Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Merry Christmas

Note: all the pictures in this post were stolen from my brother Bruce, but I messed them up somehow when I tried to resize them.

We had a great Christmas here in Utah. Because I'm due any day now, we didn't go anywhere, but my parents and brothers came here. It was fun to have everyone together even though our apartment is tiny.

My parents arrived on the 23rd. On the way to pick them up from the airport, we stopped to buy my table from Ikea, which was an extra $20 off. Woohoo!

On the 24th, we went to my aunt's house for lunch and I made my first ever pumpkin pies. They ended up having to cook for twice the amount of time that they were supposed to, but they turned out tasting fine.

After we got back to my house, we performed the nativity for my parents. My dad was narrator and my mom was in charge of the music, while all of the kids were the actors. I think it turned out great! It was quite hilarious. A couple of my favorite parts were Bruce announcing the birth of the Savior to the shepherds, Evan (as Joseph) helping me (Mary) deliver the baby, and Brian as the donkey.



Then we opened elf gifts. This year, the elfs seemed to give an abundance of cough drops and Brian kept pretending like he had a cough so he could eat them like candy.

On Christmas morning, we woke up to find that Santa got into our apartment even though we have no chimney! Evan and Brian got remote control helicopters, but Brian's didn't work. Bummer. Amanda and I got rotary cutters and cutting mats, which I think we both have already used quite a bit.

This year, we opened presents really late. Bruce and Brian took forever to come over from Dave and Amanda's apartment and a little while after they got here, Kristy sent a text asking if she could call. For some reason, it took an hour or two to actually get on the phone with her and by the time we were done talking to her, it as 11am or noon. That's okay though, because it gave me some time to start making Christmas dinner.
This is us talking to Kristy. Ignore my face. I wasn't mad.


Opening presents was fun. We all got some good stuff. Brian was really excited to get an iPod nano from Bruce until Bruce asked Evan if he wanted an iPod touch. Evan got these funny jeans pajamas from his parents.

Dinner was good too. I tried a new roll recipe, which was a major crowd pleaser. I also made ham for the first time with a glaze recipe I found on the internet and it turned out delicious.




We ended Christmas by going up to my aunt's house to see my uncle, who was visiting from Idaho. Bruce and Brian spent the whole time there taking pictures of my belly and trying to feel Tank move around. Brian took away a stash of candy from their house, so I think he was stocked up for at least a day.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Introducing...

Luke Evan Selin

or

Calvin Evan Selin

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Not quite sure why I am awake...

I've been great at sleeping during my entire pregnancy. Except for the last week or week and a half. What's up with that?

Tomorrow my parents and Brian are coming in town. By tomorrow, I mean today, since it is 4am already. On the way to pick them up, we are going to stop at Ikea and buy my table. I've been dreaming of this for months!

On Christmas Eve we are going to lunch at my aunt's house where we will be joined by Bruce. Then we are coming back to my house to act out the nativity, open elf gifts, play games, eat snacks, and wait for Santa to come.

On Christmas, we are going to eat ham for dinner. I have never cooked a ham before, so hopefully it turns out well. I've never made pumpkin pie either, and we are having that too. So wish me luck!

I'm kinda starting to hope this baby comes late. I've got to finish (start) sewing the quilt I've been making for 2.5 years so my mom can quilt it while she is here after the baby is born. Plus, we haven't chosen a name yet.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I love libraries!

I can't sleep again. So instead, I am looking for audio books and movies to put on hold at the library.

I think libraries are the best idea! People can read for free. I hate buying books because I read them once and then they take up space. But libraries buy books for me and store them too! Isn't that great?!

I just finished listening to the last of the Harry Potter books on CD today. I'll admit, the last book got kinda boring in the middle, but I'm glad Snape is a good guy after all. And have you noticed that one of the main themes in the series is the importance of families?

