Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I am going to attempt to catch you all up on the current happenings in the Shellenberger world.

Well Miss Karly first...since the blog is named after her...she has blossomed in to such a little person lately. She is into EVERYTHING. I know I have said that before but it has taken on a whole new meaning. In her new wheelchair she can reach just about anything she wants, nothing is safe from her. She is in control when she is in her wheelchair. She LOVES to run into people; we don't love it as much as she does. She has even received a "time out" at school for trying to run over the little kids.

Her vocabulary has taken off, big time. Tonight at Target she felt the need to let everyone know that KJ was her's. (KJ is my best friend and Karly refers to her as "My KJ"~ just a bit possessive). She also said "bye" to just about everyone she saw. Now remember this is my daughter who is non-verbal according to the doctors. Trust me, she is verbal. Another favorite of her's is brother, it's not always a very clear brother but we all know who she is talking about for sure. She loves her big brother to death.

She has learned to shake her head no and does it a lot. You ask her any question and it is an immediate shake of the head no. Especially if her hair down because she likes to feel it fling back and forth on her face.

Her OT has had to come up with all completely new goals because the ones that she had been working on for about 7 months she all of sudden can do them with out any hesitation. She has mastered most of her PT goals and speech is coming along too.

Her weight continues to slowly increase. She has been hanging around 34-35 lbs. Depends on what she ate for dinner Sunday night (she gets weighed every Monday morning.) She is growing tall like a weed though. She is now in a solid children's size 5. We are out of toddler clothes. It's so crazy how she doesn't grow for so long and now every time I try to put an outfit on her it's too small. I am not complaining about it, in fact I love it!

As for the rest of the family... Ethan is doing wonderful as always. He just finished up travel basketball. They had a great season but I think the whole family is happy to be done with it (except Karly who LOVES to watch basketball...hours and hours of it). Baseball is starting to gear up for Ethan and soccer will follow in the next few weeks. Doesn't ever end, that's ok though Ethan loves his sports. He turns 10 in a few weeks. I can not believe he's going to be 10!!! Of course he is super excited for his birthday. He's got his birthday wish list started.

Jim is busy with tax season. He is either at work or at home having dinner before heading back to work. :( Only a few more weeks, thank goodness. Me? well... I have made some major changes in my career. I have accepted a position with my company's sister company and I will now be working out of my home and doing some travel. (about a 2 hour radius, not too bad) I am very excited, nervous and a little freaked out by the change but I know it's the right thing for me and for the family. I will miss my friends at the office, I have been there 9 years and have some really great friends there. But they will be my friends no matter where my office is. Step one of this new opportunity is a week long trip to Des Moines, Iowa. I leave this Sunday and I am looking forward to it. Of course I will miss the kids and Jim, however the thought of a lot of "me" time is exciting.

When I get home on Friday, Jim and I and our best friends are leaving for a weekend in the Finger Lakes in NY. (I will wake up in Iowa, Fly to Detroit, Fly to PA and then drive to NY...Yes I am insane.) I am really looking forward to this weekend. We are going to visit wineries all day Saturday and just have a great time. But I will miss my local WHS families that are getting together that weekend :( Next time guys!

Ok so now you are updated on all four of our lives...Hope everyone is well.