Author Archives: kiesa

Twitter: April 20

2009

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2009 12:10 PM
My 2 hrs of power pumping are done for the day :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2009 12:16 PM
(One of my current schemes is to power pump 2 hrs every day. I got 2 oz in the first hour. Only 1 oz the second but still it’s not bad.)


2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 7:44 AM
Calvin wasn’t enthusiastic but ate his breakfast better today.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 7:48 AM
Too bad Calvin isn’t as excited about feeding himself as he is with feeding me.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 11:33 AM
My work computer hates me.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 2:21 PM
Just rebalanced my 401a. Still sad I don’t get matching contributions anymore :(

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 2:24 PM
At some point I suppose I should look at all our retirement accounts and see what it looks like as a whole.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 4:09 PM
Went to the library instead of the park today.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 4:10 PM
Calvin seems grumpier than usual this afternoon.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 5:06 PM
When Calvin toddles, he puts his arms up at right angles which looks pretty funny.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 5:09 PM
From daycare: “Calvin had a blast visiting Rocky Mountain Rangers today!”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 5:47 PM
Calvin seems to be in a much better mood after I gave him a neck massage. He went completely limp while I rubbed his neck.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2010 7:04 PM
Calvin is very unhappy. We’re going to put him to bed a little early.


2011

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2011 5:42 PM
Grrrr Qwest messed up our static IP and now none of the departments know how to fix it.


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2012 9:38 AM
I might have gotten unhealthily attached to having a spotlessly cleaned house during our recently house showing experiences.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2012 12:11 PM
There’s a child in our neighborhood that’s going to be heartbroken when we move and take our cats with us.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2012 4:59 PM
Mental note, don’t suggest Calvin “cook” with me when I’m hungry and grouchy.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2012 5:15 PM
Calvin just drew a stick figure of daddy. It was recognizable as human-stick-figure-like.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2012 5:17 PM
Maybe I don’t recognize most of what Calvin draws because he draws multiple things on top of each other.


2015

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2015 5:23 PM
The insurance bills for Julian’s birth/stay are impressive. So glad we have good insurance.


2016

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2016 1:21 PM
Julian has gleefully expanded his vocabulary to “uh-oh”.


2017

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2017 11:48 AM
Well, Calvin’s filling went great. Less than an hour after dropping Calvin off I get a call he needs to go to the DR.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2017 11:49 AM
We’re waiting in the ER. Gash is wide but Calvin seems fine. He’s having fun playing with my new iPad.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2017 12:17 PM
Just saw PA they’re going to numb, scrub, and then close it up. Expect we’ll be here another hour.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2017 12:18 PM
Also, the iPad is a miracle device and I’m never leaving home without it again.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2017 2:10 PM
7 stitches. We’re waiting on the bandage and then will be good to go.

[When asked what happened.]

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2017 2:05 PM 5:01 PM
He fell from a fence. At least that is what he’s telling the adults.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2017 3:55 PM
Just to clarify, Calvin’s gash is on his leg, below the knee.


2020

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2020 11:04 AM
Today I’m going to try to be on 2 meetings at once. This should be interesting. One earbud in each ear.


2021

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 20, 2021 7:07 PM
These days, I get surprisingly giddy every time I’m in a non-grocery store.

Twitter: April 19

2009

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2009 1:10 PM
We’re about ready to try a grand adventure involving traveling to Boulder and pumping in the car.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2009 6:39 PM
Two successful car pumpings!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2009 6:42 PM
It may be wishful thinking but breastfeeding seems better. He stayed on the left side without hurting too much (right side not so much).


2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 6:34 AM
Calvin was muttering while I was exercising but now he seems back to sleep.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 7:09 AM
Calvin is refusing to eat breakfast.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 2:33 PM
From daycare: “Calvin enjoyed playing with balls today!”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 2:33 PM
Calvin only ate about 1/2 his lunch also.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 5:28 PM
We just got back from the park. Calvin learned about echoes today underneath the covered picnic area.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 5:35 PM
Calvin found where his beloved burp cloths are stored.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 5:52 PM
Mental note: if you plan of giving Calvin leftovers from supper, maybe the Cayenne should be avoided.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 6:02 PM
My first attempt to make scrambled eggs ever. I think they taste disgusting but I don’t like eggs. We’ll see what Calvin thinks.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 6:15 PM
Well, Calvin seems to approve of the scrambled eggs.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2010 8:20 PM
Finished pureeing Calvin’s food tomorrow and baking @calvinsdad’s lunch cookies. Now it’s time to feed a fluffy romance book.


2011

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2011 6:23 PM
Calvin didn’t take a nap today I think he’s going to bed earlyish.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2011 6:23 PM
In other news, Calvin enjoys licking the yogurt off artichoke leaves but doesn’t seem enthralled by the leaves.


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2012 7:26 AM
From daycare yesterday, “Calvin enjoyed playing in dress up!”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2012 2:18 PM
Calvin has been taking naps most days this week. I’d be a lot more excited if he was going to bed before 9:30.


2013

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2013 12:40 PM
Argh. Paying Calvin’s allowance in cash is going to drive me insane. His wallet balances. Mine doesn’t.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2013 12:41 PM
Oh, wait, I forgot a tip. Whew, I balance. Everything’s better.


2014

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2014 9:06 AM
All Calvin’s church supplies now fit in my purse. Obviously it’s time to make things more complicated.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2014 5:58 PM
There’s a gentle pitter patter of rain outside and books and computers strewn everywhere inside. It’s a good day.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2014 6:06 PM
Hm, apparently I’m trying to run out of every type of flour I have on hand.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2014 8:47 PM
How quaint. I just rented a physical DVD.


2020

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 19, 2020 1:45 PM
Julian wants more attention so I’m letting him comb my hair while I pay bills. My hair is getting very poofy.

Twitter: April 18

2009

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2009 10:37 AM
Today I’m going to try power pumping: https://web.archive.org/web/20090427220918/http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-lms.aspx#pumping 10 minutes pumping, 10 minutes off, repeat.

[Things I would tell myself if I could go back in time: the negative mental health aspects of this definitely outweigh any potential positives from increased milk production.]

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2009 10:39 AM
(This was something our lactation consultant recommended and it seems to make sense.)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2009 8:36 PM
I’m done with power pumping for the day. After 10 min on 10 min off for 8 hrs I’m relieved to be back to only 1 pumping every 2 hrs.


2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2010 8:16 AM
Calvin started waking up around 5 today and insisted it was time to get up at 6. @calvinsdad got up and has now gone back to bed.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2010 8:19 AM
We had 2 woodpeckers (?) assaulting the side of our house.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2010 8:32 AM
I could use my new kitchen computer now.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2010 12:12 PM
Just got from the grocery store and did a whirlwind of feeding Calvin and putting him to sleep.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2010 12:13 PM
Now going to try to go thrift store shopping while Calvin is napping and @calvinsdad is watching him.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2010 5:17 PM
Just came back from getting ice cream and going to a new park.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2010 5:18 PM
This park was more of a “big kids” park and had many more exciting slides and higher swings than ours.


2011

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2011 5:51 PM
From daycare: “Calvin enjoyed painting this morning and gluing yarn on paper.”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2011 6:51 PM
@calvinsdad in casual conversation, “I want to have my cake and eat it too.” Calvin, “CAKE! CAKE!”


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2012 5:35 PM
For supper we had: baked potato, soy chicken nuggets, and broccoli smothered in cheese sauce. Not the most nutritional meal ever.


2013

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2013 12:59 PM
5 is acting even odder than usual.


2014

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2014 4:49 PM
My hunt for Easter Eggs was not terribly successful. Apparently I shouldn’t have waited till Friday to buy lg plastic eggs.


2016

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2016 2:26 PM
Julian’s first word appears to be “hi”.



2019

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2019 7:17 PM
The problem with non-candy Easter egg fillers is I don’t want random small things scattered across the house.


2020

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2020 8:45 AM
“Not to worry, Mouse. I’ve got an idea!”
https://www.adasbooks.com/book/9780312367527

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2020 8:45 AM
I have many, many persimmons in our freezer. It just occurred to me that I might be able to use King Arthur Flour’s Banana-Oat Pancakes and substitute persimmon pulp for the bananas.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2020 8:45 AM
This could be particularly fortuitous as the recipe only uses oat flour. I have pretty much _every_ flour left except for all-purpose.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2020 8:49 AM
(I expect to be able to get all-purpose flour tomorrow during my weekly grocery shopping. At least, last week they had it in stock. I just didn’t want to make a special trip for it.)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2020 11:52 PM
I’m getting better at face masks but there’s still room for improvement.
Julian's eyes look soulfully into the camera while the rest of his face is covered with a  cloth face mask.  The mask has a blue background with small brightly colored dragons flying around the  fluffy white clouds.


2021

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2021 1:13 PM
Well, now that I have most of the books packed, I have to figure out where to store them. This is my current solution for some of them. These are good solid bookcases so hopefully they can take the weight . . .

Three tall bookshelves, with 5 shelves each, with a numbered box on each shelf and then additional numbered boxes on top of the bookcases.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 18, 2021 1:15 PM
I will not try this on my $30, 10+ year-old, bookcases.

Twitter: April 17

2009

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2009 7:35 PM
Just finished visiting with the lactation consultant. She thinks that if my milk supply increased Calvin would learn to do the right thing.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2009 7:36 PM
The lactation consultant suggested a couple more options of ways to try boosting my supply. We’ll see what works . . .


2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2010 7:19 AM
Calvin slept soundly through the entire night again! Now he’s eating creamy dal for breakfast.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2010 1:13 PM
At the library waiting for Calvin to wake up. He’s slept for over an hour!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2010 2:35 PM
Calvin is entranced watching 2 brothers boistriously play with each other.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2010 3:29 PM
On our way home.


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2012 10:47 AM
I can smell the lilacs, planted on the side of our house, from our backyard deck.


2013

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2013 4:45 PM
I love big boxes. Calvin is having a field day.


2015

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2015 1:27 PM
Part of the pregnancy process should be growing extra arms.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2015 1:27 PM
Also, Julian has hiccups _again_ which is making him grouchy.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2015 5:05 PM
Calvin lost his 2nd tooth at school today. When asked where the tooth is he says he won’t tell me because I wouldn’t understand. (??)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2015 5:42 PM
Julian was so easy until I tried to start supper.


2020

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2020 12:28 PM
It’s great that our kids are getting self-sufficient at getting their own breakfasts and lunches but it does make the kitchen very crowded.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2020 12:29 PM
Julian’s newest favorite sandwich is ketchup and cheddar cheese on sourdough bread.


2021

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 17, 2021 4:13 PM
I have 40 book boxes packed. I have a couple misc shelves left and all Julian’s books but the vast majority are boxed and inventoried in LibraryThing.

Twitter: April 16

2009

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 9:22 AM
I’m up for the day and now working on eating breakfast and pumping.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 9:51 AM
Just finished pumping. Like normal, just got over 1 oz.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 9:58 AM
Tried calling the lactation consultant to schedule a visit today. However, I got her voicemail again.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 10:02 AM
One more week and I’m allowed to take baths again.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 10:03 AM
Mom is currently trying out tummy time with Calvin. I’m going to go watch.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 10:13 AM
Mother noticed that Calvin’s feet are filling up his 0-3 month outfits. Will there be room in the next 2 months for him to stay in 0-3?

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 10:24 AM
Going up stairs to rock baby.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 11:23 AM
Just got through with another exciting watering incident. Now off to pump.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 11:24 AM
@calvinsdad In one of his outfits he gets pretty close to reaching the end of his outfit.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 11:54 AM
While pumping, the lactation consultant called. We now have an appointment for tomorrow afternoon.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 12:27 PM
Just finished feeding Calvin. Now I’m grabbing a quick bite then going to take a nap.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 2:08 PM
Up from my nap. Now time to grab 2nd lunch :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 2:23 PM
Off to pump.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 2:56 PM
I got 1 2/3 oz just now! Now we’re off to take mom to the airport.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 3:03 PM
I think I almost have baby time figured out. Adding 1/2 hr to any prep time needed to leave the house seems to work fairly well.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 3:03 PM
(Of course, this assumes that he’s already been fed. Otherwise, Add 1+ hrs.)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 4:41 PM
Back from dropping mom off. Now I need to pump and keep Calvin happy at the same time . . .

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2009 5:16 PM
Well, that was easier than I expected. Calvin stayed asleep in the car seat the entire time.


2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2010 7:46 AM
Calvin was pretty restless last night but slept till 7 so I had a chance to do some stuff before he woke up.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2010 7:49 AM
I’m giving Calvin little puffs and he’s carefully putting them all in a little container before picking them out and eating them.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2010 1:51 PM
My kitchen computer has finally been ordered.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2010 3:30 PM
From daycare: “Calvin had fun climbing on activity mats”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2010 5:04 PM
We had a short trip to the park today. It was a little cold and windy.


2011

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2011 3:43 PM
Calvin used the potty twice at church today and didn’t have any accidents!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2011 4:04 PM
I walked almost 7 miles during Calvin’s nap today.


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2012 5:59 PM
Calvin ate a 1/2 dinner plate full of brussels sprouts. And nothing else.


2013

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2013 3:57 PM
Finally the snow is right. Calvin has his 1st snowman of the year.


2016

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2016 7:22 AM
I think Julian prefers to eat baby bird style: he opens his mouth and the food comes to him.


2017

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2017 3:24 PM
How does the floor in our bedroom get so dirty every week?

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2017 3:41 PM
I love having house robots. I need more of them.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2017 7:20 PM
I got Easter treats for the kids but not the adults and now I’m feeling sorry for myself.


2018

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2018 6:18 AM
Yup, that’s hail.


2019

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2019 5:53 PM
It’s Tuesday and we’re down to 1/2 an avocado.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2019 6:37 PM
Calvin gets to stay at his current school next year!


2022

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 16, 2022 8:48 AM
Rain!! I think I’m going to throw my plans out the window and snuggle down to read.

Twitter: April 15

2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2010 6:53 AM
Calvin slept without a peep until 6:15!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2010 9:36 AM
Now configuring my new work laptop. I would have been happier if this had been a planned upgrade.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2010 10:56 AM
I don’t know if anyone else uses the RSS feeds I set up for our catalog but I keep finding all sorts of interesting stuff with them :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2010 1:16 PM
I’m having trouble getting use to the lack of a middle button on my work laptop even though I’ve never had the option on my home laptop.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2010 2:38 PM
From Daycare: “Calvin enjoyed clapping his hands today :)” “Calvin did great in Rocky Mountain [first steps classroom] today :)”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2010 5:43 PM
Just got back from the park. Calvin had fun climbing up to the slide by himself (and then slid down with me).

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2010 5:43 PM
Calvin also ate sand for the first time today.


2011

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2011 1:30 PM
I was trying to figure out why I was wanting lunch again till I remembered I hadn’t had lunch yet.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2011 6:07 PM
From daycare: “Calvin enjoyed rolling up balls of playdough today!”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2011 6:37 PM
Tried fennel instead of celery in the Sicilian Lentil Soup tonight and I think it’s pretty good.


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2012 11:47 AM
Calvin took his cheap blue ball and started drawing on it with crayon. Upon me objecting he responded, “but mom, I’m making a globe.”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2012 6:43 PM
It turns out at least 1/4 of Calvin’s books never made it into LibraryThing. Am remedying that as I pack.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2012 6:46 PM
Calvin wants us to wrap our moving boxes up in wrapping paper.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2012 7:51 PM
I dearly love our roomba but I think the little pieces of paper, boxes, etc from moving might have it outclassed.


2013

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2013 10:51 AM
4 yr checkup: 34 lbs, 38 1/2″

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2013 10:52 AM
We also have an official recommendation to see a speech therapist.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2013 11:31 AM
Promised Calvin ice cream but Glacier was closed :( Substituting with Dairy Queen.


2014

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2014 12:19 AM
Finished my data extract. The moon is partially eclipsed but I think I’m going to bed instead of waiting another 40 min.


2015

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2015 7:19 PM
I think Julian has outgrown the legs of his pajamas (the other parts still fit).

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2015 7:20 PM
The 3-6 month legs fit better.


2016

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2016 3:29 PM
We have food! @calvinsdad will be able to eat when he gets here.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2016 3:39 PM
I’m letting Julian roll the watermelon like a bowling ball. Probably shouldn’t but he’s having so much fun.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2016 3:40 PM
It’s raining!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2016 3:46 PM
Julian sure loves plain greek yogurt.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2016 5:15 PM
Blackberries taste better when dipped in potato cheese soup.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2016 5:20 PM
I don’t trust ice cream that I accidentally put in the fridge for a couple of hours then put back in the freezer and it tuns out the same.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2016 5:22 PM
I think I need to go back to requiring Calvin pick from certain ice cream brands.


2018

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2018 8:42 PM
Julian wanted to go to bed early which I thought was strange but then I fell asleep rocking him. So maybe we all need more sleep in our lives?


2020

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2020 10:05 AM
First poppies of the season!

