Thursday, August 28, 2008

Poor Shadow

In the past, Nate and I brush Shadow regularly due to his long hair, but since we had Jacob, we have neglected our duties with our cat. Shadow's hair had several knots in it, so we decided to have him shaved. I took our cat to the vet this morning, they had to knock him out to shave him and give him a bath... poor kitty!

We should have done it earlier this summer, I think he might like his new hairdo! I wasn't sure what to tell the vet to shave, so I let them choose what hair to leave. Doesn't he look funny?!?
Poor Shadow!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Walking Update

Just in 5 days, Jacob went from stumbling through a few steps on Monday to walking across the living room today! He is doing very well, practices constantly throughout the day taking 10-15 steps. He does not like it when we prompt him to walk, or when we have the video camera on, he does it on his own - usually when he thinks no one is watching. In the last few weeks, he has mastered putting objects inside one another. He is definitely right-handed, he will shake a block out of a cup with his right hand, the block will fly out of the cup and he will switch the cup to his left hand so he can pick up the block with his right and place it back in the cup. He is so amazing to observe, he is no longer my little baby but the cutest little boy!

Monday, August 18, 2008

First Steps and First Parade

Jacob has been taking 1-2 steps on his own for a few weeks now, but here is a video of him taking about 5 steps on his own at 11 months old!

Jacob's "big-boy" sippie cup, he prefers the straw cups than the sippies with handles.

On Saturday, my mom and I took Jake to his first parade!! It was a small parade and really hot outside, but lots of fun.

He wasn't too interested in the clowns. He loved the big trucks and the line of corvettes that revved their engines in front of us.

We gave him 2 Dots candy boxes and he loved them (it was the highlight of the parade). He would clap them together and of course, chew on them.

Afterward, there was a concert in the park and free lunch. Jacob had his first taste of hot dog (I think it will become a staple in our house for him) he loved it!

Having a good time with balloons.

Monday, August 11, 2008

First Game, First Jungle, First Ferry Ride

We had a fun filled weekend packed full of first time experiences for Jacob! On Friday evening, we took him to his first Mariner's Baseball Game, he had a great time and was really good. But let me start off with a story...

Every year, Walsh Construction buys out a few sections at a Mariner's game for all employees and family to attend but are in the nose-bleed sections (as you can see from the picture, we were second to the last row). But we receive gift cards to spend on food or merchandise and we get to visit with Nate's co-workers, so it's fun! Let me describe my experience last year... I was 8 1/2 months pregnant (I know, not the smartest idea). We park our car at our usual spot (I refuse to pay big bucks for parking, so we park far away for only $10 when we go to the games) and we walk 2 miles to the base of the stadium, usually the walk is no problem, but being as large as a house, I'm exhausted by this point. Nathan told me the seats are at the very tip-top, but I'm not worried... they must have elevators or something. Oh my, that was the wrong thought. The elevators we attempted to take up to the 3rd floor balcony were for employees only (we even tried to sneak in and were briskly escorted out) so we had no choice but to climb the stairs, as Nate pointed out to me. I can't even explain how much energy this took out of me, after stopping several times, we finally made it to our section. Then I realize, we have to climb more stairs, because our seats are located in one of the last rows! And I won't even go into the bathroom trips that were needed during the game or the walk back to the car.

This year, I am prepared for the climb, even with Jacob with us. I warn my mom, who came to the game with us, to wear her comfortable shoes and get ready! We decide to have dinner at The Pyramid Alehouse across from the stadium where some of Nate's co-workers are meeting up, so we park close ($25 dollars to park on the 5th floor of a parking garage, but we did get a $2 discount for carpooling. Oh gee, thanks). After dinner, we walk over to the stadium, walk up a short flight of stairs and guess what we are staring at?!?! ESCALATORS. And I'm not kidding, they take you up to the very tip-top, 3rd floor balcony. Nate asks a security guard, "have these always been here?" and we get a very odd look back, "yes" is his response. I thought I was going to faint, and gave Nate the wife look (you know the one). After the game, we find an elevator that ANYONE can use, and guess what? There is a very nice lady sitting inside on a plush chair pushing elevator buttons for you. And to our amazement, she takes us straight to the sky bridge that takes us right to the 5th floor parking garage where our car is conveniently waiting for us! Okay, can you see my frustration????

Okay, enough complaining, but for all you out there with future cheap seats, there are existing elevators and escalators for your use. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Jacob experiencing his first home run! He clapped everytime applause erupted around us, he thought it was so funny! He did fall asleep in grandma's arms during 7th inning stretch, so he missed Take Me Out To The Ball Game - maybe next time.

On Saturday, we went to a local bakery and ordered Jacob's first birthday cake. Can you believe he is going to be 1 next month? Not only did we order an awesome cake, but we got a seperate "smash" cake as they call it for Jake. Can't wait!

We took Jacob to the Rainforest Cafe for the first time. I have heard that some kids get scared with all the noises, lights and moving animals, but Jake did terrific! We sat next to a waterfall that was really loud, so Jake took advantage of it and voiced his excitement very loudly.

