Saturday, March 4, 2017

Halle's Baptism

  I cannot believe that my niece, Halle, is already 8 years old!  I think I will be saying those kinds of things forever.  I remember when Halle was turning one year old and I couldn't believe it because it meant that Micheal had been gone for a whole year.  That's what happens when her birthdate is only three days before he died. 

"Wow, I can't believe Halle is 16 and dating! Micheal's been gone 16 years!"

"Wahoo, Halle's graduating high school! No way Micheal's been gone 18 years!"

"Halle's celebrating her 70th birthday!  Wait.... WHY am I still here?!?!?"

It was a beautiful day, almost 60 degrees. Halle looked gorgeous in her dress and did a great job!

Of course I had my sweet, sweet ride in the parking lot.

I got to spend the majority of the day with this handsome fella as my date. 

And he gave me the most perfect powdered donut handprint hug!

Gorgeous girl!

Congratulations Halle on making the wonderful decision to be baptized!! We love you!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ty + Makayla

I'm really starting to feel old when my young women are getting married. Today was a beautiful day at the Salt Lake temple to see my former Mia Maid (and next door neighbor) Makayla, be sealed to her best friend, Ty. 

Ty and Makayla had their luncheon at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, which was perfect since that was where Micheal proposed to me on New Years Eve 2001 and I wanted to visit our spot.  I really hope that if they ever decide to remodel that floor that they will consider selling me that bench. 

Such a gorgeous view! Congrats Ty and Makayla!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Lots To Celebrate!

What a great day it is in the Alleman household!  Kennet tried out for the part of Willy Wonka in the school play "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and got it! He totally faked me out by telling me he didn't get it. He's definitely good at acting because I totally believed him! Way to go Benstopher!!  You're taking after your dad and I know he's so proud! 

 After surviving our first trimester, our Pathway group decided to go out to dinner on one of our Thursday nights off.  Thursdays feel weird when we are not there. Not everyone was able to make it, but we had a blast with those that could. Anything Frederico's is delicious!

What a better way to top off the night than going to see a movie with Christ Pratt in it? We LOVED "Passengers"! Jennifer Lawrence is pretty dang awesome also! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

New Christmas Fragrance: Burnt Polyester

With the colder weather closing in, Ems and I needed some winter gear to keep our inner temps from freezing. I happened into Al's tonight while Kai was supposed to be at karate, except they didn't have it. I found some pretty good stuff and decided to drop it off to Emily on my way home because I'm super impatient when I have something I want to give someone. 

When we arrived, Emily's house was spit-shined clean and there was a delicious winter candle burning on the countertop. Eric had taken the three younger kids to a basketball game and so it was just Ems and Jenny (14 yrs old) at home. 

I went back to Ems' room to show her our new loot and we had only been talking for maybe five minutes when Jenny comes running down the hall saying, "Kennet's coat is on fire!" 

I remember feeling like my feet were made of cement and my brain was so foggy like it couldn't comprehend what was going on. We bolted down the hallway and sure enough, there was Kennet's super nice, warm, Patagonia coat melting on Emily's countertop with flames popping up here and there. Emily immediately rushed it over to the sink and we were able to extinguish the flames, but the coat was toast.... not the kind you'd want to eat, though. 

As I stood there staring at this heap of melting polyester, I had multiple thoughts/thanks go through my head:

1. At least he wasn't wearing the coat when it caught on fire. How awful to have polyester burning on your skin.  Kennet had apparently set his coat on the counter right next to the burning candle. We've had quite a few talks --long before this ever happened-- about paying attention to our surroundings. We definitely had some more tonight. 

2. The kids had the calm forethought to not freak out and just shove the coat off the countertop, possibly resulting in others getting hurt.

3. Emily's house didn't catch fire. Whew! I don't think that would have been a great way to say thanks for letting us stop by. 

At least everyone was safe. Coats are replaceable. People are not. 

It looks like a marshmallow virus is eating it away. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Our Kitchen AKA The Lab

I think it's rather safe to say that Kennet is enjoying his new chemistry set. Nothing's exploded.... yet. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sporks, Pirate Canvases, And Rogue One

Kennet has a  habit lately of pilfering sporks from the school cafeteria. Why? I'm not sure. But he'll come home and pull a half dozen or so out of his coat pocket. I've never actually seen him use one, though. So go figure. 

This is when you know you've got some pretty awesome friends... they place your son's painting of Captain Crawfish he gave to them on their wall you see when you first walk into their home. The Stauffer's rock!

I try not to get too sad when I go see movies that Micheal would just LOVE if he were here. I imagine his face making a million different reactions and the long conversations we would have about it on the way home and long into the night. I miss that so much. Star Wars Episode VII is definitely one he would have even braved the crowds to see. Rogue One is right up there with it. It was amazing! Jamie was up here getting some stuff ready for her classes and came to see it with us. 

Favorite moment of the day:
After we got home from the movie, we are all lounging in our pajamas when Kennet says he's got a riddle for us:

"What grows in the winter, dies in the summer, and its roots face upward?"

(all of us staring with blank faces)

"Ok, I'll give you a hint.  It's an icicle." 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Kennet received the priesthood today. Don't fret, he didn't receive it while wearing a George Washington costume.  By the time I remembered to get pictures of any sort, he had already changed and everyone was getting ready to go home.

I can't believe that both my kids are in young mens now! 

We are so grateful for such loving family that supports us!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

One Down, Two To Go!

I don't know if I ever mentioned on here that I was going to school???  Well, I'm going to school!

I joined the Pathways program through the LDS church and have online classes through BYU-Idaho and meet with people in my area on Thursday nights at a church in Logan where we all support and teach one another as we go through this experience. 

