Monday, May 31, 2010

Calvin's first food

We started feeding Calvin rice cereal about a week ago. Originally I had planned on waiting until the recommended 6 months old, but I don't like nursing, and lately Calvin hasn't liked it either, so we only made it to 4 1/2 months. He seems to like it so far, but most of it ends up on his bib, although he is getting better. Here is his very first reaction to rice cereal:

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Coming soon to a blog near you

I have a bunch of new posts that I need to make, but they may have to wait a while because I am listening to a book on tape that I can't seem to pull myself away from. But here are some things that are coming:

Our trip to Yellowstone
Our trip to Craters of the Moon
Calvin's first time swimming
Other pictures/videos of Calvin

Friday, May 21, 2010

Swing re-fashion

Evan and I get two springs this year since Idaho seems to be about a month behind Utah in terms of weather. The tulips just started blooming outside so I brought a few in. Aren't they pretty?
Since it is spring here, I have been doing some yard work. Tuesday it rained though, so I stayed inside and worked on a project I have been meaning to do for a while. Calvin's swing had a really ugly cloth thing on it so I recovered it.

This is what the fabric used to be:

Here's how it looks now:

This is Calvin testing it out:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Baby Laughs

For the past few days Calvin has been really happy for about an hour in the evening while we eat dinner and clean it up. He has even started laughing! Check out the video.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Brian!

Today my little brother turns 15. I remember when he was this small:
And here is Calvin wearing Evan's favorite shirt:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Baby Situp

Calvin has been working out his stomach muscles recently and I think it is really funny. Check out his attempt at a sit-up.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Life on the farm

Calvin and I went to explore. He can finally face out in the baby carrier! Thank goodness. I'm tired of getting spitup on my shirt.
We saw a bunny!

Here it is again.

Before I cleaned the toilet:

After: just imagine a clean toilet. I forgot to take a picture.

Friday, May 14, 2010


No, not quite yet. First we have to buy some rice cereal, which means we have to drive all the way to a grocery store. But we did feed him some breast milk with a spoon.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

This is my grandma's house

We are living here this summer. No one has lived here in a few years because my grandma lives in Utah now. It will be for sale soon.
Here are pictures of a few 0f the rooms:

A whole room just for plants:
Master bedroom (please ignore the mess):


Front room:
Calvin's room:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Getting stuff done in Idaho

Evan and I moved to Idaho last Friday and it has been quite the lifestyle change. Instead of being in a tiny apartment, we are in a huge house with 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a bunch of other rooms. There is even a built in organ for Evan to practice on. There are 6 other buildings on the property, a big lawn, a small orchard, and a whole bunch of land. The closest town is about 15 minutes away and it basically has a high school, a grocery store, some storage units, a Subway (sandwiches), and maybe a tractor repair store. The next closest place is Idaho Falls, which is about half an hour away (depending on how fast you drive, according to my father in law).

We got everything unpacked and now I am working on cleaning while Evan is still here to watch Calvin.
I've cleaned two toilets, mopped the kitchen, dining room, hall, and laundry room, vacuumed out a lot of cupboards and drawers, cleaned off the washer that used to be outside, and vacuumed most of the carpet on the main floor, trying to get out the dents in the carpet from the furniture that used to be there.

Still to do: clean four bathrooms, deadhead the daffodils in the yard and uncover the rose bushes, plant my garden, weed the shrub beds, fix the washer, wash some windows, maybe try to clean the huge grease stains on the garage floor (anyone know how to?), and a bunch of other stuff. I certainly won't run out of things to do this summer.

Fortunately, the house is already pretty clean so most of the cleaning I am doing is pretty easy.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Calvin's new tricks

This week Calvin has been working hard at developing some new skills. Having mastered sucking on his hands a few weeks ago, he now is working on holding onto things and picking them up so he can put them in his mouth.

Here he is holding onto his ice cream cone toy:

He has figured out how to pull his pacifier out of his mouth and hold onto it. Sometimes he can put it back in, but not usually.

He still likes his tiger.

He has also been working on rolling over more consistently. He rolled over for the first time a long time ago, but now he can roll over back to front. He did it 6 or 7 times on Saturday. He still can't really do front to back, which is funny because he did that for the first time when he was two weeks old. (Our baby is so awesome!)
He is also working on getting cuter and more fun. And he is doing a great job! We love him!

Sleepy baby

Calvin fell asleep like this the other day while Evan was doing the dishes:

And we thought this was really cute too:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Did I mention we are moving on Friday?

Evan got an internship at Idaho National Labs this summer working on something that has to do with nuclear stuff. We will be living at my grandma's large, empty, for sale house in the middle of farmland. I am planning on planting a garden. We still aren't sure when Evan is going to start because his security clearance or whatever is taking longer than planned since he lived internationally on his mission. Hopefully they get that paperwork done soon so he can earn some money this summer! But it will be nice to have him at home first.

Evan's Graduation

Evan graduated! We are so proud of him. Now it is back to school for another two years.

Commencement was a nightmare for me. Calvin was tired and scared of all the people and clapping in the Marriott Center so he cried and cried. Thankfully, Evan's mom took him out and he fell asleep, but he woke up again in the middle and I had to climb over a ton of people and down a bunch of stairs to take him out. Next time I'm sitting in an aisle seat, even if it means I have to sit by myself.

He was much better during convocation though.

After Commencement we met outside for pictures.

Evan's family:
My family, including my brother David who also graduated in Mechanical Engineering: