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Tim Takes It All Off

April 5, 2009

Tim has apparently always wanted to shave his head.  So, yesterday, since he has been working at home, and doesn’t have any major commitments in the next few weeks, he decided to go ahead and do it.

Tims edit: I just always wanted to do it once to see what it is like. I’ve always liked short hair as it takes less work to look nice, and I’d always kind of wondered what it would feel like having a shaved head. I never did it when I was young because I though my mom would freak out, and was never brave enough after as I was quite afraid I’d look hideous and all the hot babes would never speak to me again.

Here is what I’ve learned:

  1. My head is much rounder than I thought. It always felt a little square on the edges, but turns out it is really round.
  2. My head has lots of little dips and divots that are a pain to try and shave as the hairs are laid down and don’t get cut easily.
  3. I wouldn’t want this as a hairstyle. Shaving my face annoys me enough. Shaving the whole head every 2-3 days would drive me nuts.
  4. I was surprised how quickly I’d forget I had no hair. I reach up to scratch my head and am surprised there is not hair there.
  5. Katie and I were both surprised that I didn’t look as bad as either of us feared. In fact, when I put on a shirt and tie I looked more like a ‘hip business man’ than some Neo-Nazi or something.
  6. Nobody really seemed to care I did it. I bet if I was still in Provo it might make a difference, but not in Fort Collins.
  7. The wind was really, really, cold. It was kind of shocking getting out of the car to go into Priesthood session and feeling so darn cold. Most of your body heat is lost out of the head, and not having hair does a lot to make it feel breezy. I got cold sitting in the gym watching conference. That has never happened before.
  8. The baby is kind of scared of my bare head. She refused to touch it, stares, and runs away when she sees it.
  9. Katie and I both thought it felt strange, but not in a bad way. Nowhere near as soft as we’d expected.
  10. Rubbing it the wrong way is difficult – kind of like with shark skin. In fact, you can’t pull your shirt down over your head if it is touching the skin. The little tiny hairs grab it and hold it tight. I put a blanket over my head so it would touch the top and Katie couldn’t pull it off will all hear strength when pulling against the grain. It didn’t feel painful at all.

Here’s the before pictures.

First, he buzzed his hair to make shaving easier. Katie helped a lot.

Then he lathered up with lots of shaving cream.

And then he shaved. He did a bit up front, and then turned it over to Katie who finished the rest. Kalyn was pretty disturbed when she saw her Daddy with no hair.

And, finally, Tim with no hair:

It took more than an hour to do, and a second touch up attempt to get the little patches that had been missed.

Listen to Conference on Your Ipod Touch or Iphone

April 4, 2009

In Utah, we always listened to general conference on the radio because we don’t have a TV, and it lets me move around and do stuff while I listen. In Colorado, though, general conference isn’t on the radio (at least not that I know of) so I came up with this hack to listen on my iPod Touch. This will work anywhere your iPod/iPhone can connect to the internet.

Step One: Install the free Public Radio App
Step Two: Open the App
Step Three: Search for “KBYU”
Step Three: Listen!

P.S. We could just listen on the internet, but the speakers on our laptop are really wimpy so I’d have to be sitting right in front the whole time in order to hear, and I have a baby to take care of!

The Great Cake Toss of ’09

February 19, 2009

SCROLL DOWN! This post has several sections. Also, I made something like 10 posts today so you may even need to click “Older Posts” to see them all. 🙂

It was Kalyn’s birthday yesterday and we had a lot of fun. For most of the past year I had planned on having some kind of family get together for Kalyn’s birthday, but since we moved that was no longer an option. So, I decided it would be fun to take a ton of video of picture all throughout the day so that we could share her birthday with everyone. Here it goes.

The following videos were meant to be for Kalyn’s big fans, like Grandmas and Grandpas, so they’re kind of long.

First we have the video and pictures of Kalyn’s birthday. First, we start with breakfast. Then, Kalyn gets ready to go drop Dad off and go to storytime at Babies R Us (courtesy of the library). Then, we go ahead and go to the library to pick up some books. Then we come home and have lunch and play and get dinner ready. The music is from some kid’s music CDs we checked out from the library.  There is also a cameo of Kalyn’s new cousin, Briton, who was born yesterday and gets to have the same birthday as Kalyn. Then we go to the Lullaby Concert, a once a year event also hosted at the library for kids of all ages. Last, Kalyn has a bath and gets ready for bed. (I put the cake and presents in their own videos, as follows.)

Next, we have video and pictures of opening presents.  I was really amazed at how good Kalyn got at opening her own presents.  It’s kind of fascinating to watch her work the paper open.  By the end all she needed was a little rip to get her started.

Last, we have video of Kalyn “eating” her cake.  In the end, most of it ended up on the floor.

So, that ends my day of updating the blog.  Seriously, all these updates quite literally took my whole day, so no more complaining about me not updating the blog! 🙂 I’m glad I was able to get everything up, but in the future I’ll not try to do so much at once.

Baby Gift Guide

November 26, 2008

Okay, so I’m not sure if I should write this or not because it is kind of tacky.  But, since we’re probably going to get a dozen emails or calls anyway it just makes sense to put this information in a central place where people can go back to get it.

Introducing: the baby gift guide!

Right now Kalyn is wearing Carter’s size 9 months and Old Navy size 6-12 months.  Most other brands she is in around 6-9 months, although of course there is a wide variance between brands.  She still has some room to grow in these sizes, so if you want her to fit into it at Christmas you should probably stick to this size.  If you want her to grow into it you should probably go for size 12 months, which I’m guessing she’ll be able to wear in February and really fit into about March.

Kalyn can always use cute clothes, but she especially could use pants that go with everything (like jeans) and footed pajamas.  Especially footed pajamas, as it is getting colder and when she is in bed working on going to sleep her first order of business is usually taking her socks off.

Now that she’s starting to learn to walk she also could really use some shoes, especially softer shoes for new walkers like Robeez.

Right now I’m trying to build up her collection of board books.  She also loves stuffed animals at this point.  We’re all for the educational toys. 🙂

Tim and I are not particularly wanting or needing anything, but if you are having a hard time deciding a good gift may be a toy or something for a child not as blessed as our baby, given in our name.

Thanks for everything!  I hope this wasn’t too tacky.  Have a great Thanksgiving and Holiday season!