Buddy loves to wear our shoes. Here he is with an armful.
Reed likes to say, "1, 2, 3, THROW!!!" then toss whatever he is holding. He counts to three really fast, so you generally don't have a lot of warning before something is zooming at your head.
Reed is still in love with the phone. He likes to pick it up and say, "Heyyo? (Hello) Oh hi Mando. How are you?" Mando is his favorite person to pretend call.
Reed's latest question is "How it works?" He asks how everything works--he is a very inquisitive boy.
Story time with Mommy and brother. Reed loves to read.
Reed likes to follow my around and ask, "What doin' Mommy?" No matter what I respond (i.e. "Combing my hair" or "Changing Asher's diaper"), he says, "Oh, that cute, Mommy."
Reed's favorite snack is crunch berries. His second favorite snack is a graham cracker. While he was eating, he asked me to take a picture of him so he could show me his cracker.
When Reed doesn't want to do something I ask him--like putting his shoes away or throwing something away--he tells me one of three things: "Mommy, can't do it, I not tall enough;" or "Mommy, I not strong enough;" or, my personal favorite, "Mommy, can't do it right now. Maybe later I do it."
The other day, Reed said, "Mommy, my lambie crying. He need a wrap." Then he wrapped his lamb up in a swaddle. I asked Reed if his lamb needed a bottle, too--and of course Lambie did.
After feeding Lambie, Reed was sure to burp him.
Reed likes to color. When he's coloring, he either asks me to write his name on the paper, or draws a scribble and tells me he wrote his name. Lately, he's started writing "Reed and Asher" on all of his pictures. (I think he picked this up from nursery)
Mr. Independent has to climb up into his buzz-woody chair all by himself. He loves to stand on top of it, too.
Reed prefers coloring on the back side of paper. After nursery, he always shows me that he colored on the "uh-ger (other) side."
Just being silly with Mommy.
Buddy loves to be a helper. His favorite way to help with Asher is to shake up Asher's bottles. Sometimes he likes to hold Asher's bottles while Asher eats, too.
Walking is so much more fun when you have two of Mommy's shoes on.
Reed is obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He would watch it all day if I let him. We usually watch one Mickey each day while I give Asher his morning bottle. Reed loves to say, "Oh Toodles!" with Mickey. And whenever Mickey asks who will help, Reed yells, "I will!"
Having a "Chop Chop" fight with Daddy.
Reed can almost count to ten. He says, "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10!"
Reed is pretty short, so can't reach the light switches. But he loves to turn lights on and off. So he figured out how to use the back scratcher, Daddy's long shoe horn, his sword, or even the stiff wire on his gallimoto to turn the lights on and off.
Reed found this blanket at Grandma's house (I think it was Kody's?) and is now in love with it. He calls it "Soft Blankie" and carries it all around the house with him. He likes to wrap it around himself and tell me he is wearing "churchie clothes" or "my outfit" or "my jacket."
For whatever reason, Reed always wants Asher to do tummy time. He constantly asks, "Asher ready do tummy time Mommy? Asher want to do tummy time?"
A few weeks ago, Grandma and Grandpa came to visit us. And what is a visit to St. George without a trip to the St. George Ocean? That's right--incomplete. If you don't know what the St. George Ocean is, you haven't really been to St. George. Come visit us, and we'll take you on a tour.
Getting to the St. George Ocean requires a bit of a hike, which Reed spent riding on Grandpa's shoulders while Ryan carried the car seat. Oh yeah, and we brought zero flashlights...so I'm kind of impressed we made it up and down without major mishap.
(Proof that Asher was, in fact, there)
And the best part of the St. George Ocean at night?
When Reed was about four weeks, we decided it would be a great idea to take a "headshot" of him each week for the first year of his life. We did...and I never did anything with it. Then, a few weeks ago, we decided it would be an even greater idea to do the same thing for Asher. So we did...and now I'm doing something with both of them. The first few weeks of both boys Weekly Headshot are just cropped pictures we had taken, since I wasn't on the ball enough to start from day one. They look pretty similar--especially around weeks 10ish through 13ish. Anyway, without further ado, here are The Weekly Reed and The Weekly Asher:
My little sister, Kayla, and I ran our first official 5K on Saturday. We crossed the finish line together 30:04 after running the entire 5K (we both thought we would have to take at least one walking break). Thirty minutes is pretty average for a 5K, but I'm still quite proud of us!
Next up: 50-mile team relay--from Gunlock to Sand Hollow Reservoir!
We were super lame on New Year's Eve and fell asleep at about 10. Ryan tried to wake me up a few minutes before midnight, but apparently I just waved him off. Asher managed to wake me up at 12:15 with an urgent need to eat. We had our sparkling cider the next night :)
On New Year's Day, we chilled around the house and did some major unpacking.
My cuties on New Year's Day:
And what's New Year's Day without football?
While Smash cuddled with Daddy, Reed was silly with me:
I was feeding Asher when the kids woke up, so I missed the trek down the stairs. Ryan took a few pictures for me:
Zoe helping Reed.
I don't think Peyton was all the way awake yet.
Reed went to bed at about 10:30 on Christmas Eve and woke up at 7:00 with the other kids on Christmas morning. So he was a real gem.
Here he is, not being excited at all by the "Buzz-Woody" Santa brought for him.
Smash, at least, was in a good mood and got to spend some quality time with Grandpa.
We had a lot of fun watching the kids open their presents. A few highlights:
Declan with his DS.
Peyton pumped on her new converse. Declan and Greer showing appropriate interest.
Zoe with American Girl slippers.
Zoe and Peyton with their 51" doll house (yes, it's really that tall.)
Kamdyn opening her iPod touch. She was in disbelief--I think she thought it was fake:
Reed didn't like waiting his turn to open a present, so I distracted him by reading one of his new books to him.
Daddy with the boys:
Thanks for the cute jammies, mom!
Smashie living it up on his first Christmas.
Greer trying to get Smash to smile with her.
Two best present moments: Kamdyn opening her iPod and Ryan's mom opening the handprints each of the grandkids made for her. After presents, Janelle's and Justin's families headed over to in-laws' houses and we chilled for a few hours with Grandma and Grandpa. Reed took a much-need four hour (seriously) nap and woke up in a significantly better mood. We had an awesome dinner, then rounded the day out by having a sweet Karaoke party. Our family is that cool.