Thursday, January 28, 2010

... unsatisfied

Regarding the previous blog post ... the Nook has left Grayson a little (actually a lot) unsatisfied. It started when Landon expressed some interest, but none of the "teen" books are available (they are available for Kindle). Gray also wasn't impressed with the "free" content for download as you visited the store.

Then to top it off ... yesterday, Apple announced the "Ipad" ... now, Gray does NOT care for the name, although I think the parallel to "Ipod" is clever. Hubby thinks it sounds like some sort of feminine product, but despite the name, he is drooling over it. His exact words last night...

"I look upon my Nook with disdain. I'm an unfaithful lover with eyes for another."

But at the $499 price tag and the current financial situation, it just might have to wait ... but don't be surprised if you see a new Nook up on KSL classifieds ...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Done with Diapers!

This post is actually a little late ... but sometimes you just don't dare make a statement like "we are done with diapers" for fear of jinxing yourself, but at this point, I think I can say, we are DONE. It's been over FOURTEEN YEARS of CONTINUAL diapers. I was just never one of those on the ball moms who was able to get one child potty trained before the next baby came along. So from 1995 until 2009 ... constant diaper duty. Now Colton had turned three at the tail end of 2008, and I hadn't even tried to work with him yet. Why? Well his older brother hadn't quite mastered the art of potty training yet. But in the spring of 2009, Cooper FINALLY got it figured out and I could think about working with Colton. We had scheduled a week long family vacation to California in October '09, and I decided to put off any potty training until after that trip. As soon as we were back, I introduced the potty to Colton and it seemed it was actually going to be a snap. But of course, then there was the common backtracking and it did take a little bit of time to work through. At Christmas however, Colton gifted his young cousin with several packages of diapers that he no longer needed. We still use the precautionary pull-ups for nighttime (for both Colton and Cooper), but I'm so happy to proclaim "WE ARE DONE WITH DIAPERS". It's about time!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Little Nookie

If you know Grayson at all, you know he's a gadget guy. He isn't a big reader, definitely not one to take time with novels, but he has had several non-fiction books that have caught his interest of late. Another item to catch his interest ... the new e-readers available today. Not only are they simply "cooler" than a book, but they appeal to his "I want it now" mentality. An immediate download ... no waiting for an order from Amazon, a hold at the library or a trip to the bookstore. He read the reviews of the Kindle and the Nook, and decided on the Nook (Merry Christmas Grayson!). Because of the high demand, they were back-ordered, but his Nook has come and been put to use.

He immediately downloaded "The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives" ... I had checked it out of the library, but he hadn't finished it and it was coming due. He also purchased "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" and a couple others by the same author. He'd already read "Omnivore" but thought he'd like a copy to keep. He did actually buy a novel too... "The Blind Side" ... and Landon has started reading it (Landon ... who is not a reader ... who has been supposably reading "The Lighting Thief" for about four months now ... but was captivated by the presentation of this "book").

I haven't played with the Nook yet ... although ironically, it came with a free download of "Pride and Prejudice" which is one of my all time favorite books. I think I'm still a hard copy paper book type of girl, and while there's only one Nook to go around the house right now, I'll probably just stick to actual, physical books, bending over the corners of the pages for my bookmark. I'm currently reading "The Hunger Games" as many have recommended it. It is quite captivating. I'm not sure if my boys would read it (the protagonist is a GIRL) and actually the premise is quite violent. I like to keep on top of what is out there for the kids, to be able to recommend books and discuss them with the boys (and help with book reports!). I read the first Percy Jackson (The Lightning Thief) ... it was ok, but I preferred Harry Potter and Fablehaven. Callahan is currently reading the first "39 Clues" (I haven't read it yet) and I just bought him all the sequels to "Hatchet" which he liked (I thought it was just ok). I find I have to buy books, as my boys aren't able to read them quickly enough (for a three week library loan). I wonder if I'll buy the future books for the Nook? I don't think we'll be sending the Nook with the boys to school though, the way we do with a regular book.

It will be interesting to track the future of e-readers ... as their availability increases and price decreases long before they are the norm in the classroom, replacing huge textbooks? Right now the electronic versions really aren't much less expensive (if at all) than hard copies (especially if you buy used, as I often do). Having an entire library at your fingertips does have its appeal, although I have to say I like looking at my filled bookshelves and remembering all the good reads. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


The weather doesn't seem to slow Grayson down at all. He still goes out jogging in the cold, despite the inversion. Sunday morning it was so chilly, with fog still hanging in the air. When Gray made it home from his run, frost covered his clothes, hat and even his eyebrows! I don't know if going out was the best thing though, as Gray was pretty wiped out for church and has developed a cough ...

Luckily, I'm very happy as a treadmill and elliptical gal ... I have NO excuse not to hit "J&G's Gym" in the basement no matter the weather.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Poor Birdy ...

ooops ... Grayson's truck and a poor little birdy collided ....

Other recent Blackham happenings ... Landon got his first paycheck $$$$$ ... I guess we're going to need to open him up a checking/savings account so he'll have someplace to deposit it. He's been working five hours each Saturday as a ref for Jr. Jazz. So far it's been a really good experience. Callahan is happy that basketball has started back up ... Christmas break is hard on him as games and practices are postponed. They lost last Saturday (Jr.Jazz) but won on Wednesday (Superleague). Keaton took a little tumble at school last week and hurt his wrist. It was just a sprain, but he has been in a splint for a week. Cooper and Colton ... well, let's just say that sometimes diapers would actually be easier than dealing with newly pottytrained people ...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Callahan's Weekly Reports (2010)

0701 (Thursday) Today was Field Day I loved the slip and slide I got all soapy. The dunk tank was awesome too. When the water war came up all my friends teamed up on other people. I had a white shirt and all my friends signed it. I also brang my ipod and played Schools Out. I think this will be one of the best summers ever! My mom just started a new allowence. I'm going to get 20$ a month now. I really like this idea because I need minutes for my phone. My dad showed my family this new place calleed Subzero Ice Cream. Their ice cream is so good! I'm always thinking of differant flavors and mix-ins. I've been looking forward to the 4th of July because I like looking at fireworks. we are getting new neighbors now and theirs a kid who likes basketball. I've been waiting for a neighbor who likes basketball alot.    

703 (Saturday)      Our neighbors got a new pool and I swam in it. It was so COLD! The new neighbor Travis came too. After that we went to the rodeo it was so long. But the kids riding the sheep was funny. The  fireworks were cool but long too. Most of the rodeo was boring too. The guy who hosted the rodeo kept talking and talking and talking.   I liked the demolition derby better.              

705 (Monday) We saw Toy Story 3 today. It was so funny. Landon was so happy to see it even though he is 14. But Cooper kept bugging my mom about it like, "Are we going yet". After that we swam in the Lavalles pool agian, but this time it was warmer water. Then at like ten o'clock we did fireworks. They were awesome. The Flitton's had the coolest fireworks. That might have been the coolest night of the summer.          

0710(Saturday)    Yesturday, Today   and the day before I had Scout Camp. Yesturday was the best day of scout camp. We shot .22 Rifles, then Archery and Rock Climbing. I got a pocket knife with a wolf on it. We were bored after the activities, so at the camp sight we widdled with our knives. I made the silkest dart ever! Then during free time I just rotated the with rifles, archery and rock climbing. In the morning I had 4 pancakes, 6 sausages and 4 glasses of milk. The camp was one of the best camps! 

0712(Monday) We went to my grandma's house and there was the ward party we went down water slides jumped in bounce houses and it was awesome! Cooper got a firework painting on his face. Me Landon and Keaton were like the police of the water slide. We would tell them when to go and when to not go. We were able to squirt them if we needed to. In the bounce house I did the splits, I thought I would cry. I got this new car game "Burnout Paridise". It is so fun you just wreck other cars and go off ramps. That is my favorite car game.

