Monday, October 17, 2011

Do I dare...

I'm afraid to write it on the blog, cause what if something happens?! But I guess I've put it on Facebook, so why not the blog? WE'RE MOVING!! We found and are buying a great house in Woods Cross, that is all we've ever wanted, except for maybe a bigger backyard. That's all it needs to be the perfect house. But it's great! 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an unfinished basement that we can finish as we need. We close on November 4!

Pictures still to come.

Now we just have to find a renter for our townhome. Oye.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Zuma Beach, Tower 7

Here's the family photos we got taken while in California. My old friend's wife took them. She's pretty freaking awesome!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Pops (my dad) has some weird power over all the grandkids. They all love him and mine are not immune from his power. I caught some great shots of him with the kids the other day.

This wash cloth is good

Seriously, have you ever tried one? It's gooood.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Family photos 2011

While in Westlake, I wanted our pictures taken. I've always wanted family photos on the beach and I realized, right before we left for CA, that this may be the only chance we get for them. So I asked an old high school friend's adorable wife, if she would take them. She did and they are amazing!!

Here's a sneak peek from her blog!

See a few more on her blog. Cassaundra Hull.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

California Dreamin'

Oh how I love California.

We went to California for my friend's wedding in LA. We stayed at Brett's friend's house in Vegas on our way. It was really fun to see them. Then on to the wedding. It was beautiful and amazing and I'm still totally jealous that she got to be married in the LA temple.... it was closed for renovations when I got married. Yeah, yeah, I've told this sob story for the last 5.5 years and I will tell it for the next 50.5 years! Deal with it! Anywho, we went to the wedding, hung out at the Griffith Observatory and Griffith Park. Went to Dukes for dinner with Brett's cousin... ahhhh Dukes... ahhh... Had family photos taken AT THE BEACH! Then made our way up to Northern California to hang out for the week. On our way we stopped in Solvang and had some awesome food. We stopped in Half Moon Bay for dinner and walking the shops then finished for the night in Monterey. There we went to the aquarium, where Gwen lost her mind for all the fishies! We ate some really good seafood too. We were in Monterey for a few days then went to Carmel to walk around the AMAZING beach and then headed to San Francisco for the rest of the week. In the city we got to see Aaren... one of my all time favorite people in the world and Jared... one of my all time favorite people in the world. We stayed at a hotel just a few blocks from the pier. We walked over there and hung out and ate, a lot. We also went to see the Palace of Fine Arts, which if I could live there, I would.

Anyways, here's pictures. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Remember that one time I did that one thing

And I swore I would never do it again? Yeah, I'm doing it again, but let's talk about the first time first.

June 11, 2011
My first half-marathon started when Bos was about 2 months old. One of my besties asked if I wanted to run the Utah Valley Half with her.... she said she would come up to Utah from CA just to do it. I have always wanted to do one, so I agreed and started training right then. I had 4 months to get into shape enough to finish it. That's all I wanted to do. Finish. My bestie had something come up and wasn't able to make it to the race, so she gave her spot to one of my other besties, Kathy. I forced her to do it with me. She had, oh, 3 weeks of training or so. What? That's plenty of time! She had done one before.

The day before the race I went down to Provo to spend the night at Kathy's house. We had to wake up at 3am to catch the bus to the start line. The race started at 6am. We woke up, got ready and headed out. I was more nervous the week before the race than I was the day of. I just wanted to get it over with. We sat at the starting line, freezing, yawing and trying to get mentally prepared for it.

The course was down Provo Canyon for 8 miles, then 5 miles down University. When the gun went off, the crowd of a few thousand started running. There were a couple of people I wanted to push over because they were bugging me, but I managed to control myself. At mile 2 there was a hill that lasted a whole mile. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it is. We managed to run it without any problems. Then the real downhill started. It was awesome and soooo beautiful. At mile 6 we couldn't believe we had already gone that far. It didn't feel like we had done anything. Then we came out of the canyon and had 5 miles of straight, hot, boring road to run. Yuck. YUCK. By mile 10 I was done. I asked my friend if we could just walk the rest, not that I really would have, but I was sooo over it! Just about that time a motorcycle cop came up behind us and asked us to move to our right. I thought it was weird since we were inside the cones, but we moved. Then I heard this loud, FAST pace coming up behind me. I thought, 'Who the freak is running this fast NOW? They should have finished by now if they are running that fast.' Yeah, it was 2 of the FULL MARATHON runners. They had started 13 miles above us, at the same time as us, and were passing us at mile 10! It might have been our mile 9, can't really remember. They weren't the last ones either. We got passed by probably 7 full marathon runners before we finished. They were amazing. Not interested in getting any cheers from us lame half-marathoners though. I guess if I had just run 23 miles in 2 hours and only had 3 to go, I wouldn't be interested in it either.

