Thursday, September 22, 2011

Peanut is coming into View

22 week Belly shot

24 week Belly Shot

Alright so I finally have a belly and it is finally larger than Gary's. I am currently in the best few weeks of pregnancy and everyone that I talk to tell me how much they loved this stage of pregnancy. Well, I am loving it! I have an appetite, cravings, energy, and  I feel peanut move all the time. Gary too has felt peanut moved and he now likes to invade my belly and push it because it makes peanut respond. However, I have tried to convince Gary that is still my belly with peanut inside but it doesn't seem to change things. One thing I don't enjoy about being pregnant, I am officially dumber and more blond. I thought every time someone blamed something on being pregnant it was just an excuse, well I don't think that anymore. I searched all my steps today in the mall because I thought I lost my keys and I had checked everywhere, well no worries after going to every store I found them in my front jeans pocket. It was pregnancy moment! So peanut doesn't have much right now for his homecoming except some adorable clothes but that's because we have been spending so much on plane tickets!

So I will update you on Gary. Basically he has left me to be alone all of September as he flies all over the country to medical schools interviews. It has been such an exciting time and so far Gary states that every interview has gone great. We are still hoping for a few more requests but as of right now we are extremely grateful for the interviews we have gotten. As for Gary's job at Lone Peak Highschool, he is loving it! It sures keeps him very busy and leaves me lonely(but I've had fun sewing). He especially loves the fact that it doesn't take him 40minutes to commute everyday to work and back because we moved!
We now live in Lehi and love our new place. It has 3 bedrooms, washer and dryer, and just is new! No more 1970's green oven! However, we really miss Provo and all our close friends and ward. We know our love for Lehi and ward will come but it will take time.
Furthermore, basically my life is the same as last semester... I work and go to school. But no more school or work after Peanut arrives! He will be my cuddle buddy 24/7 and I have tried to convince my self not to start a paper ring countdown. I am just trying my best to love this stage!

Thoughts before Peanut was Announced

May 3rd this year was more than our 3rd anniversary, it was the day we found out we were well on our way to becoming Mom and Dad. I woke up for work, took the test, negative again..., immediately hopped into the shower and debated back and forth when "it" would finally happen. In no means was I considered infertile at this point but we had a couple months of frustration and our plan already didn't work for a baby this year. God sure does know the plan better than you. Anyway, I got out of the shower and looked at the test again and there were 2 lines! I was thrilled! I went to wake up Gary with the biggest grin and he couldn't believe it either. The line was faint so I wasn't 100% convince nor was Gary. So I had 3 more test and I would later take one every other day (I am very hard to convince), and each day the line came faster and darker.
We talk about more than other days and sometimes forget I am even pregnant. I asked Gary what he thought "it" was and he told me a boy or a girl. He thinks he is so funny, but later he told me that in the Allen family you just assume it is a boy unless told otherwise. I think it is a boy and already started looking up boy names. We will hopefully find out at the end of July and plan to tell everyone a few weeks before then. The secret has been hard to keep and only a select few know like my Dad. He straight up asked me last Sunday because he had been wondering.
Anyway, I am 6 weeks and 1 day. My due date is January 8 and I secretly have plans to make this baby show up on Dec 31 for insurances purposes, haha. I haven't been sick but overwhelming exhausted and I will take that any day over puking. I scheduled my first pre-natal appt and I am nervous. I am so excited and can't wait to share the good news.
So I had my first check up today and there is a peanut in me! It was very reassuring to see IT in there and calm my fears that this just isn't a dream.  Unfortunately, my due date has changed to Jan 12 now so looking to have a baby in December just got more unlikely. I've had some nausea but we have it under control now, my job is too eat all the time in small amounts. My mom knows now, Dad has a bad poker face. She is really excited and even told me she hoped it was twins(it isn't, doctor and I only saw 1, I was relieved). My Dad says this pregnancy is taking forever, I told him he should try being pregnant. It has been a month since Gary and I found out we were adding to our family and our conversations revolve around IT most of the time. I received my first baby gift from a co-worker that she made and I love it. I am hoping we will find a place in north Utah Country that has 3 bed rooms so I can have a nursery to decorate and sewing room to make the decorations.  Anyway, it looks like we will be waiting until July to spread the word. It is getting harder to keep this secret.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Baby Allen