0713(Tuesday) On my basketball game my team won by 53 on Saturday! I did pretty good. I had about ten points. Our center plays baseball too, so he actually broke his finger during baseball. So our other center has to play the whole game for the rest of the season! I had that game right after scout camp. My friend at my school was on the other team. But I didn't play for a long time. The treats were G2 and Granola Bars. I' going to miss the next game because our family is going to Seattle.

0716(Friday) Today we started are way to Seattle, but the ride was so long. My little brother Cooper didn't and neither did my mom. During the way there I read about two hours of Fablehaven The Rise Of The Evening Star. We went to Wendy's on the way. We stoped at Oregon to sleep at the hotel. My dad ordered Domino's pizza. The cinnoman sticks were the best! But the garlic bread was so good! We swam in the pool at the hotel. Love U mom if you read it!

Love U2 buddy! Thanks SO much for writing :) I'm glad you are reading, I am reading Fablehaven too (book 5). Fablehaven is good, I try to imagine it being made into a movie, but there are so many creatures and so much action I think it would be hard. Sometimes it's better just to use your imagination. I thought you would stop at Wendy's during your drive ... so Cooper I and went to Wendy's today too. We also went swimming too. I took him to the WJ pool to sign him up for swimming lessons for next week, and then we stayed and swam. I wish we could have been swimming with you guys. Cooper has learned a lot and needs to show Daddy what a little fishy he is. 

0717 (Saturday) We got to Seattle today! It took about the same amount of distance that we did yesterday. I probably read more today because I got to the better part. The day we left I was on about page 140 and now I'm on 280 or something. We are staying at our cousin's house ( Maddy and Meiya). We had hot dogs and bratwursts.  I saw some of Maddy's drawings, they are really good! Maddy and Meiya kept climbing on Landon's back. LOVE U MOM AND COOPSTER! Hope you having a good time.          (P.S When we get back we should go to SubZero.)

I'm glad you all got there safe. Hope you have fun playing with your cousins. I think we can definitely plan on going to SubZero sometime when you get back. Cooper misses his brothers, but Bailey and Jacob have been really nice letting him come swim in their pool and also coming over here to play with him. I had Bailey come babysit when I went out to dinner with Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Derek and Aunt Danielle.  I emailed Stockton's mom, your basketball team won 42-10 ... even without you! 

0721 (Wednesday) Thanks for telling me mom, but yeah we're having a great time! So the first day we had alot of s'mores. But that night I barfed on Keaton's sleeping bag. We had a 1.1 mile hike to Cascade Fall's. Then we went swimming. On Tuesday we kayaked to a tree hanging over the lake so we jumped of the tree and into the water.  We went to the Obstruntion pass beach, they had  crabs and good skipping rocks. Today we went to EastSound  to Virn's and had pancakes. There were snakes there at the beach right by the restaurant, when we tried to find crabs all of them were dead but then I flipped a rock over and a ton of crabs scatered all over! If dad sends you the video and pics you'll see! Tomorrow we might be home  so Cooper don't sweat it! Love U!

0723 (Friday) Yesterday we got home from Seattle! It took like 12 hours! We got home at midnight. My little brother showed me a signed LeBron James card. We got baseball gum at a gas station, it was like tobacco looking gum, I also got a Coke. My mom gave me some SkullCandy earphones! There silver and white I'm listening to them right now (7:58). My mom has two other SkullCandy (Orange and Green). I've been doing my jobs on the first day back. My friends and I are going to play Fugitve tonight.

0725 (Sunday)  A couple days ago my family got Netflix. We got it because our cousins had it and we loved it. We watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. That is our favorite show on Netflix. Landon might like "Future Weapons" more though. We have watched so much that Landon has gotten "sick"! Heday felt sick on Friday night but did just fine. Now he is in bed right now (Sunday). Now my dad is making a meat Landon missed the last time he made and now he might miss it again. It would really suck, because I loved the meat last time. THE END FOR TODAY

0730 (Friday) Yesterday I went to my dad's work! I scanned and filed papers, it was a little boring but then I finished early and went to the job site. We went to Arby's for lunch, I had a roast beef sandwich, curly fries, root beer and a vanilla shake. I met someone who works with my dad, his name is Dave. After I was done I got 38 dollars. Right after I got the money I finally was able to get more minutes on my phone (3000) so all my money went right backto my mom. Then I had basketball practice at 5:00. Our coach is making us practice a lot because were playing a really good team on Saturday. My friend Drake is on that team, but Stockton, one of the best players on our team is going to miss the game. We won this good team before (spring season) but they were missing one of their best players. So we'll see tomorrow!

0801 (Sunday) Well we lost the game on Saturday by 7 points or something. I made a clutch three that made us go up by 2 for like 1 minute. But our forward was the one who kept us in it half the time. Yesterday we went to our Grandma Westra's for a surprise birthday party. It wasn't the best surprise..., because all of are cars were on the driveway. We had cake and ice cream. After we went to church we had the main brunch as always. Today is the day we get our allowance. Now my mom made it the average of the jobs a week is what we get. I'm pretty sure I get 5 bucks today. We'll  see.

0803 (Tuesday) Today we went to KOPFC for Jaxon's birthday party. It was the coolest water park ever! They have a bucket full of 1,000 gallons of water that dumps on you. I went off 3 dives. There was a dive like 36 feet in the air. I didn't go on the highest one. I went on one that was probably 20 feet in the air. They also had a  indoor pool that I in, there was a water slide that was so fun! You go so fast that you almost fall out of the slide! But what sucked is that Landon, Parker and his friend Josh kept ditching me. The line was so long though. After I got home my friend Andre came over. Then we went to his house and went down a inflatable water slide. It wasn't really fun but it was okay.

0804 (Wednesday) Today I have basketball practice, I hope it's not to hot by then . My mom has to pick me up early I can make it to scouts. But scouts has been really fun lately because we finish early and then play in the gym. But there is a bad side to it and that is that when the gym is lock..... no basketball. Last time we couldn't play a lot we had to set up for the girl scouts IN THE GYM! So we just left 5 minutes early. I do not know why but I want to go to school. I do want to see my friends again. But Andre is going off when I get on, that's what really sucks. Basketball practice got canceled. 

805 (Thursday) Today I was really bored because the Lavalles are at there grandma's for the last few days. But then Stockton came over to my house for a couple hours. We went bowling for a like a hour at All Star Lanes. I won the game, I had 116 pins knocked down, Landon had 114, Keaton had 94 and Stockton had 76 or something. In the arcade there was a new game called Termanator. I didn't play it did car racing. Then I went to practice, Stockton didn't go because he went to a movie. A new kid was trying out for the team. The coach told me to play him one on one. I won 3 to 0 and we went by 1's.

0806 (Friday) In the morning Keaton and I played Monopoly Deal and he killed me by 20million$! Then when Bailey and Jake came over that was all he could talk about. Me and Landon just wanted him to shut up. Then we played it again and I won. Bailey talked about legos one day and made us want to play it again so we did. Cody on my basketball team got his cast off so he will play in the championship! We'll win by so much it will make the other team cry! Right now my journal almost erased.

0808 (Sunday) Ya on Saturday we made the other team cry....well at least some of them. But I forgot that my friend Cody was on that team. I didn't score so much, but I did get like 8 assists. After I went to a derby. I ran the start gate. And in the grand finals all the cars were by the same family. This was for a family reinoin. And I haven't got my money yet!Today at church our teacher forgot our treats it's so bad! But our teacher will give us extra treats next week. Landon and his friends went to Kearns Oguirrah Water Park yesterday. I wanted to go but I was at my game. Our cousins Maddy and Mia are going to be in town this week. But my mom said they won't be at our house a lot because they probably want to see a house they haven't seen.

0809  (Monday)  We went to Nickelmaina yesterday. Me and Keaton were so bored so my mom took us to Nickelmaina. We had to go to a photoshoot at a farm! And everyone had to be in brown polo's,  levies, brown shoes and black socks. I thought Maga was putting to much into it. It was boring but we did see Kolby, Jamie. Maddy and Mia again. When we got back everyone was playing hockey. I hate hockey! They did that all day! But when alot of people left we did "Ghost In The Graveyard". Then today in the morning Keaton creamed us in Monopoly deal. And until 2:30 Bailey and Jake came back from their grandma's. So, so far today it's been a bad day so we'll see how the rest of the day goes.

