Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Drink Your Milk in a Mug

Here's a suggestion for a low-fat economical lunch or snack. I use low-fat cold-cuts and cheese. You can cut out the bacon to make it even better.

Chef Salad Wrap
Mix together Dijon mustard and plain yogurt. Spread on a flour tortilla. Layer with spinach, ham, turkey, and bacon. Fill with hard-boiled eggs, shredded cheese, tomatoes, and green onions. Roll, slice, and serve.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Our Growing Boy

Grant had his 6-month visit today. Here are the stats from his 4-month visit:

Weight: 14.2 lbs. (38%)
Height: 24 in. (20%)
Head Circumference: 16.1 in. (21%)

Here are the changes:
Weight: 17 lbs. (37%)
Height: 25.8 in. (22%)
Head Circumference: 17.2 in. (48%)

The nurse even measured his head twice to make sure there wasn't a mistake in the measurement. The kid's head grew a ton! To put it in math terms: his weight and height follow a logarithmic trend, his head circumference is linear! What do you guys think?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Word of the Day

Tenille's word of the day is ennui because today she learned how to correctly pronounce the first syllable.

Nat's word of the day is depleted because he finally finished his term paper. Now he only has a 100 page thesis to go!

Grant's word of the day is da, da, da, da, da which he heartily sang all day long. He occasionally through in some of the other sounds he knows.

Grant may look like his mom, but he acts like his dad. Here's a habit he picked up from Nat. I'll fix the picture tomorrow.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

We Love IKEA

It's no secret, we love IKEA! But who would have thought that a stuffed animal from IKEA would become a baby's best friend? Grant is attacking Big Fox in the pictures. We also have Baby Fox, who has been so thoroughly drooled upon that his fur is a little crusty. I used to wonder if a six-month old would exhibit toy preferences; I no longer wonder now---Grant definitely prefers Big and Baby Fox to any other toy!

The Parable of the Lost Keys

In an effort to bring sanity into our lives, Melissa and I meet twice a week to run a few miles and gab about our lives. While enjoying our fifth lap around the track at BYU, a man asked us if the gray sweatshirt his son had grabbed belonged to one of us. Melissa claimed the sweatshirt and the man kindly returned it to where his son had taken it. Melissa then wondered aloud, " I hope he didn't take my keys." Naturally, we failed to act on this prompting and continued running. Much to our chagrin, we later discovered that the nice family had absconded with Melissa's keys. We assumed the keys were lost forever. Even if the family wanted to return the keys, how would they even begin to find Melissa? Melissa (in true amazing-Melissa fashion) remained remarkably calm. I probably would have broken down under the stress. Luckily Melissa had a spare key at home, so all was not lost. However, she could probably kiss that automatic starter good-bye.

Today Melissa used her automatic starter to start her car. So how did she get her keys back? Well, Melissa had a Smith's Fresh Values card on her keys. The mom of the boy called Smith's, explained the situation, and Smith's contacted Melissa. The moral of the story is: Always carry a Fresh Values card on your key chain.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Countdown Begins . . .

Our "babies" are due by July 3rd. We're putting in long hours and praying for an early "delivery". We are thinking of naming them The Mathematical and Pedagogical Knowledge Student Teachers Use to Design and Modify Worthwhile Mathematical Tasks and Its Impact on the Cognitive Demand of the Task and (first name) The Origin and Evolution of the Bicupin Storage Proteins (middle name) Quantification and Analysis of Quinoa Seed Globulin in the Bolivian Core Collection.

Grant's First Rice Cereal

We celebrated that approach of Grant's six-month birthday by feeding him his first rice cereal mush. I don't think much of the mush made it to his stomach; he pushed most of it out with his tongue. I'd love suggestions on how to get your baby to like the rice-mush better (warm/cold, water/juice/milk, etc.)!

Although Grant didn't actually eat much of the mush, we got some good laughs. He smiled and laughed for the flying airplane and cried when the plane of food landed in his mouth.

We took a video, but there's no sound. I think you'll still get the picture.