I am also reading (yes, actually reading with my eyes) a book called The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R Saks. It is about a woman with schizophrenia who was an Oxford scholar, graduated from Yale Law School, and now teaches at a university in CA. It is interesting to see mental illness from the point of view of someone who has the illness.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Six Names

Luke

Noah

Calvin

Eli/ Elijah

Everett

Carter

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas crafts plus some other stuff

This week I have been working on some stuff. I can't post a couple of the things because they are Christmas presents, but here are the things I can post.

Here is a freezer-paper stencil onesie. For Tank.
Dinosaurs.
A paper snowflake.

Some red snowflakes to replace a few wedding pictures.

And some Christmas pillow covers. I made these with freezer paper stencils and some fabric I found for $2 a yard. Unfortunately, they look way better on our bed than they do in the living room.
Here are the backsides of the pillows.
Oh yeah! And my amaryllis is blooming. I forgot to take a picture though.
I am quite uncomfortably pregnant now. None of my pants are comfortable except my big fleece pants, so I think I'll just wear those for the next few weeks. And most of my t-shirts don't completely cover my belly anymore. And my hips hurt. It must all be a sign that the baby is coming soon! ...hopefully. I'm actually pretty glad that I am uncomfortable because it is making me look forward to going into labor instead of dreading it.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Strong Moms

My aunt told me a while ago about signing up for Strong Moms at http://similac.com/ . I'm glad I did because yesterday they sent me two containers of formula mix in the mail. I looked to see how much they cost at Walmart and they are almost $15 each. I'm not planning on using them right away, but I'm sure we'll eventually need some formula. They also sent me some $5 coupons for formula.

So, all you people out there who are going to have a baby, you should sign up for it. You can get free stuff.

I also signed up to get coupons from Huggies and Pampers and Huggies sent me a diaper.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Another table option


I found another table at Walmart that I could get. It is a wooden folding table, kinda like this one. I think it is the same size and price as the Ikea table, but it folds up and I wouldn't have to finish it, but I also wouldn't get to choose the color. Hmmm... What should I do?

New Table

My parents gave us an "antique" kitchen table when we got married. By antique, I really just mean old. I used it all the years I grew up and I think my dad might have even used it when he was a kid. It has served us well so far, but I want a new table. Here's why:
  • One of the legs is no longer attached to the table. We have tried screwing it back in several times, but the holes are all stripped. Now we just kinda prop it under the table so the table is sorta stable. I think this will be a real safety hazard when our kid starts crawling.
  • It is really ugly. We ALWAYS have a table cloth on it.
  • It takes up too much space in our tiny apartment.

Evan isn't really convinced we need a new table, but a few months ago he told me that if I sold my old school books to pay for it, we could get a new one. Well, someone finally bought a few of them so I have enough money to buy a cheap table.

I found this table at Ikea for $50. It isn't finished so I can stain it or paint it any color I want. It is really small and has no leaves so it won't be our long-term kitchen table, but I figure we can use it for a desk later when we have space for things like desks.

The only problem is I don't have anywhere to paint/stain it since it is so cold outside. I maybe could do it in the second bedroom, but I'd have to leave the window open and put tons of newspaper down. Plus, if I don't get it finished before the baby comes, I'm in trouble. And I've never stained anything.

Anyone seen any better options out there? I'll probably buy it a week from tomorrow unless anything better comes up.

Monday, December 14, 2009

More Spiders!

The past two weeks or so we've killed about 10 more spiders and a couple escaped. But now we have another problem... spider mites! Luckily, spider mites are so small that you don't notice them crawling around and they aren't harmful to humans. Plus, they are pretty easy to get rid of on plants... I hope. Otherwise, our mite-infested palm tree is doomed.

11 Days Until Christmas!

I'll admit, I rarely clean our kitchen floor. I wipes up spills and I sweep it, but I don't mop it very often. I put it on my list of deep cleaning to do before the baby comes. Now I don't have to because last night because I spilled my entire water bottle on the kitchen floor.

Today I went to the doctor and everything looks good. Baby is head down. That's good. I'll be full term on Saturday (37 weeks) so the baby really could come pretty soon. I think I have been having contractions sometimes, but I'm not sure. They could just be the baby moving.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Good morning!

