Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Looking on the bright side

We are currently in the process of moving. Like most people, I'm not exactly a fan of all the packing and cleaning and lifting involved with moving. But in the spirit of having a good attitude, I've decided to make a list of the good aspects of moving.

1. Empty cupboards make excellent hiding places.

2. You both forget your anniversary, but neither one of you can be mad--because neither one is prepared.
(Happy Anniversary, Ryan!)

3. If you happen to be quite pregnant, you get out of a lot of lifting.

And...that's about it. I'll let you know if I discover anything else that proves moving isn't completely horrible.

Monday, July 26, 2010

How to Spoon

This video rang very true in our house. There are a few somewhat questionable parts but it is very funny. Watch out for post mini T-Rex arm syndrome.

Pioneer Day!

For Pioneer Day, we decided to light our own fireworks because there weren't going to be any city fireworks going off in the sky. 

Coco went insane...but is anyone really surprised by that? She actually chewed up a few used fireworks.

Reed was a bit apprehensive at first...

But he quickly decided that fireworks are pretty sweet!

And he wanted MORE!

He even held his own sparkler. Several times.
Happy Pioneer Day!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Third trimester starts today! Woot woot!!

Crayon Escapades

We got to experience another first a few days ago--though it wasn't a first I was particularly thrilled about: first crayon masterpiece on the wall. (It doesn't look like much here, but the picture doesn't include the extent of the color spread and doesn't really do it justice.) Normally, I don't let Reed use crayons unless I am somewhere nearby because he likes to color on his toys, not the paper. So when I saw him sneaking off into his room, holding a crayon, I followed him--and found that he had already used his super stealth the smuggle several crayons into his room and color on his door! Oops. So I pulled out a sponge and was about to start cleaning the door, when Mr. Naughty grabbed the sponge, yelled, "Wash!" and started scrubbing the door:
What?! He wants to clean? Awesome. The sponge and cleaner didn't actually take off any of the crayon, but a few days later my mom gave me a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser...and the crayon came right off. Like Magic. Seriously, I was in awe.

I am going to have to keep a closer eye on the crayon thief...

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Last of the California Pictures. I Promise.

We (obviously) took a lot of pictures during our California trip, and I realized that none of these had made the blog yet--and they are all quite cute--so here we go!

What started as a friendly game of basketball one night with these three cuties turned into a two-on-two challenge: Janelle and me vs. Steve and Ryan. Guess who won? I'll give you a hint: It wasn't Steve and Ryan (boo-yah!!!)

How cute are they??
Reed had SO much fun playing with these girls! He misses them so much.

They were so good about playing with him. One day, they were all out on the grass. Reed kept flopping down, saying, "Night night," and pretending to sleep for about five seconds before getting up, running to a new spot, and repeating the process. All three girls joined him.

And I ended up getting this gem.

The girls convinced us all to lay on the driveway so they could draw our chalk outlines. It appears that Ryan's left leg, right arm, and head may have been struck with elephantiasis at the time.

I realized that I didn't take my camera out at all during the first weekend we were you'll just have to trust me when I say we got to go to Ryan's cousin's sealing in the Newport Beach Temple (beautiful!!) and that we got to go to Calum's (the newest Hambly) blessing. What a fun trip!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

More Ba-pa. And Spencer W. Kimball

I was packing our bookshelves today and had a stack of books on the floor next to me. The book on top happened to be an old Sunday School manual with a picture of Spencer W. Kimball on the front. It looks like this:

Reed saw the book, said, "Ba-pa! Ba-pa!" then picked the book up and kissed Spencer W. Kimball's picture twice. After I packed the book, he repeatedly tried to dig it out of the box, saying, "Ba-pa! Ba-pa!" and making kissing noises the whole time.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Chillin' with Ba-pa

Reed had quite a fun time doing various activities with Grandpa (aka "Ba-pa" in Reedspeak) while we were in California. Here are two of his favorites:
Grandpa and Grandma have a lemon tree in their backyard that produces tons of lemons, and everyone loves fresh-squeezed lemonade, so Reed helped Grandpa make lemonade! Here Grandpa shows Reed how to use the juicer.

