Saturday, November 29, 2008

Black Friday

Went out Christmas shopping yesterday morning. These boxed cards at Target aren't going anywhere.

Friday, November 28, 2008


We decided to spend Thanksgiving this year in Kansas City. At home. Just the four of us. And it was exceptional.

We got to create our own menu and do everything however we wanted. No luggage to pack, marshmallows on the sweet potatoes ... nor giblets.

Leslie got up early this morning and had warm cinnamon rolls waiting for us when we woke!

We of course made sure to call our families though, and it was great to talk to everyone.

The hazards of drawing trace-your-hand turkeys.

Cranberry sauce in progress. (Boiling them in OJ, not just the water that the recipe called for.) Jack even had seconds!

Jack eating the turkey leg that he's been talking about for days. During our nice, intimate dinner, I threw out the question, "What are you most thankful for this year?" As we went around the table and Leslie and I gave heartfelt replies about all that we're blessed with, Jackson's answer was "Turkey skin."

Landon's tryptophan smile.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Our weekend

Leslie and I had talked about eating out Friday evening. So on the way to school Friday morning, I asked Jack where he wanted to go eat that night. He said, "Japan!"

At a classmate's 5th birthday party Saturday afternoon. Yes, I know this picture's blurry. But I like it.

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On his way up to the children's sermon at church this morning, Jackson slid into place on his knees (he used to do this around the house, even wearing holes in his pants before). Pastor Sacia told me later that he then had a wierd look on his face. When she asked him if everything was alright, he whispered to her, "I just tooted."

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Jack really wanted to dust this afternoon. Next, he begged and pleaded to clean the toilet! Well, if you insist... (sorry, no pictures)

Landon now weighs double-digits! And Saturday night he only woke up ONCE! But ever since he's smiled a couple times lately, we do everything we can to get him to smile some more.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Who would've thought?

Look who Northwest's upcoming commencement speaker is. Get your tickets while they last — but no throwing tomatoes!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

You are here

The Department of Transportation's new cost-saving street signage in a down economy.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Paul and I have been YouthFriends since 2002. For his birthday coming up this week, we went to the Kansas City Chiefs game yesterday ... in my company’s suite.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Play date

Jack's best friend from school last year, Jake, came over yesterday afternoon...

...and his younger sister, Anna (here holding Landon). We miss them!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

At-home "photo shoot"

I took these way back on Oct. 20, when Landon was exactly one week old.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Landon’s first trip to Nebraska!

We went to see my family in Nebraska this weekend and got to spend lots of time with my grandparents. (Now, keep in mind that we recently moved to a new house and had a baby — only a few days apart). Jackson was eager to get up there and kept saying, “I wanna go to Grandma’s!” But I told him that we were going to stop at Momo & Papa’s in Omaha first and he wondered why. I explained that it’s on the way, they’ve moved out of their old house, and they have a new place that he hasn’t been to before. So Jack immediately asked, “Did they have a baby, too?”

Don’t they look great for 85 and 86? While talking about last week’s election results, Grandpa mentioned that the first president he remembers is Herbert Hoover. Wow.

Though it was cold and blustery, we still bundled up and played outside in Mom’s yard.

One of the reasons we picked last weekend to visit Nebraska was to attend my hometown’s “railing unveiling.” Sunday afternoon was the culmination of a downtown renovation project in which community members and civic groups commissioned funky art panels that were cut out of black metal. They were designed by local resident Tom Schlosser with Estate Metals. U.S. Senator Ben Nelson was on hand to speak and help cut the ribbon, reopening main street. Read and watch a news story here ... and click on the following pic to spot the transparent moon to the right of center.

Can you believe it — a two-block-long public art project!?! Until now, the most public art Bennington usually sees is when the fire department’s annual poster contest winners are displayed.

Here’s our description:
The Lowell & Nancy Neumeyer family panel represents many well-known aspects of Bennington’s agricultural heritage.

The 1952 Allis Chalmers tractor at the bottom left (which currently sits in a field adjacent to their home) represents the family’s several generations of farming. After earning a degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1953, Lowell returned to his hometown and was a successful farmer for as long as he lived. He loved raising a large cow-calf herd of Limousin cattle. In recent years, Nancy has served on the executive board of the Ak-Sar-Ben Buyer's Club Purple Ribbon Auction. Their children and grandchildren have been active showing livestock in 4-H.

The building on the left is the historical ice house that stored ice throughout the year, for use in ice boxes in the home, prior to the invention of the refrigerator. Blocks of ice were stored inside, packed with straw as insulation. Hans Neumeyer, Lowell’s father, owned the ice house which stood for decades just south of the Papio Creek on the west side of 156th Street.

Hans also owned the Bennington Transfer Company, with a fleet of drivers hauling such things as corn, cattle and milk. Milk was picked up from area farmers in metal dairy cans and delivered to Roberts Dairy in Omaha. One of the transfer trucks is depicted on the righthand side, and is an image which others who commissioned panels fondly remember. The building on the far right was the home of the Bennington Transfer Company, east of 156th Street on the north side of Warehouse Street, across from Centennial Park.

In addition, the Neumeyers are passionate about building civic pride and improving the community through horticulture, using both flowers and trees. Lowell was a founding member of Bennington’s original Tree Board and planted the beautiful trees along 156th street. Nancy continues that legacy on the Tree Board and the Bennington Community Foundation, all working to make a lasting impact for future generations.

On the drive back home Sunday night, with Leslie, Jackson and Landon asleep in the car, I was still thinking about how nice it was to see so many long-time family friends: the best man and maid of honor in my parents wedding, a guy who Dad was best man for, and another man who was one of Dad’s pallbearers. As I drove along in the silent darkness, seeing the combines harvesting late into the night, I witnessed a shooting star drop right in front of me.

Love you too, Dad.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Fan mail

A response I got from the CEO of The United States Olympic Committee (and a former Olympic athlete himself), who was a pallbearer at my uncle's funeral.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


An extra hour of "sleep" (ha!), and this is the view we woke up to in our back yard.

Just walkin' by Landon's crib after dinner, and he even looked way more angelic than this.