Sunday, November 27, 2011

Off-Track Activities


Off-track time ... in the past, we've always done bowling, but enough schools have gone back to the traditional schedule that there just wasn't enough demand this year. Bowling was not even offered. I worried that the kids might go stir-crazy, but then I realized this off-track time was different ... no Callahan! Callahan was the one who needed scheduled activities. With him still in school, the other three boys were pretty content to stay home and relax.

A month or so ago, Groupon offered a deal for Chuck-E-Cheese, so we did go there one day. We had the place almost to ourselves (one of the few benefits of being out of school during the school year) and the boys had a blast.

They played lots of games,
got lots of tickets,
redeemed them for prizes ...


Got pizza and drinks and had a great time!

We also redeemed a Groupon for a month pass at Jump N' Bounce, and although we went a few times, we didn't make use of it as much as we did during the summer months (we were regulars then!). We also had some doctor and dentist appointments ...

and then it's Back to School again ...

Friday, November 25, 2011

School Success!

Good job Blackham Boys! Landon is pretty good about coming home and getting on assignments and homework. I do get the email updates from the school and check in on his progress on Skyward, and I do have to nag him occasionally. Very happy he made the honor roll, and the school mailed out this nice certificate.

I was always a very studious worker when I was in school, but the elusive 4.0 seemed always just out of my grasp (until my senior year in high school anyway). Callahan achieved it his first quarter in middle school! He was also honored at the school with the TripleCrown award (4.0, Perfect attendance:no absences, no tardies, and all Honors in citizenship) ... just 32 kids in the whole school could claim that (yet several of the others earning the award are his good friends, glad he has good, smart friends!).

Great first quarter in your new schools Blackham Boys!
Keep up the good work!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Birthday Bashes


During November, we had TWO birthday bashes ... one on the Westra side, one on the Blackham side. There are a LOT of birthdays. On the Westra side, it was for Adria, Grandma, me, Gray and Rick. Alicia had her new little baby boy just a couple weeks after the party (on Grayson's birthday), so there's one more!


On the Blackham side, it was for a little more than just November birthdays ... Rex, Will and Olivia actually fell in the end of October. November birthdays were me, Gray, Addie and Ana ... and Maga even put Colton's name on the cake, figuring that his birthday would probably get overlooked in the Christmas celebrations come December ...

Another year older and wiser too, right?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Scout Stuff


We missed Pack Meeting in September (Gray had a derby and Keaton was helping him) and the one for October got cancelled ... so Keaton finally got his Arrow of Light award at the November pack meeting. Good job Keaton! Cooper was also officially welcomed into the pack ... as one Blackham Boy moves on, another moves in ...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ping Pong Players


A few months ago, we took down the small basketball hoop in the basement (it had gotten pretty trashed). This opened the room up quite a bit ... enough for a ping pong table? During our dating days, Gray and I played quite a bit of ping pong. When moved into our first house, we bought a table and played almost daily. Lots of fond ping pong memories ... and I got to thinking it was time to make some more.

While I was still pondering the possibility, one of my boys challenged me to a ping pong game while at my parents house. I was surprised that all three of the older boys were worthy opponents! This increased my desire for a ping pong table, as I would have plenty of partners and I figured it would get used.

It took a bit of cleaning and rearranging to make room, but I did it ... and my birthday was coming up. Usually, I never have much to say when I'm asked what I want for my birthday. I'm spoiled, I have pretty much everything I want, much less need. But this year ... I wanted a ping pong table. I got a ping pong table. Happy birthday to me!

It has gotten a lot of use. With enough practice, maybe the boys can even beat Grandpa one day!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fall Ball 2011


So the Fall season of basketball has come to an end. There were a few changes to Callahan's team ... playing in the 7th/8th grade division, Mason and Tyler (two now 9th graders) who had played with us during the summer were now too old. We also lost Mason (and Rowland) to a different team (we really missed them ... especially when we had to play AGAINST them, that game being our only loss of the season). We gained Brighton, Haydon and Luis. Tanner started the season but then decided to leave the team, so we played with nine for the remaining games.


