Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Peyton Turns 4

In our home we have a rule, you get a b-day for milestone years. 1st, 5th, 8th, 12th, etc. Maybe I stand alone here but sheesh b-day parties are a lot of work and stress, especially at this age when they rarely remember anything. However, I have said this before, and I mean it; I love to celebrate. I have a hard time going "easy" so to speak. So even though we didn't have a party per se, that doesn't mean we didn't celebrate the crap out of my big 4 year old baby.

Miss Peyton Jane. I cannot say enough about this girl. Probably to the annoyance of all who know us. Blame me, not her. Actually, blame her because it is definitely her fault for being so stinking cute and sweet. I can't say enough about her, because words don't adequately describe the sweetness that is this girl. I will admit, she at times can drive me to the brink of sanity, but heck, she is 4 and that is a requirement of the age. I checked.

But honestly, this little miss is as genuinely good as she is sweet. She loves to be a "pleaser" and helps out all day. She hugs and kisses and plays with her little sissy. She loves to do good and be praised. She is very very smart for her age, and even more impressive is her obedience. She follows directions like you wouldn't believe. There have been numerous times when she is surrounded by chaos and kids doing whatever they like and she will watch the teacher or whoever is in charge and follow each direction even though no one is paying any attention to her. She is not at all stubborn but very easy-going and generally happy. She has never cared about her clothes except for when she accessorizes like today with a hat and an added streamer tail, all day. She still naps almost daily and on the days she doesn't she plays in her room quietly or reads for about 2 hours. She is obsessed with coloring and drawing lately, and her favorite things to draw are her family or monsters.

She is a great singer and dancer, and has a knack for remembering music. While at times she can be shy it is typically more fear of the activity (she has always been a little timid) that holds her back, not nerves. She LOVES to speak in front on people and will do things with no help quite often. When she is nervous she does this funny face where she sucks in her cheeks, or her fingers go to her mouth. She is a big "complimenter" and gives them to each of us regularly. She especially loves to compliment, praise and help Jovie and thinks she needs to be the one to teach her, or read to her or even help her pray.

She wants to play games all day. Tic-Tac-Toe is now her favorite, but since her b-day we have played a lot of Candy Land, as well as hide-and-seek and spies.

Her favorite colors are blue and red. She wants to be Captain America, Sheriff Callie or Humpty Dumpty for Halloween. She is not a huge fan of princesses but loves Elsa and now likes Anna too. She likes what she likes rather than what she "should". For instance, for our family party I took her to the store and told her she could pick 2 decorations, and the color of the plates. We ended up with yellow plates, light blue streamers and Ninja Turtle decorations. We have never seen a thing Ninja Turtles, but she liked them so we went with that. Her favorite person in the world is still Asher. And he is still pretty much the only one that can get her to do naughty things. ;)

Each and every day numerous times she asks for a real dog and I have to tell her not any time soon... it's wearing me down people.

I love this little girl and feel incredibly blessed to be her mother.

For her b-day we got her a few fun "cheap" items. Jovie "got her" a Frozen shirt and socks, and Peyton just thought it was amazing how Jovie did that for her. On her b-day morning she was so happy to see her decorations. On the way down the stairs to get her presents she said to Jovie, "you help me unwrap them okay Jovie. Some of them are for you." I explained that since it was her b-day all the presents this time were just for her. She then said to me, "but I want Jovie to have some so she won't feel bad." Seriously though people, she is 4, amazing right?!

After presents, a little playing and some "4" shaped pancakes we headed to her surprise for the day. I blew it while on the phone and she found out we were going to Disneyland. She was pretty happy but again more nervous we would make her go on Snow White which she is terrified of.

The day was bloody hot (my phones was misty from the heat) and pretty crowded so we didn't stay long. But we stopped for Joe's Water Ice on our way home since it's right down the street from Disneyland. It is our favorite and they hooked it up with a free scoop for Peyton. Then being pretty hungry from the day on our way home we asked Peyt where she wanted to go for dinner. Her first response was "Macy's house!" then we said we meant a place to eat not her house and she responsed "The place with the picture of the guy with his tongue out" referencing Albert Einstein and Red Robin. So we stopped there and ate and got even more ice-cream. After watching a movie at home we went to bed.


Numerous times throughout the day she would hug me or Wes and say it was "The best day of my whole life!" So I think she enjoyed herself. Also as she would play with toys at home she got for her b-day she would say, "Thanks again for getting me this present, that was really nice."

Sunday we had our families come over for cake and ice-cream. They were all quite generous (too much if you ask me) and got her even more gifts. She is a blessed little girl to have so many people who love her and were so thoughtful of her this year.

And while I love the little person she is growing into, my heart aches knowing this is our last year together before school starts. I hate the very thought of sending her away. I seriously love the spirit she brings into our home.

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=


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.

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.