Sunday, April 26, 2009

Week of Parties!

We had a week of partying this week! Tuesday was my birthday and Wednesday was Jeremy's. On Tuesday, Jeremy's mom and sister came up and watched Kirsten so we could go out to dinner. I had made a cake for Jeremy to take to work the next day, but since his mom and sister were here, we went ahead and cut into it. Wednesday, we got up early and made Jeremy the Alleman traditional pancake with a candle. (I actually did not know this was an Alleman family tradition until a few months ago when one of my sister-in-laws blogged about it!) Thank goodness for blogs so we can keep these traditions going! Wednesday night he was supposed to go to school, but everyone else in his group was sick, so we got him home for the night. We were so excited! Wednesday during the day, I taught a bread making class for our ward. It was so much fun to be able to share what I have learned over the past few years.

On Thursday I went to Holly's house and she helped me do my first scrapbooking pages ever! It was so fun and not nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

Saturday was Kirsten's first primary activity. They played fitness games and ended with a healthy snack. Jeremy went with her since he is her Sunbeam teacher. She came home and was so excited that she got to "exercise like mommy". I thoroughly enjoyed having two hours at home alone to work on scrapbooking!
Why is she always surrounded by boys?!
A healthy snack
First Basketball game ever
Too Cute
After the primary activity, we crammed some lunch into her, gave her a bath (she stank pretty badly) and ran off to the coolest birthday party ever. Her friends, Madelyn and Macy, were having their 4th birthday party at this place called Sweet and Sassy (I think). Anyway, all they do is girly girl parties. They dressed them up like princesses, fixed their hair, put on make up and painted their nails. They did princess crafts, and topped it off with a fashion show on thier hot pink runway! She is convinced that she has to have her birthday party there.

Getting her hair fixed
All dolled upAll of the princesses
(and no, I do not know where those hot pink Fancy Nancy glasses came from!)
Last Monday, my step-mother's mother passed away. I regret that I did not have the time to get to know her better. The first time I met Marcia was in the Los Angeles Temple. I could not help but instantly love her then and know that she was a beautiful person both inside and out. We will miss her and ask for your prayers of comfort for Patty and her family.
Today Jeremy's dad was called as our new Stake President. We know that he will do a wonderful job as he seeks the Lord's guidance and direction in his new responsibilities. It was very humbling to be with the family today as he was set apart. I am so grateful to be part of two wonderful families, Jeremy's and mine.
That about sums up our crazy week. This week will be another busy one. My students have TAKS tests, so the school schedule is all messed up. Kirsten and I fly out Thursday to spend a few days with my mom and did I mention, Jeremy only has two weeks of classes left!!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter

So I know that this is a week late, but it has been a crazy week. We had a great Easter. On Saturday morning we found a baby bunny in our backyard by the fence. It would not move and Jeremy was afraid of either mowing over it, or our neighbors dogs getting at it. So naturally, we brought it in the house. Kirsten took very good care of our visitor for about two hours, and then we let it go after we were done with the yard work (on the side away from the dogs!). What are the chances of finding a bunny on Easter?!
Easter Sunday was Fast Sunday also, so even though Jeremy and Kirsten got their baskets before church, they had to be patient and wait to devour their candy.
Kirsten got a chocolate bunny and a Little Mermaid Doll, complete with every outfit from the movie. I only give her one sweet thing for any given holiday because I do not want her to grow up thinking that candy is something special. It seems to be working, she would rather eat green beans and pretzels than anything sweet.
Here is Kirsten looking beautiful in her Easter dress. You can also see the green we painted around the fireplace and a little bit of the brown that is on the rest of the living room walls. I keep forgetting to post real pictures of our painting spree.
After church we went to my dad's for a little while because it was my step-brother's birthday, then off to Jeremy's parent's for Easter Dinner. We had lasagne, which I always love but I have to admit that I missed a traditional Easter Dinner more than I thought I would. So guess what I am making for dinner tonight.... I get stuck in my ways, what can I say?
We were able to spend a lot of time this week with my sister-in-law, Kacey, who was home from school for a week. We have all missed her a ton, but I think Kirsten missed her the most. She keeps crying for her everyday. It was great to be able to see her, and I know that she will have a blast at BYU-I this semester.
This week will be another busy one, with both mine and Jeremy's birthdays on top of everything else. - By the way, did I mention Jeremy only has 3 weeks of classes left!!!!!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