Keaton enjoyed playing on Steve's team again, his third season with Max, Jonathon and Tanner. There were other familiar faces and a couple new friends he hadn't played with before. They had a good season, 5 wins and 3 losses.

I made videos of all the games, you can see them on the Basketball Blog. I also took all of just Keaton's Clips and compiled them into one video recap ... here are his highlights.


Junior Jazz starts in December .... it will be busy! Landon will be reffing, and all four younger boys are signed up to play. I hope we don't have too many scheduling conflicts. Not sure what we'll do if we happen to have FOUR games scheduled at one time! For the past two years, Callahan has played on a Superleague team (another game and a couple practices a week) but that fell through this year ... but then the local high school (CopperHills, where Callahan is planning on attending) held tryouts, creating three 7th grade teams to play in a high school prep league ... Callahan was thrilled to make the top team. We'll keep you updated as basketball begins *Ü*

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chicken Pillows

I'd never heard of Chicken Pillows prior to becoming a Blackham .... but they are a staple in the Blackham home (Pam's,  and now ours). They are one of Grayson's favorites, and the boys eat them too (I don't, but I do MAKE them). 

2 Cups Chicken (cooked and cubed)
4 T Soft Butter
6oz Cream Cheese
4oz Mushrooms (Drained)
2 Cans Crescent Rolls

Mix butter and cream cheese.  Add mushrooms and meat.  Open rolls.  Place 1/4 cup mixture on each roll. Roll each pillow in melted butter, then roll in bread crumbs.  Bake on cookie sheet at 375 for 20 minutes.  Lightly dilute cream of chicken soup in saucepan, heat serve over pillows.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Daily Doings (Nov2011)

1130 (Wednesday) Colton's turn for a rough start. He has now started coughing too, and the slimy stuff was choking him causing him to freak out completely. Got him calmed down, hot bath, a little medication and he was ok once it was time for school. I was on kindergarten carpool duty, Randon and Colton stayed at Nathan's house to play. Carpools ... Callahan stayed at Stockton's again, I picked him up around 6:30 to get him home in time for scouts. French Dip for dinner.

1129 (Tuesday) Happy there was a bit of a weight drop after my being good yesterday (cardio, weights, ping pong and eating, despite the destructive morning ...). Rough start for Keaton. The three older boys have been coughing up a storm for a while and K was just tired of it. Didn't want to get out of bed, was uber emotional.  I went into the school for my weekly volunteering in Cooper's class. After, Colton and I went to GeneFullmer and signed Callahan up for a 7th grade team (checked and it did NOT have scheduling conflicts, at least for Callahan, and as Cole is on the team, they said they can give him rides to any games/practices as needed). We stopped at Maceys for some groceries then home. Carpool afternoon ... actually Cal called and went home with Stockton, so instead of picking him up at three, I went out to grab him there around 5:30. We stopped for some Wendys, using the frosty coupons from Halloween. I made ChickenParmBake for dinner. Callahan had basketball practice, catching a ride with Cole.

1128 (Monday) Ok ... back to the routine, and trying to get back to reasonable eating. Trying to get back to pre-Thanksgiving weight, and then continue to work down. The day didn't start out well though, what can I say, it was cyber-Monday and I felt a little obligated to participate. Did a bit of shopping and we might be good for Christmas now, although I'm sure I'll add a bit more. I snacked quite a bit while shopping, but then didn't eat much for the rest of the day. Still just did leftovers for dinner (but we're almost through them). Dropped Callahan off at practice at CH, then went to a few stores (Target, BestBuy, Kohls) then back to pick him up. We did get the schedules for the high school prep tournament, and it is NOT later like they had indicated, but right smack in the middle of the day with all the other games. Callahan had THREE that are at the exact same time. It's very disappointing and it will be hard for him to have to choose and have to miss games. There was no one kicking us out of the gym, so Callahan kept shooting while I talked with one of the other coaches, picking his brain about the various leagues and such. Gray was asleep when I got home, but I was still pretty awake. Did the dishes, made his lunch and even did some more elliptical before turning in.

1127 (Sunday) Beat Gray down to the gym today, and walked to/from church. Skimped a little there and got some extra cardio in. Also did some ping pong. Eating was high though, with Sunday Circles and gingersnaps for the Sunday treat.

