Sunday, October 31, 2010

Costumed Kids

Halloween 2010

Last year I went a little overboard on costumes ... I bought ALL new (Lugi for Landon, Mario for Cooper, a Basketball Box for Callahan, BumbleBee for Keaton, Buzz for Colton ... and Woody for Cooper, even though he already had the Mario costume). The kids do generally get several opportunities to wear their costumes other than just Halloween night. This year, I didn't buy ANY new, the kids just went through the boxes of costumes from previous years (although Landon's was purchased last year AFTER Halloween on clearance, so it was new, just not purchased this year) ...First up is the Halloween party at school (see the Halloween Party Post for pictures and a video) where the kids dressed simply in their Sesame Street hats for costumes. Colton had his preschool party the Thursday before Halloween ... here's a picture of him and his teacher (isn't that the CUTEST costume?)
Colton and Ms. Cindy

Landon also had celebrations at school ... he had a special backpack for the day ... even his shoes were a matching black and orange ... I called him Jack-O-Landon *Ü* During the day, the 9th graders got to have a Halloween dance. Landon took off his orange shirt and became a "Chick Magnet"

The Friday night before Halloween, there was the annual neighborhood party over at the church. The different church organizations (primary, young mens, young women, elders, etc.) each are in charge of a room which they decorate according to a theme. Gray and Landon were with the young men and a Cowboy and Indians themed room. Now I said *I* did not buy any new costumes this year ... but Landon didn't have Indian attire ... so hubby made a stop and $40 later, we do now have an Indian costume to add to the box (boxes) ... Grayson was able to make due with existing stuff for his cowboy costume.

After the Friday festivities, the kids went trick-or-treating in the cold and rain on Saturday night. Our house is in a little loop ... and the younger kids rarely ever make it out of our small little neighborhood, this year was no exception. The older kids did venture a little further, staying out after the little ones came home. But I think the little boys enjoy answering the door and handing out candy almost as much as collecting it! The favorites for the older boys are Reese's ... the little boys like Kit Kats and Twix. Landon said he's going on a health kick and NOT eating any candy... that's more willpower than I have!

Daily Doings (Oct2010)

In reverse order ... 
so start at the bottom and read up if you want it chronological *Ü*

1031 (Sunday) Sunday Circles for breakfast, then church. After church Mom tried to get a family picture taken ... the boys are NOT very cooperative (even Daddy!) Mom made more cupcakes to take to Maga's. Maga wasn't feeling well though, so we didn't see her all night.

1030 (Saturday) Cool and rainy. Dad help James Beckstead build a derby car in the morning then went running some errands. Cooper fell off a chair and hit his head on a table, leaving a cut by his eye. Mom wasn't sure if it needed more than just a bandaid, so she ran him into the Instacare just to be safe. He didn't need stitches, so that was good. He has little steri-strips by his eye. When it was time to go trick-or-treating, the rain was really coming down. The boys went out to a few houses, just around the neighborhood and called it good. Callahan and friends went further. Landon hung out with his friends until late.

1029 (Friday) French Toast Friday ... yum. Jack-O-Landon went to school (wearing his orange shirt). There was a dance for the 9th graders during the day, he changed into his "chick magnet" costume and got a lot of attention. Mom ran to the store and then to Blockbuster. Returned "How to Train Your Dragon" and "SuperMarioBros" and picked up "HaloReach" and "The Spy Next Door". The Wii downstairs has been acting up, not playing some of the favorite games, so we switched the upstairs and downstairs Wiis (we pretty much just use the upstairs one to watch Netflix). Mom made cupcakes for the Halloween party at the church tonight, white chocolate spiderweb toppers and cupcakes on a stick. Dad dressed up like a cowboy and bought an Indian outfit for Landon for their themed room. We went to the church and got treats and played some games.

1028 (Thursday) Colton had his preschool Halloween party, he wore his ninja costume. He went home with Jeffrey again today. The boys had bowling, it was crowded today as a whole bunch of kids from high school were there. Ryland and Ridley came over after bowling and stayed until their parents got home, then all the boys went over to their house to play for a while. Mom had volleyball in the evening until really late.

