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Saturday, March 10, 2007

He's an angel and a devil all wrapped in one



After playing ball this morning, I took Rakes and Ciera to the library, Rakes for the first time. Have to admit, I never thought such a simple thing would leave me feeling like I needed to take 3 valium, followed by a 2 hour nap.

Rakes does not yet grasp the concept of the "inside voice", and while that is OK at home, the librarian kept shooting me looks that can best be described as not pleasant. Meanwhile he's zipping from aisle to aisle, randomly pulling books off the shelves and at the same time hollering 'Where dissy at Dad?" While I chase him around like security personnel do at a game when some drunk yahoo thinks it's HILARIOUS to run out on the field (you know: a lot of zigging and zagging while the guy they are chasing looks back over his shoulder laughing at them), I'm trying to keep an eye on Ciera. Our library seems to be a real hotspot for the local homeless folks, and while I feel sorry for them, I don't particularly want Ciera where I can't see her.

Finally, after what seems like hours but is only 15 minutes or so, we leave with him sitting on my shoulders happily singing "boomba boomba", whatever that means. He kisses me on top of my cap and says "love u Dad". Just like that, all the frustration from the last little bit left.


I've got a feeling that my relationship with Rakes is gonna be like Tito's and Manny's. Nerves worn to a frazzle, stomach in knots, and a lot of rocking back and forth like some Tourettes sufferer. Just with a lot of hugs and love in between. Ciera is an angel 99% of the time, and I'm praying that Trot will be my "well behaved" son. Somehow, I don't see it happening . More than likely, in a few more years, videos of Rakes and Trot firing bottle rockets out of their rear ends while some goofball buddy of theirs video tapes it will appear on YouTube.


The next 15 years outa be a fun ride.



I just hope I make it to the end.

37 comments:

Kaylee said...

NIce post.God I hate Libraries because I got to be talking all the time:)I can never shut up.NICE PIC!

Tex said...

Ted I still get told to use my "inside voice". My response? "I am" :)

Great Post...I am sure Manny er I mean Rakes will have such a fun time showing Trot the way it's done around the house.

Tex said...

oh WOW!!! tell Angie she has a keeper. Dangit..you figured out the Links thingy??? I may have to make you an honorary Texan

Ted D said...

That does not surprise me at all Tex!

Thinking about what those 2 will get into over the years makes me weak in the knees.

kaylee, you talk all the time? Never would have guessed. :)

Ted D said...

Tex,

Angie has a keeper because I sorted my links?

I'm glad she does not have high expectations of me!

Tex said...

I was just messing with ya about why being a keeper. was just impressed you figured out the link thingy all my your lil self

Ted D said...

I gotcha now.

Yeah, I'm not real sure why she loves me. It ain't looks or brains or money.

Must be my personality, but that's not so good either!!

I'm a very lucky man.

Kaylee said...

I am sure she has a good reason or she wouldnt of married you!

Kaylee said...

Women dont marry men just to marry someone!

Carol said...

My 20-month old likes to use the same loud voice at restaurants lol.

Also, you may want to check out my blog for info on a Red Sox ticket raffle!

Kaylee said...

I will trust you on Beckett til he gives me a reason not too:)which,i hope he doesnt come april:)

Stacy said...

Rakes doesn't have a quiet voice; it's loud, louder and loudest. (Actually I have heard him whisper, but not too often.)Sorry to say, little brother, but I think Trot will be following in Rakes' footsteps. He'll have too if he wants to keep Rakes from taking him out.

Look at it this way; one compliant, sweet natured child out of three is a LOT to be thankful for! :)

Ted D said...

Kaylee, I try not to question why she agreed to marry me: just be thankful she did. And Beckett has too good of stuff and too much attitude to fail. He'll lose some games, but win a whole lot more than he loses.

Carol, very nice of you to stop by. That is a great age your daughter is at.

And Stacy, I'm thankful for all of them: it's just the rowdy is double the non-rowdy!

Kaylee said...

i KNOW lose games its like impossible for a pitcher to go undefeated if they start in Baseball.

Ted D said...

