Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Days!

Well, we decided that in the tradition of everyone else we know, we would go to a pumpkin patch and play with the pumpkins. But, unlike everyone else we know, we have a pumpkin patch in our very own garden. This means we could have a pumpkin adventure in our own backyard!

So this is very good for us and for Simon. It was also an opportunity for him to show off (and then spit up on) his new brown hoodie! Way to go Simon!! Hurray!

Anyway, here are some pictures of our adventure. (We only managed to grow two pumpkins...) ;-)

First picture is of our beautiful Kari:

Second picture is myself and baby:

Here are two pictures of Kari and Simon:
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Happy Sumo

The title of the post does not refer to Simon, although he is chubby and usually happy. Instead, as locals will know, it refers to a tasty sushi restaurant in Provo. Mmm.


And in addition:


I love how his blanket pretty much always ends up like this: from a swaddle to a nice mid-section covering.

A few minutes after this, I believe, Jamund was putting Simon in his jammies... and he was also sock-less on just one foot. Like father, like son.

Belated 3 Months

Simon had his 3 month "birth"day earlier in the month... maybe we subconsciously didn't want to post the photos because the experimental banana coconut custard-type pie we attempted to make turned out extraordinarily badly, and we were embarrassed to even post photos of it at all—even when it helped mark a milestone in our son's life.

Anyway, we're over it now. Or not...but I still felt that I should post photos of his 3 month mark for good measure.

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Again, ignore that awful looking pie. Don't know what we were thinking... it's weird, I'm usually a good baker... except, it seems, when it comes to making Simon's "month" birthday treats.


Thursday, October 28, 2010


Baby is sick, but no fever? The congested/clogged nose and throat sounds just kill me! So cute/sad. He now has his own humidifier.

p.s. Here he is in a cat outfit. Thanks grandma!

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We had a roofer out. Turns out a good patch of the top left corner of our roof got torn off in that storm (see previous post). He fixed that but told us that we have 20 year shingles on a roof that is roughly 23 year old. Yeah, I don't like the math either. The roof is starting to crack and the fiberglass is starting to show through (I don't really know what this means except that we need a new roof). Dang it!

I also have been having bad pain in my left lower hip and just had a sharp pain in my hip down my thigh. It reminded me of that scene in "Shadowlands." If you've seen that movie, you know the one. I had to sit down right then, and Simon (who I was holding at the time) seemed pretty concerned.

On another note, I am done with my Christmas shopping for my boys! That's nice. We are (re)starting a family tradition that had a one year hiatus, but is back for good—our own "Twelve Days of Christmas." One present a day, then stockings from Santa (and the last present) on Christmas morning. I like it—it allows you to properly enjoy and appreciate each individual gift. Anyway...

Monday, October 25, 2010


On Thursday, Jamund surprised me by coming home early... with a sore throat. He stayed home on Friday, where his sore throat escalated into a cold. On Saturday he even complained of a tooth ache (cold side effect?), and I started getting a sore throat. Baby's nose got a bit stuffy, resulting in the use of the much detested blue bulb syringe.

To end the weekend of sickness of a "high" note, in the middle of the night, the weather decided to put in its two sense with perhaps the worst wind and rain storm I have ever experienced. Seriously. We thought our house was going to blow down. It even shook like we were having an earthquake. Around 2:30 a.m., the power went out (due to lightning, we're pretty sure. It looked like it was right outside in the driveway), and the baby's monitor with it.

Since we can't hear him from our bedroom, we quickly moved downstairs to the guest bedroom, which is right next door to baby's room. We kept both doors open so as to hear baby (if we even could above the wind storm!).

Luckily, our emergency flashlights from Costco worked (you keep them plugged in, and when the power goes off, they go on--super helpful). The power went back on at about 3 a.m. and then promptly went off again. It came back on around 3:30 a.m. and stayed on.

In the morning, Jamund went out to survey the damage.

This photo shows a pole where the stop sign right at the corner of our front yard is supposed to be:


But don't worry, here it is (gotta love the tumbleweed next to our garbage can too. What?!):


We're lucky it didn't ricochet into our living room or kitchen window.

