Friday, December 21, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
After the wedding we had one weekend home and the next weekend I went to visit my sister in UT and see her new TWIN boys. They were born on October 23rd. One was 5 lbs 5 oz and the other 5 lbs 4 oz. They were both strong and healthy and got to come home with mom a week later. They are super sweet and so much fun. I got to spend a weekend at her house helping her with all the fun newborn stuff. I loved it. I must admit, other than spending time with family and seeing the sweet babies, one of the nicest parts was flying by myself on the plane. It was so nice to just take my purse and not bag after bag of kid treats and things to do. It was spectacular.
We went to N. Texas for Thanksgiving. We spent the day with some good friends there and then went to San Antonio the Friday after Thanksgiving to see the lighted riverwalk and the annual boat parade. The original plan was to go to Sea World, but the cold rainy weather inhibited that plan.
This weeks is busy as well, Got Ma and Pa coming from UT this week to stay with the kids while Dan and I head off to Maui. WOO HOO!! This trip has been a year in the planning and a year of anticipation and a year of working hard to lose that pesky baby weight. It should be a blast. That was a quick synopsis of our craziness the past few months, and hopefully you will all understand why it has taken me so long to update this crazy blog.
Pictures of the past few months are on their way.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tarin got a new bike for her Birthday...she is getting too big.. Thank goodness she had a helmet on...ask Dan about that one.
Ella is learning to master the scooter. Ask her and she will show you her tricks!
Walker is pretty much happy to just be included in the fun. He LOVES to be outside.
All tuckered out after the long "walk" to get Tarin from school. Once again...I AM SO SICK OF SWEATING. I cannot wait until the weather starts to act like Fall so we can enjoy the walks to and from school!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Ella started pre school a few weeks ago. I think she likes it. Nap time has been a challenge, especially since there is no more bink. It is true, Ella finally gave it up. She gave it to the lady at Wal Mart in exchange for some much wanted toys. She got an Bella Dancerella Princess kit as well as a dress up to match. She is such a funny gal.
Tarin is doing well in school. Her first grade teacher has been on bed-rest so they have a perma-sub. I think things are going well, but I don't get much information out of her. She has had spelling tests which is a new thing this year. She seems to like school and is getting to be quite a good reader. I am just glad that I don't have to fight her every day to get her out the door. I guess next spring could be a different story but right now it is all good.
Enough is enough...I am going to start on the list...no more procrastinating.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
What is his name? Dan
How long have you been together? We just had our 8th Anniversary
How long did you date? In person..like 8 weeks. Long Distance about 5 months
How old is he? 30
Who said I love you first? He did
Who is taller? He is
Who sings better? That is probably a toss up - that boy can Sang
Who is smarter? He would say he is...but we all know the truth
Whose temper is worse? His, once he's mad, it just takes him longer to get there.
Who does the laundry? For the first half of the marriage he did...I guess it is me from now on
Who does the dishes? He mostly does dinner dishes...I do the rest
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Depends on which way you look at it...I just have to be closer to the door
Who pays the bills? Me
Who mows the lawn? he does
Who cooks dinner? me unless it is on the grill
Who drives when you are together? The man who cannot be a passenger
Who is more stubborn? I would say that would be equal between the two of us
Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Neither of us are ever wrong.
Whose parents do you see the most? Mine
Who kissed who first? I believe it was a very mutual kiss
Who asked who out? I think I invited myself on the Jet Ski....
Who proposed? He Did
Who is more sensitive? Me
Who has more friends? I do
Who has more siblings? I do
Who wears the pants in the family? I will go with the kids...they rule and we just tag along with them
I tag Sally and whomever else decides they want to do this!