0812 (Thursday) Today Keaton, Landon and I saw Despicable Me. It was really funny! Stockton my friend called twice in the middle of the movie. After the movie I went to Stockton's house and played for a couple hours. We played basketball watched "Mall Cop" and played NBA 2K10. He won by three points in the basketball game, he creamed me in NBA 2K10. Then we went to basketball practice, and people were setting up for a wedding ON A BASKETBALL COURT!!?!?!?!?!!?!? I mean who does that?? We got to play basketball but we almost knocked over a table. If we stayed longer we would have been the entertainment group. Then I got home and we did a basketball game, and my team won of course but also Keaton wussed out again.

0813 (Friday) We had our summer breakfast today at "VIRG'S." It was ssssoooo good! And at 4:00 o'clock I'm going to a birthday party at Bondocks! It's been so long since I've been there! It's for Brendan aka "Bean Dip." I got him a Nerf gun, rocket balloons and a basketball thing. But today sucks to because we have to go to school in a couple days. Brendan got a new phone too! So I can keep in contact with him and stuff. But it sucks because not  everyone on the team has a phone. But I can't wait for 4:00 o'clock comes around!

0814 (Saturday) That party was amazing! We did go carts, laser tag, and mini golf. The laser tag beats all though. It was the birthday party boys (the basketball team) verses people we didn't know. Our team won of course. I got 4th place on my team with 925 points. Jared won with Brendan 2nd and Tanner 3rd. I almost got killed in the go carts. I was going really fast and then a man ramed me and I bumped Brendan. When it was arcade time I played a game with Jared called "House of the Dead Four." It was so scary but really fun. I got back from Boondocks at 10:30! And today at 2:00 I went to a basketball game. It was one of those blow out games again. But after that game I saw my friend Cody and Cole. They were going to face off. I wanted to watch it but I had to go home. And I'm going to see him on Monday at school. Ya we're going back to school in two days. But I'm fine with it, because I want to see my other friends.

 0815 (Sunday) That night we played "Capture the Flag." It was fun. My team won twice. Today we went to church. When we got back I really was wanting a Ipod Touch. But I've been wanting one forever. So I've been on Ebay and Amazon looking for one. I almost got one but we got outbid. I'm probably going to get one in a month or something. But I want one before! But I still need all the money, it sucks so much.

*** From here on, the entries are in REVERSE chronological order … to take up where summer left off, go to the bottom and read UP ***

1230 (Thursday) Today I went to Parker's party at Gene Fullmer. Actually we went to Parker's house first. Over there it is ALL Utes. When I say all Utes I mean ALL Utes. At Gene Fullmer we first went on the slide. After that we played tag. That got really boring really quick. I found them playing football in the higher pool. We wanted to play basketball but this weird kid had had the ball almost the whole time. So we finally got the ball when he gave it to the lifeguard. But then the swim team came so we had to get out of the pool till 5. Then a couple of us played "Catch the Theif." But that didn't last long because the lifeguard thought we were fighting. I got home and I was REALLY tired.

1229 (Wednesday) At about 10 in the morning Bailey and Jacob came over and we did about......nothing really. But we did play NBA 2K9, I won Bailey the first time but lost to Jacob the second time bacause he kept on chucking up 3s and making them. So we went to their house and played pig and their big hoop thing that they have. I lost then won. It's so fun on theirs! Travis got his Count and Big Bird Sesame Street hats today. At 2 I went to the church to have a scrimmage but fricking people were having their family pictures taken. I mean who takes family pictures in the church gym. They go do it in the church gym out of the 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 places in the world. It's just like when those weirdo people had a wedding at the OUTDOOR basketball court. We just ahd the scrimmage at a differant church and played. But when I got done (my team lost big because of Crosby and I also got really banged up) I went to the orthodontist because my new arch thing in my mouth was poking me and I was bleeding a lot. I went back to Bailey's and played pig again then went to Travis's. We played a fun card game but I lost, but we also played Ker Plunk.....I lost again though.

1228 (Tuesday) So today I’ve been really bored but then life savers came, Jacob, Bailey and Travis. For the first little while we played basketball and football. We used my nerf football to play football. Then we just started running from each other and it became the hide and seek remix. Then I went to the orthodontist and got a red braces. Right after that my mom and me went to Kohl’s and I got a nikey basketball bag. It is so awesome! So now I get less to carry when I go to practice and games. When I got back to my house we went to Gene Fullmer with Keaton and Landon. Landon and I played basketball almost the whole time but Keaton went to swim. It was really fun there! I won in PIG even though I sucked at the start. Mom made Chicken Pillows and they were HOT! I burned my tongue and it hurt very much. I also went to Bailey’s at like 6 and they showed me the Micheal Jackson Experience that they got for Christmas. It’s strange but they seem to love it. And then I had Otis Cookies………….wait that is what I’m eating right now haha.

1227 (Monday) So today I went to Stockton's before we had practice with Reggie(Our Super League Coach.) Stockton got a jacket and a basketball nikey bag with his name sewn into it. The whole family got a basketball hoop to put downstairs and it is so fun!  There are two hoops and you play each other for 30 seconds and if you get 30 points during that time you get 15 more seconds. After that 15 seconds if you have 60 or more then you get ten more seconds. We played basketball outside till we had to go to practice. At practice I showed Reggie that I can finally do my left handed layups. I practice most of the morning doing those. Then we did a 4 on 4 game. I think my team won even though Crosby( A kid on my team) got a T( Technicale Foul) because he kept whining and calling fouls even though they weren't fouls. And Wednesday we do a 5 on 5 game with our total jerseys but it's just with the team not other teams.

1226 (Sunday) Well we had a good Christmas with all the toys. I got 2 footballs, one from my mom and one from my grandma. I mean it's alright because my school loves football. Travis and me have been playing football and basketbll a lot. I got these new tank tops and some underwear. All of the family got 3 movies, The Last Airbender, The Karate Kid and How to Train Your Dragon. Also I've been weights and cardio but mom keeps on kicking me off. So that's why I'm here right now because mom kcked me off the elipticle. We went to Derek and Daniele's church and house for the baby blessing. Now it starts to snow, the day after Christmas:(, it's supsosed to snow ON Christmas. But it's ok because it's over now.

1220 (Monday) So on Saturday we won our game by a bit, and my mom made a video. It's awesome! Keaton won by two and Cooper won by like a million. My mom said that he did really good on fast breaks. On Sunday I went to Maga's house and we had cake and ice cream. We played the candy bar game and the present game. The present game was sort of annoying. The candy bar game my mom won the 50 bucks. My dad won it last year so the other part of the family is getting mad. It is Landon's turn next year then MINE. If Landon gets it then I don't I'll be pissed. I missed the luner eclipse but it's not the end of the world I'll see it next time it comes......................when it comes.

1219 (Sunday) So I was pretty excited to go to school on Friday. Student Council had a thing with the office, we are making little bags for every student in the school. It  has 5 silly bands, a candy cane and we have to tie them up, then curl them. Now I know how the elves feel. :( We have been there from 2:30 to the end of the day. But we still haven't finished yet. And at lunch we had to get all the ICU's. It was so tiring. We also had the Market Day that day. It wasn't as good as the last one though. I used 100$ exactly. Then Klint canceled his practice that we had with him. I wonder why because our first game was the next day. We still won even though the refs couldn't call ANYTHING for us. They called everying for them and we still won. My mom made another video of the game, I love my mom's videos.

1211 (Sunday) So I didn't have a game on Saturday but my bros did. I went to watch both of them. Keaton's was at nine in the morning and Coopers at 4p.m. Keaton got like five million steals, I didn't know he was that good. They won a blowout (a blowout in 4th grade.) Cooper's was at Columbia, and it was fun to watch. Cooper scored first with a steal. He got like five million steals too. They are like my super stealy brothers. We play the "Runnin Minors" on Wednesday. We played them last year at West High. We blew them out so it might be a easier game but you never know. Tomorrow we have school again, and I actually want to go. I also got Klint's practice tomorrow at 6. I actually like Klint's practice now because we run less plays. I CAN'T WAIT FOR TOMORROW!

