Wednesday, December 30, 2009


So Christmas has come and gone. It exploded in our front room. Enjoyed by everyone, and continually picked up by Kevin and me. Jessica got a lot of Polly Pockets, which I find everywhere, just like Kyle's Legos. So as such I have the same attitude toward them.... pick them up! But if a piece gets sucked into the vaccum, too bad! Kyle got some transformers, Bionicles, and of course we all got a LOT of candy. I'm not looking at the scale to see how much weight all of that lucious candy has put on me (not much happily) and our Christmas Eve tradition of decorating sugar cookies stocked us up in even more yumminess. So Merry Christmas to all, and have a happy New Year!! See you in 2010!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Shanley’s Twelve Months of ‘09
(please sing to the 12 Days of Christmas)

On the first month of this year
The Shanley clan did say
“A new year! Let’s all shout hooray!”

On the second month of this year
Our church put on a play
Cinderella for three days!
And a new year to celebrate.

On the third month of this year
Kevin’s ankle got a sprain
Indoor soccer was to blame.
I rehearsed my lines
And January was just fine.

On the fourth month of this year
We sat outside to catch
Kyle playing soccer
Kevin needs a walker
Lauren learns her staging
And a new year that is amazing!

On the fifth month of this year
I met a celebrity
Kyle’s got the ball
Kevin can’t play
Lauren’s doing great,
And a new year that simply is great!

On the sixth month of this year
Jessica turned four
Dresses, cake, and parties
Kyle gets a goal
Kevin’s leg is sore
EEK! Costumes to sew!
And a whole New Year to go!

On the seventh month of this year
In operas Lauren sang
Carmen was the fun-est
Jessica wants presents
Kyle’s getting cold
Kevin can’t run
Lauren’s running late
And a new year, isn’t it great!

On the eighth month of this year
Our big tomatoes grew
Yum! Homemade spaghetti
Lauren sings sopran-ee
Jessica’s big party
Kyle kicks the ball
Kevin has a brace
Lauren must rehearse
A new year (crap, what’s the next verse?)

On the ninth month of this year
Bear Lake on Labor Day!
Plus our city party
Produce from our garden
Singing songs from Carmen
Jess plays her new CDs
Kyle guards the goal
Kevin’s ankle roll
I’m in one more play
And the New Year comes our way!

On the tenth month of this year
Kyle got Baptized
A holiday of villains
At the Lake we’re chillin’
2nd grade was started
Lauren sings her heart out
Presents for our Jessie
Kyle’s kind of done
The other team won
I’m a good fairy
And it’s only January!

On the eleventh month of this year
To CA we did go
Thanksgiving with my siblings
Kyle’s CTR ring
Climbing at the park and
Eating from our garden
Lauren’s shows are playing
Kyle kicked the ball
Kevin hit the wall
Lauren did a play
Nothing happened in January

On the twelfth month of this year
Kevin got his big MS!!
Yay! He graduated
Turkey’s over-rated
Kyle now is baptized
Get the kids sanitized
Please no more tomatoes!
Lauren’s singing her notes
Jessica has plenty
Kyle played with friends
Kevin’s on the mend
Lauren sure had fun
And a Happy New Year to everyone!

WHEW! Love you all and please stay in touch!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Veteran's Day

This Veteran's Day was a special day for us. Kyle's 2nd grade class did a wonderful program honoring veterans and this special country we live in. Kyle got to enjoy his status as a cubscout by leading the flag ceremony. He had it all memorized, spoke very clearly, and did a great job. We were so proud! The class sang many songs about this country, they had a Lt. Colonel come and give a small talk, and did a "photo montage" on the military service of our country set to music. It was very moving. I ended the night by singing with the American Festival Chorus at a tribute to the Veterans which was VERY well attended. I love patriotic music. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kyle got baptized on October 31, 2009. Yes, on his birthday! It was a small gathering, of us, some of his grandparents, a family friend and his primary class. The Bishop gave a wonderful talk, and it was a very special day. Not to mention hectic. The baptism in the morning, his birthday party that afternoon, and trick or treating that night. WHEW!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall is here!

