Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I'm a lot surprised

I am at my parents' house right now because they are getting new wood floors today (hooray for them!). Reed was ready for a nap at basically the same time the floor guys got here--so I put him down. I didn't realize how loud it would be downstairs when someone is ripping up tile upstairs. I decided to ditch the nap and put him down later, but when I went to check on him, he was asleep. I'm not joking. Why is it that he won't nap in his own bed with very little background noise, but will nap through tile being pounded apart? What am I missing here? Anyway, I am very much amazed.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Ryan's parents have a tradition of celebrating the anniversary of their first date. Ryan and I decided that we should  do the same thing. The only problem was that we could never really agree on when our first date was. Did the "single together" night on Valentines Day count? What about watching the Olympics together? Maybe when we had a 24 night with our roommates?

This year, we finally agreed on when our first date actually happened: 2.22.06. We went to see The Appleseed Cast at Kilby Court in SLC. The crowd at the concert was made up of mostly emo kids, and I felt like a dork in the Abercrombie sweater I had borrowed from my roommate. But at least it was a cute sweater. Anyway, by the end of the night I had decided that although I had a great time with Ryan, I was going to be "just friends" with him because I wasn't really ready for a relationship. Haha. Three months later we were engaged, then three months after that we got married. So much for being just friends :)

This year, Ryan was in charge of our first date anniversary celebration. He arranged for a babysitter (Thanks, Mandi!) and took me out for a surprise date. He told me there was a theme for the night--but I had to guess it. We started at Bajio's for dinner. That connection was easy to make: We went to Bajio's on our first unofficial date on Valentine's. Next we went to the dollar theater to see The Princess and the Frog. Very cute. Connection to the theme? Unknown at that point. After the movie, we went shopping. Connection? Also unknown. Then we drove to the top of the bluff to look at the city. The bluff overlooks the entire city. At night, it is especially beautiful because the temple stands out like a beacon, right in the center of town. Connection to the theme: pseudo-squaw peak, hehe. We then went to Iceberg for shakes and went on a penny walk in the rain. Connection to the theme: on one of our first dates, we went on a penny walk and ended up at The Malt Shoppe in Provo (best shakes ever!)--which was about 2 miles from where we lived. This time, Ryan was in charge of flipping the penny to see where we were supposed to turn, and we just so happened to end up at the temple, where Ryan finally revealed the theme: our dating story from start to finish. We started at Bajio's (on our first unofficial) date, ended at the temple (an ending because that is where our marriage story began), and did a lot of fun stuff in between.

I am in charge of next year, and need to make it as good as this year's date. Wish me luck :)

Monday, February 22, 2010


Reed has been trying to eat rocks lately. I'm not sure who taught him this new trick, but I don't think it's a habit I'm going to support.

Case #1:
We were at the park. A man was mowing the outfield of the baseball field next to the park in a ride-on mower. Reed was intrigued, naturally, so we went to investigate. We had to stop at the chain link fence, but that was okay because there was a rock planter in front of the fence (score!). Reed occupied himself for fifteen minutes (what?!) by picking up rocks and pushing them through the holes in the fence. When it was time to go, I let him take two rocks--mainly because there was no way he was going to drop them. As we were walking home, I looked down at Reed and noticed he was sucking on something. Then I realized exactly what that something was: a rock! I looked at the other rock and noticed that it was wet, too. Very nice. I quickly removed the rocks from the situation and Reed complained the rest of the way home.

Case #2:
We were at the splash pad. (Side note: one thing I love about the desert is that February brings perfect splash pad weather!) Reed kept finding little rocks, washing them off in the water, then putting them in his mouth. I did learn one good thing from this situation, though: at least Reed has learned that it is important to wash your food before you eat it. Yummmm.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

It's About Time.

Reed can WALK. Finally.

Not that he always chooses to walk instead of crawl. And he still falls a lot. But at least I can stop worrying about him having to crawl into Kindergarten on his first day of school. Thanks for lifting that burden, Reed.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Reed got crayons for Christmas from Grandma.

The blue one is already broken. In two places. Possibly because it is the most loved.

The box is similarly mangled. But it was fun to rip it apart trying to get the crayons out.

And this boy loves to color--and take a taste of the crayons every once in a while.
(Please ignore the snotty nose...he was sick.)

He made this for me.
(Bad lighting? Yes. Thank you, basement apartment.)

Now I just need to go buy a frame.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I love a good deal.

Winter coat for next year, originally $45, on sale for $10? Yes, please.
Thank you, Children's Place.
And thank you, Grace, for finding this ridiculous deal.