1209 (Thursday) Yesterday we had our first game at FranklinCovey at 9 o'clock. My mom wasn't happy for the location or time so she made my dad drive. At first we couldn't find any doors, but then we saw the right one and found the court. I was testing out my new shoes and I got to rip off my pants in front of some people. I started the game off with a three but that didn't stop with our team. We made a lot of shots but also missed a lot. We got the first game win by 4 points. Next week it is the "Runnin Minors." We won them last year and we think it is the same team so it won't be too crazy. But who knows. So we'll see next Wednesday.

1205 (Sunday) I've been very bored. I didn't have a game on Saturday, but Keaton and Cooper did, and Landon reffed. But on Friday was FULL of fun! So I went to Super League practice, I didn't so very good though. But after that I went to Ridley's party, it was so fun! Mom said that Colton couldn't come at first, but then he cried and cried, and when they got here Christy said he can come and he was SO happy. He almost tripped on the way to the car running to fast. The party was a WATER party. They rented the WHOLE pool! Ryland, Kaden(His Cousin), and me played capture the flag. But his other cousin kept attacking us and we didn't know why. The cake was SO good! Ridley got almost all legos for his BIRFDAY. I was really tired on the way back, I almost fell asleep. Travis wasn't in primary because he is 12. HE BETRAYED ME! He is really rude! Can't wait till I'm 12!

1129 (Sunday) On Friday the Jazz won the Lakers! I was so happy! Then on Saturday the Utes won BYU! It was a good week. But today we had church, Travis wasn't there because he was at Vegas. He said he got a touch nano but I haven't seen it. Monday we go back to school:(. I can't wait till practice tomorrow because I can't go outside and do it anymore. Joe Sexton came to our church to see Skyler and his sister speak because they go on their missions Wednesday. Right after church the Jazz game was on so Cooper came right to the computer. They won..........again. YAY! I think Andre comes on track Monday so I'm excited.

1127 (Saturday) A couple weeks ago we won our championship game!!!! It was so fun! I went over to Mason's before the game. We played basketball and baseball , it was so fun! I also started Super League again. We just barely figured out that we use the girls ball. It made me so mad. Now I play with the full size and the girl size. So I'll be off in some of the games. So I've been practicing with the small ball because I'm still good with the full size. On Thanksgiving we had turkey, ham, potatoes, rolls, it was so good! Landon and me went downstairs and pelted each other with plastic marbles.We got home and I wanted to just go to sleep straight away. I'll write tomorrow so bye.

1112 (Friday) The second day of school the student council went to BYU. We missed school but BYU was just like school. They talked about leadership and how to help out the kids that are left out. But now it's the end of the week and on Friday we did ICU's, we missed D.A.R.E because of it. But the other student council members said that the other kids were screaming the other week. Some of the other ones might get kicked off. Now on Saturday I have a game, we play Cole's team. He thinks that we will lose to him. Also on Friday I had a pracice with Reggie. It was cool to see the other kids again. The Jazz won against the Atlanta Hawks which was cool, now they are on a 4 game streak and today they play the Bobcats. We'll see if they win.

1111 (Thursday) We finally went back to school. I was bored as crap! School has been pretty good. I finished a lot of books, I'm on this book now called "Found." Tomorrow is gonna be awesome:).We will have root beer floats and it's a short day. Then after school I'll go to the first practice with Reggie. I can't wait!! The Jazz have been doing awesome!!! They won the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic. Tomorrow they play the Atlanta Hawks. I had practice with Klint today but he wasn't there. We just played each other. Stockton said it was a tie but I don't know. It's been really cold out so I couldn't play basketball. Last night was filled with basketball and football. Because after scouts we always play those sports. Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

1101 (Monday) I was gonna write on Sunday but didn't have the time. Church really sucked beacause we had to practice for the Christmas Program.  It sucked a lot because my legs were like dead asleep. I like couldn't stand up because my legs were felt like they were shot. I was really glad to go home that day. I eat some candy then at 5 we went to Maga's but she was a little sick. We celibrated all the October and November birfdays. They got their Foosball Table up when we were there. The Jazz finally won their first game and the killed. I was a little surprised because they played a pretty good team and still won. We got home really late that's why I couldn't do this yesterday. Landon and me were watching "The Office" and Jim and Pam had these really small Bluetooths and now I want one or two so I can talk to someone while playing basketball or something, I'd maybe give one to Landon and just talk all day when he is somewhere else. We didn't have a game because of Halloween, that made me mad because I'll miss my next game so oh well. I'm going to the Dunes this week that's  why I'm missing that game.

1030 (Saturday) Today was the day everyone goes “Trick or Treating.” But before I tell you about that I’ll tell you about the derby I went to with my dad and Landon. Landon didn’t really want me to come because he’d get less money but he says we will both get twenty dollars if we do good. I haven’ t even got my money yet! I want money! I got 30 dollars but I will have 50 if I ever get my money. Then on Friday we went to the church for the “Trunk or Treating.” It’s fun for the first few minutes then it’s just pretty boring. Then today we went “real” trick or  treating. Ryland, Cole, Keaton, Bailey, Jacob,  Ridley, Cooper and me went together until they got tired and left with only Cole, Ryland and me and we went all the way down to the canal and a little further. I got a buttload of candy, my mom tried to steal a Reese’s but that won’t slide that easy so I tried to get her and got my candy back and gave her a “Palmers” that are like Reese’s with the peanut butter and all that. My legs were totally dead when I came home. I was too tired to read. So I’m going to bed.

Oct 28 (Thursday) We went to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s and Wednesday. I didn’t want to go but when I got there I was happy I was there.  We played “Hide and Seek.” I had the best spots ever! Like no one found me until they kept giving up. Then we went to bowling again today, the place was packed with middle schoolers and high schoolers. Cosmic was on so we played in cosmic. After we went to the arcade and Ryland got 1000 tickets on one game by stacking blocks! He is going to do it again next time and get more. Ryland and Ridley came after bowling, we played a game that was really fun. It was 3 and 4 way “Capture the Flag.” I won twice and Jacob won once. How you played was everyone hides their flags and you go after eachothers. You split the boundaries into how many people you have and who ever gets all the flags 1 less than how many people you have wins. I had the best spots there too. Tomorrow we do the “Trunk or Treat” at the church. I guess we will see how that goes.

1024 (Sunday)  Yesterday  the day started really slow and went really slow. After 2:00 it went pretty fast. At 2:00  I went to the “White Board” practice. From there I went to the game, against Michelle’s team. It went you could say or in other words “okay” but the I don’t know maybe 30 second mark they drained TWO THREES! After those threes the score was tied. Then the ref called a travel and Parker but it wasn’t a travel ( The refs really sucked). They shot a 3 at the buzzer but missed luckily. We were the last game so I wondered why they didn’t do overtime though. I was really mad but a tie is better than losing. Now today we are doing to Clay and Courtney’s for Will’s and Addie’s “birfdays.” I can’t wait! :D

1022 ( Friday) Today went to fast today besides from 6 and from then on. At 6 I helped set up Bailey’s party, the party was so fun! :O(Look sideways.) We did pin the hair on Justin Bieber, Spoons, Foosball and Pool. After everything was done we went outside and played “ Judge in the Court,” “The Frog Game” and “Kick the Can.” It was really fun! We got Bailey Skullcandy headphones, Monopalay Deal and little “toys.” We are lucky we didn’t get her a basketball because the Hyers did. Now tomorrow I got a game AT 5 PM!!! Usually they are at like 9am-2pm, but 5 is just to long away. And it’s against Michelle’s team, MAN I CAN’T WAIT! We will see who wins (Which will be us.)

