Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Tomorrow is April Fools Day, but it is also the anniversary of our engagement. That's right, we got engaged on April Fools Day four years ago. It was also General Conference. Adam proposed to me between sessions after we ate french toast in our pajamas. It was sweet. :] Then he went and failed a math test. Wouldn't you have too? A couple weeks later he suprised me with the ring. BYU was having a campus-wide Easter Egg hunt and it was Adam's fervent goal to find one of the eggs. So when we went on a walk around campus and he "found" an egg, I completely fell for it and couldn't believe it when there was a beautiful ring inside!

I am done with cloth diapers for now. I have another yard of waterproof fabric and stuff cut out to make seven more diapers, but our washing machine is so small that I have to do laundry every night anyway, and we definitely have enough diapers for one day. I'm still working out some leak issues but after a few more washes I think they'll be gone. If not, I'll cry.

So with that project done (my goal was to be done at the end of March, and I actually made it!), I am working on Katrina's quilt. Her birthday is in two weeks. I really overestimated how much I had left. Last night I sewed the two borders and today I ironed everything and pinned together the front and the back. All that's left is the quilting and the binding. The quilting is actually going to be really easy, just a bunch of straight lines. I probably could have gotten half of it done tonight, but I went visiting teaching and shopping, and I got back pretty late. So I'm just snacking on skittles now and thinking about sewing. I think I definitely deserve a break and an early bedtime tonight. And just so you know, this quilt is going to be really cute. I'm going to make a matching pillow to go along with it since I still have two weeks left.

Tomorrow I'll have to take a diaper stash picture, and when the quilt is done, hopefully in just a couple of days, I'll definitely have tons of pictures, since I'm pretty proud of myself. :]

Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter outfits

The kids were super cute yesterday in their Easter outfits. While Adam was in a meeting I kept trying to get pictures of Katrina, but she was running around tons.

I didn't get a picture of Daniel, but here is his outfit. We'll definitely have to take better pictures next week for Easter/General Conference.

Adam bought a bike from a friend for fairly cheap, but then the chain broke on his first ride! So we picked a different bike he found online and he's going to try his luck with a new bike. I have been sewing each evening and am seven diapers away from being done! Once I'm finished I'll put up a picture of my new stash.

Daniel is sick and I'm taking him into the doctor this evening to check for an ear infection. It's so hard to distinguish between his normal fussiness and something's-wrong-fussiness. Katrina was the same way--I totally missed an ear infection with her once and caught it at a well-visit.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fuffy bum pics

Adam's not a big fan of the other diapers I made because you have to put on both a diaper and a waterproof cover (and neither am I), so I was excited to make an All-in-One diaper, meaning you just stick the diaper on, then throw the whole thing in the wash when it's used. My first turned out a bit...bulky. Most cloth diapers are bulky, but these are a bit much. They will probably be nighttime diapers! Here is my model showing it off.

Tomorrow is our Relief Society Birthday Party, and since I'm on the planning committee, I'm going to be heavily involved. We are having people set up display tables that show off who they are and what things they are interested in. We are also showing this video, which you should really check out. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm still trying to figure out what to do for my table. I want to show off my crafts because I'm pretty proud of myself and how far I have come in the last year and a half or so, but I don't want to come across as tooting my horn too much, know what I mean? We specifically emphasized how people don't have to have concrete things to show off, like paintings or whatever, so I don't want to bring in tons of things so it comes across like, "Look what I made." So I'm trying to pick some of my favorites, and trying to figure out what to bring that shows some of my other interests (I'm thinking something to show how I love music, a matrioshka to show how I went to Russia, and maybe something BYU-ish).
Lastly, thanks to all for your kind words about my grandmother. I will miss her a lot. I only got to see her every two years at our family reunions, but at least I was able to see her as recently as June, and I'm happy I was able to see her happy and relatively healthy. I'm just grateful for the gospel and the knowledge that I will see her again.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekend post

Yesterday was about as good as it could have been--a trip the the park without meltdowns (except at the end when we had to leave), a trip to REI to buy cycling gear for Adam to start cycling to work, a stop by the store next to REI to buy Katrina her own big pink ball, Daniel fell asleep by himself in his pack n play and didn't sleep in our bed or the swing all night, plus I got a lot done on my diapers.

