31 May 2008

Pool Blues



This afternoon we met up with Charity, Melissa, and the cousins at the pool. We had a blast splashing and enjoying the warm weather. The kiddie pool was warm so Amelia had so much fun. She tested out her little legs and arms in the water squealing with delight at every new discovery. Grant enjoyed his floatie. Ethan ran around the pool in his superman float jacket. Reagan flitted in between the three pools like a little butterfly. Libby and Mason played gregoriously with all their cousins. Hurray for the blessed days of summer.
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Crocheted Hats Made This Week

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30 May 2008

Aunt Lissafer is Here!!

Aunt Lissafer (a.k.a Melissa) arrived to Utah with Ethan and Grant on Friday morning. She is here to introduce Grant to the lower 49 states since he was born in Alaska. Ok, she is really here to visit Amelia and Del Taco. We did have dinner at Del Taco...which hit my stomach spot quite nicely. Amelia got a balloon at the restaurant to her utmost delight. In the car ride home she went crazy kicking and batting it around the back seat. The cousins played at our little park nearby while I photographed a realty property Charity is representing for the MLS posting. Libby took Ammy down the slide. Little Grant is a cute flirt. We love our boys! Welcome to Utah Melissa. Melissa, Ethan, and Grant were all roasting while the rest of us were nearly chilled. LOL.

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Cub Scouts on Fire

For our meeting this week we arranged to visit our local firestation. The chief taught the boys about basic fire safety. At one point the chief was discussing the safest way to store gas(oline). One boy piped up that HIS mom kept gas safely in the laundry room. The little guy next to him asked how they kept their gas in the laundry room and muttered something about keeping farts inside. I thought the chief was going to lose it he laughed so hard. Another firefighter showed us all around the complex. The boys were dismayed that there was not a pole in this fire station. An engineer showed us the vehicles. The newer stations have suction systems that pump the truck's exhaust out of the building via ducts. When a truck returns to the station the duct is immediately hooked over the exhaust. The fire chief came out and turned the suction on and stuck it to the little boy's bum who asked about fart gas. We all had a good laugh about that. Right on cue the station got a call and we witnessed the jump of action as the firefighters jumped on the truck and tore out of the station. Fun day!

25 May 2008

Sewing Our Time Away

I cleaned. I sewed. I gardened. I cared for Amelia. This is the simple review of my week. Exciting! The most exciting part was the doggy poo-poo incident. Ewwww! My stomach is still turning over that. Sunday I was conversing with Justin, complaining about how dirty our house was. He said it seemed pretty clean when he got home last week…yes, it was. I took three days and cleaned each level of my house with a fairly thorough hand. Amelia’s eating station is covered in yogurt splatters, dried macaroni, and crusty remants of this and that. I dismantled the whole area and cleaned her chair, the high chair, walls, base boards, and floor. It was gross. The next day her corner looked like it was never cleaned. Luckily, I bought two yards of thick clear plastic to put under her chair. Hopefully, cleaning will be a mite bit easier. My craft/computer/exercise/photo studio was a disaster. Once it’s clean I feel like starting another project which in turn creates another disaster. Lovely circle of disaster messes.

I had FHE with mom and da boyz. She invited Amelia and me over for dinner and a lesson. James and Miekka showed up around dessert for a little while. We heard about the Lance’s mega Disneyland trip and then had another photography lesson.

Tuesday I met with a local photographer and visited her studio. Her studio is in her basement as well. She had some pretty good ideas, like her backdrops on ceiling rails, prop ideas, and her lighting set up. One day I want to invest in strobe lights because they are much brighter and the light temperature is whiter. She also showed me some cool Photoshop tricks and explained how she runs her business. I may go to a conference next week, Bellies and Babies by Sandy Puc. She is an amazing infant photographer. Mostly, I felt like upgrading my entire set up after leaving Mary Kim’s home. Justin helped me research getting a business license through West Valley City. We also discussed in depth my vision for my photography. It is a little intimidating to have a business and be responsible for expectations. After worrying about my set up and wanting to spend $5,000 or more I decided my worries were bunk and put them to rest. The bottom line is that for now we will get the license (because you have to register if you make $1,000 or more), upgrade Photoshop, and get an external hard drive. Thanks Mary Kim for your time! It was very educational to visit your studio.