I'll just say that hewon't have the multiple home run games he had last year, and that he will win 18-20 games this year. The team has a shot to have Schilling and Beckett win 20 games each, with Papelbon and Matsuzaka win 13-15 each. Wakefield is an enigma wrapped in a riddle: he could win 15 or 10 games. Biggest thing with him is that rubber arm: he can pitch a lot of innings, and can spot start or mop up as needed.

The bullpen is a story for another day.

Tex said...

ok Tedders. Delayed blog is on. Im doing a road trip to see my son tomorrow who is turning 29...good lord...he's almost 30!!! which means the age of men I will date is getting higher :)

Kaylee said...

haha yeah the bullpen is a differents tory.the homerun ball has always been my worry with beckett I will believe in him if he cuts that down:)

Ted D said...

Tex, drive safe, and I hope your son has a great birthday. You up for the drive after being sick?

Stay young Tex: us old guys ain't any fun at all!

Keep the Faith Kaylee. He'll be OK.

Kaylee said...

Ted,is that Beckett in your picture now?

Ted D said...

That's him Kaylee: trying everything I can to send him some postive vibes. I will switch the picture up every so often: WMP will most likely be the next one.

Kaylee said...

Wily Mo will need it.He cant feild to well:)

Kaylee said...

Okay It think it is time to talk about what the players do that is positive and get out of my negative mindset!

Ted D said...

He'll do OK in CF or LF. That RF at Fenway must be murder on a guy. Trot's play over the last several years has been taken for granted.

Hopefully, Drew can live up to the billing.

Kaylee said...

Yeah Drew is my mystery player.who knows what he will do.He should do okay if he can stay healthy.But given his past that is a big IF!

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Kaylee said...

By the way like the Beckett piture I got I feeling I am not gunna be a beckett doubter by the end of the season:D:D:D:D

scott h said...

Ok boys and girls. no more Boston College. Whats up DON KNOTTS goes yard on dice k? Oh well its only ST. This is not the way to welcome me to the wide world of Sox!

Tex said...

Scotty boy. Dont you know that ST games are practice. and DiceK isnt Godzilla coming down to destroy all players. He is human...so expect some players to hit off of him sometimes.
I am just ready for some baseball!!

Kaylee said...

Nobody is perfect!!!!!I am so ready for April:)

scott h said...

You are right Tex, but he served up meatball sandwiches to a cat that will be back in AAA in a month. Can you tell I'm no longer a fan of over paid sports stars.101 mil means no meatball sandwiches even to his kids on sat. at the park.

Ted D said...

Bub, in his press conference after the game, he talked about how he was experimenting with the strike zone (remember: he's never pitched with a MLB umpire), how the O's hitters will react to pitches in different parts of the zone, etc.. Remember, they will play the O's 18 or 19 times this year. ST is a little like advance scouting and working on certain pitches.

Also, the first 2 innings he was pretty much lights out: Roberts, Tajada, Mora, etc.. all the regulars he made look pretty silly.

15/18 wins, and quit torking me up!

Tex, hope your day with your son was great, and that he had a great birthday with his Mom.

scott h said...

Alright I can tell the ladies get a little bent out of shape if I ruff up the home team. So from now on we will just talk about whether Tek was wearing boxers or tighty whiteys!

Tex said...

"talk about whether Tek was wearing boxers or tighty whiteys!"

SEE now I'm Happy and Ted will be in a Tizzy!!! Best of Both Worlds!! Thanks Scott ;)

Matt said...

Bro, I'm tired, sick, weak, and weary...but that was a good post. I can't wait for the first library trip with baby Caroline. Of course, my perfect daughter will be nothing short of well-behaved...riiiiiiight!

Just wanted to drop by so you wouldn't forget about me. I hear I've been getting slammed. Just wait...I'll be back.

Ted D said...

Jeez Matty,

You sure know how to bring a guy down!

Scott, quit encouraging Tex. She does just fine on her own.:)

scott h said...

I stopped by the library this afternoon. And low and behold their is a treehugger dad in his khaki pants with three screamin brats in their khaki pants all using their outside voices with noses running down on their lips. Made me think of you! I ran to the car and locked the doors and just laughed!

Ted D said...

Who, me? I ain't the treehugger, that's the other brother.

The three screaming younguns? THAT is me.