Thursday, December 11, 2008

Merry Christmas from the Shanley's!



It’s been a good year for us, and as you can see, we survived the snow in Logan. Now we are saying “Bring it on!” a little snow can’t stop us! We’ve had a great time being closer to the grand parents, and being able to see them more than once a year. We also had a great time killing a ¼ of our grass in the backyard this year, part of our on-going re-landscaping project. This next year I think I’m going to make Kevin put in a huge patio for me! He always needs a good project to keep him happy, and who am I to deny him?
We have realized that we are actually busy people, but you can always get a hold of us if you need us. Kevin is not only working full time as the Director of Online Education, but he has entered the Master’s Degree program here at USU. He plans on being done by next Christmas, next spring latest. He has been playing indoor soccer and is having a lot of fun with that. I have been teaching private voice and piano lessons. I have also become adjunct vocal faculty at USU, teaching students private lessons. I’m doing the mom thing and I love our kids, it’s pretty easy to find something to smile at every day with them. Kyle turned 7, and is in first grade. He likes school and is great at math, and reading. He loves to draw and it is fascinating the stories behind the pictures he makes! You can sit for 10 minutes to hear about 1 picture. He gets to draw one picture every day at school to go along with a sentence he writes above it. He loves to play with his friends and is just an all around happy kid. Jessica turned 3 this summer, and started preschool with Ms. Patty. She LOVES Ms. Patty, and her chickens. She chatters constantly and you really have to listen to keep up with what she is saying! She loves to play outside, or inside with her dollhouse and whatever game she can get you to play. She is the BEST at making a mess and we are constantly picking up after she has blown through a room.
We hope this past year was a good one for you, and that this coming one will be a treat! Have a happy holiday season and stay in touch! We love email and chat and always want to know what is going on in your life.

Top 5 favorite things this year…

Lauren’s Kevin’s
1. Teaching voice lessons at Utah State University 1. Promotion to Director of Online Education
2. Singing in the American Festival Chorus 2. Started playing indoor soccer
3. Potty training Jessica (okay this wasn’t a favorite, 3. Moved 9 yrs of woodchips into backyard
too messy, but no more diapers!) to re-landscape all that darn grass!
4. Going to Bryce Canyon 4. Went to scout camp
5. Can we say river rafting the Colorado River! 5. Started Master’s Degree


Kyle’s Jessica’s
1. Family reunion where he got to shoot a BB rifle! 1. Turning 3!
2. Trying Karate, Soccer, and T-ball 2. Starting preschool with Ms. Patty
3. Starting 1st grade 3. Playing with Kyle’s new toys
4. Playing Spore on the computer 4. Singing songs and playing mom’s piano
5. Going fishing 5. Playing at the park

Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day

I had never heard this poem until I sang it in my church chorus. It touched me in a way that I haven't felt in a long time. Please remember our fallen warriors this month and take up their torch so that we may see the options in our future.

In Flanders fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up your quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Dr. John McCrae

Veteran

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween!... and WOW Kyle's 7!!




So this Halloween was definately a test on how enginutive I could be! For over a month Kyle had said "I'm going to be Indiana Jones" when asked what he wanted to be for Halloween. Then about 1 week before the day he changes his tune to "I'm going to be IRON MAN!!". Crap. You can't FIND an Iron Man costume 1 week before halloween, let alone in Logan! So I did what I could, I bought a red power ranger costume, spray painted the mask to be like Iron Man, and put some gold onto his suit. To complete the ensemble we got a stick on LED light for his chest and two glow disks that I glued onto red gloves to make those glow. Jessica was pretty easy, and she actually liked the dress!! She knows the superman symbol thanks to Kevin and it was a "girly" costume but she could still fight like her bro. I sewed her costume myself in one day and WHEW! Two down... adults to go! I know that most adults don't dress up for Halloween, but this is me we are talking about. I dressed as a gypsy and called myself Madame Zorba, told a few fortunes, and passed out candy. Kevin was a Hawaiian tourist for work, but changed into a pilot when he got home. His mom and her friend, Marty, came up for Halloween and stayed the night to be here for Kyle's birthday party. And speaking of which....