The finish line.... I swear it moved farther and farther away from us as we ran towards it. Just before we got into the shoot I heard a girl yelling for me. I don't know anyone in Provo anymore so I had no idea who it could be. It was my old high school friend, Michelle! She and her husband had finished a few minutes before me and were cheering on others. It was so great! We also saw Kathy's family cheering for us. But we didn't see mine. We crossed the finish line as they called our names. I almost died as we crossed the finish line. I wanted to take a nap right there.

Kathy went to see her family as I went to visit the porto-potty. When I came back, no Kathy, no Brett, no kids. I couldn't find anyone. I walked up and down the street and started to cry as I was looking for my family. I couldn't believe they had missed it. One of the biggest accomplishments in my life and they missed it. I tend to see the cup half empty, in case you didn't know. Finally after about 20 minutes I found them. They had seen me and had a sign for me. "My mom can beat up your mom!" Unfortunately they had forgotten the camera, so no pics, except for the really awesome fat shots that the race took.

After the race I got so sick, I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital. I had trained, I had run 11 miles before the race and not gotten sick. But this day I got sick, and I mean SICK. I couldn't get out of bed for the rest of the day and had terrible stomach issues all day and night and into part of the next day. That's why I swore I would never do another. But then I realized I wanted to beat my time. 2:44 isn't a good enough time for me.

The next one.... September 10. Mt. Nebo Half. The whole thing is in the canyon. I think you only run .5 miles out of it to the finish line, so it should be fun! Less boring. Training has started for it, which I hate, but I'm excited to see how my speed training affects my time. I better do better.

Monday, June 13, 2011

1 in 20 black birds

Sure sure, it wasn't a black bird, it was a crow. And there weren't 20, but it sounded like there were. Brett and I... ok, maybe more Stella than anyone, found a baby crow today. I had seen a crow hopping around on our grass all day. But I didn't think much of it. But when Brett came home, we realized that it was a baby that had been pushed out of the nest. Brett wanted to just let it die (cause he's a bad person). I called Animal Control, who told me to call Wildlife something or other. They told me to bring it in to them. I wasn't about to touch a crow, especially with all of it's family members screaming at me (I've seen "The Birds" thank you very much). So I made Brett do it! We put him in a box and drove him all the way up to Ogden. They said he was in really bad shape and that he would have to stay with them for a year until new feathers grew in! Poor little guy hadn't been taken care of by his crap parents and would have died if not for me. Cause I'm a good person!

**No birds were baked in a pie either, just in case someone was worried**
***This isn't a picture of our bird, I didn't take one of him***

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

my babies.

Matching binkies

Blue eyed boy, brown eyed girl.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

So much...

It's been a ridiculously long time since I updated... and since I'm getting hounded by a few people, I guess I can update!

Gwen loves shoes. A family in our ward gave us a crazy amount of clothes and a huge box of shoes (that don't fit her yet). We had no idea she was so addicted to shoes. For some reason she likes to line them up in an arch in the hallway upstairs. It's weird.

She loves to read, especially with her daddy.

We went to Idaho for Brett's little brother's baby blessing. It was fun to see everyone and visit with Brett's Grandma S. and Grandpa K.

We got a new computer. And it's gorgeous. Now all we have to do is find a home for it, that isn't our kitchen table.

Gwen learned to draw circles. She also discovered that she likes to draw on EVERYTHING! Especially with pen.

Stella likes to walk in our flower planter on our patio.

Gwenny LOVES her friend Easton.... LOVES.... LOVES.... but might love his parents a little bit more. Everyday I hear about Redd and Di and Easton. We went to dinner with them and the kids and I went to the zoo with Di and Easton and had a great time. Gwen was in heaven.

She started doing this at dinner one night... not sure why.

Bossy smiles!!

I came downstairs one day to find Gwen looking like this. She loves to take off her pants and put my headbands on her head, I don't know why. But it sure is cute!

Bossy laughs!!

Tummy time is had by all.

Gwen is obsessed with getting her nails painted.

Boston went to the doctor for his 4 month check up. He's doing great!! His stats are:

weight- 15 lb. 8 oz. = 60%
height- 24.5" = 31%
head- 42.5cm = 54%

So he's a short round, but oh soooo adorable! He also got the go ahead to eat real people food! He loves it!

Stella discovered her new favorite place to rest... the baby's jungle gym, of course.

We dyed eggs with our friends, which means Gwen got to spend more time with her favorite people.

We spent Easter with my family. My parents had a little Easter egg hunt. All the kids had a great time! Gwen thought finding eggs was so cool that Brett had to hide them a second time for her to find them again!

And finally, today I put Boston on the floor on his back while I talked to someone at the door. When I shut the door at looked back at Bos, he was on his tummy!! Why does he do it when I'm not watching! It was his first back to tummy roll. He's such a genius!

So there you have it, the Shirley family's month in review. We had a great month, super busy, but good. I'll try to update a little bit more often.