02 April 2013

In case you've been wondering . . .

Here's what we've been up to the past few months!

-We spent Christmas with my family up in Salt Lake ( I know, Christmas was ages ago! Clearly I am a slacker at keeping up with the blog). Unfortunately we didn't take many pictures (aka just the one under this paragraph) but it was fun. Mairead was of course spoiled way too much but she loved opening presents. She would get a smile after opening each one and say "Ooh!" It was fun.
Mairead and Ked on Christmas morning
 - Mairead played in snow for the first time and a few times after that. She really liked it and it was fun to watch her try to move around in her snow pants and big puffy coat.
Daddy showing Mairead how to make a snowball.

And now we jump to Spring because I didn't take many pictures after that . . .

- We have been enjoying the nicer weather by being outside more. We've gone to the park a few times and Mairead loves swinging! She sometimes likes to go down the slide with me or Ked but is still getting used to it.

 -We've gone to Zion National Park three more times using our pass. First, we went with a former roommate of mine for the day in February and had fun, but forgot to take pictures. It was different to be there in the winter when the shuttles aren't running and there aren't a billion people. We saw some guys rock climbing up a cliff which was cool. We enjoyed driving through the canyon looking at all the scenery. It really seems like a different view when you are in your own car instead of a big shuttle bus. Also, we discovered the Archaeology trail is really lame.  The second time we planned to hike the Hidden Canyon trail but accidentally forgot the hiking backpack to put Mairead in so we had to do lesser hikes that we could carry her in our arms on. We went up to Weeping Rock and then on the Emerald Pools trail. It was fun.  The last time was just this past weekend and we went on the Hidden Canyon trail. It was very cool and fun. Unfortunately we didn't take too many pictures of the actual canyon but you should look it up. It is gorgeous! The park was a lot busier this time. The shuttles have just recently started up again for the busier season.
A picture looking out from Weeping Rock.

Carrying Mairead on the Emerald Pools trail.

Life is much better with a baby backpack!

Chains on one of the more intense parts of the Hidden Canyon trail.

Looking out and down from a part of the Hidden Canyon trail.
 - We went up to Salt Lake for the last part of Ked's spring break to spend some time with my sister before she left on her mission and to hear her speak in her single's ward. We were also able to meet up with Ked's sister Abigail and her family and spend the day with them at the Church History Museum and go to the top of the Church Office Building. On one of the nights after Mairead went to bed, Ked, my sister Mariah, and I went out to the Salt Lake and walked around a bit. We saw a bunch of rocks off in the distance and decided to explore and see if we could reach them by walking along the shore. Ked made it there (he's the tiny person in the picture):
 But Mariah and I didn't. Instead I was walking in a place that was somewhat unstable and sunk in the sandy stuff up to my ankles. It was a good thing Mariah was there to help me out because I kept sinking down when I would try to get my feet out.
My footprints
-While we were up there my family took pictures and we finally got a Hamblin family picture. It was about time. The last one was from our Christmas Card just after Mairead was born.
Our family

Cute girl
 -I made some matching skirts and hair clips for Mairead and two of my former roommates (who also happen to be sisters) little girls. I won some fabric on a blog and wanted to do something fun with it. I think they turned out cute.
 -And now, for the Mairead update. She just turned 16 months and I can't believe how big and old she seems. She is growing up so fast! She now pretty much has a mouthful of teeth, four in front on the top and bottom and all four of her first molars too. She still isn't walking on her own even though she loves walking holding on to our hands and could do it on her own if she tried. I flip back and forth between wanting her to walk and being grateful that she doesn't yet.  Even though she isn't walking, it seems as if she is talking constantly. She is always jabbering about something and although I am not very good at keeping track of the words she says she does say a lot of them. For a while she referred to all adults as "daddy," all children as "baby," and all animals as "doggy." She still does it a little bit, but not quite as much. From off the top of my head she also says walk, mommy, hi, hello, pretty, and a bunch of other things that I can't recall right now. I'm sure she is also trying to say things that we just don't understand as well. She is still a very happy child although occasionally she will get whiny if she doesn't get everything she wants. She is very fun and silly and she makes us laugh a lot. We're lucky to have her.

Three pictures of dress-up fun with Dad:
Wearing a cap

Construction worker Mairead

Pilot Mairead

 What her face looks like after Mom lets her lick the sour cream spoon

Playing with a balloon hat leftover from the Relief Society birthday party

Crazy hair after naptime at my parents house. My mom has crystals in the front window that make rainbows all over the room when the sun comes in and Mairead loved them. She called them "bobo."

