Sunday, February 20, 2011

V-day Yumminess

We had the classic heart shaped pizzas. The spinach made it good.

Ben surprised me with fabulous Spanish cuisine. He made paella.
He also made a fabulous Spanish tortilla. This include potatoes, eggs, bacon, and spinach.

We also had red, heart shaped panckes for breakfast but took no pictures.

Bee surprised us this week with large hives all over her body. I guess she still wanted to be red. We still don't know what caused it, but the allergy medicine from the doctor cleared it up. Now, if only her nose would stop dripping and we could all get over our colds.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inspiration

I've been couponing lately and buying things when they are on sale instead of when I want them. This requires that I buy items in large quantities. I recently purchased lots of diced tomatoes, mixed veggies, and chili. My storage shelves were looking a little crowded. I've always coveted the shelf reliance shelves, but never more so than now. Too bad they're so expensive. My desire for some sort of efficient organization for my cans led me to an extensive online search. I have found lots of fun sites and lots of homemade organization systems. One of my favorite ideas was a space saving can rotating rack. They made it our of an old dresser and hid it behind their living room couch. The cans were loaded on one side and then they rolled down to the other side. I also really want to try out the homemade wooden can rotators someday. However, I found a site with a more economical solution for now. I was so excited to find it and try it. They gave detailed instructions on how to make can rotators out of cardboard. Cardboard I have. I first made two soup can shaped ones, then later two veggie can ones and two large fruit can shaped ones. You can find a tutorial to make these here. The instructions are detailed and include instructions on how to make a variety of different sized cans. I'm so glad that I found this site.

They recommended painting the cardboard to make it more sturdy. I went the spray paint route and almost blew up my house. I read the instructions and set up a paint area in our laundry room in the basement. I set up some fans to help with ventilation. I started spraying and the fumes collected quickly. It smelled so strong that I decided to read the safety instructions again. Good thing I did. It warned to unplug all electronic devices and to never spray near an open flame. I looked around and noticed the lit pilot light of the heater which was located in the same room. At this point I freaked. I took all the items out of the room out to the garage. I set up another fan and prayed. Luckily the house didn't explode. That was way too close for comfort.

The first six ready for painting. They take me about an hour to make each one.


So nice and organized.


I made up my own measurements in order to make a can rotator for these odd shaped cans.

I can't stop. I love these and just keep making more.


Here's what happens to you when you fall asleep while playing with the baby.
P.S. I put mine together with hot glue and it worked great. I didn't burn myself or get cut with the exacto knife. Definitely a success.

Monday, February 14, 2011

"I wove Happy Vawentine's day"

We like red.

Smile for the camera.


I don't want a picture! I want you to open this garage and let me ride my bike.

Decorating daddy's office.



It's so nice to run and play outside with just a jacket on, a little windy though.

Whoops.

Running again.

The "Bloggernacle"?

Apparently, that's the term that's been coined for the "Mormon Mommy Blog" region of the online blogosphere. I read about it in this article:

http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/01/15/feminist_obsessed_with_mormon_blogs

The author, Emily Matchar, is a self-described "young, feminist atheist" who sheepishly admits to being addicted to Mormon Mommy Blogs. Surprisingly, she provides a fairly positive review of this aspect of the blog world:

So why, exactly, are these blogs so fascinating to women like us -- secular, childless women who may have never so much as baked a cupcake, let alone reupholstered our own ottomans with thrifted fabric and vintage grosgrain ribbon? ... Well, to use a word that makes me cringe, these blogs are weirdly "uplifting." To read Mormon lifestyle blogs is to peer into a strange and fascinating world where the most fraught issues of modern living -- marriage and child rearing -- appear completely unproblematic.

While she's not 100% uncritical of certain aspects of LDS culture (e.g. the high rate of antidepressant use in Utah), she explains that it's refreshing to get a view of domestic home life where people seem genuinely happy and content. It's a fascinating read, especially for those of us who happen to know many, many people who are regular contributors to "The Bloggernacle".

