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We're giving away free office supplies if you can guess why our pug is named Luther. Welcome to the Vileation Nation.



Updated: 2018-03-05T17:29:05.825-05:00

 



Keeping Busy

2009-06-29T16:34:40.922-04:00

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We had an amazing time in Avalon, NJ this past weekend...and in Jersey City, NJ and Langhorne, PA the previous weekend...and in Foxburg, PA the previous weekend...and in Perryville, MD the previous weekend.

In other words, we've been busy.

It should be noted that Jake started taking some shaky steps during the Perryville, MD weekend (which was June 4-7).  Now he's cruising the beach like he's been doing this all his life. 

So I think Jake has just about covered his "Things To Do Before I Turn One" list.
  • Learn to sit up unassisted
  • Say Da Da over and over again (with the VERY occasional Ma Ma)
  • Find two things and bang them together
  • Feed myself (but not with silverware...that will be on my Things To Do Before I Turn Two list)
  • Try pizza and ice cream
  • Pet Luther
  • Crawl
  • Walk
  • Trick my parents into thinking I'm playing safely in the TV room, but really walk over to the stairs and start climbing
  • Visit NJ, PA, OH, DE, GA, OK, WV (and probably more that my parents have forgotten)
  • Learn to respond to my name
  • Laugh when people tell me "no"
  • Make some friends
  • Make my parents laugh every day
  • Drive a car (pictured below)
  • Put my feet in the ocean
  • Grow my hair out 
  • Visit a couple Civil War battlefields (yes, Antietam AND Gettysburg)
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Jake has about 4 weeks left to figure out that last bullet point.  Here's hoping.  But don't hold your breath, this guy has places to go, people to see...just check him out below!
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Blame it on Facebook

2009-05-26T22:35:00.645-04:00

I mean, Facebook is where it's at.  It's a virtual vortex.  It consumes all my time.  Well, almost all my time.  Any leftover time is spent over at Cake Wrecks. Makes me almost as happy as a 9-month old with a teddy bear. Okay...here's what's going on over here.  This past weekend we were fortunate enough to hang out with Joe and Jess...who gave us the shredded map piece of Furoma...oh wait, that's a Mousehunt allusion from Facebook, sorry.  Anyway, they introduced us to the most fabulous trail situation in Greater Baltimore and we are GRATEFUL.  Check out some pictures from our trail adventure...it was spectacular.  Interestingly, we hung out with Joe and Jess on Saturday night...to watch the big UFC fight(s)...true story...and that's when they introduced us to this trail idea.  Well Kevin, Jake and I gave it a shot on Monday.  And who did we see while we were there?  Joe and Jess!  (I bet you guessed it.)  And yes, those are a couple pictures of Jake at Chipotle after the trail adventure.It should also be noted that we have a houseguest this week.  His name is Buddy and he is a Boston Terrier.  He is a delight.  Luther may disagree, but hey, he can't type, so we're saying that Buddy is a delight.  Even though this video ends with the guts of the toy rabbit in Buddy's mouth. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.blogger.com/video.g?token=AD6v5dxdcL84wguWzaqxbkSC2izYAwGWrf2g2aajS6Ysdx-9CnX0RsDH0v48TIfj535P4NAF3dG9wnJ-9l-rmbhAfQ' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />Jake is a hoot and he is having lots of fun cruising around.  He's not officially walking, but he's pretty darn close.  He is on the move and therefore so are we.  Hmmm, let's see, wow, it's been a long time since we've updated.  We have also attended the Wine in the Woods event in Columbia, Jake experienced Baby Dedication at church, Kevin evidently has some fabulous green thumb because our yard looks good, we saw Slumdog Millionaire,  we found out Jake isn't going to be the youngest of his cousins (congrats, Casey and Chris!), we added some weird branches to our family tree by attending the wedding of Kevin's cousin, who is good friends with my Dad's cousin, which means Jake somehow puts us all in the same family, and I'm sure the list goes on.And frankly we've had lots on our minds.  We've been thinking about finances and adoption and prayer and politics and jobs and...the list goes on.Which leads me to ask...what's on your mind?  (...those in the know will recognize that as a little homage to Facebook...)What's on your mind?Add:LinkPhotosVideoGo Buckeyes! [...]



Under Construction

2009-03-28T09:10:43.221-04:00

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Is Divorce Court still on TV?

Because Kevin and I might be auditioning.

