Friday, May 30, 2014

Mother's Day

I'm just re-posting what I wrote on Facebook this year for Mother's Day.

"Bring a mom is different from anything I've ever experienced. It is simultaneously the hardest and best thing I've ever done. I find being a mom more rewarding than any job I've held. And while I'm the "boss" (yeah right) there are more pressures to produce good results that most days it weighs heavy on me. I love two people who give very little to the relationship yet when they smile, laugh, hug and kiss me I am completely happy and whole. Plus I get to share it all with a wonderful companion forever as our life and family continue to grow. I am lucky to have it all and be called a mother."

Just to summarize... being a mom is absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt the greatest thing I've ever done. It makes me super duper happy and I love every most moments of it. 

I was lucky enough to brunch with both my wonderful mothers at The Avocado House Saturday morning. Sunday after church we spent time with Wes' family. And later that week my mom and dad joined us at our favorite sandwich shop for Bobbie's (best Thanksgiving dinner sandwich) as well as ice-cream at Coldstone. 

This year was a real winner!

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Baby Avery Jo Moore came into the family on May 12, which meant we were halfway through all the new babies in the family this year. Can you believe with 3 babies since February we are only halfway done?! It's awesome right?! I also have to say this little girl was born absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I don't know if it was the c-section or what, but she is just a doll, almost literally. Okay, it can only help that her mom is Ashleigh too. But, oyi she is just key-ute!!!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

My Jovie-Girl

Man alive how time flies. I realized the other day that had I not had my ectopic pregnancy I would be having a baby this week. Which both sent waves of shock and fear through me as well as sadness. I decided to dwell on the shock and fear and also on the fact that I get to do so much with my girls because I am not dealing with an infant. And in reality this made me feel ever so grateful. I get to concentrate so much on the two sweethearts I have and enjoy "the moment." Because these moments as you moms and dads know are fleeting and an infant is hard work that requires a lot of mom. I also realized that since Jovie turned a year I have not written much on her alone and she has grow tremendously over the last few months. I'll tell ya what, I've got another smart chatterbox on my hands.

Wes and I went to Target and Costco today running errands and I kid you not, I had 6 different people stop to comment on how chatty and funny she was. She waves hi and bye to EVERYONE or just talks as if she is having a conversation or telling a really animated story. I love it.

What I don't love is her 6:45am wake-up. Sure she sleeps through the night and goes to bed around 7:15pm, but that is just too early for me.

Her and Peyton went through Costco harmonizing "hey" for at least 8 minutes today, quite loudly but more so sweetly and funnily. (By the way, you can wordify anything if you just say it).

So obviously, she says "hi" and "bye" but she also says, "Thank you (which is her 2nd word and the most used without a doubt), puppy, baby, Pey-Pey, Mama, Dada, Boppie, Nana, Otto (neighbors dog), happy, sad, no, yeah, hot, silly, water, moon, cheese, apple, please (which is actually weeeeee), what, walk, milky, love you, where is she? and There she is." I know she says more, but I cannot think of it right now. And, the girl "talks" in sentences all day long. She also says almost all the animals sounds, including, "cow, goat, sheep, horse, dog, cat (my favorite), snake, giraffe, monkey, gorilla, lion, butterfly, bird, frog, and rooster.

I will ask how old she is and she will hold up one finger and say "what" which means one.

When she wants to eat she will walk up to her chair and point and whine saying snack (na-na---there's another word) until I put her in her chair. She feeds herself like a champ using a fork and spoon too.

She signs airplane, water, more and all done, and attempts to say them as she does. With food she says "all done" as she throws everything on the ground.

Speaking of throwing, she is really into that right now. And she loves to play chase while she screams and runs away from us.

She LOVES to sing and sings all day long. She sings the ABCs which just goes "e-e-e-e-e-e-e" in the melody of ABC. She also reads letters whenever she sees them and goes, e-e-e- at each letter. She also sings Old McDonald, the E-I-E-I-O, which is why I think everything is E. She tries to spell her name with me, and claps after we finish yelling yay every time. She loves to sing and do ring-around-the-roses. And also loves wheels on the bus, and happy and you know it. But, I think her favorite to dance to is Let It Go, sung by Peyton. She sings with her and always copies the arms Peyton does. They also have a special dance to "Electric Feel" by MGMT. And she has the best head bob to all music if it doesn't inspire happy feet.

She loves the moon and smiles so big when she sees it. See tries to say moon but it comes out as a weird gurgley sound.

Girl is hilarious and loves to make us laugh. She is so silly and has these bright energetic funny eyes.

She also loves water and the feel of it on her hands and arms. She loves to sit in the bath while the water comes out with her hands in the faucet. And at the pool she will continuously swoosh her hands under the water the whole time.

However, with her energy comes attitude. She is not a chill little baby that wants to be held. Which makes for fun times at church. She is active. She is constantly going up to people, saying hi, literally running from Wes and I and digs in peoples bags if she is fast enough. But, she is certainly a happy little thing.

And while she is energetic she is still my cuddle bug, and when she is in the mood will cuddle a lot.

