Amelia toddling around the park
Throwing a cute little tantrum
Amelia toddling around the park
Throwing a cute little tantrum
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Cute pumpkin shirt for Halloween AND Thanksgiving!
Zoned out on Elmo!...me? Trying out my new flash unit using the wireless mode! I am sitting to Amelia's left and the flash is set on the TV pointed towards the wall as a bounce flash! Cool!
Miss Amelia is learning how to run!
Look at her go!
Crazy weather, eehh? Friday it was blazing hot, Saturday hot and windy, today rain and cold breezes. I love this time of year! I was so inspired by the weather I made a new appliqued shirt for Amelia!!
Friday was a stressful day for me. My goal was to get our Visas to Jordan completed and mailed off. I left at 9 am in order to get back home by 11 for my visiting teacher to come over. I was at Walmart trying to get three money orders to pay for the Visas. The line was about 15 people long and waiting was taking forever. Charity called while I was waiting in line saying she was at my house and needed to get into the townhouse to show a potential renter. I was NOT about to get out of line. So, I waited another 15 minutes not even moving. Frustrated I went home to drop off the key...it was the wrong one. The rogue key was hidden on Justin's dresser. I decided to try the bank for the money orders. That was much better. The teller even waived the $12 fee because she didn't want to fill out the paperwork. Nice. Next stop was to the Post Office. At the Post Office I realized that I had no idea who to make the money orders out to. I called Justin to look on the consulate website...nothing. I actually was childish enough to hang up on Justin because he was being difficult. Mom told me to make it out to the Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan Consulate Washington DC. Phew. OK. It took me about 30 minutes to get the paperwork completed, organized, stamped, and paid for. The postal fee of $95 was more than the Visas ($94.50). I about crapped a brick when the guy told me it was $95 to mail the two envelopes. I could practically fly to DC and back for that amount!
We now have a new renter next door. The carpet was laid Tuesday and Wednesday. Kenny finished painting on Friday, it was advertised for the first time on Thursday. Rented and contracted out Friday morning! That was really fast. Friday evening we helped out Kenny to finish some cleaning before the lady moves in. I have yet to meet her and her 4 year old niece.
Saturday I decided it would be a good idea to ride out to Saltair and back. It was mildly windy on the way out and horrendous on the way back. The wind must have stirred up some allergens because within 30 minutes of finishing my 24 mile ride I had a BAD case of post-nasal drip. Yay, that turned into a full blown sinus infection within 12 hours. Now I am feeling pretty under the weather. Still, we went out to get some hot and sour soup and play with Amelia at Liberty Park. She was so cute running all over the place. The water area was still open so we let her get her feet wet...ended up going for a swim.
Today I went to sacrament meeting, came home and went to sleep around 10:20, napped until 1:30. That was a good nap. My head and allergies are not so bad after a long nap. Justin and I enjoyed introducing Amelia to the rain this evening. We haven't seen it enough to make an impression on her. I sang "Rain, rain go away" while standing out in the rain. She laughed and tried to say rain, "wayn". Now Justin is introducing her to Mary Poppins. She danced in her chair to Chim-chim-cherry. Looking back now, our life as single and married seems dull. Amelia is a huge ray of brilliant sunshine and rainbows.
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Amelia in her cute new shirt
Biffed it at the park on wood chips
Scrapped her knee on the sidewalk
Poor baby!!! Looks like she lost the battle with the sidewalk and wood chips. Today was really fun for me. This morning Miekka watched Amelia for me while I attended a Photoshop class. Last week I discovered another store, Pictureline, in SLC that offers free classes. They offer classes twice a week on various photography topics. The guy who taught the class was phenomenal. He showed us some short cuts and tricks using layer masks that made me giddy. I use Photoshop Elements instead of the full blown Photoshop CS3. It does not have some of the tools PS3 has but I am slowly learning to circumnavigate around the missing tools. One crucial missing tool is something called a layer mask. I finally found a decent "mask" to download off the internet for elements that does a good job. My new monitor came in the mail today. It rocks. Fun times.
I met Miekka at Hancock Fabrics. We spent a merry time perusing fabric for a nursing shawl Miekka is making for a friend and fun fabric to make appliques out of. Jessica, you hooked me on appliques! Thanks! Afterwards we had lunch at McDonalds. Yum...or something. How come crafting is so expensive? Sometimes I lament my expensive hobbies.
This afternoon I finally reached my dirty carpet limit so cleaned the main level carpets. The carpet looks much better. Funny how when your carpet is dirty it feels like the whole house is dirty. My good friend Melody invited us over for an impromptu dinner. We went on a walk to the local park afterwards. Amelia kept tripping on the wood chips, eventually performing an awesome dive and slide through the chips on her face and legs. She was brave, didn't even cry...until I made eye contact that is!
