Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

We are a little late wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, so we thought we would wish you all a very wonderful, fabulous and Happy New Year!!!!! And since I haven't been very good at getting out my Christmas cards the past few years, here is our most recent family picture.




Love - The Shelton's

Update on the house

When left on vacation this is what our house looked like:


When we got back from vacation this was the progress:

Finishing w/ the plywood on the front and shingles on the roof
Back view - some of the windows are cut out yet in the plywood
From a distance
Living room

They are moving along rather quickly on our house. They worked through Christmas Eve to get the roof on because there was a big snow storm expected on Christmas Day. We love our builders. They have been so wonderful throughout this whole process. They are at the job site every time we drive by and they are keeping us updated on the progress. The windows will go in today. Electrical will start on Monday, we meet with the cabinet guy on Wednesday and the plumbing will following at the end of the week. We are getting really excited!!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Adley's Field Trip

Before the Christmas break I had the opportunity to tag along with Adley on his first school field trip. This was Adley's very first time riding a school bus as well. We first went to Fuddrucker's for lunch and then off to The Grove Park Inn to view the gingerbread houses.

Eating lunch

The gingerbread houses were amazing, although not all of them were houses.

These were a few of our favorites - the house from the movie "Up" and "Noah's Ark".

And just for fun.....can anyone guess who used a permanent black marker in the back of my van....

I think he may have left his signature!!!!! :-) Lucky for me the Magic Eraser took it off.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Birthday Week!

Wow it has been a busy busy week! Adley celebrated his 6th birthday on Monday. We let him pick where we went out to dinner - he chose Fatz. Grandma & Grandpa joined us and we had a great time. He opened up some of his presents - his new favorite is Kung Zhu. He got a hamster and I had one for Eli as well - Eli ended up opening up his and then Aidan opened his up early. I wasn't sure if Liam would like them, but of course he did so we had to go get him one too. Our house is very noisy with 4 hamsters running around making various noises.

Adley opening his presents
Handsome boys - above and below!
On Thursday we had our very first 'friend' birthday party. We rented a bounce house place and invited kids from school, church and work. We had a pretty good turn out and the kids had a blast. We let them play for awhile - ate pizza/salad, then cake/ice cream and then more playing time! Birthday parties are definitely A LOT of work, but the smiles on the kids faces made it all worth it. I told Jared we could do one every ten years - that means I really only have 1 more to do for the big boys!
Eli & Liam - they LOVE the slide
Aidan sliding with friends
The party theme was Star Wars - here is R2D2!
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you.....
Caroline - sliding kinda crazy!
Kids eating
Aidan and his school friends

Today we celebrated Aidan's 8th birthday. He was so excited that he can now officially ride in the car without a booster seat!!!! Our law is age 8 or 80lbs. He isn't near 80lbs, but the age limit works for us. We let Aidan choose what I made for dinner tonight - lasagna! Then he got to choose where we went for dessert - Chick-Fil-A milkshakes. Their seasonal peppermint chocolate chip is so tasty.
We did celebrate with Jared's family about 2 weeks ago. We had a campfire and roasted hot dogs and of course marshmallows for smores! We celebrated 5 birthdays that day - and for some reason I have no pictures - darn!

Aidan's turn to open presents

We also met with our builder again today. Before he got there we were talking with the concrete guys - they said that we couldn't have picked a better builder. They love working for Rich Builders because they don't cut corners. That made us feel great about our decision. We have always had a good feeling about our builders and so far have loved working with them. They meet with us when needed and our house is on schedule - what they say is going to be done - gets done!!!
Boys playing in the front
Basement pad with plumbing done
Another angle
The beautiful tree across the street from our house!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

EB Race & Halloween

Last week was EB awareness week. On Friday Kendra, Lacey and I drove to Winston-Salem, NC to meet Jonah and his family and also the Ringgold's (Bella's family). We had such a wonderful time eating and talking with everyone. I have to admit it seemed a little weird going there knowing so much about 2 families that really don't even know me back. Although after being there 15 minutes that didn't seem to matter anymore. They were all very welcoming and great to talk with. We have been following these families for so long it was great to finally meet them.


Ali (Bella's sister) & Jonah
Tim and Ali

After the EB gathering we drove the 2.5 hours home and woke up early the next morning for our EB awareness 5K race. It was a very chilly 32 degrees that morning with frost on the grass. After about 1/4 mile I couldn't feel my face, hands or toes. By about the 2nd mile I was regaining feeling everywhere but my hands. Next year gloves will be a necessity. Even though it was cold it was totally and completely worth it to get out and support such a great cause. I figured if these little kids can endure pain everyday I can endure the cold for 30 minutes.

Kendra and me before the race with the shirts we had made.