Okay, so I'm sure that you have all discovered fall all on your own, but it seemed almost overnight the tree in our front yard turned yellow, now orange. We are all set for the Halloween season, as you can see, and The Shanley Spider Shack is alive and well! Aside from the usual cough that goes around through the schools, we are rather healthy. We are just looking forward to what the end of the month holds for us....
1) Seeing the Hardy's from Washington - They are coming down to baptize Awsumb and we can't wait to see them!
2) Adult Halloween Parties!!! Yes that is plural, we have been invited to one and we are throwing one!
3) Kyle's Birthday - good thing we bought the presents so I can tune him out whenever he asks for something!
4) Kyle's Baptism - this will actually be ON his birthday, Oct. 31. This plus his party the same day will make for a very busy weekend!

Check in on this to see what happens and if we survive this spooky season with our sense of humor in tact! We will be posting all the wonderful events, plus the picks of our Halloween costumes! Stay Tuned!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pumpkin Field Trip!

Jessica's preschool class went on a field trip to a local farm. They were able to pick out their own pumpkins (I got one too!) and we had a good time playing. It was interesting to watch Jess because the two other kids we had in our car were boys. And you could tell that they were her friends. Patty (her teacher) says that Jess prefers to play jets with the boys, than dolls with the girls! Well, she's either going to be a tomboy or just like me because I remember my best friend from preschool... Charlie Nickerson. Yup, you guessed it, a boy! But she has an older brother so it's easy to understand her comfort level with boys vs. girls!

In other news, my mother went in for back surgery. This was to fix stuff from her last back surgery 2 1/2 yrs ago. We used to be the same height, but she couldn't stand up straight anymore and lost about 3-4 inches! So with going back into her back, they cleaned it up and fused many parts of her spine. From her neck all the way to the top of her tailbone was worked on in some capacity. She is doing well and should move to the rehab facitily here in Logan in the next week or two. Now I just have to make sure that my dad gets fed and he remembers to take his medication so he can watch over her when she is better!

Othwise it has been a busy week! We'll keep you updated with all of the Halloween/Birthday festivities for Kyle and us so check back in!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Apple Days 9/12/09

Last weekend was Apple Days here in River Heights, UT. It's really a cute day, fun for the family. There was a kids bike race at 1:30, then a bike parade at 3:30 followed by the FULL SCALE parade at 4. Kyle had been at a sleepover the night before so he slept through participating in the kids things, but we got out to the street in time for the big parade. It was fun! A fire truck, the Mountain Crest Marching Band, floats, USU cheerleaders and "Big Blue", candy being thrown by everyone, the Hyrum City Royalty, Providence Royalty, Nibley Royalty... but wait.. where is the River Heights Royalty??!!! Oh yeah, they painted faces at the "fair" portion of the day so they didn't have to sit on a float in a formal and wave to people they didn't know! There was a lip sync contest and Kevin and I both thought that the kids who lip sync'd They Might Be Giants deserved to win. They were awesome! THe big attractions for our family though were the inflatable slide, which Jessica and I went down a few times, and the climbing wall. Kevin scaled it once... I swear the man is a spider! Kyle went up it at least 3 times. He did sooo good!! He was about 2 hand holds away from the top of the 2 story climbing tower. So after a day of playing and fun... we went home and hit the sack. Stay tuned for more news from the Shanley clan!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day - Bear Lake!

So whenever there is a 3 day weekend, I wait for Kevin to say something that he wants to do since I spend all week figuring things out do to with the kids. And since he makes decisions all the time at work, he wants someone else to make the decision and waits for me to say what we are going to to. Thusly... we don't do anything since we are both waiting for the other to say what we are doing!

Today, we had breakfast at McDonald's as per Kevin's request. And then at about noon, as I was inside in the air conditioning, watching Kevin weed around the strawberries, after mowing the lawn, feeling guilty that I wasn't out helping him but not inclined to ... I hit upon an idea... Let's go to Bear Lake!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Aaaaaaand.....We're Back!