1027 (Wednesday) Snow again this morning. For the first time, the kids put on PANTS ... and boots and gloves and coats. They made a snowman outside. We packed up and went to Grandma and Grandpa's house. The boys stayed and played hide-and-seek while Mom and Grandma (and Danielle and Ani) went out to lunch at Red Robin. Back at home, the kids pulled out costumes. Cooper got dressed up as Bumblebee from Transformers (Keaton's costume from last year) and Colton got a ninja outfit on. Jacob was Ironman and they were running around outside (it had warmed up, the snow and snowman melted). Tyler joined the carpool for the ride home which makes the car pretty packed! Dad had a derby and both Landon and Callahan went to help. It was Clay's ward, so Clay's family came over to watch and race during the fun races. Will squealed like a girl.

1026 (Tuesday) Colton had preschool and then went over to Jeffrey's house until Mom got back with the boys after bowling. Ryland won 1000 tickets in the arcade today ... as Mom came in to pick the boys up she found him standing in a PILE of tickets.

1025 (Monday) Woke to snow. Callahan went and hung out at his friend Cody's house. In the evening, we went to Mountain Mike's for dinner. We had to go to a new one, as the one we usually go to has closed down :(  This new one didn't have as much space, or a pool or air hockey table. Mom got the HUGE pizza and there was a lot left over. There was a guy making balloon creations. Colton got a snake, Keaton a fish from a pole, Cooper Spiderman, Callahan alien and Landon eyeball.

1024 (Sunday) Sunday circles ... before AND after church (Colton wanted MORE waffles). Dad got home from his bike trip safe ... and tired. We all went out to Clay and Courtney's house for a birthday celebration (Addie and Will). There were homemade donuts, cupcakes and cookies, and of course ice cream. It was a cold and rainy day, so we turned on the heat for the first time (it smells!) ... bad storm in the night, very noisy, kept Mom and Dad awake.

L: 1,3,3,4,2,2,4  Total:19, Average: 2.7 Allowance: $3
C: 2,4,5,5,3,4,5 Total: 28, Average: 4    Allowance $4
K: 1,2,3,3,2,0,3 Total: 14, Average: 2 Allowance $2
Cooper: 45 Total   Colton: 28 Total

1023 (Saturday) Callahan's basketball game wasn't until 5:00, which was MUCH too late in the day for him to have to wait for! He did have white board practice at 2:00. Mom went to the library after dropping him off, then picked up some white sauce pizza from Dominos. The basketball game was a challenge, pretty close the whole game. One kid (Tanner) was missing, so Callahan got some extra playing time, he took one bad fall. Our team was a little ahead near the end, but the other team got in a couple of three-point shots to tie the game. It was a good game though!

1022 (Friday) With Landon's late start, Mom made Friday French toast for breakfast.  In the evening, Callahan and Keaton went next door to Bailey's birthday party. Lots of noisy kids ended up in OUR yard for a while. They stayed until 10:00!

1021 (Thursday) Daddy left for Moab for Grandma Henry's funeral. He'll then stay for some biking with friends (which had been planned a while back). Landon and Colton had school, and the other boys had bowling. Friends came to play after, but had to leave when it was time to pick up Landon from school. Callahan's basketball practice ended up being cancelled, leaving the evening free for toasted cheese sandwiches.  Landon: School, HW, Read  Callahan: Dishwasher, BBDrills, Read  Keaton: Bedroom, Read

1020 (Wednesday) Callahan had an ortho appointment in the morning. Mom left Keaton tending the little boys. The boys were a bit bored today as not many friends were around ... Mom wishes we had traditional school instead of these off-track breaks throughout the year. In the evening, Keaton went to a derby with Dady, Callahan had scouts and Landon had young mens ... the little boys had much needed baths!  Landon: School, HW, Yard Cleanup, YMs  Callahan: Ortho, Garbages, Scouts, Read, Journal  Keaton: BR. Tend, Derby

1019 (Tuesday) Colton had preschool and the bigger boys went to bowling, as they usually do for off-track. Cooper actually was going to pass this session, with his broken arm, but then Ryland and Ridley decided to sign up (we have room in the car to take them) and then of course Cooper wanted to if Ridley was there. Besides the five boys I drop off, there are only two other kids. The arcade section of the bowling alley was completely redone. It's now almost twice the size with lots of new games. Instead of tokens, the kids are issued "CreditCards" which you load to be used to start the games, and they also track the tickets the kids win. The boys thought it was all pretty cool, and Cooper did fine with his cast (and bumpers). Mom had to pick up Colton late from preschool, as both preschool and bowling get out at 12:00. Callahan had basketball practice at 5:00. Mom grabbed some Dominos for dinner before taking him. Keaton had pack meeting in the evening, Dad took him.  Landon: School, HW, Read  Callahan: Laundry, DW, Malt, Read to Boys, Read  Keaton: BR, Laundry, Scouts