She LOVES her bed. She squirms away from me if I try to hold her or sing to her. And once she is in her crib pats it and smiles.

But her favorite friend in the whole world is Miss Peyton. Those 2 are the best of friends and never ever fight (so far).
 Jovie loves, no like LOVES to have her picture taken. She will say chhheeeeeeeese if you pull out a camera or phone and will sit and smile for days. Just the other day we were out eating and a woman sitting close to us was on her phone kinda facing us. Jovie just kept saying cheese and smiling at her, thinking she was getting her photo taken.

Still takes a paci if it's available, but does not need it to sleep anymore.

She is also her father's daughter or just an Aleman when it comes to food. If she sees someone eating or drinking she will growl at you to share. Truly growl with a huge mouth. And if you don't see her or recognize the act, she will scream and throw a fit until her appetite is satisfied. Although she eats what she likes and won't touch, but will chuck what she doesn't like. Her favorites are definitely any berries, vegetables, cheese, bread or pasta. She does not like meat.

One of my all time favorite things about her is her jumping ability. Quite like her mama I might add. Its a negative vertical. If I ask her to jump--- she falls. Which is in her mind a jump.

Like most babies she has been taught to pound it. Which she does along with a "ughh" sound.

Loves to play with cars and does the noises. And loves to hug baby dolls and animals. She loves real animals as well. Most of the time. As well as real babies as long as her daddy isn't holding them. Have I mentioned what a daddy's girl she is? Gee, both of my girls are in fact. The best though is when she gets any girl figurine or princess she starts to "talk" really really high pitched. Peyton used to do that and it is hilarious that Jovie is now too.

Recently she wants to read all day, which is new for her. Before I would try to read and she would take the book and walk away. Now she backs into me to sit on my lap and read. Now if only my Peyton would share books with her.

She is quite the artist. On everything. The other day I was thinking, "Jovie is naughty. Peyton never drew on anything but paper or what she was supposed to draw on." Then I remembered that Peyton as the first child never had access to crayons or markers until she was older and ready. Then I changed my tune to, "Jovie is a pretty good little girl, having only drawn on the dishwasher once."

This girl is astounding. I know I am a little biased, but I think she is the smartest, funniest, sweetest, cutest, bestest little 16 month old around.

Oh and her stats are:
22 lbs
30.5 inches tall
18.25 head circumference

Basically, those my friends, are the stats of perfection. :)

Saturday, May 17, 2014


A few weeks ago Ryan and Taryn invited Wes and I along with them to an Angels baseball game. They had pretty good seats and anytime you go to baseball game is a good time. If I am to be completely honest, I am not a huge baseball fan (they are long games with very little action), however, I do enjoy going to games in that I love the jumbo tron, people watching, doing the wave, singing during the 7th inning stretch and eating anything that involves fake cheese. And when the fireworks go off, it's just an added bonus.

Well, the night we went happened to be backpack give-away night. Which of course brought us back  6 years to when we went along with the McCook's and Duncan's for Ryans birthday to the Angels game and it also happened to be backpack night. Except for that night they were only giving them to the children and Jill apparently.

Go to the end of this post for the full story, but basically Jill got a free backpack because they thought she was a kid.

So in memory of that night we took this photo and sent it to Jill. I don't know if she was as thrilled with the reminder as we were. (hehehe--- we all tried to do our best awkward teen smiles just for you Jilly).

Go Angels. (Or Dodgers once I am at a Dodgers game). :) (See what a true fan I am). ;)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Easter 2014

To be honest my kids were lucky to have anything at all this Easter. And if it weren't for my fabulous mother in law for taking Peyton one day right around Easter, she would not have been able to dye eggs or anything. Sandie took Brinley, Delanie and Peyton for the day and they played and dyed eggs. What a relief for me, plus I had a fun one-on-one day with my Jovie-girl (which rarely happens) and I was able to pack up too.

Sadly I don't have a picture of those cute girls with Grammy, but I do have a few of me and my Jovie girl from that fun day together. 

We did celebrate the week before at the city of Perris (which we've done the past few years), and our ward Easter party. Last minute I grabbed some small stuff for their baskets, and they were thrilled in the morning. They are so easy to please at this point.

The Saturday before Easter we celebrated with Wes' side of the family. Sandie always does fun things and has a lot of delish food. We did an egg roll competition, which the pregos dominated. And of course a money egg hunt, which is fun even for the adults. It worked out really well for us this year, in that we were able to celebrate with everyone.

The finalists.
Kati used twin power to kill it.

Sunday morning we woke up to our messy (boxed up) house and did an hunt for baskets before church.

As you can see, both girls were ecstatic. Jovie loves taking photos... most of the time.
I know you other moms can relate to taking sibling photos. These were the best I could get.
Since we were in the same ward as Heidi (and the kids) after church we took some photos of all the cousins outside the building.

And finally, after church and naps we headed to my parents for yet another egg hunt and dinner.
It was not our fanciest Easter, but it was wonderful all the same. Again, we are so blessed to be an eternal family thanks to our Savior Jesus Christ.