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My Kids are getting Edumacated

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Yesterday marked the first day of pre-school for Braelyn (officially, anyway, since she had a practice day Dec. 30) and toddle-care for Brody at La Petite Academy near our house. Both kids had a great time, and according to their first day report, Braelyn loved painting and Brody loved the stairs. I am not sure what stairs he loved as I don’t recall seeing any, but it does not come as much of a surprise.

Braelyn Day 1 at La Petite Academy

Braelyn loved painting the most.

Brody's First Day at La Petite Academy

Brody enjoyed the stairs.

Up until this point, both kids had been in an in-home daycare, but in early December, the provider announced she was retiring on Dec. 21st. Thus, Rebecca went to work quickly to find the right place for the kids. Upon visiting La Petite, she was instantly impressed with the facility and staff, and excited that the kids would both have teachers with degrees in elementary education. She was a bit horrified that our children seemed to not be able to do some of the same things as the kids there (Braelyn, for example, still drank out of “sippy cups” while the kids in her class used regular glasses). She was also excited about the formal education process, accompanied with ample play and nap time, that the kids would receive. Thus, the monthly savings of my trading in my Escalade for a truck quickly evaporated and we enrolled the kids.

In all, I am extremely happy so far with the decision. Both kids now have members of both genders in their classes (at the in-home daycare, Braelyn was the only girl) and will do learning activities as much as just being “babysat”. The evaporated savings from my vehicle swap should pan out for the best. And you never know, my Princess Braelyn may just become a world-renowned artist and allow me to retire early.

Lunch is over, so now it’s back to work…



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Happy 1.1.11

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Happy new year to all of my family and friends. I have no doubt that 2011 is going to be a crazy and chaotic year (thanks, Braelyn & Brody). I just hope it will be a better year than 2010–not that 2010 was all that bad, but you always hope things get better with time.

Braelyn turns three next Sunday, and she’s so excited for her Minnie Mouse birthday party next Saturday. She picked out the cake and everything. Crazy how much she has grown over the past year, as shown in her Christmas pictures from Dec. 24th 2009 and 2010.

Braelyn also just started preschool. She went for a practice day last Thursday, and Monday will be her first official day of pre-school. That and her weekly gymnastics on Saturday are two of her favorite things… aside from any toy that Brody happens to be playing with.

Speaking of the Brodster… he turned one in September and is quite the character. He, too, has grown considerably.

Brody begins toddler school on Monday, at the same place Braelyn goes (La Petite Academy). He loved the place last Thursday when we dropped Braelyn off… so much he got mad when he had to leave. So thankfully, both kids should do well in their new school.

Rebecca is loving her job at Treo Solutions, though she travels to Albany, NY a bit more than I enjoy. I do not think I am cut out to be the primary care giver. Rebecca is awesome at it… I just am “OK” at it. For 2011, Rebecca has vowed to not be grumpy (I give it < 1 day till she breaks that one), to give up soda (Diet Coke has been her cocaine), and until we go to Maui (January 17!!!), she vows she isn't drinking a drop of alcohol. Best of luck to her as she takes on these three monumental tasks at once. She is one tough cookie, though, so I bet she gets 2 of the 3. Spencer is doing real well in his junior year at Blue Valley Northwest High School. He has had a tough past year, with two friends taking their own life. He is a strong kid, and has pulled through. He really is turning into a fine young man. Says his mom is already going through a state of depression, trying to deal with Spencer being out of high school in a year and a half. Something tells me it's more Spencer than his mom, at least at this point. Something else tells me Spencer will be around a year or two after he graduates... time will tell. The big dawg Hoover is doing well. Still a bit gimp from his bad legs, but he is handling quite well. He has even been going up and down the stairs to the basement quite a bit of late. He's a great dog... and just over 5 years old. We will have had Hoover for 5 years in just a few weeks. As for me, I'm doing well. Lost about 12 pounds in the past month, but not completely by diet and exercise changes... while I have been going to the gym a bit more of late, I also took back to my old bad habit of chewing which I gave up on January 1st of last year. It really surpresses my appetite. I made it to labor day weekend without one, but only had a few while at the Gorge. Then I resumed on a regular basis the last week of November. I intend to quit it again right after Maui. I need to keep up the weight loss until then! Work is going strong and keeping me busy... a good thing. Resolutions for me for 2011? Not much, really. Will quit chewing again after Maui. Still don't drink pop (gave that up last NYE). I guess just keep going to the gym and eat better. Be healthy. Yep... sounds familiar, I am sure. Oh, the other thing... as of today, I have seperated my twitter and facebook accounts, and do not intend to post status updates via either. I have grown tired of that, and realize it's pretty much a big waste of time. As such, more about me and my happenings will be found right here on Oh, and twitter will become more of a work thing for me. Less personal, more professional. That's the plan, anyway. To any of you who have stumbled upon this, in whatever manner you came, thanks for stopping by and reading. I hope you have a tremendous 2011. It will be quite a year... and one without my beloved Dave Matthews Band since they are taking the year off. Ugggghhhhhhh. Peace, RE

