Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Over the Thanksgiving holiday we spent lots of time with family. First we had Thanksgiving at Grandma & Grandpa Schiller's house, next was Uncle Mike's house, our house, and our last thanksgiving dinner was at Baka & Dida's house. Now that the girl's are getting older they love to spend time with their cousins. It's also nice for us to be able to sit back and let them all be kids and play together. They had so much fun playing with their cousins Jack & Noah that when it was time to go we dealt with a bit of a tantrum. I guess running and jumping into a pile of pillows is much more fun with your cousins then having to go home with mom and dad.

Olivia and Avery also had a great time with their cousin Nicholas. It's hard to believe that Nicholas was born just six weeks after the girl's and he towers over them!We also had to say good bye to Grandma and Grandpa Schiller. They will be enjoying the next six months in sunny Florida. Christmas won't be the same this year without them. They have spent the last two years staying at our house and waking up with the girl's Christmas morning. They have enjoyed experiencing the girl's open their presents from Santa just as much as we have. Although we won't see them over the holidays, we will be seeing them in February. The girl's are so excited about going on an airplane and are even more excited about going to Disney World! I'm excited about seeing the looks on their faces when we actually get there. Even though they may never remember going, Brian and I will have the most precious memories of taking them.

We also recently had our three year check up with the Growth & Development team at Mac. This was probably the most interesting appointment we've had since the girl's have been born. Last year the girl's were put through some testing (Bailey's)at the appointment that to me was an absolute waste of time. This year they wanted to do the same type of testing on them only this time I refused! The therapists and docs weren't too happy with me and after a 15 minute fight with all of them they finally backed down. So the appointment consisted of the Developmental Ped asking me a million questions about the girl's. During her questions she kept telling me that none of the questions or testing are used for stats. So during her questioning she asks me if my husband and I attended college, huh?! After answering her question I looked at her and asked what that had to do with my children? her response was that they have found that preemies do much better developmentally with parents who have attended post secondary education than to those who have not. So my next question was I thought this had nothing to do with stats? I guess she wasn't too impressed with my line of questioning because she ended the appointment pretty much soon after that.
Hmmm... and they wonder why I get frustrated with them.

So we are all done with Mac for the time being. The girl's are still being followed by a Urologist there, but as far as G&D goes we are all done!! I guess the next big step will be school in September.

The girl's also had their Halloween dance party at Ballet class this past Saturday. All the kids were dressed up for the day in their costumes. They all looked so cute! Another class with older girls joined their class half way through and they all danced together. The little ones really enjoyed having the older girl's in the class.

Olivia, Abby, and AveryAfter dance class we headed off to Toronto for the rest of the day to go see the girl's favorite group of guys, THE WIGGLES!!

They were so excited to be seeing the Wiggles live that by the end of the show they were completely exhausted.

Posing for a pick with dad before the concert

The Big Red Car!As most people know Avery is a true little girl. She has taking a HUGE liking to lip gloss lately and she's only three! From the time she gets up in the morning to the time she goes to bed she has her lip gloss in hand and puts it on at least every 5 minutes. Even at the Wiggles concert she had to take a break and add some fresh lip gloss.
She's a real princess!! Our two little sweethearts after the show. As tired and exhausted as they were Olivia still managed to give me a silly face. She's such a little ham!!

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Shannon said...

Great new pictures!!! I love that Avery likes all the girly things! :) Can't wait to get Ashton together with them again some time SOON!!

Shannon, don't worry about what Mac has to say. The girls are amazing and no testing is going to show them anything different. I can't stand how they "follow up" with these kids. The college thing makes me laugh b/c that is basically saying that if the parents don't have that then the kids do worse. I don't believe that for a second. How come then Ashton has so many issues? I have college!!! :)

The girls are who they are. They have amazing parents who love them and would do anything for them. They have amazing family and amazing friends. (yes that is me LOL)

Anyways, remember...we need another night out soon! :)

Love you guys

Lexi & Tori said...

They are so cute Shannon. We really do have to get together again sometime soon.
I can't believe the doctors ask you such silly questions. It is really none of their business, their only concern should be whether or not they are healthy now. You guys are doing a great job with the girls and I think that is what has brought them this far not your post secondary education.
Hope you guys had a great Halloween.

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Anonymous said...

Sorry for the late response. I would love to have 1 of each of these precious photo's of my girls. I will be watching my mailbox a lot. They are so adorable and YES - what great parents you both are!!!!!
Love - Mom

Vickie said...

Wow that was quite an update! We have an appointment with G & D, but it is with another doc, the one you are referring to asked me the same questions two years ago, which I found extremely irritating. If I didn't have a post secondary education would you provide me with more support, no your just gathering the data. Not to mention she gave me a resource about my daughter's condition that was as old as me, and no longer politically correct. Gotta love the people wearing plaid bell bottoms on the cover. Seriously shouldn't a researcher know to use updated resources especially in te medical field? Anyway the girls are adorable, glad all is well.