1021 (Thursday) I wanted to write yesterday but I couldn’t so I did today. Well on Tuesday we went to bowling for off track, it was so much different! They cut of four lanes to make more arcade room. They also got credit cards instead of tokens. We get a credit card that updates the tickets and tokens. Ryland and Ridley came to bowling this off track. I had a ortho appointment and got a powerchain on my braces. My teeth hurt a lot now. On Wednesday after scouts we played football, basketball and watched a basketball game. It was a really fun night! We did bowling today too, I got a new record of 156 pins knocked down! It was my best record ever!! Can’t wait to do it again.

1017(Sunday) We went camping for fall recess. It was really fun, Karson, Landon, Cort, Keaton, and some of Karson’s friends and me went out to go hunting for lizards. Karson found like 3 lizards, the first one we blew up with a bottle rocket. We went out to this place to have lunch and to explore the tunnel and the huge rocks. It was a six hour ride! I was so tired! We got to ride in the four wheeler, but Cort and his sister got to ride their motorcycles(which I got jealous of that.)But luckily we got a lesson before we left which was awesome! The way back wasn’t that bad, but the way up was worse than the way back. It was hard to get to sleep because there was motorcycles going and didn’t stop. Besides that it was one of the best camping trips ever!

1014 (Thursday) On Wednesday we had our Halloween party, it was so awesome!!! I felt a little weird after because my tummy hurt, haha ya it did though... really it did. I loved it, it was soooooooo fun!! Colton was Mario, everyone loved him. He was my partner for some of the activities. After school we gave everyone hugs because we were going off track, that was a ton of fun too, Cody, Travis and me gave like five hugs each to this kid Kevin, but Kevin is awesome. Cody came over after school too. We had so much fun! Now today we are excited for a camp out out by Moab. It's gonna be so fun! Can't wait :)!! I'll right after I come back.

1010 (Sunday) (Sunday) I have had  a lot of fun things this week so I’ll start with the class store we had on Friday. Well it was really fun, I got my hair dyed my hair white but I wanted it pink but they ran out. I sold stuff with Dakotah, Travis, and Cody. We made a ton of money until someone stole all of mine. Then on Saturday we had a game, we won by 53 points! I kept getting tripped, and speaking of tripping Cooper my little brother got tripped and broke his arm. Anyway I got a ton of points in the 2nd half, also good assists. After the game Brenden (One of the basketball teams forwards) came over and we played basketball and all that. I got in trouble for not telling my mom where I was going (And I thought it was stupid) and I suffered the consequences. So that’s pretty much it.

1003 (Sunday) Well today I think there is another thing like “Friday the 13th,” it is Sunday the 3rd. So Livi dyed mine and Landon’s hair PURPLE!!!!! She made us sit in the bathroom for like an hour. At first it was black then I got home and it was purple, AGAIN!!! I was just mad cause I knew I would get made fun of at school. I hope when it’s gelled up it will be more blackish color. When I first saw mine Landon said “Get this crap out of my hair, NOW!!!!!!!” Landon and I were frickin out cause we knew Uncle Clay and dad would make fun of us and we were right. Landon suggested that we would be the “gay twins.” I do not want a new nickname cause that’s just gay. Ok tomorrow we will see if we get made fun of.

0926 (Sunday) I had a big day yesterday but not as much as Landon. Well at nine in the morning I had a basketball game, against my super league team!!!!! I thought it would be a big challenge but we won by like 40 points!!! I had a pretty good game myself and my mom even put videos of the game on facebook. Then I went to Andre’s birthday party, IT WAS SOOOOOOO FUN!!! They had a dunktank and a waterslide. We had hotdogs and an awesome cake that was really good! Most people were wimps and didn’t do the dunktank, so I had to go like a million times. Half the people didn’t show up to the party but most of my friends did. When most people left we did a game of football. Then I came home and was soooooo tired!! But I’m not going to mention what bad thing happened that day.

0918 (Saturday) I had a basketball game today, in fact the first one of the season. The score was 58 to 17!! We killed! I watched the other game after because it was my super league team playing Cole's team. Reggie's team won........... BY A LOT!!!!! Just kidding they won by 6 or something. It was nice seeing Reggie and Micheal again along with Hunter and Crosby. And my team plays them next week, it will be exciting!!! After the game everyone was gone I hated it. The Lavalle's are going camping AGAIN!!!! I hope they will be back Monday.

0816 (Tuesday) Yesterday was the first day of school! Our teacher is so awesome! Her name is Miss Jaeger. It was a good day but hard day at the same time. All my friends are in different classes ( At least most of them.) I sit next to Cody and Dakotah. After school today

Landon's Life (2010)

 **** 2010 Recap: Well one memory I really will remember for a long time is the New Years dance. During the summer when my friends and I went to Kearns all the time.  Goals for 2011: To workout everyday planned to. To play and train more for basketball.

1231 (Friday) On New Years Eve I decided to go to a stake dance with some friends at school. So I wanted to go shopping for a better shirt and pants, because I didn't want to wear my old, small, boring clothes to the dance. So MaSha took me to Walmart and I got a nice black button-up shirt, with some nice tan pants, and a tie to go with it. Then FaSha dropped me off at the dance, there I caught up with Ty Ty, Ezra, Michelle, Sam, Jessica, Jake, and Ericha. And yes there was slow songs, and I did slow dance with a girl. Then right before the final seconds to midnight some friends and I went to roll in the snow, I didn't. I did not want to ruin my new clothes of course! And the whole dance there were huge bags above our heads filled with balloons, I now figured what they were for. Everyone ripped down the bags and got a balloon and popped it, inside there was a little forture. I cannot remember what mine was. But I did have an absolutely great time there.

1230 (Thursday) Today I just stayed home all day. Nothing was fun about it. And there is really nothing to write about. Now MaSha is making write more because it is boring and short. And she hangs it above my head, I can't do anything or go anywhere till I get it done. Fun....not so.  For Christmas last year Colton got these things called Magformers. We also got some more this year. So we started playing with them again. You can make all sorts of things, my favorite thing to make is the ball. And what do I do with it....I throw it on someones' head. I think it's pretty funny, but the person doesn't. Then MaSha gets really pissed off at me and makes me do this!

1229 (Wednesday) Today I did pretty much nothing. My day was filled with boredom. Then I finally went over to Hayden's house to hang out. We first played some pool, then we watched a movie. Then Ty Ty came over and we started watching another movie. I also kicked Ty Ty's butt at table hockey.

1228 (Tuesday) Today I sat around all day. Like everyday. Until I finally decided to do something. I had gotten a basketball and basketball shoes for Christmas. So I decided to put them to use, that and my membership at Gene Fullmer. Keaton, Callahan, and I went to Gene Fullmer to play basketball. There Keaton and Callahan went swimming too, I decided to stay back and watch the stuff. I saw a few friends while I was there. And I want to go there more often.

1227 (Monday) I went to a Jazz game with friends. We went really early to the game. We were trying to get some autographs, but we really never did. We just ended up walking around until the game started. We went to Fanzz in the Gateway, where I got my new sweet Jazz hat that I wore to the game. Then we went to the game, I actually thought we were going to win, but we lost. After that I was really disappointed.

1226 (Sunday)...Today we went to Anisten's baby blessing. During the meeting litte Josh was making noises, it was pretty funny. We were all trying our hardest not to laugh. Then we went back to Derek's house for a little bit of lunch.

1225 (Christmas Day)...We all got up late, compared to how early we get up in the last years. We all opened up our presents, I got everything I asked for, a Jazz jersey, basketball shoes, and a basketball. Then we went to Maga's house for a while, and opened up more presents there.

1224 (Friday) Christmas Eve...On Christmas Eve we always go to grandma's house. We have a nice dinner. Then we open up everyone's presents. Then we take pictures of all the families together. Then we go home.

1223 (Thursday) Dad's work...Since I didn't have any school, I got to go to work with Dad. I want to work as much as I can. And get some dinero... And the best part was going to Salt City for lunch, yum.

1222 (Wednesday) Last day of school... On the last day of school we had a dance. Usually the dances are pretty fun, but this one was pretty boring. I don't know why. I took a roll of wrapping paper to wrap up my favorite teacher. She wasn't there so I wrapped up a friend instead.

