Monday, February 28, 2011

Calvin so far today...

  • Woke up at 5:30am
  • Had 3 poopy diapers
  • Fell off the couch
  • Learned to climb onto the kitchen chairs
  • Had all of his toys taken away because he was banging them on the coffee table and making dents
  • Fell off a kitchen chair

...and it's only noon. Hopefully the rest of the day will be a little easier for him.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baby Signing Time

Calvin likes to watch the Baby Signing Time videos. I don't think he knows any of the signs since I am not very good about practicing them with him. But at least they cheer him up when he is super grumpy.

There is a part in one of the videos about cars, trucks, airplanes, etc (things that go), and Calvin loves this part. Watch how excited he gets when it comes on.

video

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spinach orzo salad

I made up my own recipe the other day and for once, it actually turned out well. Even Evan liked it, which is a miracle.
Here's how to make it:
Ingredients:
  • Orzo pasta
  • Spinach
  • Olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Ken's Northern Italian Dressing (or any kind of Italian- but Ken's is REALLY good.)
Directions:
  • Cook 1/4 box of orzo pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water, mix in some Italian dressing or olive oil and refrigerate until cold.
  • Cut up some spinach, tomatoes, and olives.
  • Add them all together along with some grated mozzarella cheese and some Ken's Northern Italian dressing. Serve immediately.

I think it would be really good with pine nuts too.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mung Bean Sprouts

I made it to the health food store the other day and picked up some mung beans to sprout. Wednesday night I soaked them overnight. Thursday morning I rinsed and drained them and by Thursday afternoon, some of them had already started to sprout!

Maybe I'll give you occasional updates on their growth.



Thursday, February 24, 2011

A new pillow

I've been working on making a new pillow cover over the past week and this is my first attempt.

Front (obviously does not have a pillow inside).

Back:

After hand-sewing the puckered folds, gathering the orange fabric, messing up, fixing it, messing up again, fixing it again, finishing off the edges, and ironing half of it, I discovered this:


So I gave up. Since I messed up so many times, it was getting too small to fit the pillow in it. Plus, the orange fabric wasn't pulled tight enough so it looked funny.
Then I found some more fabric and started over and this is what I came up with:


There is a tutorial on Martha Stewart's website that tells you how to create the puckered folds. It is a terrible tutorial though. Very confusing.
And check out these awesome cloth-covered buttons I made. It was the first time I ever made them and I never knew it was so easy!







Wednesday, February 23, 2011

You may not think it is an improvement, but at least it is different

Many of you have probably seen this arrangment of pictures. It has been up in our various apartments for th past three years and I was getting a little bored of the black and white boring-ness of it so I painted it.
After:
I don't really like the orange one so I may repaint it to a darker orange. And I think I'll change the mat in the yellow one. I am also planning on getting some new pictures in there. I'll either make some kind of art or we'll get some family pictures taken and put them in there.
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Here's how it looks with the couch.


And here is part of the project I've been working on today. More on that to follow after I finish it.





Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Food

For the past two weeks I've been making a loaf of bread almost every day since I found this recipe online. It is from the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It is so good and so easy to make. You do need a pizza stone though (although I think you can make it on a cookie sheet, but it isn't as good), which I've been borrowing from my sister-in-law Lindsey.
I've been experimenting with adding different things to the dough. So far I have tried Italian seasoning and garlic, pepperjack cheese, and Italian five cheese mix. I've also been brushing olive oil on the crust before I bake it to make it more delicious-er.
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On Valentine's Day Evan came home with some strawberries and chocolate chips and we made some chocolate covered strawberries. I gave Evan some Oreos for Valentine's Day so we covered some of those too. And we had leftover chocolate so we covered some animal cookies. Delicious!
Oh yeah. Don't forget about the tortilla chip drizzled in white chocolate. Evan did that.

Monday, February 21, 2011

This is our new car

We bought this car today. It is a 2005 Hyundai Elantra with 22,000 miles. It has leather seats, power windows and locks, and a unlocking button for one of our key chains. The only real downside is it is manual. But that didn't even bother me that much when I drove it home from the dealer. I guess the other downside is our bank account has less money in it, but at least we didn't have to finance it.

Here is the summary of our car buying experience for those interested:
A week and a half ago our 1993 Nissan Altima's transmission died so we began our search.
Niether of us ever bought a car before so we didn't really know what we were doing. Last weekend we looked at a 2006 Hyundai Accent and took it to a mechanic who told us not to buy it because it never had any maintenance done on it. Plus, he said it wouldn't pass inspection (which was already supposed to be done) and one of the tires was the wrong size. So we decided to never buy a car from Murray Auto.
This weekend we rented a car (for only $37 for the whole weekend!) and drove around and looked at 4 cars. First we saw an orange Dodge Neon. It was the cheapest, but made some suspicious noises when we test drove it. Then we looked at the Elantra. Then we checked out a Kia up in Murray but didn't even bother to test drive it because it wasn't as nice or as cheap as we wanted it to be. Last, we looked at a practically new 2010 Hyundai Accent. We liked it and it still had 4 years of warranty left, but after taxes and fees, we would have had to pay over $10,000 and that seems like a lot of money. Especially for a car that doesn't have power windows or locks.
So this morning we took the Elantra to a mechanic who said it looked great and then we bought it. Now we just have to take our old car to the dump, make another key, and we'll be all set.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I need to learn to crochet

To those of you who crochet: is a granny square blanket a reasonable project for someone who has never crocheted in her life? 'Cause I really want a blanket like these and crocheting is the perfect project to work on while Calvin is playing on the playground.
Found here
Found here


Saturday, February 12, 2011

We didn't buy a car.