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Making fun of Punkle Jeremy's new "band"
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Wednesday and Thursday were quite exasperating days for me. I am honing my talents for photography as a business and a hobby. As I explained to Justin, I feel like an acountant who only has a calculator and knows about Excel and REALLY wants it. The Excel program would give him the results he seeks and the shortcuts that would make his job a little easier.
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Our neighbors moved out last Saturday morning. In their wake they left behind a stinky mess. Bruce and Diana now own the townhouse that Charity and Ken used to own and rent it out. Our first experience with renters was not very pleasant. They had two dogs and a smoking sub-tenant, horrible housekeeping skills, and a love of burning incense. The dogs ruined the carpet since the renters let them pee and poo ALL over the carpet and were not consistent about cleaning it up. The carpet was sick-o yucky. Today we ripped out the rest of the carpet, pulled out the tacks, stripped wall paper, and prepped for paint. Kenny got to use the cool paint sprayer. He even showed off his white nostril hairs!!! How cool is that? We had a long, but satisfyingly hard working day.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:38 PM
This year my tomatoes are thriving! Last year I only picked about 10 tomatoes total due to an airborne bacteria that destroyed my tomatoes. Every day I pick 1-3 fresh tomatoes for lunch, snack, or dinner. Amelia seems to enjoy a bite or two! I started making up my own tomato salad recipes. Last night I made one with a balsamic mayo dressing. It was good.
I've been watching one tomato in particular grow into a very large tomato. I had to share my lucky tomato!!! Yummy to the tummy!
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:20 PM
Two cute onesies made for twin girls
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Saturday seemed like a long day! I had a photoshoot at 1 pm that went until 3 pm, it was exhausting but very fun.
We heard about a South American Cultural Fair in Bountiful so we went to check it out. Justin was very excited there was a Columbian food booth serving Arepas. I ate Arepas on my mission as well so the treat was well savored. Other than the Arepas the fair was sort of lame. Much to South American style the party did not really pick until after 7:30 pm. We only stayed a couple minutes but passed the park again 90 minutes later to see dancers performing and loud music.
We walked around the Bountiful Temple enjoying the clear view of the valley and teaching Amelia about "our" temple. She discovered her shadow and was delighted when it danced when she did. Click on the video!
Aunt Charity invited us over to play for a little while. Amelia toddled around after her cousins playing with sidewalk chalk. We love our cousins!
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:26 PM
Thursday seemed lackadaisical after our busy Wednesday. By 4 pm Amelia and I needed some other people to interact with so we called Miekka up. She invited us over to come play and for dinner. Justin arrived home later on that evening.
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Whenever Amelia finds something that grabs her attention she often says: "ah-ohhh". Her little voice is so cute. In this video she also demonstrates her love of eating rocks. Maybe I should increase her fiber intake!!
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Today was WONDERFUL. This morning I hopped on my bike sans bike trailer & Amelia for a 15 mile ride. Compared to my customary 50 min ride, I biked 5 miles further than with Amelia attached. It seemed wings were attached to my feet as my bike and I sped along.
Posted by Jenni Call at 8:50 PM
Early this morning I had a follow-up doctor appointment. He pretty much told me what I thought he was going to say...that the dosages of thyriod and prednisone are too high. He thinks the prednisone caused my colon issues last week. I will listen (a little) and decrease both medications a smidggin. I was so out of it this morning I left my wallet on the kitchen counter. The front receptionist said she'd bill me my copay...dang it! I was hopeful they'd let me off the hook.
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Amelia recently learned how to lay on her tummy in the bath tub. She learned the trick while swimming in a baby pool!
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Justin and I had lunch with my yearly FREE coupon from Noodles and Company (see picture above). How come free always tastes better? Must be the Baerwaldt blood in my genes.
Amelia and I went over to the Lance's around 4:30. Amelia was super-duper cranky and acting like a cling-on. Once Justin showed up she took a chill pill. Miekka (and James) cooked up the yummiest birthday meal of shrimp scampi, braised broccoli, and bread. My birthday cake was to DIE for: an angel food cake with lemon cream filling and strawberry glaze. Holy Smokes...it was good. I am craving another 12 inch slice that would last me another year or so. Jana, Joe, and Courtenay all came over for dinner. Courtenay got me a teal scrapbooking tote. Can't wait to use it. Jana pampered me with lotions, nail polish, and sundry beauty products. Best of all was a phone call from the Jordan Lances. They sang "Wappy Berfday" with gusto. Can't wait for my next birthday!
