Sunday, July 9, 2017

2016: The Year That Flew By: May

May was the big one. I don't think our family's undergone as much drastic change as what happened in May. For one thing, we moved. Mary and Sam and their family came to help. We couldn't have pulled it off without them.

Here is Eric, Beth and Robert hanging out with Maggie and Anson in what was left of our living room, with almost everything packed up except the big furniture.

Here's a last shot of our home for the past twelve years. This was Cassie's and my first home together, and for the kids, it's the only home they've ever known. It was a good, solid home full of love, and it was so hard to say goodbye to it and the wonderful friends we've made there.

What made the move really difficult was we had to make sure Cassie did as little as possible. She was seven and a half months pregnant, and with our trouble with pregnancies in the past, we were worried what the stress of a move might do. And sure enough, the week after we moved into the new house, we got hit with big change number two.

I was downstairs getting the kids ready for bed when I heard Cassie shouting for me upstairs. I ran up and she told me her water had broken. Of course I was terrified. We still had six weeks before the baby was due, or four according to the revised due date. But once the water's broken, that's that.

We managed to find a friend to stay with the kids (thank you, Rachel!) and to watch them the next day (thank you, Nikki!) and Cassie and I jetted to the hospital. Everything progressed smoothly, and the baby came in the wee hours of the morning.

Here I am with the little guy.

Here he is at home in his cradle.

He was so tiny!

Here's Beth loving on him.
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And one more, with Robert feeding the baby.
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After we had baby here safe and Cassie was situated, I went to go grab the kids and introduce them to their baby brother, Nick.

Beth made her peace with having ANOTHER brother.

Eric liked him, too.

And Robert was glad to finally get to hold a baby of his own.

We were very lucky that Mary unpacked the kitchen for us before she headed back to Nevada. It was also fortunate that Cassie's mom was able to fly up on such short notice to help us out. Between the unpacking and the baby, our hands were full! Thanks, Lela!

Here's another photo of Nick, to show how small he was. The car seat seemed to just swallow him up. And Nick wasn't too fond of it, truth be told.

It also happened to be my birthday not so soon thereafter. Nick's the best birthday present ever! Of course, in our house, you have to protect your candles from Robert.

Grammy also came to celebrate with us. She passed away recently, so as we looked back over last year, we were especially grateful for the times we had with her, and that we got some pictures of her with baby Nick.

Here was the birthday cake we had.

Eric also made a cake during May.

We also had a visit from Grandma and Grandpa Alleman. Grandma really took a shining to Nick.

We also discovered our new city held a big Summerfest celebration right next door to our new place. Even in the rain, it was pretty fun.

Here's Beth and Robert on a ride.

Here' all of us on another ride. Cassie was a good sport and held Nick while also taking pictures.

Like I said, this was perhaps the most tumultous month we've ever experienced. But we received so much help during that time, and the changes have proven to be a blessing to our family.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2016: The Year That Flew By - April

April was a special month. Beth was baptized, we started cleaning and moving into the new hours, and the older two kids participated in the ward talent show.

Beth's Baptism

We were so grateful to all our family and friends who traveled so far to be with us on this special day. Beth practically glowed all day. Here are some highlights:

The proud parents with the baptism girl.

The whole gang after the baptism.

Ward Talent Show

Our ward holds a yearly talent show and silent auction fundraiser to help raise money for the girls and Scout camps. Eric and Beth both wanted to participate the year before, but we didn't have time to put anything together then. So we promised them this year, we'd make sure they were prepared. Here's what we had:

Eric told jokes. He collected his favorites, practiced his timing, and did his best not to laugh.
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Beth lip-synched to Adele's Skyfall, with a little tweak at the end.
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2016: The Year That Flew By - March

March was a magical month for many of us, Beth especially. It was her birthday, and she's very excited for her baptism in April. Here are a few highlights:

Birthday with Friends

For her party, she was much-loved by friends and family. Mary came and brought Maggie, Anson, and Tommy, and Beth also invited her good friends Alex and Rory.

