Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family. It was our first time spending Thanksgiving with family since we got married, so it was nice to be able to have more than four sitting at our Thanksgiving table. The food was amazing, the company was excellent, and Reed took a two-and-a-half hour nap. Ryan may or may not have broken his finger in the Turkey Bowl, and Kenny celebrated his birthday.  We looked at ads for hours and ended the night by playing a rousing game of Bohnanza. Definitely a Thanksgiving to remember.


Grateful for family (and food!).


Why is it that this child suddenly refuses to look at the camera?


Success! We are all looking :)


He is grateful for Grandma.


And pie.


And Kayla's Blackberry.


Kenny and Hailey are blowing out candles. Kody is on "two" of the count to three.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankful for thankfulness among other things

I know this is not a very original post idea around this time of year but I am thinking about it so here goes.

I am thankful that we live in a society that takes the time to be thankful for things. There are an awful lot of bad things in the world but we can still see some good things. I am grateful to be surrounded by good people that make me want to be better. I must admit I have never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving (the holiday not the action). It always started with a Turkey Bowl football game and Slurpees afterwards. The Slurpees were usually a highlight for me. The rest was a whole bunch of cleaning up for the people coming over and cleaning up after they leave. Its not a good way to look at it but it was my way of looking at it as a kid. As I have matured (don't laugh) I have come to appreciate it more. I have always liked the food and especially pie part of Thanksgiving but now I realize more the true nature of the holiday. We shouldn't need a special day to be thankful but we do. I am grateful for this day to remember and to be together.

I am thankful to my savior Jesus Christ. His sacrifice allows me to repent and be better. Without the ability to be forgiven he provided through his atonement my life would be meaningless.

I am also grateful for Megan. She does so much for me and I love her dearly. She is my best friend and the one person I trust with everything. She makes me a better person.

I am grateful for Reed. He brings so much love and kindness into our home. He is a very tender child. We can see that already. I love playing with Reed and seeing him process the world around him. He has changed every aspect for my life for the better, except maybe the being able to listen to sunday school lessons aspect. Only six months til nursery.

I am grateful for our family. Megan and I both have great parents and siblings. We rely on them for so much. They are so giving and supportive. I would like to send a special shout out to Janelle, my sister. Janelle has always been very special to me. For those who didn't know me in junior high, thank goodness. I was a mess and it was horrible. Janelle was one of the few bright spots in my life back then. She was in high school herself and instead of being comletely self absorbed like most high schoolers she was only partly self absorbed and took the time to make sure I was okay and minimize the pain of junior high. I love her for that and everything else she has done for me through the years.

On a less serious note I am thankful for technology that allows me to feed my need for education. I am thankful for google's search engine. I am thankful that I can better myself everyday.

I hope everyone has a good holiday and carries the spirit of thanksgiving through the rest of the year.

WLW Week 2

First, let me direct you here to read an amazing talk on thanksgiving (the verb) by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin entitled "Live in Thanksgiving Daily" 

And now, WLW:
How I did this week:
1. Run 3 times/week (3/3--check)
2. Pilates 3 times/week (2/3--fail! I substituted volleyball for Pilates, though)
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day (6/7 days...mostly check)
4. Cut down on sweets (check)
5. Smaller portions (check)

Progress/Results:
Good question. I wasn't able to go to Biolife today, so no weigh-in. But running is getting easier, which I take as a good sign. And though Pilates is still kicking my bum, it's not as hard of a kick.

Tips/What I learned:
Water=key to success. When I'm good about drinking a lot of water, I'm not nearly as hungry throughout the day. When I'm not hungry, I don't snack as much. And when I drink water at dinner, I eat slower--which allows for two things: first, for me to be able to enjoy the taste of the food more and second, for me to be able to listen to the signals my body is giving me (i.e. "I'm full!).

And because it's almost Thanksgiving:
I'm going to be grateful about this particular "challenge" in my life. So, why is it good that I struggle to lost weight?
1. I have to learn a lot of self-discipline.
2. If I had an easy time losing weight, I probably wouldn't be exercising often or eating well. Exercising and eating right are making me healthier.
3. I'm able to be more empathetic to people in my same situation.
4. I get really pumped when I do finally lose weight. And it means much more than if it came easily.

So there you have it.  Hopefully I will have good news next week :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

A new level of disgust.

I'm pretty sure I just saw a FLYING spider in our kitchen. Yes, flying. Yes, wings. But WikiAnswers (among other sources) tells me that spiders do not have wings. So who should I believe? WikiAnswers or my eyes?

I'm going with my eyes. And staying out of the kitchen for a few hours.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I just found out...

...that 48 people subscribe to this blog through Google Reader. 48! I'm not going to lie, that totally made my day. I didn't think we even knew 48 people well enough that they would care to read our blog.

Then, after that piece of great news, I went to my sister-in-law's photography blog and saw that she had posted Reed's nine month pictures (I haven't seen them edited yet)--so cute!

So, all in all, I'm chalking this up to be a good day.