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Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

I guess it’s only Christmas Eve right now, but nonetheless, Merry Christmas to you. I hope you and your family have a safe and joyous Christmas Eve and Day.

In just a few hours, Rebecca, Braelyn, Brody, Spencer and I will head to a church service and then home to open up presents. While this will be Brody’s first Christmas, I really think this is going to be the first Christmas where Braelyn will just absolutely have a blast opening all of the presents, or “pretties” as she likes to call them. She understands this Santa Claus guy this year, but doesn’t quite realize that Santa is coming tonight to bring her plenty of toys and clothes. I know when she sat on Santa’s lap, when asked what she wanted for Christmas she whispered to him “can-e and toyz”. I wish I could have been there, but it happened while I was out-of-town for work. Anyway, tonight is going to be a blast, and then she’ll wake up and have another gift or two that Santa might put under the tree for her.

Brody will get his share of goodies, too… he just won’t really comprehend since he’s only a few months old. Next year I am sure he’ll grasp it, as I am quite certain his big sister Braelyn will explain it all to him once the tree goes up next November.

The biggest question I have is will Santa be good to Spencer? I suspect so, since Spencer has been, for the most part, a good little boy this year.

It will most definitely be a quieter Christmas… just the 5 of us, plus Hoover and Sophie. It will be sad not to experience it all with my family or Rebeccas, but that is what living in different parts of the country do for you. Rebecca’s family is scheduled to come up tomorrow for Christmas lunch, but those plans are in jeopardy as Old Man Winter plans on making an appearance tonight. Actually as I sit here in my home office and look out the window, I notice the wind has picked up (making me feel like I am back in Casper), it is drizzling rain and approaching freezing. Supposed to turn to snow after 5pm tonight, and they say we’ll get anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of snow. It will, most likely, be a White Christmas. They say that there hasn’t been a Christmas Day with 1″ or more of snow accumulation since 1969 here in the Kansas City area. That is crazy to think about. Sure there has been snow on the ground on Christmas Day, but actual snow fall on Christmas Day, not since 1969.

Crazy to think that this year is almost done… and a decade, as well. Just think, ten years ago we were all wondering if the world was coming to an end with the Y2K issue. Now, the same thoughts go through our heads, but it’s the government we need to worry about, not some potential computer hiccup. Yep, thanks to Santa Reid, a crazy version of health care reform passed vote this morning. I still hold out hope that the Senate and the House won’t get a compromise, but seems likely they will. Funny to think that Santa Reid has clauses (yes, pun intended) in there to prevent any future congress from removing parts of his bill. At least we can all be thankful that this congress knows so much more than all others before them and that will come after them. Thankfully, I am sure the courts will probably not allow some of this garbage.

Man, I guess it’s sad that I can’t even post a Merry Christmas blog without going down the PoliTICKS me OFF route. Sorry folks.

Anyway, to you and yours, have a Merry Christmas. I hope the real Santa Claus brings you everything you want.



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DMB, Vegas, the Wife and a Birthday

Monday, December 14th, 2009

First, happy belated birthday to my wife Rebecca. She turned 3X last Friday (Dec. 11), and we spent her birthday and a few days surrounding it in Sin City. While what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, I will share a bit.

