Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tides A-Changin'

Wes has a strict rule.... no Christmas before Thanksgiving!
BUT... as soon as Thanksgiving is over, bring on Christmas!!! As in the day we got home from Utah we started setting up. And the kids were in heaven! We had a GREAT time setting up the tree, in fact those two put on every. single. ornament. alone! Of course, I had to do some rearranging later that night, but really they did a pretty good job. And Jovie thought it was just the bee's knees putting on the star with Wes this year. These two also have a very hard time taking real pictures together whenever they are excitable. Which as you can see, they were!

Party of 5

In case you didn't see the BIG announcement (on social media, where things get real), we are adding another little one to our family in April of 2016.

Welcoming Baby "Blobby".

Technically my due date is May 1st, but due to the ectopic pregnancy I had a few years ago and some of the repercussions of that I will have to have a c-section; which puts me a week earlier. And yes, I have talked to my Dr about trying a v-back but he said no Dr will touch me having had an inner uterine cut, so it is what it is at this point.

We are excited, nervous, and all those in between feelings! I'm sure anyone who has added another baby to the mix knows the feeling well. Obviously, we are (I don't want to say hoping) but for lack of a better word hoping for a boy. Well, not all of us. The girls usually say they want a girl and both even told me they would pray for a girl, once I said it was not up to me but Heavenly Father to decide. I also think it'll be a girl, just because, well, that's what it's always been you know.

However, with that said I have been so sick this pregnancy which is completely NEW! I was never sick with either of the other girls, and oh man, it's been so bad this time around. Maybe it's just because I am older this time around, I'm not sure, but yuck! And again teaching seminary and being in your first trimester does not go together well. Boy have I been sleepy. :) I was also so nervous in the beginning having had that ectopic and a miscarriage in the last 2 years, and everything has scared the crap out of me. Any pain, or sickness or lack thereof. Therefore, it's nice getting a little farther into this pregnancy just to ease the nerves a bit. Can't wait until I can feel the baby move often to have that physical reminder that all is well.

I am now 18 weeks... almost half way done, which is CRAZY! I feel pretty darn good now. And am starting to show recently, which is fun and hard. Again moms you know what I am saying. I am currently in the awkward in between stage, which is a hard place; but something I am willing to do to love a new little baby.

Jovie surprisingly has been the most excited. She asks to hold the baby all the time, talks to it often and asks about it all the time.

I think we are crazy to add another infant to our lives, being that it just got to the easy stage, but I really am so ready. So yay for baby!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Last Post

Our last 2 days of our Thanksgiving holiday were pretty darn fun, if I do say so myself.

Friday, we enjoyed the chilly outdoor beauty of Zion National Park... even getting snowed on for all of 15 minutes. You could definitely tell those of us from California based on our excitement due to the snow.

Saturday (our last day there), we decided to do some exploring around the Dixie sign. Jovie who had more fun digging in the dirt (typical of her) than walking around didn't make it quite as far as the rest of the group; so the two of us played for a while then ended up with Grammy and Papa watching a movie in Jaime's car while the rest of the group explored around. Wes, Peyton and the rest of the gang found the Dixie "narrows". Wes said it was the by far the narrowest canyons he has ever gone through. His 22 year old cousin couldn't make it through at all due to a panic attack half way through.
 Entering the narrows
 A picture of Wes going through taken by Shaun from above
 Shaun and Peyton above taken by Wes from below
Here are Wes' cousins going through the narrowest part... Hannah is trying to help Jacob through.... to no avail.

Before we left back home we had to make a few stops at some of our favorite places. Like:
-Marv's for another milkshake
-Waffle Love... for the love of all that is good, this was my first time getting that, and it was utterly amazing!
-And we made a pit stop at the temple to see the lights.

Other VERY noteworthy moments from this trip:
The inside pool... the kids FAVORITE thing of the whole trip and the thing they remember most!
Our breakfast every morning together with cousins. We would wake up and head straight there, so we looked gooooood.
Nights in our room waiting for the babies in the other rooms to fall asleep.
And of course, just to make sure our neighbors loved us... there may have been some hallway running.

Such a great trip!!! So much to be thankful for!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Week Continued

..... after family photos we headed back to Grandpa's house, which much to his dismay at times was the mother-ship for the week. Poor Grandpa was not used to the chaos and noise. And let me tell you, with so many little ones it got pretty noisy in there.

Brinley (who just might be the sweetest 10 year old I know) had called up Grammy earlier in the week to plan an activity/craft for the kids. Together, they took all the little ones over to the house Fred and Sandie were staying at to create rice crispy pumpkin treats. My kids loved it... as did I, since they were happy and taken care of. In fact, this was a VERY easy week for Wes and I as the kids played with older cousins almost the whole time and needed very little from us. Like I said, we commented multiple times on how we are going back in to the hard stage whereas right now we have things pretty easy.
Grandpa Gubler also had a surprise for all the kids this day too! He had planned with a neighbor friend of his for us to walk over and check out this guy's awesome backyard, in which he had created a mini train display. It was pretty incredible. Especially for little boys like Wyatt, who lives for planes, trains and automobiles. But, really all the kids (and even us adults) were pretty fascinated with it.
Jovie was also taken with her Great Grandpa and throughout the week I would find her sitting with him, or talking about him. Each morning she would wake up and excitedly ask if we were going to Grandpa Gub-a-ler's house. My heart was so happy finding the two of them like this numerous times that week.
I'll start actual Thanksgiving day tomorrow! It was a good day!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day

Aleman Thanksgivings come with a few solid traditions. One being the Thanksgiving morning boy's basketball game.... Gublers vs. Alemans. Of course as people have aged up and into the game, or out of the game completely those teams have changed a bit. And since it seems like one of the boys gets injured doing something or another in the days leading up to it, substitutions always have to be made; but it's been a fun tradition. To be honest, I see things changing now as the family dynamic has changed--- we'll see. But, this year held true to form and we all met at Grandpa's ward building for the morning game.

I must say my baby dominated... no surprise. He's such a stud. I can't help but find him extra attractive as I watch him play. You know, he did kinda win my heart during basketball, so I guess it's just ingrained in me.

After the game and getting cleaned up... the real party started. Basically, I consider it a real party once an entire table of food is set up. My standards are pretty easy. We all met at Lynn's house where we hung out and waited for food to be ready. Talking, more games, etc. Jovie was often found in the center of the circle. trying to be in the a picture, or doing a dance while everyone watched. She is not my shy child, that's for sure.
More Spike Ball
 Dinner is set up in Lynn's impeccable garage. Somehow we can fit our large group all in there.
 After dinner we took our annual family photos.
 Grandpa and most of his grandkids.
And then it was time for games (no pictures), a Thanksgiving presentation put on by the kids with the help of Wes' cousin Amy. And of course lots and lots and lots of pie.
We went home feeling sick and happy... just like it should be at the end of any day.