Will be making HIS debut on January 9th!
As parents to be we are thrilled and are really excited to meet him.
He moves a lot and it is the most unbelievable feeling, and dad is slightly jealous he can't experience it.
Dad already has hopeful plans that he will come in time to cuddle with him for the NCAA Champion Football game.
We went and watched the BYU Blue and White game this morning and peanut(as we call him) wouldn't stop moving, Dad said "of course, he's excited about football, he knows what is good for him".
Mom dreams and shops for all the adorable things she can put him in and Dad would just be happy if his boy just wore t-shirts and basketball shorts like him.
Names?...peanut. That's all we got now. Mom has learned she has to wait until Dad is in the mood to talk names our she gets some unusual responses.
January can't come soon enough in the Allen home!
As for other great news in the Allen home...Gary has received 5 interviews for medical schools so far, wahoo!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Medical School

Gary got back his MCAT scores on Wednesday (they were awesome) and we applied to almost 20 schools on Wednesday too! I just have to express my excitement because I am so happy for Gary and for all his hard work and that this dream of his is well on its way! We are so excited for next 6 months ahead, and I know Gary is anxiously awaiting the secondary applications ;) What I am not excited for is dropping hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars but at the same time I am because that means we are getting somewhere, and might as well get used to it! Gary applied to a school that 1 year of medical school is $40,000...yeah, so we will just get used to dropping lots of $$$.

Anyway it has been a great week!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lone Peak Highschool

So Gary signed the contract on Wednesday and he started work on Thursday. He loves it! He works mornings at the Mendenhal physical therapy clinic in Alpine and when school starts in August he will work afternoons until all the games end at Lone Peak. He is really excited about it and all the experiences he will get to have and learn. I already told him he will need to watch out for those high school girls and he will probably get hit on. He just shook his head at me. We are excited for this great opportunity and I personally look forward to going back to the high school atmosphere and cheering on all the sports I love. Don't worry though, I am still am a Dixie graduate through and through but will be adopting Lone Peak for this year. Anyway, you guys now don't have to be in suspense anymore :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011


I know, I know! I didn't even keep my new year's resolution for even a quarter of the year. I wish I had something amazing to tell you all why I've fallen off the face of the blogging world, but I don't. So to recap the last few months....
February- My brother, Blake, gave his farewell speech and entered the MTC.
                We found out Gary had passed the BOC (huge blessing) and could search for a "real" job.
                 I started making a hoodie in sewing class and I now wear it often.
March- Gary and I competed in the only competition in our marriage- NCAA Tournament- I was behind    from the start.
            We spent lots of time watching basketball- and rooted on BYU and Kansas, unfortunately we didn't get to cheer for them long.
             I turned 23. (The age I had planned on getting married, ha)
April- Gary graduated! Woot Woot!
          Gary got back his grades in OChem and OChem lab and did a lot better then he ever expected. Hard Work!
          He couldn't really celebrate though, he took the MCAT a week after graduation. He states it was the worst test he has ever taken. We find out his scored the beginning of June.
           I started Spring Semester- I am taking a Special Topics class in swimwear and knits and Advanced Sewing. I spend half of my days sewing and love it.
          Gary was offered 3 jobs. An answer to many prayers.
May- Gary and I celebrated our 3rd year Anniversary. We try to do something romantic every year and this year we went and spent a night in Park City.
           Gary accepted a job but the contract isn't signed so I am just going to have to keep you all in suspense for now :)
            My brother, Blake, goes to Russia tomorrow, after spending 12 weeks in the MTC. He is so excited and I am excited for him.

And that's about it in a nutshell. I have pictures I will post and funny stories to tell, and hopefully in a few days Gary's employment status to be thrilled about.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

BYU Basketball

Gary and I decided it would be a great opportunity to show are true Cougar pride by attending BYU VS San Diego last Wednesday. I started waiting in line Tuesday at 9:15am. It was a cold, cold day, and by the time we had our wristbands secured around our wrists my toes and hands were numb, and I was also an hour late to work. Then came the next day-GAME DAY-waited in line starting at 4pm-game started at 8:15pm. Gary and I were so excited and kept wishing that all our waiting would be well worth it and BYU didn't disappoint. It was a memorable experience.
When the game came to an end, it was time to take off our wristbands, and  I had a hard time with it. I had worked so hard to get one that cutting it off without a ceremony seemed to be so hard. Thankfully, I think the athletic department learned there lesson and wont be administering wristbands anymore!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Iron Chef

Last weekend Gary and I participated in an Iron Chef competition with our great friends.
Key ingredient: Peppers