1126 (Saturday) Up early for an 8:00 game. Unfortunately this was just a pseudo-game. The team we were supposed to play yesterday at 11:00 refused to come play us, saying our no-show was a win for them. One of the other teams (the one that ended up in the championship game) came to play us just to give us a third game, but the results didn't matter and they cut the second half short. We lost by two. Cole and Mason (on the team) came over to hang out between games, and we went back for the 4:00 game, which we won. Callahan rolled his ankle and it hurt him quite a bit. They have an opening on the team for JuniorJazz, and as Callahan's team is playing 8th grade, he could do this too, so I think we will. We stopped at the bread store and dropped some books off at the library. Cinnamon rolls again, and another DVD and popcorn.

1125 (Friday) No Black Friday shopping for me, I didn't even look at the ads. Don't want to feel bad about the deals I'm not getting. Callahan was scheduled for two games today, at 5:00 and 7:00, until we got a call saying there was a scheduling error and it was actually 11:00 and 2:00. We were too late for the first, but went to the 2:00 game and the boys won. Callahan had a good game. Two games tomorrow. I'd set some of the leftover dough out to rise for cinnamon rolls - had to borrow some powdered sugar for the icing as we were out. With the evening now free, Gray and I headed out to the movies, but we hadn't purchased the tickets ahead of time and there weren't any good seats left. We went to Red Robin instead. Stopped at Blockbuster on the way home and grabbed a DVD.

1124 (Thursday) Good morning ... got the rolls rising and made a second batch of dough. Dinner rolls (crescent and butterflake) and orange rolls. Made my CoolWhip dessert too. Off to Maga's around 2:00 for the Thanksgiving Feast.  Gray and I played ping pong for about an hour in the evening.

1123 (Wednesday) Not a good night for sleep, for me or Gray :( I had basketball brain. Did some Thanksgiving prep, made roll dough, set some rising for dinner tonight, the rest I'll make up tomorrow. Made cookie press cookies, paid some bills, carpools, a trip to the grocery store for forgotten items. Late dinner steak/chicken and the rolls.

1122 (Tuesday) Not a super productive day. Mom called before heading down to St. George (visiting Wendy's family for the Thanksgiving holiday) needing help updating the Ipod. We were able to get it done. It was my day to volunteer at the school. Cooper had actually gone out to recess! I brought home the kindergarten carpool. Colton and I ran to Smiths for some groceries, then he went to play at Randon's house. I wasn't picking up Landon from school as there were basketball games after. In fact, I had arranged for Bailey to watch Cooper and Shay to pick up the kids from school, and after I picked up Callahan, we went out and watched the sophomore game. Herriman got beat in all three games (by West Jordan). We got an invite to join friends at Jump N Bounce, so we did head over there for a while. Cooper was even happy and wants to go again! Landon had said he had a ride home, so I was very frustrated when he texted "you can come get me now" ... that was NOT the plan, and what if we (Gray went out) weren't home and able to drop everything to go pick him up?

1121 (Monday) Back to the weekday routine :) Had a good day for exercise (cardio and weights) and kept calories in check.  I put candy corn in the glass pumpkin, should NOT have done that. Carpools in the afternoon, and Callahan had basketball practice at CopperHills in the evening.

1120 (Sunday) Gray got up and went down to MY gym ... I missed out on my morning workout, on an already Slow Sunday. Made waffles and bacon. It was too cold to walk to church, although I almost had to as Gray just about left without me. After church we went up to Maga's ... after Gray jumped the car as the battery had died (Cooper had left the door open). There was bread and soups, and a Sam's Club chocolate cake. I also made homemade oreos.

1119 (Saturday) Happy Birthday Grayson! We actually didn't have anything on deck (no sports, work, etc.). He went to breakfast with Joe, then dropped his truck off at Topstop, as the brakes are grinding again. I picked him up and we hit Dunford Donuts on the way home (not that Gray was hungry right then, but it was on the way). I ran to Walmart to stock up on milk and such for the weekend, then took Gray back to TopStop to pick up his truck (they said they couldn't find anything). Grayson and I went to Tepanyaki for an early dinner, the older boys weren't happy that we weren't all going (which I would have been ok with had Maga and Rex come out too, but they were busy). I dropped Landon off at a friend's house to go to a Region church dance ... which they didn't end up going to (the girls weren't admitted as their skirts were too short). He got a ride home. Callahan and Keaton went to Bailey's for a DVD, which they've done the last few Saturday nights. Gray and I watched "Horrible Bosses" and ate popcorn and ...

