Saturday, January 31, 2009

Like Father, Like Son

I gave Cody a Marvel Alliance Playstation 2 video game for our first Christmas as a married couple, and he played it a few times. Then I got pregnant, Cody went back to school, Joshua was born, and life just sorta got a little crazy (to say the least). So, a few weeks ago, I mentioned that to Cody that he never played it anymore. He made sure I would be okay if he took it up again, and he started playing it both at night when I'm transcribing (when his homework is done, of course) and during the day while Joshua's playing on the floor. It turns out, Joshua LOVES the cordless controller. In fact, there were a couple times when Cody was at class, and after picking up the controller, Joshua headed right for the couch where Cody always sits to play his game, pulled himself up, and sat there playing with it, just as he'd seen his daddy do. It's pretty obvious how much Joshua loves his daddy. I wouldn't be surprised if he grows up to be a video-game playing, Transformer-loving big kid, too!
I love these last two... he just looks so bored, doesn't he? =P

Locks of Love

Most of you know that my hair has been pretty long for quite some time--Cody called it my "monstrous mass of beauty." I don't think I've cut more than one or two inches at a time since before my mission, so that's about 5-6 years of long hair. I really got used to having it long and didn't see myself cutting it short anytime soon. Anyway, for the past couple of weeks, I was thinking about cutting maybe 6 inches or so...and then, I thought, why not just go for 10 and donate it to Locks of Love? Well, I did it, and it's pretty short now. I keep telling myself it's for a good cause, and I'll hopefully get less headaches now without so much hair to weigh my head down. Plus, it's all super healthy now! And it's still just as thick as ever. Here are the before pictures:See? It was crazy long. And now:
I'll admit it, I'm not loving it yet, but I know it'll grow, and I know that some kid somewhere is going to benefit from the four 10+ inch braids I donated today. And it feels so much lighter! =)

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday afternoons...oh, how they drag!

I'm sure those of you who work full-time, and probably those who don't, know exactly what I mean. Friday afternoons = longest four hours of the week. Reminds me of this clock, which at first glance may look normal, but then you realize it's backwards, the way it feels like the time is going today. It's just sooooo sloooooow! I just want to go home and be with my family. (sorry to complain) I'm ready to be done with work for a few days, and it looks to be a good weekend. Tonight we'll probably just lay around the house and Cody will do homework while I transcribe, but tomorrow Joshua and I are going wedding dress looking with my good friend Shara, I'm hopefully getting my hair cut (I promise to post pictures), and Cody and I plan to watch the next movie in our Netflix queue, which is National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Nothing spectacular, but it'll be nice to be doing things other than working. Are you hoping to have a good weekend, too?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ah, days off!

I know that a blog post on Martin Luther King Day should probably be more along the lines of how grateful I am to live in a country with equal rights and how tomorrow's inauguration is very historic and yadda yadda yadda...sorry, I don't mean to make all that other stuff sound so trivial. I really am grateful for that, but that isn't the subject of this post. Would itb horrible of me to say I'm just glad to get a day off from work? It's nice to just hang out with my husband and son, to enjoy spending time as a family. And since I'm off work, and we have a few pictures that needed to be posted, I figured blogging was a good activity. This first one kind of took me off really makes Joshua look like a little boy, and not so much a baby anymore. I mean, he IS 13 months old now, but still...
This one is just awesome. I love the little glance off to the side.Cody's ratty old hat looks pretty cute on Joshua, don't you think?
These next two are some of the sweetest pictures I've ever seen. Yup, that's Cody reading Green Eggs and Ham to Joshua (many of you know I used to be a Dr. Seuss collector...I think maybe I should take it up again, now that I have kids to read them to). It looks like Joshua's quite interested, don't you think?We're going to go out to lunch now, so I better sign off. Hope you have a great day off, too!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Silly Joshua...