A good time was had by all.



Beth was also very taken with her big present: a brand new bike. This was her first bike without training wheels, and she took to it very quickly.

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And, as dictated by ancient Alleman tradition, she had to wear the Birthday Hat.


Easter Fun

We also had a fun Easter, with the kids chasing clues left by the Easter Bunny, who had been detained by some scurvy pirates.



Party at Uncle Von's

We also had a fantastic Alleman family get-together at my Uncle Von's place in Springville.

Beth likes the swing.

The boys prefer the trampoline.
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And here's Cassie looking cute, and getting close to her due date with Alleman baby boy number three.

Perfect Kite Weather

The weather also turned nice enough for the kids to fly their kites.



Moving to a New Place

This was also the month we decided to move. My Grandma Brewer - Grammy to us - moved to an assisted living center, and my folks wanted to buy her old place. They asked Cassie and me if we'd mind looking after it, and we were more than thrilled. It was closer to my work, had more room for baby, and was in a great location near the library and the City Center and Scera parks.

Naturally, we miss our old neighborhood very much. We lived there for twelve years, and it was very nice home while our family was starting out.

Here are a few shots of the new place.



We are enjoying the new house very much. It's a lovely home, well cared for by my grandparents. There are many memories here of fun Sunday dinners with the Brewer side, family reunions, and it was also where Cassie had our first date.

We are very much enjoying our new neighbors, who were very kind a few months later when we needed help moving in, and with the new baby.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

2016: The Year that Flew By - February

Cassie and I were talking, and we discussed the blog and how it kind of serves as a nice overview of our family's history and goings-on. It'd be nice to revive it, we agreed, but there were some challenges we had to address:

"But we've fallen so far behind on it," we said. "We've missed so much."

"Sure," we said, "but we could catch up, like publish some retro posts or something."

"But who wants to go back and do that?"

Guess who lost that coin toss?

I kid, I kid.

So it falls to me to chronicle the happenings of our family. The mighty deeds, the acts of renown, the holiday glee, and milestones both silly and profound.

So here goes . . .

The Arrival of Pip

So this actually took place back in the summer of 2015. Beth wanted a kitten, and of course Cassie and I said no. Cassie had practical objections, like wondering whether the kids were ready for that level of responsibility, and she already had three kids to clean up after.

I objected because cats are stupid.

(But maybe I'm prejudiced.)

Anyway, we told Beth the only way we'd get a kitten is if it were a stray that showed up on our doorstep and was really mellow and good with kids. Beth said okay and prayed for that to happen. She prayed for two weeks, and then this happened.


This pic was taken in March 2016, so of course the kitten has grown into a cat by this point. But allow me to introduce Pipsqueak Alleman, affectionately called "Pip" -  or "Dorkfish" after he's made a mess.

In the summer of 2015, Cassie and I turned the kids loose in the front yard, and our neighbors were out, playing with a kitten they'd found under their bushes. 

Beth immediately saw this little white fuzzball and said, "That's my cat!"

The neighbors planned on taking the kitten to the shelter in the morning. Cassie and I offered to do it for them. But we talked that night, and we had to admit the kitten was cute, and he acted like someone had socialized him to kids, because he put up with the kids' poking and prodding. Even I had to admit that he was pretty cool - for a cat.

And thus the kitten won us over and came to be known as Pip. He's mostly white with patches of orange on his ears and back, and blue eyes, which Beth says makes him an official Alleman.

February Pics

Beth and Robert

This is a sweet picture of Beth and Robert. Beth is his mini-mommy, and Robert is her loyal, loving henchman.

Temple Open House



Here we are at the open house for the Provo City Center Temple. It's beautiful on the inside, and the kids got a kick out of seeing the inside of a temple.

Robbie Showing Us How It's Done



Here's Robbie's take on how you should ride a trike. The sucker is mandatory. Otherwise, you're doing it wrong.