1018 (Monday) The elementary kids are off-track ... but they were all up uber early ... they beat Dad (who slept in a little). Landon still had school, and Mom took Cooper in for a follow-up xray in the morning (everything is looking good). Callahan is already bored being off-track (not enough friends around), Colton loves having his brothers home though. We had Addie and Will over for a little bit today. Mom has to remember to still pick up Landon from school! Landon: School, HW, Malt  Callahan: Tend, Little Fridge, Garbages, Read  Keaton: Bedroom, Dishwasher

1017 (Sunday) The boys got back in the mid-afternoon. They brought lots of sand and stickers with them. Time to unpack and do some laundry!  Landon: Journal Callahan: Read, Journal

Landon: 4,2,2,1,1,1  Allowance $1
Callahan: 5,3,5,4,4,3  Allowance $4
Keaton: 3,3,3,3,1,1 Allowance $2
Cooper: 6,5,6,6,4,5,7  Total: 39

1016 (Saturday) Mom and Cooper went out to Grandma and Grandpa's house. The cousins (Chris's kids) were there for Cooper to play with. Mom and Grandpa played a little tennis, then Mom and Grandma went out to lunch. Later in the day Mom and Cooper went to the library. Cooper misses his brothers!

1015 (Friday) The morning was spent getting ready for Daddy and the boys to leave on their camping trip. They got off around 11:30. Cooper and Mom went to the store, then went to Subzero. Dominos for dinner. Landon: Callahan: Journal, Read, Dishwasher  Keaton: Dishwasher

1014 (Thursday) I felt like a Saturday with the boys out of school for Fall recess. Mom almost forgot to put the garbages out. Colton was invited to go to the zoo with a friend and he was gone all day. Callahan and Cooper went to Ryland and Ridley's house, and Mom went and got a pedicure and a haircut. In the evening, Keaton had scouts and Callahan had basketball practice. Dad brought home a new tent and set it up in the backyard. Packing for the camping trip tomorrow.  Landon: Flies Callahan: Journal, Basement, BG, Read Keaton: Dishwasher

1013 (Wednesday) The boys got off to school, then Mom and Colton stopped at the store for some dry ice and then went to the school. Keaton met Mom in the parking lot and helped carry the stuff and showed her where his class was. Lots of parents had said they would come help, but only about half showed up. But that was ok, because it was still enough parents to have one at each station. There were six stations ... Pictureka, Make a Mummy (with TP), Cup Crash, Spider Drop, Candy Corn Toss and Bag Decorating. After everyone had gone through each center, the kids passed out candy, had donuts and a drink (there was fruit punch with dry ice). After Keaton's party, Mom and Colton went to Callahan's class and did it all again. The kids said good-bye to their friends because they go off track and won't be back for several weeks. When we got home, Mom realized we had left Colton's busy bag (with the DS in it) at the school, so she and Keaton went back to get it. Cooper's teacher caught Mom in the hall and told her that Cooper had done really well on a test (100%) ... that he was the ONLY kid who did. Back at home there were LOTS of friends over (Callahan's friend Cody had come home with us). Then the three youngest went to friends houses and it calmed down a little. Callahan didn't have scouts and Landon went to a football game at WJ High School.  Landon: School   Callahan: School, Bedroom, Garbages, Read   Keaton: School, Bedroom, Shower

1012 (Tuesday) Colton didn't have preschool again, but the little boy next door also didn't, so Colton had a friend to play with. Mom and Colton also went to the store because we were out of bread. Mom worked on some Halloween party stuff, making calls and craft bags. In the evening, Callahan had basketball practice at the park and Landon made Skookie with friends and then rode the tandem bike (I don't know that we'd gotten it out ALL summer!)  Landon: School, Homework   Callahan: School, Homework, Laundry, Shower, Read    Keaton: School, Dishwasher, Tend

