Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

{Hundreds of pictures were deleted off my phone by accident... so no pictures to add to this post!)

We had a nice Thanksgiving. We went up to Byron to visit with my family. We have that short 3 hour trip pretty much memorized by now- even PK recognizes when we pass the highway ramp that leads to Byron, then asks if we are going to Oma's house (haha).

This trip we (Jed, baby M, and myself) stayed with my brother Grant in his new house. Pk stayed at Oma's house the whole trip! It was nice to have a small break from my favorite 3 year old. Even though baby M still needed nursing in the morning, meaning we didn't sleep in much, it was still nice to devote my entire attention to just one babe (who will be 1 in a month!)

For Thanksgiving we had a delicious spread of lots of yummy food. Jed made his famous homemade rolls (which I have no part in- so ask him if you want the recipe) and I made green bean casserole. I am not known for my cooking- it is always a mystery to me whether or not something will turn out right. To my complete surprise, my green bean casserole was pretty good! (Well, it's hard to go wrong with Velveeta cheese & cajun seasoning!) All the other food was really good too- of course.

Recently, my mom learned this card game that is reportedly similar to Canasta. It's really fun! We all played for hours over the course of a few days, and with each round changing the requirements to play, it never got boring. Between cards and recorded episodes of Duck Dynasty, it was actually a relaxing holiday!

We have so much to be grateful for this year- including the birth of a healthy baby boy. Our growing family is blessed in so many ways. We are especially grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of Him I have found purpose and direction in my life, as well as renewed strength to face trials.  We had a marvelous Thanksgiving, and hope you did too!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hairy Stuff

Here in the Alvey house, there has been a lot of hair business going on.

First and foremost, baby M got his first hair cut. And boy did he need it!












Do you see the resemblance?? 



Haha. Okay, so he needed it cut. Bad. But, as most momma's do, it was hard for me to cut my little baby boy's hair! His hair was the obvious outward symbol that he was growing up- NOO! Can't they just stay little forever? But alas, time moves on, and hair gets out of control, so it must be cut. 


Not the best "After" picture, but considering all my pictures are taken with my phone, that's as good as it's going to get. 

Moving on, to me. If you have known me for awhile, you might have caught on to the fact that my hair is crazy. I mean totally mental. Some days it thinks it's curly, other days it is just a complete white-girl afro. It is so hard to manage! 


{I wasn't kidding}

Not to mention it doesn't grow! I mean, growing up I had sporadic hair cuts- mostly trims- and it still never got much longer than my shoulders. I did grow it out in high school, and for my Senior pictures it was as long as it had ever been- not quite to my bra line if I remember correctly.  Anyways, 

it is FINALLY long! 


And of course, I have no idea!! how to tame it. Most days it's in a side braid, low pony, or high bun. Anyways, I just needed to document the fact that my hair does in fact grow. Whodathunk?! 

But the most exciting hair situation in our family- is with Jed. He's doing "no shave November." I haven't decided how I feel about it- but he's already complained about it a few times, so I don't know how long he'll last. But here is his "before:"


With a few days head start of course :)

What a studdd.



Sunday, November 3, 2013

{Super} Halloween 2013

When we were trying to decide what we wanted to be for Halloween, I let PK take the lead. At first he wanted to be "Capin Merica" or "the star guy" after checking out a superhero themed Look & Find book from the library.

Then, we were at a second-hand store a few days later and found a superman costume- cape and all- he (and I) was sold. Whew! I wasn't really looking forward to sewing his costume from scratch so we were all happy. Then, not too long later at another second-hand store we found a Captain America costume in M's size, so we snatched that for him.

I knew all along I wanted to be Wonder Woman. Maybe it was the fact that I actually have long hair right now, or maybe it was the title "Wonder Woman" but either way, I had my costume in the works since originally going with the superhero theme. {Yes, we are a costume themed family. For as long as the boys will go for that anyway!}

Jed's costume was a little last minute, but it had all the characteristics he likes in a costume. A bit nerdy, comical, and not flashy. It was fun to put all the costumes together, but seeing Jed with grayish hair was pretty freaky!



We also did the traditional pumpkin carving too. Jed had to tutor the night that we planned to carve, so he scooped out all the innards with PK before leaving (and I nursed) and then after I put M to bed, PK and I got to work designing the pumpkin. He LOVED it. He just wanted to keep scooping and squishing it all in his fingers etc. It was so yuck! That's the Alvey in him I guess ;)

It only took a suggestion of doing something Super Man related for him to know exactly what he wanted to carve. Here was how that convo went:

Me: So, what should we carve into the pumpkin?
PK: An "S" for Super Men! (He says it men instead of man)
Me: (Always looking for educational opportunities) An "S?" For Super Man, why? 
PK: Cuz Super Men starts with "S." Ssssss (As he makes the "s" sound). And Batmen starts with a "B." What does a hippo start with? 
Me: I don't know, buddy. What does it sound like? 
PK: Hhh. "H!" 
Me: Yeah! Good job, kid! It does start with H.

And then to my complete surprise he sounded out almost entirely on his own (he didn't know there were 2 p's) the rest of the word h-i-p-p-o. Yay for PK!!

So when we were all done carving, we placed our pumpkin outside. I was worried about putting a candle in the pumpkin- I stray away from open flames any time I can (you're looking at the most accident prone person ever) so we used (7!) glow sticks inside the pumpkin & that suited PK just fine. (They're called glow sticks but it took 7 to get a dull glow... yay for Dollar Tree.)





