Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!

A freshly rolled snowman in my neighbor's yard. Yes, it is ten feet tall.
Merry Christmas!!!

I am so grateful for so many people. Thank you for being a friend to me and my family. I pray you can all have a WONDERFUL Christmas (or whatever your holiday celebration may be).

I am so grateful for my life and my family. What a beauitful thing we celebrate on Christmas. The birth of Christ is such a miracle. I am grateful for Mary and Joseph and all they did. I am forever grateful for our Savior and thankful for the knowledge I have of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. May we all remember Him.


Have a great week and a wonderful new year!!!




P.S. If you want a laugh go here. (The Twilight Before Christmas- almost as "good" as the movie.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Izzy Updates

When the bus picked up Corban, Izzy and I got to play in the snow for a while. It was a blizzard (not litterally) this morning. Dan and Dave were both out working like mad to keep the driveway cleared. (THANK YOU!) By noon the sun was beaming happily down on Orem. She is such a doll face.
Announcing the newest member of the Rockettes.
***Isabelle***
The other night we saw a few minutes of some Christmas/Rockette show. A few minutes later we were back on cartoon network. I forced (yes, literally) Izzy into some PJs and she was MAD. She unzipped them and I enventually helped her out of them. She dug in a pile of waiting-to-be-folded laundry and found her pink t-shirt. Once we got that on she was happy, only she didn't want any pants. Then she slides her feet forward on the floor one at a time saying, "kick ... kick." every time she steps. She can't actually kick for some reason, as you can see in the video. Just imagine her pink too-tight t-shirt/diaper combo with her doing her attempted kicks. :)
I really wish I would have had the camera out that night. This is the next day in the kitchen.
She has a mind of her own. Something to think about- she only saw maybe five minutes of the Rockettes and she was imitating them. Kids are definitely sponges.
Izzy is doing simply Mah-va-lous in her toddler bed. The first few nights were tough, but for now, knock-on-wood, she is staying in her bed. It is so cute. I was peaking through a crack in the doorway and she was lying there playing with her hands and talking to herself.
Corban news will be coming soon.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Please

Pray for my grandparents please. My grandpa is in the ICU.

Thank you.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Kids

My kids are pretty silly lately. This is Corban being a ham for the camera. It keeps getting colder, but they are never persuaded to stay indoors- even if I tell them I will put up the bouncer. It was only 28 degrees the morning I took this.
Big Girl Bed
I figure it is time to transition Izzy to a toddler bed, aka the crib with the side off. We will get a twin bed for her when we can. Corban was trying to be helpful and asked to sleep on her floor the first night. He finally fell asleep, even with Izzy screaming for over an hour. She just wanted to play. It was hard to stand there and let her cry, but she is learning. She tried all sorts of cute things to get me to pick her up. She got all giggly and jumped off the bed to where I was two feet away. You have to be quick with that girl. We have had two successful nights. Last night she didn't cry as much. She did mutter "mommy, daddy, brudder, izzy, mommy, mommy, daddy, izzy, etc"- it reminded me of Madagascar when Marty is wandering on the beach mumbling names.
Once she gets the big girl bed down, we will attempt potty training. She loves her Elmo seat, but she has yet to actually go in the potty. She sits on the seat and then after a minute says, "all done" and gets down. Silly girl. She did pee on the scale- which was a good thing. I don't need to be weighing myself all the time, right?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Boring Update #1

I wish something extremely exciting happened this week. Not so.

I cleaned house, made dinner, played with the kids, exercised, and watch baby Michael 3 times (Sat, Mon, Tue). I know . . . I am a party animal.

Nov 30 I had the pleasure of performing with Natalia. The song, "In The Bleak Midwinter," she played harp and I sang. It was great to see her and her fiance, AJ. Next time maybe I can sing with her. It was great.

Corban has been using the potty sparingly/randomly. And Izzy still loves to try, although I do believe she mostly just wants to talk about the "Elmos singing"- The seat I bought has Sesame Street characters and that is what she calls it.

