Saturday, November 29, 2014

An Afternoon Stroll

I love our little walks. I love more the funny things my kids say during these strolls. I know I am so bias, but they are the cutest, funniest people I know. Plus, it is so nice to be within walking distance of church. I look forward to our walks there and back and the time we have together to discuss and reflect on our day. Watching them take in the world is such a gift.

Jovie was sick one day so we had to leave church early. So as the two of us walked home, I loved watching her stop and smell the flowers, and get excited over the airplanes flying over head. That might be her favorite thing to show me. It's the simple things of life and being a mother that bring the most rewarding feelings.
 And our neighbors have a jungle home--- full of plants, flowers, and lots of animal statues all around. These 2 love the coyotes, and turtles; which are a must on our walks.
Sometimes I take a video of these 2 when we are out because it is one of the few times they don't perform when they see my camera out. It is so fun to see them naturally. Yee-haw!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Quest: Part 12 "Food Truck Friday"

Yes, I am still trying to get up to date. And yes, I know I should probably post about Thanksgiving on here first. But I thought a good ole' food post would be an appropriate preface. So with that said I give you:

Challenger: Food Truck: Baby's Badass Burgers (excuse the language) ;)
Reigning Champ: The Habit/Umami

Who doesn't love a food truck. Easy, mobile and usually delicious. This food truck experience was no exception. In fact, I should throw in Wes' food truck delicacy too, because his too was very VERY good. A Korean take on a slider. Yum-Yum. His was from Belly Bombz, and I would recommend finding either of these food trucks at any time. They did NOT disappoint.

From Baby's I got the "She's Smokin'" burger which was a really strange choice for me as I am not typically a BBQ sauce burger kind of gal, but it just sounded so good. Which it really was. I think I should try a more traditional style burger just so I can judge it more appropriately to the other burgers I've gotten from other places in the past. For that reason alone, this is a hard judgement and comparison to make. Also because it is not my expertise I don't know how well I can judge it.

 On taste alone I was sold. It may not be the burger I get next time I see the truck, but I was definitely happy with it. It was a huge piece of meat compared to the slice of jerky I had during my last "quest" experience. But, as always the price drags this one down a notch for me. The burger alone was $10 and then if you want fries, a drink or dipping sides it's all extra. And naturally that comes into play when I say I want to find my favorite burger. Because I judge my food a little bit by the taste to cost.

Consensus: Go, eat and enjoy. It was wonderful food, and a fun experience. However, I still prefer my Habit Burger and Umami to this one. Like I said, I may have to "quest" this place again in the future with a different style burger. It really was good enough to try again.

-Thanks Mama for the work place food truck invite. Besides the good food I so enjoyed my company and the outside eating ambiance. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

End of October

It's killing me to be so far behind on this blog. I am not at all OCD.... except for this. Just this. So, in yet another effort to be somewhat caught up, at least on the month we are currently in, I am doing one big recap post of the rest of October.

I've realized these monthly recap posts more accurately depict everyday life for the Aleman Clan. The other posts showcase the fun events, but these ones are more realistic of our everyday life.

We are home a lot. We take a lot of photos... which both girls LOVE. Some kids not so much. Mine beg for photos or stand still saying cheese if they think I am going to. I also think these photos show how much love there is in our house. I am so blessed that we live in a very happy home.
 And again blessed that even in October it was warm enough to eat outside. Only wearing a Smokey the Bear hat.
 And I told you my girls love one another. And seriously they do.
 These silly photos are of our Walmart, which has this arcade area. Which is kind of the worst because my kids just have to play there before we leave. And by play I mean run around sitting on things with no money being spent. They still think it is awesome. I don't even think I will ever let them actually play because that would set a bad precedent for future visits.
 We also made it back to the park after a long hot summer hiatus. I feel bad because it was truly months since we've were there. And sadly we've yet to make it back since then. Isn't Peyton 'super' cute?!
 And don't tell anyone, but they also watch way too much TV. Especially in the mornings when mommy and daddy are hatching.
 And this funny picture is after a Dr. apt in front of the Italian restaurant next door. Peyton is such a crack up. She always has been. Jovie is apparently following suit. Actually of course she looks like she is looking for food. That sounds about right with her.
 And another fun night we went with Grammy and Papa to the Shoppes in Chino Hills for the train (which was closed). But we did play by (not in) the fountains and got fancy snow cones. It was a very fun night.
 And we dog sat for Hayley and Adam. Peyton was in heaven sleeping with Oscar every night. I am embarrassed to show the state of her room. But, like I said a taste of realism in this here post. I should show the mountains of laundry that needs to be done right now to top this post off.
 And this folks is why her room is a disaster. Dress up without the clean up after.
 Oh, and I was also able to steal a few photos from my brother of my dad's b-day party. Here are the kids "bobbing for donuts".
 Jovie found a more effective approach.
And that folks is that.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

All Things Halloween

Well, you've heard about the costumes, so let's now see all the opportunities we had to wear it shall we?! Halloween is not just about the 31st anymore, we had lots and lots of pre-Halloween parties and events this year. Which is fun. Really, if I am to be honest, I would rather just celebrate Fall instead of Halloween. It's just such a bizarre holiday really. I am not a fan of all the candy (which we eat for a while and once the tootsie rolls become hard as rocks, I just trash it all anyway). I am not a fan of the scary and skanky parts of Halloween. However, I love pumpkins, and decorations and dressing up. That part is super fun to me. And Peyton just loved all things Halloween this year, even the spooky parts. Though she did wake up in the night due to ghost dreams. And the Curious George special about the scarecrow "N0-Noggin" that knocked peoples hats off, was more scary for her than I thought it would/should be--- she still wanted to watch it daily. So, after all this babbling, I will sum up my thoughts with a consensus of 'we had a lot of fun'.