I HAD 9 KIDS FOR THE PARTY! I was whipped at the end. But it went well. We played hot potato, musical chairs, did a balloon relay, had pizza, decorated cupcakes and just played until mom's came. Everyone had fun! Kyle is now 7 and he likes 1st grade. He is into Lego's, Bionicles, Transformers, and his favorite present was a HUGE Nerf rifle that Kevin and I gave him. He also fot some great presents from his Grandmas and Papas. So the chaos is slowing down here, now I just need to get through my choir concerts and then... well it will be the holidays.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fall


So Fall was deciding whether or not to make an appearance in September, it did come in October. My birthday in September was fun with the unexpected surprise of Guitar Hero III for my present! I was very stoked! Although as you can see from the picture Kyle has played his fair share! He always asks me before he plays it though and I appreciate that. More will come at the end of the month with Halloween (our favorite holiday!) and Kyle's birthday, so check back now ya hear!

Monday, August 25, 2008

RAFTING BABY!!



My parents came up and watched the kids for us from Saturday until Tuesday. On Sunday, Kevin and I went to Moab where we met up with an old friend of mine, Harold. We went rafting on Monday and WOW!!! What a blast! We went on a whole day trip. We met at the Westriver Adventure Company and they bused us out for 1 1/2 hrs. I haven't been on a school bus that long since high school marching band. We went down the Colorado River through Westwater canyon. We were in an oar boat, so we didn't have to paddle, just hang on and get wet! And that we did! The weather was great, the water fabulous, the company perfect, and we got back at 5 pm. Just in time for Harold to make dinner (and let me tell you that was just as good as the rafting! I didn't have to cook!) We played Rock Band at night and I had such a good time! We got home Tuesday night, I had an audition for a chorus on Wednesday, and Kyle started school on Thursday. It's been a busy week, but with so many changes coming up it has definately been interesting! Stay tuned for more adventures from the Shanley's =)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Just for fun!

I saw this on the Lay's blog and I thought it was cute, so I have asked Kyle these questions and here is what he said...

1. What is something mom always says to you? What? (I'm going a little deaf!)
2. What makes mom happy? when you say "I love you"
3. What makes mom sad? I don't know.
4. How does mom make you laugh? when she says stuff that is funny
5. What was mom like as a child? Pretty (awwww!)
6. How old is your mom? 32!
7. How tall is your mom? I don't know!
8. What is her favorite thing to do? play a board game with me
9. What does your mom do when you're not around? uh...I don't know!
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Money. (so much for American Idol!)
11. What is your mom really good at? gardening, weeding our stuff.
12. What is your mom not very good at? beating me at checkers!
13. What does your mom do for her job? she doesn't have one

There were 20 questions but Kyle couldn't be bothered to answer all of them, especially not with one of his friends calling to see if he can play! Sigh, second fiddle again!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

the rest of the story...of July





So Kevin left on Sun-July 13 for a 5 day business trip to Las Vegas. I stayed home with the kids (again...remember scout camp?) and had a good time going to a friend's BBQ and having my parents visit for a day. We didn't think that we would be driving anywhere for the rest of the month, but there was a family reunion that we were invited to (and then guilted into) down in Escalante. That's in Southern Utah by Bryce Canyon. So we left Thursday (July 24) , camped until Saturday, and did the family thing. Kyle had a blast when a cousin let him shoot with a bebe rifle. The first time it bucked back at him and the scope hit him just above the eye, cutting it and bleeding like a river. He calmed down and tried again. He was a pretty good shot! Kevin & his dad fished, and I had a fun time when the cousins let me ride their ATV for a bit. Ah... freedom! Saturday morning was a small parade in Escalante with a tour of some family sites and the cemetary. Then went to Bryce Canyon and were promptly DRENCHED! It cleared up after dinner so we stayed in a motel, saw the canyon again Sunday morning and went home. We picked up Kevin's niece Emily on the way back so she is staying with us a few days which provides some much needed entertainment in our house! It was a fun family vacation and since we haven't had one in 2 years it was time. I can't wait for next month though... Kevin and I are going RIVER RAFTING!!! So tune in.. same super-time, same super-channel for the further adventures of The Super Shanley's! YEA!!!!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

