Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

Christmas Eve!
 Our traditional candlelight dinner

 The bearded man...
 The nativity.
 Shelby was a wise man
 I love this face!
 Santa came!  Shelby and Keaton's loot.
 Chloe's big present from Santa
 It's Christmas morning!  We had Michele and Samantha staying with us on Christmas Eve.  We all loved having them with us and Shelby LOVED waking up with Samantha on Christmas morning.
 Keaton holding his treasure box.
 I love her face!  She got an Ipad!
 Chloe was a little overwhelmed in the morning.  It was hard to get a smile out of her at first.
 She likes her ride on turtle!
 Matching horse jammies!
 2 cute girls!
 My mom and dad got the kids a wagon and Shelby just wanted to play with the box.
 Tyler and Alison got this REALLY amazing game called mindflex duel.  You move the ball with your mind. 
 The staredown....Tucker won.
I put Chloe down for a nap at my parents and when I checked on her she had found a stash of chocolate and it was EVERYWHERE!  All over her and my moms carpets.  Little stinker.
I wish I had pictures of the Steeds, but we enjoyed time with them as well.  We enjoyed every second of the month and I hate when it's all over.  It was wonderful to spend time with our families. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Steed Polar Express

 We all found our Polar Express tickets under our pillows.
We loaded in the car where there was popcorn, hot chocolate and Christmas music playing.
We had the BEST time driving around and looking at Christmas lights.
Shelby fell asleep on the way home.  This has to be a new tradition for us.  

Friday, December 14, 2012

Our Christmas Card 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Shelby's School Christmas Program

Shelby's school makes me happy.  Very happy.  She is in a class with the same 5 other students that she has known mostly since preschool.  There are 2 kids that are completely blind and the other 3 have varying levels of sight impairment.  To Shelby, they are just her friends.  She doesn't know that they are "different." At the Christmas program she guided her blind friend Sam to dance with the rest of her class during Christmas songs.  I just love that there are no judgements with her.  She has a perfect love of everyone.  It warms my heart. 
Shelby did great at her Christmas program this year.  They read the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  She said her part perfectly and it had some big words in it!

A special visitor came at the end.  The kids loved it!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Party

 Me between the 2 preggers.
 This picture cracks me up so much.  This is what face we got when my dad told Shelby to smile.

Singing with Santa!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Veteran's Day Program

Shelby had the cutest Veteran's day program.  They memorized all the songs for the different branches of the military and sang them.  As usual, I was the emotional sap in the back. 

Shelby's MRI

 After the IV was put in.  Such a brave girl!
As she was falling asleep.
Shelby had to have an MRI to try and figure out some abnormal blood work and recurrent sickness she has been having.  They had to put her under sedation while they did it so I was nervous.  Shelby did so good.  She was so brave when they were putting her IV in and didn't cry at all as they were preparing her for the MRI.  I am so grateful for Primary Children's Medical Center.  They are all amazing there and they do great work.  We found out the results of Shelby's MRI.  She has some mild brain damage in her cerebellum.  They think it is from her being a preemie.  The Dr's thought that Shelby might have some mild delays her whole life but we can deal with that!  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Vacay

On Thursday the kids, Debby and I went to California. When we got to the hotel on Thursday afternoon we went swimming and ate a lovely dinner that the hotel provided. On Friday we met Michele, Samantha and Michele's sister Pam at Disneyland.  It was the BEST!  I get more excited then the kids about going to Disney.  I shed a tear.

Riding The little Mermaid ride with Samantha
 Chloe LOVES carousel's
 Buzz Lightyear!  Chloe was climbing up my body from terror.
 They already had the Christmas decorations up.  It was beyond beautiful!
 The pretty castle and the stage for the Disney channel special that they air on Christmas.
 The Haunted mansion castle.
 The Disney parade
 One of the major highlights was getting to visit Car's Land.  Keaton was in heaven.  It was very well done.  So cool.
 Samantha, Chloe and Shelby
 Flo's cafe
 Radiator Springs

Keaton even got called up to dance with a car in Car's land. 
After the park closed we drove to San Diego and stayed with the Clarke's until Sunday afternoon and then flew home.  It was such a great trip.