Thursday, November 29, 2012


We all went to the dentist today. Ir was the first time ever for Calvin and had been 4.5 years for me and 5 or 6 for Evan. Calvin kept telling us last night that he didn't want to go so I was afraid he wouldn't open his mouth. But we watched some videos of kids going to the dentist and practiced opening our mouths wide and he did great!

I, on the other hand, did as I usually do at the dentist: failed. I have at least one cavity. And they didn't even do x-rays since I'm pregnant so who knows how many more I have. I have to wait until after the baby is born to get it filled so our plan to save money by switching to preventative care insurance next year didn't work after all. Whoops.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

This morning I woke Calvin up a little after 5am and asked him if he wanted to go shopping with us. With a smile on his face he said "Yeah!" and sleepily stumbled into the bathroom, climbed on the scale to weigh himself, and said "sixty-fourty pounds! That's a lot of tomatoes!"

Friday, November 9, 2012

Just another day at the doctor

I went to the doctor today and they were running a bit behind so another lady decided to make small talk with me.

First of all, a doctor's office is not a good place to make small talk. "So, what are you here for?" is not a polite question.

Though I was clearly trying hard to read my book, she asked me if I was pregnant and how far along I was. When I said "About 6 months." She told me (no- insisted) that I couldn't be more than three and I only looked two months pregnant.

Second, people don't even look pregnant when they are 2 months pregnant. I look pregnant.

So I told her I was 26 weeks. She did a few calculations in her head and told me "No, you aren't 6 months. You are only 2. Or 3. Because 9x3 is 27 and you are 26 weeks."

I said, "Hmm... I don't think so." But when she persisted, I said "yeah maybe!" to humor her.

Then she asked me if this was my first and then asked me how old I was.

Third, isn't asking someone how old they are impolite?

I told her I am 26 and she insisted that I couldn't be 26 because I don't look that old. I said "hmmm,"  and tried to read my magazine while she told me why she was there. (She was having a procedure done because her uterus hurt as bad as when she gave birth.)

Her: "Did you have your first child naturally?"
Me: "No, I had a c-section."
Her: "You're lucky. Natural childbirth hurts so bad. I didn't have an epidural because I didn't want all those drugs in my system."
Me (in my head): "You have way more drugs in your system with a c-section. And I don't consider myself lucky for having a c-section. I couldn't get out of bed by myself for at least a week. And it was painful for 3 months afterward, thank you."

Then she told me about her brothers and sisters and children and grandchildren.

Then she did some more calculations and decided I might be 4 months pregnant.

Meanwhile, I desperately hoped someone would come in and get me for my appointment while pretending to read a magazine. And finally they did.

Then while the nurse was taking my pulse and blood pressure I thought she told me I have HIV and my pulse went way up and the machine started beeping. Really she was just telling me I have to get tested for it again as part of the standard 28 weeks labs. So we both got a little laugh out of that.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Snow Day!

 We got a whole bunch of snow yesterday (6 inches?) so Calvin and I gathered all our snow clothes and went outside to play! He is wearing Evan's dad's snow suit. (Vintage- that makes it really cool, right?) I thought it wasn't going to fit him for at least another year, but it fits great and he really likes it.
Unfortunately the camera ran out of batteries shortly after we got outside, but we found out that the hill in our backyard is great for sledding if you are a two year old! It goes nice and slow.

Also, snow days are the best because no one knows you are still wearing your pajamas under your snow clothes!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


The day before Halloween we finally got around to carving our pumpkin. Here is the completed version:

 As usual, we ate a special Halloween meal. You can see the food from previous years here, here, and here.
Spider Eggs

Frankenstein pizza (It looked way better before it was cooked. I should have taken a picture then.)

Pumpkin pizza (see the handle? I know, not my best work. But pizza tastes better when the toppings are spread around evenly)

Here is our pumpkin all lit up on Halloween.
 Originally we weren't going to take Calvin trick-or-treating since we went to the trunk-or-treat at the church a few days earlier, but then we changed our minds. Calvin was a little apprehensive at first, but he quickly got the hang of it and lost his shyness when he realized that people would give him candy if he went up to their doors. He loved it and didn't want to go home even though he was shivering.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thrift Store Finds

I've really been enjoying shopping at thrift stores these days. Especially Savers since they put all the toys next to the kid's clothes so I can let Calvin play while I look for stuff.

Evan came along to Goodwill the other day and picked up these binoculars. I think he really just wanted an excuse to have a purse though.
 I've been meaning to start collecting Christmas books so we can start this tradition, (wrap up 25 books and unwrap one a day and read it to the kids before Christmas) so I picked a few up the other day. Some of them smell like stinky old books though. Anyone know how to make them not stinky?
 Got this little sweater for 99 cents. Adorable, right?
 And these chairs were $5 each. They are for when we get a bigger table and need more chairs. They need some work (painting and reupholstering) but I like the design of the chairs.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Baby dress

I saw this dress a few weeks ago online and thought it was adorable. But let's be honest. I'm not going to spend $40 plus shipping on a baby dress. I don't even spend that on me. Plus, I'd rather have it with sleeves on it. So I attempted to make it.

To be quite honest, it was a ton of work and I think the original is cuter than my version. But mine turned out okay. I bought a pattern for an entirely different dress and then altered most of it. I changed the bodice, shortened the sleeves, added buttons instead of a zipper, and added pleats. I'm not even sure it will fit a baby anymore. But it definitely wasn't a total disaster either.
 The little grey thread details on the pleats were blue in the original, but I chickened out and made them grey since I thought that would be more neutral. Now I wish I had made them blue or green or pink or something. And I didn't get them in quite the right spot either (should have been a little lower). But oh well.