Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Glimpse of Christmas

Christmas is one of those holidays where even a million pictures cannot capture the moment. We had a great Christmas. Molly and Bryan were both in town, and Bonnie and her kids were there for the traditional Christmas morning as well. Scott's family came over later in the day, then Gramps and Mary joined us later for dinner. We had a great day. Santa treated everyone so well, as did our family. I am so blessed and lucky to be in such a spectacular family. I couldn't imagine having Christmas morning anywhere else.

Molly and Bry in their matching pj's

Fun Christmas presents

The kids traditional "drawing of the names" present, this year, we each drew ourselves!

A pink extension cord and a new fence. . . Bonnie was in heaven!

Olivia and their new kitten Misty

Our newest past time!

The christmas present of the year! We made quite the profit off these "unatainable" toys! Yes. . . she is actually moving the ball with her mind!

New cougar clothes!

Someone knows me too well!

And the best parents ever!

Merry Christmas everyone!

An Important Announcement. . .

My puppy- formally known as Einstein, is now going by Doogal. Hopefully this name will stick!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas to me!

This year, rather than brothers and sisters buying presents for each other like we have been doing the past few years, the Kelly kids decided that it would be fun to buy a present for ourselves that we can show up with on Christmas day to unwrap in front of each other. I know it's silly. . . but at least it's something we really want right? So I thought and thought and thought some more about what I really wanted, and this is what I got!

Yes- it was a little over the spending limit we had set. . . but he was well worth it!

Merry Christmas to everyone!!
Shawna and Einstein

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Worst Day of my Life

Months ago, my sisters and I signed up for the Las Vegas Marathon. Not the measley 13.1 half marathon- but the full 26.2 miles. We were going to train, and be all ready for it. Because who in their right mind would try and run a marathon without training? Well. . . life seemed to get in the way for all of us, and I can count on one hand, no- make it one finger, how many times I went running in the month before the big day.

People at work were pretty surprised that we were still going to attempt it, but I was very not concerned about it. We'll run as far as we can, then walk the rest of the way. No biggie! So mom, Bonnie, and the kids (including Aubs friend Jamie) trekked it up to Vegas on Friday night. We had some dinner then picked Molly and Bryan up from the airport later that night.
Saturday morning we woke up to the coldest day of the year here in Vegas, and dragged our poorly clothed children off to the Kids mile run that they had actually been preparing for.

It was put on by McDonalds. . . who would've guessed we would run into someone famous there?! I guess that's Vegas for you!

All three kids did an awesome job. They all ran the whole way and did amazing. I was so proud!

We went back to my house for just a little while before we became tourists for the day and hit the strip. We played in arcade at NYNY and then hiked quite the distance up to Ceaser's Palace to eat some frozen hot chocolates from Serendipitys. We took many pictures along the way, and stopped at the "regular" kids attractions such as the coke and m&m stores.

We hit Cafe Rio for dinner. . . YUM. . . and hit the bed somewhat early after taking Bryan to the airport (came all this way and didn't actually get to stay for our big race).

Sunday we woke up to a cold, cold day. Bonnie had ordered us some cute red tank tops, but seeing how the weather had drastically changed, we ended up with a completely different ensemble.

I'm not going to talk much about the race. Basically- it was pure misery though. The first ten miles were cold, but good. We ran up and down the strip and at 10.5 miles we reached the splitting point, where the half marathon people headed towards home, while the rest of us headed in a completely opposite direction. We pretty much made it to 13 miles doing decently well, but it all basically went down hill from there, and quick. At 16 miles I remember feeling pure hopelessness knowing I still had 10 miles to go, and by mile 21 I had nothing left in me. We ran/walked (practically crawled) those last few miles and upon crossing the finish line, vowed that we would NEVER do it again.

My sisters were great though and dragged me along the whole time. I would have been lost without them. At one point Bonnie stopped to wait for me and even offered me a piggyback ride! What great sisters I have!

Being a little dramatic Shawna? Really the worst day of your life?

It ranks up there!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I know. . . I'm a slacker

Wow. . . Thanksgiving was already a week ago? Crazy stuff. . . this week has gone by so unbelievably fast! This has been quite the interesting end to my 2009 year.
At the end of September I came down with what I thought was a cold, but ended up with a couple month battle with all kinds of sicknesses. From a cold, to a bronchitis-type cough, to strep throat, which medicine gave me Thrush (now that's a fun one), and after that was all cleared up, I went in and got my wisdom teeth out. That made for a not as delightful Thanksgiving dinner, but I guess I could survive not stuffing myself to the brim for one Thanksgiving of my life. Now that I am happy to report that I am back to my healthy self just in time for all of the hustle and bustle December is sure to bring!

Thanksgiving was great. I dragged my friend Nephi home with me for the holidays. Molly and Bryan were both there this year which I think might be a first! Bon and her kids of course spent much time at the Kelly house as well. We ate lots, played lots, slept lots (or was that just me?), and shopped lots!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving just like I did and truly remembered the reason for that wonderful holiday.