Friday, September 7, 2007
Once upon a time, on a far, far away island in the pacific, two young love birds Dan and Angela begin their adventure. It all started on the football field, where Dan was “helping out his roommate” by coaching an all girls flag football team. Angela played on the team. Dan first tried her out as receiver, then as running back and he even tried her as the QB. However, he soon realized that running, catching and throwing weren’t Angela’s strongest attributes. As a last resort, he tried her on the line, but saw that she was only getting man handled by the well over 200 pound Amazon Polynesian Sistahs. Luckily, Angela eventually found her nitch, on the bench, as a cheerleader. This was just fine with Dan because by now he had his eyes set on Angela. After several attempts to get her attention with some lousy one liners and pick up lines, he finally got her attention through showing off his vocabulary. They hit it off immediately. Dan was a local who had the local connections, a car and a jet ski so Angela first thought it would be fun to use this new guy for all his hook ups and cars. She soon realized that it was much much more than that. After several weeks of dating and long midnight motorcycle rides the two were definitely in love, just in time for Angela to go back home.
The next few months were a challenge, but through e-mail, daily letters and daily phone calls they really got to know each other. The old saying was definitely true absence made the heart grow fonder. They we re-united over spring break where Dan popped the question on a whale watching cruise. Dan commandeered the Captain’s Deck, took over the loud speaker and proclaimed his love and proposed in front of several hundred tourists, most of whom were Japanese and had no idea what was going on. She said YES!!! Angela went back home and for another month they went back to the long distance relationship game. Dan then sacrificed the Island Life for true love and moved to Utah. Two months later they were married in Logan Utah on June 9th. Angela picked the date so that it was easy to remember 6 9, Dan maintains there were some ulterior motives to her choice.
Married life was great…Living in basement apartments, working full time and going to school full time Dan and Angela hardly saw each other. They are still amazed they had time to create little Miss Tarin. Tarin joined the DeLong lot on 2001. She came out with a little squeak. She has truly blessed the DeLong Family with her sweet, strong-willed spirit and her eagerness to learn. She is the Pop Star of the Family: she loves to Sing and Dance. Put the girl in the water and she becomes a fish. She loves being the big sister and being the Boss. You’d be hard pressed to find another 6 year old with as much spirit and will, if she puts her mind to something she’ll “Git’r’dun”. After 1 year of being the only child and spending most of her life in a car seat due to busy work and school schedules, it all came to an end when both Dan and Angela graduated from Weber State University, Dan with a degree in Technical Sales and Angela with a degree in Child and Family Studies. Tarin was able to wear a cap and gown and walk across the graduation stage with both her Mom and Dad.
Dan had several sales jobs before he landed a career in Medical Devices. To this day he is selling medical devices for the ear specializing in Hearing Aids. This career path eventually relocated them to the “United States of Texas” where their wild child Ella joined the family. Ella entered this world on 2004. Dan uprooted Angela from her family and friends during the last trimester of her pregnancy, so Ella was the 1st true Texan of the group. Ella is a real animal lover just like her Daddy; if it has fur she wants to hold it and pet it. She has an eye for beauty; she’ll quickly point out who’s pretty and who’s not. She is the little princess of the family; constantly wearing dress-ups and applying lip gloss. On the flip side she loves to get into mischief. She has to be watched with a careful eye because she is a master of getting into mommies and big Sisters things. As Ella got older, she and Dan were able to sell the rest of the pack on the idea of adding a four legged creature to the mix. After a disastrous 1st attempt at dog ownership, the family found Willie. Willie is a German Shepherd Boxer mix and the coolest dog ever. Wherever he goes he wins over the hearts of all.
After living in the DFW area for two years the DeLong family was relocated to the Austin area and found a neighborhood, often compared to the Garden of Eden ,where they still reside today. All settled in, it was time for another addition.
Walker joined the bunch on 2007. He is the little stud of the family. Dan is just stoked to have another Testosterone producer. The estrogen levels were getting a little thick. Willie can’t add too much being neutered and all. Walker is a tank the boy doesn’t miss too many meals. He is the perfect baby, always smiling and laughing. Whether they are a stranger or a familiar face, everyone gets the same cute little smile. He truly is a Mamma’s boy.