Okay, seriously, it's not that bad...but Project Bathroom is still not over and I'm itching to begin Project Dining Room...so...we need to be finished.

Enjoy some pictures of our journey.  Note that I'm not in these pictures.  That's because I was running around taking pictures of "our" bathroom project that Kevin did all the work on.  And if I wasn't doing that, I was whining "I'm tired, I want to go to bed," or maybe something like "why didn't you rinse out those brushes?!?!"

Once again, Kevin is a saint.
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(ps...Happy...um, I did not mean to steal the cartoon idea from your site, I really didn't!!!  But hey, imitation is the sincerest (most sincere?) form of flattery...so, hopefully you're feeling sincerely flattered!!!)



"I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt"

2009-03-10T15:11:22.136-04:00

The time has come to submit Jake's picture to Grove City College so that he can be oooohed and aaaahed at via the Gedunk Magazine.  Yes, alumni send pictures of their children for all to see.  So GCC was kind enough to send a complimentary shirt as it is a requirement that the child be wearing the very shirt in the picture.

The shirt indicates that it is for an 18-month old.  Evidently it is for an 18-month old hamster.  It was NOT a pleasant experience to shove Jake into this shirt.  And consequently I did not score any good shots.

Here are a few samples.  To view the entire unfortunate collection, click here.  

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A weekend in PAradise

2009-03-10T06:51:03.707-04:00

You read it right. "PAradise." Meaning Pennsylvania...hence "PA"...hence "PAradise." Anyway, we road-tripped it on out to Pennsylvania this weekend. Jake, Luther and I dropped Kevin off in Happy Valley and then continued on to the Greater Clarion area. We enjoyed a brief tour of the PSU campus and got the picture Kevin has been waiting for all of his life. His son with the Nittany Lion. We also have the one where his son almost fell off the Nittany Lion, but now we're back on the subject of calling CYS.Because I took the camera with me, there is no documented footage of Kevin's stay in State College for the wrestling Big 10 tournament. I imagine Kevin is very thankful for that, seeing as how he was "dehydrated" when I picked him back up on Sunday.And guess what? Those of you who follow the life and times of Karen over at "Another Stella Day" will be pleased to learn that I got to see her and her sweet little baby bump on my way up north. She and her GCC girls were having a reunion of sorts and were gracious enough to let me crash in for a minute to say hi, make Jake a bottle, let Luther out of the car, and snap a picture. Thanks girls, and it was absolutely fantastic to see you! Karen, your "Grubelet" is gorgeous already. Then, in the Greater Clarion area, Jake, Luther and I stayed with my Nana and my parents came in to visit, too. Jake got to go meet his Great Great Grandmother...yes, that is two "greats." My Great Grandma will be 103 in April...born in 1906...can you imagine? 1906? And she is sharp as a tack. It was great. We also got to see my Aunt Carol and Uncle Rod and catch up a bit. Uncle Rod let Jake try on his hat which was a big hit! Check out four generations below... After our visit with the McHenry side of the family, we went back to the Jordan side where we got to hang out with Uncle John and Aunt Helen and family. Have I ever shared this riddle with the blogging community? Well here it is. My mom's Uncle John, the gentleman I just mentioned, is not just her uncle...he's also her cousin. I promise...nothing scary...just an interesting fact. See if you can solve the riddle! Next, we put Jake in the middle of the road and took his picture. Then we even photographed the weird cows/bulls/steer (I don't know enough to tell the difference) across the street. I feel this was especially gutsy in light of the recent chimp disaster. Or especially stupid. It seems gutsy and stupid are separated by a very fine line. For complete coverage of the Greater Clarion tour, click here. And then we were on our way back to Happy Valley to pick up Kevin. We enjoyed dinner with Pop Pop Vile and Walt...and even got to see Andrew for a minute. And that was that! A fabulous weekend for everyone in the Vileation Nation. And we even remembered the time change. Miracles still happen. Oh, and check out pictures from Dog's baby shower here if you so choose! Dog is one cute pregnant lady, so I suggest you see for yourself.[...]



Please don't call CYS

2009-03-05T08:58:23.978-05:00

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Yes, I look as though I haven't showered in weeks (and likely haven't). And Jake looks like a smurf who is going hunting.
But it's still a funny picture.
And please don't call Children and Youth Services on us. We really do clean ourselves up now and then and dress our child normally. We just don't take pictures of boring stuff like that.