July...so far





So it has been a quiet month so far. The 4th of July was fun! My parents came up for the weekend, and we went to the fireworks program at Aggie Stadium. That was the BEST fireworks show I have seen in a long time! We weren't IN the stadium, they had a whole music program and everything, but we were on the lawn outside and got to see it all. Maybe next year we'll go inside. Let's see... in other news Jessica has now had her first bee sting. She handled it very well, and was only whimpering. But we were at Smith's Marketplace (Fred Meyer) in the garden section when she got stung, luckily there was a drink dispenser w/ ice inside by the bakery so I could ice it down. And now I know that she isn't allergic to bees! Other wise we have just been playing at the park and with friends. Now if someone could just turn the heat down it would be great!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Jessica's 3rd Birthday





So Jessica has OFFICIALLY turned 3! On her birthday (June 20) which was a Friday, we set up the kiddie pool, the slip and slide, and broke out water toys. Some of the neighborhood kids came over (most were Kyle's friends) and they all played for about 3 hours outside. I couldn't just sit and watch, so instead of getting wet, I sat and weeded part of the yard. Not very exciting, but it was a hoot to watch the kids! Jess got some beginner rollerskates, a trunk of dress up clothes, and a playdough set. Then we went down to SLC on Saturday to be pampered by the family! Grma & Grmpa Morris took us to Chuck E Cheese's for dinner (then we went to Fuddrucker's for the adults!), and Sunday we played at Liberty park for 4 hours with the Shanley's. We had a great picnic, fun at the playground, and I was the only one who got really burned. Ouch my shoulders!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

It's WARM!!!




After a freezing week it finally got warm! This has truly been the weirdest week for weather. Kevin was at Scout Camp up at Bear Lake all week, and while we just had hard rain, they had snow...sleet...rain and everything inbetween. Some boys even got 2" of water in their tent one night and one of the leaders drove to Montpilliard, ID (which is close to where they were) to put their sleeping bags in a dryer. Kevin handled the rain just fine, but he wasn't counting on the cold. He said that his feet were cold all week, even though he was wearing wool socks.

Well, we are happy that he is home, none the worse for wear! And now that it is warm, we are playing in the water and getting nice and tan! or in Kevin's case... freckled! He he he Love you hon!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

My Awsome Man!!



Kyle just got his new belt for Karate! He had to show the things he had learned in class. His blocks, kicks, defensive moves... and he was AWESOME!!! I didn't know that he did all the different things in his class. He knew his student oath by heart and could kick 4 times with 1 foot before having to put it down! I was impressed! Jessica was funny to watch through it all, because every time Kyle punched, or kicked, she was doing it on my lap with them and yelling "AIIIYAAA" She even gave him a big hug at the end for doing such a good job! His Karate is now over, and so is soccer and school. Now for T-BALL!! They are a little obsessive about their sports here! But Kyle wants to try, so I'll let him try. If you have any questions give us a call, I usually answer!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Wedding Day


May is an interesting month so far. It snowed on the 1st, goes between 70 degrees and 38 degrees depending on the day, and while we want to do yard work, it's always a question what the weather will be like. We are going down to SLC almost every week (sometimes twice a week) for weddings, concerts, lunch and while Kevin grouses about the cost of gas... well it has to be done! While we were in SLC on the 7th for the wedding, we caught a break in the weather (and the pictures!) to go up on top of the Conference Center downtown. It was great to see family, and I have to say that if I'm ever feeling a little short... all I need is to get together with the Shanley clan because I'm the tallest female! No, really... our cousins are great and it was an awesome ceremony. It was so nice to see everyone again and it really made my heart swell to see the groom and his bride so happy.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Spring approaches and soccer begins


