Saturday, February 28, 2009

Looking Good, Guys!

Corban ran out the front door today when he was supposed to head for the kitchen. I followed after him and convinced him to come back without a fight. He was slipping under my arm as I held the screen door open and stalled long enough to look at the older kids playing on their skateboards. (There is a cul-de-sac almost in front of our house and there are always kids playing in the middle of the street.)

Then he blurts out, "looking good, guys!" as he runs up the stairs.

He is so random sometimes.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

V=Y

It's true. V=Y if your name is Isabelle.




She is talking and talking and talking. Mimicking and guessing. If you ask her the color of anything, without even looking she will say with confidence, green! Sometimes she substitutes the word green with pink. It appears I need to do some one on one color identification with her. She knows all the capital letters of the alphabet, save two, hence, the title. We are working on the sound each letter makes and knowing her letters in lower case. She loves to pretend and will come into a room screaming that a monster, or a dinosaur, or a bear is chasing her. We have quite the collection of imaginary animals in our home.

Recently, my mom was trying to show her how to use paints and Izzy would yank the brush back and tell my mom she could do itz herself. After trying to paint with plain water for a minute she gave in and let Grandma Nina show her how. She is a stubborn little one.
By the way, the brainwashing is coming along nicely. My kids like most of the songs from The Sound of Music, now. Especially, Do Re Mi.

Simpilfy, or Why isn't this wand working?

Apparently, I have no gift for magic. Much to my disappointment, my house doesn't regenerate into it's perfect form every night while I sleep. Finally fed up with being "embarrassed" when people come over, I have been trying to un-clutter and de-junk the house. It feels good to get organized and meet goals. Though, it is incredible how quickly things get messy, which brings me to my conclusion: My house will never be EXACTLY how I want it to be. Sad, but true.

I have been taking loads to the DI donation drive thru. Tossing things I never thought I would, all for the sake of a simplified home. The less I have to clean or dust the better it is- at least during this season of my life. There is so much to do. I have cleaned the carpets, thanks to Mom and Dad for loaning their Hoover Steam Vac. It is amazing how quickly they start to look dingy. It has only been about a month since I cleaned them and I want to do a "quick" redo of the whole house. I need to overhaul my filing cabinet, and get better system. Or just get better at filing everything away. Something like that. I have also been working on getting the kids more involved in the chores.

Maybe the trick is finding the balance between my desires and compromise. I don't know. It is a learning process.
What are some of your ideas? Tips? Advice? What works for you? What is your favorite “trick”? Please, just leave something in the comments. I have to keep moving forward.

And so this post isn't "boring" here are some adorable pictures!


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Austenbook

Pride and Prejudice -- Facebook style. Click here.




(I was led to this site by my cute cousin. I had to post it here, because I know there are a few of you that will enjoy it as we have. Thanks, Michelle.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kids are Awesome!

I have been trying to be better at documenting things the kids do and say.

Funny first-
Anytime we drive down Center (usually on the way to Target) Corban tells me he needs to go to "Chuck E Cheese's, mom. Where a kid can be a kid." He says all of this in a way that is sometimes hard to understand, so the first time I figured out exactly what he was saying I couldn't stop the laughter. (Chuck E Cheese is one of the few commercials on PBS kids.)

The second thing I want to mention is the fact that Isabelle can sing the alphabet all by herself. This fact alone was making me believe I had such a clever girl in my care, but the last few days I have been using a Magnadoodle and drawing one letter at a time and asking her to identify. She knows most of them, probably 20. I was blown away. I got the idea to quiz Izzy on the letters, because when we went to RC Willey to pick up her bed she was pointing to letters and guessing what they were. We were waiting by the wall with a sign declaring "Pick Up" and said where to park or something. Izzy moved from right to left and identified at least 60 % of them. The letters she gets most confused with are B, Y, and Q. At least is isn't B,Y, and U, considering where we live.


Here are a few videos of Izzy. The first is her "playing" Hide and Seek with Corban when her room was full of boxes for her bed. The Second is her playing at the table. I am posting it so you can see her talk. Her voice is so cute. Just ask her she will agree.