I lost my camera...?

2009-03-02T19:23:20.627-05:00

Just looking for a good excuse for why it has taken me this long to feed and water the ol' blog.Since there is way too much to cover since Christmas, I'll just pick up from a couple weeks ago.Dog and Jim came to town (and we played lots of "Ticket To Ride").Kevin turned 32 (and Jake tasted frosting).Sharyn came to town (and we went to Wegmans).The Kruks had twins...a boy and a girl (and the Cudas and the Hardestys each had daughters!).We went to Oklahoma City to see Casey and Chris (and the memorial from the Federal Building bombing).I went to Columbus to celebrate with Dog at her baby shower.  And I don't have pictures to share yet because, as mentioned, I left my camera in Ohio.  Stupid, stupid, stupid.That pretty much catches you up! Oh...I finally read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."  Loved it.  Loved it so much.And also, Jake laughed a lot so far this year.Glad to be back!PS...some of you may remember that I participated in a marathon a couple years back...part of Team in Training, San Diego, etc. etc.  (If you weren't aware of this maniacal event in my life, you should also pay close attention to the word "participated" and note that I by no means ran the whole thing...but darn it, I completed it).  Anyway, if you are looking for a way to contribute in the fight against cancer, please consider giving at this generous woman's Team in Training site.  It's a really difficult thing to fundraise $4100 and it's awesome when complete strangers pitch in.  It really defines "community."  Anyway, consider it!  Thanks![...]



Jake's Christmas Gift

2009-01-05T13:02:10.377-05:00

Well, Jake wanted to give his grandparents some fun gifts for Christmas.  Check them out below!


Amy's note:  If you don't laugh out loud right around minute 1:25-1:30 in the Growing Up video...well, I don't know...but you should.  You should laugh right out loud.



Christmas Recap

2009-01-03T21:43:15.202-05:00

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No real news over here at the Vileation Nation.  We rang in 2009 with a pizza from Papa Johns (we tried the whole wheat crust because, you know, we're really trying to be healthy now that we have a Wii Fit).  We also managed to convince a few people to come over and watch the Rose Bowl with us...I'm really glad we did because Kevin had to maintain some level of mature behavior since we had guests.  If there were no guests, I am sure that he would have been in bed, under the covers, miserable.  I am sure of this because that is exactly what happened after the big Iowa loss.

Anyway, here are our Christmas recap pictures...we really did have an absolutely wonderful holiday season.  
And don't miss our pictures from the trip to the Eisenhower House in Gettysburg.  Kevin wanted to get there in December because the house was decorated for Christmas.  What they mean by "decorated for Christmas" is "a wreath on the front door." That part was a little disappointing.

Finally, here is a picture with Jake and his bear at each of his month birthdays so far. 

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Sharing Christmas

2008-12-18T20:32:43.979-05:00

Megan over at A Day with the Demos had a wonderful idea in inviting people to share Christmas via their blogs. Sadly, I don't have very much decorating skill. So here are a few shots of what we have going on in the Vileation Nation. But if you know what's good for you, you'll visit Megan's site which has links to other sites where people are also "sharing Christmas." People who actually decorate...and decorate well.Here's the tree...and a toy of Jake's... "Everybody loves a turkey and some mistletoe..." Or is it "Everybody loves a pug and a Christmas tree?" We're so excited to have new titles this year...Mom and Dad! Which means new stockings, too...and of course Jacob has his own stocking as well. Got this fun Advent calendar on sale at Target. Jake will get a new ornament every year...this year he got a Panda, of course! And where did we get this ornament? Valley View Farms! Our friend Glen is the coolest. He has given us the special White House ornament both this year and last. Very cool because last year's ornament is "A White House Wedding" and last year was our first Christmas as husband and wife. This year's ornament is "An Old Fashioned Christmas Tree." These ornaments are spectacular, I wish the picture could do them justice. Check out this site to get a better idea of how beautiful these ornaments truly are. And here is Kevin's special ornament this year. You know he put the "Vile" in "Elvis."Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks for sharing the holiday season with us![...]



Santa Baby

2008-12-17T17:01:37.914-05:00

Yep, that's Santa and a baby, alright!(image)



Experiment

2008-12-11T22:28:19.524-05:00

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I have been experimenting with baking.  Obviously.  The gingerbread boys seem to have club feet.

