08 December, 2009

Computer Woes

Wow, I have not posted anything in way too long. It is crazy how life can get in the way. I wish I had something extremely exciting or fun to report but life has been pretty normal lately. A few weeks ago while playing a game on facebook I picked up a virus which has completely shut down my desk top and a few weeks before that Kent's laptop stopped taking any charge at all. Both fixes will cost a couple hundred dollars at least so we are now using my parents spare laptop which has its own problems. So sadly is the fact that all my pics that I have taken for the last couple years were saved on both our computers. Most of them being on my desk top and I am not sure we will ever retrieve them again. It makes me sad that the last couple years of our lives my disappear into the cyberspace universe. I do have few things that I have saved on photo bucket, but the last time I did that was almost a year ago so anything as recent as nine months ago is gone. The new pics I have taken since Halloween and Thanksgiving luckily are still on my camera, but I don't have a place to save them currently so I will have no pics on my blog for a little while until I get this problem sorted. Computers are amazing and they have done so much for our lives, but this has taken me back and made me realize that sometimes we can become too dependent on them. I never realized how much I could lose when one decided it was time to stop working for me. Nevertheless, it really hasn't slowed my computer use down much except to make me much more cautious while using facebook. Well at least I have learned that backing up your files on a separate hard drive, frequently, is a smart thing to do.

07 October, 2009

Fun with hair

Yesterday, Aurora came home from school sick (actually she never really got there, she threw up in our car pool friends van). But, after we got her all cleaned up (and the van), we decided to try entering into a hair style contest with the extra time we had in the afternoon. We decided it would be fun to do a Halloween do since its October. We figured it out, took the pictures, and then I had to leave to do some other things. Later that night, at midnight, I was getting in bed and I remembered the contest. I knew I had to finish it because Aurora would be asking me about it in the morning. My computer was moving like tar and it took forever to down load the pictures. I was working in the dark because Kent was sleeping in the bed next to me, and I was a little loopy and the words kept blurring together, but at 2:05 a.m. I sent off the e-mail.

Crazy enough, we won!!! Check it all out at http://www.cutegirlshairstyles.com/ , the link is in my right side bar. Thank you Mindy and your girls for picking us. We had a lot fun.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus came to town a week ago, and we were lucky enough to get tickets for a great deal so we could take the girls. We surprised them with their early Birthday presents a couple days before and they were sooo excited. We went shopping the day of for the perfect Hannah Montana outfits, and then we went out to eat before the concert. The kids were so happy.

As for the concert I was a little disappointed. They hated the opening act which was Death Cab for Cutie the lead singer of which is Miley's older half-brother. My husband and I like Death Cab for Cutie, but they are definitely not for my 6 and 3 year old. And as for Miley she has really grown up and the show is really more for teenagers now than most of the 10 year old and younger audience that were present. The show itself was really cool, and the kids did have fun.

03 August, 2009

Kent's jobs

I promised I would explain Kent's temporary absence from our family so here it is. I am happy to say that in June Kent received three offers of employment from the Clark County School district in one day. He happily choose his favorite. He decided to accept a job at O'Callaghan Middle school teaching 6th grade life science. We are all very excited about it.

We did have a problem though. He still didn't have a job for the summer, and he wasn't getting anymore subbing jobs. That is when we got a call from Kent's sister asking if there was any way he could come to Blanding for the summer to help build his dad's cabin. We have been wanting to help him for the last two summers, but our job situations haven't allowed it. He still needed a job though so he made a call to a good friend of ours in Lake Powell who is the head of HR in Bullfrog. Two hours later he got a call from Halls Crossing, Lake Powell offering him a job there in the office. Hall's Crossing is only an hour and a half away from Blanding and the plan was to work there and on his days off he would head into Blanding to work on the cabin. He left right after my grandfather's funeral in June. I was very worried about it at first. Aurora was still in school and we couldn't go with him, but we have been able to visit and the time has gone by quickly. He is coming home later this week for good, and I am so ready for him to be back. The kids have had a hard time while he has been away. Here are some pics of our visit.

Swimming off a cliff in Lake Powell.

Taking the ferry across Lake Powell to Bullfrog so we could attend church in Ticaboo (Kent changed after we got there). It was fun visiting the branch, and getting to see our old friends again.

Kent and his sister Ruth working on the cabin. It is going to be really nice when it is completed.