These are all cell phone pictures, sorry.
Today was Stake Conference, right smack dab during Katrina's naptime. She did relatively well. Daniel did awesome, especially for how fussy he typically is at church. The kids crashed in the backseat afterwards while we drove around Valley Forge to keep them asleep!
This picture below shows how Katrina kept herself occupied for several minutes during church.

On a sadder note, I got the call today that my Grandma Kitty passed away. She has been going downhill since December and everyone has been going to visit her one last time. Because of Daniel, I decided I couldn't go. I really wish I had been able to, but he's not a very easy baby away from home. The bright moment was joining my siblings by telephone a couple weeks ago when they visited her. I'm glad I was able to talk to her one last time. I will miss her a lot!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pair of sickies

A cold has hit us again, following a familiar pattern--Adam gets hit hard and suddenly and has a miserable few days. I get hit gradually and at first I think it's not too bad, but a few days later I get the worst part and then I deal with the lingering cold for a week or two. At least that's how it usually is. We're only on day two, so it might still surprise me. Adam missed two days of work and is laying around feeling migrainy and miserable. I've just got a few symptoms but it's enough to make me not too happy.

Sewing or thinking about sewing has consumed me. Mostly it's because we have a dwindling package of disposable diapers for each kid and I just can't stomach having to buy more. They are so expensive and each package is done so quickly. I only have 16 diapers done though, so I need to hurry so that I'm not doing laundry every day or running out. I want to finish them in March so that in April I can finish Katrina's quilt. Luckily diapers aren't too difficult to make, especially when I make them assembly-line style, as long as I find time when both kids are asleep.

So if I'm fairly quiet at blogging this month, you'll know why--there's only so many pictures of diapers you want to see!

Okay, both kids are crying at me now and Katrina is yelling, "Mooooom!" so I need to go take care of things.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My Sunday Afternoon

So I guess the key to a well-behaved Katrina in Sacrament meeting is to let her bring her blanket in and to feed her yogurt-covered raisins. It was a mild meeting compared to most, and Daniel sat in his seat for much of it it smiling and cooing, which made it even better. The talk was interesting, especially when the sister starting talking about how her phone lines are being tapped and how she insisted on holding her adopted daughter in the circle when she was blessed. But I still enjoyed being able to sit there and listen!

I tried to nap but couldn't fall asleep, so instead I got these diapers two-thirds of the way done.
Last night I finished a project that started a long time ago--Katrina's word book.

She likes it so far. Hopefully it will spur an increase in her vocabulary.

This is what my afternoon looked like once the kids both woke up from their lengthy naps.

Close-up on Adam in the background battling the beginnings of a migraine:

And another picture from last night of Daniel trying out a bumbo seat for the first time.
So that was my afternoon!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Party Time

Remember this post? Does this below look familiar?

We just got back from a fun day in New Jersey celebrating our nephew's third birthday. We all really enjoyed ourselves. Both kids were basically as good as they possibly could have been, which doesn't mean much to the rest of the world but it's blog-worthy to me! :] There was an inflatable bouncer thing in the living room complete with a ball-pit, and Katrina completely got over her initial leeriness and absolutely loved it. Daniel was in a great mood and napped happily twice in their swing. He also tried out their exersaucer and seemed to really enjoy that.

I wish I had pictures. It's nice to have a fun-filled day. It would have been better without one of my grocery bags breaking open in the parking lot during our quick stop on the way home, sending apples and pears everywhere and breaking open a big bottle of applesauce. Oh well!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Picture Post

He has a long neck and it's pretty cute.

Another diaper.
A present for a special three-year-old.

Here's the pattern.

Tummy time today:
He can roll sometimes!