For Halloween night, PK got invited to a friend's birthday party which was perfect! It rained all day and most of the night, so the indoor party was the perfect solution to the bad weather. He had fun playing with lots of little friends, and Jed and I enjoyed our friends too. Not to mention the YUMMY food! I saved my "splurge" meal for the party- which was definitely the right choice. That Holly Mejia sure knows how to cook! {Seriously, she brought food over after I had baby M and I barely let Jed have any... it was SOO good!}




And even though it was raining, we still took the kids trick-or-treating. It was hilarious! As soon as the kids got outside (after getting all bundled up) they ran down the sidewalk all shrieking, "Candy! Candy!" It was awesome. They basically screamed and chanted either "candy" "trick-or-treat" or "happy halloween" the whole time as we walked throughout Winfield.  Oh, the joys of children on holidays focused on candy. Pure bliss!

Oh, and of course Halloween is extra special to our family- it's Grandma Alvey's birthday! Even with all the craziness of Halloween, we were still able to Skype with Grandma for her special day. We love you, Grandma Alvey! Happy 39th Birthday!


Hope you all had a great Halloween too! Now the big question... what to do with all that candy??  


Monday, October 28, 2013

9 Months!

My baby is 9 months old. It's gone so quick!


His 9 Months stats: 
Weight: 18.5 lbs
Length: 28.5 inches

Our M has a very determined personality. He will let you know that he wants (or doesn't want!) something right away. He is not one to hold back! Now that we've gotten in a pretty good rhythm he is usually pretty happy.

{watching his shadow}

A few of his favorite things include: 
-bath time! Oh man, he can squeal!
-playing with PK
-cars
-books
-WIRES!!!
-bananas, cheerios, and mama's milk (he is NOT into solids)
-his blue, snuggly blankie
-being upside down
-mama :)


Baby M is sweet, giggly, tender, and exact. He has the cutest giggle and it is especially awesome because he laughs the most at PK. He LOVES his older brother. It's fun getting to hear PK talk with M and ask him questions (always making up what he would say). They have actually begun playing together and it is the best!

This is one lucky momma! Now, only 3 more months until he's 1 year old. Craziness.






{HAHAHA}







3 Years OLD!

Okay, so his birthday was in August. But, in my defense, his 3 year check-up wasn't until last week, so this post really isn't that late.

Anywho... where to start with this kid...

{One of my all.time.favorite pictures of him!}

He's amazing. Every single day he amazes me with a new skill, or phrase that he says, or he'll bring up something that happened over a year ago that he is remembering. PK has a BIG personality. He is a bit overzealous at times, but he is truly very sweet and just wants people to be laughing and happy (sound familiar?)


A few facts about PK: 
-knows the alphabet- including sounds
-can count to 15 (maybe higher?)
-slides down the fireman's pole fearlessly
-is VERY anxious to do the monkey bars
-loves superheroes
-also loves trains, cars, dirt, leaves, sticks, rocks, bugs, and animals
-has been on a Calilou trip (tv show)
-sings while going potty- #2 specifically :)
-oh yeah: IS POTTY TRAINED!! whew
-mimics nearly everything
-loves his baby brother
-loves to help in the kitchen
-can make his bed (with help)
other chores include: putting the pillows on the couch, setting & clearing the table, picking up toys, and helping to fold the cloth diapers



Here are his stats: 
Weight: 34 lbs.
Height: 38 inches
Overall: 73rd percentile
{Tall and skinny!}

We love our PK so much. He makes our home so happy. I love having him at home with me, and he loves to be here (I think!) Happy Birthday, PK!!





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Monday, August 12, 2013

{Cheese!}

I've been a little MIA lately. Luckily, I got over the blogging guilt a long time ago, so I haven't felt guilty about not blogging, but I still have missed it. We just have had an amazing summer- filled to the brim with long vacations, short vacations, and all the regular summer fun in the middle. Maybe I'll go back and document everything- but no promises. For now, here are some nice family pictures we had taken a few weeks ago.

{I went ahead and made them them large for your viewing pleasure.}














If anyone local is interested in an amazing photographer, I highly recommend Jacqui Wishart Photography. She is very easy to work with, does GREAT with children, and is reasonably priced. Plus, she will go to nearly any local location that you want. So run, don't walk, over to her page and drool over her fabulous work.

Thanks all.
XOXO


Monday, April 8, 2013

Easter

This Easter was really nice. I was able to use decorations from previous years, plus a few new touches to add some spring to our home. Spring is such a special time! I love the colors, the flowers, and the excitement and anticipation for summer. All except for my extremely white legs (sorry everyone!)- I could do without those :)







For Easter dinner we were able to have another couple and their cute little baby over for dinner. It's always nice to get together with another family. We had some pretty yummy food, and even better company. Easter is such a nice, calming holiday. We used a few different activities to try and teach PK about Christ and the Resurrection. I know he can't verbalize everything he understands, but teaching him things is also a great reminder for me. I'm grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of his life and Atonement, as well as the Resurrection, I have the ability to be with my family forever. 







Now that I have two boys, it is so fun to make them match. I LOVE it. Anyways, after starting to make matching ties for the boys, Jed was feeling pretty jealous. Well, his tie required a lot more fabric (which I did have) but also a lot more work. I definitely cut a few too many corners, but it didn't look that bad on (with a suit coat covering half of it, of course...) Now that I know how to make little boys ties, I have a feeling I will be making a few more matching sets. 





I mean, can you blame me????