Monday, February 28, 2011

I hate ants...and I finally got rid of them (I think)!

A few weeks ago I posted about the ants that invaded our house. And, in hopes of saving someone else a lot of grief, I thought it might be nice to post the remedies I tried and how I finally got rid of the ants for good (hopefully):

1. Hot Shot Kitchen Bug Killer: The label reads: "For Crawling Insects: Roaches, Ants, Spiders, Waterbugs, Silverfish, Crickets, Centipedes and Sowbugs: Spray Into Hiding Places Such As Cracks and Crevices, Behind Sinks, Cabinets, Along Baseboards and Floors, Around Drains and Plumbing, Hitting Insects With Spray Whenever Possible. Repeat Treatment As Necessary."

I followed the directions exactly. Any ants that I actually hit with the spray died immediately. But the spray did not work on ants not hit by the spray. Overall, not effective.

2. Vinegar: Our property management company told us that the most effective measure they had found was vinegar. So I filled a spray bottle with vinegar, and sprayed to my heart's content. The vinegar initially worked. But within about four days, the ants were back (even though I sprayed their entrance and the shelves daily, even after the ants were gone). Overall, not effective.

3. Flour: The second time the ants invaded, I piled flour on top of their entrance and all over the empty shelf. The flour didn't bother them at all. Overall, not effective.

4. Black pepper: I used the black pepper in conjunction with the flour. The ants couldn't have cared less. Overall, not effective.

5. Grants Ant's Stakes and Traps: Everyone in Ryan's family recommended we use Grant's. Initially, there was an increase of ants because they were attracted to the stuff in the traps. Then, within about two days...the ants were gone! It has been about a week now, and the ants are still gone. I have seen one or two here and there but there haven't been any in the pantry or drawers and there has not been a major outbreak like there was before. Grant's is amazing and it WORKED!

If you ever have to deal with ants, skip all the other remedies and just go get Grant's. Seriously.

Friday, February 25, 2011

4 Month Stats

Height: 24.5 inches (50th percentile)
Weight: 13 lbs., 8 oz. (25th percentile)
Head: 43.5 cm. (80th percentile)

Asher is just a few ounces smaller than Reed was at 4 months, but is the same length and has a slightly bigger head :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rice Cereal

Saturday seemed like a good day to have a momentous occasion; so that's just what we did. Our tiny Smash? He had his first taste of rice cereal. Ryan thought it might be a good idea to take a before picture--when Asher was still clean:

He has no idea what's coming...

(Side note: When Reed saw Asher's bib, he had to wear one too, of course. Nevermind that he's refused to wear a bib for about a year.)

What is this stuff?

Wait a minute...Reed's over there. I need a break to smile at him.

Mom's not fast enough--I'll take the bib instead.
(Side note: He might have consumed more rice cereal off his hands and the bib than he did the spoon.)

Here I am, trying to hold both his hands so he doesn't eat the bib instead of the cereal. I was not too successful.

Getting a little grumpy...

And deciding that rice cereal is awesome!!! (With three exclamation points.)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday Best

I kind of have a crush on newsie hats (but only on babies). So when I opened the box of 3-6 month clothes and found a newsie hat right on top, I was kind of pumped.I was even more pumped after I put the hat on Asher's head:

He even looks cute pouting.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Play Area

Being the youngest of five siblings, with three older brothers and one older sister, I had the opportunity to gain a lot of experience without having to make some of the same mistakes. I think I was by nature a pretty good kid. My siblings gave me the nickname "PC" which stood for "Perfect Child." Of course, when my siblings said it it was more of a pejorative (I just asked Megan if it was pretentious to use the word pejorative in a blog post, she said no), then it was a compliment. I did make mistakes and got in trouble once or twice (who knew you weren't supposed to throw rocks on the freeway that was right behind your friend's house) but for the most part I learned if I did what my parents asked then things would run smoothly and we would all be happier.

I have learned in my few years of marriage that a very similar principle applies. If I help Meg with the kids and clean up around the house she is much more likely to let me buy big boy toys and let me dedicate parts of our house, however small, to my feeble attempt at making music. Our new house has a garage and has allowed me more room to spread out. I am glad Meg let me use this space. Now if I can just get her to call me "PH."

This is the guitar section of the Music quarter of our garage. There is even a mini fridge. You can put a six pack of BeSoda in there. Also featured is an eighties drum machine and new obnoxiously colored headphones that were 40 bucks cheaper than the exact same model in black and white.

The drum portion of the room. Complete with drum silencers homemade from yoga mats. Cost me 16 bucks while they are closer to 100 to buy. They look weird but now I can play without disturbing the kids and the neighbors.

The full effect. Awesome. I am glad I was a good boy.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Monthly Asher: 4

 This babe is getting bigger! 
(Four month stats to come after our doctor's visit next week.)

Asher can roll from his tummy to his back. He does this trick basically every time we try to do tummy time.

Tasting his dino.