On Thursday and Friday, we enjoyed two Dave & Tim shows. This was the first time Rebecca has experienced Dave & Tim… and the two nights were awesome. We heard Angel from Montgomery, which was the first time Dave or the full band has performed it since August of 2001. That was a nice surprise. On her birthday, we heard Rebecca’s two most-desired Dave songs: Crash and Satellite. Yep, she walked down the isle to the riff of Satellite when we got married, and we enjoyed our first dance as a married couple to none-other-than Crash. We also heard a new, never-before-played song by Dave: After The Gold Rush. Dave played it on piano. When he went over to the piano, I was certain he was playing Out of My Hands, but no… he had a surprise for us! It was awesome. Dave said he screwed it up, but since it was the first time ever playing it, who was to know? The concerts were definitely great. I wish I had been at the Saturday concert, as I would have gotten to hear A Christmas Song, which was the one song I really wanted to hear. Oh well, we enjoed Mystere, the Cirque De Sole show. Second time I have seen it, but the first for Rebecca and Eli & Heather Bowman, our friends who joined us on the trip.

Ok, since I am often asked, that makes my 68th Dave show. It may actually be a couple more than that, but I think I have captured all that I can remember on’s website. Click that link if you want to see the exciting stats of my shows.

On Thursday, we had a wonderful… and I mean WONDERFUL… dinner at Prime, a steakhouse in the Bellagio. Our table overlooked the fountains. While expensive, it was a great meal no doubt.

Eli told me on the trip that they say you should walk 10,000 steps a day for health. I am healthy for the next few months based on our excursions in the bitter air in Vegas.

Well, that’s enough for now. Happy Holidays… and by that I mean Merry Christmas… to ya’ll out there (sorry, Obama… America is a Christian country, no matter what you say). Excited to see what changes 2010 will bring… 2009 has been a somewhat up-and-down year for me. Definitely up from a family perspective, mixed on the work side of things, and down on some other items which aren’t exactly things I want to post about. I am just thankful I have a great job in this economy, have the most awesome baby girl in the world, was blessed with the birth of my son this year, my step-son is doing better in school and is an awesome big brother to Braelyn and Brody, and my wife is the best (wrinkles and all!). I am also blessed to have such a great family and for all of my friends.

Here’s to a great 2010, including another “change” in Washington DC that will hopefully offset some of the change we’re seeing from the current mess in the corrupt capitol.


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I Don’t Feel Well

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Not sure at all why all of the sudden, I am not feeling well. I think I have a cold, as does Rebecca, Spencer and Braelyn. I hope it is a cold and nothing but a cold. I also hope that the little man Brody doesn’t get it. Right now, he seems to be the only one in the house without, excluding Hoover of course. I guess it’s fitting that I would be sick on the day the senate will vote on its health care reform bill. Wait, I mean on the day of the NIGHT that the senate will vote on it. Call me crazy, but I think the mere fact that a vote is being called after hours is a bit telling. Call me even more crazy but a bill that people haven’t had the chance to read in its entirety and which has unclear price tags associated with it is also a bit telling.

I think a new change and a new hope will sweep the 2010 elections.

Our political system is corrupt and embarassing. Yep, I think that sums it up quite nicely.

Tomorrow, lil man Brody will fly on his first airplane ride. At just over two months, he, along with Rebecca, Braelyn, Spencer and I, will embark for windy Wyoming. I looked at the forecast for Casper for next week and the temperatures look like they will be okay, but I presume the small smudgy icon on a few of those days indicates wind. Oh, how I sure hope so! I do miss the wind. Anyway, it will be nice to get to introduce Brody to the rest of my family. He has met his grandma and grandpa, but now he is in for a complete treat… one full week of constant attention by his aunts Stephanie and Wendy, his uncles Mike and Tony, his cousins Brandon, Nate, Ashley, Courtney, Keegan and Stephen, and his great grandma Dorothy. Of course, g’ma and g’pa will probably give him a little attention, too. I must remind the Elledges, Lovatos and Lechers, though, that Princess Braelyn will be arriving as well, and should be showered with attention as well. Something tells me that won’t be an issue.

We will be in Casper Sunday afternoon through the following Saturday, and I do look forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with the family. Holidays are great. Just hope the plane rides with two under two’s will go ok. I suspect the rest of the passengers will hope the same….