Something that Cody and I often find ourselves saying to each other as we talk about our son is "silly, silly Joshua." Lately, we've found ourselves laughing over his silly antics as we lay down before going to sleep...talking about how he has learned to growl, his awesome babbling that ranges from whispered "dah dah dahs" to yells of "yeh yeh yeh" , the little wave he gives over my shoulder to his daddy as I carry him off to bed...such a great kid he is. Anyway, I was looking through the pictures I've taken on my cell phone, and I came across this little gem, which made me crack up because it's so typical for Joshua. This was taken one November afternoon (I think the Monday before Thanksgiving--November was uncharacteristically warm this year, in case anyone is thinking we're neglectful parents because Joshua is barefoot), and I had a dentist appointment. Because we were borrowing Cody's grandparents' car at the time due to the JiffyLube fiasco, and because only Cody drove it, Cody and Joshua accompanied me and waited in the lobby. The receptionist thought Joshua was adorable (who doesn't?), and offered him toys from the treasure chest and a big red balloon. We tied the balloon to his wrist and he seemed a little puzzled, but he liked the toys. For awhile there, he was content to just sit around with the squishy ball hanging out of his mouth, so I snapped a picture and have now included it here for your viewing pleasure. I hope you get a kick out of our son, because we sure do! =)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Surprise, Grandma and Grandpa!

We hadn't planned on going to California this year, seeing as how our car probably wouldn't have made it after the fiasco in Las Vegas, and plus Cody was supposed to have been working at Target through the holidays. Well, as you all know, our Kia was killed by Jiffy Lube in November and we now have a great new car, and Cody was unfortunately let go prematurely by Target. With those two main reasons to stay in Utah now out of the picture, we decided to plan a trip to California, weather permitting. We only told Brianne, who did a great job at keeping it a secret from my parents, and we were set to go.

We left on Friday afternoon, the day after Christmas, and we had great weather the whole way. Joshua was great, too--he even slept a lot of the way down. We arrived around midnight, and we had Brianne come out and get Joshua. She brought him back inside the house and said to my mom, "Look who I found outside!" She was shocked, of course, when she realized who it was. It was great fun! We didn't do a whole lot, just mostly enjoyed the time at home, playing games and eating a lot of junk food. We did get to meet up with my brother Dana and his family at In N Out, and we went to Disneyland with Mom, Dad, and Brianne, where we met up with my uncle Mike and some of his family (thank you, Neil Diamond--selling the tickets to your concert helped us pay for our tickets to Disneyland!). Good times. Here are some pictures (though not very many because we are slackers when it comes to taking pictures...we need to get copies from the ones my dad took). First up, a picture of Joshua in the car on the way down...apparently my cell phone's flash is quite bright!
And here's him sleeping with his little teddy bear on his lap...such an adorable little guy.
Of course, we totally forgot to take pictures when we met up with Dana, Melissa, Luke, and Sydney, so this is the only one we have from that event. The cashier gave us a couple of pages of stickers, so we put them on Joshua's face. Joshua has also taken to smiling by scrunching up his nose and squinting his eyes when he wants to be silly:
All the rest are from Disneyland, taken courtesy of our cell phones because we forgot our digital camera in my purse. First up, Joshua on my shoulders in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room:
The Sleeping Beauty Castle, all decked out with icicles. Isn't it beautiful?
And, of course, It's a Small World. This ride is sentimental to me and Cody--when we had only been dating for a couple of weeks, Cody came with me to California to suprise my dad for his birthday. We went to Disneyland on that trip (it was Cody's first time), and as we rounded the bend in our Small World boat, we kissed and all of the lights suddenly came on. It was pretty cool. Okay, enough mushy stuff. Aren't the lights pretty?And, of course, here we are in front of the ride. It was hard to get a good picture of us with the lights in the background, so this is the best one.
Joshua didn't really get much sleep at all that day, but it finally overcame him (though only for about half an hour). He was such a good sport, hardly fussing at all the whole day, but he sure was all tuckered out.Well, that's about it for our trip. We spent New Years Eve at my parents' home--though Mom decided to treat Brianne and me to the movie Twilight that afternoon. I haven't read the books, but the movie was decent so I've decided to borrow Brianne's copies. We'll see what all the hype is all about, yes? Plus, I'll need something to keep me busy while my husband studies =P Anyway, we rang in the New Year, and then left the next morning after watching a bit of the Rose Parade. It was a good trip, and I'm glad we got to spend some time there before school and work take over. Happy New Year, everybody!