After a short disruption to our regularly scheduled updates (okay so it was about 7 months!) we are back to show you all the wonderful highlights that our family goes through. To bring you up to date on stuff.. no i didn't lose any weight from boot camp. I'm going to try again as soon as jess starts Preschool in Sept. Around Easter we dog-sat Grandma & Grandpa's little dochaund "Shilo". She was very cute, but kept peeing on my carpet and solidified that fact that I DON"T WANT A DOG! Happily Kevin agreed with me! Sadly he didn't agree to buy me new carpet. A girl's gotta try!

Summertime brought an insane schedule on my part. The Utah Festival Opera Company asked if I'd be interested in being in the chorus for two of their operas. So of course I calmly replied "Hell yes!" and then concentrated on getting Kevin to agree with me! After two weeks of not mentioning it and letting it just stew in his brain, he decided that I needed to be in the operas and committed himself to a summer of being a part time, single father. Can I say how much I love him! So I got to be in Carmen and Cavalleria Rusticana/ I Pagliaci which has been one of the best experiences!

Then in the middle of July, Kevin's niece Emily came and stayed with us for a week, which we loved! During that time we went to see the Harry Potter movie, and she came to both of my operas... so in one week she saw a person die three nights in a row! Aren't we the greatest! Then we all went to Lagoon. It was the first time taking the kids and they had the best time! Kyle was big enough to go on all the rides and he loved it! Jessica was happy with the kiddie rides and had a great time. I considered it a great success in that no one got fried in the sun!

Now school has started for Kyle. He is in the 2nd grade and his favorite thing is recess (of course!) Jessica will start preschool in September with Miss Patty again, who is one of the BEST preschool teacher's around! She actually was Kyle's preschool teacher in Washington, moved here a year before we did, and now gets Jessica. Can we say that I love this woman! We have also been growing a little garden in the big garden plot left from the last owners. We planted peas- that only produced one serving of peas then died, and beans- that produced about two dinners worth. We are waiting on corn, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Kevin and I have never seen corn grow. Sure the stalks, but the whole process.. it's rather interesting and just facinates Kevin. Our tomatoes are coming into season right now, and it looks like I'll be making lots of marinara and homemade salsa! I'm also going to be figuring out how to pickle all the cucumbers because it looks as if I'm going to be swimming in those too.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Boot Camp Update

Well not much has changed on my stats, but my endurance is better! I can actually make it all the way through without dying, and the next day I can still go up and down the stairs. I'm thinking that I'm going to have to step it up if I'm going to lose weight more effectively. So far Boot Camp is MWF. I think I need to do somthing T Th, so I'm going to check and see what other classes they have those days I can go to. Jessica is in Preschool those days from 9:30-11:30 so I have some time to myself. And knowing me I had better goto the gym instead of trying to do it at home. We ALL know that I will find other things to do at home! Like... oh cleaning the house (why would I want to do that?!) He he he!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


So our computer has been acting very wonky lately. I've had to restore from our back up 3 times. Each time it locked up I'd get the same error message when scanning the disk of, "Invalid Node Structure". After some digging I found that this means the file structure is damaged, and if it keeps happening is a sign of a failing hard drive. So I broke down on Friday and bought a new internal hard drive. Of course our iMac doesn't have what's commonly considered as a "user serviceable" hard drive. But that didn't stop me. It was a little more involved than expected (see photo), but it's all back together and seems to be working better. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for the next few days. Whew!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year

Okay, so Happy New Year! to all of you out there. I have started this year by enrolling in "Boot Camp" at our sports academy here. I gained 10 lbs this holiday season, and that just doesn't fly with me. So I'm going to log my progress over the blog so I have a personal record and you can email me saying "OMG Lauren! Get your but in gear!"

My Stats:
Height - 5'6"
Weight - 202 lbs.
Chest - 47"
Waist - 40"
Hips - 50"
L. Bicep - 12 1/2" (flexed)
R. Bicep - 13" (flexed)
Thighs - 25 1/2"

So I'm going to get this show on the road, wish me luck and I'll mark my progress in a week!