Monday, June 30, 2014

6/6

While we were in Zion, Jaime had her beautiful baby boy Brody Kenneth Huefner... I may have the day off here but I am pretty sure she closed off the year of infants on 6/6/2014. Those Huefner boys are just so cute. Love all 3 of them. Jovie too loves babies and just wants to hold them, and hug them and kiss them all the time.

And while I haven't been privileged to see all 4 of the babies together on the Aleman side in person yet, I stole these gems from Papa Fred and can't get enough of these photos. Seriously, I die.
 Avery, (oh man I have no idea which twin is which, so wild guess here) Cody, Easton, and Brody

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fatherhood

I am so blessed to love and be loved by such wonderful men. It is my privilege to have been raised by the character that is my father. He is so kooky, funny, loving, kind and generous. Not to mention his impeccable sense of style... I say that in jest as it is truly one of the things I love to tease him about most. My children adore Boppy and all the time he gives them.

Then there is Fred Aleman who is his children's #1 fans. His love for them and his grand-kids and his generous compliments are something I love and admire of him. It is wonderful to witness and something I hope to emulate.

And though I loved Wes with all my heart before we had kids, my love was strengthened immensely when I saw him become a father. I knew he would be a good dad but he surpassed my expectations completely. He is not a good dad, he is a great dad, a great man, a great friend, and so much more. To know Wes is to love Wes. Plus he is so sexy caring for our children while catering to his wife. I cannot say enough about this man, except for that I made the right choice almost 9 years ago saying yes to being his eternal companion.

So happy father's day to these men and the many others I am so lucky to know and love.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Littlest Ninja

Peyton is quite a character. She is silly, shy, funny, sweet, and wouldn't ya know, a ninja. I didn't know until just recently when I discovered that during naps she would sneak downstairs get things she wanted and sneak back up to her room.

My favorite story of her doing this was the day I was laying on the couch. I wasn't even asleep merely laying with my eyes closed. I thought I heard the pitter-patter of little feet on the laminate flooring by the base of the stairs, so I sat up and looked around but no one was around. So I went to check my phone which had been on the floor right next to me while I was laying down. I didn't think much of the fact I couldn't find it, and I didn't care enough to look, so I went back to laying down. When I went upstairs to get Jovie out of bed and check on Peyton... there she was playing with my phone in bed.

I asked her how she had gotten it and her reply was, "I was so sneaky and I came down and took it." And boy did she. I laughed and laughed in spite of myself. I also had to weed through 130 photos which had been taken during that time. She doesn't know the password to open my phone, but she does know how to get the camera up and going. I saved just a few of my favorites because she is a selfie taking ninja, and that my friends, is hilarity.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Zion National Park

Earlier this month (last weekend to be exact) we headed back out to Zion National Park in Utah for a weekend of camping with my family as well as members of my extended family. Cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. I say "back out" because I think this was our 3rd time camping there and we've done a number of day trips there too, so we are getting pretty familiar with the park.

This vacation was much MUCH better than our last camping trip, remember this?!

But, for some reason neither Wes or I were really looking forward to going, not for any real reason, it is just a lot of preparation and work with 2 toddlers and the idea just seemed tedious. However, that first night we were laying on our very flat air mattress talking about how happy we were and how we were both glad to be there and our experiences from that day already made it worth it. All we really did that night was sit by the fire and watch the stars through the trees. And don't worry we drove the 45 minutes to the nearest Walmart to get a new air mattress the next day, so the following nights sleeping were much more pleasant. However, did I mention it was the worst Walmart trip EVER!? I had a super migraine, was PMSing, Jovie screamed bloody murder for no reason leaving me in tears in the aisle. Wes found me after a while (he and Peyton took a very long bathroom break, while I sought for the things we needed with demon baby) and he did take over as I tried to compose myself. And once I got my Excedrin migraine pills, and a soda life seemed a little better. Polar Pops make everything a little better, don't you agree?

The rest of our trip was spent playing in the river, taking a few fun walks, one strenuous hike... well at least for a cute 3.5 year old who walked it all herself, as well as ride the park bus around, Wes and I took a nice bike ride after my parents offered to stay at camp with my kids; both of whom had the time of their life becoming filthy in the sand and playing in the nearby ravine with cousins and 2nd cousins. And honestly, while camping with kids is hard and we can't do quite everything we would like, I absolutely love giving my kids these experiences, being outdoors with no worries or plans and they had nothing but fun the entire time we were there. To be fair I didn't even see Peyton the majority of the time as she was out of sight in the small trickle of water next to the campsite with the other kids.

Thanks Zion for making our trip so much fun.

On our way there. 
My kids did AWESOME. We drove there and back in the middle of the day and didn't have 1 tear the entire time. Movies help the elder, and snacks help the younger.
My brother was the official photographer. He took some awesome scenic photos, as well as captured camping with such a large group.
One Happy camper
This gem was captured by a nice lady from Fresno. This little girl had fallen asleep on our walk back from the narrows on Wes' shoulders. We got on the bus and she was the talk of everybody around us. I commented about how sad it was I didn't have a camera and the lady in front of me offered to take a photo and text it to me. I love how kind everyone is camping.
Heidi brought these cute glitter stamp things for all the kids. They loved it and were so careful not to ruin them.
We did our big hike one day called "Hidden Canyon". My uncle and cousins "the mountain men" said it was a pretty easy hike. We had a bunch of kids including 2- 4 year olds, 2- 3 year olds, and a few younger than that. It was not that easy... at least not easy enough to not have tears. I looked up the hike when I got home (link here) and laughed when I read it was strenuous and scary. Yes and yes. My 3 year old doesn't walk to the park on her own, wait, doesn't walk down the driveway on her own, she constantly likes to be held or in the stroller. So the fact she did the ENTIRE thing alone was nothing short of a miracle. I was so super proud. I was also proud of myself for not freaking out during the hike. There were moments when we would hold onto a chain with shear cliffs on the other side. I am such a frady cat of hikes, but did so very well on this day. Even when Peyton slipped at one point and her legs were going straight towards the cliff... I had a mama death grip on her arm so we were okay. Days later at home I have had nightmares about it and little panic attacks that we did it, but was so composed on the actual mountain.
I didn't dare take any photos during the hike, but other braver souls did. So while these photos are of others from our group (cousins, nephews, etc), I think you'll get the picture.... pun intended.
 
