Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jacob goes to the dentist

Jacob had his very first dentist appointment on 6/24. We chose a pediatric dentist close to his daycare and our home. Jacob had fun playing with the toys in the waiting room. We did not have to wait very long before it was his turn. He was a little unsure at first and started "mommy...mommy," - his standard defense. When he saw that we were coming too, he relaxed a little. He sat in the chair with a teddy bear that he picked out to accompany him. The hygeniest was great at showing him all the tools and what each tool does. He only started to cry once and quickly stopped. He even had "pictures" taken of his teeth and was perfect for that as well. We're happy to report no cavaties. We have a very brave son and couldn't be any prouder!

Here are some pictures of his visit...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The wash-disher blog

There once was a little boy named Jacob. He lived in a house with his mommy and his daddy. One night his mommy was emptying the dishwasher, usually a job reserved for his daddy. She got distracted, which is pretty normal, and left the door down with the bottom rack out. Little Jacob, unbeknownst to his parents, climbed all the way on the door and proceeded to play in the bottom of the dishwasher...the usual, sticking his silverware and toys in there. As everyone was getting ready for bed, his daddy went to close the dishwasher door only to find out that it would not close. Apparently dishwashers are not built to hold 34 pound little boys. That is the true and accurate account of how we became owners of a new dishwasher.

Jeff was going to try to fix it but when he was looking online for parts he discovered that the dishwasher we had only cost $100 retail. With that knowledge (and the fact that we never really liked it because it was a piece of crap!) we decided to invest in a new dishwasher. We bought a new Frigidaire stainless steel dishwasher on Father's Day at Mazer's.

Jeff and my Dad put it in on Tuesday night. The reason the post is titled "wash-disher" is because when they were working on getting the old one out, Jacob came in the kitchen and said, "What are you guys doing? Are you fixing the wash-disher?" It was really cute...he knows it's a dishwasher he just got too excited and called it a wash-disher. The install took two days because our copper line was not long enough for the new one. Dad came back on Wednesday and finished the install. We used it for the first time and it's so quiet!

The old dishwasher

The new dishwasher

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jacob's 2 1/2 year pictures

I took Jacob to have his pictures taken last Saturday (6/20). Despite having to wait over 30 minutes past our appointment time before it was our turn, he did really well! He should...he's been enough times! I think they turned out great! I can't believe how "grown-up" he looks in a lot of the pictures. I would like to clarify that they did not ask him to stretch out on the backdrop and pose. He was sitting down and since he's so silly he decided to "flop" down on his side and sort of escape.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jacob's handiwork...

Jacob is a very interesting little boy. We think he has a lot of our tendencies, quirks, and idiosyncrasies. He likes for his toys, books, etc. to be a certain way. If you move it from the way he has it, he'll go back and fix it. Things like that really bother him. Here's a perfect example of how he arranged his "Thomas" bath toys on the coffee table...

Monday, June 22, 2009

I finally gave in.

I think even before we had our hardwood floors installed, Jeff was already talking about rugs. I wasn't thrilled with the idea. I didn't want to pay what we paid for the floors just to cover it up with a rug. I've been pretty stubborn (shocking, I know) about it since the floors went down. I wouldn't even consider it and looking at rugs was out of the question. We were at Lowe's looking at dishwashers (stay tuned for another post about that) and in a moment of weakness, I agreed to look. Looking led to purchasing and we left the store with a rug. Those of you that know me, know how much I like a good deal/sale. I attribute this purchase largely to that. Even though I agreed to look, I don't think I would have considering purchasing a rug if it had not been on clearance. I'm such a sucker! It does look nice and as my brother-in-law, Todd, said, "It really ties everything together." We were fortunate that they had a matching smaller rug that we could put in front of the back door. Here's a picture of the smaller rug. It gives you an idea of the pattern on the bigger rug.