And Daniel already has a favorite blanket. He loves rubbing it on his face and putting it in his mouth while he sucks his thumb, just like Katrina.

Tonight we decided to get Rita's (water ice) but didn't want any of the available flavors, so we got ice cream. Katrina got her own again, though judging by her maniacal laughter when we gave it to her she was already wired enough without the sugar.

I've got an exciting evening of sewing planned and tomorrow we're looking forward to a birthday party.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cloth bum

In case you want to see how cute a little kid looks with a cloth-diapered bum, here's a few shots of Katrina trying them out. She ran around the like crazy after I put one on her the first time (she does that when she's excited, so I take that as approval). Today I put her in one again because she's got some bad diaper rash.

Daniel, looking like he always does. :]

I told her to wave her legs in the air.
We're going on a second day without a nap. I hope this isn't a trend. At least she plays in her room happily for awhile, but then her moods are kind of erratic in the evenings.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cute baby and some dipes

Falling asleep with a smile.
Oops, Mommy bumped the bassinet.
But quickly back asleep.

I complete some diapers today. These are ready to go, I just need to finish some covers to go over them, but am waiting on a package with special velcro, among other things.
The top three are Daniel-sized and the bottom three are Katrina-sized. Here's the inside:

Daniel is gurgling happily in the bassinet behind me and Katrina is finally playing with some finger puppets I made her ages ago. And bouncing in Daniel's bouncer. Fun times!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Katrina quirks

I am so exhausted. I have been exhausted since we got home from church but Daniel decided to take his long afternoon nap with several snack breaks and I also wanted to spend childless time talking to my husband, so I didn't nap. Eight o'clock arrived and both kids were asleep, and I kept trying to fall asleep but Adam wouldn't let me because he knew I would wake up at 2 wide awake and miserable. So now it is ten o'clock and I am going to be in that bed the moment Adam is off the phone! Don't know why I am quite this exhausted--we've had two night in a row where Daniel has slept for 7-8 hours straight (in the swing). But unfortunately those hours don't coincide when I go to bed and wake up!

I thought I would mention a few of Katrina's quirky things she does these days:

-Anything messy or slightly disgusting is "Ewwww!" Yesterday she added "Yuh!" (Yuck.) She was standing on the toilet yesterday (yes, I allow her to do this all the time), and a spider suddenly crawled across the top. I shrieked and grabbed her away, then immediately tried to calm down because I don't want to make her afraid of spiders just because I don't like them. She kept running back into the bathroom yelling "Ewww! Yuh!" Today something set her off in church and she started yelling it in the middle of Sacrament meeting. Luckily she is getting better at regulating her volume and when I shushed her she switched to a normal tone. Yesterday she was eating lunch and spilled a drink, and yelled "Ew!!" over and over until I paid attention and brought her a paper towel, with which she busily mopped it up.

-I bought Daniel some new jumpers (I almost only dress him in those full bodysuits because I hate dealing with socks and babies! He only wears cute outfits when we go out of the house). I took one out of the package and left the other two still in the package and on the floor in Katrina's room. During her naptimes every day she empties drawers, moves things around, and basically creates a mess. I noticed later on that the other two jumpers were in the hamper and the cardboard and packaging was spread around the floor, but I just figured Adam took them out. Nope. It was Katrina. I'm amazed she managed to unwrap them from the cardboard AND put them in the hamper!

-She knows she has a backup blanket and that we keep it in the hall closet. Sometimes she stands outside the closet and demands it, though I don't give in. It gives her the greatest pleasure in the world to find the extra blanket (I sometimes try to hide the dirty one in her hamper but she finds it every time) and carry both around, her thumbs each covered in a blanket so she can alternate which one she sucks. Strangely, she doesn't mind when she sees me washing them.

-She's picking up a lot of words, but it takes a parent to distinguish between "No" (no), "No" (nose), and "no" (snow), or between "badet" (blanket) and "badet" (sippy cup). She catches me off guard sometimes with what she says--today we left the apartment for church and she ran to the wrong exit and said "This way!" fairly clearly. I thought maybe I was imagining it, but since that's a phrase we say a lot, I'm sure she was actually saying it.