My friend Catherine came over Wednesday to keep me company. We went over a new crochet pattern she purchased and talked. It was nice! I love when Catherine visits! Justin came home that night right before Amelia went to sleep. She enthusiastically said, “Dad, Dad” when he walked in and gave him some nice snuggles! My mom said that Amelia called her sometime on Wednesday. Mom related that Amelia said, “uh-oh, uh-oh, Maw-maw? Maw-maw!” Mom really enjoyed her conversation. She fake burped on the phone to Justin sometime last week as well. For now the fake burps are funny…LOL.

Thursday was a rainy day. Amelia and I scheduled lunch with Justin. We ended up eating a German CafĂ© dining on spaetzle, gravy, potatoes/cabbage, and brats. The meal fit the rainy day perfectly. During lunch we discussed more photography business stuff. I decided to take some classes at SLCC or at the NY Institute of Photography when time permits. I love going to school! Justin finally met with the Firm partner about a possible foreign rotation. The partner was very vague but promised to look into it and get back to Justin. I got the feeling the guy just brushed Justin off. Mom hosted a small family party for Jeremy’s 15th birthday. He is a funny guy. I am glad he is my brother. We call him lady’s man 217!!

Friday morning I did a photo shoot for a lady in my neighborhood. She recently moved here from Idaho and is looking for work in music or theater. She needed some professional head shots for a portfolio. I had fun experimenting with the lighting and even braved a white background, using some tricks Mary Kim showed me. The white background turned out well, considering. The rest of the morning and afternoon was spent preparing for Cub Scouts. When the time came not one of my four Bear Scouts showed up. Little stinkers. We were going to play box golf and learn about planting a garden. Charity and crew showed up around 5 pm. Charity had to open the home she is representing for some potential buyers. Later we had dinner at the new China Gourmet across the street. It was very smorgasbord. The best part was their fruit selection.

Justin and I helped mom pack up their rented trailer for her move out to Jordan. This is part one in a three-legged journey. She will spend the next 3 weeks in DC sorting and preparing their belongings for shipment to Jordan. After that she will be back here until July 4th, when the whole family flies to Jordan. Dad flies in from Jerusalem on Wednesday, he will be all over the place until he is on leave starting the 24th of June. As the time gets shorter, saying goodbye (again), gets more difficult. Justin made me take a nap afterwards. While he napped I went to Walmart, cleaned, and started sewing an outfit for Amelia. I put the finishing touches on around 10:45 pm. We took a three hour break for pizza at my Mom’s. James and Miekka were there as well. Today I made a fruit pizza and took it over for a dessert party at Mom’s. They (Mom, De-bo, and Jared) drive out early tomorrow morning.

Amelia decided that naps are for the dogs. Maybe eating dog poo made her think this. Mind-controlling, no nap-taking dog poo. Bummer. Starting Wednesday she only took a short morning nap (30-45 min) then no sleep until her bedtime. She must be growing or cutting new teeth. Her top left tooth is FINALLY visible. Amelia is a funny kid. She loves walking around holding onto my two index fingers. She is pretty fast! As mom says, out little girl is a live-wire. Yippee! She is so nice to hold. I love making her laugh. We roll around on the ground, I throw her all over the place, and we play crawling games that fill our home with laughter. The other day Justin was sitting on the floor playing on his laptop, which was on the coffee table. Amelia motored around the coffee table and Justin about 5 times trying to figure out a way to get his laptop. It was hilarious to watch her try to figure out the best way to infiltrate the obstacle. She is so obvious sometimes but clearly thinks she is being mischievous.

21 May 2008

Icky, Yucky, Poo-poo

So, Amelia and I enjoyed a wonderful rainy day at home. During the afternoon the rain stopped for a while so we went outside to enjoy the cool weather. My garden is a haven for creeping Jenny (no, not creepy Jenni) and wild honeysuckle...I started to yank the pesky weeds with gusto. Amelia was crawling around on our yard area. One moment she was creeping around the next she was stuffing her face with dog POOOOO....Sick-o. I nearly barfed as I wiped poo off her face and hands. I scooped up the poo and put it on my neighbor's door step. Why do their dogs poop on my yard? Why don't the owners clean up the poo? If you have a dog take care of it. Next time maybe I will let Amelia poop on their yard. See if they like it. After my angry feelings wore off the situation became a bit hilarious. Stepping in dog poo is one thing, dragging my bike tires through dog poo is one thing, tracking dog poo unbeknownst to us into our house is one thing, BUT when my child eats it is quite another.

