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Christmas Pictures December 19, 2008

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A few weeks ago my friend Jon Ed came over to my Mama’s house to take pictures of the babes.  Cass was in a foul mood and was in serious need of a nap.  He still managed to get several good pictures of her, and there were many wonderful pictures of Caleb as well.  Although, half way through the photo shoot I heard Sam (my sister-in-law and Caleb’s mother) say, “Why don’t we just tell him to ‘smile pretty’?  I don’t think we need to tell him to ‘smile big” anymore.”  So just let your imagination run wild with what “smile big” must mean to a two year old.  Caleb did.

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That was the best picture of the two of them together.  That’s my Daddy dressed up like Santa, so I’m sure that picture will be a precious keepsake for the two of them as they get older.  Although Caleb may have figured something was up because he called Santa “Papa” a few times.  Sam pointed out that it didn’t help that my mother kept yelling “Bill!” when she’s need to get Santa’s attention. 

Good times in the Hogue house.  Also known as “Hogue Manner:  Where Daycare meets Nursing Home and We All Wear Diapers.” 

And I hope I don’t spoil anything but I got my Mom a big sign to hang over her front door with that engraved on it.  The print is big so that the elderly may be able to read it from the street and avoid any confusion. 

This is my favorite photo from the bunch.

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ISN’T THAT PRECIOUS? 

That’s the same face that made me fall for her father!

Jon Ed was great with the kids, and bonus, he travels.  So if you need a great photographer that won’t cost you and arm and a leg and second mortgage then call this guy.  Well worth it!

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Does This Kiwi Make My Butt Look Big? December 16, 2008

Filed under: Cassidy,Day to Day — familydunn @ 1:44 am

I am a big believer in trying new foods.  It promotes healthy eating.  For example, I got Scott to like strawberry soda.  And now when he drinks it he gets a healthy dose of fruit flavoring. 

Cass has never had kiwi fruit so I bought her a few when I was at the grocery store. 

I usually let Cass play with our fruit basket while I’m in the kitchen cooking, preparing a meal, or eating m&ms.  And please believe when I say I spend equal times doing all of those things. 

When I looked down I noticed that there were two kiwi squished on my kitchen floor. 

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Then I saw this.

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I wonder what happened…

 

I Wonder If She’d Get My Tab December 11, 2008

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When I was pregnant Scott and I spent a lot of time at Cracker Barrel.  Granted, not nearly as much time as we spent at IHOP, but still.  The more obvious it was that I was pregnant, the more time we spent there.  And then at some point it was no longer obvious that I was pregnant, but more obvious that I had stuffed a 5 year old up my shirt in some sort of sadistic punishment.  I was fully expecting Cass to show up with a bag full of school supplies and a full set of teeth.    Point being, if I couldn’t have a baby immediately I was going to make danged sure I had me a waffle  or eight.  

Incase you’ve missed the insane pictures of me being really really pregnant… 

This is me in early January.  (I can’t believe that was almost a year ago!)  Note, Cass measured two weeks ahead of my due date consistently from the very first sonogram at 16 weeks.  So at this point the doctors were telling me to be prepared that she might be older than expected and to expect and “early” delivery.

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This is us later that night on a date.  Oh, I had such high hopes of end-of-pregnancy happiness.  Kristen, you fool!  If you are one of the many people who end up on this sight looking for information about how to get your doctor to induce you, I’d like to welcome you here.  HELLO.  WELCOME.  And there’s no hope for you.  

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This is me on my due date, Feb 25th.  Still not dialated at all.  She hadn’t dropped.  I wasn’t efaced.  Her estimated weight was 10 pounds.  My estimated weight was somewhere between hippo and sperm whale.  And for the record, those aren’t my boobs they’re Cassidy’s feet.      

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And that was the last picture of pregnant Kristen’s belly.  Although I would be pregnant for almost 2 weeks longer.  Apparetnly people don’t enjoy taking photos of homocidal idiots.  I don’t want to talk about it. 

Back to Cracker Barrel, I also spent a lot of time in the bathroom.  But never, never did I ever find $97,000 dollars in neatly stacked bills hanging in a travel bag over the stall.  I mean, how many waffles was that woman planning on eating?

 

In the Sinner’s Circle December 10, 2008

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I’ve been reminded over and over during the past weeks that Jesus came for sinners.

Listen, that is some dandy fine news, because as you probably are well aware of “we are all sinners.”  But I’m not just talking about the understanding we have of “we are all sinners” or “we’ve all fallen short of God’s glory” or “don’t judge” or anything else that falls in the category.  The news I have to face everyday is that I’m not only tempted to think I’m better than everyone else, I’m naturally inclined to believe and act like I’m better than everyone else.  When I think I’m better than others it comes through on every level of my attitude and behavior. 