It is AMAZING! I honestly was skeptical at first... not about it's validity, but about my ability to commit to it. Being a single parent, primary president and all the other demands of life felt like adding one more thing to my plate was, well, dumb. Oh boy, I'm so glad I was proven wrong. 

Our missionary dad said on our first meeting back in September that "there are no coincidences" and that we are all here for a reason. I could feel it just in that first week. I've been thinking about going back to school for years and just like everything else in my life, the Lord guided me to what is best for me. I'm so grateful for this program and for all it has taught me so far, and I'm only 1/3 of the way done! It's also awesome that I get to have one of my lifelong friends in my class with me. 

These people have become like a second family to me and going to our gathering meeting on Thursday nights is like having group therapy. We've all grown close and shared things that we might not have shared anywhere else and I love each and every one of them. They have all touched my heart and taught me, cried with me, laughed with me. 

I'm so blessed that the Lord knows me better than I know myself and even though I put up a stink sometimes, that He is patient with me as I try to learn how to navigate this life with all my heartache but also loving everyday that I open my eyes to a new, fresh start.  

 Back Row: Andrew, Josh, Troy, Christopher, Darren, Julie
Middle row: Janeal, Andrea, Rebecca, Hannah, Sharalen, Teri, Sister Cannon, Brother Cannon
Front Row: Amy, Sheila, Amy, Cara, Ellen, Thayne
Front AND slightly off-center: Lance

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Benny Ben Turns 12!

How in the world did I get to this stage so fast?!?!  My youngest is 12 and moving out of primary and into young mens!  Eek!  

It feels like only yesterday we were living in Las Vegas and I was as huge as can be.  Micheal came to pick me up after teaching school to take us to the hospital while Kai stayed with my mom at the house.  I remember sitting in the waiting room with Micheal while they were prepping the operating room and we said how surreal it felt to be kicking back and relaxing, watching a little tv, but that our baby would be born in less than an hour.

My surgery was set for 7:00 PM and they were right on the dot.  Kennet Micheal Alleman entered this world right on time at 7:00 PM on a Monday night.  We've always called him our Family Home Evening baby.  Weighing in at 8 lbs 3 oz and 20 1/2" long, I'm glad that I had to have a c-section.  Sitting in the recovery room with Micheal while we snuggled our chunky precious newborn (and I waited for my lower half to regain feeling) is one of my favorite memories.  

I don't regret how I did things, but if I would have known then that that was the last time I was going to be able to do that, I would have cherished it even more. I was planning on (hopefully) enjoying that at least another three times.  Never in a million years did I think I would be stopped at two (mostly because of how both of our boys were happy surprises).  But so many in this world have none, and I am beyond blessed to have my two wonderful Rumpkins, so I will take it and be grateful.  

The birthday boy before school, in his new New York shirt.

Kennet decided in late summer that he wanted a cake from the Hunger Games, since he was channeling President Snow constantly.  He wanted a Mockingjay but instead of it holding an arrow he wanted it to have a white rose.  

To incorporate the blood that is always seeping out of President Snow's mouth, I made the cake out of red velvet.  And boy, does that stuff have some strong dye in it!  And no, of course I don't know that because I accidentally made too much mix and then decided to eat most of the left over cake batter with a giant serving spoon.  How preposterous!

 Original cake:
When Kennet got home from school he was so excited for his cake.  He loved it, but looked at me and said "uh, mom? I think his name is Coriolanus though, not Cornelius."  I laughed so hard because it's true and I totally thought that I had written the correct name. I knew it started with a "C", so I was on the right track at least....

 Balance restored.....

 Kennet chose to go to Olive Garden again for his birthday.  I forgot to get a picture of everyone there, but that just seems to be how my life is going nowadays. 

We LOVE the new Ghostbusters movie!

The boys always get a book from Micheal on their birthdays with a note from him in the back.  This year's book is a sequel to one called "The Day the Crayons Quit" that was given a couple years ago for Kai's birthday.  These books are hilarious!

Red velvet blood cake.

Since I've addicted my children to "Hamilton" as well, Kennet has plans to rap a song called "Guns N Ships" for the school talent show in March.  Therefore, he got a George Washington costume for his birthday.  I have a feeling I'm not going to see my boots for a while. 

He finished his lego Ecto-1 before bedtime.  This boy loves his Legos!

Happy Birthday Benny Ben Benstopher! Thank you for making our home so entertaining and always making us laugh.  Mom and Dad love you!

Monday, December 12, 2016

That's A Lot Of Milk!

Every year, my dad saves up milk cartons and adds them to the already heaping amount he owns for his Christmas light decoration. He fills them 1/3 of the way up with water and strings lights over the opening of the jug.  Essentially, this is what they look like:

Last year, my dad hit his total somewhere in the high 600's.  This year, he had a grand total of:

I tried to get a panoramic of it but the lights weren't as bright.  

My dad has been doing this for quite a few years now. Next year, he hopes to gain another 400 so that he can build an igloo.  To me, they've always looked like giant gum drops and I want to go buy a bag and eat some because of it.... even though I don't care for gum drops.  

Well played, papa.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

First Presidency Christmas Devotional

I love watching the First Presidency Christmas Devotional.  It's a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and be reminded of Jesus Christ's birth as the reason we celebrate Christmas.  The Adams family was kind to let us come crash their house for it.

Unfortunately, I had had a rather emotional day and couldn't keep my eyes open. It's a blessing that today's technology is so amazing that I can watch it whenever I want. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Perfume Must Be Chloroform

This rarely ever happens. If Liam is awake he is wide awake. He hasn't napped on me like this in a long time. I'm not complaining... I can't think of a better way to spend my Friday.

Of course, enjoying these happy awake smiles is also my favorite.