Jamund put it back, sort of:


It has since relocated again to be next to the fire hydrant.

Saddest news for us is that these are most likely from our roof... Dang it.

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The joys of home ownership.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Selling Out

Local friends,

We are in the process of cleaning out lots of things from our house. Jamund just unloaded a car-full at DI, but we have a few things that we would love to get a couple bucks for if possible. We thought we'd open it up to friends first and then try our luck on KSL or craigslist.

Here's a little list:

1. Some vintage coats: I have a few that I'm planning to get rid of in different colors/styles. E-mail me if you're about my same size and would like some photos.

2. A "buffet": it's a sturdy piece of furniture that has top "flaps" (that sounds flimsy, but they are wood) that open up so you can have extra space on top (like for a buffet... hmm). It also has shelves:



3. TV: It's great and works really well, we just got a new one when we moved in and haven't used this one since (Toshiba brand):


4. DVD/VHS combo: I've had more luck with this one than our new one that we bought to "match" our new TV. Comes with remote. Toshiba brand, I think. (Both TV and DVD/VHS come with remotes)


5. This:


6. Some printers. Copier/scanner combos, I think. We have, if I'm correct, 3 printers right now. We only need 1.

7. Sandwich maker featuring the wonderful...


8. Hand blender (new in box):


9. Fondue set (new in box):


10. This (new in box):


More things will probably be coming once we clean out the garage, storage room, and downstairs closet... but for now, if you want anything, let us know and make an offer!


Monday, October 18, 2010

(Not) bullet bike.

I keep accidentally calling it a bullet bike, but the newest addition to our family is definitely not a bullet bike. It is a bucket bike...which is quite different (thankfully) than a bullet bike!


We heard about the "1st Annual Madsen Bike Rally" on the NieNie Dialogues blog, and I was intrigued by these so-called bucket bikes. Jamund, Simon, and I crashed the rally (despite not having one of the bikes) so as to inspect the bikes in person (the candied almonds, cider, and donuts were also good motivations to attend).

Stephanie and her husband Christian were so lovely, as were the members of the Madsen family (particularly "Grandpa" Madsen, originally from Denmark, who kept us company while everyone else went on the bike ride and we stayed behind to feed Simon). Grandpa Madsen and his wife even held Simon while Jamund took me for a spin on the bike that would, later that evening, become our very own:


But seriously. I sat in the bucket (it has seats) and we rode around the park.

The bike we purchased was a "demo" and older model, so we got a pretty darn sweet deal (especially with the "NieNie" special discount applied because we bought it at the rally). And we even got free t-shirts too. Nice.

We are excited for future days when Simon (and future babies) can actually sit in the bucket seat and we can ride around town. Happy days! Happy Christmas and anniversary gift to us!

We highly recommend any and all of you to check it out. It's really not hard to ride. Although I must say, I was pretty nervous being a passenger with Jamund at the helm...!

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Remember that scene in "Mary Poppins" when the mom comes back from her "Votes for Women" march and starts dancing around the house singing about how great she is for empowering women? Well, I just sang a bit of that song to Simon in celebration of our sticking it to the man, specifically the plumber man.

We have had a very clogged master bathroom sink for, oh, probably the whole time we've lived here. Well, it wasn't always very clogged, but it progressed to the point where not even the "miracle" liquid pipe cleaners could power through the clog to clear it.

So, I called up a number of plumbing companies to ask what their prices are for clogged drains, if they came to do free estimates, etc. I settled on having Action plumbing come out to look at it since I had a $33 off coupon.

They called around 1:15 p.m. to say the plumber was "on his way" and would be here just after 2. Around 3, he rolls in, turns on the faucet for about 5-10 seconds, and then looks at me and says it'll be around $150 to fix (I can't even remember the exact price, I was so flabbergasted by how high it was). Other plumbers had estimated $89 over the phone, and I told him this. He refused to budge, saying that these other plumbers give low quotes but then will end up charging "$310" (?!?!).