My way is better.  My way is right.  My time is more important.  ARROGANCE.

Your way is wrong.  You are in the way.  I don’t need your ideas.  JUDGEMENT.

The truth is, talking to people who disagree with me, or even just listening, is necessary in order to stretch my brain.  We can’t just write people off because we don’t agree.  I’m so thankful to have friends – from many different ways of life – who are willing to listen and discuss various issues with me.  (In this moment I especially miss my friend Chad, and his beautiful mind.  You, Baby Chad, have given me more intellectual wounds and then bandages than any other person I know.  I’ll be saying “Thank You!” until I die!)

So lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about “sin”.  What is sin?  Why do we disagree so much on what constitutes sin?  How should we handle these disagreements? 

And if you don’t like the word “sin” then we can just say “right” and “wrong” but, personally, I find that to be much more problematic. 

I’ve been racking my brain for far too long.  I’d due to have a good time.   So here’s a conversation I had with Scott “The Beard” Dunn last night.

S: “Butt, we have SO MUCH to do over Christmas vacation!”

Yep.  He calls me “Butt”.  This is a nickname of a nickname.  He’s given me many, and even used them over intercoms at times…

K: “What do we have to do over Christmas vacation?”  I said this very defensively, by the way.

S: “Well…(long pause to think)…we have to watch ALL the Lord of the Rings and ALL the Star Wars.  It’ll take hours!  Like 12 hours!  For each of them!”

K: Silent stare in disbelief.

S: Stressful sigh.  “We’re going to have to get a babysitter.”

I love him.  He’s perfect.  And seriously, if any two people on the planet have enough self-control to watch 24 hours of TV in a 24 hour time period it would be us.  We are that good.

 

Get Off Your Tush and Go Outside! November 25, 2008

Filed under: Day to Day,Pictures — familydunn @ 4:28 pm

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Cass has really loved sitting here and looking outside.  I wonder what runs through her little baby mind.  Probably something like, “Mmm.  This ladybug doesn’t taste half bad.”

 

Twilight

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I thought the book was better.

Of course, you’d say.  But seriously, there were times I felt sorry for the people in the theater that may not have read the book.  I didn’t see how the movie made sense to them without knowing the feelings or intentions of the characters in the movie.  It made it much more shallow.

This a normal way to feel about a movie when you’re read the book. 

I’ve been reading a lot of others comments, blogs and reviews on the movie/book.  As with anything, there are many opposing views on the morality of the nature of the subject.  I’ve read from those who think supporting the book or movie to any degree is supporting the occult, and I’ve read about others who think that understanding their fascination with Edward has deepened their relationship with Christ. 

I don’t know how much more I’ll read these opinion until I’m finished with all of the books.  I have almost spoiled the story for myself, and Scott can back me up here, I go a little ballistic when a plot gets spoiled.  Even if it gets spoiled for him.  Even if I find out he sought out the end of the book or the movie beforehand.  Even if I catch hm reading the back of the Buffy DVD collection before we watch and episode we’ve already seen 5 times.

 

You Make Bathtime So Much Fun November 20, 2008

Filed under: Cassidy,Day to Day,Pictures — familydunn @ 2:58 am
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Cass still has to take baths in the kitchen sink because we are still using our bathtub as storage.  I know.  I know.

I know.  I know.  I know.

A few months ago when I saw that she was going to really enjoy bath time I bought her some bath toys.  We started giving her just two or three to play with while we washed her down, but on a whim one night, the same night I apparently lost my mind, I threw her whole collection of toys in the sink during her bath.  There were 10 floating rubber toys circling her like a merry-go-round and – I don’t know how to say this serious enough – she went spastic.  It truly was the happiest moment of her life.  She was watching for the next toy to circle round and she’d pass the toy in her right hand to her left, hold that toy in her mouth, and pick up the next toy with her now empty right hand, throw the toy in her left hand down and pass the right one along.  This started happening at a pretty quick pace and she continued in her cycle for a couple minutes then looked at me with rabid bloodshot eyes and hung her head and sobbed.  SOBBED.

It was hilarious! 

So now we’re back to just 2 or 3 toys. 

She doesn’t know the world of water the tub would offer, and for now that’s ok because you should see the kitchen when she’s done with her bath.  She puts no small amount of effort into throwing the water around. 

Move over, Moses.  There’s a new kid in town.

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