Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas!!!

Wow it has been a really really long time since I posted last. We have been so busy here and I apologize for the lack of info about our family. To sum up the last month in a nut shell. We spent Thanksgiving in AZ. We had such a great time and I think for the first time ever none of the kids got sick, we didn't lose our luggage and we didn't have flying delays. Yeah!!! Our kids did especially well on the flights. We were able to do lots of fun things in AZ. We went to Tucson for a mini family reunion and went to the zoo. Since we were in Tucson where I went to college we took the kids down to the Univ and walked around. Aidan kept wanting to see a classroom, but it was a Sat. and all of the doors were locked. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and enjoyed seeing family that I hadn't seen in 5yrs. It was so good to see my family. We got to meet my new niece Kensi and see rest of the kiddos as well. I also enjoyed going shopping with the girls, buying new clothes, getting a new haircut and new 'real' makeup, etc. I feel like a new woman! Funny Aidan Story - While we were in Arizona we were making turkey hats with the kids, but Aidan did not want to wear his and his reason was that he did not want to look ‘ridiclious’. We returned home in time for Aidan's Christmas program at school. However our very talkative, outgoing child decided that he didn't want to participate. All of his classmates looked so cute dressed up in beach clothes (his class had Australia and it is summer in Dec there). I guess he didn't want to look 'ridiclious' there either!!! Oh well, maybe next year!!! Funny Adley story - Adley went to the nursery at church while we were in AZ and we told the woman in there his name and he immediately started to play so we left. After church was over we went to pick him up and another woman – the actual nursery leader said that she didn’t know his name and that she had tried to ask him. She would say ‘what is your name?’ and he would respond ‘what is your name?’ this went on a couple of times and finally the teacher asked him ‘what do your mommy and daddy call you at home?’ he replied, ‘sandwich’. So they called him sandwich the rest of class and even wrote it on his picture. At least he didn't respond 'stinker', etc. Funny Eli Story - I forgot to change Eli's diaper while I was out shopping (I know bad mother) with Andrea and Kadee. I also neglected to pack a change of clothes (I know bad mother), but luckily Andrea did for Ashlyn. Needless to say Eli came home in a white onesis and pink pants. Definitely couldn’t pull him off as a girl – totally looked like a boy wearing girl clothes!
I have been busy at work lately and trying to get the rest of the Chris
tmas shopping done. I have also spent a lot of time in the kitchen lately as well. Making fudge for women I visit teach and Aidan's preschool teachers, layered jello salads for 4 different occasions, and 16 goodie bags for Aidan's class, and taking dinner to someone in the ward. I think I will be taking a break from cooking for a while. Yeah sure - we would all starve - although Jared does his fair share of cooking around here. I have actually enjoyed making all of the above and tasting a long the way - that is the problem!!!
During all of our busyness (is this a word?) our washing machine quite working. Luckily with the help of the internet and having a handy husband around we took apart enough pieces to figure out which one wasn't working right - the water pump - it had a sock in it!! Yep a sock - an Eli size sock. Some how it got pulled through a small space. We finally pulled out the sock with a lot of effort and the use of needle nose pliers. Jared was very pleased that through the whole job he never once needed a tool that he didn't already have - well equipped!!! We were so happy that it was able to be fixed without having to spend any $$$.
We also dog-sat Jared's parents dog Lily for 3 days while they went to Costa Rica to meet Ehren's girlfriend, now fiance Jessie. We had the dog long enough to realize that we don't want a dog any time soon.
We had a wonderful Christmas this year. We spent the morning at our own house and then went to Jared's parents house for the rest of the day. It was quite chaotic with a house full of 10 kids all wanting to open presents regardless of who's name was on it. All in all it was a good day though and the kids had a great time. I received my best Christmas present this year - a coupon book from Jared - it consists of Good for 5 times of each of the following. . . putting all 3 kids to bed; bathing all 3 boys; inside and out van cleanings; video game free evenings (I got two of these cards); Jared making dinner; foot rubs; and childless trips in to town - alone time - Yeah!!!
We hope you all have enjoyed your holiday season as much as we did ours. I am hoping to do a Christmas letter soon, but it may have to wait until after the new year.
I have posted pictures from Thanksgiving through Christmas below in no particular order. Enjoy!