1118 (Friday) Cold and gloomy day. Late start for Callahan, early out for Columbia kids. Colton said they had a fire drill today ... I wondered how Cooper coped with that! He didn't say anything when I picked him up so I guess it wasn't as big a deal as I would have thought. Keaton had a birthday party after school, I couldn't get him there on time (as I would be off with afternoon carpool) but I had made arrangements, so he was off to that. Gray was home early, but I had to pick Keaton up from the party at 6:15, so that made going out hard. Callahan had dropped his Ipod Touch a couple days ago, shattering the screen. He decided he wanted to pay the $99 to replace it, and Gray was able to get an appointment (he'd been wanting to go to the Apple store anyway). He and the two older boys headed out, stopping at D&D's, then the Mall, then 5Guys. I picked up Keaton and then it was an early evening in, as neither Gray nor I slept good last night.

1117 (Thursday) Dragging again today. Colton seemed bored after school too. Carpools in the afternoon. I picked up Cooper from school and went straight to his counseling session. Colton came too. I think that helps Cooper out and I'm never sure how good the boys are watching my baby at home, so it works. Gray had a derby, so he and Callahan had left before we made it back home. I made snickerdoodles again, successfully this time (tried a new box of baking soda).

1116 (Wednesday) The weather was actually ok (out the window and in the forecast) so Cooper didn't complain. It made for a much nicer morning. After the boys got off to school, I went out running errands. I returned a purchase to BB&B and then stopped into Ross. Talking to one of the other basketball moms about shoes, we had been told they had some good deals there. I wasn't too impressed with their prices or selection, but did find a pair for both Callahan and Landon (caught Landon grabbing one of Gray's this morning as his shoelace broke, making his unwearable of course ... I figured I keep an extra pair of shoes on hand for him as they were $22). Coke Rewards had a special in the morning, and I used my points to get a $25 giftcard to the Nike store. I was thinking I'd pick up some more socks for C&K, but they didn't have the long black ones in boys sizes, so I looked at shoes instead and picked up a pair for Keaton, paying only $3 out of pocket. Sweet! Stopped by the bank for a deposit, then went to Target (Callahan needs a jumprope for his Copperhills team training). Picked up kindergarten carpool, and Colton was busy playing with friends. The phone rang with an automated call from the high school saying they were on lockdown (but all students were safe). I turned on the news but nothing ... Spencer texted his mom that there was a guy with a gun at the apartments nearby and the police had advised locking the school down just in case. The lockdown was for about 20 minutes or so. Landon said he was in the lunchroom, and that was a fun place to be. Carpools in the afternoon. Gray was home early to prep for his scouts tonight. Landon, Callahan and Keaton had their scouts as well. I had Cooper and Colton take their baths, and I got a little evening weight workout in.

1115 (Tuesday) Cooper had another rough morning. The skies were dark and overcast. I usually go in on Tuesdays to volunteer in the classroom, but I had gotten an email from the teacher saying she was out sick and hadn't prepped anything for me. I asked Cooper if it would be ok if I didn't come in after all today, and that was NOT ok with him, so I still went. I brought a book and just sat in the back of the class and read a book. I was on kindergarten carpool duty anyway. Sometimes on the day after doing weights, I find myself dragging ... today was one of those days. Couldn't get motivated, and ate too much. Stuck in a ziti for dinner. Carpools in the afternoon. Pack Meeting in the evening. At first Gray thought he had a derby tonight, but looks like there was a miscommunication, it's actually next month. So I didn't actually HAVE to go to pack meeting, but as both Cooper and Keaton were getting recognized, I figured I should. Cooper got welcomed into the pack with a cute little ceremony I don't remember happening with any of the other boys (but then again, my attendance at pack meetings was few and far between). Keaton got his arrow of light. Unlike Landon and Callahan, and the other boys I saw, it wasn't a big ceremony ... which was actually ok with me. He got a nice wooden arrow plaque. They played some games and time to head home. I was exhausted!

