby swimming around in Kim's belly. The baby was moving all around and liked to wave at us while getting the ultrasound. We could easily see the heart and it's valves opening and closing, the brain, eye lenses, kidneys, stomach, ribs, spine, arms, and legs. The only thing we didn't see (or want to find out) was the prominent placement of a special organ that determines the sex. Hehe. So, that'll be a surprise for us yet. You can see the pictures in the gallery under before birth.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Smells Like Pickles

So, at work we've been playing a little game on one of our co-workers (Chad Kraus). It all started when we put a donut on a note on his desk while he was vacationing at the end of last year. Well, we decided to put the donut and note in his desk. That wasn't all bad in itself, but then we decided to take it to the next level. We started collecting various foods and put them in his desk drawer. Then one day he started to smell "pickles" in his pen drawer (little did he know that one drawer down he had a Quizno's Pepper bar). We thought, "Oh, wait, we can't have him find the drawer so we switched drawers with Cedric. We then moved the food drawer back yesterday. Well, today we got girl scout cookies delivered by Bob's daughter and he decided to put them in the food drawer. Well, he opened the drawer far enough to find the hidden treasures. LOL. Go here to find the photo gallery.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

The End of an Era

What a weekend of traveling. Kim and I went up to Rockwell City to watch our 5 year old nephew, Tyler, wrestle. That was pretty fun to watch them all. Oh how the agony of defeat hurts. :) Tyler got second overall so he did really well. We then travelled to Humboldt to visit Kim's Grandparents for a bit. Then drove back to Gilmore City to see Kim's Brother's family. Then drove back to Humboldt to eat at the Fireside bar/grill for some good eats. Then we departed for Nevada to visit some friends there and finally back to Ames. So, we accomplished the Central Iowa Tour.

My Dad got home yesterday from the hospital with no back pain other than the incisions from the surgery so that turned out good. I got quite a shock when I talked to him today as he sold half of his dairy herd and will be selling the rest tomorrow. It's quit hard to believe that it's happening as this is something that he's been doing for at least 30 years. He started out with just a handful of milking cows and through the years built a heard of around 40 milking at one time. He's had hired help to help him milk following my brother and my moving off the farm, but as of late can't find only one (who can't do it all alone) that is reliable enough to make it in the mornings or nights to milk them. He still has beef cattle that he can work with and the land to farm (pending his healing), but life won't be the same for him or my family.

Friday, March 12, 2004

It's Friday

Well, seems like another work week is wrapping up. My Dad went through a successful back surgery this morning so that made the day go smoothly. Now for his speedy recovery. He should be out of the hospital tomorrow. Well, Kim and I had her monthly Dr.'s appointment this past Wednesday and we get to go in and have an ultrasound in two weeks. The mid-wife who checked Kim over wasn't concerned about Kim only gaining 1 lb., but would still like to make sure everything's ok with the baby. Well, we're about to head up to Rockwell City to visit Kim's Brother and family then it's off to Humboldt to visit her grandparents. Should be a fun weekend. I'm outta here.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Wind Sucks

Well, it's been a while since I last wrote so I thought I'd do a little blogging. I'm glad today isn't windy as yesterday was just too much. Sunday wasn't much better for wind either. Went to Office Max and got me another compact flash card reader for at work yesterday. When I send in the $10 mail in rebate it'll be free. w00t! Now I'm all set to better document my day with photos. heh

Had a good weekend. Went up north to visit my family and celebrate Kim's b-day. Saturday was kind of weird as my Dad and Grandfather sold 15 heifers to a farmer in Sheffield. They sold a few cattle off as my Dad's going in for surgery on his back this Friday and won't be able to do as much till he heals up. So, hopefully everything goes well in the surgery and he'll have a fast recovery. Hopefully they won't have to sell anything else off till they really want to. It's hard to see them having to sell some off as farming is what they love to do and they've been working at it for their entire life.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Floppy Disk

So I'm sitting here copying some floppy disks to a network drive so I can get to them from my computer here at work. In fact, I have my "a" drive disabled on my workstation because I never use it. I can't remember the last time that I've even used one. I usually use my trusty USB drive or ftp to my host computer. I can't believe how incredibly slow the drive is. I'm certainly glad technology has improved over the years.

So, here are some pictures that I took this last weekend at ISU. Some are funny some are not. It's always fun to document a day with photos.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Welcome Home

Ah, it's so good to have Kim back from her trip to Florida. Friday afternoon and Saturday were fun days. Went up to Ames to hang out with a college buddy. We snapped some photos of various things at ISU and went to the movie Paycheck. A flick worth seeing.

I think there should be something done about Monday mornings. Have you ever had a morning where you put cereal in your glass instead of the bowl. At least I didn't put the cereal box in the fridge and the milk in the cupboard. haha