It is a little after 5 am and I am awake. I usually get up around 8 or 9. I woke up an hour and a half ago because our favorite Mr. Wiggles was doing a tap dance on my ribs. Then he moved it to the side of my belly. Since then, he has gone back to sleep but I haven't. I just ate the last piece of pizza though and it tasted really good.

Evan is done with classes for the semester! Now he just has two finals and one presentation and then he's freeeeeeeee! Yesterday he spent over an hour shoveling the snow out of our parking space. I looked out the window a few minutes ago and the ground is covered in snow again. Hahaha.

The other day I made a big 3-D paper snowflake. And I replaced some of our wedding pictures on the wall with pictures of snowflakes. It is a winter wonderland inside and outside!

And happy birthday to Evan's mom!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Belly Button

I never thought it would actually happen to me. I heard that it happened to lots of other people, but I thought for sure I was immune. Over the past few weeks though, it finally happened. My extremely deep innie became an outtie.

I think a belly button is kinda like a turkey timer. It pops once the baby is done. Mine hasn't completely popped yet. I still have a few folds of skin that need to pop out. Then our baby will be done baking!

Having my belly button pop out is a blessing. Today I cleaned out 23 years worth of lint and old skin.

Friday, December 4, 2009

More crafts

This is a pleated apron I started making for my sister about 3 years ago. I finally decided to finish it and I'm sending it to her for Christmas. Since she is on a mission, I'm not ruining the surprise. Don't worry.
I also made her this scarf. It is just about the easiest scarf to make. This is where I got the idea.
A purse that matches the changing pad I made. You can find the pattern and tutorial here.

I took this button from the inside of one of my coats. Hopefully I don't lose any buttons on my coat, because now I don't have a replacement!

The lining. It looks better in person.
Here's the progress on the family tree for Tank's room. I drew this tree and then made a freezer paper stencil of it and painted it. I have the leaves all cut out too, but I don't have the names of all of Evan's ancestor's yet so I can't finish it. But it isn't on the top of my priority list anyway.

And this is what I have been working on for the past two days. I wasn't going to post about these, but oh well. They are reusable nursing pads. After finding out how much they cost at the store, I decided I could just make my own. These didn't cost me anything because I already had all the materials. Here is a tutorial.

Christmas Decorations!

Here are some of our Christmas decorations. It is so fun to decorate for Christmas!

My mother in law brought me this enormous pinecone from California. I just tied a ribbon on it and hung it on the door. Way easier than the wreaths I made last year.

This is our bathroom decoration:

A Christmas card in a frame:

The kitchen:
Another pinecone my mother in law gave me. Along with an ornament she gave us a few years ago. Our microwave decoration.

Our Christmas tree! The giant balls are paper mache balls I made last year.

And finally, the elf chart! Four presents already. Everyone who is coming here for Christmas should start getting excited!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spiders


We have had a lot of spiders in our apartment ever since we moved in. Probably 20 or so in the 3 months we have lived here.


Usually I make Evan get the spiders, but the other day I squished one on my shoe and I almost threw up.


Yesterday was the worst though. When I woke up, there was a spider in the shower. An hour or so later, there was a spider on the blinds. Then, around midnight I got up to get a drink. Usually, I don't turn on the lights or put on my glasses when I get a drink, but last night the lights were on so luckily I saw the spider IN MY CUP OF WATER as I put it to my mouth to drink it. Gross. I would have drank him if the lights hadn't been on!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving we went to Arizona to visit Evan's parents. Here are some things we did while we were there:

  • Left Evan's credit card at Subway somewhere in the middle of Utah. We had to cancel it because we didn't realize it until we were 3 or 4 hours away.
  • Fed a drunk guy some food at McDonalds. Well, Evan did while I was in the bathroom.
  • Saw Evan's parent's new house. It is really nice.
  • Enjoyed the warm weather.
  • Watched TV on their new big screen.
  • Evan went to a party with a bunch of people from his wrestling team in high school.
  • Ate a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Flew Evan's airplane.
  • Saw The Blind Side. It was pretty good.
  • Went to "Glendale Glitters." It is a big outdoor party put on by the city of Glendale. While we were there we saw some cool Christmas lights and checked out an antique shop.
  • Played Sequence and Ticket to Ride a bunch of times.
  • Went early morning shopping on Friday and Saturday.
  • Drove back Sunday and saw a cool bridge they are building over the Hoover Dam.