1114 (Monday) Back to school for the Columbia kids. Keaton wanted me to wake him early (7:00ish) so he could get some playing in before school. Cooper was up early, but I wasn't sure Colton was going to make it up! This off-track stuff sure throws off the routine. Cooper had a rough morning as well. Got the kids off then had the house to myself, something that hasn't happened in a while. Colton ended up going to play at Randon's after kindergarten too, so I had almost the whole day alone. Got in cardio and weights and some cleaning. Carpools in the afternoon. Cooper wanted to play at Ridley's after school, Colton went too. I had Callahan walk over to get them around 5:30, it gets dark so early now! I made a chicken casserole for dinner and then took Callahan to CopperHills for basketball practice. I just dropped him, ran to the library, home for another quick workout, then back to pick him up.

1113 (Sunday) We needed to be at church just a bit early so the kids could get into their seats for the primary program. I went ahead and sat on the stand too. I could see Cooper clearly and he kept dissolving into tears, but then would snap out of it. The boys all did good with their parts. My folks came out to watch. Cooper's class had a little party during class time, and Cooper was very happy to be at church for it. I keep trying to remind him of how it always turns out ok, that he's glad he goes somewhere, what he would have missed if he'd let his fear keep him home. At home I made chicken soup, and lemon jello cake for dessert (as we just had homemade oreos on Thursday). Back to school for the Columbia Kids tomorrow ...

1112 (Saturday) Keaton had his final basketball game today at Taylorsville. Landon had a ref meeting at Gene Fullmer, I dropped him off on the way. Keaton's team won easily. I ran some errands (DI, Blockbuster, bread store) and was going to pick up Landon but then he called and said he'd catch a ride with Hayden ... I should have just gone ahead and picked him up (I was out already) as they took a while. We were meeting my folks at Red Robin for a birthday dinner (with the kids). It was snowing some and Cooper was quite concerned, but ok once we were out. Yummy dinner and home. I mentioned a movie if Gray wanted (as we hadn't gotten out yesterday) but he didn't seem too in the mood (and that was just fine with me too). Thus far the weight has been holding, but I've been so bad that I'm sure I'll see a bump.

1111 (Friday) 11-11-11 today ... and Veteran's Day. Callahan wasn't happy about having to get up early to help with flags (as he can usually sleep in on Fridays with late start). Made french toast for breakfast and got Callahan off to school. Last day off track for the little ones ... Cooper is already stressing (me too!). Got in some cardio and ping pong with Keaton. Carpools in the afternoon. When Gray got home, he mentioned a movie, but I hadn't gotten that into my mindset. I'm just not very spur-of-the-moment. We ended up staying home and watching a DVD. I pulled out the popcorn pan I bought yesterday - I meant it as a birthday present for Gray, but I was anxious to try it out. He was impressed by it. Yummy popcorn.

1110 (Thursday) Happy Birthday to me ... birthday blah. I really don't care about birthdays (either way, love them hate them). I did feel a little down though. The DVD player in the family room died yesterday. We've had such bad luck with DVD players that I had bought a warranty through SquareTrade. I have to admit I was even anxious for it to break so I could put the warranty to the test :)  I moved the DVD player from our bedroom to the family room, as the little boys have been watching DVDs nonstop (family videos are the latest craze again, it's SO cute to see the little boys watch their big brothers as babies). So needing a new DVD player for our room, I went to BestBuy (had a couple coupons to use up) and bought a new one. Trying a BluRay player this time. It has Netflix and stuff ... not that we need it (Netflix is already on the tv, and then Gray bought AppleTV, plus we still have the Tivo). I also had a Groupon for some chocolates, so I picked those up too. Then I went to BB&;B and bought a popcorn pan ... a birthday gift for Gray, although I guess it's more for me, as I like him to make me popcorn :)   Got in some cardio, then carpools. Thursday is Cooper's counseling, but Callahan had an ortho appointment, so I had actually cancelled counseling for today. Figure we'll have more to talk about next week, once Cooper goes back to school. I took Callahan and headed over to CopperHills at 6:00 ... it was just a goof that we didn't get called. Callahan was in the top group (with Stockton and Parker ... and Ben and all West Hills kids). Mason wasn't in the group, which was actually surprising and disappointing. He ended up on Klint's team, which being short a few members, will probably be filled in with Jared and Luis. It will be good for Callahan and crew to get some input from a different coach, and play with some other kids. Practice next Monday, so Callahan actually didn't have to go weeks without basketball. Keaton actually had practice tonight, but it was at Taylorsville, and I didn't want to ask Gray to take him that far. Gray and the boys ended up going out and buying a ping pong table for my birthday. They spent the remainder of the evening setting it up. I made homemade oreos as a thank you.