A front yard with a close up of orange california poppies, still tightly furled. In the background are purple  hyacinth, and 3 pink tulips.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 15, 2020 10:05 AM
Also, more tulips.

A front yard flower bed with a closeup of pink tulips, still mostly closed.

Twitter: April 14

2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2010 6:18 AM
Calvin is fascinated by his _Potty Time with Elmo_ book (the book has buttons he can push to make it talk).

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2010 7:42 AM
Calvin seems very attached to daddy today. He keeps crawling away from me and getting in @calvinsdad’s way.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2010 8:46 AM
Daycare has a little play kitchen. Ms. Amy says Calvin loves opening the cupboard door and trying to climb in.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2010 2:32 PM
From daycare: “Calvin likes to hold his own spoon :) ”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2010 3:20 PM
Getting ready to leave for Calvin’s (or more precisely, my) first play date.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2010 9:58 PM
After spending way too long researching, I’m almost ready to commit to a Dell Vostro All-In-One for my kitchen computer.

[This computer is still in our house so relatively speaking maybe I didn’t spend too much time obsessing. (That said, it’s only used now when I have Windows specific things I need to do.)]


2011

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2011 7:12 AM
We had a plucky mint plant that was trying to grow, even in the dark garage, so I put it outside. It snowed this morning.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2011 6:24 PM
From daycare: “Calvin enjoyed a performance by singer/storyteller Beth Epley this morning.”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2011 6:34 PM
I have a new phone provider and my number transferred ok!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2011 6:56 PM
Calvin looks like a little Dracula with very dark chocolate running down from the corners of his mouth.


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2012 8:27 PM
From daycare yesterday, “Calvin enjoyed painting with corn syrup this morning!”


2013

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2013 4:21 PM
The war is ongoing but I definitely won the mint battle today. Dug up most of one of our flower beds to start getting rid of it.


2016

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2016 7:21 AM
I’m blanking on what to pack in Calvin’s lunch today. Hopefully he ends up with food.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2016 7:35 AM
https://web.archive.org/web/20160416013712/https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying-up-for-new-parents

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2016 11:13 AM
I need _On Food and Cooking_ expanded to cover GF substitutes.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2016 11:13 AM
The internet does a reasonable job of telling me what I can substitute but doesn’t usually explain why very well without a lot more poking.


2019

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2019
I’m always bemused when men go out of their way to offer to carry “heavy” things for me that weigh less than my children do. No one ever offers to carry my children for me.

[There was some follow-up Twitter conversation about whether I’d be willing to hand my kids over to as stranger to carry and, to be fair, I would not. It’s really more an underlying annoyance with our society teaching men that women need help carrying heavy things but need only minimal caregiving support. (I do think this is changing. Slowly.)]

2020

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2020 5:55 PM
I’ve always wanted to have a hammock. When I decided to splurge and buy one, I found a used IKEA one on Craigslist because I was scared it would be one of those things one uses for two weeks and then it just takes up space.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2020 5:55 PM
More than two years later and I still love having a hammock.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 14, 2020 5:57 PM
Though currently Calvin is taking up more than his fair share. He reports that he’s trying to hibernate until COVID-19 is resolved.

Picture taken from one end of a hammock. The picture shows feet and Calvin, almost completely hidden by a blue blanket, on the other end of the hammock.

Twitter: April 13

2009

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2009 11:21 AM
Calvin is now 9lbs 1 oz. He has officially regained the weight he lost right after birth.


2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2010 9:25 AM
Ms. Amy says they are currently planning to transition Calvin to the “First Steps” room at the beginning of May.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2010 12:56 PM
I’m afraid Calvin & I won’t go to the park today. It’s sunny but very windy.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2010 1:01 PM
Maybe we’ll go to Longmont Library instead. I have a tendency to forget it exists since I work for High Plains.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2010 3:48 PM
The wind blew our recycling bin far enough from our house that I’m not sure I retrieved the right one.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2010 3:55 PM
From daycare: “Calvin enjoyed walking around the class”

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2010 5:44 PM
Calvin nows tries to get my attention by doing a two-handed princess wave. It looks kind of funny.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2010 6:01 PM
Calvin just closed the baby gate and locked himself out of the kitchen.


