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Happy Birthday, Nater Tater!

Nate and His Cake

Nate and His Cake

Well, if you can believe it, the Nater Tater is 3.

It’s been a fun year this past year. Nate went from almost zero verbal communication to full blown sentences. His speech therapy has been amazing to watch and I praise all the great folks who have worked with him so diligently.

Nate’s also turned into quite the computer guru. He can turn on the computer by himself, log in, open a browser and he knows which link will take him to “games.” And if he’s feeling in the mood for a little Disney Toontown action, he asks Mommy or Daddy to “type it” - referring to the password needed to get in (he hasn’t figured out how to do that yet).

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  • Happy Birthday, Honey Pie Sugar Bunch!!!

    Birthday Roses

    Birthday Roses

    My wife is very smart. Most of you know this by now, but I need to throw that out there because she single-handedly figured out ALMOST everything that was going to happen surrounding her birthday today.

    Now, granted, she told me what she wanted:

    • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - We are both huge Depp fans (obviously she more than I for, again, obvious reasons), and have been looking forward to this for a while. I still wish we could have seen it in the theatres, but ah well. The big screen TV will have to do.
    • “If you are going to get me flowers, I want roses: red, orange and yellow.” - Well, this blew part of my plan, as I had already placed an order last weekend for her usual favorite: purple irises. Thankfully I was able to call and cancel it since they hadn’t left yet. But, she knew, somehow…and here’s the kicker. She wanted the roses from Safeway or King Soopers. WHAT?!?! I thought she was crazy. But I forgot that one little thing: my wife is smart!
    • “I’ve got dinner covered.” - Again, ruining part of my plan. I had secretly talked to Cathy to make sure she could babysit, then I was going to pick up dinner from one of the places close, so that Delphine didn’t have to cook (or Cathy, who is kind enough to watch the kiddos), and so that we could go out. But she already had the big chicken pot pie pulled out and ready to drop in the oven tomorrow afternoon.

    [SIGH] She’s so smart. (more…)

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  • Dean Glandt Tribute

    Greetings, all!

    For those of you that weren’t able to make it to the memorial service for Delphine’s dad, Dean Glandt, it was very beautiful. The folks from Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes did a great job of making sure everything was taken care of, instructions were given when needed, and everything went so smoothly.

    After the memorial service and the graveside service, we all came back to the church for an early dinner. During dinner, Dean’s children and grandchildren presented a PowerPoint presentation that we had collectively put together. We had all gathered pictures and stories from the past, and put it together with music chosen by Perriann and Delphine. We got a really nice response from a lot of folks and afterwards a few people asked if I could put it on CD or DVD.

    After doing some research and trying a few programs out, I finally decided on Camtasia, a screen capture software package that allows you to record audio and motion from your computer for sharing in several different formats.

    Right now, I have available a web-based version. It requires Adobe Macromedia Flash Player, so if you don’t have that, you won’t be able to see the presentation. You can get it by clicking here.

    Tribute Presentation: Click here to launch the video in a separate window. If you have any pop-up blockers, be sure to allow my site to launch pop-ups. Also, depending on your Internet connection, it may take a little bit to load enough to start playing, but it will show you the loading progress when you launch the presentation.

    I’ll be working on getting this on DVD for those in the Glandt family that aren’t on the Internet on a consistent basis, or for those that would just simply like a copy of the tribute.

    Enjoy!
    -Myles-

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  • Rest In Peace: Dean Glandt

    As some of you have already heard, my father-in-law, Delphine’s dad, Dean Glandt, passed away at 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, May 17, 2007. So it goes…

    A few weeks ago, Dean had fallen out of his bed at the Life Care facility in Cheyenne and broke his femur at the hip. The doctors gave him about a 1 in 20 chance of even surviving the surgery. However, those of you that knew Dean knows that those were very beatable odds for him.

    While he made it through the surgery just fine, recovery over the next week and a half did not go as well. Dean was just too weak to fight this final battle.

    A week ago last Friday they transferred him to a beautiful hospice facility in Cheyenne where they kept him very comfortable for his last days. His wife, his two daughters and one of his grandsons were by his side when he passed away.

    Dean was used to fighting for his life. When he was very young, he had Rheumatic fever and was not expected to live past the age of 11. He grew up with a damaged heart, had one of the valves in his heart replaced, and had gone through several pacemakers. About 10 years ago, he fell down the stairs at his house in Cheyenne and had to have steel rods put in his legs to get everything back together. A surgery that made his leg 2 inches shorter than the other. He had a couple of nasty spills after that, as well. I tell you all that to say that through each incident, when people thought he might just give up, he fought back. (more…)

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  • Bargain Hunting - or, Why My Wife Rocks!

    Allie's New Swing SetO.k., first off, see that picture off to the right there? That’s a new swing set that my wife and I purchased recently. Actually, I should stop right here and tell you that she was the one that found this. Delphine is an amazing garage sale guru. She has the uncanny ability to sniff out a great sale at over 3 miles.

    This particular purchase (I’ll get to the price in a bit) came from a garage sale in the neighborhood just behind ours. We were out, as we are wont to do, garage sale-ing on a beautiful Saturday morning. We pull up to this particular one and get out. I’m looking at the electronics and computer stuff (in typical geek fashion), and she is looking at…well…everything else. She notices a bulletin board that has a picture of the swing set. She calls me over and we look at it. We are blown away by the price.

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  • The Peanut Turns Two!

    Allie Turns 2 In Style!Ah to be two again…

    Mood: Totally Stoked
    Listening to: Cake - “Mahna Mahna” from “For The Kids”

    Reading: Curious George Comes To America
    Watching: Shrek 2

    So, my daughter turned two today, the Summer Solstice, June 21st. Wild how she changes my life, almost every day.

    For all you dads out there, especially dads to daughters, I know you know how I feel. Children are the best things that can happen to you if you’re ready to allow them to jump into your heart.

    It could be the worst day at work, and VOILA! I get home, and hear the chorus of “Daddy, Daddy!” and everything else doesn’t matter, if only for a few minutes. It’s enough…that’s for sure.

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  • Myles Becomes A Nuncle!

    Canaan, Kevin and Sam!WOW! Well, it has finally happened! I have become a nuncle…yes a nuncle. It’s a play on words from Puke and Snot, the renowned comedy act of the Renaissance Festivals.

    But back to the whole nuncle business!

    My sister, Canaan, and her husband Kevin had their first child tonight, June 16, 2004, and he is absolutely beautiful.

    Samuel Arno Richards (Arno was our father’s middle name) was born at 8:45 p.m. (California time). He was 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and measured 19 inches long.

    Oh, and he’s beautiful…did I mention that? Yeah…heh.

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