Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Baby Food and Scouts

So today I bought a food processor and decided to make some baby food. I started with pears (canned), peas (frozen), peaches (canned), and butternut squash (fresh). It is amazing how easy it is. I wish it was not winter and more fresh fruit was available. Below are some photos of the results. On Friday I plan to make more with some friends from the ward.


On the left are the peas that I made on the right are the peas that Gerber made, which would you rather eat? No wonder kids don't like peas!

This is the table centerpeice that I made for the blue and gold banquet (I am a cub scout leader, we won't get into how I got talked into doing scouting). The theme for the banquet is fish/the ocean. I am not sure if the centerpeices are insane or cute. I think I vote for cute. The boys are going to make the rest on Friday. We are also going to stencil the paper table cloths and napkins with fish, put paper umbrellas in the drinks, wear leis made out of straws and paper flowers (the boys made them a few weeks ago), and we also made votive holders out of tin cans (they are sort of horrifying, but the boys like them). Where do I come up with these things?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Home From Work

Tonight when Ryan came home from work, Em was swinging in her swing and I was upstairs paying bills. Ryan scooped her out of her swing and started playing with her. After a few minutes I came down and this is what I saw. It was so cute I had to get it on film. Unfortunately I didn't get the rendition of "Little Nemer Nemers had a Farm" on film, but this is almost as cute.


video


Scrapbooking

It has been years since I have scrapbooked. However, I am loving digital scrapbooking. It is so much faster and more forgiving. I can't believe how much I have learned. I am thinking of taking an on line class to learn even more.


Here are a few of my most recent pages.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I Love My Job

Some days my job is just a job and I really wish that I could be doing something else. Yesterday my job was amazing. Bobby and I went to a pre-bid meeting for an electrical transmission line in Hatch, UT. Where is Hatch Utah? It is just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Escalante National Monument, and Dixie National Forest. We went to all three and I have to say it was beautiful and scenic and pristine. Here are some of my favorite photos. Note some of them are taken as we were driving down the road, so they are not as good as I would have liked.


Monday, January 21, 2008

The End is Near

This morning I set Em down to play while I worked. I turned around and she had managed to roll onto her tummy turn 180 degrees and scoot herself under my chair so that she could play with the wheel on the chair! The whole scooting proposition is frightening. Soon she will be cruising around the house, falling down stairs, and putting things in light sockets. AHHH. The bunnies are in for a rude awakening.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Amazing Progress

The last few weeks I have been amazed by how quickly Emily is learning to do new things. When she was first born it seemed that learning new things took a long time. This week it seems that every time I look at her she can do something new. Tonight we let the bunnies out of the cage to hop around. In the past she has never really noticed them. Tonight she was fascinated by them. She sat very still and watched every move they made for about 5 minutes. She is also becoming very proficient at grabbing and holding things. This is something I am still trying to get used to. The other day I laid her on my bed and left the room. When I came back in she had managed to grab a nearby comb and was sucking on it. It seems everything she grabs goes directly into her mouth so that she can suck and taste it. We went to a restaurant with Grandma and Grandpa Bassett yesterday and she spent about 5 minutes destroying the paper placemat. She was in heaven. It was fine in the restaurant, but today she was after the Hymn book! I also discovered this week that Emily is actually quite proficient at sitting up. She is still working on the balance, but can sit on her own for several minutes at a time. I can’t believe that she is already 6 months old. It has gone by so quickly.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Am I a Mean Mom?


Yes I did make Emily eat that! What was I thinking? Emily loves to eat. She will eat anything that you put in a bottle (including formula spiked with prune juice). She will also eat ALMOST anything pureed that you put on a spoon. I started her with the yummy foods (apples and pears). Very slowly I have been moving to other foods. Typically I coordinate her foods with her outfits, (e.g. peaches with orange or pink clothes, applesauce with white or yellow clothes). This may sound insane (and maybe it is), but she spits up A LOT and I don't want everyone to be looking at me while I am in public thinking, "wow, such a cute little girl too bad her mommy doesn't take care of her." I know this is true because if I am 100% honest I will admit that I may have thought something like that about other people's kids (I know now that I am an idiot). The other day we introduced peas (I like peas, but baby food peas are disgusting). I was expecting her to clamp her jaw after one bite, but she didn't she happily ate the whole jar. I was amazed. I have been trying to balance the fruit and veggie intake in the hope that when she grows up she will like veggies. Lately I have been making these pre-nap time concoctions that involve baby food and baby cereal.