I guess car shopping is going to be a little harder than I thought.

I found a 2006 blue Hyundai Accent that we both liked for the right price that had a good car history report. Last night we drove to Murray to look at it and almost bought it right there, but we decided to go get something to eat while we talked about it. While we were at Arby's, we ran into some people that used to be in our ward at Wymount who were also car shopping (weird, right?), and they thought we should sleep on it. And it's a good thing we did, because we went back today to look at it and took it to a mechanic who told us there was no way he would buy it because it looked like it hadn't been maintained at all. The transmission fluid was brown. So we didn't buy it.

The only problem is now we still don't have a car. Fortunately Dave and Amanda live by us and let us borrow their car and babysat Calvin. (Don't worry guys, we won't mooch off you forever.) And it is also fortunate that Evan doesn't need the car to drive to work or anything so it won't be that big of a deal to take a little longer to buy a car.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Time to get a new car

Looks like our car is about to die. It has had problems shifting into reverse a couple of times and now it won't even go into drive. We have to use drive 2 and we can't go above 30 mph. Evan took it to the mechanic today and they said it will cost $1700 to fix. So hopefully this weekend we'll get a new car. (Maybe.)

We are actually kinda glad to get a new car. We have had a couple of hand-me-down cars in the past year and we haven't had much luck with them. We are grateful to the people who gave them to us, but I think it is time to just shell out a good chunk of money for a car that is going to work for several years. We are hoping to buy something that costs no more than 6 or 7 thousand dollars and is newer than 2000 (I'd like one that is 6 or fewer years old). And we want one with no problems. With a little kid, I don't want to have to worry about getting stuck somewhere.

We really have no idea how to go about buying a car though, so if you've got any tips or you know an honest person that is selling a great car for a good price, let us know.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Weird food?

Here are some things I am interested in this week:

Growing my own sprouts.
Making artisan bread.
Cooking with dry beans.

I haven't done any of these before, but I have dough in the fridge right now and beans in the crockpot. I don't have any seeds for sprouts though, so that will have to wait a bit.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Calvin's Haircut

Here's a before shot. If you look close, you can tell his hair is pretty messy.
And the back of his hair was getting pretty messy too.

After:





Saturday, February 5, 2011

What I did yesterday

Ate Breakfast
Played with Calvin
Exercised (Calvin was supposed to be napping but he wasn't)
Showered (Still wasn't)
Got Grumpy Calvin out of bed
Played with Grumpy Calvin
Fed Grumpy Calvin lunch (He threw all his food on the floor)
Picked up Mockingjay from the library
Took Grumpy Calvin to get his shots (punishment for being so grumpy... plus he needed them)
Held Grumpy Calvin while he got 5 shots (One in each arm, two in one leg, one in the other)
Comforted Grumpy Calvin
Went home
Made pizza and listeded to book (Grumpy Calvin napped)
Played with Grumpy Calvin
Went to Rite Aid to get some infant Advil (Noticed they had ice cream in stock again)
Ate dinner
Cleaned up dinner (Evan gave Grumpy Calvin a bath to calm him down)
Put Grumpy Calvin to bed
Watched TV on Hulu
Organized the freezer to fit more ice cream
Went to Rite Aid and bought 6 cartons of ice cream
Watched more TV on hulu
Went to bed

Friday, February 4, 2011

Here is Calvin's belly button

video

I've showed this video to Calvin a couple of times and each time he watches it, he finds his belly button after he sees himself do it on video.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Buying clothes at the grocery store? Yes.

Usually I just buy groceries at the grocery store. But at Buy Low today I found this shirt/sweater for only $3. Awesome. The only downfall was I had to buy a size large. How insulting. They also had them in brown.

Calvin

Calvin has been doing a few things recently. Here are some of his accomplishments:

  • He jumped into the pool at swimming class without holding onto my fingers the whole time. He can also hold onto the side of the pool by himself.
  • He says "uh-oh" and "woah!" all the time.
  • He stacked 4 blocks the other day!
  • He can see over the top of the table if he stands on his tippy toes.
  • He drinks all of his milk! I think whole milk must taste way better than formula or breast milk because he loves it! Finally we don't have to force him to drink his milk.
  • He can show you your belly button or his.
  • I wouldn't call this an accomplishment, but he also throws at least half of his food on the floor. It drives us nuts. He is learning about gravity.
Also, anyone have good ideas of easy, healthy, delicious food to feed a toddler? (No choking hazards or soups. He has to be able to feed it to himself.) He has been having a tortilla and cheese quesadilla for lunch every day along with some kind of canned fruit, but I think he probably should have a little more variety.