Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Calvin's vocabulary has been improving a lot recently. In fact, the other day I was giving him a bath (something Evan always does) and he kept whining and reaching for the baby bath. I thought he was just being whiny until he said "bubble!" and then I realized I forgot to put bubbles in the water.

Here is a video from last week of him saying a few words:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A couple of videos of Calvin

Evan stuffed a beach ball in a sleeping bag and Calvin had a fun time throwing himself on top of it.

Apparently Evan's family used to play a game called "piano." I have no idea why they called it that or why they even played it, but Calvin likes it:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Pictures of our garden

As I have mentioned before, we have a plot in a community garden in south Provo. Here are some pictures from last Thursday.

Green beans:

Pepper, with zucchini behind it:

One of our last heads of lettuce (they are bolting):

The whole garden:

So far we have only harvested lettuce and one banana pepper, but we are hoping some tomatoes will be ready soon!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

For Evan's Dad

Evan wanted me to post this video for his dad, who is always trying to get Calvin to high-five, pound it, and tickle.

A few things

Evan and I gave talks in church today for the first time in maybe 3 years. No one he called to give talks last week called him back so on Wednesday he told me that we were giving talks. I think we both did reasonably well. Mostly I'm glad it's over.

We went on a 15 mile bike ride on Saturday. Evan pulled the trailer and I actually went faster than him this time! All my training pulling the trailer is paying off! And I got a computer thingy for my bike that calculates how fast I am going and a bunch of other stuff. My max speed was 23mph and average was 13mph or something.

Did you know that the Cafe Rio tortillas have 14 grams of fat and 420 calories?! Wow. No wonder they taste so good!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Just to let you all know, I am still using our bike trailer! I consider that a pretty good accomplishment since I tend to get really exited about a certain form of exercise and then quit doing it a week or two later. I've been going down the canyon about twice a week and today I pulled Calvin the farthest I've done so far- 15 miles. My knees tend to hurt when I go too far, but I am slowly working up to longer distances.

Evan has also been riding a lot. He is doing a 111 mile ride in a few weeks, so he has been doing some training rides. On Saturday he went 60 miles. That's a lot more than the 13 I did on Saturday, but he wasn't pulling Calvin. Who am I kidding?! That wasn't the real reason he went way further than I did. He is just much more athletic than I am. And that is why I will not be riding 111 miles with him.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


I got my haircut on Wednesday. It has been a while since it was this short and I always forget how much I like short hair.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New Skirt

I got this roll of eyelet fabric at DI for a dollar a while ago. And I made a skirt out of it and an old yellow sheet. And it is awesome.

And maybe I should be a model too? Haha.

Friday, July 15, 2011

4th of July Weekend, Part 3: The Parade

We went to the parade on the actual 4th of July. I really don't have much to say about the parade except it was fun and the weather was perfect. I forgot to take pictures of any of the floats, but here are some of Evan and Calvin watching the parade.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

4th of July Weekend, Part 2: The Fireworks

The Stadium of Fire was on Saturday the 2nd this year instead of the fourth. Evan loves fireworks and Independence Day is his favorite holiday so we always try to make sure we get a good spot to watch the fireworks. This year we set up our blanket on a hill by the Marriott Center on Friday evening. We had great seats.
We entertained ourselves by attempting to take family pictures.

We got to see the parachuters fly into the stadium and watch the flyover before it got dark. So cool! Calvin kept pointing to where the planes flew. He loved the flyover! He also loved playing with this calculator.

Calvin usually goes to bed at 7:30 so we were afraid he was going to be really grumpy, but he wasn't too bad. We enjoyed watching all the little fireworks everyone was setting off after it got dark and when the big fireworks finally started, Calvin fell asleep after about 5 minutes. We really enjoyed looking at them and thought they had some really cool ones this year. The finale was pretty short, but I think that is how finales should be.

Calvin was super sleepy and barely woke up when we got home and changed his diaper.

The best part was he took a 3 or 4 hour nap the next day to make up for it. Maybe we should keep him up late more often! Haha.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

4th of July Weekend, Part 1: The Balloon Festival

One of the things we love about living in Provo is the Freedom Festival that they do during the Fourth of July holiday. We started off our festivities by going to the Balloon Festival on the Saturday before the fourth. We met Evan's sister's family there a little after 6:30 just in time to see the last of the balloons inflating. It was really cool to see so many hot air balloons together.

This is the world's tallest balloon or something. It didn't even take off.

Darth Vader did take off, but he only flew up over the power lines and went across the street to the other field.

Can you see the pink pig balloon in the very right of the picture? So fun!

We thought Smokey the bear was the best balloon because it had an unusual shape and it actually flew up high and far.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


We have been getting a lot of lettuce from our garden recently. I think it is so pretty. Here is some of the leaf lettuce.

And this is a romaine type called "Little Gem." I picked a bunch of heads before they were totally ready because we needed them to take to a dinner with some friends, but I still have one or two that I am hoping to grow a little bigger before they bolt.

I love how scrunched up it is. And it tastes great!

So pretty!

Monday, July 11, 2011


Here is a video of Calvin saying please. I think it is adorable. And so polite.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Today church was awesome. Calvin was entertained for the majority of sacrament meeting by a contact lense case. Then he went to nursery for the first time and apparently he didn't cry at all. I knew he would love nursery! As soon as we dropped him off he ran right for the toys and didn't even look back at us. Haha. Exactly what I thought would happen.

Friday, July 8, 2011

New Gadget: Books I've Read

My sister just asked what books she should read on facebook, and it reminded me that I have read a lot of books recently. So I added a gadget on the side of the blog that lists the books I've read and the rating I gave them. I'd probably recommend anything that I give a rating of 4.0 or higher.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Calvin just learned the word that the parents of every toddler dread. He practiced it loudly several times at church today. Haha. There are a lot of videos here, but you really only need to watch one of them to know what it sounds like. I thought my mom might appreciate some extra videos though.

Friday, July 1, 2011

What do I do all day?

I think that sometimes people wonder what exactly stay at home moms do all day. Well, this is what I do:

Before 8am: Eat breakfast, change clothes, check email, clean house, etc
8am: Take Calvin on a walk, run, or bike ride. We usually stop at a playground too.
10:30: Eat a smoothie
11:00 Calvin naps while I shower, read scriptures, clean house, and if I am really lucky, do some hobby like sewing or reading
12:30 or 1:00: Calvin wakes up. We eat lunch.
1:30: Go outside and play on playground, start fixing dinner, clean house, play with Calvin, or go shopping.
4:30: If I haven't started fixing dinner already, I usually start now.
5:30: Evan comes home and we eat dinner