Thursday, July 23, 2009


If you look close you will see the tie-down hanging the bike from the tree. He loves to hang things from the tree. Thanks, Dan.
Corban got his first wasp sting this week.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


We went with Aunt Lindsay, Grandma Nina, and Cousin Ian to The Hogle Zoo yesterday. The kids loved it. I need to charge the camera battery. I took three pictures and it died. When I get a chance I will add those pictures. Thanks Lindsay and Mom for the great day! I love you.

My riding partner

She just had to stop at the waterfall today.
I was all set to push on to the next park (Vivian) and she starts protesting the ride.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Last post today, I promise.

I have been meaning to post a particular adventure our Corban had at a recent Stake activity.

We attended a Stake Pool Party at the Scera Park Pool. We had to hang out . . . forever . . . because they didn't mention that the food portion of this event was from 6:30 to 8:30. We were there promptly at 6:30 with two very excited children. When we didn't go to the pool directly Corban and Izzy were not happy, but we survived.

Corban is always active, but man, he was just antsy to get into the water. As we entered the park we found a place to put down our gear with Corban itching to ditch us. Imagine him like a runner at the start line. As soon as we started for the water he took off. I mean took off.

Dave and I were scouring the waters, and once the ward members saw our Corban-is-gone-and-we-are-anxiously-looking-for-him faces they joined our search. What does that say about you, when people in the ward instantly know your kid is missing from a glance at your expression?

Dave and I both thought he was headed to the slides ... the big-kid slides. I tried looking for him in the line, but with my linebacker of a daughter on my hip I was not successful. She calmed down after a minute and stopped trying to throw herself back into the water. You would have thought the girl had gills she seemed so desperate.

Finally, I headed to the front desk to see what they could do, because two of the lifeguards (there are about 10 stationed all around) kept telling me to have him paged... like he would be listening. Just as I leave the station I see Dave carrying Corban. Apparently he had made it down the slide after all. Why they let him go down I don't know. Maybe it was because he is a big boy, maybe because he is confident in his efforts, maybe he created a distraction and snuck past the guard. We will never know. He had to be fished out the water by the lifeguard and the guy told Dave to "keep an eye on your kid." Laurelyn just said, "If they only knew."

Later, Dave is changing Corban at home and Corban starts giving Dave a play by play. "I went the scary slide and... [insert crazy scream here]..." Corban said that he went down in the water and the guys had to save him. That kid is going to give us heart attacks, and he is awesome.


The Fun Park

We took the kids out, in weather that was far too warm for our taste, to "the fun park."  Corban termed it the fun park, because, well, there are rides, duh. It was American Fork's Steel Days and one of the parks had little amusement rides. This is the first time the kids have been on "rides" and they loved it, though you almost wouldn't believe me by the blank looks on their faces. We had to force them back to the car.

We also got to try our first funnel cake. Yum! But, I am sure, very fattening. It was fun to watch them make.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A little too honest.

For those of you that care:

I have followed in the footsteps of others and started a second personal blog. I will continue to publish updates about family on this blog. The new blog, however, will be for me to share whatever my heart desires. You have been warned. Proceed to check it out at your own risk. I have titled the blog A little too honest? and you can find it at .

Tell your friends. Or not.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Isabelle has finally figured out the whole pedaling thing. She used to stick to the scooter, but now she is always on that little red tricycle. Isn't she adorable?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Last night I ventured out to the movie house, past my bedtime, with all the crazies, to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I always enjoy midnight releases. The energy and response from the audience is wonderful. It is nearly as entertaining as a movie. How many of you enjoy people-watching as mush as I do? It is fun to see the different groups and what they do to pass the time. We were seated by 9:50. What!? Over two hours before the movie started. Better than standing in line, I guess. We saw the 12:03 movie. When we got out people were standing in line still for the next show time, it was almost 3:00 AM.
The movie was outstanding. My hopes were dashed for a certain scene, but over all I loved it. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I find I enjoyed it. I loved Ginny in this movie. Her character was so strong. For me, I have learned to try not comparing the movies to the books, besides the overall feel and basic plot. I try not to get nitpicky about differences and changes. There were a few things they makers neglected, and some things they completely nailed. My friend Matt, explained why they made the end the way they did that makes sense, and even makes me glad for the way things were “resolved” in the film. Though I have one gripe I can’t shake from my mind. I won’t ruin it for any future viewers, so I will not expand on my issue.
Very entertaining. May be my new favorite of the movies.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Run through the Lavender

This morning I had a romp in the Lavender with Camille and Connie. Maybe I should say I was quite a bit behind them. I missed my bike. It was fun, but it showed me just how bad a runner I am. I am hoping to do a few more run/walks this summer. The next one is July 24th in Orem. I haven't signed up yet. After that, there is the Wasatch Women Love Your Body on August 22. Anyone up for these adventures? Any other races?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Few and far between.

My posts have been sporadic at best. Incomplete at worst. Summer has been busy. This post is going to be way too long. Just warning you, and yet, I am leaving so much out. Enjoy a random glimpse into our last few months.

I am extremely behind on weeding the garden. So, if you come over, just don't look at the garden. OK?

Corban is loving school. The days are shorter, but he gets the ride the bus both ways. I sort of miss picking him up.

We survived almost two weeks with Dave abroad. He went down to New Mexico to work with Daniel. We sure loved getting him back.

We had so much fun at the Langston reunion! The kids couldn't get enough of the 4-wheelers. Corban and I went on a really long bike ride. Leave it to me to get lost on a trail. The kids did pretty well. I loved watching them all play together. It was just wonderful to be all together and visit. I had a lot of fun.

Corban got his first driving lesson with Grandpa Langston.

I have been trying to go longer on my bike rides. We have been frequenting Bridle Veil Falls the last couple weeks. Today was my fourth trip up the canyon. I think it is about 10 miles round trip.
I had to post this picture of my celebrity bruise. Mickey Mouse right on my leg. The story of getting this bruise is even funnier than the bruise itself. Danielle and I took a night ride up to the Provo Temple. This was my first night ride and being the bright girl that I am, I didn't have a light of any kind. Genius. We made it safely to the Temple. On the return trip there is a bend in the sidewalk, no big deal. I decided to cut a corner, over the grass. Unfortunately for me, there is about 6 inches of "invisible" curb hiding in the over grown grass. This curb has no purpose. It is at the top of a driveway. You see where I am going with this? I hit the curb dead on. Lucky for me, I didn't fly over the handle bars. I Fred Flinstoned (twinkle toes) my way forward and ended up with bruised legs. One of which happens to look like a cartoon mouse. Jealous?
My dad turned 55. Boy, is he getting on in years. Kidding, Dad. You are wonderful! Thanks for sharing your birthday with America. His birthday is the 5th, but the celebration always seems to start the night before with fireworks.
We stayed in Park City with my parents and Lindsay, Jeff, and Baby Ian.
Izzy is a fearless "swimmer." She kept jumping into the deep end. I think it is time to sign her up for swimming lessons. She was so cute pulling herself around the side of the pool. Miss Independent didn't want any help.
Well, there are a few things we have been doing. Hope the summer is treating you all well. We love you!