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 a 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 loving, loyal 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 of 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.


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!


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: 


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.

Poor Maggie! Play hard, and you have no choice but to sleep hard.

Amazing pool! Here was Eric's favorite part about swimming.

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. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

October Photo Overload

First things first: we had a birthday! 

Robert turned two and received his very own sustainable energy pack. By that, I mean I will never again rest as long as he is awake. He loves to jump on beds, climb the shelves in the pantry, and tip over dressers by pulling out all the drawers. I feel bad because I've started calling him my little "ping-pong ball from Hades," but it is not far from the truth.

He opened a small electric train right after breakfast on his birthday. It kept him busy all morning. 

He was thrilled with his cupcake tower...

... but confused and a bit miffed that I wouldn't let him eat any until after dinner. Sorry, Buddy!

But when the time came, he was thrilled! He was our first two-year-old who didn't need help blowing out the candles. 

****Now a bit of randomness****

Here is a marble tower that the kids set up on the stairs. Eric and Beth can work very well together, when they want to. And Robert only swallowed two marbles. (No worries--we have learned from experience that marbles pass through him without a problem.)

Eric received his first Cub Scout award. The Bobcat! This a picture of him doing one of those wacky Scout cheers. 

****Hunting Camp!!!!****

My dad came up and spent some time with us before going up to camp. Robert was very taken with Papa. It was great to have him here. 

I am quickly becoming a believer that every mommy needs some time with a qualified therapist. My therapist is called Dead Man Mountain. 

It was wonderful to be up on the mountain again. While I missed my family terribly, it was so cleansing to be far away from everything. 

It was a little cold. But well worth it. 

One of the best hunting companions, my cousin Ty.

The amazing view from Mac's tree.

Mac's tree.

Grandma's house has always been idyllic for me. I'm always happy to come and sad to leave.   

Even sadder because the way home was clogged by sheep. LOTS of sheep. On the road.  


This year was great. We carved pumpkins and finished making costumes before the big day. 

Here are the pumpkins. Luckily, Robert had turned into a pumpkin himself and had been transported to bed by the magical bedtime fairy, who then got to watch a show while Daddy helped the kids finish the carving. Good Daddy!

Eric and Beth were very proud of them. They called the one with three eyes "The Thomster." The spider was called "the Spider," and the last was called "the freaky faced Momster." Yes folks, that's MOMster. I don't know how to take that.

Ryan went as one of the Dalmatian thieves from 101 Dalmatians. That was the theme his team at work decided on. I love that he still gets as excited about Halloween as one of the kids. Here he is on Halloween morning on his way to work. 

Robert was a Dalmatian puppy. Dad had a great time chasing him around, threatening to skin him to make a coat. Robert was also thrilled to get so much candy. It lit him up like a fire started with Scout Juice. 

Eric and Beth went as Harry Potter and Hermonie Granger. We had fun making the Hogwarts uniforms out of old graduation robes and bed sheets. 

Eric with "the haul" after trick-or-treating.

Beth had a long discussion with Ryan about how there shouldn't be a "parent tax" on Halloween candy, but that she was starting a "child tax" on all treats we ate after she went to bed. 

Robert had another sucker. Boy does he love suckers.

So that was the month of October for the Alleman household. We hope you all had a fabulous month and an exciting Halloween. And now we have Thanksgiving and Christmas to look forward to!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Eric's Lego Movie

Eric has been playing around with Lego animation for the last few months. His goal is to make a movie even more exciting than the Lego movie that is due out next year. We figured we'd start small and work our way up. Here is our first try. Even Beth got in on the action.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pocatello Trip

We have been trying to post this since May. At least, that was when we headed up to Pocatello to visit Kacey, Tyler and Leah. It was a wonderful trip! 

Here are some photos from a park Kacey showed us. It was unlike any I have ever seen. Wouldn't mind having some parks like that around here.
Beth LOVES Leah!

It is so easy to take pictures of someone so photogenic.

We love Leah's cute smile.

It was hard to get Eric out of this swing. He says we need one at home just like it.

Every once in a while you get a picture of what Robert is really like. This is one. "I see a way to escape, are they looking?" 

Cousins having fun together.
 At the zoo the kids were thrilled with the animals. Robert was in shock and pointing most of the time.

"Oh, my gosh! What is that?"

Also at the zoo, Beth showed us that she knows ALL the animals' real names. We stuck all the clips together to make this video.


Here are some random pictures of the kids showing me their "tough" faces over chocolate chip muffins.
"I ate it before you could!"
"Yeah, you can be tough and eat muffins too."