WLW

I have really struggled to lose the weight I gained when I was pregnant with Reed. By really struggled I mean that although I have been exercising and trying to lose weight, I have gained five pounds. Awesome. Anyway, in light of said struggles, I have decided it's time to really knuckle down. Enter the weekly blog post. I got the idea from Rosey Little Things blog--and while I am not joining their group, I am going to take the challenge. My weekly WLW (Weight-loss Wednesday) post will hopefully keep me accountable to my weight loss goals. And hopefully this accountability will encourage me to do better and in turn actually lose a pound or two. Hopefully. (Fingers crossed.) If you have had a similar experience (or a completely dissimilar experience), feel free to join me or to offer advice.

My weight goal:
I need to lose 22 pounds to be back at my pre-pregnancy weight. But I would like to lose 30 pounds total.

How to meet my weight goal:
1. Run (couch-to-5k) 3 times/week
2. Pilates 3 times/week
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day
4. Cut down on sweets/unneccessary fats (i.e. skip dessert.)
5. Start with smaller portions and eat more slowly.

Check-in points:
1. Every Wednesday. (Hence the "Weight-loss Wednesday" title.)
2. Jan. 13. (Hopefully, I will have lost 10 pounds by this point.)
3. Mar. 10. (Hopefully, I will have lost another 10 for a total of 20 pounds.)
4. May 12. (And on this date I hope to have lost the final 10 for a total of 30!)

How I did this week:
1. Run 3 times/week (check)
2. Pilates 3 times/week (fail! I substituted volleyball for Pilates, though)
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day (fail!)
4. Cut down on sweets (check)
5. Smaller portions (half-check...as in I did most times, but not always...)

Did I lose any weight this week?
Nope! Better luck next week, right?

And finally, an unrelated picture of Reed because he is cute:

I love this boy!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Eye of the Tiger

Reed heard a rumor that there will be a Rocky VII movie. Even though he doesn't usually put much stock into rumors, this one got him excited. And, since he knows Sylvester Stallone is getting old, he thought he might make a good replacement:

What do you think?

Here is his major celebrity look:

He's practicing waving to his adoring fans. And rocking a faux-hawk.

Dinner and a Show




Reed's dinnertime (and lunchtime and breakfast time) antics are entertaining, to say the least. I thought you might enjoy a glimpse into our "dining room" (aka MPR) during feeding time.
Shoving half a banana into his mouth. Notice the look of concentration.


Half of the victory sign. You know how much he is enjoying your food based on his arms--you get one arm up for pretty good and two arms up for awesome.


Remember the snorting I mentioned? This is how he looks when he does it. And he likes to do it between bites. (Random side note...He now snorts in response to other snorts. You can have an entire snorting conversation with him.

Reed and dinnertime: two peas, one pod.

Monday, November 9, 2009

3 things

(1) At the park today, Reed laughed so hard while swinging that tears came out of his eyes.

(2) We were at Wal-Mart tonight and found a new product: Snuggies for Dogs. As you know, the Hamblys are big fans of Snuggies. Too bad we don't have a dog...but perhaps the Dog Snuggie would fit Reed. Hmmm..... To learn more about the Dog Snuggie (or to see it for yourself because you don't believe us), go here.

(3) Reed has started to snort lately. Repeatedly. He sounds like a little piggy. He snorted all the way home from Wal-Mart (similar to going "wee-wee-wee" all the way home).

Thursday, November 5, 2009

There is Sunshine in St. George Today

One of the great things about living in St. George is that you can play outside in November--without wearing a jacket. Or pants. (Though you should wear some form of clothing on your bottom half.) You can go to the splash pad and not catch pneumonia. You can go to the park and play to your heart's content--which is exactly what we've been doing.

This boy loves slides. So much. He isn't even afraid of big slides. Any slide is a friend of his.


See? I told you he loves slides.


He also loves trying to climb back up said slides.


Tubes with holes in the side that you can peek through are fun, too.

 
Swings are equally enjoyable.


Especially when Daddy pushes. (Mommy is a pansy pusher.)


Posing with your mom, though, isn't really that fun. At least you can take comfort in the nice red bar you can hold on to.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Reed's Eleventh Month--in pictures

The pictures that were supposed to be with my 11 month post, but which the computer stubbornly refused to upload:

Weird face. Check the lips.


Spending time with daddy.


Straws + Reed = Love 4 Ever




Being a little bashful.



Reed loves to play with the oven--and, you have to admit, it does make really cool noises when you hit it. This pastime, though, is one I'm trying to discourage.


Reed's version of a "hat-trick



Reed has a crush on the park--especially swings, slides, and tubes you can crawl in.


Handsome boy all dressed up for church. (The jacket is size 3 months and the shirt is size 12 months. Weird.)



Training to be a sports star.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween!

Last Halloween, Reed looked like this:


This year, he decided to go with something a little different:


Penguin baby!



Penguin baby and daddy.


Enough pictures, mom! Let's go!


No Halloween experience is complete without a Darth Vader bucket to put your candy in.


Do you think this house has good candy?

We took Penguin Baby to a few houses in our neighborhood to trick-or-treat. He was a big hit in his costume! I was a little worried his costume wouldn't fit since we bought it last year, but with just a tiny bit of squeezing (especially in the chin fat region), we were good to go! Reed was a little confused at first, but once he got the idea he held his bucket tightly and smiled at his candy benefactors. And, despite the three teeth that are currently cutting through his gums, he was quite chipper. We had a great night!