Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Just 4 kiDDS

Jordan's office has been open about two and a half weeks now. Jordan loves having his own office and doing things his own way. He says all the stress is worth it, so I guess the last ten years are slowly proving themselves. We've had great responses from our patients and literally everyone who comes through the door loves the office. Here are a few pictures of the office; the picture of the building with the sign is too big for me to upload, but you can see it if you check out the website: www.just4kiddsdentistry.com

Here's the sign just off the road.Front Desk (Jordan hates the sign- the colors were supposed to be solid, but instead they're almost see through so the lights reflect and it's hard to read. Chances are it will be different before too long!)
The CARS collection. Jordan and the boys have spent the last 2-3 years collecting all the cars from the CARS movie. Last count there were just over 120 (not counting doubles). There are no repeats in the case-each one is somehow different and from a different scene in the movie. Kids love this display.
The movie theater has been great for families with multiple children. No one minds waiting for his/her turn. My brother-in-law custom made the train table and race car track (as well as the display cases and wii cabinet). I love that the train table isn't a typical rectangle. So far, moms love being able to fill out paperwork without keeping their kids entertained- we do it all for them. The arcade center has proven to be loved by dads just as much as kids.

Open bay hygiene areas make it easier for mom's with two kids back at the same time to be with both kids. They also lend for great teaching models (nervous kids see there's nothing to be nervous about from other well behaved kids) We use benches instead of regular dental chairs to eliminate the startle factor from the chair reclining.
After a child is all done, he/she gets to pick a prize from the "concession stand" while mom takes care of the check out. (The soda and popcorn are just props- they do not work and we will not let a patient-or parent-have any popcorn while in the waiting room or before they leave. No matter how many times mom or dad ask.)
And while we've been slaving away getting Jordan's office up and going, the boys have been hard at work in the mud. Many hours were spent in the back yard this summer creating rivers, islands, waterfalls, and lakes. Good thing Idaho mud isn't like the mutant mud of NY. No clothing was completely ruined.
And our most favorite part of the summer- The SnoShack. We went almost everyday, except our last day when we went twice. We are snow cone snobs; I'd rather have no snow cone than eat a bad snow cone. The SnoShack is the only place I (and now my boys) will eat a snow cone from. Lucky for us there are about 3 in Idaho Falls and one just down the road in Shelley. There weren't many things I was excited to come back to Idaho for-but the SnoShack was one of them. And yes, that is our new (to us) mini-van in the picture. We have to have two cars here and even though I feel pretty old school next to all the SUV mama's,we like how much storage space it has. So gas guzzling aside, it's a good car. The boys love having a tv in the car and Jordan loves that they can't kick our seats anymore. So in a nutshell, that's where we've been the past few months.

24 comments:

Amberly said...

Wow Kara! So impressed! It looks like so much work, but things turned out so nice! Good job guys!

Jill said...

It looks like such a fun office to visit! I'm sure many hours went into putting it together.

and your boys are getting really big. ;)

Crystal said...

The office looks awesome! I better not show Mike the pictures because he will be very jealous.

Katie and Eric said...

I loved the updated! Jordan's office is amazing. I wish I could go there.

Auburn said...

His office looks AWESOME! I'll have to make Dave take a look. He'll love it! I know you guys are gonna do great and Jordan is gonna be a great success!

Andrea said...

I know, SnoShack, right? I have NEVER liked snow cones until this summer when my husband finally talked me into trying one from there. I am addicted! But I'm so superstitious that I will only visit the ONE booth. I don't want to waste my time and be disappointed anywhere else.

And way to buy a van, Kara! I keep trying to tell people, "don't knock 'em 'til you try 'em," but no one believes me, and they all go buy a huge SUV. Idiots.

Anna said...

So, can I make an appointment? The office looks amazing. I wish I could bring Braden there. I have to admit, I read Jordan's profile on his website and started crying because I am so happy for you. All of the hard work, long years, raining days in Seattle, and far away days in NY are paying off. I am glad I got to experience a piece of the journey with you and your family. Congratulations!

P.S. The van is awesome. I would love a van, but that would be funny driving it around with just Braden and I in it!

Jessica said...

Wow. Hello, that is the coolest dentist's office I've EVER seen. Ever. Does he do adults? We might have to move to Idaho.

LizzyP said...

Awesome! You totally deserve great things. My family lived in Montpelier, ID and we loved Sno-Shack every summer. I'm so glad that they've survived for the last 25 years.

Haley said...

Kara it looks amazing!! Katie was telling me about it the other day. I'm so happy you posted pictures! You have definitely been busy!

Heather Rigby said...

Wow! I mean WOW! The office is amazing. I wish you were closer so my kids could go to Jordan. You guys did such a great job. I love the Cars display. You are going to have a hard time getting kids to leave that office.

Chrystal said...

Hey glad to see you posting again! The office looks amazing!!! I think a movie theater in there is the best idea. Plus I love the online sign in stuff. I spent an hour filling out papers for three kids Friday at the peds. office. Nightmare!!! Why don't they have that online???? You guys did a great job.

Jen N Shane said...

Love the pics and the office!! The boys are SO cute and glad your all close. Crazy how all the time you spent away has melted away for me and it just seems right that your here!!!

Shelly said...

Oh my goodness!! This post made me miss you guys so dang much! I am so impressed with Jordan's office. It makes the one I went to when I was a kid look really pathetic. I was lucky to find one of those Scholastic magazines at my office. I am sure that before long Jordan will have more clients than he knows what to do with. I am so happy for you guys. Hannah asked about Hunter and Henry the other day. It has been so hard to try to explain where all her friends went.

Laura said...

Gorgeous office! I had to send my husband a link and we both loved it. You guys make doing a start-up look super inciting!

MelanieB said...

Wow! That looks incredible! No wonder why you've been working so hard. I wish we lived there, just so we could visit.

Katie Lee said...

I know where my kids are going to go to get dental work done! :D Miss you girl! Now you are in Idaho falls, we need to see each other some time. I only have 1 kid, so I can tote him over to visit... when is good for you?

Matheson said...

So fun Ka!! I wish we lived closer we would definitely come to your place. Great work! Good luck on everything!

Jodi said...

His office is so beautiful. I love all of the things that are in it. I will have to bring Ridlee in for her first dentist visit sometime.

WendyJ said...

Wow!! The office looks amazing. My dad was a dentist, but all he had was a fish tank. Very cool!! Funny how we're schooling in the same places you did, only NY first and now Seattle, however I doubt we'll end up in ID. Good luck with everything!!

Erin G. said...

Hi Kara! It's Erin Gappmayer. I found your blog again through Auburn & Dave's. I was thinking about your yummy cinnamon roles with 12 cups of flour :) Is there a chance I can get that recipe from you?? If so, you can email me at erin981@gmail.com.
The office looks fantastic!! I wish I could go there for my dentist!

cat said...

crap your office rocks! i want to take my kids there (don't tell justin i said that!)

glad to see that everything is going well with you guys. i need your address for christmas cards! email me catorin@hotmail.com

Katie said...

LOVE THE OFFICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It looks Amazing! I wish I could come and be a patient.LOVE IT!!!!
-Rachel(Sherman)

Matt, Kistine, and Alexa Uffens said...

WOW I am soooo impressed! I can sincerely say that it is so fun to see how your lives have changed...pretty much being there from the (somewhat) beginning. I am so happy for you guys! You guys did an amazing job! Congratulations!