Thursday, July 30, 2009

Desmond is One!

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I decided to make a beach ball cake for Desmond since he LOVES his beach ball… or any ball for that matter.  When he woke up the day of the party he pointed to the cake and said, “Ball!”  Yay, he likes it!  His party was themed around beach balls including the plates and favors for the younger guests.

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The highlight of the party was Desmond eating his first cake and ice cream.  (Okay, we actually gave him his first taste of ice cream on his actual birthday, but his first taste of cake was right here.)  At first he didn’t know if he should touch it.  Then he picked up a piece and took a bite.  Then he wanted more!  We ended up giving him seconds on both the cake and ice cream.  IMG_4945

He received lots of presents although he didn’t really know what to do with them.  The older kids were more excited than he was, but he’s loving playing and using all his new things at home.

Happy birthday, Desmond!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Google being evil ... slightly?

So, I was looking at Google's homepage in IE8 today and I noticed something funny. I was curious, so I decided to open up Google in the other major browsers to see if the funniness followed. Nope! Only in IE. Below are screenshots of the major browsers (save Google Chrome of course). See if you can spot the difference. I realize that Google can do whatever it wants with its one home page(even though Microsoft can't do what it wants with its OS, but don't get me started) and granted IE has its faults, but this seems a bit mean to me ... especially since I was using IE8, which is the most standards compliant IE to date(meaning the features that they have implemented conform to industry standards). What do you think, is it "evil" to sinlge out one competing browser in this way?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Five great years!

So, this year was Melissa and my fifth wedding anniversary.  It has been a really good five years.  I am so blessed to have her for a wife.  So, this year I decided to make her something.  The traditional gift for a fifth anniversary is wood (not sure who made that up).  Anyway, so I was trying to think up what I could make her.  After much contemplation I thought it might be cool to make her a headboard.  We’ve never had one and have wanted one for a long time.  I also thought it might be nice to have a matching footboard.  Well, then I figured if I make a headboard and a footboard I might as well add two side rails and complete the whole frame … see how these things get out of hand really quick. :)

IMG_4915I talked with my martial arts instructor, Dr. Kutz, because I knew that he is really good with wood.  I asked him for some help and he agreed.  I told Melissa that Dr. Kutz agreed to give me some one on one help.  She thought it was for my black belt test, but really it was for the bed.  So, on Saturdays I would go for two hours to work-out at Multnomah … or rather work out at Multnomah, where I was keeping the materials.  I also took three days off of work, but Melissa thought I just went in to work those days.  I even had to get dressed up in to work close before I came home so she wouldn’t suspect.  I also had the 3rd of July off of work as a vacation day, but Melissa didn’t know that. :)  Anyway, I worked a lot on it here and there.

Anyway, this is the fruit of my labor.  It’s the first time I have attempted something of this size.  I think it turned out well considering that.  Melissa likes it very much … I’m glad.  It took me about 50-60 hours to build and about two months.  I’m sneaky!  I do have to give credit to Dr. Kutz for helping me do the cuts and giving me lots of great advice, LeRoy Lee for helping stain and setting it up, Don Willert for helping stain and lacquer, and Shon TenKley for letting me keep the materials and tools at the Wilcox House.

Below is video of Melissa’s reaction and a slide show of me working on it and some pictures of it set up in our bedroom.

Monday, July 20, 2009

5 Year Anniversary to Remember

We’ve been looking forward to celebrating our 5 year anniversary for several months.  It was my first time away from Desmond for more than 4 hours, and though I was a bit anxious about that I was also very excited!  A 2-day vacation from being a mom for the last year!

IMG_4860Saying goodbye to the baby for two days at Nana and Papa’s.  (He did great!)

Instead of crying like I thought I might, I felt giddy!



IMG_4861The highlight of our trip: dinner at the Space Needle on the evening of July 17th.  It was exactly five years ago to the hour that we said our “I do’s”.






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Dining high above the skyline of Seattle.  We rotated around two times during our meal.

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Appetizers: clam chowder and spinach salad, dinner: seafood trio, and dessert: ice cream and Marion berry cobbler.  We had to document this food since we paid a ridiculous amount of money for it.  Davin’s “lunar orbiter” dessert was quite the show stopper.







We saw the sun set as we had dessert.  Perfect.  Then we went up on the observation deck to take in the nighttime views.


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After glorious uninterrupted sleep we spent Saturday walking around Seattle and finished the day with my first ever drive in movie.  It was so much fun!  How refreshing to be carefree for a little while.

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We’re already dreaming of our next mommy and daddy get-away!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Desmond in July

Here are a few Desmond pictures from the last few weeks.  I can’t believe my baby is almost one!  Where did the last 12 months go? 

Playing at the park after Baby Boot Camp and just chillin’.

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A trip to the zoo!  He loved riding the train.

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Last Sunday I dressed Desmond while Davin was getting ready in the other room.  Was that planned?  Nope, but too cute to miss taking a picture!


Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Clearing a float

I found out a cool way to clear a floated element the other day without having to use a clearing div/break or whatever your favorite method of clearing is. In fact you don’t have to add any extraneous html to achieve the clear. Give it a shot yourself. Here is the key ...
.box {
    border: 1px solid #999999;

#header {
    width: 217px;
    margin: 0px 0px 5px 0px;
    padding: 5px;

#container {
    overflow: hidden; /*This is the magic.  It will clear the footer without needing a clearing div*/

#left {
    width: 100px;
    float: left;
    margin: 0px 0px 5px 0px;
    padding: 5px;

#right {
    width: 100px;
    float: left;
    margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;
    padding: 5px;

#footer {
    width: 217px;
    padding: 5px;
        <div id="header" class="box">
        <div id="container">
            <div id="left" class="box">
            <div id ="right" class="box">
        <div id="footer" class="box">

Saturday, July 04, 2009

A Few Hard Knocks

Desmond is learning to toddle around.  He still has to hang on to stuff, but he’s definitely cruising and using anything and everything he can to stand up.  And he’s learning fast!  Earlier this week I felt like all I did was chase him around trying to keep him out of stuff he never got into before.  Wednesday I found that he could climb up all the stairs, so in addition to our top of the stairs gate, we now have one at the bottom.  Thursday he knocked his face into the leg of the kitchen table, and it immediately turned purple and started to swell.  Thankfully he let me put his cold pack on it for awhile so it didn’t get too ugly, though he still has the bruise. 

Today he was standing with the help of a dining room chair and he fell pulling it down on top of himself.  As I was holding him I noticed blood.  His tooth cut the inside of his now swollen lip.  We got everything under control by having him suck on frozen blueberries and feeding him some smoothie.  The nice thing was he went down for a nap pretty easily after all that.  I wonder what will happen tomorrow?  I hope I can keep up with my little man.    IMG_4739


You should see the other guy!

Friday, July 03, 2009


Last weekend Gina went skydiving with her mom for her mom’s 50th birthday, and Desmond and I went to watch. Desmond waved bye-bye to the plane and enjoyed taking it all in. The longest part was waiting for the plane to reach altitude; the jump itself was over fairly quickly. It was pretty cool to watch and kinda made me want to do it… although having a baby changes my perspective on a lot of things.

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