I know that many out there probably aren't interested so just "skip to the end." This means you Davey . . . I don't need any more jokes about it. Plus, it doesn't even have any wolverines or shapeshifters.





I have wanted to mention a new TV series that I enjoyed, Robin Hood. I joined Netflix just long enough to watch season 1 & 2. It was cheaper than buying it and what if I bought it and didn't like it. Ya know? Some of you know that I love the BBC North and South (I am sucker for period romances) and the lead character, Richard Armitage, is in Robin Hood. Armitage is a bad guy, Guy of Gisborne, in this series so that took some getting used to, but he was good at being a bad guy. I really liked Marian and Robin, played by Lucy Griffiths and Jonas Armstrong.

Robin, Marian, Guy
Season 3 starts in early 2009. I found it a fun and entertaining show. Clean and simple. I get so tired of so much junk on TV, plus I LOVE shows based on different time periods, especially from BBC. So if anyone needs gift ideas click here or here. Not that I expect anyone to get me anything. I am mostly just being funny. I didn't have anyone to talk about this with. If by any slim chance someone out there has watch the series, do tell.
I hope everyone is doing well. I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Joseph B Wirthlin

I am so grateful for Elder Wirthlin. I mentioned before, his talk, "Come What May, and Love It" was one of my favorites last conference. I am so glad he can be reunited with his wife. What a sweet man.
1917-2008
Every day is an adventure,” Elder Wirthlin said. “Every day carries with it a responsibility. I thought, well, here I am — sort of the 11th hour maybe in my life — I’d better make the most of it.”
Elder Wirthlin said: “As I look back on it now, I wonder if those times of trial and loneliness weren’t instrumental in strengthening my character and heightening my desire to succeed. Those times of seeming failure may have been some of the most instrumental of my life, because they prepared me for greater things to come.”
. . . Read more here.

Kitty

In case you can't remember what a kitty says, Izzy is here to help.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happenings During November -or- A Very Long Post.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!



Singing Time-
I have had a few requests to post more of the Von Langston Children. Be Warned- My kids rarely perform for the camera. Corban's videos did not turn out. So this is the best I could get. If I had a hidden camera I would have better luck. Here are two videos of Izzy.


Corban's New Best Friend
My friend Amanda and her children came for the weekend a few weeks ago. We had a fun time. Amanda and I saw Twilight and Dave watched the kids on opening night. Thank you so much, Davey! Twilight was fun. It was not great, but it was still entertaining. Disappointing. What can you expect though? Books turned to movies can be dodgy. At least we have Harry Potter to anticipate.

I watched her boys on Friday. Corban LOVED having a buddy around. He and Ryan got along well.

They had a ball building a gingerbread house. It turned out very modern, very messy.



Cayden was a dream. He is such a sweet baby! I just want to squeeze him. So Cute!!!!! He is adorable.


Thanksgiving

The kids and I stayed at my parents all week for Thanksgiving. It wasn't as chaotic as I anticipated. It turned out rather well. Honestly, I expected to be stressed out, go home early, or run up to my room crying "Marty, I never want to see you again!" Oh, wait. That last one wasn't mine.


I am always expecting trouble when I take the kids anywhere- That way when I have to apologize for someone's child being punched in the face or stand stoically as one of them throws a fit I am mentally prepared and not as disappointed. I was very pleasantly surprised by how well the kids did. Izzy was a little clingy and whiny, but she is nearing the dreaded terrible two year mark. When Dave came she finally loosened up a bit. She is such a daddy's girl. Corban could not get enough of Alayna's new games- Connect 4 and Trouble. I get daily requests for a trip to the store to get "four" or "trouble." He is so cute. Maybe for Christmas or if he starts using the Potty full-time. Maybe I just need to tell him I DON'T want him to use the toilet. We are using loads of reverse psychology on him lately. It is funny and frustrating, and we are getting used to it.



Corban and Izzy had great fun with their cousins. I really enjoyed the time with my parents and sisters. Dave drove all the way up for Thanksgiving. It was yummy, yummy, yummy. I very much enjoy turkey and mashed potatoes.





