30 July 2009

Here's a quick video

You can't hear the iTunes changing but I took this more for her reaction than anything.
video

29 July 2009

Fun with Apps

There are a lot of Apps out there for the iPhone and iTouch. There are Apps for budgeting, games, kids activities, you name it. One App I downloaded this week has been the cause of lots of surprises from Boogers and laughs from me and T-Bone. The iTunes Remote.

It connects to your iTunes (and iTV if you have it) so that you can control your iTunes from your phone. We moved out computer out of our bedroom into the kitchen a few days ago so I finally had a real use for it. The other night we were listening to music after dinner and it was a little loud, so I turned it down with my Remote App. The look on Rachel's face was priceless when she realized it got quieter because no one was near the computer.

T-Bone and I jumped on the opportunity to capitalize on her ignorance. She could not figure out why the computer got quieter. T-Bone started messing with her and turning the volume up and down. She was so confused. I was just cracking up inside.

So tonight we were in the same situation. We were just hanging out in the living room listening to music. A song I didn't like came on and so I skipped it. Boogers was all confused again and we were secretly laughing. T-Bone said, "I wonder if we can tell the computer what to do and it will do it." I had my phone in my hand and he told it to skip to the next song. When it did, Boogers was shocked. She was giggling and surprised. It was classic. So next we had her tell the "computer" what to play and of course it changed songs! She even requested a certain song and it picked it. We were just having a ball with it for 20 minutes. She was so surprised every time it did what she asked it to do.

We are so milking this for as long as we can...

28 July 2009

Two Month Update

My sweet baby boy is two months old! (Okay he was 2 months old 3 days ago, but I'm a little slow around here). He's been such a joy to have around. He's been growing very fast too. We went to his check up today and he weighs 13 1/2 pounds and is 23 1/2 inches. I'm really thinking of changing his blog nickname to Chunk or maybe Mr. Smiley. Opinions?

He's super smiley these days and just melts my heart. I feel like a first time mom all over again with how much I dote on him. So far he's been really good to Mama and only gets up once a night and sometimes will sleep 8 or 9 hours and not get up at all. I love those nights.

In true second kid fashion I hardly have any pictures of him. That would also be because our camera isn't taking very good pictures any more. It's like 5 years old. Here's a few recent ones. (Sorry they are so crappy, they were taken on my cell phone)


Pay no attention to the mess my living room is in....




27 July 2009

Give-a-Way!

No not me...I don't have time to do anything to give away lately. Maybe in a few months. Head over to Mormon Mommy Blogs and check out their July Giveaway. Awesome stuff up for grabs!

25 July 2009

I spoke too soon!

Well my phone didn't work yesterday but lo and behold, it worked this afternoon! It was cycling through powering up and powering down last night, but I thought I'd try it one more time before we went to the Apple store and it worked! It stayed on and hasn't turned off since! I don't know if it was still a little too wet or what, but I am counting my blessings. We still sold my iPod so there's a little extra money if we need it down the road. I don't expect it to last as long as it would have if it didn't have water damage, but I'll take what I can get.

Hooray!

The verdict is in

Well it's been five days since the incident and unfortunately I have bad news. The battle of washing machine vs. iPhone goes to the washing machine this time. Thanks for all your good wishes and prayers but it wasn't meant to be.

The phone turns on but only when it's plugged in but it only stays on for 30 seconds and then shuts off. If I leave it plugged in it will keep restarting and shutting off over and over again.

All is not lost though. T-Bone is in the process of selling my 80Gb iPod that I bought two years ago to make some money to replace the phone. Apple has a deal where if something happens to your phone that isn't covered by warranty then you can buy another one for $200 bucks. Much better than the regular price of $599. I should be able to get at least $120 for the iPod. And even if I wanted to give up on the iPhone all together and just get a crappy phone I'd still have to pay $250 because Apple is losing out on their cut of the service fees. So we are going to the Apple store tonight to talk a deal.

It's been interesting not having a cell phone for the week though. I haven't really missed it like I thought I would. The only time I really wished I had it was yesterday as I was driving two hours each way to and from my sister's house. Our radio in the car doesn't work so I had nothing to occupy myself except my thoughts. Oh and the non-stop chatter and singing of Boogers, but she was asleep on the way home.

Anyway getting back to the phone thing. I've known this but was reminded that I really don't use my phone as a phone as much as I use it as a mini computer. I have my email, Google Reader, Facebook mobile, Google maps, the Scriptures, my calendar, music and some games on there that I use way more than I use it for calling people or getting calls.

Sure having a phone makes meeting up with friends way more convenient, but I still was able to do the things I wanted to and see the people I wanted to this week without too much trouble. It's true that I didn't talk to people very much but I could have. We have a Magic Jack VOIP line that I used so I wasn't completely phone-less but not many people know we have that and even less know the number.

Not having a cell phone was strangely cleansing for me. I'm almost not looking forward to getting a new one tonight because I've enjoyed the freedom of not having it. At least now I know I can live without it so hopefully I will spend less time wasting time on it.

20 July 2009

25 minutes of agony

So Monday is laundry day around the Flip household. Because we live in a lovely apartment I have the privilege of lugging 4-5 loads of laundry over to the laundry mat once a week. Luckily I have a little cart that helps me. Once I have the clothes in my handy cart I usually put the quarters, my keys, the detergent and my cell phone on top.