WLW update...

I've decided that it is time to do away with the weekly posts--partially because I'm kind of tired of posting about my exercise routines and weight every week and partially because I think I've developed good habits and don't need the weekly blog accountability. I will leave my final two checkpoints in place and let you know on those dates if I meet my  goals!

I have currently lost 18 pounds and have 4 pounds to go to get to prepregnancy weight and 12 pounds to go to reach my goal weight.

Remaining Checkpoints:
1. Mar. 10--Originally, my goal was to reach the 20 pound mark by this date; but I'm going to revise it and try to reach the 22 pound mark (all pregnancy weight!) by this date.
2. May 12--On this date, I hope to have lost 30 pounds total to reach my goal weight.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Reed Show. Starring Reed.

Do you want to know what Reed does every time I pull out the video camera?


I flip the screen so he can see himself. And he would look at himself for hours if I let him. And while this is cute, it gets a little repetitive it that is all the video you have.

But he was "playing" Wii with Ryan the other day and finally had his hands busy enough that he stayed in one spot. And then he even performed on demand.  This was a big day for us. So I finally have one good video of Reed. And I am going to share it with you:

It starts off a little slow, but once he gets on a roll he says a few of his words, shows you his belly and daddy's nose, gives daddy a high 5, "plays" Wii, and blows kisses.

And no, he isn't wearing pants. But at least his socks match his shirt.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

He got them all cut

It was finally time. After spending the first ten months of his life mostly bald, Reed finally grew a lot of hair, all at once. So we decided to give him his first hair cut. I thought it would be best if neither Ryan nor I went near Reed's head with scissors--Ryan has never cut hair before and I have only "trimmed" hair once (Beak was 9 and brave...and I accidentally gave her layers when I was trying to cut it straight). So we enlisted the skills of my mom. (Thanks, mom!)

I forgot to take a before picture, and I generally try to calm Reed's hair down before I take I don't have a good picture to show you how out of control his hair was. In this picture, you can kind of see the length, at least:

So we gave Reed a sucker, plopped him in the Bumbo (which turned out to be an excellent restraining device), and started cutting. He was so good--he didn't cry, didn't even really wiggle too much. He was very brave when grandma pulled out Grandpa's electric trimmer at the end to get Reed's rat tail. He even helped Grandma out with the comb. 

And here is the finished product:
What a handsome boy!

Poor baby apparently has sensitive skin like Daddy, though, because a little while after we used the trimmer on the back, a little rash appeared:
But it's getting better already :)

And a little video...

Not exactly like winning the lottery, but still awesome.

I put on a pair of pants this morning that I haven't worn since before I was pregnant with Reed. In addition to being happy that they fit, I was happy to find MONEY in the pocket! Woohoo! I've get a feeling that today is going to be a good day.

(It was only a dollar. But very exciting nonetheless.)

P.S. Today is Lynnie's Birthday! Happy birthday, Lou! I hope your day is fabulous. (I sent you a card in the mail...but it won't get there today because I didn't send it until today...along with Nick's card for his birthday...)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

WLW Week 13

How I did this week:
1. Run 3 times/week (3/3--check) Finally back on track!
2. WiiFit 3 times/week (3/3--check)
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day (7/7 days--check)
4. Cut down on sweets (fail!) Remember the ridiculous orange cake I mentioned? That plus the oreo truffles at our family super party were a little more than I could resist...
5. Smaller portions (check)
6. Don't be snacky (check) 

This week I lost 1/2 pound for a total of 17.5 pounds lost. Slow and steady wins the race, right? (Though I'm not exactly in a race, I think the adage still applies.) I don't have a lot to say today--which you are probably grateful for. I tend to ramble :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake

If you want to make this ridiculously awesome orange cake, go to my recipe blog here. If you just want to eat the cake without expending the effort to make it, bribe me in some way and I just might make it for you.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Breakfast today

While Reed and I were eating breakfast this morning, he kept reaching for his toy train, which was placed conveniently out of his reach on the kitchen table. Each time he couldn't reach it (amazingly, the train didn't get closer nor did his arms get longer no matter how hard he stretched), he would look at me with his big blue eyes, trying to charm me into giving the train to him. So I told him he could have his train when he was done eating his breakfast. He looked at the bagel he was holding, chucked it onto his tray, pointed at his train, then looked at me again. Apparently he was done with breakfast. And he knew he had won. I gave him his train and he happily set it on his tray, picked up his bagel, and resumed eating.