1011 (Monday) Mom sent Cooper to school today for a couple of hours, then checked him out for his doctor's appointment. It was the usual playdate with Addie, so we picked her up from preschool and dropped Colton there and then went to the Riverton Hospital. Cooper got a red "long-arm" cast, which means it's big and bulky, above the elbow to his bicep. After about four weeks in it, maybe they'll be able to cut it down to a smaller one (below the elbow). We picked up Colton and grabbed some lunch at Wendys. Landon was the first one to sign Cooper's cast, but he had several signatures by the end of the day. The boys had flag duty. Dad picked up Dominos for a quick dinner before they left, then took them for Kong Cones at Maceys after.  Landon: School, Flags  Callahan: Dishwasher, School, Read (Finished PJ#2), Keaton: Bedroom, School, Shower

1010 (Sunday) 10-10-10 today ... late start and being Fast Sunday, Mom didn't make breakfast before church, but waited until after. Landon: Church, Journal, Laundry  Callahan: Dishwasher, Church, Journal, Weights, Read   Keaton: Church, Garbages, Read

Landon: 3,3,3,5,3,3,1 Total 21  Allowance $3
Callahan: 3,5,5,6,6,3,5 Total 33 Allowance $5
Keaon: 2,4,4,3,3,3,2,Total: 21 Allowance $3

1009 (Saturday) It was a cool morning ... Cooper's last soccer game, of course with his broken arm he couldn't play. Maga hadn't thought of that and showed up to the game. She and Rex came over to the house to say hi. Mom and Dad went shopping at Sam's Club (Mom had to go, because Dad hasn't gotten a new card after losing his wallet). Callahan's basketball game was at 1:00, they won easily. Brendan (Callahan's friend) game home after, then Mom dropped him home and went to the library and the store. Dad made a wonderful dinner of steak, chicken, mashed potatoes and rolls. Landon: Bathroom  Callahan: Garbages X2, Dishwasher, Little Fridge, Read   Keaton: Laundry, Read

1008 (Friday) French Toast Friday ... yummy breakfast. Mom and Colton went to the party store looking for Halloween party things. In the evening, we had some neighbors come over and run through some of the games. Then Mom, Dad and Colton went downtown to an Upstart training, getting a computer hard drive with a preschool program for Colton. Callahan had basketball practice and Landon tended brothers.  Landon: School, Basement, Tend  Callahan: School, BB Drills, Read  Keaton: Dishwasher, School, Shower

1007 (Thursday) Colton didn't have preschool today as his teacher had a conflict (family member in the hospital) but still went to his playdate at Randon's house. Bryce went and played there too, and Mom gave him a ride home when she went to pick up Landon from school. Cooper went to school today and did fine with his broken arm. In the evening, Keaton had scouts and Callahan had basketball practice. Mom walked the park during the practice then went to volleyball. Landon: School, HW, Tend  Callahan: Garbages, School, HW, BB Drills, Tend, Read  Keaton: Dishwasher, School, Scouts, Shower

1006 (Wednesday) Mom let Cooper stay home from school today to see how he would do (eating, going to the bathroom, any pain). They ended up going out to lunch at Golden Corral, Cooper's favorite! The appointment to get the cast is on Monday. In the evening, Landon and Callahan had scouts ... played a little dodge ball. Daddy was late getting home and didn't make it. Rainy day ... but Mom did get the lawn mowed (the front anyway) during a short sunshine break.  Landon: School, HW, Garbages, YMs, Malt  Callahan: Weights, DW, School, HW, Scouts, Read  Keaton: School, HW, Yard Cleanup

1005 (Tuesday) Mom drove Colton to preschool today and right after she dropped him off she got a call from the elementary school that Cooper had fallen and hurt his arm. Mom went to check it out and ended up bringing him home. He didn't use the arm much, but didn't complain a lot either. After preschool got out, Randon, Bryce and Bradley came over to play with Colton. Cooper chose to stay home while Mom went to pick up Landon, then he stayed with Landon for the Columbia carpool. Callahan had basketball practice at 5:00, Mom dropped him off the took Cooper into the KidsCare for an xray ... his arm IS broken. Landon and Dad worked all night on a rocket for Landon's technology class.  Landon: School, HW, Tend  Callahan: Bedroom, School, HW, Malt, Read   Keaton: Bedroom, Dishwasher, School, Homework

1004 (Monday) Colton was a bit bored in the morning, just laying around. It was cool and rainy, but during a break when the sun was out, Mom and Colton put out the pumpkins and fall decor and tore out the dead flowers. Addie came over for a playdate after her preschool. There were lots of friends over after the older kids got out of school too. Dad bbqed the roast for dinner.  Landon: School, HW, Journal    Callahan: Dishwasher, School, HW, Little Fridge, Read     Keaton: Bedroom, School, HW

