Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My husband can beat up your husband

On Saturday, Davin earned his red belt! I have had to pause my pursuit of Tae Soo Do to nurture my growing belly. I couldn't do half of the advanced stuff we're supposed to be working on, so Davin has officially passed me. I've always struggled with jump kicks. My body likes my feet to be on the floor, but Davin looks like he can fly when he jumps. He could easily kick anyone in the head. He had a great test though he was disappointed that he didn't break his jump spin heel board break (the hardest kick ever!). He's had a 100% break record up until now which is excellent, and he's very motivated to get it the next time. He'll probably be working on his black belt this summer, and then he'll be ready to test in the fall... depending on how preoccupied he gets with the arrival of his son. By the way, our son is very proud of his daddy and is already practicing little punches and kicks.

New Windows!

Here's what our nursery windows used to look like. Yup, vintage 1906 wooden, single-paned windows. The ones in the nursery face south and therefore were arguably the worst windows in the whole house. We wrapped them in plastic when we moved in over a year ago and never bothered taking it off. The plastic kept out the wind, rain, and trapped a couple dozen lady bugs, a couple spiders, and a fly. Well, with baby Studer coming we wanted to actually open the windows this summer since it gets swelteringly hot up there. The windows we've managed to open in our house take about half an hour with a hammer and screwdriver. Even then, sometimes we give up. We wondered with the nursery windows if they'd actually fall out if we tried opening them. So we requested new ones... pretty please - for the baby? They were updating some faculty office windows, so our timing was great, and they easily added ours to the mix. They even replaced the ones in our bedroom. Wow!
And here's our new nursery windows. I can't rave about them enough! They're not only beautiful, they are double-paned!!! And they open and close effortlessly!!! Incredible! It seems a bit warmer upstairs now (but then the weather is warming up too). It's also noticabley quieter, and we won't have to wrap these ones in plastic. Ah, modern technology. I had to go out and buy fabric to make curtains. When they're closed and the sun is shining, the room glows a pretty blue.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine's Day

Davin cooked me an absolutely amazing meal for Valentine's Day. We had battered coconut shrimp with an orange dipping sauce and a roasted veggie pasta with fresh herbs and spices. For dessert he made chocolate dipped strawberries. It was delicious! I have the best husband in the world! After dinner I had Davin take a few more pregnancy pics of me for the new baby scrapbook I've started. I love being pregnant!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Closet Casualties: Moldy Sh-ews!

I'm getting the urge to clean out closets... I think some people call it nesting. Anyway, on Sunday I went to put on a pair of shoes I haven't worn for a couple months and they were moldy! What? Upon further inspection of my shoes I found that nearly all of them were moldy! Gross! The closet is a dormer so all the walls are exterior (and I must say, uninsulated) walls. It gets very cold in that closet and apparently a bit too moist as well. Our shoes sit on a shelf above our clothes rack next to the slanted roof. Most of the mold grew where the shoes were touching the wall. So, last night we did a run to the store to get some Damp Rid stuff for the closet and a shoe rack so we could store all our shoes somewhere else. It looks like the shoes were the only casualty. I threw away 7 pairs. Bummer... I had some cute shoes. But on the other hand, now I can justify some shoe shopping! And the closet is getting a much needed purging.