My Brother

We found out on Friday that my brother, John, will be leaving for basic training on May4th. He enlisted in the Marines a few months ago, but was awaiting a Linguist opening. We were counting on October, so this all seems a little sudden. I am so proud of my little brother. I am grateful that there are those willing to put the safety of their loved ones and the liberty of their country first, and are willing to give their lives to protect it. I love you John, and will miss you more than I can say.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter Program

This morning Kirsten's preschool had their Easter Program. Jeremy's mom and sister Kacey were able to come up to see it. Kacey just came home from school for a week, and Kirsten does not want to let her out of her sight. If you can imagine a primary program with 72 Sunbeams, that is about what we had today. They sang songs, and recited bible verses along with the first 10 catechism questions. Afterwards, they had an easter egg hunt (Kirsten's fourth one this week!). I had to take off to go to work after that, but they are still having a class party and a big easter lunch. Kirsten had fun helping me make rolls last night to take today. I was so proud of my little girl today. I cannot believe how much she is growing up. Enjoy the pictures!

Sing Hosanas!
My God is so Big and Strong and Mighty
Kirsten and Kacey
Hunting for Easter Eggs
Kirsten's class
Checking out their loot

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

6 X 6

Rules:
1. Go to your pictures on your computer
2. Go to your 6th folder
3. Go to your sixth picture
4. Post it
5. Blog about it:
6. Tag 6 people

This is my little sister, Jenny and me at Disneyland last August. It was such a fun trip. I went to California by myself for a week. It was so fun to spend so much time with Jenny. I sure miss her. I can hardly wait to take the whole family to Disneyland next month!

It tag Vicki, Cassie, Darlene, Allison, Jodi, Mom, Ellen and anyone else who wants to join in! I can't wait to see your pictures!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Greatest Neighborhood Ever

I feel truly blessed to live in such an absolutely wonderful neighborhood. Four and a half years ago, we drove into Craig Ranch for the first time to see the home my dad was building. As soon as we pulled in, I almost started crying, and told Jeremy, this is where we are supposed to live. I know that this is where we are supposed to raise our family. Oddly enough, I was about 4 weeks pregnant with Kirsten at the time and had no idea. Since that day we have loved our life here and we never want to live anywhere else.

One of the things that makes our neighborhood the greatest ever, is our moms group. We have an amazing woman in our neighborhood, Vicki, who took charge and got us organized. I have been part of the group about a year now, but am just recently trying to get more involved. It is such a blessing to know your neighbors, to go for a walk and realize that you know at least one person on every single street. We have a website set up with a calendar and a message board, and have some sort of an activity almost everyday. Kirsten is making friends that she will go to school with once she starts Kindergarten, which will make that time in her life easier on all of us. Anyway, a long story short, I love where we live, and I love all of you moms. Thank you so much for being here and being a support system for our family.

Tonight we had an Easter Egg hunt and a potluck dinner at the neighborhood park. There were over a hundred people there. I had to drag Jeremy away, he was having such a good time bonding with some of the other dads. They are having a LAN party on Saturday just for the guys. We had a blast and I wanted to share some pictures.

Hunting for Eggs

Kirsten and Nikki -
they go to preschool together and are quickly becoming the inseperable duo.
Emma, Dora and Kirsten
they are on top of a 10 foot retaining wall. No fear....

We have this amazing walking trail that starts at the park and goes through our neighborhood. Suprisingly, we have never actually gone for a walk on it. So we decided to try it today. It was beautiful.