My nephew’s wife of fourteen months, Taylor, is a get ‘er done kind of gal. Before you can even think “she wants it done yesterday”, Taylor will have already completed the task.
I’m not exaggerating.
Back in April, RT and Taylor were struggling to come up with names for the son they were expecting. They wanted the baby’s initials to be R.T., after RT and his dad. They are Richard Todd and Richard Todd II. RT didn’t want to name his son Richard Todd III, but he wanted to keep the initials the same.
My sister, Robin, is the baby’s grandma. This baby is Todd’s and Robin’s first grandchild. After spending a weekend with Robin throwing every “R” and “T” name she could think of at RT and Taylor, I thought posting a contest might drum up some names none of us had come up with yet.
With RT’s and Taylor’s permission, I posted the contest and guidelines for names. In true Taylor “get ‘er done” fashion, the proud parents decided on a name within a couple of days of my post. *sigh*
A few (very few) people did have a chance to participate, though. I will announce the winners at the end of this post.
The name they decided on is Ryker Thrice. Ryker has the same meaning as Richard: “powerful ruler”. It also means “son of Richard”.
That’s probably about as close to naming him “Richard” as they could get without actually naming him “Richard”, don’t ya think? Clever.
Thrice means “three times, as in succession”. It is also the name of one of RT’s favorite bands.
He might be named after his dad and grandpa, but it’s clear that little Ryker Thrice has his mommy’s expeditious personality. He decided to come into this world almost a month before his September 1st due date. Ryker Thrice was born on August 3, 2013.
Why does that date sound familiar? Oh, right, that was the date of the baby shower. That baby shower had less of a chance than the baby name contest. As a hostess of the shower, I was notified around 6:00 a.m. on August 3rd that the shower would be canceled because Taylor was in labor.
My first thought was that it was too soon and I immediately prayed that the baby would be okay. He was perfectly fine. He weighed a healthy 6 lb., 3 oz., and measured 19″ long. He didn’t have to spend a single minute in the NICU. Even just shy of a month premature, Ryker was as healthy as full-term newborn. Many prayers of thanksgiving went up that day.
My second thought was that he had his mother’s personality already.
Just for fun, here are a couple of pictures of the Pinterest-inspired centerpiece that my daughter, Whitney, and I made for the baby shower:
Isn’t that cute? If it had made it to the shower, it would have been placed in the center of a giant fruit tray. We had fun making it. It was Whitney’s idea to add the watermelon shreds for red hair. This red-headed melon baby was inspired by Ryker’s daddy. Not many babies are born with red hair, but RT was.
Congratulations, RT and Taylor, on the birth of your perfect little son, Ryker Thrice! Congratulations to Todd and Robin on the birth of their first grandchild. Congratulations also to the maternal grandparents, Rex and Stacy.
I may as well congratulate myself, too. Ryker is my first great-nephew. I’ll never forget when RT called to tell me they were pregnant. He said, “I just called to tell you you’re a great aunt.” Since I hadn’t done anything all that special as his aunt recently, I decoded the message immediately. They were going to have a baby!
And finally, congratulations to the winners of the Name-That-Baby drawing, Sheila Grimes and April Doyle (winners each get a $25 Amazon gift card). Since no one submitted a name that was chosen, I drew two names instead of one for those who participated.
I’m great like that.
Just call me Lady ProcrastinatErb. You can bow later.
The WordPress Daily Prompt for August 18th:
PROCRASTINATION: What have you been putting off, and why?
If you look at the date of my last post, it’s obvious there is a huge procrastination issue between me and my blog. I managed to post every day during the April A to Z Challenge, or at least make up for it when I didn’t.
That was quite an accomplishment for me, and at the end of the month-long challenge I decided to take a well-deserved break.
I never intended for that break to last three and a half months. I haven’t intentionally procrastinated. Life just gets in the way sometimes.
And then there’s the fact that I lack discipline when it comes to writing. I’ve never made it a daily habit, and the longer I go without posting anything, the harder it gets to jump back in.
The Daily Prompt about procrastination seems like a good topic to get me going again. I can talk about procrastination all day long. I rule the nation, after all.
Of course, I’ve put off posting this for four days in keeping with the theme. It seems right.
So here I am again, hoping what few readers I had before my lapse will jump back in with me.
I have nothing profound or even entertaining to say today, but I’m okay with that. I am happy to just be back. I have a few overdue issues to address, which I will do in more detail in future posts. Here’s what you can expect:
- Since my last post way back when, my blog has been nominated for two blogger awards: the “Versatile Blogger Award” and the “I Am Part of The WordPress Family Award”. Thank you to the lovely and inspiring Elizabeth at His Eye is On the Sparrow for nominating Dizzy Stir. She is such an encourager and I am truly blessed by her. I’m not sure I should accept the awards after taking a three-month vacation from the blogging world. If I choose to accept, it will take some time to meet the requirements. Both awards are a pay-it-forward type of award, and I haven’t kept up with reading other blogs any better than I’ve kept up with my own. It will take some time to get this done, so I’m just going to leave you hanging on this one.
- On April 17th, I posted a contest to come up with a baby name for the firstborn of my nephew and his wife. Although the contest didn’t last long (more on that later), I need to announce winners and distribute prizes. Better late than never, right?
- I posted another challenge to readers on April 29th to come up with a caption for one of my greeting cards. No one participated in that one, so I can wrap that up right now. No winners, no chicken dinners.
- Speaking of procrastination, remember the unfinished projects list I showed you here? I’ve been able to mark another project off the list since that post. I might even show you pictures.
I’ll take care of all that later, in separate posts. Yes, I’m putting it off, because it’s 2:00 a.m. and I have to get up early for a long day. Besides, I’m the Queen of this nation and I can do what I want.
I do promise not to put it off for another three months.
Your Queen has spoken.
Zoos and Zebras. Yeah, I know—not very original.
It’s either that or Zilch. Or Zero. In which case this post would be done about now.
“Zoo” may not be very original, but it’s a pretty natural choice for me. Christopher (my youngest son) and I love going to zoos. He has always enjoyed zoos a little more than my other kids did, and I like taking pictures at the zoo.
Even though he’s on the verge of turning sixteen, Christopher has always been and ever remains my official Zoo Buddy. When we travel we try to squeeze in visits to any zoos we haven’t been to before, or even zoos we’ve already visited.
Some of the zoos we’ve been to are in Houston, Austin, Omaha, San Francisco, Denver, and of course the Amarillo Zoo. There might be more.
Sometimes I forget things.
In honor of the letter “Z” I will share only pictures that pertain to it. I’ll save the others for some other time.
There are more zoo creatures than you’d think with a name starting with Z. Lucky for you, I’m not going to go into all of them.
I will share three Z creature photos before I call it a night to get my own Zzzzzzzzzz’s:
Ok, so that last one is a bit of a cheat. There really is a Zebra fish, but it isn’t nearly as pretty as this fish. I think the Longfin pennant fish is much more deserving of the Zebra name.
But that’s just me.
And that’s it for me with Z.
Congratulations to everyone who finished (or will finish) the A to Z Challenge, and virtual fist bump to all of you who gave it your best effort—even if you didn’t finish.
Now, I’m going to go catch up on some well deserved Zzzzzz’s. :)