Now that we are back, we are getting ready for Christmas. Yesterday we put up our tree for family home evening. It looks great!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Changing pad, wipes case, and hat

I made some more stuff last week. This is a diaper changing pad and wipes case. I'm working on the purse that matches them too, but it isn't done. The wipes case didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, but the changing pad did. I used an old curtain liner for the part that the baby lays on so it can just wipe clean. The fabric is glued on the wipes case. Here is a tutorial if you want to see how it is done.


This is how it folds up. I still need to put something on there like velcro or a button, but I don't want to use something bulky because the baby has to lay on it.

This is a hat. Every baby needs a bear hat. This time I actually made it big enough to fit on a baby's head.
Evan is done with school for the week! And I got some awesome grocery deals today. And we sold our BYU/Utah tickets and got a bunch of money. Sweet.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Birth Class, week 3

Well, tonight we attended another horrifying childbirth class. We are learning useful information in our class, but honestly, every time I leave that class I just want to keep the baby inside me and never give birth. There are so many things that are going to be painful that no one ever talks about.

Today we watched some birthing videos. I think the reason the baby comes out down there is so the mother can't see it because it is disgusting. And all the babies look dead when they are coming out. After the two vaginal birth videos, I was so traumatised that I couldn't even watch the C-section video. Evan didn't watch much of it either.

We also talked about all the things that can go wrong with your baby after it is born. There are a lot. And we talked about post-partum depression and how you never get any sleep after the baby is born. It sounds miserable.

If we had to take this class before deciding to have a kid, I would have chosen differently. Okay, I probably wouldn't have. I just wish that our class focused a little more on the positive side. Like maybe instead of saying, "You are going to be absolutely miserable," they could say "You are going to be absolutely miserable, but you will forget all about it when your baby falls asleep in your arms." Or whatever. At least make it sound like it isn't going to be the absolutely worst experience of my life.

Books on Tape

I've been listening to a lot of books on tape while I work on my projects, but I never know if the book is going to be any good or not. I've turned a few off because they had too much swearing for my taste and I've listened to a few books that were just lame. Mostly I just really like Harry Potter these days but I only have two left to listen to so I'll need something else soon. Has anyone read any good books recently? Got any suggestions for me?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Apron

Here is my weekend project. A Christmas apron! I can't wait until I can put up Christmas decorations.
I really love red zig-zag stitches on green fabric for Christmas. The patterned fabric is from a sheet I bought at DI and the green fabric is more leftovers from Tank's room.





Friday, November 13, 2009

Laundry

You may be wondering how I get this to and from the laundry room in one trip.



Ta da!
We don't even have a baby yet and our stroller is already useful!

A couple more things I made

I know it is probably getting boring for people like Bruce to read this when all I do is post pictures of the stuff I made, but oh well.

1. These are completely impractical burp cloths. Made from scraps of fabric that are way too nice to be used for burp cloths. At least the back side of these is made from an old towel though.

2. BYU hoodie for 0-3 months made with freezer paper stencil. Probably illegal to use that Y picture, but oh well. I got the sweatshirt and a pair of matching pants from Walmart for $3!
3. BYU hoodie size 12 months. I got the sweatshirt for freeeeeee from Gifts of the Heart. It is a clothing exchange for BYU student families.