Not bad . . . for being hit by a bus.

Today, Corban was in his first accident involving a bus and a fence post. It was snowing and the ground was slick. Russ (the bus driver) was pulling away after picking up Corban, and the back wheels spun out. The back end flew to the right while the wheels were spinning and smacked into the fence. At least the van wasn't hit, or Russ would have been more embarrassed. The van is right to the left from where I took the top picture, maybe only 5 feet away.
So there is our excitement for the day. At least the school district is supposed to repair everything. Corban and the other kids were late for school. They actually called in another bus to pick them up, though I offered to take him in. Oh, well. Izzy liked playing on the bus while we sat there waiting for the second bus to come. She loves the bus and is always scrambling to get on when Corban leaves. She always cries when I grab her and carry her away. She wants to go with him.  
While we are on the subject of accidents . . .
I thought I would post an "accident" of Corban's. He was in the kitchen when I came up the stairs and I heard him skitter under the table (his favorite I'm-in-trouble hiding place). When I turned the corner I saw this:
I was so sad. It was an unopened carton of Orange juice. He stomped on it.
I don't know where he gets his ideas.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Birthday Girl Gets a New Bed

Today I assembled Izzy's new bed. (Happy Birthday!) She has been sleeping on her crib mattress for some time. This bed is so cute and girly. Now I want to repaint, but I don't think I can paint over Corban's face. It would be so cute to paint her room pink or purple or something. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for some cute and inexpensive bedding. Or "borrow" some from Mom's house since she has so many sets for twin beds. :)

The kids were VERY excited.

Our little Doll

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Update Feb 2009

First off, Happy Birthday to Isabelle!
She had her second birthday on Sunday, Feb 1. We had SOOO much fun. I made cupcakes for the kids to decorate/eat, peanut butter brownies (from scratch), and cheesecake with chocolate on top. I didn't realize the chocolate overload until I was setting everything out on the table. Thank you to everyone that could come. We really had such a great time.
Notice how she scooped out the middle and then filled it with spinkles.
My parents came up on Saturday and took us out for Izzy's birthday dinner. The kids were surprisingly good. Anyone with kids knows the risk of taking kids to a restaraunt- we lucked out. They also brought some bricks up for me to use in singing time- I will explain in a minute. We had so much fun and Izzy loves her new puzzle. We (including just about everyone with eyes at church) love her new dress that Mom and Dad (Doxey) gave her. It is adorable. We love the new toys.


Things in my life often come in spurts. For example, I have been doing more "real" cooking lately. We all enjoy it. The kids love to pull a chair up to the counter and "help" in all sorts of ways. I made a Chicken Pot Pie (my first pie crust) thanks to the soup base Mom and Dad (Langston) gave to us for Chirstmas. I think it turned out yummy. I have been perfecting my pizza dough. We love homemade pizza. My favorite topping is diced chicken. It always disappears far too quickly. I have also make goodies. I need to stop with the cookies and brownies, my weight loss goals are on hiatus. I need to get back in gear. Soon.

Corban is enjoying his new school schedule. He atttends the AM session now and he loves being back with Miss Linda. He does miss Miss Angie, though, when I pick him up, she is usually walking in and he screams, "teacher!!!" He can be so adorable.

We love when Izzy lays on the floor like this. She looks like a teenager talking on the phone. She is still talking up a storm. She is getting so grown up.

Forgotten photo.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Recent quotes on the blog

"Unless the way we live draws us closer to God and to our fellow men, there will be an enormous emptiness in our lives. God does love us, and watches over us, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs."
-Spencer W Kimball

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint on his knees.
- William Cowper

Spy work, that's easy. Keeping a family together, that's difficult. And that's the mission worth fighting for.
-Carmen Cortez

"Let us remember that it is not so much what we know that is important, as what we do and what we are."
-President Spencer W Kimball

'The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.'
-Edmund Burke


Spy work, that's easy. Keeping a family together, that's difficult. And that's the mission worth fighting for.
-Carmen Cortez