"ti tew"

is what it sounds like when Kent says thank you. Erica taught him to say thank you a few months ago and he's very deliberate to say "ti tew" to us when we hand him his sippy cup, or when he hands it back after he's done, or when he does certain jobs around the house. When I was home the other day Erica pointed out to me that when she asks Kent to go put socks in his hamper, he often says "ti tew" as he drops them in, even if we're still out in the living room and there's no one around. And apparently when we went to the library this past weekend to drop some books off, Kent added a "ti tew" when he saw me put the books into the book drop, even though he was still strapped into his car seat across the parking lot.

Kent and Erica left this morning to start our Spring Tour '09. I'm staying in Baton Rouge for two more days because I didn't have enough leave for the whole trip, but I'm catching up with them in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon. Can't wait to see them again :)


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Reasons 30 is Awesome (so far)

Yesterday I turned 30 and I had a great day, in no small part because of Erica's efforts to make sure I had as good a day as possible. But so many good things happened I had to share a few.

  • Kent and Erica gave me my presents first thing in the morning. They were wrapped in custom Kent-painted wrapping paper. It was awesome :)
  • My mom emailed me a quick note about the day I was born. Something I probably knew at some point but had forgotten: my father was the first person to hold me after I was delivered. Now that I'm a dad this means even more to me than it might have before Kent.
  • Speaking of Kent, I had a great surprise waiting in my email box when I got to work yesterday morning: R Kent Angert, Actuarial Assistant Reporting for Duty!
  • I got phone calls from my parents and my sister wishing a happy birthday, in addition to several emails, a text from Granny and Uncle Mark, and a coworker that I hardly know wishing a happy birthday (guess he checked the birthday list; I didn't advertise that it was happening at all).
  • Erica and Kent came to meet me for lunch and we sat outside on a nice spring day at one of our favorite downtown restaurants.
  • Erica made an excellent Queen of Sheba cake based on my sister's suggestion. She even made the cardamom strawberries to put on top. Yum!


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