This morning I did just that.

I did three loads at first--because that's about as much as the cart and a basket on top can handle--put in the quarters and detergent and pressed the start button. As I was gathering my keys and quarters up to go back home and get the rest of the clothes I realized I didn't have my cell phone. Panic set in as I pulled open the front loading washers before they had a chance to fill too much and lock and dug through the clothes where I thought my phone might be. I couldn't find it in the washer. I racked my brain, "Did I bring my phone? Did I leave it on the couch? It must be on the couch. Maybe I didn't bring it." So I reselected the cycle and with a hopeful heart headed home to try to find my phone.

Now people, I have an iPhone. A new iPhone. You know, the ones that just came out last month? Yeah, that one. T-Bone and I sold our first generation 2G iPhones for not much less than we paid for the new ones. It was a good deal. I love my phone.

Of course when I got home, the phone was no where to be found. My heart sunk. The front loaders at the laundry mat lock after 2 minutes so it was stuck in there for the remainder of the cycle. I gathered the rest of the clothes and headed back. There was 15 minutes left of the cycle and with agony I watched as all 15 minutes counted down. With every clunk and clank the washer made I cringed knowing that could possibly be my phone making that noise.

Finally the cycle ended and the moment of truth arrived. Sure enough when I opened the washer there was my phone with the cool red cover in puddle of water. I fished it out and hurried home to search on the Internet how to resurrect a drowned phone. I remembered reading on Janelle's blog about rice and my husband and Dad have said in the past the worst thing you can do is turn it on until it's dry. So my phone is sitting in a big bag of rice courtesy of my friend and you can bet I won't be turning that sucker on for two days so it can dry out completely. There are many positive posts on blogs all over the Internet about their cell phone coming back to life after a trip through the washing machine so I hope I can add mine to them too. I'll keep you posted...

Is it sacrilegious to pray for a cell phone to come back to life?

12 July 2009

Blessings

Today we are blessing our sweet baby boy. Some family has come into town and we have them and dear friends to share this day with us. Because of this event I've been thinking a lot about how we've been blessed over the last couple years.

We've had our trials but in a way I'm grateful for them. I know that Heavenly Father loves me and that he wants to bless me. Sometimes life doesn't work out the way we want but through these trials I have learned so much.

I've learned to rely on the Lord. I've learned that I can pray and actually communicate with my Heavenly Father instead of it just being a one way phone line. I've learned that He knows me individually. He knows my needs and wants and he knows that I'm stronger than I think I
am. I have prayed many a time--especially while I was pregnant--to help me to feel better, to take the pail away (be it emotional or physical). But if that couldn't happen then that I would have the strength to endure; that I would be able to make it the the day. And you know what? I did. I'm still here. The pain didn't go away but I believed that HF either knew I could handle it or he gave me the ability to handle it.

I've learned that life doesn't always work out the way you want but when it does life can be beautiful. The challenges don't go away completely when you finally get what you want--who am I kidding? I'll have more challenges for many years to come now that I have another kid--but I think I have a renewed sense of diligence and determination to do what I know I'm supposed to.

Our son has brought so much joy to our family. It's weird to think he's been alive for almost 7 weeks now but at the same time it's like we've always had him. I have so much to be thankful for on this day. Buckethead will be getting a blessing from his father but I am the one who has truly been blessed.

04 July 2009

Poor Guy

So this morning I nursed Buckethead and layed him down for a nap in this glider chair we have in our room. In the living room I turned on the monitor and went about doing whatever it was I was doing. Oh yeah listening to this. A few minutes later--maybe 10--Boogers says, "That sounds like Buckethead." I look at the monitor and no lights where flashing so I didn't think anything of it. She likes to pretend he's not sleeping so I didn't go and check on him either. After the Declaration was over T-Bone got up and walked down the hall. That was when he heard BH crying and went in to get him.

He found him covered in spit-up-and I mean soaked. He must have puked up everything he's eaten so far this morning. Poor guy! We felt so bad! Of course he picked him up and we got him out of his clothes and gave him a bath. I layed him on the floor and put lotion on his tummy, legs and arms and then turned him over so I could put lotion on his back. He was in the middle of his nap so he was pretty relaxed but I guess that put him over the edge. I was about to roll him back over to put his diaper on but he just looked too comfortable. He fell fast alseep wrapped up in a towel. I'm sure he'll wake up to a wet spot on the floor but I just can't bring myself to move him.



(Turns out Boogers had changed the channel on the monitor so it wasn't picking anything up. That's why we never heard him.)

Happy 4th of July!

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
This morning I listened to the Declaration of Independence read by NPR. (Thanks Shelley for the link!) I have such a love for this great land that we live in. I'm one of those that cries when I sing or hear the Star Spangled Banner. It's amazing to think what these men did 233 years ago. I have read the Declaration before but today I was especially amazed at how gutsy they were. They knew that the things they said against the King of England were going to get them killed yet they knew that what they were doing was right.

In the past I've posted something from Rush Limbaugh called "Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor" that lists what happened to these men. They truly were men of honor.

I love my country and hope you all have a great 4th of July!