Monday, November 29, 2010


This year, my mom's family had a Thanksgiving reunion of sorts. My mom has seven siblings and they each have at least a few kids; and most of those kids have their own kids. My grandpa told me that our family is now up to 175 people--with three more babies on the way. Pretty impressive, I think. Anyway, Ryan and I left two days after Utah's supposed "blizzard." There wasn't much snow, but the temperatures were ridiculous:

 Yes, it was three degrees in Cedar City at 9 a.m. Not awesome. 
My mom and dad had taken Reed to Provo with them the day before Ryan and I left, so we only had Asher in the car. And Asher was amazing and slept the entire way.

Because I'm awesome, I took zero pictures of Thanksgiving dinner. Just know that there was a lot of food, a lot of family, and a pretty sweet talent show in which everyone looked pretty ridiculous.

I also took zero pictures of Black Friday madness. I went to Wal-Mart, modbod, and the mall with my mom and sisters at midnight. Then I slept and fed Asher while they went to about five other stores. Later that day, we went to IKEA and Ten Thousand Villages, to the Planetarium at the Gateway Mall, and to Tucano's for dinner. 

I finally took pictures on Saturday. We went to Park City and visited the Olympic Training Site and museum. Mando Mando and Reed tried out the Luge:

The girls and Reed bobsledded:

Then the boys took a turn bobsledding. Ryan was the team's Yul Brenner

Cole went downhill skiing. He's pretty impressive.

Reed also went downhill skiing. He was kind of bored, apparently.

 And we got to see professional skiers practice jumping.

Later, we did some damage at the outlet mall, then drove home. 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Birthday Part One

 Reed turns two tomorrow, which is kind of blowing my mind.

We knew that between Thanksgiving and Asher's blessing in California, it would be tricky to find a time near Reed's birthday to celebrate with my family. So we celebrated last Saturday. Reed helped get ready for the party by frosting cupcakes:
At one point, I turned my back to get something. When I came back to the table, I found Reed sampling some frosting off a cupcake and off the spoon I gave him to use to frost. After that, I kept a more watchful eye on him.

Mando helped Reed unwrap his presents. He got hooked up--seriously.

His favorite present of the night turned out to be the one Grandpa Jack picked out...

 Handy "Mandi"!!! (A.k.a. Handy Manny to the rest of the world).

 Can you tell he loves it?

 After we ate a delicious dinner--the amazing pork loin and risotto Ryan made (Reed has classy taste)--we celebrated with a few cupcakes and the birthday glasses, of course.

I'm not sure how Ryan got this picture, but it's really cool:

Reed successfully blew out his three candles (two for his age and one to grow on), then made quick work of his cupcake. 

 Happy birthday early, Buddy!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Doing our part to deplete the Dixie National Forest

This year, we decided it was about time we cut down our own Christmas tree. Our trees in years past have been a little pathetic: our first Christmas, we bought a tree in the Smith's parking lot; our second Christmas, we didn't even have a tree; and our third Christmas, our tree was so small it practically didn't count.

Anyway, we bought our permit ($10 at Ace Hardware, in case you are interested), borrowed a saw and a truck from some friends (Thanks, Ted and Megan!), and headed up the mountain. 
Apparently, the snow plows stop exactly at the boundary line marking the entrance to Dixie National Forest, which is where you can cut down trees. So the roads were a little scary--but we made it. Once we got to a decent spot to stop (a wide shoulder on the road), we realized that Asher, Reed, and I weren't going to be able to climb up the mountain through the snow; so Ryan made the trek alone while the boys and I walked around in the snow.

If you are sensitive about tree carnage, you may want to skip the first picture below.

That tree used to be standing, before Ryan took a saw to it.

The inaugural use of the baby carrier was successful. 
In case you are wondering why Reed looks distraught: we had been looking at a creek across the road. When Ryan came down the mountain with the tree, I tore Reed away from the "ri-ber" (river) to help Ryan. Reed was less than impressed with my decision.

Ryan in the ditch at the bottom of the mountain with our tree. Good job, honey!

Reed, still super upset about the river. He really needs to learn some patience--I promised him we would go show Daddy in just a minute!
Our tree! (Yes, Reed is STILL crying.)

 Then we finally made it to the river...

 And look who decided that life wasn't so bad, after all:

Packing on the pounds...

This boy is 9 lbs., 12 oz.--that's a gain of 26 oz. in two weeks...about 2 oz. per day!

Additionally, he likes to throw gang signs.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Monthly Asher: 1

This is quite cliche, but I really can't believe we've already had Smash for a month.

A few things about Asher at one month:
He is starting to be awake more often and for longer amounts of time, which is kind of exciting.

Recently, he decided that sleeping anywhere other than in someone's arms at naptime. overrated. I'm hoping it's just the combination of having a cold and not being in his own bed (we've been at my parents' house for a few days) that has created this fiasco and that once we return home, things will go back to normal. At least he still sleeps in his bed at night, though!

He generally has a really concerned look on his face, like he's really worried about something--and it looks pretty funny. But he smiles as he falls asleep, which is ridiculously cute.

Asher has basically outgrown newborn clothes (he's too long) and is starting to fill out his 0-3 month clothes.

This is the only tongue trick he has yet displayed. I'm thinking Reed may need to start dishing out lessons.

Smash eats every 2-3 hours, which means we are up 3-4 times in the night. Sweet.

He is starting to "coo" and make a few noises other than swallowing (which he does quite loudly) or crying.

There's a smile. Excited to be one month old, perhaps?