1003 (Sunday) General Conference. We did our usual Sunday Circle for breakfast then went up to Maga's for most of the day. Dad took Mom, Maga, Clay, Keaton and Cooper to go see the houses he is building. Mom made homemade oreos, yum!  Landon: Journal, Laundry  Callahan: Journal, Garbages, Read  Keaton: Bedroom, Dishwasher

Landon: 4,3,2,3,4,5,2 Total 23  Average 3.3 Allowance $3
Callahan: 5,6,5,4,6,4,3 Total 33 Average 4.7 Allowance $5
Keaton: 3,4,3,4,4,1,0 Total 19 Average 2.7 Allowance $3  

1002 (Saturday) Cooper had a 9:00 soccer game, Callahan had a 3:00 basketball game. Iron Man 2 came from Netflix today, so Landon watched that during the day. The two little boys played at Shaw's for much of the day. Callahan went home with a friend after his game. Mom went to the store and library. Dad and Landon went to priesthood. We did Dominos for dinner.  Landon: Kitchen Sink, Church   Callahan: Basement x2, Read  Keaton: big ZERO ....

1001 (Friday) Landon had the day off for teacher prep day, so Mom took advantage of him being home to tend Colton to go out and run some errands. Early out for the Columbia kids, and many friends were over after school. Mom and Dad went to a movie in the evening.  Landon: Tend, Journal, Wii Battery, Weights, Tend   Callahan: Dishwasher, School, Laundry, Read  Keaton: School

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tricky Treats

SpiderWeb Cupcakes

When you think about Halloween, you often think about CANDY ... I LOVE the candy, and I hope that the small packaging might help with quantity control when it comes to eating it. In previous years, I've made sugar cookies and used candy corn to decorate them like jack-o-lanterns ... but I didn't get around to that this year, because I was so busy making NEW Halloween treats!

Every year at the church, there is a neighborhood "Trunk-or'Treat" (although we do NOT have the kids go from car to car, but rather room to room ... so I'm not sure WHY they use the TRUNK-or-Treat terminology). This year I was asked to bring cupcakes for the cake walk. A friend posted this spiderweb cupcake idea and I thought it was SO cute! It really wasn't very difficult either. You melt white chocolate drops and then simply follow the template from the website linked above. I think these will be an annual trick-or-TREAT each Halloween from now on. If you look behind the spiderweb cupcakes, you can also see my first attempt at cupcakes on a stick. They were a hit as well. It was the first (but not the last) time I used my new Cakesicle Pan.

We also made cookie-press pumpkins. Now the pumpkin shape did NOT come with my original cookie press. I actually hadn't seen this disk until last year. I really wanted it, but I couldn't find anywhere just the disk was sold, and I didn't want to buy and entire set just to get the ONE disk ... but this year ... that is exactly what I did. It was worth it ... these cookies will also be a Halloween (and Thanksgiving) tradition. They are Keaton's favorite.

A friend posted a darling OreoCookieCandyMold treat (seriously, follow this link, they are SO cute!) I actually made a trip to a couple of the local craft stores to try and find the mold, but I couldn't locate it. I'm going to keep looking and hopefully I'll land it before next year (I'll already have the white chocolate drops for the spiderweb toppers). Instead, I made MY homemade oreos (recipe here) and added orange food coloring to the frosting for a Halloween feel.

And then I picked up this large cupcake at the store ... I thought the idea was really cute. I did find these candy eyeballs ... I may have to work on my technique to try and duplicate the "fur" look ... maybe I'll try these critter creations next year, although looking through this post, I probably have ENOUGH tricky treats to send everyone into sugar shock ... and that's NOT including all the candy!


For the past couple spring and fall seasons, Thursday nights at the church have been volleyball night. It's a little bit social, a little bit cardio (a very little bit ... church volleyball rarely works up a sweat) but it's just FUN. It's for all the women in the stake area, and usually there are about 15 women who show up. It's all very low key and casual, not competitive at all. There are a couple gals with "skills" ... I'm just mediocre. I don't really remember playing much in young womens or school, but as long as there is volleyball at the church on Thursday nights, I'll clear my schedule if I can. I almost lost my wedding ring once (I had taken it off to play, placed it in my purse and then forgotten to put it back on and walked home ... the ring fell out in the church building ... but luckily it was returned to me, whew! I'm careful to leave it home now!) At one point, a pair of missionaries joined us each week ... they were pretty good and it was funny to see them playing in their suits!

