Sunday, December 16, 2007

Upon becoming an Iverson

As I approach our 2nd anniversary, I was thinking about the things that have changed about me since I became an Iverson...

1. I love rock climbing - Paul grew up rock climbing and wanted to rekindle his old hobby last fall. The first time he took me I wasn't so sure about his suggestion that we become climbers, but I found it immensely satisfying. After going twice, we decided to purchase memberships to the local climbing gym. We climbed about 2 or 3 times a week...which slowed down by the time I was 7 months pregnant. But we've started it up again and I'm slowly gaining my finger strength back.

2. I make pies on a regular basis - Paul's favorite dessert is apple pie, so about once a month we make pie together. Paul has become a master crust maker...I don't really try it anymore now that I've trained him.

3. I am aware of brands of cookware - My mother-in-law loves finding bargains on nice cookware, like Chantal and Le Creuset. At first, these words simply sounded foreign. I remember Jessie telling me to grab the Chantal dish, and I just looked at her confused. I've since come to appreciate nice definitely makes a difference in how your food comes out.

4. I get packages regularly - My mother-in-law is the queen of sending packages...we love it! We can expect one on birthdays, of course, but also Valentine's day, St. Patrick's Day, and Halloween! And every once in a while just because. It makes me feel like a kid again.

5. I'm a quilter - For our first anniversary I thought I'd surprise Paul by making a quilt for him. I had just received my sewing machine, so I was ambitious. It turned out well, but looking back, I'm not so pleased with the fabric selection. I've since made three others, and find I really like it. This is one that I made for Hattie. But I'm not going to let her use it til she stops spitting up all the time.

6. I travel standby - Paul's dad works for American Airlines, so we get to travel standby. We still have to pay a bit, but it's better than full-price. But it certainly increases the anxiety when traveling...never knowing if you are going to make the flight or not until just moments before take off. And sometimes your bag gets on the flight and we don't, leaving us without toothpaste and deodorant! I now feel spoiled when I have a purchased ticket with a guaranteed seat.

7. I've been backpacking - Another Iverson family tradition is going on a backpacking trip every summer. So back in '06 I successfully completed a 30-mile hike over 5 days. As odd as it sounds, by the end of the week, my pack actually felt comfortable...granted it did get lighter as we got rid of food and as Paul helped lighten my load, but still, I never thought I'd say that a backpack was comfortable. This last summer I couldn't go obviously because I was due in 3 weeks, but I hope to be able to go this coming July!

8. I know most of the major constellations and could give a decent tour of the night sky - What do you expect when you are married to an astronomer? I was even an active member of the BYU Astronomy Club for 2 years.

9. I'm a James Christensen fan - Paul's mom is a huge fan, who converted Paul, who converted me to his art. Paul has purchased a few prints for me over the years, the newest addition being "The Responsible Woman."

10. I have almost every cooking utensil imaginable, and probably 20 spatulas - Every Christmas my stocking is full of fun cooking things - there's usually 2 or 3 spatulas (and 2 or 3 in Paul's as well), some unusual utensils like a "folder", a cake tester, or a honey scooper, and common things like a garlic press or knives. I always know at Christmas that my kitchen quality will be improved.

11. I enjoy watching Sports Center - When we lived at my uncle's house in American Fork we enjoyed having satellite. Paul loves being up-to-date on the sports world, and I found that watching Sports Center every night got to be fun (well, at least during football and basketball season....when it's just baseball, I loose interest really fast). I would even watch it when I was home alone.

12. I discovered the Brian Regan is one of the funniest men alive - Among the Iverson's, we can carry on complete conversations from the comedy of Brian Regan; here's one of my favs:
Teacher: Brian...what's the "I before E" rule??
Brian: Um...I before E......always.
Teacher: What are you, an idiot Brian?
Brian: 'Parently
Teacher: No Brian, it's I before E, except after C. And when sounding like "eigh" as in neighbor and weigh, and on weekends and holidays and all throughout May, and you'll always be wrong no matter what you say!
Brian: That's a hard rule.

13. I can say that I have a pro basketball and hockey team - Growing up where I did, there weren't any big pro sports teams in the area, so I was pretty unaware of professional sports. All I watched were BYU football games. But now I follow the Dallas Stars (hockey) and Dallas Mavericks (basketball). We went to a Stars game last Christmas in Dallas, and are looking to buy tickets to a Jazz vs. Mavs game here in Salt Lake.

14. I celebrate St. Patrick's Day - Yup, we set a trap for the Leprechauns the night before, attracting them to the trap with a lot of green stuff, like green apples, Apple Jacks, or Andes mints...really, anything green works. In the morning, they've left a candy trail of everywhere they went in the house and have turn everything green! The milk, the bread, and even the toilet bowl! (The bread is green, if you couldn't tell)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Cute pics

A blog is just another place to show off my little bug...We went out to dinner to celebrate Paul finishing his undergraduate classes. At long last . But sadly, he still won't graduate until April since he hasn't finished his thesis, which he was under the impression that he could finish up later. So technically he'll still be a student, but at least we don't have to pay any tuition!Paul and I left Hattie in her swing while we were reading in bed...when I went out to check on her, she'd almost slid all the way out! I'd better start strapping her in now...Like all babies, Hattie loves sleeping on parent's tummies...too bad this was right before her last feeding, and this little power nap was enough to keep her wide awake until 12:30. We learned our napping after 7:00 pm.She loves her bumbo chair! And we think she looks pretty darn cute in it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

It makes me wonder...

While at Wal-Mart today, an elderly gentleman approached to look at sleeping Hattie. He said, "He sure looks happy." Maybe I heard him wrong, but if I didn't, it's not the first time that someone has mistaken my pink-and-purple baby for a boy. I simply don't understand how people can miss the obvious blanket, purple hat, bow in the hair, purple bib. But yet it still happens. I can understand if she's wearing blue, green, yellow, or brown, but this is inexcusable.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Baby Grins and Blessings

Hattie has begun to smile a lot. It has definitely made parenthood more rewarding...instead of talking to a live doll, she feels more like a real person as she now responds to us somewhat....but only as long as she's well fed. Her optimum time for smiling is just after eating or waking, so we try to take advantage and enjoy her baby grins. Next step, laughter...

It was a nice weekend, full of family and eating out. My parents came in to town on Friday night and took us out to dinner. Hattie had a freak-out moment, which is gratefully very uncharacteristic. So we didn't get to enjoy dinner much since we were just trying to get her to calm down. Paul's dad and sister arrived on Saturday evening and once again we went out to eat, but she was an angel, content to stare at the ceiling light the entire time. I'm never sure how she'll be when we go out, so we just try it anyway and hope for the best!

Highlight of the week: Hattie's blessing. We were able to have quite a bit of family around for her blessing, considering that most of them traveled quite a bit. In addition to the grandparents, Lisa and her family where here, as well as Paul's brothers who live in Provo still, and three of our uncles.