That brings us to today. Emboldened by the fact that Emily was wearing brown today (that means any food) and that she previously ate peas...I decided to mix cereal and peas. I tasted the concoction and I admit it was pretty gross. Emily saw me coming with the bowl and gave me a big happy smile (she didn't know what was in it yet). I wish I had captured the look on her face after the first bite. It was a look of confusion and disgust, but she opened her mouth again hoping for a different result...again she was disappointed. We kept this up until she started gagging with every bite. At that point I felt too guilty and broke out the applesauce. She was much happier with this. However, me being stubborn (or maybe mean, I'm not sure which) I kept sneaking in some pea goop every once in a while. Poor baby!

My sister-in-law told me about how to make your own baby food. I think that I may try, because I am convinced that Gerber really doesn't care about babies.

New Favorites

Ok so I have been using blurb to make photo books. I love the prices and quality, but I am not a big fan of the sizes. So I looked all around the internet this morning and found this awesome site http://www.viovio.com/ they have 10x10 photobooks (not as good as 12x12, but better than most other sites). The best part is that the books are only 14.95 plus $.40 per page. So for a 40 page book you are looking at about $30. You can't find prices that good anywhere else. Other places (for 12x12) are $50 to $70 for a 20 page book plus $1.50-$1.99 for each additional page!

I also found a site called atomic cupcake (http://atomiccupcake.com). It has all you can download scrapbook stuff for $15.95 for 30 days! They are going to start selling like a normal site (for each download) on February 1. So if you are interested you better hurry. As long as you order before February 1, you can still have unlimited downloads for 30 days. I am in a downloading furry as we speak!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Tagged

I feel like I have officially been welcomed into the blogging world, I have been tagged by Crystal.
Here are the rules:
• Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
• Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.
• Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.


Ok so here it goes.

1. I lived on a 8 square mile tropical island for 4.5 months with 1,000 fishermen and 28 white kids from America. We SCUBA dove every day. I never thought that I would ever get sick of SCUBA diving, but I have to admit there were days that I thought, "ugg I don't want to get wet today." Although, I would give about anything to see a live angel fish right about now (fish tanks don't count). Places I have SCUBA dove include: Cozumel (dove on a "cattle boat" with big men that sucked way too much air, way too fast), La Isla Mujeras (there were "tame" nurse sharks that we fed and got photos with), Cabo San Lucas (awesome birds that dove to around 60 feet), Fort Lauderdale (best drift dives ever), the Florida Keys (could have skipped this one), Turks and Caicos (South Caicos has the best wall dives ever, cool hard and soft coral, tons of turtles, sharks, and spotted eagle rays), the Dominican Republic (can you say yuck!), Catalina/Channel Islands (love the Sea Lions), Maui Hawaii (tons of unusual and awesome fish).

Who is that tan, blond, skinny girl? Holy cow it is me...maybe it is time to take up the diet again. BTW the blond hair is all natural, all it takes is intense sun exposure.


Look, it is that skinny girl again in front of the Bassett Store (my maiden name is Bassett; however, I don't think I am related to the store owner).

This is likely the only time you are going to see me in a bathing suit on this blog.

This is pretty much the view I woke up to every morning.


2. I am not a neat freak. In fact I am lucky if the dishes get done. It seems that there are way too many fun things to do in this world and cleaning is not one of them. I don't mind doing laundry, but I HATE dishes. It is embarrassing to admit how many times my mom has helped/done my dishes in the past year (thanks mom). Generally my house is not a complete mess, but don't look in any drawers or closets...they just are not neat. If I have notice that you are coming the sheets will be changed, the bathrooms cleaned, the floor vacuumed, and a candle burning...if I don't have notice, well you run the risk of seeing a lot of dishes in the kitchen, yesterday's clothes and blankets on the floor, and probably at least one of Ryan's drink glasses in the living room. I promise I am trying to get better though.

