Thursday, July 30, 2009


What is your current obsession? I have a few rotating obsessions, currently. The first: scrapblog--a free digital scrapbooking website. I'm working on Reed's first year scrapbook. The second: reading. I go through phases of reading. I always read, but when I get too involved in a book it becomes an obsession until I finish it. I try not to let this happen too often because when it does, I tend to neglect other more neccessary items. The third: indexing. Kind of weird, I know, but it is something I find really satisfying.

What do you hate the most that everybody else seems to love? Texting. I am not a fan of text conversations--especially text conversations that last for hours. Just call me. Or come over. I am not against texting quick questions or whatever, but don't try to have a deep conversation with me through text message.

What are you wearing today? My staying at home standby: gaucho pants and a shirt.

What's for dinner? Good question.

What would you eat for your last meal? My homemade favorites--the things I grew up with: my mom's lasagna, sour cream enchiladas, popcorn cake, orange rolls, cheesy potatoes, etc. It would be a very large meal.

What's the last thing you bought? Clothes for Reed from Children's Place. They had their extra 50% off clearance sale!

What are you listening to right now? Reed babbling in his crib. He plays instead of going to sleep.

What do you think of the person that tagged you? Jenn is awesome. She is witty and fun. She has stellar hair. I am still waiting to try her cupcakes, which look ridiculous.

If you could have a house, fully paid for, and totally furnished anywhere in the world, where would it be? I like living close to family. So near one of our families. If I could transport our whole families into furnished houses nearby, I would move us all somewhere on the east coast.

What is one of your hobbies? Do my obsessions not count as my hobbies? If you exclude said obsessions, I would have to say piano. I don't get to play very often because Reed is either sleeping (his room is near the piano room) or in need of attention (now that he can crawl, it's not the best idea to leave him on his own), but it is something I love. I really like to play the piano and sing--but only under special circumstances (e.g. when no one is listening)

What are your favorite smells? Baby lotion (Reed gets a large dose each night before bed), rain, Ryan's soap (Dial for men--it's awesome), clean sheets.

What is your favorite color? Green. As in deep, dark green. But not too dark.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe? I have a skirt I bought when I was 16. I loved it for months before I bought it but it was too expensive. When it finally went on sale, the only size left was a 2. Randomly, though, it fit me even though I wasn't even close to being a size 2. Favorite skirt fit me until I was about 5 months pregnant. And it still doesn't fit. It's one of the things I most looking forward to wearing again when I finally lose weight. If that ever happens.

What is your dream job? I would love to work for a magazine.

Describe your personal style. Hmmmm.... I like shirts that have a v-neck. I love skirts. I am not into super trendy clothes because I am not confident enough to wear them (I'll leave that to Beak). I like prints but nothing too crazy. I think I would dress differently if I wasn't so frugal (or such a tightwad--you choose the word). Seriously, I have a hard time spending money; hence, I have a hard time buying clothes for myself.

What are you going to do after this? Try to fix my contact. It's driving me crazy and I would just throw it away, but all my extras are at our new place (where we don't live yet). Then I am going to read Possession until Ryan gets home for lunch.

What inspires you? Other people, mostly. Watching what other people face bravely. Hearing what other people say. Reading what other people write. Then trying to formulate my own thoughts and responses.

Who was the last person you kissed? Reed

What are you currently reading? Possession by A. S. Byatt. This book one I was supposed to read for my Modern British Lit class but never finished (busy semester). Next in the queue: Atonement by Ian McEwan (from the same class--but I actually finished Atonement. This will be a reread) and Catch Me if You Can by Frank Abagnale.

What delighted you most today? Reed woke up early and still looked tired but was having trouble going back down by himself. So I picked him up and lay down with him on the bed. He cuddled with me for a good twenty minutes without ever really falling back asleep. He never cuddles, so it just made me happy to finally have a cuddly baby.

By what criteria do you judge a person? First glance judging is usually based on appearance (I'm a bad person). Then usually by what they do ("Actions speak louder than words," right?)

What is something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet? Traveled abroad. It's coming. One day.

I tag: Michael and Jen Fong, Kim, Lynnie, Ryan, Mindy, Kenna, and Mandi. And anyone else who wants to do it.

The rules:
1. Answer the questions on your blog.
2. Replace one question you dislike with a question of your invention.
3. Tag eight other people

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Monthly Reed: 8

I went in to get him from his nap today and found him sitting up. He has never gone from laying down to sitting by himself before--at least not that I know of. I guess he wanted to celebrate being eight months old by learning a new trick...

Reed is getting quite roly-poly. Last week, he had a follow-up appointment for his ear infection. He had gained 13 ounces in two weeks. Apparently he's not failing to thrive anymore...

Caught in the act.

He can crawl (in a very army-like fashion). It's a good thing we are moving this weekend, because it's definitely time to live in a baby-proof zone.