We had lots of people ask us questions about the kids on the back of our shirts. We wore them all day long and it was a great conversation starter for us to educate people about EB.
Me, Lacey and Kendra after the race

The race will become an annual thing and we hope to help out more with it next year and try to get more support and awareness for EB. The 3 of us are currently working on sending out a survey to the hospitals in our region to see if they have any kind of EB protocol in the event they have a baby born with EB. Our goal is to educate and possibly make EB protocols for these hospitals so they can properly care for these delicate babies. That was the biggest issue the families we know seemed to have was that since this disease is so rare no one in the hospitals knew how to initially care for their babies. So we are excited to try and bring awareness to the hospitals in our region. We will keep you posted.

Moving on....
The week before last Eli had his very first preschool field trip. It was to Sky Top Orchards. We had a wonderful time looking at all the apples and pumpkins. My favorite was the hot apple cider and the apple cider doughnuts!!!

The boys!
Eli - 3.5yrs
Liam 1.5yrs

HALLOWEEN - This year we had Harry Potter, a Ninja, Spiderman and a cute little frog.

However the frog was a little irritable because he wasn't feeling very well. The night before we had decided to take the kids out to look at the progress on our house. After that we went out for dinner at Outback. Liam seemed a little on the quiet side and upon sitting down at the table I noticed he felt a little warm. We decided to eat quickly and get him home for bed. He wouldn't eat anything and kept putting his head on the table. So I picked him up to hold him. Within about 5 minutes he puked ALL OVER ME!!!! Even though I may be a nurse I do not do well with vomit. Jared usually does the clean up and I take the kid to the tub. Not so much in this case. Luckily we were by the side exit door and I was able to easily sneak out of the restaurant. We got our food to go and left the waitress a generous tip. Liam never threw up again and his fever was gone by morning. Okay enough about puking....we met up with friends from work and their kids to go trick-or-treating.
Ladybug, Spiderman, Pirate, Harry Potter, Dragon, Ninja, Bumble Bee, & Frog!
Aren't they all so cute!
Kids trick-or-treating!

For those curious here are some pictures of the progress on our house.
Our lot
Pad for the basement dug out.
From a distance
Footers poured and block delivered!

I don't have the picture uploaded from today but there are foundation block walls there now.
and because I couldn't resist - a cute picture of Liam at the park!

and one of our kids new best friend - meet Lily!
Lily is Jared's parents dog. Eli took this picture of her - she is posing quite nicely! The kids love her and like to throw the ball or a stick for her. I'm afraid my kids may want a dog after this. I like dogs, I just don't want to have to take care of one....right now I have enough kids to take care of. Okay this is long I know - Goodnight!

Monday, October 25, 2010

EB awareness week!

This week is EB awareness week! EB stand for Epidermolysis Bullosa. It is a rare, genetic skin disease that involves the connective tissues of your skin. The slightest friction to the skin can cause severe blistering. The EB kids are referred to as 'Butterfly children' because their skin is so fragile. To learn more go to http://www.debra.org/. I came across this disease through a blog about little Jonah. You can follow Jonah by clicking on his picture to the right. I have since come across several EB kids that I follow on a regular basis. EB is a horrible, painful disease. This week I will be running in a 5K race in support of EB. A few of my friends from work and myself made shirts that have the kids we follow on the back. Unfortunately shortly after the shirt was made little sweet Bella passed away. She was at the University of Minnesota for a clinical trial for an EB bone marrow transplant. I think she was patient #12. So far this is the only hope these kids have. I miss Bella - I didn't know her but I followed her through her EB journey and all the EB babies have such a special place in my heart. Many kids do not live very long and if they do they are in constant pain. We need help to find a cure. I am collecting donations to do to debra.org for more research to be done for EB. So if you would like to donate please leave me a comment or email me please. Any little bit will help.

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Front

This Friday I will have the pleasure of meeting Bella's parents and sister Ali; and little Jonah and his mom and dad. Their is an EB gathering in Winston Salem, NC and I feel very blessed to be able to go. These children are beautiful and have amazing families!!!! They have brought a great appreciation to me of the simple things in life and have helped me to put a lot of things into perspective that wouldn't be otherwise. Please help support research to find a cure for EB.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day was over a month ago, but here's what we were up to:

I ran in another race, this time the Apple Festival 8K. My time was 49:33. I was happy to be under the 50min mark. It was the hardest race I've done thus far. It had quite a few hills and was rather cold and windy that morning. Next up - a 5K race on the 30th to support EB kids (see my side bar).

A picture that was taken at the finish line

Then after the race we headed up to Big Creek on the NC/Tenn border to go camping with Jared's family. We had a great time. We took some adventurous day trips up windy dirt roads but it was worth it for what we saw:


Elk have been reintroduced into the wild in this area - they first started out with 17 I think and are now over 50.
Max's Patch - what a beautiful view. I will be happy to take any that want to visit me up to this place for a picnic.
The cousins
Eli & mommy taking in the sun and fresh air

Hiking down
Arts & crafts - thanks to Aunt Emily & Jenny the kids were very entertained while camping!
Adley's creation
Aidan's spikey apple
Playing in the river