Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The word of the day is resilient

We took Calvin to the hospital at 6:30 this morning to have surgery and everything went well. He was happy as soon as he woke up at 5:45 and loved playing with the toys in the waiting room at the hospital. Then when we went to his room, there were even more toys to play with!
Aren't his hospital jammies cute?

This is the magic drug they gave him so that he wouldn't be afraid of strangers. It made him drunk. And apparently it tasted really good because he didn't want to give up the syringe.

Watching tv:

Getting more drunk:

About to be wheeled away to surgery:

After the surgery, the surgeon came in to talk to us but he didn't say anything when he first walked in so I was sure that Calvin was the one in a million that dies from anesthesia. But fortunately, he wasn't and everything went fine.

After Calvin woke up, they brought him back to us and he was very grumpy for about half an hour. He hated his IV and hospital tag.

We got him to calm down a bit with some ipod games.

But he was still having a hard time.

Finally they came in and took his IV out and we got to take him home around maybe 10:30am. It was a lot quicker than I thought it would be.

When he got home, we got out all of his toys that we have taken away from him and he was happy.

By 1pm he was running around and climbing like he had never had surgery in his life. He is doing really well! Hopefully he isn't over-doing it.

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Few Updates

We got a humming bird feeder from the dollar store the other day and have had tons of hummingbirds eating out of it. However, yesterday some bully hummingbird decided it was his and started chasing all the other ones away. We tried scaring him by spraying him with a squirt bottle, but it didn't work so we had to take the feeder down to stop the bullying. Plus, I was getting scared to go on our balcony with all the birds zooming around. We are hoping that the bully will leave and we can put it up again in a week or two.

Calvin is going in for surgery tomorrow morning. He has something that is similar to a hernia.
It is a pretty minor surgery and he shouldn't have to stay over night.

Evan got called to be in the bishopric a week ago. We were a little surprised, but he is doing a great job so far. He conducted Sacrament meeting on Sunday with only one blunder. I am now the only one in charge of Calvin in Sacrament meeting, but Dave and Amanda sit by me and help a lot with Calvin. I'm glad they are in our ward!

It has been raining for weeks here! I feel like I am in Portland.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Bike Trailer Review

We got our new bike trailer last week and I've had a chance to try it out. Here is my review.

This is the bike trailer we bought, although we bought it on eBay, not Amazon. It cost about $132, which is pretty cheap for a bike trailer, but not the cheapest you can find.

This is why I wanted to buy it: it has big wheels so it isn't as bumpy, it doubles as a double jogging stroller, has shocks and a front wheel that can swivel or stay fixed for jogging, and it has a running brake.

The things I don't like about it: it is heavy, it takes about 10 minutes to take it apart to put it in the car (although I am getting faster and I think soon I'll be able to do it in less than 5).

As a stroller, I really like it in comparison to our regular stroller. It is really easy to push and seems a lot smoother ride for Calvin. Calvin loves it in there. Plus, I can run now if I want. The only problem is it is pretty wide (but that is to be expected since it is a double stroller).

As a bike trailer, it is a little harder to use. It is heavy so if I am going up a slight hill, I have to use my lowest gear on my bike. (That could have something to do with not biking in about a year though).

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I loaded it up in the car and drove to the Riverwoods, and took the Provo River Trail up the canyon. It was fun to go biking, but on Tuesday by the time I got everything in the car, it was already 9am and Calvin was getting a little grumpy so it wasn't quite as fun as I thought it would be. Calvin hated wearing his helmet so he whined a lot. When we stopped at a playground, he didn't really want to play. And I discovered that I had run over a slug and the slug guts were all over the trailer. I tried to clean it off and nearly threw up about four times in the process.
This picture shows how much fun Calvin had the first day:

When I went on Wednesday, it was a little more fun. We got started an hour earlier and there were no slugs and Calvin wasn't as grumpy. It was a little embarrassing though when two runners passed me.

I'm excited to go on more bike rides. If any of you all want to join me for a VERY leisurely ride (for you, not me), let me know. And If you want to go for a VERY VERY leisurely ride, bring a friend for Calvin and I'll stick them in the trailer.

Monday, May 16, 2011


I'm feeling really happy this morning. Calvin and I went on a walk and spring was everywhere! Every time I saw a pretty flower or a well designed yard, it just made me smile. I really love the neighborhood by our apartments. The houses are old, but many of them have a lot of charm and nice yards with fully grown trees and shrubs. And kid's toys all over their yards. And people working in their gardens.

I'm also feeling excited because I should be getting one of these delivered soon.


I'm counting it as my mother's day present since Evan agreed to let me buy it on Mother's Day. It is a bike trailer/double jogging stroller and the front wheel can either swivel or stay fixed for jogging. I'm SUPER excited about it.