He is very picky about solid foods. He'll eat any kind of baby food, but will only eat certain solid foods. He likes the challenge of grabbing solids and getting them into his mouth, but once they are in, out they come.

Sleeping in the exact position Ryan sleeps in. Odd. (He normally has a sheet on his bed. I had just pulled it off to wash it and hadn't had a chance to replace it yet...)

He loves my parents' dog. He chases her and she runs away. On the off chance that she lets him catch her, he goes right for her paws.

I thought it would be funny to put him in his swing yesterday. It was. He giggled the entire time. Notice his Notre Dame football--Grandpa got back from his MNA program yesterday! (Stay tuned for details on that in a later post)

He's developed what Ryan and I have dubbed "the scary laugh." He still has his cute giggly laugh, but often we get a noise that sounds terrifying. If you didn't see his happy face, you would think he was freaking out.

I still look cute in my shark towel.

To test textures, he doesn't rub--he repeatedly grabs and releases.

Look at me go. (Notice his gaze and Ryan's are fixed on the same point...I'll let you guess what that is.)

Looks tasty.

Like my BYU shirt?

Can't wait...

Last night, I was driving home with my five-year-old niece, my two-year-old nephew, and my screaming baby all in the back seat of the car. My niece and nephew were trying to comfort Reed so he would stop crying. The five year old decided to sing. After Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Popcorn Popping, she started creating her own songs. The best part of these songs was that they were in opera tones. Very beautiful. At one point, I asked her if she had sung any of her songs in Primary. Her response:

"We sang them a lot at my old church. But not very much at my new church. It's still the Jesus church, though." (She was trying to explained that they had moved and had a new ward...not a new church :)

The two year old did his part by saying, "It okay Reed" repeatedly. And I assume he was trying to give extra support through hand-holding because his sister kept saying, "Don't grab his hand!"

Later that night, the two year old saw the frame my mom gave us for our anniversary. His response: "Cute! My love it!"

I cannot wait until Reed is old enough to talk...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Three Years Ago Today...

...I was frantic. My sister's dress didn't fit right. My hair was NOT cooperating (I had decided to do it myself...because??? Bad decision.). My manicure had chipped overnight (apparently it was cheaper than I had thought). It was 112 degrees outside (which was bad, though I didn't yet understand the misery that would bring during pictures). To top it all off, Ryan had just called from the temple to tell me that we had misunderstood the time we were supposed to be there: he was half an hour late, and my ETA about 30 minutes later would put me there an hour late. And they couldn't find our sealer. I sat in the bathroom, bawling. So overall, it was a great start to the day.

My mom helped me pull it together and we rushed to the temple. I saw Ryan right as we walked in and he gave me a big hug. In a rather cliche manner, everything felt better when I saw him. We filled out the necessary paperwork, and I was whisked away to the Bride's Room.

When I finally got to see Ryan again, it was to hold hands as we walked to the room where we would be sealed together for time and all eternity. I was surprised by how many people were there. Finally, the day seemed right. We loved each other. Everyone who came loved us. We were about to be married.

The ceremony was beautiful. I've never felt so completely wrapped up in a moment. And at the end, we were Mr. and Mrs. Hambly, ready to start out lives together.

And now here we are, three years later. More in love. Happier. Together eternally. Happy Anniversary, Ryan. I love you!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Photographic Evidence

Maybe we could go for blue treats next time, Mom. I'm a boy. We don't want people to get confused.
Eye on the prize.

I think I've got it.
Celebratory cuddle. I promise his legs were moving, even though you couldn't see them :) Hopefully he will perform for the video camera sometime.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Tricky, tricky

Reed started CRAWLING yesterday! So cute. He's not great at it yet--he keeps slipping--but he sure is cute! (Video to come--he is currently refusing to perform for the camera.)

I'm so awesome.

Reed is also starting to outsmart me. I was hoping I would retain the upper hand at least until he could talk, but, alas, it is not to be. Reed has been finding tricky little ways to force me to get him out of his crib when he is in the process of going down for a nap. His favorite, lately, is pooping. Reed will not go to sleep with a messy diaper (I don't blame him). He used to occasionally fill his diaper while trying to fall asleep, requiring me to get him out of his crib, change him, and put him back in his crib--but this is now our routine every time I put him down for a nap! During every nap of the past week, he has pooped while "trying" to fall asleep. I swear he knows what he is doing--saving it up until it's time to sleep. I can see it in the cocky little grin and foot kicks he gives me when I realize he needs a new diaper and lean down to pick him up. The little stinker. (I wish I could say "no pun intended," but I totally planned that.) What am I going to do with this boy?

Bring it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Oh My Awesome!!!

We just found out that Ryan got a scholarship to SUU! How proud are Reed and I, you ask? So proud. Who gets a scholarship to grad school, seriously? I cried (with joy) when I found out. Way to go, Ryan!

