Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I registered for my first semester of online classes yesterday. I have been putting it off because it appears that I am the only person in the history of Ball State to receive scholarships and take internet classes. I highly doubt this but when trying to get information about the topic from different offices on campus it usually takes lots of phone calls and transfers before getting a sensible answer from someone. I am now signed up for 4 classes, which include Adult Psychology, Astronomy 100, Family Relations and finally Music History 100! Exciting classes by the sounds of the titles! The only one that was actually required for my degree was the Psychology and it was the only one that was available so I get to learn about "older" adults--that is all it has been about so far. The others are just fillers that sounded interesting or went with a possible minor, or other classes I have taken. I also bought all the books for my classes and they were the cheapest ones I have ever had the school was selling each of them for over $100, but I found them on (part of ebay) and Better World Books for under $70! (also better world books has a promo code right now for 15% off 4 or more used books) One of them is also in the Ball State library so I am going to check it out for free, instead of buying it. Now I really have an excuse to still here on my computer all day, granted there aren't any classes called Blogging 101 or Facebook Stalking 350. If only...

Also thinking of libraries check out this amazing commercial for BYU's library...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Peter Projects

Lately my sewing machine has been getting a work out as have my poor little fingers. The good part about this for Peter at least is that he is getting stuff that he needs or will make life easier on both of us. Three projects have been completed thus far-diaper inserts, mobile for his room, and a wet bag for the diaper bag.
The diaper inserts are cloth diapers (insert gasp of shock and horror). Yes, we are going to use cloth diapers. Yes, we are still sane. Yes, it is sanitary. I figure I am going to be staying home and working around the house most of the time, why not? It is also so much cheaper than buying the disposables, we will be using some like on trips out of the house and for babysitters when the time comes, but around the house it will be cloth. I found some gdiapers on clearance awhile back and fell in love with them. They are reusable diapers that can be used with disposable or cloth liners. I don't care as much about the disposable liners but the cloth intrigued me. I found a pattern to make the liners and tried them out. Super easy and quick, plus it used up scrap material and only cost $5 for the none scrap materials to make 12 inserts. I then looked up buying the real ones were $30 for 6 inserts! I made 12 for the price of 1!
The next project was a mobile. I found polymer clay on sale at Joanns and bought a few blocks and some wire and we worked on it for family home evening and I put it together the next day while Phil was at work. Phil is amazed by it, I think it turned out really well considering neither of us have work with this type of clay or project before!
The final project so far completed is a wet bag for the diaper bag. It is made from waterproof material and some cotton to make it look pretty on the outside and a zipper. The bag is not only good for holding dirty diapers if we cloth diaper outside of the house but also for swim gear, cloths with spit up or blowouts or leaks. The thing can just be tossed in the wash with the rest of the clothes with no worries. I found one at the store for $8, it took me 1/2 an hour and some scrap cotton and not much of my waterproof material that I got on sale for $5 a yard, and a zipper I found in my craft bin...
I still have some more projects to work on including diaper covers for prefolds, since no stores seem to carry waterproof pants for infants! They sell the diapers, and they sell waterproof pants in 18months and 2T but not for anything between 0-18 months!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Phil pics, background and 100th post

Okay so the pictures are some that I took a a week or so ago and I just really like. He just got the harmonica holder and asked me to take a picture of him using it while he was playing his guitar, so I took lots. If you notice my background changed, what do you think? hokey? cool? clever? goofy? dumb? I thought it was funny, I especially like the worms. And this is the 100th post on this blog! I think I need to celebrate like in elementary school by eating 100 of something...if only they could be cookies instead of cheerios...

Friday, July 9, 2010

People have been asking...

for some pictures of me pregnant. Personally I don't get the point of this, yes I have an excuse to be huge-but that doesn't mean that it makes me look any better than if I didn't, its not like being pregnant auto-magically makes you beautifully big-just big. Well last night I attempted to have Phil take a few pictures, but it was 10.30pm so I look super tired, needless to say you won't be seeing any of those pictures. This morning I thought I would take another whack at it. Out of 145 pictures (don't you just love digital cameras) these are the ones I could tolerate (notice the word choice here).