The DeLong Family Texas Edition hope to reside here for a very long time, as you can see they’ve been on a vicious two year relocation schedule. They are determined to break that cycle. Angela continues to be the glue that holds the family together. She is constantly planning get-togethers and fun activities for the kiddos. Between Church Friends and Family. Dan loves to ride his motorcycle, which you have all probably heard.
That is the Story of the DeLongs if you have any question just ask Angela, she’ll give you the facts… Dan will just tell you what you want to hear.
Written by DanDeLong
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Last Monday we had a birthday party for Tarin. We invited families as it was on a Monday night and we didn't want to steal kids away from family night. So, all in all, we had around 65 people there. I don't know too many kiddos that have that many people at the 6th birthday party. I was so proud of Tarin. She flitted between all her friends and tried hard to make sure everyone was having a great time. She had so much fun! It was fun for me to see her trying hard to make her friends have fun. She has been looking forward to her birthday for around 364 days now. She begins the countdown the day after her birthday, as usual. I think she has next years all planned out already. Didn't know know, birthdays in the DeLong family are a national holiday! We celebrate big. On her actual birthday she got to go on a date with her Nana. They went birthday shopping at Justice and then to lunch at the Olive Garden, Tarin's favorite place. They ate plenty of bread sticks and alfredo dipping sauce.
When they got home from lunch we loaded up the car and headed to San Antonio. We spent the night there. That night we went to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner and then went on the boat tour down the river walk. It was so much fun. Once Nana gets home from all her trips I will have her email pictures because I forgot my camera. The next morning we woke up and went to Sea World. Nana hadn't been so we had fun showing Nana all around. We went to the water park and then to a few shows. The girls all loved it. Walker was a sport. It was so hot but he just hung on and was as happy as could be all day long. I kept dumping water on him to keep him cool. What a kid. Dan didn't get to go with us because he had to work. Poor guy misses all the fun. Maybe in October we will take him with us!
School started this week. Tarin is now in the 1st grade. She got a great teacher and we are SO happy for that. She loves her class and luckily has one of the kids from the street in her same class. That always makes the first day easier when you already have a friend. She is also going to play soccer this year. She had her first practice on Wednesday and LOVED it. She is a pretty athletic gal and loved beating the boys in races down the field. It makes me happy when I see her very comfortable playing with a bunch of kids she's never met. She just walked right out on the field and started playing. It is going to be a fun year playing soccer. She joined a singing group, much like the one we had in Mansfield, called Sunshine Generation. She has a few friends in the group and LOVES to sing. Her teacher assigned them to bring a brown bag that had 5 items describing themselves and what they like. She took a play microphone, because she loves to sing. her CTR Ring that she says she got at church and it helps her remember to choose the right, a picture of her family that she loves, some lip gloss, of course, no explanation there, and finally she took her swim goggles because she is such a great little swimmer.
Ella doesn't start her pre school for another week...boo hoo hoo. she is so excited though. She does however, get to start her ballerina classes again this week. She gets to learn tap and ballet. Those lucky dance teachers that give a three year old tap shoes and let them go at it. That is a combination that would give me one big fat headache! I think she is enjoying being the big one at home. It is nice for her to not be bossed around all day.
Hopefully now I will be more on top of things and not have to do the big long catch up sessions and will be able to do some fun stuff that is going on daily!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Ella and Alisa dancing in the outdoor amphitheatre in Ogden. You can barely see Taylor behind Ella. They can really dance if I do say so myself.
Here is Tarin flying in the wind tunnel.
Uncle Kirk Flying in the wind tunnel.
Angela Flying in the wind tunnel
We had such a great time in Utah this past July I thought I would do a detailed update of our trip. We did so many fun and crazy things. We neglected to take the camera swimming with us ever, so noone will ever know for sure that Tarin really did jump off the high dive. Her dad and grandma saw her do it though, so that was very important.
