08 November 2013


October was a fun month. The main fun things were a trip to the pumpkin patch and Halloween.

One Monday for Family Home Evening we decided to go to a pumpkin patch in Springville that I had heard of.  A major plus was that all the activities were free. We went just after Ked got home from work so we made it there just a little after 3, which was good because by the time we were ready to leave an hour or so later it had gotten a TON busier with all the kids being home from school and such. They had two hay mazes; one super tall for the older kids and another only a few feet high for the younger kids. Mairead had fun in both of them. They also had a little petting zoo thing (a few animals in pens), a tall pyramid of hay bales, pit of corn for the kids to play in with a few pipe slides, a hay ride pulled by a tractor, and of course pumpkins with wagons to pull around as you look for your pumpkin. Mairead loved all of it and we had fun for quite some time. We're definitely planning on going back next year, and hopefully more than once.

We had a ward Halloween party the night before Halloween where we had dinner and then the youth had put together activities for the kids to rotate through. It was a little crazy because our church is pretty small with narrow halls and doors that open out, but we had a fun time. Mairead was a ladybug, Ked was a pirate, and I wore a bunch of random brown and green clothes so that I would look autumn-y or something. On actual Halloween the next day we carved our pumpkins after Ked got home from work and then ate dinner and hung out at my Aunt's house. Mairead was a giraffe on Halloween day. Ked had been a pirate all day at work and so he was just himself for the evening and so was I. We tried to take Mairead trick-or-treating around her neighborhood but apparently we tried to early and no one opened their doors. After a few houses we went back to my Aunt's house and watched Monsters University which was really cute. By then it was just about time to go home and put Mairead to bed so we drove home and did one last trick-or-treat stop at our upstairs neighbors/landlords. Mairead got a handful of candy and we came home to a full bowl of candy that we had left on our doorstep for trick-or-treaters that we apparently didn't have. Oh, well. It was a fun time.

Now that we live in Orem . . .

We've been trying to do fun things. The first month or so we were up here and it was still warm weather we tried to to a bunch of fun things outdoors.

1. We went on a walk at Vivian Park up in Provo Canyon. Mairead loved the water (especially throwing rocks into it) and saying "Hi!" to everyone who passed by.

2. We went down around Utah Lake three times. The first time we just went on a walk and drive, but while we were driving along we noticed a little beach-y part where you could go down and play in the water. We returned there twice and Mairead LOVED it! She didn't mind that the water was a bit cold and that it was windy. In fact, we had to force her to leave the water even when her lips were turning blue from the cold. All this from the girl who screamed during baths for the first 6 months of her life. :)

This girl LOVES water!

3. We went to the Utah State Fair. We thought it would be a bit more exciting than it was, but it was fun. Mairead liked seeing the animals (although there were less than I remember in years past), but her all time favorite thing was the carousel. We decided we would let her go on one of the rides and as soon as she saw the carousel she let us know that she wanted to go on it. She was a little unsure for the first time around, but after that she loved it. She cried when the ride was over and it was time to get off, which was cute and sad at the same time.

4. We went to the museum at Thanksgiving Point during $2 Tuesdays and had a great time. Mairead likes dinosaurs and really enjoyed running around and seeing everything. It was fun.

The really cute picture I got was super blurry so here's a sub-par one with Ked making a silly face.

July and August

Life's been pretty crazy these past few months so in an attempt to keep the blog updated with our lives, here's a list of what we were up to during July and August:

1. Ked's parents came home from their mission to Scotland and Ireland. We picked them up at the airport in Salt Lake along with a bunch of his other siblings and their families. The next day we drove back down to Cedar and all lived in the house for a few weeks while Ked and I were getting everything ready to move up north because . . .

2. Ked got a job in Orem. He works as a daytime custodian at a Jr. High. It's great hours and leaves him with plenty of time to spend with us and also work on his art. :)

3. We lived in no less than four places during Ked's first month of work before finally settling into our apartment in Orem in mid-August. It was an adventure moving between Ked's parent's house, my parent's house, my Grandma's house, etc. We put a lot of miles on the car and used up a lot of minutes and texts on our phones when we weren't staying at the same place.

4. We moved!(obviously)

5. We went to a family reunion back down in Cedar the week after we moved up to Orem. It was really fun and I was able to meet Ked's brother's wife for the first time since Ked and I were married.

All in all, July and August were some pretty big and crazy months for our family. :)

10 July 2013


Here is a picture of Ked with some of his art from the last few classes. There are a few master copies (copies of paintings from old masters), some drawings, and an original painting.  I can't decide which is my favorite. I was happy that Ked let me share these. Now you can believe me when I say that Ked is a great artist!

Randomness and Pictures

I decided I just needed to post this quick or else it wouldn't get done at all!

Naturally, as soon as I posted last time about Mairead's not walking yet she decided to start walking the next day. Since it's been a few months she is really good at it and has even started running some. She has started talking a ton more as well. She will say just about anything we tell her to and she uses too many words for me to count.

Ked's parents sent this hat for his birthday and we decided to try the fake hair out on Mairead.

 This was the first time she became possessive of items, little pieces of paper from an origami star one of the young men in Ked's class made.

 We spilled gasoline in the back of the car and had an adventure taking everything out to get the carpet out and clean it. It probably hasn't been that clean for quite some time.

 One of my former roommates, Natalie, and her family came down for a few days and we went hiking in Zion. It was a lot of fun, but we were really bad at taking pictures. Didn't get any of us all together and I only got these few of us.

It's been hot so Mairead played with some water in a little makeshift pool. Not much water stayed in it but she mostly liked playing with the hose anyway so it worked just fine. :)

Mairead really likes to help me do things around the house.  Here she is helping make breadsticks.

 And again, sweeping the floor in my fuzzy socks that she loves to wear. She also helps me to unload the dishwasher. She pulls everything out from the bottom rack and gives it to me to put away.

 She loves accessories.  Glasses, necklaces, shoes, purses, bracelets, etc. It's pretty cute.

 Eating an otter pop on a hot summer day.

Wearing an apron hanging out at my Grandma's house when we went up for a job interview.

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."