Preparing for the big day we did some crafts and decorated the house. Here's Peyt showing off her spider hands.

I mentioned it earlier, but we try to go on our little around the block stroll at night. With it getting dark so early it is a little harder. But, one of our neighbors decorated their house and my girls were obsessed. They are so cute walking hand in hand at night. Usually the whole walk they pretend they are Elsa and Ana.

I wish I would have taken a close up shot of our jug-o-lanterns. Especially the ones Peyton decorated herself. They were so cute. We added to our collection when we finished off a gallon.

Our first real event was a little gathering with some of our new friends who live by us. We just love our ward and have already made some stellar friends! This night of course was filled with fun, games, and lots of laughter.

And we know we've had a steady decline in the costume department and that's okay by us. It was a lot of work and pressure in the past, you have no idea. We whipped up these little diddys at the last minute... and were 20 minutes late to the party trying to finish up. Confession: the party started at 6:30 we started making these at 6:15 (bought the stuff earlier that day). Best part about the night was that my kids slept over at my parents, so we came home went to bed and woke up late then had a nice relaxing/lazy morning.  Oh and in case you don't know what we are, we are characters from the old game "Guess Who". Maria and Richard to be exact.

Then came the trunk or treat parties at the church. We of course went to ours, which was held at a members house. They have a HUGE piece of land they farm on. So the kids played all over their playground, the adults put on some fun carnival games on the yard, they had a huge hayride that went all over the hills, and then trick or treating around the house and yard. It was awesome. I am so mad at myself for not getting more pictures. I was helping with a booth or eating while the kids played.

We also met up with the Broberg's and part of the Hamilton clan at my parent's ward party. They too had a few games, and food and of course a trunk or treat.

Finally the big day arrived. We did our annual chili and hotdogs at Danny and Sarah's house and then trick-or-treated the neighborhood. They have an awesome area and the people around there go all out. Like that is such an understatement. I mean they go really REALLY all out. It is a lot of fun to have a new tradition with my family since like I said Halloween is kinda lame, at least we spend time together. I loved chatting on the driveway with a fire blazing as sweet Peyton passed out candy once we were done. And both of my girls loved trick-or-treating and did so well. Jovie as always was quite the character and got a lot of attention everywhere we went. She was also much slower than the rest of our group.

It was really a very Happy Halloween!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Problem Is It's Becoming a Habit

Remember when we all had a good laugh at the fact my dad bought Jovie a dog shirt back here and she actually wore it?! Well, it happened... again.

Preface. For Halloween this year I decided to let Peyton wear what she wanted since I didn't have any good ideas for our family and frankly I didn't care to either. Well, that little girl literally changed her mind weekly. One week it was a scary pumpkin, one week it was Captain America, then for a brief time like every other girl it was Elsa. For goodness sake she even went through a stage she wanted to be Humpty-Dumpty. For this reason I was in no hurry to buy a costume, or even look for that matter. Finally as Halloween approached we were down to either a scary pumpkin or Captain America. I told her we were going to get the things for her costume after naps that day and she had to make up her mind. After naps she was excited to report Captain America won out and that was her final choice. So... we headed to Target to get the costume.

At Target. My kids really enjoyed spooky decorations this year. Every night we walked the block to visit the neighbor's spooky house. And at the store we had to play around the spooky items. At Target we were enjoying the phone that called randomly, the skulls that popped up etc. It was while I was showing Jovie some of these items that Peyton came sprinting down an aisle to report she had found thee costume she absolutely without a shadow of a doubt wanted for sure. So, I said okay, show me. We walked past the kids costumes towards the dog costume area. No not a dog costume. But, the costume for dogs. It was here she stopped, pulled out a pumpkin costume a dog should wear and informed me it was "the one". I explained these were dog costumes not kid costumes. She told me she frankly didn't care, and I got the impression that that fact only made her like it all the more. So... I bought it. But, worse than that - I bought 2, one for each of my girls.

Perks. They were actually super cute costumes. They were the easiest costumes to put on and wear. They were cheaper than the regular kids costumes. And it made me laugh every time they wore them. So... I say it was a win-win-win.

Looking back. I might have to regularly shop the dog section since we've had such success. Or maybe not.

And apparently, Peyton is the equivalent to a large breed. I would say she best resembles a golden retriever.

And if this smile just doesn't say it all....

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Take 2

There is something truly magical about fall. A few nights before Halloween we met up with family at the pumpkin patch again for a wondrous night. The air felt crisp (not cold mind you), we were surrounded by the vibrant orange of Halloween with sparkly lights lighting the night up all around us; and all felt right in the world.
We walked around and took in the good feeling the was abundant. The kids enjoyed the pumpkins, the rides, and I think most of all just being around family. For my kids I know we could be doing nothing at all and as long as they are with family who love them through and through they would be completely happy. This night was no exception. It was a good time.
I must admit I was proud to see Peyton's competitive side as she argued with the boys in line about who was going to be the fastest. She was the youngest, maybe not thee fastest but she did pretty dang good. (I know... I am nuts when it comes to competition)
A new adventure was the strobe light maze, which was fun and tricky. Luckily, Wes, Adam and Ryan took the lead and led us through no problem.
And again we had some fun with the photo op area.
Have I mentioned how lucky I am to have this family of mine?! They are truly my greatest accomplishment and biggest blessing! And I am reminded everyday how remarkable life is with them by my side.