Our Smash loves to "eat" everything. When in doubt, put it in your mouth.His favorite things to chew on are his hands and his blankets. When I get him out of his crib after naps, the corners of his blanket are wet from being sucked on. 

Asher loves to look at himself in the mirror. It's cute to watch him smile and coo at himself.

With big brother post-bath, pre-bed, rocking his robe.

Asher has started grabbing everything. He is getting quite coordinated at reaching for something, grabbing on to it, then bringing it to his mouth. And he usually gets it into his mouth on the first try.

Asher likes to "talk." He makes really sweet baby coos and "gees." Sometimes, when he does his giant smile, there is this funny little sound he makes. I can't really describe it, but ifyou hear the sound from across the room, you know he is smiling.

There's something about babies in footie jammies that makes me swoon.

We started "sleep training" a few weeks ago. And, I'm happy to report that it has worked miracles in our home. Asher used to need to be held for every nap, woke up three times during the night, and screamed for about an hour and a half each night. Now he is actually on a schedule. He goes to bed without a battle at about 7:30 p.m., wakes up at about 4:00 a.m. to eat, and wakes up for the day at 7:30 a.m. He naps from 9:00-10:30ish, 12:00-1:00ish, and 3:30-4:30ish. (The last nap is a little sketchy, but still usually happens.) And all those naps are in his bed, without a battle to get down. Dr. Ferber, I love you.

Loving the saucer.

Smash is working on cutting two bottom middle teeth. He has been more fussy than usual and super drooly, but overall not a terrible teether.

Asher definitely recognizes his bottle and generally stops fussing and gets super pumped when he sees it.

His feet almost touch the bottom. :)

Asher started wearing 3-6 month tops basically at the 3 month mark. He just started wearing 3-6 pants about a week ago. His torso seems a lot longer than his legs are--his onesies get short before his pants do.

Asher loves to watch Reed's trains.

Smash eats about every 4 hours, taking 6 ounces each time. We made the switch to sensitive (aka expensive) formula a few weeks ago, and since then Smash has been much happier, much more willing to eat, and emitting much less spit up.

Cute brothers, and the onesie I made that I am way to proud about.

Asher thinks Reed is funny (usually) and is pretty easy to get a smile out of. He is a little bit ticklish if he is in a happy mood.

Just a cute boy.

Asher loves the bathtub. Seriously. He is usually fussy for the last half hour before we start the bedtime routine. Once I start the bathwater though, or take off his clothes, or even just lay him down on the rug in the bathroom he stops crying and starts smiling because he knows what is coming. He is super happy for the duration of the bath and generally happy as we lotion him up, too.

We love this babe!

What happens in the bath

I give the boys a bath basically every night because they are both in love with the bathtub. Reed asks for a bath at least three times a day. Anyway, every night--almost without fail--Asher pees in the bathtub. Reed thinks Asher peeing in the bathtub is basically the most hilarious thing that could ever possibly happen. Asher peeing is still funny, every night, even though it's not really a surprise anymore. And if the pee happens to hit Reed, Reed finds the act even funnier.

Last night, I noticed Reed was walking kind of oddly as we went into the bathroom and got him into the tub--his legs were pushed together tightly and he was kind of waddling. I put Reed into the tub without thinking much about it. As I was getting Asher into the bathtub, Reed yelled, "Momma! I'm peein'!!!" Then he started singing: "I've got a Reed peein' in the bathtub, got a Asher peein' in the bathtub..."

I'm glad to know that Reed can hold his pee long enough that he can pee in the bathtub like Asher.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Our Valentines

I asked Reed today if he would be my Valentine. He said, "No Mommy, I Daddy's Valentine."

I'm claiming him anyway, cheesy smile and all.

I'll claim this boy, too.
 (The mysterious hand on Asher's head is Reed's. He LOVES to rub Asher's head. It's pretty cute.)

Tonight for FHE we talked about reasons we love each person in our family. Reed really enjoyed this activity and kept requesting more--so we went for a few members of our extended family, too. Here is what he said:
Why do you love...
Mommy: "Because she really cute and play with Reed." "Because she says, 'Give Asher kiss.'"
Daddy: "Because he says, 'Reed I need a helper.'" "Because he so cute. He says, 'Reed I need a helper. I need food.'" (Just for the record, neither Ryan nor I recall Ryan ever asking Reed for food.)
Asher: "Because he a really good baby and really cute."
Grandma Lexie: "Because she really cute and says, 'Reed I need to eat dinner.'"
Grandpa Jack: "Because he go upstairs and say, 'Reed I need to eat dinner.'"
Grandma Hambly: "Because she so cute and say, "Reed I need to play."
Grandpa Hambly: "Because he say, 'Reed I need to play.'"
Mando: "Because she go upstairs say, 'Reed I need ya.'"
Kay Kay: "Because she go upstairs say, 'Reed I need to eat dinner.'"

(We were eating dinner at the time...perhaps that's where all the dinner comments came from?)

This morning, we wrote all the reasons we talked about on hearts and hung them in our kitchen:

We love our boys and are entertained and amazed by them every day.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Oh, Reed...