We just finished up the fall season with regionals. Yes, the First Ward went on to region ... why did our ward go to region? Is it because we are SO good? No ... it's because we actually have six+ women who come each week, and we are the only ward that could actually put together a team. We went to region last year ... and both years we've gotten thoroughly trounced.

I know the church puts together a softball team ... I'm NOT into softball. I don't think the women get together to play basketball (I WATCH basketball, I don't play) ... I WISH there was enough interest for some soccer games, I love soccer! I guess I'll have to wait for spring volleyball again.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shifting Seasons

It doesn't seem so long ago that it was summer ... then school was back in session and the days started getting a little shorter. I LOVE autumn, but here in Utah it so often seems to shift so quickly from warm to cold, summer to winter, we don't often get to experience much of the fall splendor. There had been some cooler days, but the kids were still wearing shorts and t-shirts each day. After returning home last Sunday from a cousin's birthday bash, the house was a chilly 66 degrees ... so we turned on the heat for the first time (gotta love the smell throughout the house the first time the heat gets turned back on after a long hiatus). A storm rolled in that night and we woke to snow, but the kids STILL put on shorts (and the snow didn't last very long). Then yesterday, more snow. Enough that the kids wanted to go out and play. We had to look through drawers to find the forgotten long pants, dig out the boots, gloves, hats and coats. With a couple of kids from next door, they made the first snowman of the season ... he was a bit tilted (see above), and after several hours in the sun, he was even MORE so (see below) ...

Long sleeves present a bit of a problem with Cooper's cast, most arm holes aren't big enough to go over the bulk. But the coat was fine, and we even put a glove over the hand ... you couldn't even tell he had a broken arm! I noticed that Colton's pants were a couple inches too small. He sure has grown since the spring. I'll have to spend some time going through all the closets and drawers, putting the "cold weather" clothes that still fit front and center, moving items too small for one boy to the closet of the next (one of the perks of having all boys!) . I just wish I could find a good solution for all the winter wear (gloves, hats, boots, coats) that gets strewn all over after the kids come in from playing outside.

The snow has since melted, and the kids were outside playing tag and soccer again today ... but the chill is in the air ... sweater weather is here, calling for hot chocolate and chicken soup. I certainly don't mind if the snow stays away for a while ... let us enjoy the fall season *Ü*

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mr. Moab

In the month of October, Grayson has spent TWO weekends in Moab. Over fall recess, he took the boys (Mom and Cooper stayed home, we did NOT want to get sand in his cast) and went with family to Whitewash to camp and ride motorcycles and other off-road vehicles. Grandpa Rex brought his BIG camper ... Colton thought it was so cool that it had a potty that flushed! Here's a few pictures from that trip ...

Just as the family returned home, we received the news that Grandma Henry had passed away. Pam turned around and went back to Moab to help make arrangements and Grayson returned on Thursday for the funeral.

Grayson and some work friends had planned a Moab bike trip for Friday-Sun, so Gray just stayed in Moab until his buddies came down the next day. He went alone to Slick Rock Friday morning before his friends arrived, which was good as the weather wasn't too cooperative on Friday afternoon/evening. The guys did get in several different rides over the next couple days. Gray did return with a few bumps and bruises (almost went off a cliff at one point ... the bike fell about 10 feet). Unlike his previous bike trip to Moab last May (when they camped and I had no contact), the guys came back to the hotel each night and Gray was able to check in. Here's a few pictures from the trip.
surrounded by nature

if you look close you can see the guys biking on the trail ...

look REALLY close ...
see the little spec on the mountain high?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Candy Corn

MUST ... STOP ... EATING ... CaNDy CoRn!
The comedian Lewis Black says the worst thing about Halloween is ... Candy Corn ... I have to agree, but not for the same reason (he doesn't like it ... I can't stop eating it). I have a large glass pumpkin filled with candy corn and I love to just grab a handful and nibble on it. If I take just the broken ones, have some of the empty calories leaked out? Please say that is so! I love candy corn on sugar cookies (decorated as jack-o-lanterns) ... and I make darling turkey sugar cookies with them for Thanksgiving, so the temptation lasts beyond Halloween all the way through November.