I say "experimenting" because there is always a high likelihood that none of my end products will be fit for consumption.  That's why we always have a good rotisserie chicken available as backup.  Ha.  Not sure why there's a chicken in the picture. 
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But some of the end products have looked decent this year, which I suppose is a start. Hopefully I'll have things actually tasting decent before Christmas arrives.  Because so far nothing has really stood out as a winner.  The sandwich-looking things above were relatively good...cranberry-oatmeal cookies with cream cheese icing in the middle.  Thank you, Rachael Ray.

In completely unrelated news, I paid $18 (tip and everything) for a haircut today.  I don't want to tell you how much cheaper that is than what I normally pay, but suffice it to say that now we can actually heat our house this winter.

I did something else monumental today.  I killed a spider.  With my father's college fraternity paddle.  Just looking at the link for the spider is making me want to run and scream.  A house spider.  Come on.  I've heard of house music, house parties and house keepers...but never a house spider.  

Heckuva day over here in the Vileation Nation.

Check out Jake talking with Luther.  Luther is obviously really blown away by Jake's sparkling conversation.
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8 stones lighter...

2008-12-06T15:15:49.661-05:00

Luther is officially 8 stones lighter than he was last week at this time.  He had surgery this week to remove the pesky bladder stones that have been making him crazy for some time now. 

We didn't know Luther was preparing to go under the knife...we just thought he was going in to get his teeth cleaned.  For those who don't know, dogs actually get "put to sleep" (the good kind, not the kind where they never come back) to have their teeth cleaned.  Anyway, the doctor said that she would go ahead and take out the stones, too, if we wanted.  Since the poor guy was already going to get anesthesia, we figured he may as well go all the way.

So here he his, recovering at home.
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He seems to be recovering very nicely. I guess he should be...he doesn't have any of these things in him anymore:
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In other news, Kevin is at the Army/Navy game today...GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY!



Thankful

2008-12-09T10:12:10.668-05:00

(thanks for the great bib, Aunt Dog and Uncle Jim!)We are thankful for so many things...this year we are especially thankful to have seen so many friends and family members throughout the holiday...some of those friends being pumpkin pie, stuffing and lots of butter. The McHenrys (on location in the Poconos...with the Dailey family who we somehow do NOT have a picture of!! That is the only drawback I can think of to the Pocono Experience...walking away without a souvenir photo of the Daileys) Hanging out with Grandmom Vile Playing Scrabble with Pop Pop Vile Taking it easy with Glen and GG Mom The Kmiecs (welcome, beautiful Megan!) The Kruks (so excited to meet the twins!!!) The Butvilles...with Kevin standing in for Jodi (welcome, sweet Carter!) Alison and Aunt Evie (congratulations, Ali!!!)[...]



Family

2008-11-24T10:21:42.600-05:00

Gosh...we love our family.

Right now we are mourning with our family. And there are other things that we are celebrating with our family. But especially as we enter this Christmas season, we are overwhelmed at the power of family.

And because the Vileation Nation is not known for its depth or proclivity for intensity, we'll stop all attempts at that sort of thing right here and now.(image)
So...if any of our readers reside in the Greater Charlotte area, you absolutely must check out Angela Pace Photography. You will not be disappointed. Jake heard such good things about this lady that he called her up and asked her to come be his photographer. And guess what...she did it. THE Angela Pace got on a plane and came to Baltimore just to take some amazing shots of our Jake. It's also worth noting that THE Angela Pace happens to be my cousin and has been known to go ridiculously out of her way to help people out. You may recall that she somehow recovered all of our Key West pictures. Yep...she's good. (check out her site for some more cute pictures of Jacob.)
(image) Anyway, I have been searching for the words to express just how incredible a photographer she is, but hopefully you've already clicked on the link to her site and have seen it for yourself. I'm telling you, she's amazing. All the pictures on this post are of the SAME baby...can you stand it?

So that was our excitement this weekend! A visit from our fabulous cousin who has been blessed with an incredible gift for photography. Special thanks to the Pace family for letting us steal Ang for the day!!!! You'll never know how grateful we are!!! Especially because most of our pictures look like this:(image)
We'll be back to posting our own horrible pictures in the near future. And as a teaser...it turns out that Kevin has figured out the iMovie feature of the Mac...so...stay tuned...



So now that the election is over...