 Reed: "Mommy, I need my wire (humidifier)."
Me: "No, Buddy, we only use our humidifier when we're sick. You don't need it tonight."
Reed: "Mommy, I sick. I need my wire."
Me: "Reed, you're not sick."
Reed: (Fake cough). "I sick, Mommy." (Fake cough, expectant look.) "I need my wire."

Where did he learn that?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sometimes, we make him do funny things.

Luckily, he's generally a good(ish) sport.

To be fair, I joined the fun, too:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I'm a sucker for a giveaway.

My friend Rachel has an etsy shop where she sells the ridiculously cute things she crochets. She is currently having a giveaway (find out more here) and, well, I like free stuff. Especially when the free stuff is something I want to own anyway.

A few of my favorites from her shop:
 Crocheted earrings. I know, right?

 Ummm, yes, please. (And how cute is her baby?)

I kind of have a short neck, so I'd probably look super lame in a cowl...but I can dream.

I'm planning on buying the PDF pattern for this cute hat once my mom teaches me to crochet  (Yep, she sells patterns too...)

Fingers crossed that I win!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This is getting a little ridiculous.

This is my kitchen:
Generally, the pantry is full of food, there are no baskets of food on the table and chairs, and the chairs are actually grouped around the table. Generally...until ANTS invaded. Grrrrr. So far, I've tried bug spray, vinegar, and a bleach-based cleaner. Just when I think I can reload my pantry, I find more ants in it. Before I realized I had ants, they got into the powdered sugar, the pretzels, the raisins, the half-full bag of sugar (call me an optimist), and the sealed bag of new sugar. Any ideas on getting rid of these ants?

Monday, February 7, 2011

FHE isn't always this amazing

Ever since Reed experienced the joy of painting, he has wanted to paint basically non-stop. And since Ryan hasn't yet been able to experience a painting session with Reed, we decided that painting would be a perfect Family Home Evening activity. We were each tasked with painting a scene from a scripture story, then telling our story to the rest of the family. Reed and I choose scenes from the Book of Mormon and Ryan decided to go with a Bible story.

First, Reed's creation:
When we asked him what it was, he told us it was Nephi and his big boat (1 Nephi 17). Apparently, the big boat is that large purple mass at the top. The blue squiggles are the water.

Here's my beautifully rendered painting:
In case you can't tell, it is a depiction of Lehi's vision (1 Nephi 8). I know, it's amazing, right?

And, finally, Ryan's masterpiece:
Ryan decided to paint Jesus healing the blind man (John 9:1-7). In his words..."It's kind of abstract." 

If you're looking for any new wall art, you obviously know where to come.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

At least she likes me now (I think)

My mom was going through some old boxes and found this note written by my sister Lynnie:

"Megan is going to run away. She plans on runin tomarrow. I think I will give her a few things to take to her new hous home."

I think it's safe to say that she was going to miss me. 

Love you, Lynnie :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

We're cutie, cutie patootie...

Our favorite photographer moved, which was really sad. We were especially sad when we did not have a new picture to give Ryan's mom at Christmas (the one Christmas gift she asks for). So we finally decided to do something about it: we had my little sister, Kayla, take a few pictures for us.

Everyone was in an awesome mood:

And by the last picture of the day (about 20 minutes after we started), Reed was bored, Asher was screaming, and Ryan and I were just trying to make the best of it and not laugh at our mad boys:

Don't worry, we did get a few good ones...which I will post once I edit them a little :)

P.S. If you haven't seen this YouTube video yet, you should go watch it.
And, in case you were wondering, we did get to go to dinner last night after the temple. We came home to two sleeping babes who even slept through the transport from Grandma's house to our house.

Friday, February 4, 2011

How to Paint for Beginners (By: Reed)

1. Dip your brush in water:

2: Dip your damp brush in desired color of paint. (Brown, if you are Reed)

3. Use your brush to create amazing works of art:

4. Display your masterpiece:

P.S. Good things today:
1. Ryan and I are going on a date tonight! We are going to the Temple, then plan to go to dinner if they boys are still being good for Grandma.
2. Asher dropped one of his night feedings (it's been three nights in a row now, so I consider it official). Now he goes down at 7:30, wakes up to eat at 3:00, then wakes up for the day at 7:00. (He used to wake up at 12:00 to eat, too!)
3. Reading this address ("Seek Learning by Faith") given by Elder Bednar.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

For our Montanans

Dear Grace, Hailey, Kody, and Kenny,

Remember that hat you gave Asher before he was even born? It's quite cute and we thought you might like to see it:

Matching socks? Also cute:

Oh, and while we were taking these pictures today, Asher decided to roll over--three times! He's never rolled before, and I think he was trying to show off for you. I wad quite surprised, but luckily I caught him. I even happened to snap a picture of his first roll:

And then I made Reed put a hat on and lay on the changing table because I thought it would be funny. Reed didn't think it was funny.

But I still do.

 The legwarmers are still a little big...
But we'll take another picture when Asher gets a little chubbier. 

Love you guys!