Bishop Grandpa

I thought I would do a quick post about my dad. The second week in July he was put in as bishop of our ward. A lot of my friends have made comments about if it is weird to have my dad as bishop. Kent's teases me that I am the bishop's daughter. I don't know why he thinks that would bother me so much when I was the branch president's wife at one time. It really is not that strange. It is a little odd since we live in the same house as him, but I am 30 years old so it really isn't the same as if I was in high school. Any ways, it has been a change. The biggest difficulty is what my dad has to go through now. He has been really stressed out about it, but I think he is beginning to feel a little more comfortable. Things will get better. The weekend he was put in my grandma Shelton and my mom's sister Dianne and my Uncle Craig, and two of my dad's brothers came down for a visit with their kids. We don't see my Dad's family very often so my kids don't remember much of my uncles kids, but they had a blast getting to know them. We decided to head up to Mt. Charleston to escape the heat.
Here is Bri, she had lots of fun walking along this log as if it was a tight rope.
Here are Aurora and my cousins hiking around the mountain stream.
This is my sis-in-law Mandy and my lil' nephew Andrew.

31 July, 2009

Fourth of July and reunion

This year we had our Shelton reunion on the 3rd and 4th of July up in South Jordan, Utah. We spent the morning of the third doing a service project fixing up my grandma's yard, and then that afternoon we went to the new Oquer Mountain temple open house (sorry if I slaughtered the spelling of that). On the fourth we spent the day at my aunt and uncles doing water games, food, and our traditional auction. That night fire works. Kent was not able to go due to his job at Lake Powell (which I will explain in a different post), but we all had fun without him.
This is my aunt Robin and and Uncle Donald's beautiful back yard. They put down a huge old billboard tarp for everyone to slip-n-slide down the hill on. That is Aurora in the middle with the pink swim suit.
Here is Aurora climbing back up the slide. No pics of me and Brianna going down, sorry. My camera's battery died.

30 July, 2009

My Grandpa Donald Leland Shelton

After a long struggle with Parkinson's disease, my grandpa Donald Leland Shelton died due to complications from pneumonia on June 15th. He was 79 years old. We attended his funeral on June 20th in West Jordan, Utah. The past couple years have been very hard on my grandpa and my grandma. He has been very sick and continually getting weaker and weaker due to the Parkinson's that was taking over his body. The last year he had been hospitalized on numerous occasions. So when this last bout of pneumonia hit him, we all prayed that he wouldn't suffer any more. It was hard to say good bye even though we all know we'll see him again, but we know it was for the best. It has been especially hard to look into my grandma's eyes. They were married for 53 years, and the last couple years she has been consumed with taking care of my grandpa. Her life was my grandpa. I talked to her briefly a couple weeks ago when she came down for a visit, and she told me how much she missed him. We both had a good cry. I love my grandpa so much. He did so much for us, and was always there when we needed him. I will miss most his quite chuckle, and insight on life. He had such a strong and wonderful testimony of the gospel. Love you grandpa and look forward to day when I will see you again. Kisses.
This is a horrible picture of my grandpa, but it was the only one I could find on my computer. This is him and my grandma at their 50th wedding anniversary.

This is my grandma at the funeral service, receiving my grandpa's flag for his service in the Korean War.

Saying good bye. Starting on left- Brianna, Kent, my cousin Jonathon, my brother Brandon, my niece Alyssa and my niece Elyzabeth.

Here is Brianna, Kent , and Aurora. My girls were very close to my grandpa. Brianna had so many questions at the funeral. She made Kent stay next to the casket for quite a while while she peppered him with questions. She still asks all kinds of questions about his death. Even today she brought him up again and said that she missed him.

Bri's Haircut

On June 18th I laid Brianna down for her nap. She had a braid in her hair that was bothering her so I took it out so she could sleep easier. A few minutes later she came out of her room and said she needed to use the bathroom. She did, and when I went to help her back in bed I noticed her hair was sticking out a little weird. When I realized what had happened, I ran into her room to find pieces of her hair laying on the ground everywhere and scissors on her bed. I was so sad. Her hair takes forever to grow out, and my grandpa had just passed away and we were leaving the next day to go to his funeral. There was nothing I could do, she had to go to the hair dresser. Luckily they were able to squeeze us in.

Here is her before picture. I took this the Sunday before. Her hair was all crimped from a braid the night before, and I had teased it to give her a little poof. It was so cute we had to take a pic.