And I'm feeling happy because I love being a mom. This morning I was chasing Calvin around the house and he thought it was so funny. Kid's laughs are contagious!

Plus, I really really like Evan. And not just because he agreed to let me buy the bike trailer.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The biggest bonk so far

Ouch! The other day Calvin ran into the corner at full speed and got his biggest goose egg so far.
Poor kid.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Stick 'em up!

We taught Calvin a new trick. It is pretty useful when we need to take his shirt off and pretty funny the rest of the time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yellow shoes and recovered chair

Here are my latest crafts.

I got some brown shoes at Walmart for $3 and I've really been craving a pair of yellow shoes so I painted these shoes with fabric paint and added the buttons. Pretty awesome, right? I've worn them several times and they are starting to crack a little bit though. Lame.
I also recovered this chair thanks to Dave and Amanda's staple gun.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pictures of Calvin on Facebook

I posted some pictures of Calvin on facebook. If you don't have facebook, you can click HERE to look at them.

Calvin talking

Here are a couple of videos of Calvin talking. Words he says include more, Jesus, and hello. Oh and of course amen, which comes out "baba."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mother's Day. Here's the flu

You know what Evan and Calvin gave me for Mother's Day? That's right. The flu. (Luckily not the stomach flu though.)
I went to church and I realize now that I shouldn't have because I felt awful and I probably got other people sick. Sorry everyone. But someone had to bring Calvin to church since Evan was playing the organ.

Evan and Calvin did let me get a 2 hour nap in after church and Evan made dinner by himself. Plus, my mother in law sent me a mother's day package earlier in the week.

And I painted my toenails. I couldn't decide which color to use.

And that's it. I really am glad to be a mother and I love my precious little Calvin. He's the sweetest baby ever.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

New floors and a day at the farm

We got our kitchen and storage closet floors replaced in our apartment on Thursday, which meant we had to be out of our apartment for pretty much the whole day since the workers arrived at 7 and left around 3 or 4.

I thought of a great plan to keep Calvin occupied and still let him get a little nap in. Here it is: First, we would go to a park. Then around 10 or so, we would drive to Thanksgiving Point to see the farm animals there. On the way, he would sleep in the car. We would hang out there for a while, and he would sleep in the car on the way home.

For the most part, my plan actually worked out really well (which has never happened when I have planned entire days away from the house with Calvin.)

We went to Target and the bank in the morning and stopped at a playground by Target. Calvin really liked it, but it made me nervous because he liked to climb up to the very highest part of the playground. After a group of older pre-schoolers showed up he decided he was going to go down the huge twisty tunnel slide just like the bigger kids. I think it scared him really bad because he cried for quite a while after he went down.

Here's a picture of him swinging.

On our way to Thanksgiving Point, Calvin fell asleep right away. It was a miracle!

The farm place at Thanksgiving point was pretty cool. It only cost $5 for me and Calvin was free. They had all kinds of farm animals and you could buy corn to feed them. We didn't though because I was too scared of them biting our fingers.

Here is Calvin looking at some goats.

The bad part about it was the animals are stinky. Especially the chickens.

We also got to go on a wagon ride, play on an indoor playground, and play in a kid-sized jail. Calvin really liked it and was so excited to look at all the new things and animals that he barely even noticed how tired he was. One of his favorite things to do was push his stroller up and down a ramp by the duckpond.

On the way home he fell asleep again and I got over 40 mpg on the freeway in our car! It was great. Unfortunately, when we got home, I wanted to let Calvin stay asleep so I parked and turned the car off but left the air on and the battery died in our car. Whoops!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Which section am I supposed to shop in?

I went shopping at JcPenny yesterday and I didn't know where I was supposed to shop. There are so many options, but what I'm really wondering is, am I too old to be shopping in the junior's section?

I realize that the junior's section is mainly targeted to high-schoolers. I started high school 11 years ago. I even have a child now. I feel kinda silly pushing my stroller around in the junior's section. But the problem is, the clothes in the other women's sections are usually too big. Even the smallest sizes. Plus, the jeans never fit right.

Maybe I should just avoid department stores all together so I don't have this problem?

Does anyone else have the same problem as me?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Calvin, Garden, Crochet, and Linoleum

Calvin learned to say Jesus last night while we had family home evening. It was pretty impressive considering he only knows about 5 words.

We signed up for our garden plot today in the community garden. It was smaller than I expected, so I may end up needing to choose between peas and zucchini. Hmmm. We'll have lots of spinach, tomatoes, and peppers though. Yum!

Also, I taught myself (well, you tube helped a lot) to crochet a granny square so my blanket should be coming along nicely as soon as I buy some more colors of yarn.

We are getting our linoleum replaced on Thursday. I hear the new stuff looks really good, but in the meantime, we have to clear everything out of our storage closet. Which means I need to get to work! See ya.