By the way, we also found somewhere to live! It's a basement apartment and the owners only charge rent--no utilities, internet, etc.--which will help us save about $150 each month. And I found a part-time nanny job for a cute family in my parents' ward! And Ryan found out that he is going to be able to stay at his internship all year (we thought it was going to end with the summer) and will possibly become a supervisor of a newly created accounting department after the new year. We're so grateful for the abundant blessings we are receiving! (I feel a little like Seriously, so blessed right now...but seriously, we are so blessed!)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Many Faces of Reed

Distraught (with tired eyes)

In love (with the fan)

Intrigued (do you see the piece of thread he has spied?)

Focused (you better believe he is going to get that thread)

Reed is becoming more fun every day. He is so expressive lately. His smiles are getting bigger and his sad faces are becoming more heart-wrenching. He is becoming more and more attached to mommy and daddy. He is increasingly curious about everything from crumbs on the floor to the fan on the ceiling. He has to find the source of every sound. He can almost crawl (and it's driving him crazy that he can't!). He thinks everything is just hilarious (except for naptime).

I don't know how I got so lucky to have such a sweet, happy, beautiful baby. He makes me feel so much better about myself at times when my self-esteem isn't exactly high. He helps to remind me of what is really important in life when I forget. Being a mom definitely isn't what I thought it would be, but it is also more than I imagined it could be. I have rough times, but overall, I just feel blessed. I love you, Reed.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Fan of Fans

Reed has always enjoyed his friend the ceiling fan, but lately his enjoyment has gone to the next level. We walk into a room, I hit the switch to turn on the fan, and as soon as he hears the fan he looks up and smiles at it for a few minutes. Pretty cute. Then, yesterday, we walked into a room and I didn't turn on the fan. But he still caught sight of his beloved and started grinning at the motionless fan. And I thought he only liked the light and spinning blades. Apparently he and the fan are just BFFs.

So curious.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


I was folding mountains of laundry today when Reed woke up from a nap. I normally try not to fold laundry and leave him to his own devices, but I was almost done so I figured, "Hey, he's seven months old now. He can look out for himself." I went to rescue him from his crib, then set him on the floor near my laundry with a few toys. He was on his tummy in front of an empty laundry basket, so I decided to put a toy in it to see what he would do. I thought it would entertain him long enough for me to fold. Wrong. After one very short minute, he started making his "mom, why am I laying down when I could be sitting up?" noise. So I helped him onto his bum and went back to my folding. I looked over a minute later and found him back on his tummy, going on a little adventure. See for yourself:

Almost there...

Hey, I got it! (Sorry the coloring of this picture is totally different. Accident/experiment.)

You guys are watching, right?

That was hard work!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Okay, so this first part has nothing to do with California. Sometimes these things happen. We went to the doctor today and Reed is up to NINETEEN pounds! No wonder my arms get tired so quickly when I hold him. We also found out he has an ear infection and a cold--a bad combo that I got to experience full-force last night. Now, for the real post.

We went to California again! Sadly, this trip was probably the last time we will get to go. Here are a few highlights:

What a good sport.

This is how Reed looked most of the weekend--surrounded by (count them...) 7 or so cousins.

I forgot to post this picture with the last post, but it's too awesome to pass up. Ryan fist-pumping at the end of the 5K.

Cute 4th of July kids (Peyton, Reed, Zoe)

Reed got to ride grandpa's motorcycle!

Look at these cute cousins! Zoe, Peyton, Reed, Declan, Greer, Kamdyn.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A Perfect Independence Day

This year we got to go to California for the 4th of July! Every other year of our married lives we have worked at Sizzler on the 4th--which really stinks because no one goes out to eat on the 4th of July. Anyway, the day started off with the annual Hambly Family 5K. I think this is the 6th or 7th year of the 5K. This year, there were 40 people, a motivational speaker, and an awesome breakfast burrito brunch afterward: We all had race markings, of course. (Check out his guns!)
Grandma pushed Reed for us. He slept the whole time!
Post 5K. Phew! It was my first 5K and I ran the whole race--I was so proud of myself :) I have no idea how much time it took me, though. I'm not exactly what you would call fast.
Award ceremony. Reed got the award for "best sleeper."
Daddy and Reed in their 5K shirts.

Next, we headed to the double baptism of these two lovely girls, Kamdyn and Macey. Kamdyn is our niece and Macey is Ryan's second cousin. The beautiful baptism girls. (Macey is on the left, Kamdyn is on the right.)
Reed obviously enjoyed the baptism.

Next we headed to a large field behind the church for a ward BBQ and game night. The field also happens to be the perfect location for firework watching. Reed loves being outside.
What is the 4th without a firework show? And I'll tell you, Simi Valley knows what's up when it comes to fireworks.
This one fell asleep about 5 minutes before the fireworks started. He stirred during the grand finale (it was very loud) but went right back to sleep.