20 May 2008

Fake Burping

Amelia learned how to fake a burp this week. What a wonderful baby!!

Stink Bug Crawl

Amelia morphs into a stink bug crawl now whenever she encounters unknown terrain. Maybe she thinks this crawl counts as walking.

Mi-mi pillow




I found Amelia snuggled up in bed with her Mi-mi seconding as a pillow!! Look at those sweet chubby cheeks!

19 May 2008

Home Makeover

Justin was in Berkley, CA this week. He left early Monday morning and got back late Thursday night. He traveled between two locations; one would not allow cell phones or internet per security measures. Needless to say we did not talk much last week. A couple nights we caught him for family phone prayers and some daddy-bubs time.

I watched a little 3-month old baby girl, Reese, twice this past week. She is a really good baby. If my next child is like her I might consider having more than two kids. One Amelia is quite enough thank you very much. I don’t need two Jenni-type personalities hanging around. Reese took two or three long naps (once tightly swaddled), drank her bottles, had a soggy doggy diaper or two, and played/cried. No drama!!

Amelia on the other hand had a drama week. She decided fainting is cool so fainted five times last week. Funny story: I was at pack meeting Thursday night because I am the new Bear leader. After the round circle stuff the boys made magician hats for a craft. I had to help out the boys so put Amelia on the floor. A little boy must have stepped on her finger or scared her somehow. She yelped and started to squeal. Next thing I know she is in a faint. One of the leaders was close by so swooped down and picked her up, yelling for someone to call 9-1-1. I aggressively shouted that was NOT necessary and took Amelia who was now quite revived and enjoying the action. I thought this lady would bust a head gasket she was so concerned. Amelia fainted four more times after Thursday. She did not get much of a reaction out of me so stopped fainting (as much) by Sunday.

This time of year is perfect for outside bike riding. I went on two rides this past week. We discovered a relatively safe bike route going east from my home through the Lake Park business center. I only biked about 20 miles this week…that is a good start.

I had a stroke of luck on Thursday. Amelia and I had lunch with my old co-worker Sean on Thursday. Catching up on all the state gossip was amazingly fun and entertaining. Afterwards we headed to Valley-scare mall for Amelia’s photo appointment. While waiting for the pictures to print out I stopped by Pearle Vision to get my glasses adjusted. Amelia likes to pull them off my face so they were feeling a bit loose. While the tech adjusts my glasses I heard her mutter, “oops!” The left arm broke off at the solder joint due to stress. Luckily, she broke them so the store gave me a brand new pair of frames and the attaching sunglasses to boot! I am not a lucky person so that was a rare stroke of luck!

Justin helped me put the last few strokes of paint onto the stairs next door on Friday. Yes, it took me 5 days to paint the dang set of stairs. Can anybody say, dynamite? Now say, blow up stairs with dynamite. Feel better? I do. We installed a new security light outside our front door. It looks much nicer than the rusty contraption previously outside. I had fun paint all our outdoor trim and touching up our house numbers with black paint. Our home has some curb appeal now! I also got a touch-up with a new haircut and some summer shirts.

