Monday, July 28, 2014

Freebie Friday

I love July for so many reasons. It is mid-summer and fun is being had. But, it is also 7-11, which means free Slurpee's. AND, it is also Chick-Fil-A's "Cow Appreciation Day" which means dress like a cow and get free food. Don't mind if I do. This year both landed on the same day. So, we took advantage of both. That morning we went swimming, followed by free Slurpee's, naps, Chick-fil-a with our cousins, and then a sleep over at our house. The next day was equally fun with fishing, playing, swimming and paddle boats, and dinner at a yummy burger place. It was a good 24 hours!!!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

They Could Have Just Asked Me About "The Quest"



See, my results are the same. Except some people are missing out on some of my favorites that are only found here in So. Cal. But, my top "chain" burgers match up. Plus, I even tried some of the other places in terms of sandwiches and such. So, basically, what I am trying to say is.... See told you!
#3 Best burger restaurant: Five Guys Burgers and Fries <span class=meta>(Photo/Flickr, Neil Conway)</span>
 
 See here,or here if you are confused what I am talking about.



Monday, July 21, 2014

18 Months=

Nursery!!!

With Peyton I remember being really nervous to send her to nursery all by herself at 18 months. Granted, Wes almost always took her 3rd hour and she was so calm. With Jovie she's been such a pill at church, I was going to try to sneak her in on June 30th, even though technically her 18 month b-day wasn't until the 31st. Sadly on the 30th she was sick. The next Sunday (her official 1st week) we went to a baby blessing in a different ward (or 2 I should say). So it wasn't until July 13th that we sent our little spit-fire away for the first time. Annnnd, she hated it! She cried pretty much the whole time (luckily I was teaching Relief Society so they couldn't send her back). And this week was even worse. Who would've thunk it with her. Not me that's for sure. She likes to be free, but apparently only under the supervision of mom and dad. They did say she liked snack time and didn't cry then. If you know Jovie you shouldn't be surprised. So my sweet little baby will just have to learn to love it, cuz' she ain't coming back. I love you kid, but I am going to make you stick it out. Sorry.

But, man alive... look how cute she is on her first day. Little did she know taking these photos what was coming. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

3rd and 4th of July

We do double day celebrations for the 4th of July. It's fabulous to be able to spend the 3rd with my family at a terrific firework show. And then the 4th with the Aleman family celebrating the birthday of good ole' America.

This is our 3rd time going to the firework spectacular Jurupa Valley puts on. And this was the best firework show yet! My kids both had a blast walking around the park, meeting super Nutricia (like that was the best thing for some of the kids- she is the WIC healthy eating super hero... hilarious right?!), and they both really enjoyed the fireworks. Peyton even got a little upset with William and Asher when they played and talked through the firework show. Jovie at first was a little unsure about the noise, but after maybe 30 seconds she too loved it.

 I didn't get around to buying my kids 4th of July outfits this year. So Jovie wore Peyton's shirt from last year, and Peyton wore Ella's shirt from last year. Both about 2 years too big, but hey, it works.
 We have so much fun even waiting for the show to start. We all brought pizza and snacks, there is a live band, and we just hang out.
 The kids just have fun being together.
 I love being together too. I have the best date to all events.
 Some of the big boys and little babies are missing in this photo... but Nana and Boppie are sure loved.
 Once it gets dark everyone busts out glow sticks.
 Heidi painted all the kids faces... too bad this girl got like a rug burn from me rubbing this bad boy off Saturday night before church. Sorry Peyton.
 And we all find our seats and await the fireworks.


Usually on the 4th we go to the beach with Wes' family. I was a little disappointed this year we weren't going with all the little babies that were recently born. Seriously, I had been looking forward to it since the beginning of the summer, but I also completely understood how hard it would be with 4 small infants. So rather we all met up at Patrick and Kati's house and had a pool party. After a day of swimming and eating, we went back to Fred and Sandie's house for our own firework show (along with the rest of the neighbors in the cul-de-sac). Again my kids loved watching them all, and Peyton was pleased as punch to help Uncle Matt set some off.

I never take enough photos on days like this. The problem is water. If I am by water I don't bring my phone. So I have nothing to document our swimming, The other problem is when my girls are with their cousins I rarely see them. They were usually in a room playing "mom and dad/house" or some other make believe game. So they weren't around to photograph.

I did get one awesome photo of all the cousins (minus our Texas cousins Kaylah and Kristana, which stinks). And, I am finally learning the difference between Cody and Easton.

L-R: Wyatt, Peyton and Cody, Delanie and Avery, Brinley and Brody, Tyler and Easton, and finally Trent (AKA Tug) and Jovie-girl.
I forgot to mention that Grandpa Gubler blessed us with his presence this year and enjoyed the firework show outside with us that night. Tug definitely was the life of the party running around the ladder spewing fireworks screaming pantless.
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And just in case you couldn't tell how hard we partied... both of my kids slept in past 8 and 9 the next day. Yes, we had that much fun!

Monday, July 7, 2014

June Haps

So June is now done... if you can believe it!?! Summer is in full swing around here, and while we haven't done a lot of big things we've been having a pretty good time.

On to my end of the month sum up via photos.

Like I said Jovie just loves babies. And with the influx of babies in the family here the last few months, she has just been in heaven.
 Well, I'd be lying if I said it was just her. We've all been enjoying it.

