To all my 3 readers out there, I'm sorry about the couple days I haven't posted. Well, no I'm not. We've been gone with my parents and youngest brother Cody (who will be 13 in about a week). We spent some time in Silverton, CO and Durango, CO for the last few days. This included staying at the historic (and kind of crooked) Teller Hotel. I think it threw Maddie off a little because she kept laying down in the hallway like it was making her dizzy. We were the only ones there that night so we got the whole place to ourselves. It was an adventure. Let's just say I was SO grateful for the king size fluffy bed at the Hampton in Durango the next night!
We walked around a little bit, ate at the Brown Bear cafe for both dinner and breakfast because in the winter just about everything in Silverton is closed. We went sledding at Kendall Mountain which was REALLY fun, but Maddie wasn't sure what to think of the snow.
We went to the Venture snowboard shop and I stayed out in front with the kids while the rest of the family went "backstage" to see the factory. The kids LOVED the resident cats that live in the shop. They were fat and friendly.
We left Silverton after our sledding adventure and returned to Durango where we walked around on Main street, ran through the train museum because it was closing, saw one of the steam trains pull in (and run over some pennies).
We returned to the Hampton a wee bit early because really, we were all exhausted.
This morning we got up and puttered around for awhile. We ate the complimentary breakfast that the Hampton provided, and went to the Durango Museum.
We walked along the river, went to the health food store and decided that because Maddie, because she is the royal princess in charge of everything was throwing a fit, we should return to Farmington and let her sleep in the car. It worked out well and no sooner had we started out of town when we heard her snoring from the back seat. *phew*
We ate a late lunch at Red Lobster before they returned to Taylor.
It was SO wonderful spending time with the family, I wish everyone could have come. It's kind of weird only having ONE of my siblings with us, but it was still really really fun. I hope they come back soon.
And if anyone else wants to come visit, we are 45 minutes from Durango, about an hour and 45 from Silverton. We love visitors! Oh and we'll have a HOUSE in about 2 weeks! Woohooo!!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Posted by Shandelle at 8:55 PM
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sorry for the day later post but I was SO sick yesterday. I got to sing in church, but because 90% of our ward was out of town (it's Spring Break this week) I couldn't find ANYONE to play for me. So I sang acapella. Fun. To add insult to injury, I have a sinus infection and singing with a stuffy nose and sore throat is a challenge. So I started the song about 4 notes lower than written. LOL!
Anyway, here are a couple pictures of the kids. It was AWFUL lighting but you get the idea.
And today's update:
Maddie had her 2 year appointment (yes, I know we're a little late) and the doctor is recommending a celiac panel test so see if Maddie's growth issues are because of celiac or if she's just small. I'm hoping it's just genetics. She's already wheat, egg, soy and peanut free. I don't really want to have to do completely gluten free as well.
22 pounds WITH clothes
31 inches WITH shoes
He said she's about the size of an average 16 month old!
She says more than the "50 words" that they are looking for. She can tell you where ALL her body parts are (including her armpit and elbow), she knows most of her colors, can count to 10 (but skips 6) and can sing her ABCs. She gets herself dressed and undressed, puts her shoes on (usually the right feet) and can color. So she's above average mentally, but significantly under average for her size.
But look at Grammie Mimi (my mom). At a 5 foot even and a whopping 100 pounds, I think Maddie's just going to be "mimi size" :)
Posted by Shandelle at 1:03 PM
Friday, March 21, 2008
We really couldn't ask for better park weather these last few days. We took advantage of Dallin being out of school to have a picnic at the park with our friends. The kids had a wonderful time and it made Maddie tired enough that she had a GREAT nap!
We spent the afternoon grocery shopping (which I HATE doing with two kids!!) and picking up the house because tomorrow Todd and I are headed back to Purgatory one last time to ski/snowboard. Unless an awesome storm comes in, we're guessing this will be the last week with decent snow.
Here are a few pictures at the park. Sorry, no pictures of the grocery shopping. I'm sure you're so disappointed!
And HELLO, I'm getting 20+hits a day and no comments. No one has anything to say? *sad face*
Posted by Shandelle at 6:34 PM
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Ever since Maddie arrived 6 weeks early and weighed in at just over 5 pounds, she has been known as "Peanut". At 26 months she is still my Peanut. And in this short video you'll hear her tell you her name. We're trying to teach her her "real name" which she also says. The mess on her face is a gluten-free cookie. And she was trying to watch Noggin so she wasn't paying total attention to me.