Looking at all the fish tanks at The Rainforest Cafe

By the gorillas, every 15 minutes or so, the gorillas would put on a little show for the kids.

On Sunday morning, Nate, Jacob, my mom, Darel and I took a ferry from Seattle over to Bainbridge Island to spend the day exploring. What a great island, it's beautiful! And it's only 35 minutes away from the city, so it makes a quick and easy day trip.

Jacob on his first ferry ride

We are big food network fans, and some shows come to Seattle to explore and visit different restaurants. On Giada's Weekend Getaways, she visits Bainbridge Island during her Seattle visit and eats at Cafe Nola, so we had to eat there. Giada orders the Caramel Pecan French Toast which looks incredible, and now my mom and I can say it tastes incredible! The best french toast we have ever had. Here is a picture of Jacob at the Cafe, we sat outside on the patio and had a great time.

Jacob in his first swing, he loved it when daddy pushed him high!

We made a stop at the Marina, Nate and Jacob playing around with the camera while we got something to drink - what cuties!

Jacob needed to take a nap, so we drove around the neighborhoods exploring. There are so many breathtaking homes! Above is a picture of the roads to people's homes, most of the streets looked like this, green was everywhere. I finally had Nate stop and let me take a picture, I would love to drive home everyday looking at this. Below is a picture of the view, it's incredible! Most everyone on the island has a beautiful view of Seattle. Can you imagine looking out your window at this? Maybe we will retire here (hey, I can wish).

Coming home on the ferry. Jacob did a GREAT job all weekend, so many firsts for him and he didn't fuss once, he loved every minute of it. We are happy to live close to a big city and take advantage of all it has to offer.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Whip Cream Heaven

We had a BBQ at grandma's house tonight, during our strawberry shortcake dessert, Jacob got the empty container of whipped cream with a few spoons fulls in it. As you can see, he had a good time!

Monday, August 4, 2008


Jacob started using his toy walker last week, he LOVES this car! He plays with it all day, it does so many neat things (where were all these cool toys when I was little)? Here is a short video of him (turn up your volume).

Libby and Joe came up this weekend for a visit, so we had a little get together Saturday night. Amy, Brian and Aidan came over for dinner, Jake was so excited to see Aidan (poor Aidan got his hair pulled a few times by Jake).

Jake explaining how the gate works... "you can't get to mommy working in the kitchen when this thing is shut."

Aidan trying out Joe's new backpack from REI

Aidan bought Jacob a new toy. Thanks Aidan!

Sunday morning breakfast at the Oehling's, Aidan and Jake playing us some tunes.

Jacob had his first city bus ride. Jacob and Nate sat at the bendy part of the bus, so at every turn, Jake went for a ride. It was so cute! He couldn't understand why he suddenly got very far away from mommy.

We parked at the Space Needle and rode the bus to Lake Washington to Seafair. Seafair is month long festival including: parades, marathons, Fleet Week, airplanes, boat races, food, music and much more. Traffic is horrible for a month, but it's a fun tradition in Seattle.

Watching the Blue Angels, they were amazing! It's facinating that these pilots can fly 11 inches apart from each other and up to 700 mph! And the best part is, the transport plane for the Blue Angels is operated and flown by Marines!

Brian and Amy's niece and nephew, Neiko and Malia. They were so great with Aidan and Jacob, playing with them and keeping an eye on them. Thanks for hanging out with us!

Jacob cooling his gums with an ice cold water bottle (entertained him for an hour). His 6th tooth broke through this weekend.

The Hydroplane Races were awesome, the fastest motorboats in the world! I am not sure what I would chose if I could drive these boats or fly a Blue Angel plane... hmmm... which ever one it is, I am sure I would be puking my guts out!

There were many airshows between the boat races, these stunt planes do some crazy maneuvers. The announcer would talk to the pilots while they were in the air, it was hard to imagine they could have a lucid conversation while performing stunts.

Here is the United States Marine Corp AV-8b Harrier Jet (a favorite of Nate's of course), it hovered for a minute or longer right above us (felt like 5 minutes). The sound was so incredibly loud, my ears even hurt for an hour afterward. Jacob did great though, he allowed me to cover his ears and he stayed calm cuddled up next to me.

The boys in their carriers

The Oehling Family

I thought this picture was cute, Brian and Malia walking the boys in their strollers at Seattle Center. If you look close, Aidan and Jacob are watching each other, probably wondering why their strollers are identical.

Neiko and Malia playing up on a sculpture.

Jacob playing around with his new favorite toy - thank goodness there is a low sound button or I would go insane!

Jacob is climbing the stairs so quickly, faster than I can walk up them. The other night, Nate ran upstairs to start Jake's bath water, so I undressed Jacob and he headed upstairs. He stopped about half way and looked back at me as if he was saying "come on mom, it's bathtime!" But of course, I was busy taking some cute butt shots, so he posed for me. What a cutie!