3. I can carry on a full conversation in my sleep. The other morning Ryan very tentatively approached me after sleeping on the couch and said "are you still mad at me?" I looked at him and said "what are you talking about?" Apparently when Ryan came to bed I started yelling at him and took all the blankets. He thought I was mad at him and went to sleep on the couch. I didn't remember any of it! He often has conversations with me while I am sleeping. This is an inherited trait, my mom not only sleep talks, she also sleep walks and I have even heard stories of sleep violence (poor dad).

4. In high school my nickname was Crash. My Great Uncle Don gave me the name after my 3rd crash. My first car my brother bought me for $500, unfortunately it didn't make it through the first weekend. I Dukes of Hazarded it into a farmers ditch in the Washington Fields in the middle of the night...oops. The second car was a Honda Accord that I ran into a table in the garage (no damage to the car but the table was not so lucky) this was also the car that was parked under a transformer that exploded, showering down sparks and melting the sunroof and windshield. The third car was a SWEET teal green Suzuki Samuri (aka Barbie Jeep). This one I wrecked while making a deal to get rid of the first car...After the damage from this car was fixed I had to be careful, another wreck and I was never going to drive again. But alas I rear ended a girl in the school parking lot. Thankfully she had been rear ended earlier in the week and decided that we didn't need to report it. Now I just had to make up a parent friendly story. They may have heard something about hitting a pole...they may have only heard the real story about 6 months ago. At this point when my dad would let me borrow his car, he would give me the keys with the admonition "if you wreck it don't come back." I am happy to report that was my last wreck. Not so much as a speeding ticket since then.

4. I have seen Scott Hamilton up close and personal. When the Olympics were in SLC, Ryan and I lived in LA. He happened to work for a SLC based firm that flew all their employees to SLC for the Olympics. Ryan went to the pairs figure skating competition (the one that the judging was super controversial). Well I had finals so I couldn't go. A few months after Ryan got back, Stars on Ice came to LA. Ryan surprised me with front row tickets. Our seats were actually on the ice. Scott Hamilton sat just a few seats away (he is not really a nice person). It was amazing and fun.

5. I went to USC because they sent me a flier. I had never heard of USC before, but they got my name from the Jr. Statesman mailing list and sent me a flier. (FYI Jr. Statesman was a summer camp in Washington D.C. that I went to, where I met Janet Reno and other very exciting people.) When I got it I thought, "I think I will apply." After visiting for the weekend I decided to only apply for two colleges USC and University of Utah (as a backup). I still remember the day I got my acceptance letter. It was in a big white envelope. I opened it and saw "Congratulations..." After that it is all history. Going to USC was probably the best experience of my life. I loved EVERYTHING about college. I loved classes, I loved my professors, I loved sunny afternoons when I ditched class and went shopping in Pasadena, I loved football games, I loved the band, I loved being a newlywed, I loved our ward, and mostly I loved the friends I made.

6. My favorite color is green. It has been my favorite color since I was a baby and my grandma gave me a green blankey. I took it with me every where. I would still probably sleep with it, if it had not burned in our house fire when I was 8. I have tried to replace it several times. Once I was somewhat successful. I found this awesome green blanket. Ryan hates it though and hides it from me.

7. Ryan's nicknames for me are Murf or Foofers. He calls me Murf because he says that is the noise I make when you squeeze me. Foofers requires more explanation. Ryan really likes to take songs and change the lyrics. You know the song little bunny foo foo...we'll he sings "little Jenny Foo Foo hopping through the forest" Then he stared calling me Jenny Foo Foo, then Foofers, and some times it is even Fooferkins.

Ok it is late and I have revealed WAY TOO MUCH about my life. I tag my mom, Amy, Lori, Jeff, and three other people who read this.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Comments Please

So I would love to know if there are people out there reading my blog, that have blogs for me to read. Sometimes I feel like I write my posts and put them out into the cyber world for anonymous faces. If I don't already know about your blog please leave a comment so I can check your blog out. I have to admit I love wasting time reading other people's blogs. Wow reading this back I think I may have set a record for use of the word blog.