2011

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2011 2:46 PM
Working late. Rushed to daycare to pickup Calvin from daycare and now I’m working again.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2011 3:40 PM
That was odd. Calvin just helped pick up a mess that I made.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2011 4:24 PM
Now that I think about it, it makes sense Calvin would be interested in helping with the monthly fire extinguisher check.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2011 4:50 PM
Now Calvin is helping me clean the cabinet doors with mixed results.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2011 4:59 PM
I think it’s time to hide the Curious George books again.


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2012 7:15 AM
I think my install for the day is done. Now as soon as Calvin goes to daycare I can go back to bed.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2012 7:44 AM
Given I was trying to go to bed at 8 but Calvin refused to go to sleep till 9:30, I took too much joy in making him up this morning.


2013

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2013 7:48 AM
I went to sleep at 8 last night. Now I’m the only one awake. The house is nice and quiet :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2013 8:00 AM
Calvin just woke up and is really excited to see the 3 hot air balloons out our front window.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2013 8:00 AM
One balloon went up while another went down and then a 3rd appeared going up.


2015

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2015 2:37 PM
Julian is cooing. It’s very cute.


2016

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2016 8:15 AM
Oh look. It’s time for wasps and ants.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2016 8:15 AM
It must be spring.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2016 8:22 AM
I’m now trying to find all the normal things, like tissue boxes, that were hidden during the house showings.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2016 5:45 PM
Julian either just ate a huge amount of food or I’m going to have an unpleasant surprise when I remove the tray.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2016 6:01 PM PM
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Ok . . . it’s not on his lap. Is all that food really in his stomach? If so, he ate more than Calvin did.


2019

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2019 10:34 AM
Julian at Westmoreland Park Nature Playground.

A tree trunk is lying parallel to the ground, held up by some fake rocks. Julian is walking across it like it's a bridge.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2019 10:44 AM
We have found the sand.

Julian kneels down in the sand and looks at the camera with a smile. Around him are plastic dump trucks and other sand toys.


2020

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2020 11:18 AM
Well, first day of spring break and, so far, Calvin has only emerged from his room to eat breakfast and then went right back into seclusion. At least he ate breakfast!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2020 12:49 PM
We have just discovered that hoopla has a visual audiobook version of Dragons Love Tacos. I have mixed feelings about this.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2020 1:32 PM
Um, I told Calvin he needed to get outside. He’s now playing Minecraft (on the Switch) from the deck through the glass door. Not exactly what I intended but I admire the ingenuity.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2020 1:47 PM
For some reason I thought, apparently incorrectly, that I had another bag of all-purpose flour stashed away other than the bleached one I bought for just in case. Fortunately, I’m making bread so I think bread flour should work ok.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2020 3:47 PM
We’re trying to play regular Catan with Julian.

Julian sit cross legged on the floor in front a hexagonal Catan tiles placed together to form an island surrounded by ocean.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 13, 2020 4:29 PM
I just noticed that the discarded Otto books I bought many years ago for Calvin are originally from King County Library System.

Photograph of a book cover. The book is a hard copy of See Otto, by David Milgrim, and is an easy-to-read book. On the book cover is a barcode that says King County Library System.

Twitter: April 12

2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2010 1:11 PM
My work laptop is dead :( I guess I’ll be using Adara for the next couple of days but she’s not designed to do much in Windows.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2010 3:04 PM
Calvin _does not_ like it when I try to sharpen knives.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2010 3:36 PM
Calvin is currently in the Beco carrier engaged in grooming my head.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2010 5:28 PM
Calvin had fun playing in tho sand at the park.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2010 5:28 PM
I met a woman who has an 8-month version of Calvin. We enjoyed ranting together about everyone who has placid babies :)

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2010 7:07 PM
Calvin opened up the baby gate by himself. (There is another step to make it harder, guess it’s time.)


2011

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2011 4:52 PM
From daycare: “Calvin had fun loading up the wagon with lots of toys.”


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2012 7:41 AM
I think our cats are learning to mimic Calvin in order to get my attention better.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2012 10:49 AM
Got up at 4am but now am officially done with work for the day. Trying to figure out if taking a nap would work.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2012 5:34 PM
I checked out Crayola Art Studio for Calvin’s computer from the library and he seems to like it.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2012 7:32 PM
I’m trying to convince Calvin it’s time for bed because I want to sleep since I have to get up early tomorrow again.


2013

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2013 5:23 PM
Calvin is wearing a pair of my disposable latex gloves on his feet. They look like little flippers.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2013 5:47 PM
We seem to have pigeons outside . . . I don’t think I’m seen pigeons in a subdivision before.