Here is the pic after she cut it. She gave herself a mullet. The other side was even worse.

Here is Brianna and my hair dresser Laura (she is awesome). Brianna had way too much fun getting her hair cut. She had a little smirk on her face the entire time, and held perfectly still for the cut, blow dry, and style.
And, here is after Laura had fixed it. Thank you Laura you saved the day!!!

Josh and Ilse' Wedding

First things first. My brother Josh got married on May 30th. It was a beautiful wedding, and we absolutely adore Ilse. My kids can not get enough of her. She is their new favorite person, and are always wanting to know when she is coming over. When she is here, they completely monopolize her time.

The nieces were all flower girls. I got some adorable candids of the girls around the temple. This is of my Brianna in the back and my niece Alyssa in front.

Here is Aurora in reverie about the day.

This is a shot of all the girls trying to get ready for a pic with Ilse.

Here is my girls again right in the middle of the cake cutting process, of course.

Catch up

Ok, so the last couple months have been a bit of a whirl wind, and I have not had the chance to blog anything. So I am going to take the next couple days and see how much I can get posted. I will warn you there is a lot.

03 June, 2009

my new camera

I have to say thank you to my fabulous husband and daughters who finally got me the new camera I've been needing since back in December when mine was dropped on the tile and broke. They gave it to me for my birthday. The girls picked it out its pink and they gave me a pink case to put it in. Brianna LOVES pink and she kept pointing out to me what color it was and that she liked it. They are so cute. SO thanks to my new camera I can start posting more photos again.

18 May, 2009

Hello 30's

It is official my 20's are now in the past and I will never see them again. I use to think 30 was s000 old. I remember when my mom turned 30; I was 9. Honestly, I am not that upset about it. I think my 30's are going to be great. I have to admit it is a little weird and it will take some getting use to saying that I am 30, but I have big plans and dreams that will make it amazing. I am actually surprised about how easy it is too say good bye, but my 20's were rather tough so maybe that is why I am looking forward to start something new and look forward to 10 years of amazing possibilities.

18 April, 2009

Payin' it forward update

I think I have finally figured out what I am going to make for my payin it forward winners. I am not going to say what it is yet because I want it to be a surprise, but I need my winners (that's you Chelsea, Andrea, and Erin) to let me know what your two favorite colors are. So please leave me a message on here so I can get your gifts started. I think you'll like it!

14 April, 2009

The Move

We have been so crazy the last few weeks that I have not been able to post anything for almost a month. I thought I would post a quick up date. We are officially all moved into my parents house. It was one of the hardest moves we have done and it seemed to take forever. It was about a week long process to get everything out and the house cleaned. I finally figured out on the last day it was because we had to spend a lot of time figuring out what to put into storage and what we could fit into my parents house, specifically what we couldn't live without. I was really slow moving at first packing because I was dreading it so much. We really are squished into this house now. Aurora and Brianna are sharing a room with my 17 year old sister, and Kent and I are holding our breath in about a 10 by 10 room where we have our bedroom and office. I will be spending my thirtieth birthday here which is where I never thought I would be at this time in my life. But now that we are all in and getting settled, things are getting back to normal. It will never be the same as our own place but it will be ok for a little while until we can figure out our next step. The kids are really enjoying being by grandma and grandpa so much.

18 March, 2009

Payin' it forward

Payin' it forward...The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a hand made gift from me during this year. When and what will be a surprise. There's a small catch though...Post this same thing on your own blog and then come back and leave a comment telling me you're in. Fun, huh?Remember, only the first 3 comments receive the gift!
My friend Kirsten is doing this on her blog, and I thought I would join in the fun.

17 March, 2009

Happy St. Patty's day and fun with hair

Happy St. Patricks day everyone! We had lots of fun doing green things today. Kent made green eggs and bacon for breakfast and later I made green peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, mmmm yummy.

I have also had a lot fun doing the girls hair the last couple weeks here are a few pics. One is from Aurora today. I took this after school, but I think it held up pretty good. I was going to do Bri' too, but she is really sick today so she just got a quick pony tail. This was definitely one of my favorites from my favorite hair blog. Another is of Brianna of one I made up for her. She has very thin hair so I do what I can. Then there is Aurora from her Angelina Ballerina day. We call this the Ballerina bun. It is also one of my favorites from the blog. Links are at the bottom if you would like to learn how to do these yourself. I am also adding a link to my absolute favorite. I don't have a pic but check it out any way it looks way cute on both my girls.
Triple twists with messy buns This is our personal absolute favorite hair do. Every time I do it on the girls they get complements. I will try to post a pic tomorrow.