He is apathetic toward tummy time. Sometimes, he will stay on his tummy forever without complaining. Sometimes, he gives a little fuss after only a minute or two.

He sleeps with one arm wiggled out of his wrap. He doesn't have a preference which arm is out, so long as one of them makes it out. But if he gets two out, he wakes up. Odd.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Something I can't do.

Some people can roll their tongue up like a hot dog bun.
Some people can turn their tongue sideways.

I can do neither. Ryan can do both.

Reed can do both at the same time.

Asher has a lot to live up to.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A thrilling tale of a treacherous ride. (Kind of)

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit us (because who wouldn't want to come visit such cute boys??).

While they were here, we wanted to do something fun with them. But they've visited us once before and we had pretty much covered all of the exciting Cedar City destinations during that trip. So we decided to go somewhere new...

It was somewhere cold...

And we had to drive through snow to get there...

Where was it?

 Panguitch Lake.

It turned out to be freezing cold at Panguitch Lake. I don't think it would have been so bad if not for the ridiculously ice-cold wind that was blowing. So we didn't actually stay there very long. But it was very pretty, at least.
Notice the fishing rod in the bottom right corner of the picture? Don't worry, there were just two guys fishing from inside of their car at the boat launch site. They'd also propped a few fishing poles outside in the rocks. Weird, but understandable--it was so cold.

Ryan's mom, Asher, and I hid out in the car for a little bit while Reed, Ryan, and Grandpa looked around. And, after about fifteen minutes, we decided to go.

 The ride on the way home started out fun (ish)...

 ...but quickly deteriorated as Reed decided that the only way he would be happy on the way home was if Ryan or I sang to him. Constantly. And he had to choose every song, which we then had to sing--even if he chose "Once There Was a Snowman" seven times in a row.

Oh, and then it started to snow.

Did I mention that we were at an elevation of about 11,000 feet? And had to drive home via the mountain-switchback roads that lead down from Brian Head? And that in places the fog was so bad that we couldn't see more than ten feet in front of us? And at many points in our drive our car decided it didn't want to turn the way Ryan turned the wheel? Yeah, that was interesting. Let's just say the ride home involved a lot of prayers--including prayers that Reed would stop crying (which he did) and that Asher would continue sleeping (which he did). When we finally made it down the mountain (good job Ryan!), we were all quite relieved. And then we got to see about ten deer just a few feet off the road. Then three deer decided to saunter across the road, which was pretty sweet. (It wouldn't have been so sweet if they crossed the road in the snowy, treacherous parts...that would have been terrifying).

Anyway, we got home and fed Asher (who was amazing during the entire trip).

(And he's really cute)

And the boys made fried wontons for us.There's nothing quite like fried foods to comfort you after a scary drive down a snow-covered mountain.

 Other things we did while Grandma and Grandpa were here included a lot of cuddling:

And a little early birthday shopping for Reed, who scored with a Thomas the Train engine and track and a new wagon from Grandma and Grandpa

Thanks for visiting us, Grandma and Grandpa, and we promise not to take you on any perilous drives should you decide to visit again (though we'll understand if you avoid us during the winter months...)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

On a Sunday

A week ago, Asher made his debut at church (but only for sacrament). He looked quite cute and did quite well--he slept in his car seat the entire time.
Shout out to Lynnie for the cute tie onesie :)

 Buddy also looked quite cute.
Ryan and I eyed this jacket at Children's Place forever before it finally went on super clearance this summer($5 woot woot!).  We found the hat in a clearance bin ($1!!) at a Children's Place in California a few months later, which just sweetened the outfit. And, random side note, Reed's clothes are sized as follows: pants--12 months, shirt and jacket--24 months, hat 4T. He has such tiny legs and such a giant noggin--luckily he doesn't look as out of proportion as he is!

 Later, we decided to go on a Sunday drive. We ended up going through Paragonah on a dirt road and found a beautiful reservoir. There happened to be a group of about seven or eight deer hanging out there (look closely):

Buddy was distraught that we wouldn't let him play in the freezing cold water:

But at least he calmed down when Ryan took him on a walk to be closer to the deer.

Ryan climbed a little hill and got a better view than Reed and I did (you can see Reed and I by the reservoir if you look closely):

He also got to see this:

As we drove away, the sun started setting, so we pulled over to take this:

About fifteen minutes later, the sunset got really pretty, so we stopped again:
On the way home, Reed got a little grumpy--and the only thing that keeps him happy when he is grumpy in the car is having Ryan and I sing songs. Then Reed started requesting songs we didn't know; but luckily Ryan is great at improv lyrics. One of my favorites was his jellyfish song: I am a jellyfish, I'm so gelatinous, I sting you and it hurts until you pee on me! He sang the jellyfish song in a very interesting accent--he sounded like Louis Armstrong trying to do a Lumiere (from Beauty and the Beast) voice. Classy, I know.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Two week stats

 This boy is two weeks old!
 We went to the doctor today for his well child check. The stats:
Weight: 8 lbs. 2oz. (27th percentile)
Height: 20.5 in. (36th percentile)
Head circumference: 15.25 in. (80th percentile)
A few things of note at two weeks: 
Asher has clogged tear ducts. A lot of babies have this same problem, and it usually clears up on its own, but it looks like Smash is going to have to use eye drops for a few days. That should be fun.

Asher eats all the time. He is kind of a little piglet. I'm pretty sure he woke up four times last night to eat. I'm not totally sure, because I don't think I was fully awake during any of the feedings.

Asher is starting to be awake a little more often during the day, which is kind of exciting. I can't wait until he's big enough for Reed to play with.
We love little brother!