19 December 2012

Mairead had a Birthday, Shout Hooray!

As of November 30, Mairead is now one year old! It seems like it was such a long time ago that she was born and at the same time it has been no time at all. Kind of odd how that seems to happen. While we were up in Salt Lake for Thanksgiving we had a little party with my family and a few friends since we don't have family down here with us. It was a fun time and Mairead enjoyed it. Her presents were mainly books (which she loves) and she mostly ate only frosting on her cake, but got pretty messy from that anyhow. And now . . . pictures.

Mostly ready for the party.

She got a tiny baby doll in a crocheted little basket. She likes it.

Opening her quilt.

Another present. Little stuffed puppy from my aunt.

Content after opening presents.

Trying to decide if it is okay to eat the cake.

After a while of her sticking her fingers in the frosting and licking them we cut a piece of the cake for her. She ate a tiny bit of the actual cake, but mainly just enjoyed the frosting.

Messy face! She also had frosting all up and down her arms.
On her actually birthday the next week Ked came home from work with a donut for her. She was very excited but didn't eat much of it. Licked some of the frosting off, but that's it.

In other news, at Mairead's one year check-up she weighed 18 1/2 lbs and was about 28 inches long. She has been cutting three more teeth lately, one more on the top and two more on the bottom. She's started pulling herself up to stand a bunch more. And she's started talking! She is still constantly babbling but she says two words as well. "Daddy" and "Hi!" It's pretty cute and we're excited to see what her next word will be. Her hair is also long enough that I have put it into little pigtails a few times and she looks super cute!

Sucking on the candy cane she got from Santa at the ward Christmas party while mom does the dishes.
Other happenings from our lives these last few weeks:
-We had the stomach flu. Those were not fun days.
-Ked finished his classes for the semester after spending hours drawing and painting the last few weeks. We are enjoying the break from the stress of projects.
-We finally got snow yesterday and it feels like Christmas is really here!

13 November 2012

Stone Soup

This is going to be a fairly random and scattered post, mostly pictures from the highlights of our past weeks and mostly Halloween and Mairead.

Ked found a huge black widow outside the other day and took a picture of it next to a ruler so you can see how huge it really was. Very creepy looking.
I finished Mairead's quilt. She is going to get it for her birthday which is coming up very quickly. I quilted it on my sewing machine, sort of free motion quilting, and it didn't turn out too bad considering it was my first one. I went somewhat along the seams of the blocks and then a few wavy lines through them as well. As long as you don't actually look closely at the stitches and notice that they are all different sizes it looks nice. 
Here it is just before I finished sewing the binding by hand. It has a yellow and white striped flannel on the back.
This is a library we saw in Bountiful. I thought it looked super cool and so I took a picture.
This picture is from the Livestock festival. We missed the parade with the sheep running down Main Street since Mairead was a little stuffy and taking a nap, but we took her to the fairgrounds place to see the animals. She wasn't afraid at all and petted these huge horses and some sheep. We were a little disappointed because there weren't as many animals as last year.
 As for Halloween, the Friday before our ward had a party and that is what we dressed up for. We went as a Safari since my mom found an elephant costume for Mairead on a good deal. Ked the Lion, Mairead the Elephant, and Madeleine the Safari Guide(hunter?). Mairead was the cutest elephant and was very well-behaved even though she stayed up two hours past her bedtime.
The super cute elephant

The whole safari

Apparently elephants stick out their tongues. Mairead has recently started doing this quite a bit.

On actual Halloween day things weren't too exciting. Ked had a big project due the next day and so he was up working on that all night. We had eight trick-or-treaters and gave Mairead a special bath with some orange foamy soap. Ked tried to give her an orange pumpkin dress with it but she kept trying to eat it. We celebrated a bit more for Halloween the next day by eating mummy pigs in a blanket things and watching a Halloween movie.
With a foamy nose after she tried to stuff it in her mouth the first time
Now for more on Mairead. Her two top teeth are slowly coming down but I haven't managed to get a picture of them yet. She is crawling around like crazy and has learned how to climb up the stairs. Her first bleeding injury happened just the other day when she was climbing the stairs. She slipped and slid down a stair or two and ended up biting her lip pretty bad, but it is healing very well. She is starting to pull herself up to a standing position and move around a tiny bit that way. The last few weeks she has had a bit of a cold and stuffy nose and is just starting to sleep through the night again. She has developed quite the big belly and her hair is growing pretty fast though mostly in the back. So now she has somewhat of a mullet, but it is a bit curly and not too bad. She has started jabbering like crazy and has everyone at church (especially in Relief Society) charmed with her cuteness. And now, on to the pictures.
Crazy hair starting to appear