Needless to say, I sent Steve on his way about 3 minutes after he arrived at my door. (How sick are we of these people who come to our house to perform services and end up being terrible? Very sick. See the link in the last post to our JCPenney letter).

While feeding baby, I looked up how to unclog a drain online. I then had to deal with some bread...

... but then I put baby in his bouncy chair in the bathroom and got to work.

My tools: a big plastic bowl (left behind from a ward potluck at our house-- thanks Chad Ruger), a gdiapers poop/swish stick, my "cleaning" toothbrush, and a little wrench thing (I'm not a tool person).

Roughly twenty minutes later and we have a functioning, draining sink again!

So, I fixed our sink and made some buttercup squash bread in the meantime (in the oven as I type). So there, handymen. I am a handywoman.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Don't get us mad...

... or this might happen to you.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall? Where are you?


Well, Utah has done it again: it basically went from summer to winter without any fall. Granted, it is lovely right now (sunny but still a little chilly), but the past few days have been grey and rainy.

Yesterday night we packed up Simon's "bassinet," put my bedside table back in its rightful home, and even put the duvet back on the bed. Yes, Simon is now sleeping during the night in his own bedroom in his own crib! He seemed to handle the adjustment fairly well, and he even giggled a little bit when I came in to feed him this morning (I fed him in the middle of the night too, but we were both not in giggling mood).

Goodbye bassinet:

Simon has a shockingly small amount of long sleeve shirts (that aren't sweaters) in his current size, or maybe it just seems like it. We were breaking out a new one today, but let's just say it only lasted through one nap and about an hour or two of being awake:


Lastly, here are today's "artisan" loaves, chocolate and cranberry:

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By the way, we are calorie counting now... and these have many delicious calories. Mmm.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Second favorite moment of this past weekend:

Jamund to his dad (on the phone): "I got to play soccer on Friday, but I didn't win."

Dad to Jamund: "If you exercised, you did win."

(quotes may not be exact as I was not on the phone for the conversation but heard about it later)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Goodbye Weekend

Another busy week is coming to a close...and yet another busy week is getting ready to happen! It almost doesn't make sense, but I guess we owe a lot of week-night busy-ness to Jamund's being in the Bishopric of a BYU singles ward (church congregation). The new semester brought a lot of new students, and they have been having frequent meetings to get to know new kids, decide how they can best serve in the ward, etc.

This last week involved many exciting additions to our home, including:

Sourdough starter!

This really is like having a pet, what with it having to be fed and given a home, etc. I keep it primarily in the fridge, thus limiting its "food" intake to roughly once a week. I made a loaf on Thursday/Friday and am making one tonight (to be baked tomorrow):


We used it this weekend for a nice side to freshly made tomato soup (with tomatoes from the garden) and as a base for tuna melts. Mmmmm.


Jamund's mom, step dad Steve, and little brother Jer came to visit us this weekend to meet our little man and watch Conference.


I'm not sure why the boys' faces are wonky in this photo, but apparently Jer and baby's relationship was on the rocks at this moment.... just kidding. Baby loved meeting his first uncle (of which he has many), and he had many smiles for Grandma Sande and Grandpa Steve.

Here is a mother-and-son photo:


And another mother-and-son photo (extra short hair being semi-accidental/haircut gone awry):


And as for my accounting....

Baby sweater is knit and sewn! And baby didn't even prematurely grow out of it! Phew!

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Maybe for Halloween he can be Little Red Riding Hood... (I tried convincing Jamund that a "girl" would be such an easy Halloween costume for the little guy, but he adamantly refused. Other ideas include: Harry Potter, Dracula, a turkey, a shopping bag, a pea pod, Totoro, a Moomintroll, Oscar the Grouch-- we have a perfect garbage can for this, etc.) A final decision has yet to be reached...

Perhaps my favorite moment of the weekend (give or take a few words):

Jer (age 9) after eating some homemade pizza that I made for lunch: "This is better than Domino's! And it's even a little better than Pizza Hut!"

And, just because I'm feeling generous, a bonus play by play:

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