Growing Up So Fast

Emily is growing up so fast. I am so amazed by the new things that she can do every day. She is a little rolley polley these days. Every time I set her down she flips over. So far she can only roll onto her tummy. So she gets kind of mad after being on her tummy for a while. She is also starting to sit up better she can hold herself up, but still needs our fingers to hold onto for balance. She is also holding her head up better when she is on her tummy. It is so cute. We try to cheer her on, and she always gets a big smile on her face.

She has been spitting up a lot and has been pretty grumpy for the past month or two. I talked to the Dr. about it and he gave her medicine for reflux. Two days and she seems to be spitting up way less and appears to be happier as well. It seems there is always some adjustment to be made. Just when I think I get things figured out, I discover a more gentle formula, medicine for reflux, prune juice for constipation, or introduce a new food (she loves sweet potatoes). The routine gets more complicated, but at least it is never boring.

Yes, I said formula...I switched from breast feeding to formula...gasp! I know that it is a cardinal sin, and the last study I read said that she will be brain damaged and never have a successful relationship (ok maybe that is exaggerated), but we both hated it. I love not pumping, I love being able to feed her without stripping down in public, I love not washing all the tiny pump parts 20 times a day, I love waking up and not feeling like I am going to explode, I love that she is happy to eat, I love that feedings only take 10 minutes instead of an hour, I love that I can measure formula...All in all, I figure me being sane is better for both of us. Besides she needs something to blame her problems on in the future. I can hear it now "if my mom would have loved me she would have breastfed for more than 5 months and I would be smarter and prettier." Sorry Em.

Below are some pages that I made during nap time today...I love nap time.





Saturday, January 5, 2008

Winter Baby

Today I decided to go for a walk, so I bundled Em up in her warmest winter gear and headed out. She was asleep in about two seconds, so I am not sure how much she enjoyed it. I took this photo of her when we got back. Isn't the hat SO cute. When we went to St. George her Grandma Hales gave it to us. I love it. I am not sure the photo does it justice, but I didn't want to wake her up with the flash. I will post another photo later.


Also, for those of you who know my family, check out my mom's blog. It has pictures and video of her new puppy, Gizmo. http://supergrandma.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Shovel Strike Has Ended

Right before Christmas Ryan went on strike and decided that he was done shoveling. I of course am always on strike when it comes to mowing lawns or shoveling snow. Today in honor of the spring-like conditions I decided to end the strike and busted out the shovel. The lesson that I learned is that it is easier to shovel when the snow is soft and fluffy and hasn't been compacted by thousands of pounds of cars and people. Of course I am sure that I will forget this lesson soon after the next snow fall only to remember it when I try to shovel the compacted snow again. The task took me over an hour, but with my trusty scarf and ipod it wasn't too bad. You can see there are a few patches that wouldn't give up the fight and are still stuck to the driveway.

When we bought the house it was fall and in our snow-naive state we didn't even think about the fact that the driveway was north-facing and that the house is two stories and blocks the sun. We also didn't understand the rare atmospheric phenomenon that seems to occur only on our street. Some how we get more snow than anywhere else in the neighborhood. We are also at the base of the Oquirrh (pronounced like Oaker) Mountains so we get more snow than other places in the valley. All of this combined means lots of shoveling. YUCK!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Goodbye December...Welcome 2008!

December was crazy. There were many great things: the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert, Christmas with my family, Christmas dinner with Ryan's family, making gifts for friends and family, making and eating way too many treats, vacation to St. George, Red Hills Parkway public hearing, first plane ride, visiting old friends, lots of family time, a Rose Bowl victory, big smiles, first giggles, feet discovery, and lots of white fluffy snow.

There were also some things I am glad to be done with: car repairs, more car repairs, car damage, Christmas bills, and refinancing my house.

Hopefully 2008 will have lots of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff :-)

Over New Year's we went to St. George to visit family. It was tons of fun, but we are happy to be home. Emily is now starting to be on a schedule and it really throws her to leave home for that long. The photo below is one that I captured on Sunday morning. Emily was totally engrossed with that cute baby in the mirror.


Also I decided to try making my own paper...the background paper on the blog is the result. Hopefully I will continue to get better over time. If anyone is looking for instructions for customizing your blog background you can get them at http://www.thehart-family.blogspot.com/ If you have any problems with them let me know and I can help you out.