The BIG Announcement

So, if the blog is your only source for Alleman updates - sorry - we got so behind on our posts that we missed a really big one. We have another new addition to the family besides Pip, and February 2016 was when we revealed to the kids if that new addition was going to even up the score on the girl side (which was what Beth was rooting for), or forever cement boy-dominance of the Alleman household (Eric and Robert's preference).

If it was a boy, we were going to put blue balloons in a box and tie the strings to a blue Thomas train of Eric's and let the kids open the box. If it was a girl, the balloons would be pink and tied to a pink train named Rosie. Here's how it went.

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Beth put on a brave face, considering she's facing life forever outnumbered. But if anyone is up to the task, it's Beth.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Alleman Christmas Cookie Video



You know the drill: Haven't posted in a while. Yadda yadda. Promise to do better. You've heard it all before.

But we're really excited to share the Alleman Christmas 2015 Cookie Video!

If you know us, you know it's not Christmas at the Allemans until we've made the official Alleman Christmas Cookies. It's a secret recipe Cassie and I have perfected over the years. It's become more than just a tradition. The kids get a real kick out of cutting out shapes, covering everything in flour, smearing on the frosting, and devouring every sugar-loaded crumb.

Hope you enjoy the video, and that you all had a very merry Christmas season!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Seven Bananas for Seven Brothers

So, like, I know it's totally been a couple months since we last posted. And of course you're all waiting with bated (not baited) breath for our next update. 

Well, your long months of patience has paid off! 

Without further ado, here are a few highlights of the past few months.

#1: Seven Bananas for Seven Brothers



Beth has been on a musicals kick, and like any good Alleman household, we have a few Rodgers & Hammerstein on hand, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

During the show, Beth asked, "Why are all those boys after all those girls?"

Eric, in his wisdom, sagely explained, "Because boys are like monkeys and girls are like bananas."

Truer words have never been spoken, Eric.

"Does the Lego Movie count as a musical?"

#2: Now for a few pics of Robert


His favorite hiding place: the fridge.

"My two favorite pastimes: hiding and snacking."

His favorite snack: what's up doc?
"Real men eat carrots."

#3: Beth's First Tooth

Beth lost her first tooth and had her first visit from the tooth fairy. Here she is, proudly displaying her prize:

"A princess dress is suitable for ALL occasions."


#4: B.I.O.s

So, in the Princess Bride, the Fire Swamp is infested with R.O.U.S.s, or Rodents Of Unusual Size. In our house, we discovered B.I.O.s, or Boogers of Indeterminate Origin, or boogers that wind up getting wiped on the wall and none of the kids will claim them.

"It's not mine, I swear."

#5: The Great Peanut Disaster of '14

We shipped a few items home for Christmas, and UPS didn't skimp on the Styrofoam packing peanuts. Naively, Cassie and I left the boxes full of peanuts lying around the house.

OF COURSE the kids found a use for the peanuts: 

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Stinkers, all of them.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bear Lake Trip 2013


In September we went to Bear Lake with Mary, Sam and family. We are so thankful that they shared their vacation with us. We had a blast and here are some pictures to prove it.

Robert makes this face anytime he sees a camera.
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Poor Maggie! Play hard, and you have no choice but to sleep hard.
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Amazing pool! Here was Eric's favorite part about swimming.
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When we went down to the marina to feed the fish, I was expecting something a little smaller. These whoppers averaged about 2 feet long, and they were HUNGRY!

 They also had the greatest expressions.

Here's a picture with Robert and Mommy. We had to hang on to the little guy because he had no fear or respect for the water.

 Mary, Sam, Robert and Ryan. 

The fam.

Anson catching some sleep whenever he could.  

Like father, like son.

Our little fairy princess building her fairy dream house.

Eric LOVES all the dirt and air and rocks!

Yeah, he is this happy most of the time.  

"Why do you ask if I'm up to something? Can't a guy play in dirt without being up to something?" 

Maggie is a little fish and did great in the pool.