4. Elf chart. Evan's family has a Christmas tradition that is kinda fun. The elfs bring a present a day every day before Christmas and put them on the elf chart. Then the family opens them on Christmas Eve. Kinda like an advent calendar. I made mine out of an old bulletin board. I glued a leftover piece of green fabric on and painted the frame red. Then I made giant push pins out of those glass gem things and glued paper to the underside of them with the numbers on them. I should have taken a close up because they are actually kinda neato. And I even thought of the push pin idea myself!


5. Pillow. For Tank's room. The buttons are hiding under the gathers. I discovered that using home decorating fabrics work way better for making pillows than regular old thin fabric. They don't look as squashed after people sit on them.



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spanish

I spent a lot of time studying Spanish in school. Two or three years in high school plus 6 or 7 classes in college plus living in the foreign language Spanish house for a term and visiting Mexico and staying with a Mexican family. Nevertheless, I still can't really speak Spanish. However, apparently I can still understand it!

I went to the grocery store today to get some yams and all they had left were tiny little yams, about an inch or less in diameter. There was a Hispanic lady speaking to her friend right next to me. I wasn't listening, but I thought they might be saying something about me because I heard the word "muchacha" so I looked up at her. Then she looked right at me and told me in Spanish that they were bringing out more yams in a minute. Then she said to her friend in spanish, "she understands me" and told me again that they were bringing out more yams and I repeated it back to her in English and she nodded and smiled. A minute later they brought out some bigger yams. It was pretty cool.

What I'm working on

When our dishwasher arrived, it had a giant piece of Styrofoam in the box that I knew would be perfect for some kind of project. I now have a use for it. I am going to stretch some fabric across itand make it into a piece of art for Tank's room. Not that I am an artist. But I found a really cool idea here. This person/company makes personalized geneology charts as art. I can't afford their prices and they don't have anything that would really match my decor in terms of color, but I think they are really cool.

I am going to make a family tree for Tank. I started working on it tonight.

I also finished my first freezer paper stencil item today. And the elf chart. Pictures to follow.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Birthing class

Evan and I started our birthing class on Thursday night. Evan thought it was boring but I am now officially terrified to have a baby. Not that our teacher said it was going to be terrible or anything, but she certainly didn't sugar coat it. At least I get to have Evan there with me. It must have been awful back in the day when your husband couldn't join you in the hospital. And when there were no pain medications.

What I didn't realize was that getting an epidural slows down the labor process so they wait to give it to you. That means you can have contractions for hours before they will give an epidural. Yikes!

I am due 9 weeks from today. Weird.

Last night Tank was moving around as usual while I was trying to go to sleep. I like to feel him with my hand while he is moving and he kept sticking his arm or leg right under my hand. It was kinda cute.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fine Doodles

I don't really have anything to write about today so I am going to tell you about my friend's new business.

My sophomore year I had a roommate (and friend) named Summer who was some kind of art major and always drew and painted really cool stuff. Now she is married and has a kid and she just started her own business where she takes kid's drawings and turns them into real artwork. It is pretty awesome. You should check out her website:

http://www.finedoodles.com

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Baby Beanies

Check out this giveaway with adorable baby hats! Hope I win. Tank would look so cute!

http://lubirdbaby.blogspot.com/2009/10/karenisas-lily-lu-shoppe-giveaway.html

Monday, November 2, 2009

Today's projects

Here's what I did today. I got both of the ideas from this web site: http://lubirdbaby.blogspot.com

1. Argyle shirt. I sewed felt onto a shirt and then used embroidery thread to make the 2nd set of diamonds. I realized that it is going to be a major pain to wash this because you can't wash felt easily and I didn't pre-shrink the shirt. Woops!
2. Tuxedo bib. I cut up an old towel and used it for the back of the bib so it will be sooooo absorbent. Our baby can spit up on it all it wants, as long as he misses the big white part in the middle.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween: 30 weeks

For Halloween this year, I went as a pregnant woman. Ha. Just kidding. But I am getting quite large. Here I am yesterday at 30 weeks. Only 10 to go.

For dinner last night we had a Halloween feast.

Monster eyeballs,

Monster bones,


Mummy dogs,

More monster eyeballs,

in the monster blood soup.