1221 (Tuesday) Neighbor and friend gifts. .... As we all do around this time, we went out giving stuff to friends and neighbors. And with my neighborhood homies I give them something better. I gave them Skookie skillets. Because some times we made Skookies so I thought it would be a pretty good present for them.

1220 (Monday) Colton's Birthday...Colton's berfday....five days before Christmas. He got a little play camera from Maga. He got a bow and arrow and this sword/gun thing. He is obsessed with them both. Going around, all day, everyday, shooting and "killing" people. Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Chris and D&D&A came over for cake in the evening.

1219 (Sunday) Maga's House... We started a new tradition last year of playing the candybar game. I ended up with five dollars and a giant size dark chocolate bar. Last year FaSha won the $50. But this year MaSha did! So that mean it's my turn next year! Cooper cried when someone took his KitKat.

1218 (Saturday) Ref shift...This time reffing, I reffed the first game, I got the coach..nagging, I should call it, like no other. I look very forward to reffing the coach again, hehe. This shift I really got the coaches up in my face. It didn't bother me, I thought it was pretty funny.

1217 (Thursday) Breaking Apples ....At school for lunch I always just get an apple. I usually don't eat it until 7th period, when I'm hungry. A kid saw me with it, he asked what I was going to do with it, I said eat it. Then he said that his brother "rips" apples in half. I thought that was crazy, then I tried it, I ripped it!

1215 (Wednesday) Young Men's Activity...We went to a computer place for scouts (for the computer meritbadge). I needed to go just because FaSha wanted me to (I already had the badge, so I didn't really need to go). The office part of the building was pretty cool, an awesome place for hide-and-go-seek. But a las, we could not. Then he let us get a drink from the fridge, Eli and I got carbonated water...big mistake.

1214 (Tuesday) Delivering permission slips/Kong Cones....FaSha made Kody and I pass out permission slips for a scouts thing. Then we went to Hayden's house to give him his, Makayla was there too. They ended up coming along with us. Then Eli's, which he had also hitched along. Then as a "reward" FaSha took us to Macy's for Kong Kones.

1213 (Monday) Facebook Bye bye....A while back I had a Facebook. I used it to keep in touch with friends. But I didn't end up doing that. So it was pretty much useless to me. That is why I got rid of it.

1210 (Friday) Why I'm having to write in my journal so much? MaSha has been making me write in my, so-called, "journal." Why does someone ever need to write in a stupid journal? For MaSha is means "to be able to look back, see what you did, see what happened." I don't find that very important at all. I have to now write everyday, in my stinkin "journal" because I have one C in school. 

1209 (Thursday) Mineer had finally gotten the engines. My rocket (and egg) have been sitting in the classroom locker for over 2 months. (ROTTEN EGG!) I was very excited to see mine go off. So I got it prepared and ready to launch. It had flown over a part of the school. I went to get it, and I saw the broken nose cone thinking, "rotten egg." But I had actually found the egg just laying in grass, uncracked, undamaged.

1208 (Wednesday) MaSha finally took Callahan and I for haircuts yesterday. I was getting sick of my long hair. We had to wait for a while. I also got some more Axe gel. My hair looks much better now.

1207 (Tuesday)We made gingersnaps on Monday for my seminary class. She made the dough, while Colton and I formed them and put them into the oven. I love gingersnaps. The class did too. It was fun to make them.

1206 (Monday) Yesterday I had church. It was very boring, as usual. We didn't do anything else fun. I play CoD: Black Ops. I texted friends. 

1205 (Sunday) Saturday was a really full day for me. The beginning of the day was "clean-up morning" at the Blackham house. Everyone had to help clean-up the house, I had to clean the floor. Then I had to help FaSha with moving the broken washer. Then I had to go ref! I was excited to ref once again. With the other refs I was with it was their first time. So that made me the most experienced, I had made a lot of calls. One game I reffed actually went into double bonus, which means one team had over 10 fouls. Then after that I went over to Kayla's house with me, Kayla, Paige, Jimbo, Ty Ty, and Webb. We just messed around the whole time.

1204 (Saturday) Yesterday was the Jazz vs. Dallas game. I went over to Ty Ty's house to watch it with friends. Beginning of the game was good, we were ahead. Then freaking Nowitzki kept making points and we couldn't do a thing about it! We ended up going home depressed that we had lost to Dallas at home and they had ended our winning streak.

1129 (Sunday) Well on Saturday was the lengendary rivalry "holy war" between the Utah Utes and BYU. I'm Utes all the way! I was watching the first quater, and I wasn't too happy where this game was going. So I had stopped watching it for a while. I came back to watch the third quater, still wasn't happy, but I wasn't going to give up on them. In the fourth quarter, it started to heat up. Utes had actually scored! Then scored again, and again! Later on, we the Utes were getting really close, we had the ball, ball was in the air, interception! I was freaking out, then the guy had fumbled it, are guy dived and got it! It was pretty sketchy, an interception and a fumble in the same play! But they were reviewing the play, we saw the replay in slow-motion, I thought we were dead. Then they came out saying that the call will remain the same. I have to be honest, that was a bad call. Then towards the end of the game, 17-16, Utes up. BYU had the ball, 27 yards, fourth down, four seconds! You can say that things were tense, I was  ready to blow! They were going for the fieldgoal, bam, Utes' cornerback comes from the left side to block the fieldgoal!!! I was so happy! Utes had just won BYU!

1113 (Saturday) On Friday some friends and I were throwing Jake a surprise party for his 16th birthday. We had to be at his dad's work before 8:30,  I thought we would have to help setup, but when we got there you can hear music and see the flashing lights. We got was awesome! There was a little basketball thing (which I played on the most), there was DJ HardCorey blasting the music, there was a ping pong table, a lot of food, and a TV to play the PS3 on. Before Jake got there everyone was on the basketball thing, trying to make the best and coolest shots. Then we got the call, Jen said that Jake was on his way over, so all of us hid on the stairs for about two minutes. He could hear him opening the door, then we all yelled, "SURPRISE!" We all ran to him and giving him hugs, wishing him happy birthday. After that we just mainly danced, some others and I were still playing on the basketball "court." I played Chris in a little, but not friendly, game of ping pong...I got whopped (yes Mom, it's a word). That party  was really fun. I had a really great time.

1031 (Sunday) Last Friday was the last day of the quarter. It was also our Halloween school day. I was excited, mainly because we would do nothing the whole day, and toward the end of the day we had our Halloween dance! I went to school with my Protege shoes that were black and orange, I had black basketball shorts, black Underamour, and over that I had an orange Halloween shirt. I stayed in that until fifth period (the class before the dance), then I changed into my actual custume. So I just took off my orange shirt, and then put on the "Chick Magnet." The dance was so much fun, it was probably the best dance I've ever been to. There were great songs, great people, and everything else was great! The only thing I didn't like about the dance was it was so short, probably only lasted about an hour. My costume got a lot of attention, people would just have to stare at me for a second, and go, "Oh! Now I get it!" I was probably one of the best costumes there, and one of the best dancers. I was just so crazy, being a ninth gra-der, I didn't care about anything. And that's another great thing about the dance, it was only ninth graders, no annoying seveies or eighth grades! At through the dance I was with a pretty cute girl, this is a journal entry I really don't mind writing about.

In Utah since a large population is LDS we had to celebrate Halloween on Saturday night instead of Sunday night.Halloween has to be one of my favorite holidays ever, so I was really looking forward to it.For Halloween I was again the "Chick Magnet" costume.I was planning on going with all my friends, I started to get some candy, got like four pieces of candy, then I thought, "I don't need candy!" I was sick of carrying around a bag, going up to a house and saying, "Trick-or-Treat!" So now I'm trying to be more healthy, people think I'm crazy for my age and deciding to do this. But I do want to stay fit all my life, so why not get in the habit of being healthy now? So I got ready around six o-clock, I went over to Hayden's house. He didn't have anything to wear, so he went over to Jake's house to get a costume. I headed over to Mikayla's house,a lot of people were there. Mikayla and all of them were downstairs getting ready, wow, all of them in the bathroom, with make-up, hairspray, I couldn't go in there! It was packed, and suffacating! So I decided not to go in there just yet. It had been a half an hour, all of them still getting ready, so I went to Jake's house to see what they were doing. Hayden had the most bizzare costume, it was so random (like every year), I can't even explain it. Well, we didn't end up going Trick-or-Treating till like seven. We were out late Trick-or-Treating, it was very boring for me not getting any candy. So we went back to Mikayla's house, had a little scary story session, then I had to go home. It was pretty fun.