My Angelina Ballerina

Last week was Nevada reading week, and each day of the week they had the kids at Aurora's school do different things. On Wednesday the kids were suppose to go to school dressed as their favorite story book character. One of Aurora's favorites is Angelina Ballerina. I like to give my kids a special book each year at Christmas, when Aurora was one I gave her Angelina Ballerina. It has become a family favorite. I decided to make the costume. I made the tutu the same way I did their Halloween costumes and then I attempted to make little mouse ear clips. I think they turned out pretty cute. Brianna felt left out so I made her some ears too.

11 March, 2009

family photo shoot

This is our tortoise Lena. She is a Russian tortoise. The kids and I gave her to Kent for his birthday back in October. She was suppose to be for his classroom, but she became more of family pet. On Sunday after we got back from Sake Conference, Kent decided he would do a little photo shoot of her and the kids. I thought the pics turned out cute and thought I would share them.

10 March, 2009

Car for sale

I thought I would do a post letting all of you know that we are selling our car. We have been putting off selling it for a while, it is Kent's baby, but we decided if we are serious about buying a house soon than we need to lower our debt to income ratio (we have two car payments). SO a little about it. It is a silver 2005 V6 4 door Dodge Stratus. It runs fantastic and we have never had any problems at all with it. It does have a crack in the back bumper, courtesy of me backing up into with our van, but other than that it is beautiful. It has been very well maintained and has fantastic air conditioning, one big reason why we are sad to get rid of it. It has only 59,000 miles on it. We are selling it for $6,400 but are willing to negotiate a little. If you know anyone looking for a pretty car that runs grate, tell them about it. You can post a message or e-mail me about it at tibbitts_2003 @hotmail.com if you have any questions.

25 February, 2009


Wow, this month has disappeared. I thought that I would do a very quick over view of February since I did not post much. I have to admit the biggest reason for that was our laptop cord expired. We ordered a new one, but it took three weeks to get here. I could have used the desk top, but I love sitting in my comfy bed with my kids quietly snoring in their beds when I do my blogging.

Well most of this month was spent doing normal day to day activities like taking care of my family, babysitting, cleaning, shopping, and etc., but a lot was spent trying to figure out what are family is going to do for at least the next few years. We figured out at the beginning of this month that something was really up with the Clark County School district. Kent and his fellow science ARL teachers who were all assured at the beginning of the year that they were needed, realized that non of them were getting jobs. Las Vegas High school, where Kent was filling a science position as a long term sub, put his name in for hire three times and the school district kept kicking it back out. We knew something was wrong so we started weighing our options, and preparing for the worst. This past Thursday we got the confirmation. The school district is not hiring any more teachers because they are undergoing serious budget cuts and just can't afford it even though they are needed. After talking to his principle on Friday, Kent came to the conclusion that he was not going to waist any more of his time working as a full time sub for the sucky class he had doing all the work of a full time teacher, but not getting paid the salary nor the benefits. He is now doing day to day subbing for now, and using his time after school to find something more permanent.

We are crossing our fingers on a teaching position in Nye county school district at Puhrump Valley high school about an hour and a half away. We'll see what happens in the next couple weeks, but for now we are surviving and looking forward to what the future may bring. One thing for sure is Kent is much happier and that makes me happy.

20 February, 2009

Cool hair blog

So I have not posted very much this month. I have been pretty busy babysitting, and we havn't been doing anything very exciting as a family. I did want to point out that I added a button to an awesome website that I love. It is all about cool hair ideas for girls, and even a little about adoption. My friend Kirsten e-mailed me about it earlier this week, and I have been on it looking for new ideas every single day this week. Even Aurora, who normally for the past six years of her life fights me every day to let me do her hair, likes the website. She has had fun checking out the do's and telling me which one she wants me to do to her. It has made the mornings alot easier amazingly! I would have taken some pictures, but we are still without a camera currently. Hopefully I will be getting one soon (a late valentines present). Check out the website it is way cute!! And thank you Kirsten for the e-mail!

02 February, 2009

Yea, 6 more weeks of winter!