Busy day today. Need to attempt to finish hanging the Christmas lights [holy cow, did I say Christmas instead of holiday? How dare me….] Squeeze in an abbreivated guitar lesson at 12:30 instead of a full hour at 2pm, as at 2pm we will be hauling some 300+ pounds of custom built baseball lockers up to the lil man’s room. Hopefully we can just strap them onto Hoover’s back and he can do most of the work for us. I am anxious to see the lockers… they have been being built for six or seven weeks now by a guy I found on Craigslist. I hope they look as good in his room as they do in my head….

After that excitement I will probably need to do a little packing [right… that will probably take place 30 minutes before we leave tomorrow]. We shipped a bunch of stuff to Casper earlier this week for $14, box included, so we don’t have to check much in the way of luggage at $50 per bag round trip. Oh, Southwest Airlines, why don’t you fly to Casper?

Well, my early morning of blogging is coming to an end. I need to go refill my coffee cup. Rebecca and the kids are still in bed… I am only up because I couldn’t get back to sleep and I wanted to check in on a few auctions on If you haven’t been to, you should check it out. It is an awesome concept. I wish I had thought of it…

Have a great Thanksgiving, all.

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Brody Turns 1 (month) Today

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

I’m not really sure if it seems like the past month has gone quickly or slowly. A mix of both, I guess. Anyway, today Brody is one month old. He is doing quite well. He eats and sleeps a lot. This morning, Rebecca put him in his crib on his stomach for a little tummy time, and when she went back to check on him a few minutes later, he was on his back. So, whether intentional or not, it appears he rolled over today. Will upload some one month pictures to later today.

Friday night was our 4th annual Halloween party, and it was the best attended one yet. Even more, it seems as though people are getting better at the costumes… there were some really good ones. And a higher percentage of guests wore them. Rebecca and I had a great time, and I hope everyone in attendance did as well. Amazing how much time and effort goes into decorating for the party, but it takes a fraction of time to take it all down. Yesterday, we de-Halloweenized the basement and most of the main floor. Of course, we keep the outdoor stuff up until after Halloween, but the inside decorations are mostly stored until next year. Pictures of the party have been uploaded in my gallery.

The most aggravating news story of the week has to be the balloon boy story. Just read where there will be charges filed against the parents, but sadly, I don’t think the charges will carry the penalty the event deserves. I know he could never pay, but he should be given a bill for the total cost of the wasted money spent by the military to deploy jets and for having DIA shut down. The airlines should sue the family for all of the money they wasted having to credit passengers and whatnot for 2 hours of shutting DIA down. Balloon Dad and Balloon Mom should, after some much deserved jail time, live in a box and we can call them the box family. Kids should be placed with mentally stable parents. I guess I don’t really like Balloon Parents. Feel bad for their kids; Falcon included.

The parents are boarding a cruise ship later today for a week at sea. They seem to cruise every other year or so. Hope they have a great time as they leave San Diego and head down into Mexico. Hope they stay out of the way of the drug cartel and the swine flu… oh, and hurricanes.

Spencer is driving now. Rebecca’s car needs a new rim. Any correlation? I’ll let you fill in the pieces.

Braelyn is now officially my shadow. She likes to help me do everything. Brody has really turned her into a daddy’s girl, and frankly, I like that a lot.

Fun week of work coming up… always love board meeting weeks!

Mark this day on your calendar, folks… I think the Kansas City Chiefs will win their first game of the year, and only their 3rd game in their last 31 games. Yep, I think the Red Skins are that bad. Hoping Denver can pull out a victory in San Diego and get off to a 6-0 start tomorrow night. I’m actually looking forward to watching football this weekend.

That’s all for now.


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Brody Carlen Elledge

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Brody Carlen Elledge

My boy, Brody, is home. At just over 2 days old, he’s making quite an impression in the house. Braelyn has done well with him, but time will tell how well she will adjust to a prince invading her princess territory. But, so far so good!

It truly is quite amazing to experience bringing a human being into the world. Now, I don’t pretend to know what Rebecca went through for the past nine months, but I can tell you the scariest minutes of my life have been the minutes where Braelyn and Brody entered the world. It is such a relief when you first hear the baby cry and the doctors give the all clear signs! Then, it is nothing but joy.