Despite the 2 days of snow this past week in addition to the 20 degree temperature this morning, supposedly spring is coming to UT. As evidence the soccer season began this past week and Kyle was ready for it. Decked out in his new shiny uniform with his cleets, his team won their first game 8 to 6. Kyle scored the first goal, kicked-off and did a great job covering the goal. In his league they don't worry about positions, but Kyle was frustrated with the "ball-bunch" and made sure that he got into position.
With the approach of Spring we spent the remainder of the day working in the yard. We're attempting to replace about 1/3 of our lawn with wood chips and playground area. This involves killing a lot of grass and moving some sprinkler heads. I'm tired just thinking about it. Can't I go fishing instead?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ready for spring

We're not being very good about updating our blog. Lauren started doing it, so I left it alone. I guess we need to make it a family effort.
We thought that spring was coming. It started to warm up and all the snow melted. We even started planning to do yard work. Then surprise! Monday morning we had snow again. Now it's cold and threatening more snow. Sigh...
In a way it's a good thing. We have so many plans for our yard this year. We even met with a landscaper to make a plan. Of course that always costs more $$ than we have. We'll have to attack it in stages. The first stage is to kill a bunch of the grass. It makes me sad to think that I'm killing something natural, but we're replacing it with native trees and bushes, so I guess it balances out.
For those interested, I've started to twitter. (http://twitter.com// ) This is often refferred to as micro-blogging. I'm doing it mostly for work, but it's a little addicting. If you join, let me know so I can follow you.
- Kevin

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Valentine's Day


So I think that we are getting a hang of the snow! The snow banks on the side of the driveway make a nice sled run and Kyle figured out this year how to make a snowball...so WATCH OUT! Jessica doesn't like her snow pants, but realizes that she is going to get cold and wet if she doesn't let me layer her up. I was having a fun time helping her and Kyle go down the sled run, whe Jess tried to climb back up the side. She didn't have on snow stuff and was having a hard time managing the snow so I stepped on top of the snow bank and helped her up. Well...the snow wasn't packed as much as I thought and my right leg sunk into the snow. And I mean COMPLETELY sunk, all the way up to my hip!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Games



As you know, we love to play games. And with all of this lovely winter weather we have resurrected one that Kevin used to play called Clay-o-rama. Cheesy name, but fun. You build your monster, have missles to "shoot" and move around, stomp eachother and just have fun! There are rules, but I won't tell them...you will just have to come over and play it! And since Kevin lost, Kyle and Jess ganged up on him!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

You envy us, don't you!


Luckily this was not taken at our house. This photo is from the parking lot at USU. The snow banks at our house are up to my chest though, and as I was walking along the sidewalk taking Kyle to school today, I couldn't see my neighbor shoveling her driveway until we got to her driveway because the snow banks were so tall! We have a small sled run in our front yard, I had a blast making it! You have to test run it before the kids can go down...right?! I have a concession to make when it comes to snow - While you don't have to shovel rain, you can play in the snow - Some might not agree saying that you can play in the rain, but let me just say that intentionally getting wet for 20-30 minutes in the winter rain is not only cold and not very fun...it's just stupid!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

!!! Happy New Year !!!


Because so much in our lives are simultaneously joyful and sad, pleasant and painful, hilarious and humbling, I give you my personal...

~ Top 10 Best/Worst of 2007 ~
1. Pacemaker replacement surgery
2. Moving to Logan
3. Kevin turned 35!
4. Kyle started school
5. Snow
6. Getting together with friends who have known us longer than we have known eachother
7. Being closer to family
8. Getting my Steinway grand piano
9. Moving to Logan

And the number 10 Best/Worst of 2007.....10. That the year 2007 is over!

~Merry Christmas~



We had a wonderful white Christmas, presents under the tree, and Santa made an appearance without the aid of a chimney. (Kyle was worried about this!) After a great Christmas Eve where we made cookies for Santa and played the night away, we had a fun morning ripping open presents! Jessica got a doll house and even though she opened the presents given to her, she only had eyes for her doll house. We went down to SLC to visit all the grandparents and cousins and stayed for two nights to avoid driving home in a snow storm. The biggest surprise was the gift from Granny Anne...a Wii !!! OMG! This has truly been a FABULOUS Christmas!