He can't even form sentences and he is already tricking me into giving him his way. I'm a little apprehensive to see what the future brings.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WLW Week 12 (that's 3 months!!!)

How I did this week:
1. Run 3 times/week (1/3) Yeah, that's not so good. But I figured that running with the nasty cough and terrible headache Reed passed along to me would be a bad idea. So I took a few days off. I went running yesterday for the first time in about a week, and made it all three miles without collapsing. A good sign, I think.I forgot to mention that I finished the couch-to-5k training program a few weeks ago (yes, it worked, and I can now run a 5k!) and have moved on to this training program.
2. WiiFit 3 times/week (3/3--check)
3. Drink 64 oz. of water a day (7/7 days--check)
4. Cut down on sweets (check)
5. Smaller portions (check)
6. Don't be snacky (check) Except for last night...but since it was only one night out of seven, I'm taking the check.

Bad news first: Apparently I can't subtract simple numbers (perhaps the real reason I studied English at BYU rather than any subject that would have required me to take even one math class). Good news: Last week I actually lost 2.5 pounds, not 1.5 pounds. This week I lost 1 pound for a total of 17 pounds lost. And (drum roll please) I now only have 5 pounds left to lose to get to prepregnancy weight (woot!) and 13 pounds left to lose to meet my final goal. Woohoo!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Definitely a boy

We are babysitting three little girls today. Reed took one of their Barbies hostage, crawled over to their play kitchen, shoved the Barbie in the oven, and slammed the door.

Granted, the Barbie was wearing a swimsuit and did look a little pale--so perhaps he was just trying to help her improve her tan.

Monday, February 1, 2010


At breakfast this morning, I dropped a spoon. I'm pretty klutzy, so this isn't an uncommon experience, but today the spoon was covered in oatmeal and was headed right for my lap--so I let out a little shriek of surprise. Naturally, Reed thought this was basically the funniest thing that had ever happened. Ever. (You really should hang out with him sometime--it is a major self-esteem booster.) So I proceeded to drop the spoon again and mock-shriek. Yep, still funny. So I did it again. Funny, again. Then Reed started doing it, too. It's really too bad that Ryan didn't walk in to see his wife and baby, dropping spoons and shrieking, over and over again.

14 Months

Reed's newest trick is folding his arms (prayer-style). He came up with this one all on his own. Today, when I went to get him out of his crib after a nap, he was sitting up, folding his arms, and jabbering. Perhaps he has started a habit of saying a prayer upon waking up?

When I sing "patty-cake," he claps during the beginning, gets lost during the "roll it and pat it" section, then "tosses it in the oven" very vigorously.

He LOVES his "fishy thing." It's a lifesaver at nap time. We cringe when the batteries die and we don't have replacements.

STILL can't walk. But is very, very speedy when crawling.

We read Goodnight Moon as part of his bedtime routine. He likes to point at the pictures with me and turn the pages.

Caught in the act. He loves to sneak into the MPR  and find treats.

We have a picture book entitled "Good dog, Carl." (Obviously, it's an awesome book.) Reed loves this book, and if you ask him where the doggie is, he points at the right picture every time. He can also identify the baby in the book. 

Reed reading.

Reed likes to "color." Mostly, he likes to sit at a table like the big kids and hold a crayon, sometimes making random marks on the paper.

When Reed had the flu, he got throw up all over his bumpers (yes, it was gross). But he discovered that it is super fun to put your feet through the bars of your crib.

He got lego-type blocks for Christmas and likes stacking them. What he really loves, though, is taking them apart after I stack them.

When I say, "Reed has a hat," he will take whatever he is holding and put it on top of his head.

He loves to play peek-a-boo--it's his favorite game to initiate. If he is holding something big enough to cover his eyes (seriously, anything), he is definitely going to play peek-a-boo.

Blowing kisses is another new trick. He puts his hand over his mouth and pats it a few times--it's kind of funny :)

If he finds a necklace or tie or anything that goes around a neck, he tries to put it on. He usually gets the necklaces on but has a hard time with everything else.

Already addicted.

He likes to use his own spoon to feed himself. He's not very accurate, but he has a good time.

When I ask him where his nose is, he will usually wrinkle it up and snort at me. When I ask him where my nose is he points to mine.

First taste of a popsicle. He wasn't too impressed.

He has been shaking his head "no" for a while now, but it has evolved: now his head shake is accompanied by a z-snap type attitude. 

He tries to put his own shoes and socks on, but can't. After he tries for a few minutes, he holds them out to me and looks at me until I put them on for him.