Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 2011

Our July was pretty eventful. So is every month, right?? 

It started out with the 4th of July. 
We headed up some mountain for Grandpa Chuck's (Jed's dad's dad) annual breakfast. 
It was delish and a fun way to start the rest of the festivities! 

Then we went home, got ready, and headed up to Roy for the other Alvey's BBQ. There was so many people there, yummy food, and Parker got passed around to everyone- so for me, it was a hit! 

This is was we made: 
I got the recipe from Craftaholics Anonymous. I made each layer over several days, and just garnished the top that day. It made it way easier, and much more fun. 
You'd think after that jello dish- that things like this wouldn't happen: 
but they do. 'Tis life. 

Then we went to the Benson reunion the next weekend. It was in this beautiful location: 

Parker got to play with his Grandma's hat

hang out with Dad

and we did an "Amazing Race" with the whole family. Jed and I were team captains for our teams- and my team won 2nd place and Jed's team won 3rd. Then we both were in the horseshoe tournament and my team got 4th place and Jed's team won. It was SOOO much fun! I loved how organized everything was, and I got to meet a lot of new family members. I even volunteered to help out next year-- which should be fun. 

Then we watched my cousins for 4 days. We stayed at their house and basically didn't see Parker the entire time we were there. There kids just love Parker and he LOVES the attention they give him. It was fun to get to spend time with them, and to help out so my aunt and uncle could have a getaway. 

Then we celebrated our 2 year anniversary! We went out to the Olive Garden for lunch one day. {Thanks Lillie for watching Parker!) 

Then, we arranged for Charles and Erica to babysit Parker (OVERNIGHT!!! thank you, thank you) and we got to go to the drive inn to see Harry Potter! It was a magical night- mixed emotions about leaving Parker- but it was really REALLY nice to have some time with just the two of us. {The FIRST overnight since Parker was born!}

Then the next weekend we went camping with our ward and then the next weekend we went camping with a big group of friends. Both were awesome trips and Parker did so well. I feel LAME because I didn't really get pictures of either trip- because we were just having WAY too much fun to stop and get a picture I guess. 

Here are a few other pictures for your viewing pleasure: 

Up next for the Alvey's is a baby shower, first birthday/party, hopefully getting a job offer, and applying for grad school. YAY! Life is gonna start calming down.

Bra shopping

I am in the market for a new bra. 
{Whoa, Aubrey. Isn't that a sensitive subject to be putting out in "blogland"? No- it's a fact of life. And I'm pretty sure no men read this blog. So I'm okay with it}
My friend, Christine, told me she was gonna look at my blog today. 
No one has ever told me they were gonna look at my blog. 
Why? Cuz I haven't posted on here forever. 
and because I have so many high hopes for this URL-- that have NOT happened. 
Anywho--- welcome, Dean!

Back to the BRA situation. 
For those of you who are equally or more "endowed" than I am in the chestal region, I am SO Sorry! I think they make bra's for sizes nearly A-B... and after that- you are just expected to deal with the icky spillover, back bulge, and all other sorts of uncomfortable-ness.
Why am I so suddenly interested in this?
I am DOOONNNNNEEEE breastfeeding. 
Parker is 11 months and 9 days old, and I am done. Well, WE are done to be exact. 
Let's just say 6 teeth {fangs} are not allowed ANYWHERE near these jewels. 
My experience with breastfeeding was a ROLLARCOASTER to say the least, but I passed my goal of 6 months a LOOONNNNGG time ago, and with Parker now totally fine without my milk- I feel like doing some sort of rain dance, 
except I CAN"T. Cuz my bra doesn't hold these things in. 

So here's where YOU come in. Have you found a brand or style that has helped you? Or have any suggestions for when I go bra shopping for a NON-nursing bra?  I really need some help here, sisters. (Literal and figurative sisters)
Please leave a comment.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Vacation 2011

We had the GREAT fortune of getting to VACA again this summer! It was an amazing trip {nearly COAST to COAST} and it was totally worth it. Here are our pictures: 
 Before we left- at the airport
 first FAMILY flight. Parker's 3rd

 At OMA's. and OUT- in ILLINOIS
 Jed helping Grandma
 Uncle Grant with Parker
 Oma giving Parker a bath!
 Cousin Ryan with Parker- going to the park
 Shelling the shrimp (Ashley, Me, Amol, and Jeremy)

 Lauren and the kiddos
 Jared, Parker, and Callie
 Dad and Parker
 Oma and Parker (GREAT picture!)
 I just love how Parker is sitting!
 Parker is in the coffee table at the Wheeler's!


 washing the car

 pool fun!

 the Atlantic

 converts from Jed's mission: the Wackerly's (LOVE them!)
 the Botanical Garden

 the ocean again..
 Ryan playing with Parker
 Another convert family: the Baum's (sweet family!)

 Aunt Day and Parker

 waiting in a LONGGGGG line at the airport
on our way home.... 

We had an amazing time. Seriously. From the get go when I searched FOREVER for airline tickets-- I was getting excited. I don't think it was until we were on the airplane that I realized how STOKED I was. We headed to Illinois first to help with preparations for my Uncle Jared's sealing in the Chicago temple.
The week was full of busy preparations, walks through my hometown, yummy food courtesy of Jared, and good ole' fashioned quality family time. We got to see so much family and friends and make so many special memories. My grandmother so lovingly opened her home to everyone and made us all feel at home, like usual. She really is one of my favorite people. 
Then we were headed to Virginia. This dual trip was different than we had planned- but with the right price and perfect timing, we just continued on to the coast. The weather was HOTTTT but we loved getting to stay with my sister. Her three kids (almost 4!!!) were soooo great with Parker. They played with him the Entire time, and taught him how to go UP stairs! yay! 
Getting to see the ocean, visiting Jed's mission area and converts, as well as the nearly daily trips to the pool made this trip amazing. But my favorite part of everything was getting to spend time with my sister and her family. When I found out they were moving to Virginia I thought it would be forever until we would get to see them. So when this trip unfolded- I was sooo extatic. Thanks Day for opening your home and your arms. Always.