-Maybe it's just because this has been a frustrating month, but Adam and I have both said our share of "Dangit!" an awful lot lately. Every time, Katrina repeats, "Dit!" I added too much soy sauce to a recipe and out of my mouth came a forceful, "Dangit dangit dangit!" Then I heard, "Dit dit dit!" It was pretty cute, and I'm glad that's the worst thing that she hears me say!

-She's obsessed with Daniel and baby dolls and loves to do to them what Mommy and Daddy do to babies. She feeds her doll, pats it on the back, puts it in the swing. Today she appropriated a baby doll from the little girl in front of us at church and instead of folding her own arms during the prayer, she folded the doll's arms. She gets a huge kick out of when I make Daniel do things like wave, or do the motions for Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, and then she likes to manipulate his hands too. Oh, and I never leave her alone with him when he's not in the swing or bassinet or somewhere out of immediate reach (though she has started pushing a stool next to the pack n play and climbing in) because she likes him so much and seems to think things like squishing his tummy with her hands is fun (he thought so too, at least). I put him on her bed the other day and she grinned and tried to straddle him and sit on his stomach and bounce like she does anytime Adam or I sit on the floor (I tried doing Pilates once while she was awake--never again!).

This is way long since Adam is still on the phone, but I am done, even though I could probably share more. Okay, one last thing. We don't read books much lately because she prefers to look at them herself than to have me read them, so she pretty much just gets one book a night before bed. Tonight we sat her down on her chair and just read books to her for almost half an hour. It was very sweet. We decided to do that every night from now on. Right before bedtime she is at her most receptive to books, and by reading to her in her chair instead of in her room, she actually sat and listened instead of rocking on her horse or jumping on the bed. There's nothing wrong with shaking up the routine every now and again!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Playground fun

This morning we decided to get out of the house but were faced with the dilemma of every Saturday morning--what to do? It's such a nice day, though still chilly, and I didn't want to go anywhere that would require Katrina to be in a stroller. I went online and found a really cool park only a few minutes away from us. It was one of those cool parks made especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Katrina had a lot of fun. I guess she was tired though, because she started having meltdown after meltdown, brought on by the fact we didn't want her to climb up the slides while other kids were coming down, and we wouldn't let her play with another kid's bike. So we had to leave while she wailed in protest. Why is my kid always louder than everyone else's kid? She's the loudest one in Sacrament meeting too. Sigh. Just a year ago she would happily sit through all of Sacrament meeting, but now she has to be taken out at least three times. You know how everyone always says, "Well don't make it fun when she is taken out, make her sit there and not play, and then she'll want to go back to the meeting." Wrong. She'll scream out of the chapel or in the chapel!

Not much has happened this week. I sew in my scant free time with both kids sleeping. Adam slogs through work. Katrina and Daniel continue to be quite cute. Oh, and I made dinner every day this week! I made a menu of 25 meals and each week before I go shopping I pick six or so meals for the week. Most of the meals are of the quick and easy variety, and about half of them are new recipes. So far all of them except one have gotten the thumbs-up from Adam to add to our monthly menu. We had so much food that I had enough for lunch every day this week and on Friday we actually had a leftover night. I have a variety of meats and one meatless dish each week. It's great! I'd like to learn to coupon a bit to save more money, but I definitely will have to wait until I'm done making these cloth diapers. I'm also hoping that by making a rotating menu like this I'll be able to be better at doing food storage. Adam has been cooking once a week too.

Well I am currently picking cradle cap off of Daniel's head and he is getting antsy, so I gotta go!

Monday, March 1, 2010

My cute kids

Katrina keeps insisting that Daniel sit next to her while she is watching tv. He likes the lights and sounds too, so they were both riveted. If he gets fussy and I move him, she insists I put him back. It's pretty cute. They also sat next to each other while I read them several books, and both kids seemed to love it. I'm glad my kids like each other so much!