Saturday, June 27, 2009

Catching up

Well, I guess I need to get everyone caught up on what’s been going on with me and the family.
I am still living in Tucson, Arizona. I was supposed to finish out my contract in June, but when I started looking for a future assignment, the offerings were slim to none. Eric and I thought about it long and hard and decided that the job I have now is allowing me to learn a lot and I’m also able to work a lot of overtime. I talked with the manager and she agreed to offer me an extension to my assignment. So, now I am here for another 13 weeks. My contract will now come to an end on October 10th. So now I will have first hand experience with extreme temperatures in the southwestern USA. Oh boy, I’m getting ready! Haha! Right now, I’m home for three weeks. The last contract ended on June 20th and then next one starts on July 13th, so I get to be home for that whole time! I’m having a great time. Rowan is growing so fast! He helps around the house so much. He likes to help fold clothes, sweep the floor and feed the dogs. He goes outside and plays in his play yard with his sandbox and feeds the goats hay through the fence.
Back in February, I went home for a week. I managed to time it for Valentine’s Day. Eric and Rowan managed to keep me entertained while I was home. Rowan is so big and talking so much. It’s amazing how well he understands some things. He’s gonna be a sharp one, I can tell you. While I was home, he told me the funniest thing. It still cracks me up. I was getting him ready for bed and was going to put his socks on. He said “No want socks!” I said “You don’t want to wear socks?” “No, want to go to bed with my toes”. Hysterical!
I then didn’t get to go home again until May. While I was home, we rode the train with Rowan. It was a wild west train robbery event. They gave out play money for us to have “robbed” from us. At one point they got off the train and had a gun fight as well. Rowan enjoyed the train and the drama, but when you ask what happened on the train, he says “They took my money!” That was the most important thing that he remembered about the ride.
Eric has been trying to get Rowan to talk on the phone, but all he says is “Hi Mommy” and “I done” and then hands the phone back to Eric. We tried the internet with the web cam and all he wants to do is sit in Daddy’s lap and draw. So he’s not quite ready for long distance communications. In the mean time, I’ve got my webcam set up, so if anyone wants to talk via Yahoo, let me know and I’ll add your name to my Yahoo. That would be cool to chat with more people around the world, or at least the country. Haha!
Eric had his hands full in March. We had seven nanny goats pregnant. It’s our first year raising Boer Goats. I think 5 of them delivered 9 babies in about one week. 3 of the babies were rejected by their moms, so Eric is bottle feeding them. They are so full of energy and climb on anything they can. Rowan loves the baby goats and you can see some pictures of him with them on the March tab of his website. The last two nannies delivered recently and we now have a total of 12 baby goats! We decided to have a theme of names and list them alphabetically. I asked for offers of themes from my friends and family on Facebook. I want to thank all of those who offered suggestions. We could use some of those ideas in coming years. We ended up with fruit names. Easy enough, except for “I”, we decided to leave I out since it could look like a 1. (see what I mean?). The names are Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Date, Eggplant, Fig, Grape, Huckleberry, Jujee, Kiwi, Lime and Mango. There are pictures on my Facebook page of all the goats. They are growing fast and the bottle babies are sooooo friendly that they nearly knock you off your feet.
Well, I’ll try to update more often, but as time goes on, it gets harder to remember everything that needs to be posted about.