Tuesday, June 30, 2015

May

On the last day of June I will now close out my month of May. I seriously don't see how I am always so far behind... well so far behind for me at least. I dislike being behind a month, I feel like I can't adequately describe feelings and memories well enough. But, it is the best I can do for now. I know these recap posts are probably so boring as it is just pictures of my kids being average kids. But you guys, it is so fun for me to go back to past months and years and remember certain things, or look at my babies when they were actual babies, and hear their voices. These recaps are my favorites.

Let's first start with things that we consider some of our "favorites":

Meet Ellie. Ellie is Peyton's favorite toy. Peyt can't sleep without miss Ellie. She drags that thing around the house. If you know Peyton you more than likely know Ellie. I find lots of selfies of Peyton and Ellie on my phone. She's been with us since Peyton was about 6 months old, so we sure love her too.
 For the most part being an adult kind of.... blows. Responsibilities, worries, time restraints, body aches.... well you know what I mean. However, one thing (and I could make a list about the other good things too), but one thing that rocks is being able to buy what you want at the grocery store. I think that is the reason so many of us gain weight as adults. Well, or the issue might be when your husband shops for the family. This is what our cereal looks like when Wes gets home from the store. These are his favorites or "dream team" as he calls them.
Jovie is a reader. She loves sitting down to a good book or ten. She has her favorites of course, but in general books would definitely be her favorite thing right now.
Now I will show you the face of an addict. If this photo doesn't scream addiction, I just don't know what would. I would love to say I could stop if I really wanted to, but the truth is 1. I am not sure I could. And 2. I am not sure because I really don't have the desire. I love me some Diet Coke MD... (a Diet Coke and Diet Dr Pepper concoction).
In May we were still able to walk to church. In the summer it gets really really hot, so we haven't been walking as often. Last month we did and seeing my kids in their Sunday best is just the best. They are such cuties. There's Peyton enjoying the shade after church.
We celebrated the twins birthdays with cousins at the park. Jovie (and some other cousins) snuck over and enjoyed some of Cody's cake. He was happy to share.
 Perk was when Grandpa Gubler surprised us there.
 
These two. I have no words to describe how much I enjoy watching their relationship. They are the best of friends. Sure they bug each other on occasion, but for the most part, they are the cutest and play together like champs.
This photo caught them in the middle of belly laughs.. the best kind of course.
And before our passes expired, we got in a few good Disney days. As a family and with cousins.
One of our favorite things about our "new" area (how long can you feel like you are in a new area? It's been over 1 year, but we feel like we just moved here. Oh well, we really like it here), but again one thing we love is the nature around us. One Sunday we went on a drive and a walk. We found some wild donkeys to follow and pet. It was so enjoyable!
Can't wait to sign this princess up for soccer or softball soon. As a biased parent this girl has a lot of natural ability.
One night for Family Home Evening or FHE (a night we set aside as a family to connect and have fun together, see here for more info) we talked to the girls about earthquake safety. We talked about where to go and how to keep ourselves safe and practiced. It was fun and they both seemed to have so much fun. However, before bed Peyton broke down and cried in fear an earthquake would come. It was both sad and kind of funny. We assured her it would be fine and haven't mentioned earthquakes since. Peyton is a very sensitive, timid person with some things.
We had sicknesses. Perk here was the fact that Miss Peyton might be the sweetest sicky ever. She cuddled ALL DAY, I secretly loved it. Especially since only Wes was home when she actually threw up, so I didn't have to clean up the mess... just enjoy the cuddles.
We watched this sweet little miss for a couple of days while the rest of her family went up by Sacramento for Carter's History Day finals. He made it to State and did a presentation up there. We were happy to have her.
I just thought this girl looked hilarious and a little like a caterpillar in a cocoon.
Another good month in the books.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What Up Cuz'?

We got almost all the cousins on the Aleman side together one day last month. Those darn Texas cousins weren't there which is just the biggest bummer, but we were lucky enough to substitute them for Grandpa Gubler. Have I mentioned how he is one of my all time favorites?! It is quite a sight to see that many little babies in any one place at one time.

Let the swooning commence.....
 It was the cutest ever. I was swinging the girls when Peyton said, "Hey, my Grandpa is here." I told her that he wasn't, only to look over and to my surprise see Grandpa Gubler walking toward us. My girls (and Wes and I of course) just adore that man. I am so glad they get to have a fun relationship with their Great Grandpa.
 Jovie in particular will make friends quickly with Uncles, Aunts and Grandparents and will hang with them for quite some time. I love it!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Quest: Part 13 and the search for Nessy

Challenger: Nessy Burgers
Reigning Champ: The Habit/Umami

Because I have waited sooooo long to try this place I was super pumped! My parents, old students and countless others have said this is the best place, and a must try.  I don't know if it was the hype or the fact we have gone in the past only to find it closed and been sorely disappointing, but it did not live up to my expectations.... spoiler alert.