Christmas at the Allemans

Well, it's been quite awhile since I posted here, but with the holidays and a surprise trip to California, I think it's understandable. Now that we're back in the swing of things, with me working once again and Cody set to start classes again tomorrow, I think an update is in order.

First of all, Christmas! Unfortunately, the morning of December 23rd, we found Joshua in his crib, having thrown up all over himself and his sheet. Then began the diarrhea...poor kid had some incredible stomach bug. He was mostly better by late the next day, but not before he got a wicked diaper rash and cried every time he sat down. We felt so badly for him! Cody woke up on Christmas Eve and started having the same stomach problems, though thankfully he too felt better by that evening. So, with two sick boys in the house, it fell to me to finish the Christmas shopping we had procrastinated...never again do I want to do Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. I hope to get it done by Joshua's birthday this time around--hold me to it, people! Anyway, we were lucky that the sickness was over relatively quickly, and thankfully we were all well enough to read about the birth of the Savior in Luke II before Joshua went to bed.

Christmas morning dawned white and snowy. It was a pretty lazy morning, though of course I was unable to sleep in thanks to Joshua (I let Cody sleep to make sure he was fully recovered). Then, stockings and presents! We took several pictures for your enjoyment. Most of them are of me and Joshua, since Cody took over filming and picture-taking. I'll have to post the videos later, because I don't have the video camera here with me at work. Here are our stockings (L-R Cody, Carina, and Joshua):
And here's our Christmas tree, complete with presents all wrapped up underneath it:
Here are a few of Joshua and me going through his stocking...I know, he looks positively thrilled about it all, doesn't he? =P
Those who grew up in the Burr household know that Santa traditionally gives us an apple, an orange, and a banana in our stockings. Apparently he does the same thing in the Alleman household now, too, so we each got some fruit for breakfast. Oh, and Joshua actually did bite off the end of the banana, which of course provoked a brief hiatus in picture-taking and some frantic mouth-fishing.We decided Joshua needed some sort of stuffed animal, so we got him this little teddy bear...I'll have to post the video of him when he first saw it, because he squealed most adorably. He was much happier about it than these pictures let on.And here is an ever-so-flattering picture of the two of us opening yet another of his presents. Look at that concentration! He got pretty good at tearing off the wrapping paper by the end of it all.It's about time for Joshua to start experimenting with a fork and spoon, so we got him this little set, complete with a plate/bowl that suction-cup to the table. Isn't that just amazing? The things they think of these days! The aftermath...and, of course, Joshua is playing with a tiny piece of wrapping paper rather than his cool new toys. It was no surprise that Joshua was interested in the fruit from our stockings, but it surprised both of us when he actually succeeded in taking some bites out of an apple. Of course, he didn't eat the whole thing, but he did a pretty good job for having such a little mouth! For those curious on what presents we got, here's the rundown: Cody got The Dark Knight, Super Munchkin, and a book on father's blessings (all from me--we forgot to give presents to each other in Joshua's name, but we'll be better about it next year when Joshua can be a little bit more involved). I got Seasons 2, 3, and 4 of Smallville (Cody made sure to catch me up on the seasons I missed while on my mission), plus some exercise equipment because we are planning to work out together at night. Joshua got the teddy bear, some connecting toys, a beanie and mittens, and the feeding set. Oh, and my brother Kendall and his family gave to us this year--the complete Disney Pixar DVD collection! Toy Story 1 and 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and Ratatouille. I think that collection will be a huge favorite in the next couple of years, especially if Joshua is anything like his cousins Luke and Damon.

Anyway, that was Christmas for us--very quiet. We had planned on going to Cody's grandparents' house for awhile, but the white Christmas outside prompted us to just stay home and enjoy the cozy family time. We watched a couple of movies and had a nice chicken dinner and just had a good time as a family. We hope everyone else had a very merry Christmas, too!