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:00 PM
Today I was industrious. I actually planned a meal in advance. Last night (surprise) I defrosted a largish pork roast. This morning I prepared it to cook in the crock pot all day (surprise) before church. James, Miekka, Seth, Jacob, Jana, and De-bo all came over for dinner. I was really surprised to find all the ingredients needed (with some substitutions) to make Cafe Rio pork salads. Yummy. One good thing about fasting is that nearly anything tastes good after 24 hours of no food. Amelia bonked her lip playing "ghost train" after 20 seconds. She was pretty crabby with her cousins. If Jakes looks at her she practically melts into tears. Dra-ma.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:18 PM
Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
3 large tomatillos
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 envelope buttermilk ranch dressing mix
1 clove garlic, minced
1 juice of one fresh lime
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (make sure to wear gloves when dicing it, use seeds and all)
Salt to taste
**You can also use serrano peppers for a spicier dressing (the green tabasco works too)
Remove husks from tomatillos, wash, quarter and broil until soft--about 7 minutes. Combine everything in blender until smooth. Chill for at least one hour for flavors to blend.
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon powdered allspice
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoons ancho chile powder
Mix these ingredients into a dry rub, rub into the pork (can use picnic pork shoulder, pork chops, roast).
4 cloves garlic, minced and mashed to a paste
1 onion sliced into rings
2 tablespoons orange juice
juice from one lime
1/4 cup rasberry vinegar
2 cups of chicken broth
Add wet ingredients to crock pot, rub spices into pork, place in crock pot, and simmer for 6 hours or until it falls apart.
1 cup uncooked rice
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 can (15 oz) chicken broth
1 1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
In a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, lime peel, chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl combine lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:17 PM
About a month ago Grandma and Grandpa Lance jumped on an airplane to come visit Utah for a week or so. They left my dad, Scott, Jon, and Shawn in Gilroy. Scott decided it was time to reduce his footprint in their home (he lives with them in the two front bedrooms). So, Dad and Scott refinished the left bedroom with Shawn's help. All of this was kept secret from Grandma and Grandpa.
My dad is a strange beast with wild ideas and ways. From what he related and what Scott related, Dad went to a furniture store. In about 5 minutes flat he point to a "girly" bed, grunted, "me want that" and threw down the money for the rest of the set. Then the men went to Target to find a bed spread set. The rule, established by my dad, was that if you looked or held something longer than 5 minutes you were gay. I can just imagine packages of sheets and quilts tossed like hot potatoes after 4 minutes and 59 seconds. One of the guys found a girly blue flowered set that looked like something Grandma would like.
Scott bought the paint..apparently he took more time choosing the paint than my dad did getting the furniture! Back at the house they painted the room and assembled the furniture. Scott went to T.J. Maxx for accent pieces. Unbeknownst to my dad Scott actually bought about 5 different types of lamps to try out in the room (Scott is NOT gay).
Once the room was finished the door was shut and the room waited to be discovered. Once Grandma and Grandpa returned home from their visit, Scott asked Grandma to go check out his office for her opinion on where the printer should be. Grandma opened the door and screamed, yes, screamed. Grandpa came running nearly ready to fight the unsightly foe in Scott's office. To their delight they found a quaint, peaceful new guest room. Now when guests come Grandma won't have to forfeit her bed.
Score 100 for Scott and Dad.
Here is a video of the room...sorry it is a bit shaky...Amelia was glued to my leg.
Posted by Jenni Call at 2:06 PM
A couple years ago before drifting off to sleep I explained to Justin that I was like an onion: many layers of complexity but not as smelly. Another layer was exposed today.
Monday afternoon I noticed a sharp pain in my lower pelvic area. The pain stabbed me each time I turned or moved unexpectedly. Like a true Lance I ignored the pain and thought, "no pain, no gain." Last night the pain suddenly errupted into a radiating, pluse. Sleeping comfortably was not an option. So, I dreamed strange dreams. Once again the dream that we are going to have twin boys named Phillip (Justin's fav name) and Everett (my fav). Waking up in a cold sweat is never pleasant.
This afternoon I went to see my family doctor. He is a nice guy. After prodding me, asking embarrassing questions and exclaiming over my distended abdomen he concluded that my colon is having spasms. Wierd. Maybe it will all sort out in a couple more days. At the end of the appointment I asked him to write another prescription for Armour Thyriod. He looked at me funny and asked why not Synthroid.
*For those not part of our family we recently started thyroid treatment to offset a mitrochondrial depletion caused by my Mom's radiation therapy 50 years ago. Last September I met with my Dr, bringing a five page document explaining our reasoning, symptoms, and treatment. Dr looked at me like I had ten heads. I imagined him laughing his head off after the appointment. Fine. I ordered the needed medication off the internet from England and Mexico.*
Dr asked me to truthfully tell him why I did not consult with him. I said, "Well, you did not act like you believed in my situation, so I went another direction and self-medicated." I guess this answer was a first honest answer in a long time. He started laughing and said I was right and that we would start over. So maybe I do have an ally in my doctor after all.
Onion Layer revealed: bluntness
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