We arrived tired and hungry after a long day at Sea World. It was windy and the only seating is outside. Which is fine, we had jackets, not a big deal. I actually liked that the place is a small little hut off the side of the highway.The bees everywhere did however put a small damper on the seating arrangements as I worried for my husband's life.... he is deathly allergic to bees as seen here.

We ordered our food, and waited... not long, which is a perk to the place. We got our food and took a bite.
Consensus: Fine. Not great, not terrible, just fine. The fries were not good at all. But, the burgers were just okay. Bummer. I wanted fabulous, stupendous, wonderful or marvelous, but it was just an okay burger. The size was wonderful, and had it been "a habit" burger I would have gotten up and danced. But, alas, it was not. It was a huge mediocre burger, with less than mediocre sides. I doubt I will ever return unless someone in my party was dying to go, then of course I would go with them to be a good sport. Because, well I'm just the kind of person who would go so I wouldn't miss out on the company.

So there you have it... another burger checked off the list. And another competitor who has to live with defeat.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Golden Days

I just got back from a week in the mountains at Big Bear helping out at our youth girls camp for church. Yes, one whole week with a bunch of teenage girls sure takes a lot out of ya! I think Wes feels the same taking care of toddlers solo for the week too. But, besides just being very tired I missed my family like crazy. I lucked out cuz' I got a mid-week visit from the lot of them on Thursday since Wes and I were spotlight speakers. He brought up the girls who were watched by the other lady helping me in the cabin. Wes and I spoke on "true and eternal" love and it was pretty awesome to spend the evening together. In case you couldn't tell, I sure do love them!

Now we are back in the swing of things and based on the weather summer has officially started.

I love the golden evenings of summer!!! These were taken on a nice evening walk at the end of the last month. The color of the night was pretty perfect for an impromptu photo shoot... and as you can see my girls are always down for pictures. However, Peyton has taken after her daddy when it comes to posing. She thinks she is pretty funny. I have to agree.

P.S. they call the spot they were sitting in "the married spot" because it is a gazebo with flowers, thus they had to kiss there. 

I'm excited for lazy summer days--- sitting at the pool, drinking Icee treats (as we call Slurpees) and having fun in the sun!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Mom

Mother's Day this year was all I wanted, as I was given the same thing I am given every year... an excuse to do nothing which makes me a mom. Kidding.... kind of. Wes is so great about letting me sleep in, making me breakfast, doing all the tedious work with the kids and just letting me enjoy the fun stuff. Like playing, making s'mores, and cuddles. I don't have to do the bum wiping, the food prep, and the whining. However, his timing of getting them ready in the morning for church was a little off, and I was a little put off, but other than that it was a great day. I still feel guilty about snapping at him about that. 

I had a great day of church, including being sung to by my baby. And a wonderful dinner with the other "Aleman" moms. Best part was all that was required of me was to show up and enjoy. Check and check.

Plus, how many of you other moms can say you got a fire show on Mother's Day? I bet just a small handful. Welp, I did! Booya!

So here's to temporary insanity as I do my best to figure out this fine line known as motherhood.


Friday, June 12, 2015

She's In Love

Peyton had her 2nd dance recital back in May. They danced to the song "She's In Love" from the Broadway Little Mermaid musical. The past few weeks she was not been as excited for dance as she had been in the past and I asked her if she wanted to keep going to dance. She thought for a moment and said she wanted to take a little break but she really wanted to dance on the stage for her performance just not practice. Of course I told her to dance for the performance she had to practice; and once she was there she laughed and smiled and loved it. Her teacher complimented her to me once for being so sweet and such a good listener. I may be biased, but out of all the kids in her class she knew the dance pretty much better than anyone, and could do it almost by herself even at home. That girl never ceases to amaze me. She has a one of a kind personality. She loves order, she loves to be obedient and to be praised. She was kind to the kids who had a hard time in class and made the others feel comfortable and in turn made me proud. (Don't be fooled she has her 4 year old moments which are so frustrating, but she is usually such a good girl. Usually).

She was fabulous at her recital. See.

And though we are going to pursue some other extra curricular activities next, I so enjoyed watching her blossom in this endeavor.