Friday, September 28, 2007

Goals Update

So, I made a list of all the goals I had for the week, and so far here is the update.....As far as cleaning my house goes...for the first time in my life I PAID SOMEONE TO DO IT! IT WAS AWESOME! I came home and everything from my microwave to the blinds and bathrooms were sparkling clean. It was absolutely incredible. To tell you the truth I felt pretty lazy, especially knowing what my mom must think of me, but when I realized how it would have taken me all week to get done what someone else did in a few hours, I felt much better about it. As a stay at home mom I wonder why I can't seem to manage to get it all done, but that is the way the cookie crumbles. I did get the fabric bought for the curtains and am SO excited about that. I did clean the carpet in one of the rooms of my house. The baby decided to blow out a diaper and suddenly that project became a priority. It needed desperatley to be done, so that was just the excuse. It looks so good I don't know that I need to buy a rug anymore. It is great. As far as losing five pounds...well I had some fries at McD's today so that tells you how committed I was to that goal...oh yeah and my friend gave me the best cookie recipe this week and of course I had to try it. wasn't a complete waste. The kids all ate every night and it was a somewhat productive week. I feel good sitting here typing in my nicely cleaned house.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


I don't know about all of you, but every Sunday night in my world is filled with goals or lists of things I would like to accomplish during the next week. So far this week my list goes like this...Clean the carpets, clean the bathrooms, clean the floors, dust the blinds, dust the house, grocery shop, cook dinner every night....which means I need to create a menu, buy the fabric for my curtains, and finally find a rug to hide the stains I am going to get out of the carpet after I clean it. oh yeah...and lose five pounds. That is among the normal day to day stuff that goes on in the house. Another goal is to workout each day. So, as you can see, I should not be spending time updating my blog...I should be moving furniture so I can actually feel like I've started working on my list. There is oh, so much to do. I just thought I would give a little update on the kiddos!

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 more procrastinating.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Um...what's tagging?

I think this is what I'm supposed to do


What is his name? Dan

How long have you been together? We just had our 8th Anniversary

How long did you date? In 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


Dan was in charge of writing our families bio for the neighborhood newsletter. It was pretty adorable that he spent that much time and effort introducing our family to everyone. I just thought I'd post it and see what you think......

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


Yeah!! It is that wonderful time of year again, a time when school starts. It has been another crazy couple of weeks getting ready for the great even. A few weekends ago, Dan's brother Ben and his fiance Al came to visit. We had so much fun getting to know them a little better. The girls, especially Tarin, would not let Al out of her sight. She loved her. They played and played and played. Uncle Ben was a good sport and even let them paint his baby toe bright pink. I think he was jealous that Al was getting all the attention!!! We got to show them some of the fun sights around Austin. We are working hard to convince them to move here. Although I wonder if our house of chaos made them think the exact opposite. Needless to say it was a totally fun weekend.

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 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!