Wearing her had from Aunt Elise

We like to call these pajamas her Thneed (from Dr. Suess' The Lorax)

Some curls in the back

Cute face after her bath

These pajamas have shown us just how adorable she looks in blue. Look at those eyes! We decided we need to find her some more blue clothes

Having fun in the leaves while mom rakes

Dressed up for church

I put this on her last Sunday to see if it fit and was surprised that it still did since it is a 3-6 month. She wore it last I think in March and she was a little young for such a fancy dress. I'm glad it still fits!

19 September 2012


Here's a little update on what we've all been doing since the last post:

Ked has started classes again for the semester. He has three studio classes (painting, life drawing, and drawing 3) which means a lot of projects. All those projects are keeping him pretty busy. If he does anything he really likes I'll get him to post it up on the blog.

I (Madeleine) have been sewing quite a bit. Quilting to be exact. While I was up in Salt Lake staying with my parents after my eye procedure I helped my sister make a quilt out of my old t-shirts. While there I caught the quilting bug and got fabric to make Ked a small Halloween quilt since it is his favorite holiday. After I was just about done with the top I found a great deal on some cute fabric online for a quilt for Mairead (either for her birthday or Christmas) so I've made the top of that too. As of right now I have two quilt tops and some fabric for the backing but I still need to get batting and put them all together. They are super simple patterns, but I like them. Here are some not-very-good-quality phone pictures of the finished quilt tops:

Ked's Halloween quilt

Mairead's first quilt from Mama
Mairead continues to be an adorable happy little girl. She's really started to crawl now and is getting better at it every day. She's continuing to grow but is still a little thing. At her last doctor appointment (9 months) she weighed 16.5 lbs and was almost 27 inches tall. Recently she has started clapping and jabbering a lot. She loves books (especially turning pages) and will almost always play with a book even if there are a bunch of other toys around. She makes us laugh and smile all the time. Here are a few pictures of her from my phone since I haven't been very diligent at taking pictures with the camera. It seems as if whenever I get it out Mairead would rather play with it than continue whatever cute thing she was doing that made me get it out in the first place.

Helping Mama with the laundry

Reading a book at the library with Dad

Cute smile and her 2 teeth

08 August 2012

Top Events from Recent Weeks

1. Thunderstorms. Lately it seems that just about every day the clouds form and in the afternoon and evening threaten a storm, which most often comes. A few times it hasn't rained, but usually it does at least a little bit. A week or so ago we had a few downpours as well. Once it was raining so hard we could barely see the school across the street in our backyard. Pretty crazy. All this rain has been giving Ked more work also since a few storage rooms always seem to flood at SUU in the building he works custodial in.

2. We went to Zion National Park again. This time with Ked's sister Abi and her family as a last hurrah since they were moving away from us. We didn't do a ton of hiking but it was good to spend time with them and enjoy the scenery.

Me on the trail. Funny thing; I wore this same outfit when Ked and I went to Zion two years ago just before we got engaged.
Ked and Mairead



3. Mairead update: She is just over 8 months now and is as cute as ever! She has started sleeping through the night again which is much appreciated. She still isn't crawling, but mostly prefers to sit and observe and occasionally stretch to reach toys she wants. She likes it a lot when we stand her up and has even stood by herself for a second or so at a time. Who knows, maybe she will skip the crawling thing and just start walking around.

She has started sleeping like this and in other varying positions as she moves around in her sleep. For a while she was sleeping on her tummy all the time which was a little odd since she hated tummy time. She likes it now.
She likes to play around with her pacifier way more than actually suck on it so recently she's mainly only had it for naps and bedtime.
Last week on Sunday Mairead was looking super adorable so I had a mini photo-shoot with her in her room. You can see in the pictures that her hair has been growing and is even showing some sign of curls. She's a cutie.

She started to put her head to the side when she was looking closer at something. Now she does it all the time when she is looking at us and it is very adorable.