2008-11-05T23:06:47.070-05:00

...when does Scrubs come back on the air?  We at the Vileation Nation do not plan to share how we voted, but you have to admit that this article is pretty funny.  (Please note the "I Voted" sticker in the above picture. Please also note that I still can't figure out how to use this Mac.)So here's what we've been up to.  A big trip to Columbus, OH to watch Penn State beat Ohio State.  But other things happened there, too.  For instance, we watched LeBron James arrive to be a guest at Game Day.  Here he is.  Right behind his body guard.  Great photography skills by Amy. (read "unbelievably poor photography skills by Amy.")Also, Kevin made Jake a nice sign to hold up in an effort to get on TV.Also, Dog made cookies commemorating the occasion.  Then Amy headed to Cleveland with her parents and Jake so that she could be in Akron for work on Wednesday.  It was a WONDERFUL week of lots of visitors and home-cooked meals. Thank you to Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Olwert, Mrs. Elwell, the Daileys, the Goodmans and the Ciuleis for your visits and your general celebration of Jake!  Below are Jeff and Julie, James and Joseph...welcome back to Ohio, Goodmans!Speaking of Jake, he took his third flight.  Evidently Continental knew he was coming because he was given an entire row in First Class and his mother was given a nice big glass of wine after she struggled to keep him from screaming before takeoff.  Also...our JD laughs now!  The best way to get a good hearty laugh out of him is to dance around like you have a top hat and cane. Gets him every time.  He loves this fabulous John Lithgow CD that the Ciuleis gave him. Perfect for dancing as though you have a top hat and cane.Kevin's parents came to visit last weekend and somehow we did not get out the camera.  Glen came up for dinner, too, and it was really just such a nice, relaxing weekend. Oh...and Halloween.  Jake didn't dress up too much, he wore a cute little Halloween sleeper, but Luther wore his annual bumblebee costume.  We can't get enough of Luther dressed as a bumblebee.Luther, however, can get quite enough of Luther dressed as a bumblebee.[...]



The Newest Member of the Vileation Nation

2008-10-16T12:37:53.141-04:00

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No, the newest member of the Vileation Nation is not a baby, the newest member is our spectacular new sister-in-law, Kristin! Congratulations to Brian and Kristin on their marriage which took place this past Sunday, October 12. (image)
Check out the pictures here. I wish I could have captured every detail on film, Brian and Kristin did an amazing job. Here is a list of just a FEW things that just really stood out. Incidentally, I'm typing this as I enjoy some of the homemade cranberry apple butter that they gave as favors. I am also listening to some music from the cd that they gave as a favor. Loving it.
  • Adorable welcome baskets when we arrived at the hotel (chocolate, hand cream, gum, maps, awesome!)

  • Amazing rehearsal dinner venue...the whole back patio area to ourselves! Complete with wine that Brian and Kristin selected from a wine tasting event.

  • Unbelievable place cards that were stamped with a nature theme. Look for them in the pictures.

  • Awesome music from a live jazz band and then a live band from Nashville, the Protomen!

  • Kristin MADE all the bouquets, boutennieres, etc. Made them. Whoa. She was at the wedding site cutting flowers and tying them together the morning of her wedding.

  • Hundreds of little meringue mushrooms that Brian and Kristin baked to put on their cake. Check them out in the pictures...amazing.

Honestly, the list goes on and on. Brian and Kristin had a beautiful day for their wedding and treated us all to a feast and a wonderful time of celebration. Congratulations to the Newlyweds!(image)




