Saturday, November 29, 2008

7 Years, Where does the time go?

It was seven years ago at this very moment when I gave birth to my handsome little boy. The surprise that we were having a boy was told to us even before we heard his first cry. That's the case when a baby who is frank breach is taken from his mother's womb during surgery. I can remember it pefectly..."It's a boy!" said the doctor. Jason and I immediately started to cry and laugh at the same time. "Is everything alright? I don't hear him crying." I asked. "Everything is fine. We just haven't delivered his head yet." Everything was more than fine, it was perfect.

Dakota is now a first grader and is wise beyond his years.

He loves to read and ride his bike and like most boys his age, he loves some time on the Playstation. We're proud of Dakota and his academic accomplishments and even more so of his gentle disposition. His teacher tells us that he has a natural ability to lead and there are times that we're fortunate enough to witness his peer interaction and see the potential this young man has.

Dakota is growing although I suspect he'll always favor his grandpa Herman and have no trouble maintaining a respectful weight. He's about 45" tall now and weighs about 42.5 pounds. Unlike most first-graders, he hasn't lost a single baby tooth yet!

This past year, Dakota experienced several firsts. He witnessed his first (and second) NBA game watching both the Spurs and the Thunder. He learned to ride his bike. He went to the circus. He learned to tie his shoes. Dakota attended his first outdoor concert, went golfing with his dad and learned to drive the golf cart solo. And the list goes on...

We celebrated with his friends at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum and that was a huge hit. I recommend stopping by sometime.

We're proud of our little man. Happy Birthday son!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Eufala Lake at Sunset

This was taken at 50MPH on our way to Quinton, OK. The camera phone doesn't do it justice.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Lost, then Found

Today's good news continues. Jason had lost his wedding ring and last remembered having it during our trip to Austin. After lots of searching and calls to our hotel, we'd given up.

Thankfully, the good people at LaMode Cleaners are diligent about checking pockets and they retrieved our treasure. I just went to pick up the clothes from 6 weeks ago (mostly because I'm cheap and knew that load would cost me) and I was pleasantly surprised to see the ring hanging there! I even woke Doc from his slumber so I could show him. It's nice to know that there are still honest people all around.

Now, if only some honest person would return his lost wallet...


I must say, I honestly never thought I'd see the day. I mean, I knew the days of $0.89/gallon were long gone. And yet, I didn't think there was hope for less than $3.00/gallon.

Thank God for giving us the gift of the unknown.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Holiday Thrift

I have to share the good news that one of my co-workers and friends shared with me. It's an online shopping rebate site that literally earns you cash back for your online purchases. Just sign up for an account by clicking here and then do all your holiday shopping online. You can earn cash back on every transaction plus get information on free shipping and other promotions.

I joined on just a couple weeks ago and now I can't shop online without checking my e-bates site first! I'm so pleased to be earning money back for the purchases I planned to make anyhow. Pass it on!