Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's Normal Right?

To lay in bed laughing hysterical at your spouse trying their best to do a small child JapAnime laugh. Right?!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Who Do You LOVE?!

I seriously can't get enough of these 2. 

Who do you love????

Thursday, July 26, 2012

More 'Birtday' photos

After a long, fun day yesterday which included an unusually long nap for P-Diddy and playing with a new outdoor water table I was a bad mom and didn't even start dinner until well after 8pm. And, since Wes works nights and he is the only one I typically cook for, the 2 of us (me and P) went with leftover spaghetti. Right?! Happy birthday kid. : /  hahahaha

But, it was kinda good because we were able to wait for Wes to get home around 9:30ish and do 1 last celebration. The other thing this little girl really wanted. A cupcake and for us to sing to her while she blew out candles.

So, I picked up this little number from the grocery store (you just have to trust he looked better before melting on my counter throughout the day)....

We sang "the birthday song" to 1 happy little 2 year old.....

Skyped some family member...

And were finally off to bed.
It was a good day.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peyton turns 2

I can't believe this girl is just 2. Not only does she seem like she has been around much longer, but she has also been saying she is 2 since she was about 18 months old, so it just seems like old news. :) And, when I look at her I don't see a baby anymore but a beautiful little toddler.

It's funny how this small little person who can barely talk and take care of herself has come to be my whole life in just 2 short years. I have learned so much from her. Patience, a different level of love, I've learned to go more with the flow instead of trying to force my time table or way, it's fine if things look or go differently than I planned, or if I am 20 minutes late rather than my usual 5-10. ;) I never knew how much happiness came from loving and caring for another person until her. I never knew how happy I would be as a mother. I find it less tethering than I thought I would and find more joy in simple things than I ever thought was possible. She truly brings a smile to my face with a look, a word, a song, or a hug. I am proud to show her off if you will because she is such a wonderful little creation that I had a part in.

However, I again must confess that I feel I have it easy as a mother thus far. I have been blessed with a good girl. There is no other way to put it. She rarely (it does happen though) throws tantrums, she cries very seldom, she listens well, she sleeps like a champ (bless you child) and is so easy going for a 2 year old. I've been around a lot of other kids and many her age, and this one just takes the cake in my opinion. She speaks extraordinarily well, she loves to give hugs and kisses, music and songs is her most happy things at this point (she is always saying, "I like this song" when something on the radio is on) and she truly loves us as parents equally.

We had a lot of fun with Peyton's party last year remember this, but this year we decided to go more simple. All Peyton wanted for this b-day was a cupcake (with candles), ***balloons (more than anything she wants balloons), a watering can and her face painted. Easy little thing, though I am not sure she truly understands b-days yet. I love her so much I want to give her everything that makes her happy. So shopping was so hard because we had to choose. And, because this is her last b-day as our only child for some reason I just want her to feel totally special. If only kids knew how much their parents adore them.

I am grateful as my role as mother for this sweet little 2 year old. I am grateful to have her in my life. And, I can't think of anything better than to celebrate than the addition of this little girl into our family 2 short years ago. I love my little family of 3 (almost 4), and each person adds a little special something into my heart.


And these photos were taken today. The first thing she wanted was her face painted. Then she walked around with her balloons and kept saying, "I happy." It was so sweet. For the rest of the day she kept saying, "I 2" and "Happy Birtday to you," to both Wes and I. 

I like to assume she felt pretty special on her 2nd b-day. :) And, trust when I get more photos/videos you will be forced to see those on here too. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Swimming at the "Cool"

One of my favorite things about Peyton this summer is how much she loves swimming in the pool, or the 'cool' as she calls it. Is that not just the funniest thing? I mean the pool is cool in both sense of the word, so I guess she is right. But, even as her little body shivers and shakes she does NOT want to get out.

On the same day we did Chick-Fil-A, Wes and I were also able to attend the Redlands Temple. I am so lucky to have a number of absolutely WONDERFUL sister in laws, and on this day Sarah kindly offered to watch Peyton (along with her own 3 kids) for us. It is so much harder to make it to the temple (or anywhere) with a kid that needs to be taken care of we being too poor to pay for a sitter.

Well, upon our return we came back to find the Todd family + Peyton night swimming. And, my favorite part was seeing my little girl wear swim goggles, which made her look a lot like a little bug. But, the cutest little bug I ever did see.