Nicole and Erinn working hard as their husbands....
chat it up about their coveted FSU football team. They had to leave the kitchen because football and cooking don't go together in one room. We had a good laugh.
Gary watching over our dish, making sure everything is cooking just nicely.
The Matthews get the team award because of the matching aprons. The best part was that Mike wasn't ashamed and wore it in style.
Finished Product:
Nicole and Garrett- Jack Pepper Cheese Biscuits
They also made the desert which was fried bananas covered in brown sugar, yum.
Dave and Erinn- I do not remember the name but it was delicious: peppers,cream cheese, stuffed in a crescent roll
Mike and Katie- sliders with a gourmet pepper and cheese topping
Us- bow tie pasta with a pepper marinara sauce
The food was fantastic and the company was great, we were missing Tyler and Jodi but they joined us later when we went and watched BYU win at Mike and Katie's apartment. It was a great night and so refreshing to get away from homework and responsibility to just laugh with people who are going through the same stage of life... also the boys love reminiscing about their past life as roommates.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mexican Rivera: Day: 6 & 7

Boating Back to LA:
Friday we spent boating and anticipating Christmas Day. We kept it low key. The boys played a lot of mini golf, the girls read their books in their rooms(that day it was freezing), and we ate a lot of ice cream and food. That night Nate sang in karaoke contest and we played some rounds of UNO. We had some great family togetherness!
 Christmas Day:

Christmas Morning we slept in,walked around the boat, and soaked in some sun. We did stockings and everyone was in charge of buying a stocking stuffer for each person. All 12 of us stuffed ourselves in my parent's room and by the end of opening all the gifts we were dieing of heat.
Later in in the afternoon we all treated ourselves to some Johnny Rockets and soda!
And that night was our last dinner on the boat and we took another family photo. It was one of the best days on the boat thus far.
Getting Off the Boat:
To say the very least we were all so sad to depart from our ship. It was a great vacation and a much needy one. Thanks Mom and Dad! It was the best Christmas! 
The family went their separate ways after this photo...Gary and I boarded the plane to come back to Provo so I could start work the next day. Back to the real world.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

bed yet?

It is 12:42am and we are up...why?
Because we are waiting on our laundry to come out of the dryer!!!
There are 8 apartments and 1 washer and 1 dryer-
we have been in line since 5 o'clock p.m.
we watched another attendant load one load after another after another as our measly little basket stood on top of the washer as we waited and waited
Am I venting...yes
Do I want my own washer and dryer, YES
one day right?
(one day I will be boasting to my children about how mommy and daddy survived without a washer and dryer of our own and it wasn't the end of the world-well maybe...depends how much longer I have to stay up)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mexican Rivera: Day 3,4, & 5

Cabo San Lucas
-beautiful fish, scary experience swimming w/ them but got use to it (especially for Baby B)
-salt water = nasty
-Carlos, great tour guide
-semi-cold water, it's December
-see the Sun
-went to a Carlos's favorite fish stop, interesting
-introduced to pesos
-awesome first day on the beach!
-Party on the Beach
-Close encounters w/ sea lions
-scenic boat ride
-banana boat ride (Gary tipping the banana boat causing his mother-in-law to go under, off the Christmas list)
-pictures w/ iguanas, gross
-Utah VS Boise State (go Boise)
-laying out in the sun
-horse carriage ride
-Hugo, another awesome tour guide(How about that! Take a picture)
-authentic Mexican food
-flat soda... :(