Me: What do you have, Reed?
Reed: Ye-yo. (yellow)

 Checking to see if all the juice is out of the lemon.

Big boy doing it all by himself (check out the two-handed technique!).

Reed also got to take his inaugural ride in Grandpa's car (yes, Reed was pumped that the car is yellow). This act is practically a rite of passage in the Hambly family:

Ready to ride.

Bye-bye Mama! Can you see his little head peeking up out of the car?

Lucky duck Reed loved the drive--apparently he chattered the entire way, pointing out water, trees, and flowers for Grandpa to see.

Ryan also got to spend some time chillin' with Ba-pa, but they mostly played with these beauties...
...while Reed strummed a cardboard guitar, sang into the microphone, and colored with sidewalk chalk.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My sweet boy

This morning I had the unpleasant experience of throwing up (I'm pretty sure the 95 degree weather during my morning walk was the cause--nice welcome home, right?). While I was throwing up, Reed came into the bathroom, and when he realized something was wrong, he started patting my back in a reassuring way.When I was pretty sure I was done, I stayed kneeling by the toilet for a minute to be sure--and Reed laid his head down on my back to give me a hug. Then he pat my back some more and gave me another hug until I got up. He proceeded to lead me to his room. He made a pile of his blankets and said "Mama, pillow." After I laid down, he laid down next to me. Then he retrieved Elmo from his crib (with a little assistance) and cuddled Elmo while we laid down. Then he gave me Elmo to cuddle with and ran off to play. Every few minutes, though, he came and laid down next to me to make sure I was okay.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Celebrating the 4th

Our festivities started on the 2nd of July with a swim party at Shannon's house. Reed looked dang cute in his new swimsuit, so I thought I'd share the love with you and let you see him in it:

I'm happy to report that Reed is finally over his annoyances with water touching his head and had SO much fun in the pool. I'm pretty sure it was the most fun he's ever had in a pool. His favorite thing to play with was a pair of goggles that he filled with water and dumped out repeatedly.

After swimming, we carbo loaded and watched a motivational video to get us ready for the 5K the next morning. The 5K shirts were also unveiled...

Reed's actually mostly fit this year, which was pretty exciting--I don't think last year's shirt even fits him yet :) We had to wake him up to get to the 5K on time, but luckily he was in a good mood!

During the 5K, there was a sweet bounce house for the little kids. Reed loved the bounce house, even though he spent most of his time falling down and getting back up.

After the adult race, the kids ran their "kid race." My favorite part was when they broke through the gigantic banner:

Shannon helped Reed run his part of the race. (No, he's not wearing any shoes.)

We spent the rest of the day playing together. That night, we went to the park to watch the fireworks! We didn't have the best spot--a lot of the fireworks were blocked by trees--but Reed loved it nonetheless. He kept saying, "More! More!" I think he was also excited that I was letting him hold his own bag of popcorn after he'd already had a rice krispy treat (it was a holiday, after all!).

We hope you all had a fantastic Fourth of July (or third) (or second)!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Zimmer Children's Museum

We aer currently living it up in California (for an entire week!!). Yesterday, we discovered an awesome new place we've never visited before: The Zimmer Children's Museum. We loaded Reed and his cousins Kamdyn, Zoe, and Peyton into the car and started our adventure at McDonald's, where Reed consumed more Ranch than anything else. Then we went to the museum...

Waiting for the action to start:

All of us being cute in front of the world's largest tzedakah machine:

Kamdyn trying to hide the fact that she is playing with Reed in the under 24 months room:
(This room was sweet, by the way. It was full of paded blocks to climb on. I think we need a padded room in our house.)

I think Zoe was a little frightened by Kamdyn's driving.

I was more frightened by Reed's driving.

Peyton took control of flying the airplane.

And look how cute these kids are, seriously:

The girls put on several plays; in this one, Ryan was a sorcerer and Zoe was a witch. The play might be going to Broadway soon, so you should feel privileged that you got a sneak peak.

Dance party on the 405 parking lot (we chose a bad time to drive home).

And on a completely related note, here is my belly at 22 and 24 weeks:
Apparently I've popped out quite a bit in the past two weeks (which I didn't really notice until I saw the photographic evidence). At least now I look pregnant, not fat.