At the Movies

2008-10-16T11:43:11.288-04:00

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Back in the Saddle

2008-10-15T22:36:42.343-04:00

Or "Back in the Baby Cage."  Whatever.Oh boy.  It's a real Catch 22 around here.  We've been having fun non-stop and have so much to report and share.  However, all the fun we're having leaves little time for blog-posting. Especially when SOMEONE in the family insisted on buying a Mac as our new personal computer.  We have no idea how to use it.  SOMEONE should have done research on her own rather than just listened to people saying "you're going to love it!"  People said "you're going to love it!" about the movies Spaceballs and Throw Momma From the Train, but SOMEONE didn't enjoy either of them. *note:  the weird font nonsense that occurs halfway through this post is a result of the aforementioned someone not knowing how to fix the tricky html language junk. I blame the Mac.*Anyway, we cannot possibly capture all the excitement that has gone on in the past month, so here's the quick run-down so that you're back in touch with the Vileation Nation.  We then plan to start fresh with covering Brian and Kristin's wedding which occurred this past weekend.So...We hung out with the Kmiecs a couple times, which included playing SpiderMan Yahtzee, Uno Spin, and Blow Out Your Diaper.We hung out with the King girls for a little while, which included Jake being enamored with older women.  That's right, women between the ages of 4 and 9.We hung out with Megan and Krissy and their kiddos.  Check out Krissy's synopsis over at Two Are Better Than One. Megan and Krissy were the BSG Ambassadors (that's Bible Study Girls) and they treated Kevin and me to some amazing dinners and tons of hands-on child rearing experience!!  It was a joy to spend time with Faith, Jonathan and Toby.We hung out with the Jaglowskis as they passed through on their way to Ocean City for vacation and Sam's first experience with the ocean!  They tried to convince us that we will love the Mac.  Hmmmm.Amy and Jake hung out with Melissa (from prenatal yoga) and her son Jack at the mall a couple of times.  We also went to Baby and Me yoga and learned such hits as Hopalong Yogi and Chugga Chugga.So that's the quick recap.  Soon we will post about the big wedding in Atlanta this weekend. Hooray for Jake as he is now a member of the Delta Sky Miles program. Well, not quite, but he did manage to get to Georgia and back in an airplane, so we are very pleased with his progress. You will see that he has also become quite a prodigy at using his play center thing. With the help of a pillow for his feet, he's really giving that toy a run for its money. Then finally we have a picture of the boys outside for their fall photo shoot. Sadly this is probably the best shot. They are both super cute in person, the pictures don't do them justice...![...]



"I Can Tell That We Are Going To Be Friends"

2008-09-17T08:39:18.915-04:00

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This past weekend Jake learned that there is life on this planet to which he can relate. Jake's new friend, Aaron, came to visit along with Aaron's mom, Susan, and the famous Dog. It's no secret that Jake is a bit of a fussbudget from time to time...but what we had previously chalked up to gas is more likely the misconception that the only people in this world are giants that weigh over 100 pounds and stand more than 5 feet tall. When Jake was hanging out with Aaron, a happy 5 month old, he was a different man. As Susan said, it was like Aaron was saying "dude, you're acting like such a 2 week old. You're old enough to smile and be fun...you should try that out."(image)
Dog, Susan, the boys and I spent Saturday in Annapolis walking around the Naval Academy (mainly so we could earn our trip to the fudge and ice cream store). Then we walked around Hunt Valley on Sunday (mainly so we could earn our pizza for lunch). We had a great time touring around Maryland while Kevin spent the weekend in Syracuse watching Penn State dominate. Unfortunately only one of us could have the camera, so check out Amy's pictures here. Below is how Jake felt when Dog, Susan and Aaron left. It's also how he felt after the big OSU loss.
(image) Also, the Vileation Nation has been sucked into Facebook. And the Nation has also purchased a new computer. This is a bad combo. I could use another 8 weeks of maternity leave (more like "materNERDy leave") so I can learn all this new technology (read: "so I can play fun new computer games").
*special thanks to Aunt Linnea and Aunt Sarah for Jake's weekend wardrobe!!!



The towel rack...as promised

2008-09-08T13:39:55.085-04:00

(image) Before the big reveal on how we used a towel rack to "improve" our son's room, please note that Jake is SMILING in this picture. I think it's the real deal. He smiles when we get him out of his crib in the morning, too, which is so sweet of him since most days he has been crying for a good hour before one of his lazy parents actually gets out of bed to help him out.

So here's the towel rack. My vision is that Jake can use this for accessing his books when he's able to, well, access books. We'll see how this vision pays off...you don't see this idea in too many magazines (by that I mean ANY magazines), so I have to believe it's going to backfire in a big, awful way. As though putting a towel rack in a baby's room isn't already considered backfiring.
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(image) And here are Kevin, Jake and Luther at the Reisterstown Festival yesterday. We strolled through and enjoyed a lovely day of family time. (image) Now it's back to the grind for Kevin and back to figuring out ways to make Jake keep smiling for me. Note to self...the sling does not bring smiles.(image)



Labor Day

2008-09-06T23:07:50.376-04:00

What better way to celebrate Labor Day weekend than by celebrating the fruit of your literal labor.(image)
Jake spent the weekend hanging out with both sets of grandparents as well as Great Nana. It was a wonderful time and the event is commemorated in photos here. You will note that we are prone to taking 6-7 pictures of the same thing. Each picture more blurry than the next. But anyway, here they are. Happy Birthday, Jake's Grandma!!!(image)
Not to repeat myself, but we are tired. Very tired. Therefore the wittiness of the blog is suffering. So instead we'll say this...Jake becomes more awesome every day. He is weird and quirky and we love that. He is in love with a toucan sticker that is at his changing table. He thinks it's great if we pretend to eat his hands and feet. He looks like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber when his hair is brushed a certain way. And he's always happiest right before spitting up. He's great.