The famous Punxsutawney Phil was pulled out of his log today in front of 13,000 people to get a good look at his shadow, and according to the long history of Groundhogs day that means 6 more weeks of winter! I know many of you are groaning, but I have to admit I am very happy. If you live or have ever lived in Vegas, you understand, too, I am sure. The summers are so killer hot here, and spring would mean that summer is that much closer. People move to Vegas for the winters definitely not the summers. Besides, it already does feel like spring. January's average for the month was in the 60's. So I say, YEEAAAA winter, stay for as long as you want. I think I need to do a winter (rain) dance.

15 January, 2009

My little 6 year old court judge

I first have to start off by thanking all of you for your ideas and encouragement on helping Aurora with her alphabet. We are trying a few different things and she is already responding very well. I think she just needed learning to be fun again, and honestly between you and me I think her teacher is not very good. She seems to have a way of squashing all the fun out of it, and they are at school all day and very rarely get recess not even at lunch.

Well moving on if you have ever met Aurora you know within just a few minutes that she is quite the drama queen, and drama queens love being the center of attention. She is also very smart (even if she doesn't like reading). Well she had the opportunity last night to demonstrate her many talents in a way she will never forget. As many of you know my mom is currently a second year law student at Sam Boyd's School of Law at UNLV. This new semester she is taking a class in the children's court clinic. This is a very special clinic that is getting nation wide recognition. It is a special mock court that helps children get ready for their real life court appearance. Often times terrible things have happened to these children and now they are required to go in and testify against the people who may have done these things to them. I can only imagine how absolutely terrifying this experience can be. That is why the children's court clinic was established. The children go in and first learn about how a trial works. They tell the child about a story about a child who has had his bike stolen. They have the children act out the scenario with little wooden people and a model court. They teach them all about how the court works and who the different people are. They even teach them breathing exercises and how to talk to themselves if they get nervous. They then go into a real court room and get to take turns acting out the part of the judge and the witness being questioned about their bike being stolen. Law students act out the other parts.

Last night the law school put on a special fundraiser for some big wig "rich people" (as my mom put it to Aurora) to help earn more money for these special clinics. They needed some kids to demonstrate the process for the schools investors, and my mom suggested Aurora. Aurora ecstatically agreed.

We arrived an hour earlier then the investors and they went through the whole process with the kids. Here is a pic of Aurora with the court model. She is holding her favorite person from the jury.

This is during a break before going into the court room. Obviously Aurora was by far the youngest. The three others are thirteen. The one on the far left is the daughter of the professor over the kids court and the two others are her friends.

This is when Aurora acted out the part of the judge. The man was guilty no matter how good the lawyer's defense was. That's one of the lawyers in corner talking to the witness.

This is Aurora in the witness chair. The investors were in a room behind us being told all about the kids court while they began having the girls take turns doing the different jobs. They saved Aurora for the last in the witness chair so the investors would see her during the questioning. It was completely impromptu and I have to admit I was a little nervous to hear what was going to come out of her mouth. There were about 40 investors that squeezed into the small court room, but they did not mind, Aurora completely captured them! She was amazing! She did her part perfectly. From when my mom swore her in (she was the bailiff) and the lawyer having her state her name to the defendant being pronounced guilty, the audience was completely captivated. She told her story all about her purple bike with green butterflies being taken while she was in her house getting a snack. I was also captivated by her so when my mom asked if I had noticed the audience reaction I told her no. She said they swooned over every word she said. Afterwards the Professor of the clinic came to Aurora and told her "Thank you so much for making me look good!" My mom told us all the deans of the school were there too, and said "if only having a super cute and talented granddaughter could get me an A in this class." Aurora was the star of the evening and she had an absolute blast doing it!

09 January, 2009

Kindergartner help!!

SO, I am calling on all you mom's out there who have had kids in school to give me some advice. I am so frustrated right now. I just don't know what to do. Aurora is in kindergaten right now in a dual language program where she learns spanish for half the day. The problem that I am dealing with is Aurora is not advancing in her alphabet at all (I should point out it is her english alphabet)! I have been working with Aurora on learning her alphabet for over 2 years now. She started off well, but about a year ago she just did not want to do it with me anymore. I thought it was just me and she might do better with a new teacher. She went to school knowing about 20 out of 26 letters and about half of her sounds. My mom and I both noticed in October that she wasn't advancing very much, but I did not realize how bad. In November she was tested by her teachers before their track break and not only is she not advancing, but she has forgotten many of them. She does all her homework and you don't notice a difference in that accept it has become more and more sloppy and she rushes through it. Her math skills have improved and her teachers told me they think she is just better in math. Yesterday I talked to her teacher again and she told me she had to move her down to a lower group because she was not ready to move on to start reading. When you ask her about the letters, she just tells us she doesn't know and she won't try. I observed her class today which happened to be during math, and her attitude toward math is completely different. She was excited about it and finished before anyone else. Her teacher then asked her to go around and help anyone who needed it. But when it comes to her alphabet it is like pulling teeth. I am out of ideas to try, and I have to admit I am just burned out from trying to figure it out. That is when the idea came that she is burned out too. So I need some new ideas to make it fun again. Help me.