These were taken that evening. Seriously, she looks so goofy, but I lub-a-dub her!!!!!!!!!

 And I couldn't pass up this picture, not for Peyton (even though she sure is darlin') but because of Danny's Hi-larious face in the background. I wouldn't want that guy coming after me. Poor William or Carter. hahahhahahahahaha
These next 2 were taken on different days, but I couldn't resist adding them here. We've had a fun, wet summer.

Swimming, chocolate covered strawberries, and ice cream makes this little gal a happy one.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I Like to "Moo"ve it!

Wow! I am so trying to play catch up here. I feel like our fun summer has finally started. And, these last few weeks have been AWESOME!

One fun thing we've done recently is take advantage of Chick Fila's 'Cow Appreciation Day.' Which basically means dress like a cow and eat for free. Yes pa-lease.

BTW, have I mentioned Peyton's obsession with the Chick-Fil-A cow? She LOVES him/her. The entire time we are there she looks for it, waves, hugs, shows him how she eats her food. She basically can't get enough. Have I mentioned my obsession with the Chick-Fil-A employees? I LOVE them. Their manners, customer service, heck, they know my name and my siblings names. Especially Heidi who is like a local legend around those parts. hahahaha

Oh, and my camera broke. So maybe I will get a good one and take good pictures like the first 3... not the crappy last one, which was taken with my crappy camera.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

First Fat Lip

WELP.... we scheduled Peyton to get her 2 year photos done tomorrow morning, BUT.... Peyton decided to spoil it by getting a BIG, FAT, LIP tonight. Not to mention the scratch above her eyebrow from when she and Oscar the dog head-butted one another playing. I was going to let that one slide for the photo.

Seriously though is there anything worse than watching your child truly hurt themselves? Not the fake hurting, but the true hurting.

What happened? Well, the 2 of us were showering, we had been in all of 45 seconds when she biffed it. Hard. She hit her face with a loud "thud" on the little built in seat in there and instantly started crying, which doesn't happen a lot with her. She usually takes pain like a pro. Sometimes she should cry and continues playing and Wes and I will look at each other and mouth "ouch". Anyways, she starts crying so I grab her and hold her close. I kissed her near her mouth and that is when I taste blood in my mouth. I look down at her expecting her nose to be bleeding but there is blood everywhere in her mouth. I look trying to decide if it's lips, teeth, tongue or what?

For those who don't know I have a thing with teeth. I can't even handle fake teeth breaking or falling out in cartoons. It makes me want to vomit. I hate teeth stuff.

Anyways, at this point I am looking at a bloody mouth and start feeling woozy. Like I am going to vomit or pass out. This never happens to me! Never! So, I have to sit on the evil seat she hit her face on and rock her there. I turned the water to cold so I could dip the wash clothe in the water and put it in her mouth, which seemed to help.

I had no idea what to do at this point if it was teeth or serious so I just start praying. I was hit with comfort and felt better, so I finally got us out of the shower, which was hard to do with a clingy hurt child. I called my sister in law (Nurse Sarah) and asked her advice. Love having her, again just for the comfort of it all. After a popsicle and some songs she calmed down (30 minutes later) and started saying, "all better now." Which allowed me to finally look in her mouth. At this point it was pretty obvious it was the lip... see photo... and looking confirmed that.

The cutest thing about this all, was after a while she was totally fine. Then she started to bawl again out of nowhere. I was flabbergasted. After asking what was wrong she said, "I want daddy." Luckily he was almost home. I am so grateful Peyton has a daddy she loves, and comforts her. And, I must admit, numerous times during this ordeal I kept wishing Wes was there too.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Guess What???

We are pretty much potty trained around these here parts. Booyah!!! Yes, we definitely have the occasional accident, and are still sleeping in pull ups during the nights and naps (mom won't be changing this habit anytime too soon), but Peyton is pretty awesome in here big girl undies. She has even told me a few times she has to go poop in the car.... it's always poop regardless of what comes out btw. Yeah for my big girl!!!!!!