We started our trip off with a funeral. My Uncle Mike passed away the first part of July after fighting cancer for a few years. It was a sad day for the Lake family. It was so awesome to see my cousins stepping up and taking care of their mom and helping her in so many special ways. Although it was a sad reason to get to see them, I was very grateful that I was in town and got to see some of my family that I haven't seen in years.
We also got to spend a ton of time with Kirk, Carin, and Taylor. The three girls had so much fun playing together. Taylor loved running around and being one of the big girls. I dumped the baby with Carin for a day and met my good friend Kellie and her kids and my old college roomie Sally at the Hogle Zoo. We had so much fun spending time with our good ol' pals. That is one of the best parts of going to Utah. Tarin and Morlie love playing together and it was fun for Tarin to re-meet our friend Tyler, Abby, and Emma. We had to bribe the kids to stand by the spitting elephant to take a picture. We also ran into some friends from Pflugerville in Utah. It was fun to play with Katie and Scottie at the Zoo.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I wish I could update pictures, but I forgot my cables for my camera. We have been spending a lot of time with family so far this week. I had an uncle pass away so we had a funeral on Thursday. It was a sad thing, but on the positive side I was able to see so much of my family that I hadn't seen in at least a year or more. On Saturday we had a family reunion on my mom's side and it was a blast to see all the cousins with all of their kiddos. The girls had a great time swimming and playing. Walker was the lucky one that was allowed to stay inside the clubhouse where it was nice and cool. His Aunt Carin was happy to keep him on her lap so she could enjoy the cool too.
Last Friday we went to a community pool in North Ogden. The girls love it there because there is a fun playscape with slides in the water and lots of fun things to do. Tarin decided to try the diving boards. I took her over and helped her go off the small dive. She thought that was good fun and kept going a few more times. She decided the small dive was too boring and that she would try the high dive. So, all by herself, she walked over and got in line for the high dive. She jumped off as big as could be and landed right smack dab on her face and belly. She emerged from the water crying because it hurt. I was just purely amazed at the fact that she even tried it. I think she may try it again. We talked about looking up and not looking at the water, so we'll see. I told her that she needed to do it at least one more time so I could take a video of it. She is such a brave little stink. I know she must get that from her dad. I didn't dare jump off a high dive until I was at least ten. I think she was pretty proud of her self.
Ella has been enjoying running free at Grandmas. That is the best thing about Grandmas is that you can go outside or inside and just play and play and play. It is the best thing for me too. Last night she was running to go outside and slipped and cracked her head on the corner of the railing. All I saw was blood, but luckily it was just a small gash right above her eye. As she was crying and we were trying to get the bleeding stopped, all she could say was "I want my Grandpa." So Grandpa took her and rocked her and helped her calm down. He played games with her to keep the ice on her head. I am interested to see how it looks this morning, as she is still asleep. She was excited that she got to have a butterfly bandage on her head.....although I don't think she realizes that it isn't pink and purple like the butterflies she imagines.
The baby has been a true champ. He basically is in a new spot every time he wakes up. He wakes with a big grin for whomever he is visiting at the time. He did so well on the plane and has done just great with all the passing around and all the kisses from all the people adoring him. He is such a great baby and so easy going. I guess when you are number three you learn to go with the flow.
That is our trip in a nutshell as of yet. We have a few more fun things planned and will update as we go. Maybe I can find some cables and update the pictures. We'll see how ambitious I get.
Monday, July 2, 2007
What Goes Up...
Must Come Down...
Check out the Dude
in the top
What a Ride!!!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
So my goal for this summer is to get caught up on all the photo albums and begin keeping better records of our life. Walker is the lucky child that will actually have a history of his early life. I guess I am doing things a little backwards. Normally your third child has no pictures, but in our family, it is the opposite. We don't have a whole lot from Tarin's babyhood, a little more from Ella's and we'll have heaps from Walkers. I guess I am just realizing how important it is....mostly to me. Hopefully I won't be the only family member to post on our blog. I hope Dan will join in the fun too. I guess that depends on how busy he is at work. All right well my five minutes is officially spent.....more later