06 January, 2009

Happy Happy Happy Anniversary- 10 years WOW!

Kent and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on January 2nd. I can't believe Kent and I have been married for TEN years. Wow, it really did go by fast. We really wanted to do something fun and cool for our tenth anniversary, but finances got in the way so we had to put away ideas like trips to Hawaii and cruises to Mexico. But we still did have a lot fun. My parents took the kids on Friday morning so we had the whole day to ourselves. We went to the temple and did a session first and then we headed to the Luxor where we rented a room. The Utes were scheduled to play their championship game at five and I promised Kent we would watch it. We watched in the hotel room and it was actually nice cuddling up to my sweetheart even though football isn't really my thing. After ten years of marriage to a huge football fan it does start to rub off on you a little, and I was excited when Utah won. After that we went out to a late dinner at my favorite restaurant, Joe's Crab shack. I think the economy is hitting everyone hard because at 9:30 on a Friday night we were the only people in the restaurant. It was cool it was like our own private restaurant just for us. We had plans to hit the strip after that, but it was eleven and we decided to head back to the hotel. One hour later we actually made it into the hotel (seriously, there is a major parking problem at the Luxor). That morning we slept in (yea, no kids) checked out at 11:00, and went out for a late breakfast at Denny's. We had a very nice time and maybe it wasn't the Bahamas but it was still pretty awesome. These last ten years have been crazy, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. And unlike some sad couples who after this long feel like their drifting away from there spouse, Kent and I have never been closer and I am very excited to see how the next ten are going to turn out.

New Years eve fun

So, this new years we did not plan very much. My parent's and most of our friends were out of town so we planned a quiet night just us and the kids. Instead of partying all night we decided to have a little fun during the afternoon. We took the girls to go hiking in Red Rock Mountains located just west of the city. The girls had a lot of fun running around and checking out animal foot prints. It reminded me of Bullfrog with the red rocks, and we even saw a little cotton tail that looked just like the ones all around our house there. I wish my camera wasn't broken! I learned I am out of shape. Kent made fun of me because we climbed up to a small overlook, and my butt was killing me the next day. Definitely time to start working out again. That night we rented Prince Caspian of Narnia for the girls. We watched it all together and ate Aurora's favorite dinner of shells and cheese (fancied up a bit for me and Kent's benefit). The girl's went to bed around ten and we stayed up and watched everything on t.v. while curled up in our nice warm bed. All in all, a very nice New Year's eve.

05 January, 2009

Sledding Christmas 2008

Christmas Break fun

So we had lots of fun this break. Unfortunately, the week before the break, a little boy I babysit broke my camera so I don't have a lot of pictures, but I will tell you about it instead. When we moved here it was right at the beginning of the summer, and as all of you who live here are aware, it is killer hot during the summer so we did not do very much. Well, we made up for it this last couple weeks.
The first weekend of the break we went to check out Lake Mead and we walked across the Hoover Dam. I wasn't sure what the kids would think, but they loved it and had a lot fun.
The Monday before Christmas we went sledding up Mt. Charleston with my brother Brandon and his daughter Lizzy, my Brother Josh, and my sister Melissa. The snow that the valley got was long gone by that time, but the mountain is 7,000 feet up and has plenty of snow (there is even a small ski resort). I thought we would drive the hour to get there, get to play in the snow for 15 min. and then the kids would be freezing and want to go home, but they had a blast. We bought three small sleds and took turns pulling the kids up a hill and dropping them. Amazingly we did not have one single catastrophe. The kids laughed and played for more then an hour. I found out that sledding isn't good when your ribs are still healing. Grandma Walton thought ahead and sent us with hot water and cocoa for hot chocolate when we were all done. Thanks to my brother I do have some pics of this.