Check her out... in Hello Kitty undies and all.
 And boy, those cheeks get squeezed more than eva' as she walks around with them hanging out.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Happy Meal

I am sure most of you have seen this post on my SIL Sarah's blog, or William's blog, but again, I thought I would post it in case you somehow missed it. My family has been talking a lot about how much has changed in the last year and how grateful we are for the crazy little boy we still have.

Ronald McDonald House Dinner (Post by Sarah Todd)

I rarely give up sleep to blog, which is why I am always behind, but tonight I cannot go to bed until I about the important anniversary today is.  One year ago was one of the hardest days of my life on earth.  My son looked like this:

 I wrote in my journal the following:
I awoke early again Friday, July 15 and prayed that I would accept whatever God’s will was for our family, that day especially.  I walked into William’s small room to find a plethora of doctors and nurses.  It appeared that his dialysis fluid had stool in it.  They had already done xrays and were waiting for confirmation of a bowel perforation.  The surgical team came in to consent for surgery.  Dr. Ford was the surgeon on call that day.  Every person in the room said, “you have ‘the Man’ doing the surgery today.”  We met him preop, he was kind and humble with a soft spoken French accent.  Danny came in to me signing the consent and was livid that it had gone all night undiagnosed.  I felt grateful it was Dr. Ford on call and wasn’t upset with his care.  William went off to surgery and we headed to the chapel to pray, study and cry some more.  We had planned for Hayley to have breakfast with my mom and bring the kids back, we were so grateful they weren’t there yet.  We spent the morning reading, taking care of business from home and continually praying.  At about 11 am we wondered why he wasn’t out yet and were then informed that they had completed the surgery and were putting in a dialysis catheter.  The kids and Hayley arrived.  Thank goodness she could stay.  We met with Dr. Ford.  He explained that approximately half of William’s lower intestine (the right and transverse colon) were extremely necrotic and because of that the PC cath tip had poked a 2 mm hole in the colon.  The placed a temporary ileostomy with a mucous fistula because the rest of his colon was still ischemic and they were unsure of its viability in time.  He told us the ostomy would have to stay 2-3 months and then we would be “put back together.”  When asked about his future with half a colon Dr. Ford responded “I expect him to be President of the United States; actually, I expect more from him than that.”  He drew a picture of colon to show us exactly what happened and also told us people live their whole lives with no colon so even if he lost it all, he could still have a happy, fulfilled life.  So many emotions went through us.  It was the first day I really lost it.  I have never enjoyed ostomies and now my son had one?!  Also, William’s anatomy was forever altered and the future was so uncertain.  I went up to ICU to see him.  His dialysis changed to CVVH, a gentle continuous dialysis.  His belly was so swollen and he had a large incision down his stomach.  He was also sedated and on a respirator.  It was too much for me.  I left to take the kids out and let Danny and his family spend time with William.  That day was particularly difficult to manage our emotions.  Our family was there and didn’t understand everything, were suffering themselves and at times were not as sensitive as they could have been.  It taught us we needed to be patient with others no matter how we were feeling and that we should never focus on ourselves.  That really helped.  The kids, Hayley, Wes and April walked to an art park nearby and walked around.  Carter fell going up the steps and for forty-five minutes proceeded to say that he could not walk because of a broken leg.  I tried everything and Wes did as well.  Eventually, I got him to admit that he could walk, he was just sad everyone was focused on and talked about William.  I felt like it was a normal reaction from a child and had more patience with him after that.  

It was a difficult day a year ago. Today, however, my son looks like this:
and we learned and grew so much through our experiences last summer.  

While staying at the Ronald McDonald house, various groups brought in "Happy Meals" to the residents  (and often our guests too).  One group was a family who had stayed their previously and we realized that it would be great to be able to go back and do the same thing.  They had raffles and made it feel like a party so we tried to do the same thing.  I have never fed 90 people myself and felt a little overwhelmed at the task but, fortunately, we have great families who helped!  We are also very grateful to Fresh and Easy, who donated a ton of chicken and discounted the rest, and to Juan Pollo, who discounted beans and rice for us!  

Now, on to the cute pictures. :)
Grillmaster Papa with a whole lotta chicken!