2016

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2016 9:10 AM
I haven’t had breakfast yet and I just started a 3 hr meeting.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2016 9:10 AM
I’m waiting for life to get less crazy but it’s not happening yet.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2016 5:07 PM
Ok, we’ve moved back to our house, I’ve sent off my fingerprints, worked, and taken Calvin to the dr.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2016 5:08 PM
Now all I have to do is eat, put the kids to bed, repair the external wall next to the fireplace, and finish up work.


2019

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2019 10:34 AM
Huh, that worked. Turns out a Pacific Science Center membership does give us free access to OMSI.
Julian standing in front of a table with multi colored gears.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2019 10:44 AM
Julian is at the shipping container exhibit in OMSI. He is loading pretend shipping containers onto a hook for a crane too tall to be caught in the picture.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2019 4:10 PM
Calvin is enjoying our hotel’s pool. Julian is less interested in getting in. (Though last night I did get him to try floating in his back, briefly.)
Calvin is in a swimming pool. He's dressed in a bright yellow swim shirt, his hair is pasted flat to his head from the water, and he has swim goggles on. We see Julian's back as he sits on the edge of the pool.


2020

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2020 9:25 AM
Well, this could get interesting. QFC has limited milk to 1 gallon per customer. Normally, I get 2 a week. I picked up some UHT milk I’m going to try for baking (no limit on it) and we’ll see if I have to do an extra grocery store run this week.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2020 3:47 PM
We’re doing a small Easter egg hunt. Turns out we had decoy eggs. The one shown below is one of the shaking musical eggs. This wasn’t on purpose but I shall remember for next time.
Small plastic bin filled with little playdoh tools and a small orange colored egg.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2020 3:49 PM
Both of them have walked past this egg multiple times.
Partial view of an entry blocked by a bookshelf room divider. A small while plastic egg, with red hearts, is sitting on the corner.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2020 3:58 PM
We have now reached the point where I’m trying to remember where I put the remaining eggs. I did count before putting them out!

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2020 4:03 PM
Ok, we only need to find one more . . .

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 12, 2020 4:19 PM
We have found them all! Related, I bought 2 giant eggs for each kid filled with non-candy stuff. Julian’s had play dough in it. He is now enjoying running around with 1/2 the egg as a hat.
Julian stands in the living room. He has half of a very large and yellow plastic egg covering his head like an oversized hat.

Twitter: April 11

2010

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2010 4:22 AM
Calvin has been screaming since 3:30.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2010 9:39 AM
Off to try going out to eat brunch with Calvin.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2010 12:35 PM
Just got back from eating in Boulder and running all sorts of useful errands.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2010 12:36 AM
Now putting Calvin down for his nap. It was a challenge to keep him awake the last 5 min in the car.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2010 1:29 PM
Wow, it’s really hard to find cloth training pants for 12 month. 18 month is as small as I can find so hopefully they work.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2010 2:33 PM
Calvin woke up a couple of times and made some noises but so far, still seems to be asleep.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2010 7:46 PM
I’ve finished making Calvin’s food for tomorrow :)


2011

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2011 11:14 AM
I want to cry when I see how little interest we get in our savings account :(

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2011 6:06 PM
From daycare: “Calvin had fun playing with his “trains” and doing art today.”


2012

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2012 5:44 PM
Well, that was an unexpected side trick. Had to go get my brakes fixed this afternoon.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2012 6:11 PM
It’s so nice to be cooking with real curry leaves again. Things finally taste right.


2013

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2013 7:06 AM
I’m not entirely sure but I think Calvin might have woken up at 6 this morning and spent the time playing in his closet.

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2013 7:15 AM
Calvin is insisting I’m only pay attention to “my work” and don’t look at him. This makes me suspicious.


2015

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2015 12:24 AM
I wonder if Julian could win the record for most hiccups in a day.


2016

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2016 7:05 AM
I put real milk in Julian’s cereal today. Cross your fingers . . .

[Context: Julian had a milk allergy and 2 months old and had to drink super special (and expensive) formula. However, apparently this is a thing kids grow out of so this was our first test with real milk.]


2018

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2018 6:37 PM
It’s raining so hard it looks like some pointed a hose directly at our window.


2022

Kiesa @spreadsheetmom Apr 11, 2022 3:38 PM
I planned soup for today and yet it’s bright and sunny now :(