Monday, April 30, 2012

30, Flirty, and Thriving

So, I turned 30 on Saturday. It doesn't feel much different from 29, although changing the first digit in my age is kinda odd, considering I haven't done that in 10 years. I'm convinced this next decade is going to be even more awesome than the last, which will be hard to top.

How did I spend the actual day, you ask? Well, first I got up and spent some one-on-one time with Joshua, which I (almost) always love. Then I pampered myself with a pedicure at Bonny Nails (I think this should be a yearly tradition) and came home to a completely clean kitchen--one of my birthday presents from my sweet husband. Thank you, my love!

We next loaded up in my sister's van and we all drove down to the BYU Games Center for...bowling! Joshua had never been "real" bowling before, but we figured he'd have fun since he loves it on the Wii. Even with bumpers, my scores were abysmal, but I blame the fact that it had been probably at least five years, mayb six, and I was out of practice.

After bowling, we spent some time at the Lees' while Maggie got a nap, and then we loaded up again and went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner :) Quite tasy! Chicken, sweet potato, part of a roll...yummy stuff. I think Joshua ate like four rolls in addition to his hot dog and some corn. Oh, and I made sure they didn't sing to me. At least, they didn't offer and I didn't volunteer the information that it was my birthday.

We then went back to the Lees' and had birthday cake. Kirsti was sweet enough to bake it for me (Cody was fine with letting her do that, since his baking prowess is a little lacking), and it was absolutely delicoius--carrot cake recipe courtesy of my sister-in-law Shelly. SO good. Cody and I finished up the night watching Thor on our couch, with me sleeping through some of it and going to bed shortly thereafter. So, all in all, a very good day :)

I'm sure you want to see pictures, so here are a few (gotta get some from Kirsti on their camera, as my phone battery died by the end of the day).

First up, Cody and Joshua bowling together. I love Joshua's pose as he watches his ball sloooowly make it down the lane:

I love this kid!

Me bowling...yeah, I'm going so fast it's blurry. But don't let that fool you. Even with bumpers, my highest score was 100. Yep.

I love having my sisters close least we got one last birthday celebration together before Brianne moves away later this year. Anyway, here's Brianne, Kirsti, her husband Rich, and their daughter Maggie:

I just thought this was hilarious. Apparently Maggie loves to hang out in her toybox. She just climbed right in and sat there for a while

This is my beautiful carrot cake. I love the decoration on top (guess there wasn't room to write "Happy Birthday"):

This was actually Sunday night...Joshua said he had a headache, and the next thing I knew, he was curled up on the couch asleep. He NEVER does that. Poor kid must have celebrated too much the day before :P Doesn't he just look so sweet sleeping? I never really get to see him like this anymore. 

So, happy birthday to me! Here's to the rest of my life!

Oh, and one final thing: About two years ago, Cody and I were having a discussion about the future of our family. We've been wanting to add to our family for a while, but health and finances have been a little contrary. Well, for some reason, I told Cody that I wanted to be pregnant again by either our 5th anniversary (last August) or my 30th birthday. Well...I made it :) My birthday next year will have one more Alleman with which to celebrate...can't wait!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday this year was pretty quiet...Joshua and I enjoyed a quiet morning while Daddy slept, and then we had a pleasant late morning/early afternoon at church, where I accompanied our ward choir, which sang "Hear the Children Sing Hosana" and "Beautiful Savior." Good stuff. It felt good to focus on the Savior, and we did our best to help Joshua know the real reason we celebrate it--"Because it's the day that Jesus lives again." Yes, Joshua it is.

But of course, we had to do a little bit of the fun as well. When we got home, the Easter bunny had come and left a basket for Joshua. I love how the EB knows our son and got him an appropriate chocolate bunny.
 Look what I got!
 Aww, Mommy and Joshua :)
 Our family! 
 Love the look on his face here...
 Let's see what kind of candy is in this one...
 Heh heh...he wanted to eat just the ears from his chocolate bunny, but not before putting them by his own ears in a perfect photo op:
Hope you all had a great Easter as well!

Easter Eggs!

We colored eggs on Saturday! And I have to say, it was a lot easier than last year...only one broken egg this time around :) Joshua was much more gentle and really seemed to enjoy making them colorful. Some pictures! First off, check out that spread. I don't think we've ever gotten a box with 9 different colors in it!
 That's me drying off the eggs so we could color makeup, hair in a ponytail...oh, yeah, I'm hot.
 Which color to do first?

 My two good-lookin' men! Aren't they handsome?

 I love the smile on this kid! He's so photogenic!
 I'm not sure how we'll eat all those eggs, but it was sure fun coloring them!

It was definitely a fun Saturday afternoon activity for the Alleman clan!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Chuck E. Cheese...where a kid can be a kid!

One of Joshua's best friends from daycare had a birthday party a couple weeks ago at the mother of all places to have a birthday party (for a kid, anyway): Chuck E. Cheese. And so we went. And we had a blast. We were so tired, but it was awesome. Here are plenty of pictures for your perusal:
 London, Nicky and Joshua (I don't know the kid who is standing up)...they're quite the trio at daycare!
 Joshua and London (the birthday girl). They are such a cute couple.
 He loved standing on the dragon.
 Yes, that is my son's rear end. 


 See? They seriously are such good friends :)

 The whole crew! It was a great party :)
Thanks for the invite, London! We had a great time and we hope you had an awesome birthday :)