Just in case you haven't heard Lewis Black's views on candy corn ... here's a little clip ... enjoy :) I'm going to go eat me some candy corn while I watch ...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Marathon Man

Grayson has run a few half-marathons, but hadn't yet tackled the elusive 26.2 mile race. After NOT getting into the St. George Marathon, both Gray and his brother Clay decided to try the Top of Utah Marathon in Logan. Grayson has been doing distance for a while, but didn't really do any specific training. He finished with an awesome time of 3:44 (clip off a couple minutes from the photo above as wasn't at the front of the pack for the start).

Gray and Clay went down Friday night so they could be at the starting line bright and early on Saturday morning. Pam took Colton, Addie and Aiden for a sleep over Friday night, then Courtney and Co. joined the kid crew to cheer on the guys at the finish (you can read her post on their blog here).

Back at home, Cooper had a soccer game and Callahan had a basketball game, so I was on Mom Duty back in West Jordan. During Callahan's game, I was watching while jogging around the track strategically placed directly above the basketball court. While I went around the track, I figured at that moment, Grayson was nearing the end of his long run... and I bet that even after 20+ miles, he was going faster than I was on my first one!

Next up? The guys have signed up for the Ogden Marathon in the spring ... Go Blackham Boys! Grayson even "bic"ed his head ... aerodynamic baby!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

School Halloween Parties

It's Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar ...
"Easy" Halloween Costumes!

For kids on D-Track in year round school ... Halloween comes a bit early. The kids get out of school on Oct13 and don't go back until Nov8 ... so, any scary celebrations at school happen mid-October. Last year, I was the room mom for Cooper's class, and had offered to do it again this year (room moms are in charge of planning the parties). I guess the need was greater in the older classes however, as I was asked to be room mom for Callahan's class instead. I had to shift my thinking from six/seven year olds to 6th graders, but got busy planning some activities for the party. Then Keaton's teacher sent a note that their room mom was out of town on the date of the Halloween party, could anyone help ... I figured I was already doing one party, so I said I'd head up the one for the 4th grade too (held at an earlier hour). The first grade party was actually at the start of the day ... I considered saying I'd help out there too, but decided two parties would be enough this year.

We had several activities, divided the kids up into groups and had them rotate through. The kids seemed to have fun at all the centers ... they were
  • Bag Decorating
  • Cup Crash
  • Candy Corn Toss
  • Spider Drop
  • Halloween Pictureka
  • Bone Bender (Twister, Halloween style)
  • Make a Mummy

For the first party (4th grade) I had enough parent volunteers that I was able to walk around with my camera and take pictures and video (and make the little Muvee above). I didn't really get any pictures of the 6th grade party because I was needed to man one of the stations.

The kids did "easy" costumes for school this year ... basically slipping on a Sesame Street baseball cap for their costume (that's the picture at the top). Colton came and "helped" at both parties and was a darling Mario. I did spend a little more than I intended, but now that I have all the materials, I guess I'll just have to offer to host the Halloween parties each year to get my money's worth! Oriental Trading Co had some cute games as well, and I actually had placed an order with them ... but it didn't arrive until after the party!

Of course there was also treat time ... donuts from the PTA, and I filled a big black cauldron with fruit punch and dry ice, which the kids loved. Both parties went well ... but I'm glad they are done!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cooper's Cast

I had sent the Columbia kids off to school with the carpool, then I was dropping Colton off at preschool when the call came ... "Public Schools" ... across the caller id ... my heart always drops as I see that name. It was only 9:00 in the morning ... what could have gone wrong already? Cooper had tripped and fallen on his arm on the way to class. He was adamant that it was broken ... and he was right! I took him into the KidsCare for an x-ray, and I didn't even need the technician to say anything, it was pretty obvious. Both bones! Cooper got a splint there are the KidsCare and we followed up with an orthopedic specialist for his cast. It's a "long-arm" cast, immobilizing the elbow, going all the way up his arm. After about four weeks we may be able to move to a smaller cast, below the elbow.

I suggested an orange cast, as he'll have it on for Halloween and Thanksgiving, but Cooper wanted red. He's enjoyed having friends and family sign it. He still has a bit of a hard time using his fingers (writing, coloring, etc.) but he's actually just about to go off-track, so he won't even be in school for much of the time. Although, this will have an effect on our usual off-track bowling, I just don't think Cooper will be up for that :( ... but Cooper has been a trouper throughout this whole ordeal, he hardly ever complains. What a great kid!
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