 
And really besides those "chain" moments the hike was pretty easy and fun, and had it not been for the little girls I would have loved it. See...
...look closely at our group on that ledge there
 
 
It led us to this free standing arch, which was pretty cool.
And just a few other fun photos from the rest of the weekend.
The river is always just a small walk away and while it's so cold, we were usually warm enough to enjoy it.
Fires and s'mores around camp.
Which led to "Mega-mallow"
Deers are seen everywhere.
Jovie-girl presiding over breakfast.
She was in heaven... dirt heaven.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Post May Recap

Yet another month come and gone with very little blogging life to show for it. Alas. However, all is well. I really can't complain about life at all for at this moment life is good. Well, except for the fact our only car is dying a slow death and I think we are finally going to bite the bullet and buy a new one for the first time in either of our lives. Sucks, but it is time. And the reason for my lack of blogging has everything to do with the fact that my husband, The Realtor, has been a busy little bee who has been utilizing the computer like crazy for all things work related. In fact he has 4 in escrow right now, which is wonderful but also time consuming. In case I haven't mentioned it, he is a good worker, and puts a lot of time into his clients, I just can't recommend him enough. (Okay, plug for my honey done).

May. May, May, May. We had so much fun in May. I have been horrid at taking photos or writing down all the small things in life, but will attempt to remember as much as I can. I wish I had been better because life with 2 funny little girls is, well... funny.

It's just funny to see the things they come up with and watch their sweet personalities shine. Miss Peyton always keeps us entertained with her silly antics. And Jovie is already following suit. She constantly keeps us entertained and is gaining quite a voice for herself... literally.
 (and yes, she did this all on her own. I walked in on this site and couldn't resist laughing and snapping a photo).
After we moved into our new place we went looking for a good park or two nearby. We found one on a little bike ride that had great climbing trees. We've only gone the once but Peyton's new favorite thing to do is climb trees according to her.
 I know I've mentioned it before but these two are the best of friends. One day I couldn't find them. After looking for a minute I heard giggling outside the window. So I go and peek out to see this image. They had snuck outside and opened the sandbox. Stinkers. They thought they were pretty funny too. Just yesterday after visiting new baby cousins I asked Peyton if one day (not any time soon, so don't start getting suspicious people) Peyton might want another baby. She quickly answered "No, I like our baby." Then seeing that she thought I meant we gave Jovie back I teased her saying, "We have to return Jovie, but don't worry we will get a new baby, and maybe a boy baby." Peyton then burst into tears crying and saying "I love our Jovie baby, I don't want to give her back." I then felt bad and told her I was teasing and Jovie would be in our family forever. Sad but oh so sweet.
 Like I mentioned before we are so super happy with our move to our new place. We love our association pool, which we take advantage of regularly.
We love evening strolls by the lake and watching the fishermen.
 We even brought a picnic down one Saturday evening and ate there, which was fab.
 This month besides all the births of the new babies we also celebrated Ella Mae's 8th b-day, which included her baptism. Ella and ALL her cousins sang "I am Trying to be Like Jesus" and I just had to snap a photo while most of them were there practicing. I didn't want to be irreverent during the real deal so some cousins are missing. I wasn't sure whether Peyton would sing since she was having issues with it on the way there, but she was a super singer and I could hear her singing louder than anyone at parts. Don't judge me when I say I got a little teary eyed during it. I just love that girl to pieces.
 We celebrated Ella's b-day/baptism after at my parents house and this girl was thrilled and kept busy by a fun lolli-pop. We adults were kept busy with a fun, pants splitting game of volleyball.
Have I mentioned that the surest way to keep this little girl happy is to be constantly feeding her. I mean constantly feeding her. And if I don't feed her she takes matters into her own hands.

 I also love that recently Peyton is getting older and loves to play games. We've been having fun with our Disney headbands game at night before bed.
We have a whole lotta fun with our little family. And personally, I love being the photographer for it all.
 Besides our association pool, we have a small pool in the backyard which the older girl loves. The little one not so much. She does however LOVE popsicles.
 At the end of May myself and the girls spent 2 very VERY fun days with some friends in Newport Beach at a fun resort and at Corona Del Mar. We did the beach, pool, crafts, and lots of playing with friends. I think I had as much fun as they did, and that means A LOT!
And we also had a fun water based Memorial Day at Danny and Sarah's house. 
And of course we helped Nana and Boppy pick their vegetables that Peyton helped plant.
We have also needed new furniture in this house and have had some fun with some thrift finds and redoing. My favorite is Peyton's dresser.
 And finally, a girl in my old ward is starting a preschool called The Brainy Bunch. To get word out she hosts some free story times which we went to one Saturday morning. Peyton had fun with the books and crafts and still sings "Chicka-chicka Boom-boom" from that day.
See what fun we had?!