Oh, and she'll also tell you what a frog, cow and elephant say, but listen close and turn your volume up all the way or you'll miss it.
Uncle Adam, the letter is in the mail. Dallin wrote his name REALLY big on the front of the envelope so you'll know it's from him. He sure loves you!
And hey, if you read my blog, please post a comment...I'd love to know who's peeking in on us!
Posted by Shandelle at 5:38 PM
Monday, March 17, 2008
That DOESN'T put an annoying add under your counter, PLEASE let me know. This one is stupid.
Posted by Shandelle at 8:42 PM
Posted by Shandelle at 3:24 PM
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Lacey, Cody and Mom came up Friday evening and we went to Purgatory Saturday. Lacey stayed home and watched the monkies.
Honestly, this was the first time I can say that it was FUN. Before I really couldn't understand how sliding down a hill on 2 sticks (or 1 stick if you are snowboarding) can POSSIBLY be fun...BUT yesterday I finally understood. I skied on shorties (135) and had boots that didn't cut off circulation to my toes. I actually skied blues! Go me!!! Of course my body is horribly out of shape and I couldn't move this morning, but hey! Yesterday was FUN!
We didn't end up going to church because everyone is still coughing. I have to say that I REALLY hate NOT going. I love being in the nursery with the sweet babies. I love being able to keep an eye on my little peanut (she's the smallest, although not the youngest).
Speaking of my little peanut, She is still 21 pounds. 26 months old and still wearing 12-18 month clothes. BUT she's SMART. I have to get it on video but if you ask her what a frog says, she say s "ri-ri-ri- BIP!!!" It's SO cute. And she counts in spanish, and knows her colors.
Dallin is writing his name, counting to 20, and starting addition. He LOVES school and I am so proud of him. I'll have to get a picture of his name. It's GREAT!
Cold meds are kicking in. I better go before I start typing things backwards!
Posted by Shandelle at 9:33 PM
Thanks Tiff for tagging me ;)
1. I have a horrible phobia of vomit. Sound crazy? Well google emetephobia and you'll see what I'm talking about. It's getting better though, but I've had it as long as I can remember. I still have panic attacks but they are much less frequent.
2. When I was a teenager I didn't want kids because of phobia in #1. Eventually the mothering instinct overrode the phobia and I wanted a baby more than I was afraid of the barf.
3. I HATED High School. We moved to a new town when I was 15 and it was pretty hard on me. I was probably one of the only people who didn't cry at graduation because I was SO ready to leave.
4. I've never been outside of the US, except a trip to Mexico my senior year for spanish club. Even then, I could BARELY understand anything.
5. Some people know this, but when I was 18 I sang the National Anthem at an Arizona Diamondbacks game. And to make me sound even cooler, I was invited. I did not audition.
6. Someday I want to go to Switzerland. Adam went there on his mission and I am still insanely jealous.
7. I sang at church when I was 3. All by myself. Yup. I think the choir hummed behind me or something, but I don't remember it.
And I don't even know enough bloggers to tag 7 people, so if you read this and haven't been tagged...consider yourself tagged ok?
Posted by Shandelle at 9:12 PM
Thursday, March 13, 2008
No, I'm not pregnant (shame on you for thinking that!!). I refuse to even try for another child until I get rid of the 30 pounds of baby weight that won't go away. So don't go there.
We are buying a house! I am very excited, and nervous at the same time. This will be our third move in 3 years. I am tired of moving. Hopefully we'll be there for awhile. I'll post pictures as we get closer to the closing date.
I have to admit, I'm better at reading other people's blogs than updating my own. Why? Well that would be because I don't think anyone reads my blog.
But just in case there is someone out there who is going through picture withdrawl, here is a very silly picture of my kids. Notice Dallin's shoes are on the wrong feet...AGAIN. I can't see how that is comfortable at all. Maddie never has them on the wrong feet, probably because she's a bit more particular than Dallin is.
And if anyone is wondering why I don't post pictures of myself. Read the first paragraph again.
Posted by Shandelle at 9:25 AM