Puerto Vallarta
-last stop in Mexico
-another beautiful day
-sailing through the trees!
 -w/ the Sexy Mexicans as they called themselves: they had our whole family died from laughing
-Baby B got scared but made it through!
-about 15 mosquito bites on each person
-ate at a delicious Mexican resturaunt
-bus ride to the Mexican Baskin Robins, yum
-bought souvinours
-Wonderful Day!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Three years ago today- Gary and I got engaged! Crazy, huh? Well, I thought I'd share the story.
Gary and I decided we wanted to get married Dec 25th, yep Christmas Day. A few days after Christmas we started going ring shopping, went on for a few days...shouldn't have because the first ring I tried on was the ONE.
Well, I started school at UVU Jan 4th, but was excited to get done and go party with Gary all day long-BYU hadn't started yet. While sitting in math class I get a text from Gary.
"hey, I was just wondering if it was okay if I went snowboarding with a friend today, I'll be home later tonight"
Oh boy was I upset, but we were in love and I couldn't be mad at him and deny him of one of his greatest passions. So I text back...
"Ya, see ya tonight"
It was a very lonely day. Then 6pm rolled around and Gary called me and I was SO happy to hear his voice. He asked if I could drive down to his apartment....WHAT, after being apart all day he wanted ME to drive to HIS place. Again, we were in love and I just said ok because I was dieing to see him.
I show up... knock on the door, and it takes a minute before Gary gets to the door and turns on all the lights in the apartment. The minute I walked in it hit me that this was IT!!!
I was overjoyed and was so willing to forgive Gary for being a dork- and comes to find out he was lieing about the whole snowboarding thing, he was trying to get things planned.
He proposed first thing and then we ate Papa John's pizza over candlelight.
(I was craving Papa John's the whole week)
It was a great night and is still such a vivid memory!
I just can't believe it was 3 years ago?!?

Monday, January 3, 2011

Mexican Rivera: Day 1 & 2

It all started Easter Day when our whole family was in St. George, except Nate. But for some odd reason when my parents gave us our little Easter bag they insisted Nate be on the phone with us all. Well, it was because of an envelope inside(which I was thinking it must be $$), so my parents asked us all to open the letter up together. Well, you can imagine the madness that when on after that when we opened up a read: You are invited to the First and LAST(my dad added that in) Benham Cruise over the Christmas Break. So, the countdown has been on and now it is over and we all couldn't be more sad that we are back in the real world.

We woke up at 5am to catch our 7:30am flight out to LAX airport. We were so excited-so waking up that early didn't even phase us. Well, we should have woken up earlier because we made it through security and heard, "Finally, boarding for Southwest Flight out to LAX airport". Gary was hoping for a scene like Home Alone...and we got it, we started bookin it...and made it!
Here are the 5 flyers when we all got into Los Angles-waiting for our shuttle to take us to the ship!

The whole Benham Family(12) together for Christmas-it won't happen again for another 6 years. We were all giddy loading on to the ship. Most Benham's haven't ever been on a cruise so we had no expectations-and we loved every minute of it.

Gary and Me! Excited to be on the Boat! -I think the 5am wake up call is finally wearing on Gary;)

First Dinner-I am wearing the skirt I made in sewing class. I promised myself I would try new things and I am glad I did. Our waiters were great, and so was the rest of the cruise staff. We felt like kings who ate a LOT after the 7days.
First thing Monday morning the boys played in a ping-pong tournament. Blake took second place and it made my mother happy to know our ping-pong table was worth buy.

They had an all you can eat soft served ice-cream, so we took a lot of "walks" around the boat and then some how we would end up with a cone in our hand. It was delicious. I think my Dad took the most "walks".

The boys enjoyed going rock climbing too. Blake with his great gymnastic skills put Nate and Gary to shame. He was up there in 2 seconds.

It was also Baby Bethany's birthday on Monday so we celebrated her big day. She turned 12 and got a lot of earrings. Nate gave her laptop earrings and we were all dieing, but the best was the pair of earrings Kyle and Jenny gave her-if you know my family-you know that we are the BIGGEST Jayhawk fans alive-well Bethany now owns a pair of Jayhawk earrings that are so big her ears hurt when she puts them in. It was so fitting for our family.

Monday was the first formal night and I convinced Gary to wear a pink shirt to match me. It took a lot of coxing and convincing him we do not look like high school dance dates-maybe. It also took some effort to just convince him to pack his suit. He thought the cruise was a break from his suit, I assured him it was not.
My mother sent out an email a couple nights before we left on the cruise stating the apparel for dinner: NO Jayhawk apparel, no khaki shorts, no basketball shorts, no t-shirts, and again...absolutely no Jayhawk apparel. The boys did well and only complained a little.

We took a family picture- with intentions to make the "real" one the second formal night.
But still enjoyed the cheesiness of it all. We were all in heaven!

We came back from dinner to find an elephant on our bed. Bethany was stoked every night to get back from dinner and to see what the new animal it was. We were also graced with a bunny, monkey, and doggy.

That night we ended with going to Johnny Rockets on the boat and had a great time. We danced to the YMCA and ate some onion rings, fries, and Oreo sundaes.

Our first two days on the boat were a dream and we were excited to see what our destination stops had in store for us. We kept losing track of time and we never wanted to bring up which day it was in case it made time speed up faster.