Saturday, August 29, 2009

I am a Builder


He comes into the kitchen, "Hey, mom, look what I made!"


We recently bought some legos for this handsome young man. He loves to build things. He does most of it on his own. I initially had to help him with the wheels and such, but he will sit there forever and make things. I love it. I love when he can sit still and concentrate on something. When he comes with that oh-so-adorable smile that tells me he is proud of his creation. He loves when I take pictures and send them to Daddy and others. He had me send a picture of his "cool" thing with "rocket shoes" (cannot remember exact words- it is below, the the first picture on the left) to "An tih Cole's " phone. (aka Aunt Nicole).






Before the Legos he would use Jenga blocks to make things. The other day I am talking with a neighbor and I look over and he has made this-


The base of this creation is one of his favorite patterns to do with the Jenga blocks.

He is awesome.

Outside

He specifically posed for this photo. He asked for me to take his picture upsidedown.
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Racing to the fence and back. Corban is faster than a speeding bullet.
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Doesn't she look so comfy?
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Who could resist that smile?
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Friday, August 28, 2009

A Sneak Peek

Go here for a few Langston family pictures. I can't wait to see the rest.
Click on the picture to see a few more.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Silly Faces



She dresses herself, ladies and gentlemen.

Doesn't she have great style? In the morning she is very adamant about wearing the clothes she picks out.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I am the Luckiest

Thanks, Dad, for the pictures.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

HELP

The kids are playing with sidewalk chalk and Corban wrote his first real word. He usually has a string of letters that don't spell anything, and then asks me to read them.
Today he wrote "help"- What do you think it means? :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Treasure Hunt



I think she likes this game.




This isn't the best video, but it will have to do. It is Animal Scramble. The main piece is a Giraffe and it calls out rules, clues, etc. There are four "targets": A monkey, an elephant, a parrot, and a tiger. The giraffe fits over the top of the others and recognizes which is which. There are, maybe, 4 different games. Corban got this for his birthday from Grandma Nina and they both love it.



Izzy's favorite is the treasure hunt. The giraffe tells player two to hide the animals while player one closes their eyes. Izzy is so cute how she stands, eyes shut tight, while the game counts to ten. Then, player one listens for the first clue/animal name, after finding it and placing the giraffe over it, the voice says another clue/animal. The turn ends when you find the 4th animal and then it gives you a time. Then it starts over for the next player. She will play this forever. I love that it helps her learn to take turns and she has to be active running about the room looking for the animals. Plus, I love to watch her run and get excited when she finds one.



It is fun. I love games with the kids. With Corban we get out scrabble and make words or find letters. Rebecca once told me I remind her of the white haired man on Between the Lions that sounds out the words. My kids love to play board games. What games do your kids like?

Do I look any different? I swim. I'm a swimmer.


My mom-in-law called yesterday to invite us to an afternoon at the Jill's pool. We just got Aunt Jeanette back from her spanish speaking mission to Houston, Texas! She looks great and is so happy! I love her!
It was fun to be together. We had quite the crowd- Emily, Adalyn, Cyrus, Keiti, Caitlyn, Kelsey, Troy, Candice, Grandma Connie, Jill, Jeanette, Vili, Camille, Jacob, and us.
My kids love to go swimming. Danielle offered Holly's life jacket for Corban (thank you) and I found Corban's old Spongebob floater outfit for Izzy. Corban was scared of the water for a long time, even with a life vest. I couldn't figure out why he was so scared, until I got home and Dave mentioned the "scary slide"- I bet that was it. Corban almost drowned before and so naturally he was hesitant. He kept pleading, "don't let me go." Izzy was her fearless self and would jump in to me, even when I wasn't looking. She can't get enough of the water. When they got used to swimming without helping hands they were all over the pool. They both were the last kids out of the pool. I think I should sign up for a pool pass next year. Or maybe the Rec center has swim classes in the fall. I know they have them during summer.
Thank you, Jill, for letting us come to the pool yesterday. We had so much fun!
Gotta run!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Routine, Routine, Routine

We have been trying to implement more routine for the kids sake, but mostly for my own sanity. I made up some picture charts that have various "chores" that need to be completed. There is a morning and night list.

Wake Up
-Go potty
-Get dressed
-Put clothes in hamper
-Make your bed
etc

Corban can do most of his list without help, and only a few reminders now. I run Izzy through her's. She can't really make her bed, but she will try. Corban tries to show her how to do it the way I taught him. (Make yourself into the bed and sneak out.) They are learning.

Even if they don't finish the list exactly I am happy. Corban always thrives on structure. He almost always heads to the bathroom in the morning without prompting now. The only question I have now is, "why didn't I do this sooner?" He is doing so well during the day. He rarely has accidents, and usually it is from lack of structure.

Izzy is still young for this, but maybe the sooner the better. She will learn too. She still doesn't understand the whole release thing when it comes to toilet training. She throws a fit to sit on the potty, but will hold it, and hold it, and hold it until she is off of the toilet and then go in her pull up/diaper. We will try again with active potty training when Corban starts school again.

Their favorite activity this week: Play Dough.

Funny random thing Corban does: Sits at the piano to "play and sing a song".

Funny things the kids say:

Corban- "Is it just me, or ....." Randomly said this in the car- Something about a plane.
Izzy- Calls everything "Bew-a-ful" - Beautiful

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Enjoying the sunshine in the backyard. She found an old bib in the wash room and insisted in wearing it.