So that's it...we'll work on getting wittier and more poignant. But no promises on when that will occur. Likely not until Jake is old enough to write the blog entries. Which could be next week. Because, look...that is a little bit of a smile there in the picture below...who knows what he might do next!(image)
Oh...and good news, we've done some work on Jake's room and it looks far better. Even though the main improvement involved a towel rack. Pictures forthcoming.



Week 6

2008-08-29T22:06:27.140-04:00

As of this coming Saturday, Jake has successfully completed 6 weeks of life outside the womb.

He had a wonderful time at Kayla's first birthday party and he even got to meet Uncle Andrew and Aunt Jodi. As much as he enjoyed the two of them, he's even MORE excited to meet their son who is due to experience "life outside the womb" in early November.(image)
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And here is Jake doing two impressions. The first one is of Austin Powers. The second one is of Dr. Perry Cox from Scrubs. Even though we named him JD, he's got a little bit of Coxy in him.(image)
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And not to be left out, here's Luther taking a break from playing with all Jake's toys.(image)



Hitting Our Stride

2008-08-22T21:42:16.288-04:00

(image) We're all starting to get used to each other here in the Vileation Nation. Luther has stopped howling when Jake cries, Amy has stopped crying when Jake cries, and Kevin has stopped wiping Amy and Jake's tears every two hours. We're calling that progress.

Jake is a superstar. He can lift his neck, he can roll over from his tummy, he can make eye contact, and he is always guessed to be a boy by people when we're out in public. As a nod to the Olympics, there are only two events left in which our JD needs to achieve gold. Those events are sleeping through the night and smiling at his parents. We'll let you know when those hurdles are overcome (ha ha, another Olympic reference).
It should also be noted that Jacob made a trip to Pennsylvania to meet Great Nana and the extended Bowser family. We had a great time and he's already begging to go back! Check out the four generations in the first picture below. The second picture is Grandma and Grandpa entertaining Jake (and Luther). The third picture is 4 Bowser siblings! Uncle Rod, Aunt Helen, Aunt Mary and Great Nana! And finally, the last picture is Jake meeting Great Nana for the first time. Such a wonderful occasion! (image) (image)

(image) (image) Tomorrow Jake is attending the birthday party of his soon-to-be-friend, Kayla. She's turning one and we hope that she'll coach Jake on those events of sleeping and smiling. Stay tuned!



A Visit from Our Attorney and Pediatrician

2008-08-12T10:37:01.954-04:00

(image) Dog and Jim came to visit!!! Not only are Dog and Jim super fun to be around, but they are constantly helping us in the legal and medical realms. Not that we're in constant legal trouble, but we just like to be up to speed on whether Kevin has to pay an $.80 toll from Illinois (from 2006) that is now somehow $46.23.

Anyway. Not only did Dog and Jim come to visit, but they brought Jake some cool outfits, too! Check it out! Grove City girls, I do hope you've noticed the "Four Square Rocks" onesie!!! (image)
During Dog and Jim's visit, we took a quick trip up to Gettysburg. Dog navigated us around town and we saw pretty much every inch of the place with the exception of some memorial to North Carolina. I was okay with missing the memorial to North Carolina because on the way to Gettysburg, I was able to locate a Dairy Queen. I really cannot stress the importance of this. It even has a drive-thru. Jacob is good at "driving thru."(image)
Then on Saturday, after Dog and Jim met up with their other friends (or their excuse to get away from us), Kevin and I headed up to Langhorne for Kristin's bridal shower. Of course I forgot my camera in the car, so I have no photographic evidence of this event. But suffice it to say that Kristin is such a gorgeous bride-to-be and such a gracious showeree. It was a wonderful day and it was great to meet Kristin's sister, Stefanie, too! (image)
We had another banner weekend and now we're looking forward to a visit from Jake's Cleveland Grandma this evening. Jake is currently squawking with delight! (Or maybe squawking with the need for a diaper change...I'm still trying to figure that out.)