We enjoyed spending time with Laura and her 3 girls before they left for Arizona Saturday morning. Laura made a very yummy chicken potpie for dinner. We played outside with the kids until sunset. Amelia LOVED the kid-sized motorized car Libby and Mason were driving. Each kid had a couple spins with the bigger kids. Amelia was laughing hysterically. It was a sight to see. Sunday we had stake conference. The talks were all amazing. I especially loved the First Counselor’s talk on being prepared. It is very hard to ignore the promptings from the spirit to get our home organized and prepared for eventual difficulties. We are making progress. The Pettitt’s invited us over for Sunday dinner. Jana picked Amelia and I up and drove us all to Mt Green in the Suburban. Justin had to catch a plane to New Jersey so stayed behind. Uncle Matt roasted pork tenderloin on the grill. It was very, very tasty. I was really glad to see Aunt Sally, her new fiancĂ©, and two kids. We had a very nice evening in the backyard listening to the hummingbirds zip from here to there and talking amongst ourselves. Amelia kept us entertained with by saying, “DQ” and other various little quips. Today she learned how to say, “spit it out.” This week she also learned how to say “amen” before that she would say “all done.” She looked mighty sweet in the new bonnet I sewed for her. Thanks Catherine for the inspiration.

17 May 2008

Sewer! Or sew-er?

I finally balled up my courage to sew a bonnet today. Justin held down the couch and Amelia emptied my scrapbook supplies out of my cabinets while I made the attempt. I am REALLY happy with the result! I only had to rip out four seams and recut the lining once. My sewing maching freaked out only once and Amelia helped me choose the ribbons. My good friend Catherine squealed with delight at my bonnet...ok, not really, but she is a pretty good reactor. I take my crafty creations to her because she makes my head swell bigger than a watermelon (which is green, by the way) with her effusive praises. I am especially eager to report that the whole project only cost about $1.50! The same type of bonnet is selling for $25 on Etsy and in boutiques. Yipee! Props to my grandma Baerwaldt for donating the eyelet and lace. You rock grandma...from one crafter to another.

16 May 2008

Berry Sweet





Portraits

I wish I knew how to work my lights and camera so that high key photography was not such a problem for me. I decided to take Amelia to Kiddie Kandids for her 12 month pictures (they gave me a free 8x12 as a lure). Of course all the pictures were absolutely adorable. The photographer in me couldn't decide which pictures were the cutest so I narrowed it down from 6 to 5 of my favorites. Afterwards I took some of my own near our little community pond. They turned out pretty cute. Amelia is getting to the age where she doesn't want to smile of behave for me when I take her picture. Maybe it makes sense that the photographer's children use someone else to take pictures. I scanned in the pictures just so you can view them. Please do not print them since they are copyrighted!!


15 May 2008

Girly Girl




So, today I went downstairs to start the laundry. When I got back upstairs I found Amelia going through my purse with her back to me. I went to pick her up and noticed she had lipstick smeared all over her face! Boy, we are in trouble!! She also likes to drive my car instead of riding in my car. Once again we are in trouble!!! She thinks yogurt is a facial treatment. It seems to be working since her face is as smooth as untroubled water. Maybe I will try it too!!!!

13 May 2008

Babysitting Reese, painting stairs, and a new obession

I decided to try out another baby. LOL. A good friend in my ward, Michelle, just had a little girl 3 months ago. She went back to work when the baby was 8 weeks old and put in her two weeks notice. Her work pressured her into staying a total of 6 weeks in order to train a replacement. Michelle asked me to watch her daughter Reese on Monday for a half the day. She decided to place Reese in daycare but was having trouble finding a someone she felt comfortable with. Bottom line...I volunteered to watch Reese off and on for the next 3 weeks! She is a really good baby. Amelia really put me through the so-called ringer so Reese (who eats, plays, naps, etc like clockwork) is an angel. I had fun taking some pictures of Reese for practice. She is a cutie!!

Like a nerd-bonker I volunteered to paint my neighbor's outdoor stairs for $50. I spent the entire morning and an hour this evening painting. Problem I only paint about 1/4 of the stairs. Right about now I want to burn the stairs and install elevators. We pay enough HOA dues that they should paint our stairs for us!! Next house will have no wood or stairs. Was that an overstatement? Guess you will have to wait and see until we buy a new(er) home.
My new obession came like a strike of lightening during sacrament meeting. My friend Catherine's little baby was wearing the stinkin' cutest eyelet bonnet I've ever seen. I bought a pattern for one, and picked up some supplies I don't have (like piping, and eyelet gathered lace). My goal for the rest of the week will be to make a bonnet...or 5. It may take me 5 tries to get a decent result. My sewing abilities are sketchy at best.

11 May 2008

Crafts



Playing at Liberty Park


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