1024 (Sunday) Last week on Friday in seminary we were told that next week was missionary week. Missionary week is trying to be missionary like as possible. So that means that you’re not aloud to text, call, watch tv, play video games, listen to music, and getting on the computer. But everyday you go without doing anything of these things you get 5 points for each. There are also other things that you need to do during missionary week, you need to be Sunday dressed each day.  I think I can easily do this. Mom is excited because she thinks it will make me more obedient. And by the end of the week the missionaries with the most  points get a party!

1017 (Sunday) For fall recess I did two main things. The first thing was going to the West Jordan game on Wednesday night. It was the West Jordan vs. Herriman game. I was excited, it was me, Kody, Eli, Mikayla, Kenize, Jimmy, and Danika. I actually went to the game because I thought we would most likely win Herriman. Wrong, we lost, I can’t remember the score but towards the end we started to come back. The main thing I did during fall recess was going camping. It was me, Dad, Colton, Callahan, and Keaton. We headed to some sand dunes where some other family was camping. It was a long drive there, the first thing we did once we got there was finding lizards. We found a bit but we let them all go. The next day we went a long ride with the motorcycles, RZR’s, and all the other vehicles. It was very long, total of 6 hours there and back. The next morning when we were all packed up and ready to go, our Uncle Jared offered us to drive the motorcycles. At first I wasn’t up to it, but as soon as I got on that bike, fun!

1010 (Sunday) Last year I took Tech for school, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot in that class. So for this year I decided to take the advanced tech class. The first project we had to do is make a rocket. Not from a kit, but a rocket from scratch. At first I thought it would be easy, but that wasn’t it, we also had to send it up with an egg. The egg had to come back unscrambled. So as always, I keep things to the last second, I used a Pringles can as my base, I took it to school, then everyone copied me. So everything was pretty much complete, I just needed a few major components. So me and Dad went to the store, got a good nose cone, then finished it. Now on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday we’ll launch them in class.

1002 (Monday) Yesterday was General Conference. For General Conferences we always go to Maga’s house. Well when we got there Livi was doing Maga’s hair. And when Livi has her hair stuff out she does everyone’s hair. Of course she did mine, but everyone was gone to look at Dad’s houses. All I said is for her to simply make my hair a little darker. She did Callahan’s hair too, we waited for about 20 minutes with the stuff in our hair. Callahan first washed his out, I was looking to see what color it would be. Well guess what, he dried it and it was freaking purple! I rushed to the bath tub to wash out the stuff that was turning my hair purple, yes my hair was too purple. I was so angry at Livi, it was so purple. So we headed downstairs to see what we can do about it. She got this dye that would help turn my hair brown, it helped but very little. Livi was freaking out more than me, she thought that my parents would kill her, but luckily our parents were out of the house. We had about an hour to get our hair as normal as can be. It was looking better, but then upstairs we heard the door and our parents. We ended up staying in the bathroom for about an hour. Well our hair was pretty good. Everyone at school loved my hair, I was glad, only Bro. Cottle made fun of me, as he does always.

1003 (Sunday) I’m going to talk about scouts/YM. Recently we have done some fun act ivies for scouts. We have done Fear Factor, Dutch-oven dinners, paintball, and scout camp. But now it was the not so fun part of scouts, Court of Honor. On Sunday I had to do some stuff with Dad to finish up some merit badges so I can get my Life rank advancement. We got that all done; now it was time for the Board of Review. They just asked a few questions and said now that I’m becoming a Life the only one left is the Eagle. The Eagle is the highest rank advancement in scouts. And they said that at my age I have my Life it would be easy to get my Eagle before I turn 18. I do plan to get my Eagle; since my dad didn’t get his he is really pushing me to get mine. I don’t know where I would be in scouts without my dad; he is the one always behind me pushing me towards the Eagle. Now at the Court of Honor I really regret what I had did. I had showed up late and with no scout shirt, doing that is like stabbing my dad straight in the back. I knew that I would get in big trouble. So now I’m still grounded, and I have to write in my journal so I can play the X-box. Yucky..

0926 (Sunday) Yesterday,  Hayden, Eli, Hayden’s dad, and I went on a hike. First we hang out at Hayden’s house till his dad showed up. We were going to Mt. Timpanogas. We had called to see if they had enough space for us. It said that they were sold out, but we still were able to go. I was excited, the drive was long. Once we started the hike it went up fast, and there was no guide it was just stay on the trail or fall to your doom. Some parts were very scary, once Eli was looking over the edge and I did the “Saved your life!” thing to him, he almost peed his pants. Once we got to the top Hayden’s dad was left in the dust, we waited for him at the top for about half an hour. While waiting, we found a chipmunk, and we corned it, we called him Larry. Larry ran away, it was sad. Once Hayden’s dad got to the top he thought he would be able to rest, not, as soon as he got there it was time to leave into the cave. The cave was awesome, we learned a lot about caves when there. When we got out the other side it was the way back down, the way back down was fast, but rough.  I could feel it in my calves and butt today.

0925 (Saturday) Yesterday I went with Hayden, Kody, and Steph to the Copper Hills vs. Taylorsville. I had never been very interested in high school football games, and this was my first one. Hayden and I went over to Kody’s to get a ride over there. We met Steph there at the game. When we bought our tickets me, Hayden, and Kody paid $4 to get in, Steph paid $5, we don’t know why but I thought that was pretty funny. When we got there we found Jake and his friends, the only reason we went to the game up in Tayorsville is because we actually had a good chance of beating them. My friends only seemed to go to the games just to hangout, but I actually wanted watch it. I liked to watch football, but I got ruled out, in the middle of the second quarter we went to Iceberg across the street. We all got ice cream, minis, but the minis weren’t “mini” at all! The minis were huge, we could of got one mini for the whole group and we would have been fine. By the time we got back to the game the score was 21-23, with us in the lead with about eight minutes left. We were all excited that we might win a game! But around the four minute mark Taylorsiville got up to 22 yards with 4 downs, they went for the fieldgoal, it was good. The score now 24-23, we were all freaking out! With about a minute left, we got up to the 37 yard line, we struggled to push through, but we couldn’t. It was the 4th down, four seconds left, 34 yard line, we went for the kick, failure. We had lost to Taylorsville, the worst team in the state, this did not make me want to go to Copper Hills any more than I already did.

0915 (Wednesday) Today was another fun YW/YM activity, surprising because last week was also fun. The activity was with all the young men and women of the stake. We all needed to make a Dutch Oven dinner or desert. My group was making a Cherry Chocolate Cobbler. When the groups had finished preparing the dinners we had to prepare for war. The leaders came around with nylons and a bag of flour, we were putting flour in the nylons, when you hit somebody with it, it would puff flour. The war never really started, people just starting hitting each other. My friends and I made an alliance, we would stay around the upper corner of the park, most people had avoided us, but then a bunch of leaders were coming for us. We had battled, and we got whipped! It was bad, all of us had flour in our faces, Kody on the other hand had it worse than all of us. He got in trouble with Cody Littlewood, Cody was trying to play nice, but he had to defend himself, Kody got hit so hard! It was so hard that the nylons had completely exploded! Well it turned out that my friends and I didn’t stay for the dinner, Cody felt bad so he took us to Jake’s house where we hang for the rest of the night.