We also bought a rug for our patio, surprisingly enough, we picked it out before we looked at dishwashers or the other rugs. We also purchased some accent pillows for our patio furniture. The patio is a nice, relaxing space! Here are some pics of the patio's renovation:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"F as in Sam"

Having a unique name has it challenges, namely (pun somewhat intended!) when you're trying to make an appointment or reservation. Usually after several attempts at "Dawn" (must be my southern accent?), I automatically begin spelling our last name. It goes a little something like this:

"M as in mother, A, K, O, F as in Frank, S as in Sam, K, I"

Only today when I was spelling it, I spazzed out and said, "F as in Sam" which I'm sure confused the lady on the either end of the phone. I didn't realize I had done it until I started in with "S as in..." wait a minute, didn't I already say Sam? I began to laugh, apologized and then corrected myself. I bet she's wondering what kind of nut-job doesn't even know how to spell their name? Guess you had to be there...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I am pretty proud of myself right now...

This was my first attempt at "utilizing" some of the features of Photoshop (other than cropping). I'm pretty excited that I figured out how to do the "selective" color in a black & white photo. This isn't perfect...you can see color where I didn't want it but at least I know how to do it now!

Here's attempt # 2...

If I had more time tonight, I'd be doing this with all kinds of photos. Sadly, I am out of time. It's time for Jake's bedtime routine to start so I'm off to give him a bath, dry him off, diaper him up, lotion him up, put his pj's on him, brush his hair, give him his medicine, brush his teeth, read him a book, say our prayers and get him to sleep. Hopefully I didn't forget a step! He'll be sure and let me know. And, when we're done with the book, "what do we do with it? We put it on the table." It's become a nightly saying...along with "go darker."


I find it sad and a *tad* bit humorous that I was so excited to receive our new office shredder today. The one that we had no longer worked and I've been "sitting" on a pile of shred papers for eight months now. I finally took time to research cross-cut shredders and picked one out. I ordered from Office Depot on Monday and it was delivered today. I've been checking the mail room all day and lo and behold there it was. I wheeled it into my office via the green hand trucks. I got it "assembled" (not much required...popping the wheels on and that was about it) and went to town. I filled up two trash bags before I decided to take a break. I'm out of trash bags so I guess I will have to a) go buy some or b) wait until Johnson Controls comes tomorrow and ask for extra.

It's also sad that I'm looking forward to going to the bookstore to buy a new three-ring binder and dividers. I think it's partly because no one is in the office today and my love for office supplies. Seriously, I could go nuts in those types of stores! I shall contain my spending since we have a small budget. I won't post about my three-ring binder because it's not as exciting as the shredder...unless there's some new kind of binder that I don't even know about...doubtful, but you never know.

Oh, is it just me or is it odd that I know THREE people having babies this week?!? One was induced last night (no baby yet)...one is induced today and the other on Thursday. Crazy, huh?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Brent & Jenni are having a ...

Our good friends Brent and Jenni went to the doctor yesterday to find out what they're having...it's a BOY! Congratulations to them! I'm guessing they didn't have the same issues that Brent and Regan did because I had a text message around 8:30 and their appointment was at 8:00. They are due almost the same time as Brent and Regan so we'll have a boy and a girl!

In other news, I saw someone being arrested on my way to work. That would really ruin your day! I was already going slow (speed limit is 40 mph) but I slowed even more and rubber-necked as best I could. I couldn't deduce much except that the little pickup was pulled over by the Sheriff and there was a cooler on the ground. The Sheriff had called for backup because there was another Sheriff car there. Maybe when they ran the tag on the truck it came back with bad news or they found some drugs or weapons? Either way the man was handcuffed and being put in the back of the cruiser.

Hopefully your day is going better than his!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Brent & Regan are having a ...

Today my brother and his wife went to the doctor to find out what their second child is. Brent called me and said, "You're going to be an aunt again!" Duh! I already knew that! He was just being funny. The ultrasound was scheduled for 2:30 but the baby was stubborn and they couldn't tell anything. They went to her check-up at 3:00 and after that, they went back for another ultra sound. The baby cooperated a little more and they're having a GIRL! Congratulations to them! I'm tickled for them and would have been happy either way...now for the hard part...a name!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Jacob's a smurf...who knew?

As we were driving through our neighborhood after being gone for a week, I asked Jacob what our house looked like. He said, "Um...white and like Mommy, Daddy and Jake." We had a laugh over it. Yesterday as we were driving home from "family swim" at my work, Jacob said something about our house being white. I told him it wasn't and he said, "Daddy's white, Mommy's white and I'm blue." That cracked me up. For some reason he thinks he's blue! Who knew we were raising a smurf?!?

On a side note, he also told me this week that he was "going to be happy and so fun." That kid...