Saturday, September 8, 2007

Happy Birthday Aiden

Yesterday was Aiden's birthday -- I will have birthday pictures soon, but here is a little tribute to the big ONE YEAR OLD. We love you!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

In Canada Again

Okay so I have been a total slacker since I went to Canada a couple months ago and now I am back up here for Claire's and Melissa's weddings. Claire's was on Friday the 14th and it was wonderful. She looks so happy and I am so happy for her. Only Aiden is with me this time -- we miss big brother and daddy tons! I took a few pictures of Aiden at Spackman's cabin it was so beautiful -- maybe one day I can have one. I love Montana. I hate that Nick and Ethan were not here to share it with us.

Beth Spackman and I (& Aiden) had just taken a little cruise in the kayaks, but Aiden was a little too tempted to leap in the water so we had to cut it short. We had to get the picture after because he was also not so happy in the lide jacket.
The rocks by the lake Aiden found very tasty.

Aiden enjoying the shade at the wedding reception.

Logan's Pass -- from a moving vehicle. We had no time to spare and stop and enjoy the view; we had a border crossing to make, and memorably at 11:02 pm the gate was shut and the guard had no sympathy for us at all. We ended up going through Shelby as there were no vacancies any where along the extra three hours added to the trip home. I was the lucky one though; the Spackman's had another two hours after they dropped me off in Lethbridge. I know it wasn't ideal, but I sure enjoyed my time with them.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Happy Birthday to You!

Ethan one day old

Ethan first week home

Ethan's first birthday

Ethan's 2nd birthday

Ethan is three years old. I can't believe it. Three years ago today I was having some pretty intense contractions about a minute and a half apart. They wore me out -- so much so that I was falling asleep during the few seconds of relief that I had. At 3:16 p.m. Ethan Jack Shields came into our lives in the flesh. We are so happy to have him in our family. He is very excited to be three and has been practicing holding up three fingers. His Spiderman birthday party is tomorrow, but he has already enjoyed phone calls, a personal DVD card, and presents! This morning he got to open his presents from Paw Paw & G'ma Terri -- he loved it! Happy birthday to my 'Sweet Pea.' I love you so much.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Back Online

We are back and have been for a few weeks, but I had to wait on our computer to come back from the 'geek squad' and then it has been difficult for me to get back in the swing of things (like using the computer). My house is still a little chaotic from coming home -- Ethan's room will be cleaned today and my closet, well maybe that will have to happen tomorrow. My office was clean when I left, but is has quickly become a disaster once again. I came home to a finished playset (Daddy and Pawpaw worked on it while we were gone) -- it looks awesome Ethan and Aiden love it. Our garden is not as beautiful as last year - we didn't plant corn this year. For some reason corn stalks are just really pretty to me. As a kid I always thought corn fields looked so fun to just fall back and let the stalks cradle you. My grandparents often had large corn fields next to their home and I knew that not to be the case as my scrawny little body would have plopped to the ground between the wide rows of corn. Anyway, we hope to have gobs of tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, egg plant, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, snap peas, purple hull peas, okra, and green beans. I have mom and dad to thank for those treacherous Saturday's of weeding the garden -- they have definitely paid off ;). Pictures to come soon.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Still in Canada

Ethan and Uncle Lee

Mom and Ethan at the wave pool

Backyard pinanta action

I know Ethan looks nude, but he does have on underwear!!

Uncle Lee flew in yesterday, and Aunt Christina drove down and we are all having a ball at G & G Brewerton's house. Uncle Lee took the boys to the Ramada water park and they had so much fun. Last night the kids enjoyed jumping the the basketball moon walk (courtesy of Aunt Christina) and Grandma surprised all the grandkids with a pinata filled with 'treasure.' It was a lot of fun. We have really enjoyed the time we have had to spend with family. We will miss them terribly when we return home -- but are very excited to get home to daddy.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fun with Family

Playing soccer with Uncle John

Sam, Ethan and R2-D2

Ethan on top of the barricade (the band-aid is just cosmetic)

In the middle of our trip to beautiful Alberta weather has been a little crazy. We had snow, sun, then more snow and the past few days have really felt like spring. We had been in Calgary with Christina and her kids for the week and been having fun playing with cousins. Ethan really enjoyed the zoo the other day, but unfortunately I forgot my camera (which I found out later has dead batteries) so we have no pictures to show for it. We had a delicious dinner at Aunt Val's on Sunday -- We got to see Ben, Caroline, Camden and Grandma Frodsham too (poor Uncle Orin was at church all evening). Aunt Val took some great pictures that she is going to send to me. There are getting to be so many cousins -- it is so fun. Kristy picked us up yesterday and drove us back down to Grandma and Grandpa Brewerton's house for this week. Ethan and Sam had so much fun watching Return of the Jedi together. They talked about it the whole way down and are in fact watching it together as I type. Aiden is now quite an accomplished mover. He crawls, pulls up on furniture and just figured out how to climb up stairs yesterday. I am a little worried at his progress because he has now sense of danger. The twins and Aiden remain barricaded at all times for fear of going up stairs or falling down the stairs in the basement. Kristy has her hands full with to movers -- I don't know how she does it; I have a hard time with one.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Snow Days

We are up in Canada for a few weeks visiting friends and family and a lot has happened since the last post. Aiden has two teeth on the bottom (the first one broke the day before we flew up here (April 6th), and the second one broke several days ago. they are so cute (I have yet to get a picture where you can really see them. Also Aiden started crawling about four days ago. He is really starting to get the hang of it.

Ethan really enjoyed the snow for the first few days that we were here. He wanted to get out and in it every day. Thanks to his cousins he was able to borrow boots and mitts.

The cousins had fun dying and hunting for Easter eggs. Ethan got to hunt eggs and have a visit from the Easter bunny at both Aunt Christina's and Grandma & Grandpa Brewerton's. Easter was quite an event this year with cousin's, baby Joseph's blessing and dinner on Easter Monday.

Dance Power just ended and Ethan and Aiden were the best audience for all three days of performances they attended. One evening Ethan was a bit of the show himself between numbers. Ethan was very proud of his Aunt Annie and Aunt Melissa. Dad has been busy at home putting on the finishing touches to the playset with Pawpaw Shields -so that it will be done when we get home - thank you!! We love and miss Daddy very much.