0914 (Tuesday) This week has been like any other week, except I had a two tests today. It sucked but im sure I passed them both with flying colors. They were in math with Mrs. Nelson on math of course, my other was with Mr. Saxton in Geography. Today I hung out with Hayden (is awesome) and Elijah (not as awesome). Hayden tried to rip-stick and he failed epically, then Eli tried and did it his first time. So Hayden gave up trying to do it the real way and decided to sit on it. So for like the next 30 mins. Then i decided to come and right this so we could go to the big hill and ride the rip sticks down it while sitting down. Today has by far been the best day of the week. But its only Tuesday.

0905 (Sunday) Today I’m going to write about going back to school. My friends, who are now in high school got to go to school one day before me, they had said that it was so much fun. That had got me excited to go back to school. Tyler’s mom was giving us a ride to school now, we were in the car, couldn’t wait to get there. We got there, 9th grade here we come. Stepped inside, saw faces I haven’t seen for a while, it was exciting. All my teachers were pretty cool, but some I had last year and weren’t happy to see me in their class. I couldn’t wait till lunch, to see who I would be with and because I was starving. Well, school had got boring really fast, I thought it would be a party, no way!

8024 (Tuesday) For our last days of summer, we decided to make them awesome! The second to last day of summer we decided to go to Cowabunga Bay. Cowabunga Bay is a water park with a lot of slides everywhere. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the price. The price there was $23.50 for the whole day. That’s way more than Kerns. They also had dump buckets, which were smaller than the ones at Kerns. The lazy river was the funniest part about Cowabunga Bay. My friends and I would tip people on their tubes. It was so much fun!

0822 (Sunday) Thursday-Saturday is when we went on my scout camp to Pineview. We had to go in the early morning. We listened to Jim Gaffigan on the way there, funny guy. When we got there it was raining, we stayed in Hayden’s camper till it stopped raining. When it stopped raining we went tubing.  The next day Tyler and I went first on the tube. Alan had been stirring the water for about five minutes, huge waves. He made the soup, time to go through it, we flew! To me it didn’t seem that high, but they came and got us, all of them, “WOW! HOLY CRAP, US GUYS FLEW!” the last night was fun. We played basketball till dark, then we played volleyball with some girls, they kicked our butts. Then we laid in the grass and sang songs. Best scout camp ever!

0817 (Tuesday) Yesterday we had a Bishopric Party at the Burton’s. it was fun. Me and jake played around a lot. We buried colton in tire stuff. Today Kody’s mom took us all to Five Guys. Yummy! Then we played around in the mall for a while.

0815 (Sunday) My good friend Jake Adams got home from his summer in Monticello. So my friends and I planned to have a party when he got home. We made a cake for Jake at Kody’s house. The cake mix was two years old… that’s why we didn’t eat it, but it did look good. Jake got home, we went over there. So we gave him the cake, and told him to smell it. He held it up against his face, then we smushed it in his face. We made a mess, and we had to clean it up. Then we played games and watched movies the rest of the time.

0814 (Saturday) Busy week ... Monday was haircut, NickleMania and a photoshoot at Wheeler Farm (with dinner at Red Robin after). Spending a LOT of time at Hayden's house! Working out in the morning ... sore. On Wednesday, Hayden, Eli, and I went to Kerns for most of the day. I went over to Elis house to play a scary game, Singularity. It was scary. We waited for Hayden, but he didn’t come. It turned out he was asleep. We woke him up and picked him up and went to kerns. It wasn’t as busy as the first time we went, we liked that. So we found a spot and swam, it was very fun. Then we met up with some girls that went to our school. We hanged with them the rest of the time we were there. The thing we did most when we were there was jumping off the platforms. When we went home we needed to get ready for paintball. It was my first time paintballing and I was very excited. During the time I got shot once in the head, it hurt. And I got Haydens brother Eric out twice and his dad out once.

0808 (Sunday) On Saturday, my friends and I went to KOF...blah blah, Water Park. We were planning to go when it opened, but as usual something interfered. We had a youth service project at the Care Center. It was pretty boring, did nothing. So we ended up going later. We left early, my dad took us home, for us to get ready. Once everyone was ready, Dad took us to In N Out, I ate too much. Once we got there something was going on, like a barbecue contest. It was a little bit more packed than usual. We heard the bell, I ran, hurried, threw my stuff down and went to the bucket. Made just in time, but they didn't. We had a lot of fun there, but the best part was the cars! When there, there was a festival going on with a car show. So much Corvettes, and other awesome cars. Best part of the cars was the Batmobile, so cool! One of the only three Batmobiles was here, it had real built in guns. So, that was my day.

07012010 (Thursday) Subzero

July 2 2010 (Friday) Today was the funnest day of summer, so far. Why it was so fun, because I spent the day with my friends at Lagoon! Mom over packed me, she gave me a heavy bag to carry around with a lot of food and drinks (she didn't want me to buy the food at Lagoon). I just wanted to leave it in the car on "accident" so I wouldn't have to carry it around. But, I had to take it. I waited for Eli to come pick me up. And waited, and waited. It took forever for them to pick me up. Then they finally came, the first thing they said was, "Look Landon brought his pantry." Eli's Mom dropped us off at a TRACKS station. We saw the train, we hurried, we bought our tickets, and missed the train. So we waited for the next one, it was my first time riding TRACKS in a while. We rode it for a while, til we got to the FrontRunner station. It was my first time riding the Frontrunner. We rode it till the Lagoon Station, then we waited for the shuttle to Lagoon. The shuttle was very slow. We finally got to Lagoon! The experience I remember the most was our second ride, Rattlesnake Rapids. It was fun, until the end. See, when someone is in a wheelchair, Lagoon staff take them to a raft that is out of the way, so they can take their time getting into and out of the raft. The gate that closes off the special raft was stuck, and we were stuck too. Not just us, everyone on the ride. They tried to fix it, but no good. I don't know why they kept us there for a whole hour! Laying in the sun, getting baked and thirsty. They brought us out some water. Then they finally "evacuated" us off the ride. It felt so good to stretch and move around. So, getting stuck and baked in the sun for a hour we got, a card so we can get a free drink or ice cream. So, my day at Lagoon was fun.  

07032010 (Saturday) Rodeo/fireworks

07042010 (Sunday) Went to Magas

07052010 (Monday) Went to ToyStory 3, In-and-Out Burger, Hanging out with Friends, Fireworks

07062010 (Tuesday) Swimming at Grandma's pool & Lavalee's pool

07072010 (Wednesday) Scouts, worked on bikes

07082010 (Thursday) Cleaned the bathroom! Babysit brothers two times.

07092010 (Friday) To Maverick with friends.

07252010 (Sundy) A few days ago my family got back from seeing our cousins in Washington. This trip was propably the only one for the summer. Mom and Cooper stayed home from the trip. We had to ride by car. The car trip was long and boring, we went off. We drove and drove, then finally we stopped in Ontario, which was considered half way. We stayed the night. Then left again in the morning. That day was Sunday, so the roads werent busy. We reached Sammamish, where our cousins lived. We stayed the night there. Left early, so we could reach the ferry that was going to take us to the island. The ferry ride was short. We got to our campsite and set up camp. We just rested the first day. The next morning we had breakfast burritos, lunch was whatever we had to eat, dinner was Baked ZD, it was the best. Day three we went swimming a lot, we found a tree over hanging the lake, we jumped off it. We broke down camp. We headed for Kolby’s house. It was a much longer drive during Rush Hour. Stayed the night, left in the moring. We drove all the way home, it was very long. Got home and fell asleep.   

0801 (Sunday) On Saturday morning my mom woke everyone up so we can go see Colton’s soccer game. Colton couldn’t wait, he missed his first game when we were at Seattle. At first my mom wasn’t sure of where the game was, cause no one was there, but we were early. Then everyone started to come. Uncle Clay was Colton’s coach and playing with Addie. There’s nothing funnier than seeing four year-olds playing soccer. But I was impressed how good Colton did in his game. He was the first one to score, and scored at least four goals. During the game I was looking around and I something in the grass, it was a praying mantis. I picked it up and kept it, some of the kids were distracted and wanted to see it. At the end of the game Colton had lost his CTR ring in the grass. He was so sad, when looking for it, someone else found a praying mantis.  

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