Wes and Danny at the grill

The final handsome grill master, Eric :)
Claire, Peyton, Will, Ella and Carter all enjoying Ronald
The serving area before the food was placed.  Sweet Sydnee who is due with our niece in one week can be seen at the back of the photo:)
Raffle prizes we all brought
Playing at RMDH--he's the only kid who hadn't been there before
Looking up at a CHLA hopsital, the same kind he was transported in

The dining room full of guests

The highlight of the night was definitely meeting the families who are staying there.  We aren't sure why this little boys are casted but he sure is sweet. 

We also met the family of a 17 year old boy named Brian who is battling leukemia at CHLA right now.  They were so kind and skyped him in his room.  William said "hi" and "get better soon" to him.  Brian's 13 year old sister was his bone marrow donor!  It is inspiring to see the hope, courage and optimism of many families.
Us skyping with Brian
A smiling, happy courageous young man!
One of the dining room decorations
Our little family after the dinner
All of our family who came and helped!  Thank you again!
We drove by and waved to CHLA.  It is such a wonderful hospital!

One final picture of cute blondie cousins!
 I thought more than once tonight of Matthew 25:40 which says "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."  Serving others brings great joy to our lives and we are happiest when we are thinking more of others than ourselves.

William is a handful but we are so grateful to have him as part of our family.  As I reread what Dr. Ford said of his potential for greatness in his life, I feel assured that he is growing and learning and will eventually stop screaming so much. What a difference a year makes!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I Am a Child of God

Remember how I said Peyton is a little musical genius? This was taken about a month before her 2nd b-day, but she has been singing this one (and many other songs) for the past few months now. Not as clearly or well as she does now, but this child is amazing. I am blessed to have her call me "mama". And, if this doesn't melt your heart, you must be a puppy puncher.

The lyrics if you are not familiar:
I am a Child of God
And he has sent me here
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear (not kinda dear)
Lead me, Guide me, Walk beside me
Help me find the way
Teach me all that I must do
To live with Him someday

I  think I have said this before, but even as a little baby I knew Peyton was special. It has always struck me that there was something 'great' about her. I know she is a person of divine heritage, and she will be a leader among her peers. She is sweet, and funny, kind, and happy. Yet, when she wants something she can be determined. For the most part she listens great and is a very loving little child who is eager to please and always has a smile to share. I am excited to watch her keep learning and growing. She will be a great big sister to whoever joins our family. I am grateful she is my oldest, because I think she will be a great person to watch and follow throughout the years.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


We love the 4th around here. And, while I know I already posted about some of the fun we had I thought I would add to that post with this one.

Tuesday: Jurupa Valley's firework show. It was so gawesome! (great with a little bit of awesome if you recall).

Here's Nana....taming the beast. Willy-Chan. Many people have asked how he has been doing, check out the update here, but a shorter recap.... he is by far the wildest kid in the family at this point. And is loving life and being busy. What a blessing!!!
 Peyton dancing and playing music. She is quite the dancer if you didn't already know. And, I think music is her talent. She sings better than any 2 year old I know. I will have to post videos to prove it, but she never ceases to impress me. I already know I will have to do a lot of teaching with music because that is how she responds best.

Wednesday July 4th: Every year the Aleman fam-damly meet at Salt Creek Beach to celebrate. We always BBQ there, hang out then eat Stuft Pizza on our way out. What's a holiday without too much food? Afterward we meet back at the Aleman casa to do some.... uh hmmm.... illegal fireworks. Peyton kept saying, "my turn" to lighting the fireworks. Not quite little miss.

Here's our annual photo at the beach. We usually get about 1 or 2 while we are there. Now let's pretend in this photo Wes isn't totally red, I don't have nappy hair and a Jay Leno chin, and Peyton is doing a nice pretty smile. Sadly all day it was super cold so we couldn't really enjoy the water, but it did make the crowds there so much better than in the past.

Friday: We met up with some friends at Newport for another fun day at the beach. This day rocked! Besides the terrible sunburns. :) The weather was fantabulous, it was pretty empty, the water was great, and there were a couple little girls there who really took to Peyton making my day laying out, and reading a book that much more enjoyable. Plus, when you get to end the day at Cafe Rio (with caffeine free diet soda) it makes it that much better!
I'm proud to be an American to say the least. What a wonderful world I have!!! I just finished a book about WW1, and in all ways, it makes me so grateful for our country, because even with it's faults, we are a blessed nation.

I know the rest of the family has more photos, which I will probably post in the future, but if I wait too long to do this post it may never happen.