Cooper’s First Bath

2 08 2009

Coopers First Bath

On July 29th Cooper had his first bath in a baby bath tub.

— Jared


Slip and Slide

2 08 2009

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This was one of Tanner’s birthday presents from our next door neighbors Scott and Ricky. It was a big hit. The boys played on it for at least an hour and a half. By the time we turned the water off, the backyard was totally soaked and a small river was running down the hill.

— Jared

Treasure Hunt

2 08 2009

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Our friends Brent, Leah and Audrey found a treasure map and decided to give it to Tanner as a birthday present. The boys and I had a great time following the map and digging up Cap’n Peg-Leg Pete’s buried treasure. They also had a good time eating the gold coins that were part of the treasure.

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— Jared

Cooper Maxwell Simms

21 07 2009

Cooper Maxwell Simms was born Monday, July 20th  at 5:56am. He weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and is 20 inches long. He has a full head of hair and it looks like he’s going to have dark eyes. He’s beautiful, healthy, has a healthy appetite and healthy lungs.

Jenn started having contractions at about 2:00am and we got to the hospital at around 5:00am. Jenn’s doctor arrived about five minutes before Cooper was born, much to the relief of three nervous looking nurses.

So far he sleeps soundly which will be important once he gets home with his older brothers. Grant  and Tanner are both impressed. They both liked holding and talking to him. Tanner even asked if he could give Cooper a crumb from his muffin.

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— Jared

Tanner’s Fourth Birthday

19 07 2009

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No way Tanner was going to wait to try out his new baseball helmet and t-ball set.

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— Jared

My First Commission

15 03 2009


Jenn commissioned a three legged stool to illustrate the following quote for her Relief Society lesson on Sunday, March 1st: “Hope is one leg of a three-legged stool, together with faith and charity. These three stabilize our lives regardless of the rough or uneven surfaces we might encounter at the time.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdor, The Infinite Power of Hope

The stool and legs are hard maple and the wedges are black walnut. It is 5 1/2″ high, 6″ deep. The top is 1 1/2″ thick and the sides are 6 1/2″ long. It is finished with three coats of Tried and True Danish Oil and two coats of paste wax.



In the introduction to his book, Workbenches from Design & Theory to Construction & Use, Christopher Schwarz states “Every piece of lumber has three kinds of surfaces: edges, faces and ends. A good workbench should be able to hold your lumber so you can easily work on these three kinds of surfaces.” He also describes the Kitchen Door Test (p. 9) to see how easily a standard kitchen door (3/4″ x 15″ x 23″) can be worked on all three surfaces.

The Kitchen Door Test is a good one, but I would like to add the Triangular Three Legged Stool Test. It isn’t a shape commonly worked, but it was a challenge to figure out how to hold the stool to work the top after the legs had been attached.


– Jared

Ultrasound Photos

15 03 2009

Personally, I find ultrasounds don’t compare to just listening to baby’s heartbeat, but these are baby’s first photos. We will be surprised on the gender again, but in this case, baby wasn’t cooperative anyway.

The ultrasound was on Friday, February 20th and everything was normal.

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After the ultrasound we made a trip north for the opening of Celebrating the Studio Fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Warren, Maine. Bill’s Piano Chair in scorched ash, cherry, and driftwood was one of my favorite pieces on display. The Puzzle Boxes by Mason McBrien were beautiful as well. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks was on the way, so we stopped there and finished the evening with dinner at Moody’s Diner.

We owe a big thanks to Lisa, Brent, Nicholas, and Luke for watching Grant and Tanner. As an interesting side note, the milk jugs attached to Brent’s maple trees are for making his own maple syrup. It took him forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup last year.

– Jared