This one as sweet and funny as she is, like any 18 month old can be kinda naughty. Like trying to eat a marker naughty and then get really really mad when you take it away. Have I mentioned how much this girl likes to eat?! Honestly it is exhausting. I swear its all she wants to do all day, but she is also very particular about what she wants and will not touch what I give her, if it is not what she had in mind.

And I know all of you church going moms know the hardship that is a 17 month old in church as I do, so I must confess giving Jovie my phone during 3rd hr in an attempt to listen to the lesson. Sometimes it works and other times not so much. Jovie just turned 18 months at the very end of June and we have yet to make it church and NURSERY due to baby blessings, so we will see how that goes in a week. The bib in the below photos is from the many MANY snacks we provide to keep her happy and quiet as well. Once I am out of snacks I am out of class.
 Speaking of church, one of my favorite things about our new house is our close proximity to our ward building and the wonderful fact that we can walk there.
 Let's take a closer look at those cuties... I know I am biased but man alive I think they are the most darling girls ever! Plus they are so sweet to one another, making them all the cuter.

 With it being summer and all we've been working on our tans and spending a lot of time outdoors, which results in this....
 That white bum is my favorite. Peyton completed swim lessons if you can call it that. She didn't swim in the end, but at least got comfortable putting her head in the water. I have to admit that I was a bit frustrated with her lack of progress, and I had to be reminded that she is a timid little thing. However, after some tips from my sister in law Jaime, I am proud to say she can swim now!!! One little tip changed everything and her confidence from swim lessons definitely helped.

As a reward for completing her lessons (which we had to bribe her to go to because she was so nervous as she told me and Sarah) was goggles. She can't swim without them now.

 We are also simply LOVING our backyard. It is usually shady and the kids play out there all the time. We eat dinner out there most days and spend a lot of time outside now. It is heavenly. I love the sounds, smells, breeze, our hummingbird friends which are named Buddy and Flower who visit quite frequently.
And like our awesome new backyard we also have our awesome new association complex which we just love! We love seeing the lake and going there. We can't wait for Wes to use his new fishing equipment there (father's day gift). I love walking over and working out at the gym there. We love the pool and spend a lot of our days there. We also love the paddle boats members can take out.


Wes and I had a really fun date night to the movies one night. In my opinion date nights don't happen often enough. I really like this guy and love spending time with just him. He is pretty cool.

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, we took my dad (Boppy) and Wes out to breakfast one morning for Father's Day (Fred was working). Because these two guys always complain about how frequently the girls go to The Avocado House for things, I thought it only fitting they get to go there as well.
But we also love our Papa Fred. He came to visit us on his lunch break one day and Jovie was thrilled. She wouldn't stop hugging him. About melted my heart.


We've also gone to our new library for story-time... and sadly I don't like this one quite as much as our old Perris library. The librarians are weirdly strict, pick terrible stories and don't take an interest in the individual kids. Mrs. Linda knew my kids, their names, what they liked and always talked to each of them, it helped we were usually one of only a handful that went, but I really liked that. I keep thinking I should be a story-time librarian, I think I would be really good. Luckily, Peyton likes everything, including this new story-time. She loved the day they brought in a tortoise and her babies and let the kids hold them for a moment.

I know I mention this in almost every post lately, but my life is changed now that my girls like to play together. They keep themselves occupied for a long time and I don't have to do much but laugh when they show me things and sometimes provide a toy or two they can't find. It is awesome how much they like each other and best of all they really never fight.... yet.

Don't get me wrong I still have to play a lot, but it is changing and in a good way. And the messes are getting much bigger along with this freedom.

One thing Peyton loves to do alone is count her money from her piggy bank.
 She also loves to read before bed, and as long as it helps her nap I love it too. And as you can see, it usually helps her fall asleep.
 The kids love their cousins. I mean LOVE their cousins. One day we went to Grammy's house and after these 4 got filthy outside playing together, Grammy gave them a bath. I thought it was pretty cute to see the 4 of them in there together.
We got invited to a birthday/farewell party for a little girl in our old ward. Peyton was thrilled to see her Broberg cousins there. Here they are playing the Olaf game of trying to make Asher into a snowman. All 3 of them got super frustrated with it when the toilet paper kept breaking. These competitive kids were the only ones getting really mad in the game. I can't imagine who they get their competitive spirit from?! It is soooo not a Todd trait.
 Jovie is still a little jokester. Not only does she still have and use a pacifier (which she calls her mokey) sometimes she uses 2. lol
Like I said.... jokester.
And with our love of the outdoors we have also been discovering a lot of new bugs. Wes found a grasshopper and was trying to show Peyton, so Jovie followed over. The grasshopper jumped away from Peyt and Wes and right onto Jovie. She had no idea it was on her.
 And once she did, she loved it!
After a lot of coaxing my sweet tender Peyton into holding the bug her baby sister had been holding, she too loved it.
                                              
Heidi invited Peyton to lunch one day with her and the kids and Peyton was in heaven. She loves to copy Asher and Ella and think that everything they do is spectacular. As you can see.... monkey see, monkey do.
 

 Meanwhile Jovie and Tate stayed behind, and we too had a grand ole' time. We ate popsicles and found a Junebug (which I am pretty sure was on the verge of death based on it's movements, or lack thereof). Again, they both thought it was awesome to hold a bug.

And this last one is just because she is cute. And I love this little bug.