Izzy tried extremely hard to keep up with the boys in the yard. Yes, she is wearing an apron under her jacket. Jealous?

Who needs a jungle gym when we have grandpa's truck?

Baby Ian just being his cute self.


I also loved having grandma with us for Thanksgiving dinner. She was wonderful and so sweet. I love my grandparents so dearly. It was great to have everyone together. It felt like old times in a way. I remember many Thanksgiving dinners with Grandma and Grandpa Droubay.

I had to steal this picture from Lindsay's blog (sorry Linds).


There is so much for me to be grateful for in my life. I am grateful for family and friends. I am grateful for my Heavenly Father and the opportunities I have to grow and learn in this life. I am grateful for the Atonement and the Gospel. I am so thankful that Dave works so hard so that I can stay home with our children. I love my kids. I love my husband. I thank all of you for your friendship. I am glad I live in this day and age- indoor plumbing and heating to name a few reasons. I am grateful for our home, our van and food, and I could go on for a long time.
I am so blessed. Life is NOT easy, but with each struggle I gain experience. Without sorrow we cannot not know joy.

I hope you all had a great holiday and that you know I love you.

Things I have done

My cute cousin, Andrea, has this on her blog.  Everything I have done is BOLD.

1. Started your own blog
2.
Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris 
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (I wish, too.)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (Of, Course. Home Videos. Duh!)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China (I WISH!)
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia (One day.)
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (Lindsay sold- I just ate.)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar (um, no thanks)
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox (I think so... when I was an infant)
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
 
Now bold all of the things that you have done!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

It's Opposite Day . . . Again.

Corban is such a silly. Just ask him, he will tell you "I am a silly." (Sound familiar, Mom?)

Lately, he answers "no" to many, many of my requests. So for a while now I have been using good ol' reverse psychology to get him to do things.

Example: "Don't eat those noodles." He laughs and starts moving toward them, so I get my fake serious face on and say, "Those are my noodles. Don't you eat my noodles. And don't you dare eat that meatball!" He eats them up as he laughs and I continue to tell him, "don't do it." It can be funny, but sometimes I tire of living in Opposite Land. It gets old.

Asking the opposite or asking him to race ("I'm gonna win. I am gonna drink my water first!") are a few things that work, but they don't always work. Corban is sometimes to smart for me and knows what I really want him to do. :)

Such a silly! I love that boy.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Corban's alphabet: A-I

I tried to get him finish the entire alphabet, but I couldn't get him interested again. So here you are, A thru I. This is all him. I would write the letter on a separate paper and ask him to write it on his paper. So cute! I love it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Corban made me do it!

Corban has been pestering me for a few days, so yesterday we set up our tree.
No decorations, yet. We will put them on after Thanksgiving.

Corban has been talking to the tree and chose a name, George, for it. He has such an imagination. Inanimate objects are often part of the conversation. At least this electric entertainer (he spends half the day just hanging out in the living room now) is better than the electronic box downstairs.
Since I was already moving a few items, we rearranged the whole room, moved a few pictures. I love to move furniture around. It is a habit I got into as a teenager. There are some many things I would love to do to improve my house (new carpet is first on my list) and since a complete remodel is out of the question the least I can do is rearrange for a new look.
I attempted to get a few cute shots of the kids. While they are always cute, I didn't get what I was hoping for. She loves having Corban's arm around her, don't let that look fool you.

Unfortunate for me, the one picture that they are both looking contently at the camera is blurred and too dark. Oh, well. :)
After our photo shoot I put Izzy down for a nap. Corban and I sat on the loveseat and I tried to tell him about the conference talk Come What May, and Love It by Elder Wirthlin. I would read him a couple lines here and there, then I laughed a few times. "What's funny, mom?" Corban would say. I love that talk. Especially the part about the blind date. Funny!
(I hope you are happy, mom. This makes three posts in 2 days. I love you!)

Snow.


My kids LOVE to be outside, regardless of the weather.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

She might be my daughter.

Rachy




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Izzy