Rebecca was a champ in both the delivery of Braelyn and Brody. I’m sure she was with Spencer, as well. I will admit that I got a bit more brave this time, and watched the whole thing instead of staring at the heart rate and contraction monitor like I did with Braelyn. And yes, I even cut the cord. I must say, it is an amazing thing to witness. As for Rebecca and I, we plan this to be our last one. Heck, I am too old for this!

Brody is very healthy and is doing well. He definitely sleeps a ton, but mixes in some feedings every couple of hours. His cry, despite what some of the pictures in his gallery may lead you to believe, is pretty quiet. As chaotic as it gets around here, he may need to turn the volume up a bit just to be heard. I am only hopeful though that he will grace us with sleep at night. Braelyn has been absolutely a great baby… only two or three real bad nights in her 20+ months with us. I hope Brody falls in her footsteps! Then again, he may make us pay… time will tell but I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Thanks to everyone for their well-wishes and congratulatory remarks over on Facebook and Twitter. It is much appreciated.

While I will head back to the office this week, Rebecca’s six weeks or so of vacation begin. Yeah, right… I know! She will definitely have her hands full. She is a terrific mother. I, as well as my kids, am very fortunate.

Have a great week, and here’s to wishing my father safe travel back to Wyoming tomorrow. I wish he could stay awhile longer, but duty calls….

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Live, From Menorah Hospital

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Rebecca and I made it here to Menorah Hospital in Overland Park, KS to deliver our baby boy, Brody. She is lying in the bed filling out form after form, and answering all the same questions we had to answer just a few days ago. But this time, we won’t be sent home. Today, she is being induced and the little Broad-meister will join us sometime today. Exciting times. Will update this blog posting periodically today, and pictures will, of course, be forthcoming.

An exciting day! Wish us well.

[7:30am Update]

Rebecca was having some mild contractions when we got here. They have the IV drip in (since about 6 am) and have a slow patossum drip going. Doctor will allegedly be here within the next 30 minutes to break her water. No pain so far! After they break her water, they will give her an epidural and the fun will really begin. So far, kind of a slow morning. Coffee, tv, and my laptop. Yeah!

[8:25 am Update]

Nothing really new to report. Contractions getting a bit stronger and a bit more frequent. We’re still waiting on her doctor (who is never on time) to come break her water. Ho hum, ho hum…

[9:10 am Update]

No change in dilation. Doctor is delayed, but they are going to go ahead and give Rebecca her epidural. She is happy, though the contractions haven’t been horrible. More when more to report…

[9:30 am Update]

Water broke… here comes the epidural. Doc showed up so they broke the water first. Doc said signs are that Brody will come pretty quick!

[10:00 am Update]

The epidural is done, Rebecca is feeling pretty happy. We’re just waiting now.

So in the same spirit as the blogging with Braelyn’s birth, I researched this day in history to see the notable events, births and deaths. Not as much on this, the 18th day of September. But some notables, or at least recognizables, include:

In 1959, Ryne Sandberg was born. Yeah, he played baseball for the Cubbies and growing up was one of my favorite players. He was one of the good guys.
In 1971, Lance Armstrong was born. This is a good sign… couple of really good athletes share this day.
In 1939, Fred Willard, the comedian, was born. Maybe Brody will have a good sense of humor.
In 1933, Robert Blake was born. Ugh, I guess it can’t all be good!

Dying on this day in history was Jimi Hendrix in 1970 (Spencer loves that one). No other real notables, at least to me.

Events on this day include:

1998 – ICANN formed. Only relevant to me and those in the same industry I am in, really.
1977 – Voyager I took first photo of Earth and the moon together.
1947 – US Air Force became an independent service.
1851 – New York Times (formerly New York Daily Times) first published. Again, not all can be good on a day.

Anyway, there are some notables. As I said, not a whole lot of them.

More later… hopefully the lil’ man will come soon!

[11:15am Update]

Just got checked out… she’s dilated to a “good 7″ now. We’re all ready. I’m getting bored.

[12:53pm Update]

Brody Carlen Elledge was born at 12:09 pm today. He is 20″ long, weighs 8.2 lbs (1.2 more than Braelyn did), and has a 13.5” head circumference. Very healthy, mom doing well, I’m very excited. Good coloring, no birthmarks… more hair than Braelyn did but not a bunch.

Pictures will be uploading real soon at

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