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Interesting study

One of my colleagues here at Centre College teaches sociology classes and is currently reviewing a book on his blog which studies the factors that lead to premarital sexual relations among young Americans (18-24). I think that this post is interesting and worth a read, especially for you parents out there:

http://gruntledcenter.blogspot.com/2011/02/premarital-sex-2-who-are-virgins.html

This study showed that young adults who are most likely to "wait until marriage" are: 1) in college, 2) religious, 3) not prone to getting drunk, and 4) do not consider themselves popular.

As a daddy who is dreading the day that Abby "grows up", it looks like I just need to make sure that Abby keeps going to church, obeys the Word of Wisdom, goes to college, and doesn't join the cheerleading squad!

It was also interesting to me that the the first three factors are specifically encouraged by LDS church doctrine, that emphasizes the importance of getting all the education you can (both for both men and women), leading a religious lifestyle, and abstaining from alcohol.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Break

We really enjoyed having a more relaxing schedule during Ben’s week between semesters. We slept in a little, got out to start looking a houses again, relaxed, and spent time together. Ben only worked half day most of the days and then he took off Friday and Saturday to hang out with us.


We spent Friday morning looking at houses with a realtor and then we spent the afternoon in Lexington. We saw some beautiful houses and will be looking at lots of different houses during the rest of February.

Bee enjoyed the children’s museum. It was fairly small but kept us all entertained. The museum has two floors and several rooms. We were there for an hour and a half and probably only saw half of the museum. We have yet to check out all the art materials and the science exhibits.

The water table was by far the very favorite for the little one. The adults had a blast in the bubble room. Bee just wanted to stand at the sink and wash her hands for most of our time in the bubble room.



Her sleeves weresoaked by the end.
 Ben and I were please to see that all the signs were translated in to Spanish. We had fun reading these to ourselves or aloud to Abigail. Ben laughed when he came across this one.
The translation: What is a vegetable? Looks like they messed up this one.


So tall, so thin.

These wands made the coolest bubbles.

I definitely want to return, but I need to find a friend from around here that will go with me. If I can find someone interested, then I think we will spring for the year membership.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Couponing is Fun.

I literally spent hours planning my trip to Kroger this time around. I timed it with the running mega sale. Then I clipped coupons, followed sales and blog suggestions. I created an Excel spreadsheet detailing which products I would buy and how many of each. I projected out how much money I would have to pay out of pocket.

My cart was full and my coupon pile was large. I left Abigail home with Ben, because who can think when they have a two year old with them? I carefully made sure that all my items fell within the guidelines of the sale and the coupons, because I hate getting to the register and realizing that I made a mistake. It was SO nice to grocery shop without my sweet baby in tow, SO nice.

The groceries rung up to over $200 dollars before the sale items and the coupons. Then the kind and patient cashier quickly and efficiently scanned each and every coupon. I only paid $90.20 after saving 58% off my bill. It was fun. I like the OCDness of couponing. I saved $87.87 just with my coupons and $128.67 overall. The time it takes might not be worth it for some, depending on their stage of life, but right now, it's worth it for me.

Anyone who wants to mail me their unused coupon booklets out of their Sunday papers (i.e Redplum, Smartsource, P&G) is totally welcome to do so. :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Dressing Up is Fun to Do

Writing a card to the birthday girl.

Special hair do for the party.


Yummy lunch and cute decorations.



Her high heels are around there somewhere. She chose neon green out of a selection of purple, pink, blue, pink, etc.

After she had her fingernails and toenails painted, she decided that it was daddy's turn.

He actually let her. She painted all ten toes but he drew the line when she wanted to paint his fingernails. It was a sparkly princess pink. She went slowly and carefully and did a pretty good job.


Musical chairs. J. was especially helpful with Bee and she survived three rounds before she got bored.


Drums are more fun anyway, right?