Aidan got a new church shirt and requested that Jared wear his blue shirt to church too - cute!!!
Jared fixing the washing machine!My mom got us a web cam for Christmas - we were instructed to open it early and we have been talking to my family for the last month on it. It makes it seem like we aren't so far away.Christmas morning - gotta love the hair!Making gingerbread cookies with Grandma SheltonZoo in Tucson, AZ
The 'ridiclious' hats - Aidan of course not pictured
Eli swinging at the park - first time in a real swing and loved it!
At U of A with the kidsPINK pants!AZ Grandkids - Aidan not to thrilled about taking a picture
Shelton family photo in Pop pops truck
Our family!!!

Well it is way past my bedtime, but I promised my sister I would post soon - so there you have it.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Playing in the leaves!!!!

Jared has been in the yard most of the morning getting up all the leaves in our yard - you could hardly see our grass, driveway or sidewalk!!! I have been inside trying to get things ready for when we leave tomorrow and I thought that the boys were out working - they were but they were playing too - what little boy can resist a pile of leaves!!!

My new favorite picture of Adley
Love the hair!!!
Playing in the leaves!!!
My boys!!!
Just thought I would throw in a picture of the boys b-day cake. It is 2 light sabers.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Happy Belated Birthday to Aidan!!!

Okay, so I am a couple of days late wishing Aidan a happy birthday and making a post all about him. First off - I can't believe I have a 5 year old already!!! Next thing I know he will be in the 6th grade, then high school, then on a mission. . . Ugh I can't even think about it - as much as I am excited to see him grow up - there is just something neat about having them little. I guess the good thing is that as he grows older he will be more independent and I will be a little bit more free. For example, Aidan can take a shower all by himself now - now I only have to worry about bathing 2 kids instead of 3. Nice!!!
Okay on to the pictures. . .

Leaving the hospital
Around 3mos6mosAidan's first Birthday!! Summer 2004 - 18mos
Summer 2005 - 2 1/2
Summer 2006 - 3 1/2
October 2007

So that's my big kiddo!!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Adley is now 3!!!!

Happy Birthday to Adley!!! Adley turned 3 yesterday. I can't believe he is already 3. I have been looking at pictures of when I brought him home from the hospital and it doesn't seem like it was that long ago.
Well to celebrate Adley I am going to post pictures of him in the last 3 years - from birth to now.

Adley's first outfit - getting ready to leave the hospital
Adley and his big brother Aidan - Adley is 1 day old
Adley - 6mos
Adley 11mos
Adley's 1st birthday
Adley 18mos
20mosHelping daddy mow the grass - 22mosAdley turns 2 - making Rice Krispie TreatsHolding his new baby brother -Almost 2 1/2yrs
Adley - August 2007
Adley's 3rd birthday
Opening presents

Here is a video of Adley the morning of his birthday!!

We feel so blessed to have Adley in our family. I love to get the hugs and kisses he so willingly gives and I love the great big smile that comes across his face many times a day. We love you Adley!!!!

Friday, November 2, 2007

October festivities

Okay here we go - I am going to try and sum up everything that we have done in the last 2 weeks in one blog entry.
Carving Pumpkins and Making cookies: We spent one night about a week before Halloween carving our pumpkins and making yummy cookies - thanks to the kit that my mom sent the boys. The boys had a great time. Here are a few pictures.

Carving with Daddy's help

Aidan's FieldTrip - So we ended up not missing out on Aidan's field trip after all. They ended up canceling the trip the day Aidan was sick due to rain so we were able to go the following Friday. It was very nice of the school to let Adley come as well. We went to an apple orchard and learned about different kinds of apples, took a wagon ride, walked through a corn maze and picked out pumpkins. It was fun to see Aidan interacting with the kids at this school.
Aidan and his friends
Aidan and Adley picking out their pumpkins
Aidan and one of his 'girlfriends'

Halloween - So for Halloween we had some interesting characters running through our house. Aidan was a Power Ranger, Adley was Spiderman and Eli was a jester. We went to our church for the trunk or treat. We participated in the annual chili cook-off again since last year we won first place. This year we didn't win but Jared's sister did - so we at least kept it in the family. The boys participated in the cake walk and then quickly trick-or-treated at the trunks because it was quite cold. Here are the boys dressed up.

Random Pictures - I have also included some other pictures - Enjoy!!!
This is how I found Eli one morning - standing up in his crib. He is now pulling up on everything. I am afraid he will be walking soon. Also he is getting in his two front teeth and has been a little grouchy.

Adley holding Miss Lily
Eli eating Cheerios