Monday, December 10, 2012

Jacoby's 3rd Birthday!!!

Trying to hold up 3 fingers
Today was Jacobys 3rd birthday! How the time flies. Our baby is no longer a baby. During this past year Jacoby developed the love of a TOY! I know! Its awesome. While he still loves the iPad and anything electronic, we can now add Buzz Lightyear to the short list. Jacoby loves Buzz Lightyear. That is all he wanted for his birthday. So we went out and bought Jacoby the big Buzz Lightyear doll/action figure. Whatever you want to call it. Jacoby was so excited for his birthday. It finally clicked what a birthday is this year. He knew he got to make all meal decisions, and most others for the day. He would respond to everyone saying its my birthday. meaning I get to decide because its my birthday! So funny.
 Stephanie only allows Jacobys birthday gifts to be put under the tree before his birthday. Then the day after all these presents start appearing under the tree. However, before Jacobys birthday, only his birthday gifts are under the tree. This year was easy for Stephanie to do Jacobys cake because he actually picked what he wanted. A Buzz cake that was green.

One of the things Jacoby wanted to do was play baseball on the Wii with dad.

playing the Wii with dad

  So here they are playing baseball together.  Jacoby did win the game!
We took Jacoby to McDonalds for lunch for chicken nuggets and then for dinner we went to Kneaders and had french toast because every monday in December Kneaders is doing something special. Tonight was Santa Clause! But this post is only about Jacoby.

 Jacoby also got the movie Toy Story. The first one.  We watched it on the Disney channel last week and he frieked out every time Buzz came on the screen.  He just loves Buzz.
Jacoby with Buzz and Toy Story
Jacoby really wanted a pinata and since the other 2 kids had one for their birthday it was only fair that Jacoby get one too.  This one is a pull string one though.  We like these ones better.  Especially this year because now we can hang this pinata above Jacobys bed.  The caked turned out well. Jacoby isn't a cake person so next year stephanie will have to do a fake cake with candy on it or something.

Buzz's Ship (pull string Pinata)
Buzz Cake. (yes its green inside)

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Tradition/ A Christmas Carol

This year Eric and I have decided to adopt a tradition that his family did while growing up. Every year at Christmas time his parents would give out the kids new Church clothes just before they were to go to a Christmas Play, or just to the ward Christmas Party. Whichever came first. We gave our kids their church clothes just before we went out to the Heritage School in Provo to watch the play, "A Christmas Carol". They all loved their clothes which made Stephanie happy. Stephanie was grateful that Jacoby was with her in the picking out the clothes process because Jacoby was very particular about what he would and would not wear. Stephanie found a cute vest for him, to which he shook his head and said, "no". Then she found a matching sweater to go with Stefan. Jacoby shook his head and said,"no" that time. Jacoby finally found a green plaid shirt that he would wear. Mainly because it was green (his favorite color), and he knew he had to pick something. The play was fun. Everyone had a great time. Eric and Stephanie weren't exactly sure how the kids would do, especially Jacoby. They all did great though. Stefan and Janine were really into it. The backdrops and costumes were absolutely amazing. Eric thought that was the best part. He didn't care much for the acting, but the rest of us thought everything was great.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

ThanksGiving 2012

Happy ThanksGiving Everyone! This exciting and busy time of year has come again! It was Stephanie's turn to go back home to Arizona for Thanksgiving. However, because we are now running the new RiverWoods store and are still involved in overseeing the other Provo store there was no way we were going to make it down. We stayed home and had a great time. We bought WIPEOUT for the Wii and played that as a family. We love to watch the TV show together so why not the game right? We always enjoy watching the Thanksgiving parade on TV and seeing all the cool floats and the different balloons.

And what would Thanksgiving be for Eric without the Dog Show following the parade. Having been married for 9 1/2 years the whole family now enjoys watching the dog show after the parade. We also went outside and played baseball. Growing up Stephanie would always play football with her brothers.
A tradition of playing a sport is something that will continue in this family as well. This year Stephanie asked the kids what they would like to have at dinner. What is their favorite thing. Stefan and Janine at the same time "Lime/Lemon JELLO. followed by an echo from Jacoby. So we had Lemon Jello for Stefan with lemon slices in it. The Jello was actually really good. Janine had her Lime Jello with mandarin oranges in it. They were very happy.
In the Allan family, ThanksGiving would not be complete unless you had a pie for every person. Carrying on with that Tradition we had 4 pies. Only 4 of us eat pie. Jacoby isn't big on desserts. As dinner time came around we have been having some good one liners being said by the kids and so as we sat down to eat dinner Eric decided to start writing them down. Here is that list; Uh...I love the dog show. -Eric Aw! There is onion and tears in my eyes and I can't see the Rockettes! -Eric 4 pies 5 people! That's an Allan thanksgiving! -Stephanie I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just saying. - Stephanie We sit down to eat with all kinds of food on the table, Jacoby looks at it and says, "I don't like it." -jacoby" "You know, everything pees when they poop, even humans. - Stefan" "Girls don't. We pee and then poo. -Stephanie" "EXACTLY -Stefan" "It would be awesome to have a butler. -Stefan" "Nuts. -jacoby" "It feels good to close my eyes. -Eric" "Cats are easy to take care of...but they run away. -Janine" "I'm thankful for gardens and dirt. -Janine" "I know what I want, a slice of everything. -Stephanie" "I'm thankful for buzz. -Jacoby" As dinner is ending, "shoot the rolls are in the oven!" -Eric" "Look at how much turkey we have left" -Eric" "The turkeys dry. - Great Grandma (oops she wasn't here)" "we could save it for next thanksgiving" -Stefan" "Do you know what was so good about this stuffing?!! You didn't burn it. - Stephanie" "Break out the pie. -Eric" "I don't like Kneaders cream. -Eric" These will probably be more hilarious to us because we heard the whole entire conversation. We were busting up laughing though. It may be ThanksGiving but work does go on. Someone has to do the bread! So we decided to go into Kneaders as a family to load the van up with Provo stores bread and deliver it so that Eric could
have Friday off as well. Stephanie and the kids stayed at the RiverWoods store while eric took the bread to provo.
While waiting for eric to come back Stephanie and the kids broke open some Christmas candy and played Hiding-Go-Seek in the store. only a few lights throughout the store stay on constantly so there were still many dark hiding spots. It was really fun!
This has been a great Thanksgiving. We are truly blessed and have so many temporal blessings and many many spiritual blessings. Both we are Thankful for and Thankful for the Lord in allowing us to have what we do. We hope this Holiday season has been kicked off with a Haunting Halloween, a Filling Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. Only to end with the Happiest of New Years.