1109 (Wednesday) I decided to bite the bullet and go renew my license today. My new birth certificate that I'd ordered had also been delivered yesterday, so I was set. I vacillated between the West Valley office (I know where it is, it's a little closer ... but said to be busier) and the Draper office (no wait, but I wasn't sure how to get there). I ended up going to WV, and it was PACKED. Long lines and waiting, but it's done. Such a relief, as I've been dreading doing since I realized I would have to this year. Got in cardio and weights. Carpool in the afternoon. The big boys had scouts in the evening. Landon came home early, volleyball with a strobe light had made him feel sick.  Klint called, saying he had been contacted about the CopperHills league (actually asking the boys to come back tomorrow to finalize the teams). I was a bit frustrated when we didn't get a call. I checked with Mason's family, and they had gotten the call too. Call me presumptuous, but I'm just assuming a mistake was made. I know Callahan is one of the best kids. I'm just planning on taking him tomorrow.

1108 (Tuesday) After I dropped Callahan off to school, I stopped by Walmart for groceries. It was an expensive trip ... $175 ... didn't feel like I picked up any big ticket items, just lots of little things. Home for some cardio - should have done weights but just didn't feel up to it. I slept horrible last night. I made banana bread then did carpools. The big boys were excited to get home from school because Modern Warefare had come out and been delivered today. Cooper had scouts and he went willingly, which was nice (he knew the weather wasn't an excuse). He said he had fun. Leftovers for dinner, although I did make some of Colton's favorite noodles for him. We were hoping to hear about the CopperHills league, but didn't get a call.

1107 (Monday) Mom's birthday. So I was brainstorming about the tables ... I had an idea to have the foosball portion sit on the desk in the lego room, trashing the rest. It would take a lot of rearranging, but that was my challenge today. It did take all day, but now there is a big open space in the family room, the lego room looks a ton better, and I have an idea of where and what other items we have on hand. Carpools in the afternoon, then I dropped Callahan and Landon off at Patrick's church building for a little basketball. I picked up Callahan while the 10th graders went on to basketball tryouts. Picked up some breadsticks on the way home, and did chicken Parmesan and spaghetti for dinner. The chicken was a new recipe, Gray said it was good. Landon got home after 9:00, didn't make the first cut :(  I don't think he was really expecting to get far, but still disappointing.

1106 (Sunday) I've just been too busy to get much exercise in these last couple days, but the weight is holding. Sunday Circles ... I didn't have a waffle though (usually I can't resist, it helped that I ran out of batter). Gray went running (his first exercising in a while) and then wasn't feeling well. Apparently, other's weren't either, as he got a text asking him to fill in teaching a lesson. With that to prep, he didn't make it to Sacrament, thus none of us did. We did go for the last hours and had primary practice in the chapel. The program is next week. After church, we headed out to my folks. Alicia was having a birthday celebration for Adria, and we were going ahead and celebrating all the November birthdays. There actually wasn't any cake, but brownies and cookies. Cooper had a meltdown when I told him we were going, but he was fine once we were there. The boys were having fun playing ping pong downstairs, and I went and played a little with them ... they are actually playable! I had been thinking about a ping pong table for downstairs. Now that the double shot basketball is gone, we'd just need to move/get rid of the foosball table. Cooper has been playing it a lot lately though.

1105 (Saturday) Had trouble getting to sleep last night. It was quite light out ... because it was the first big snow of the season.  Keaton had a basketball game at 11:00. Grayson and Callahan came to watch too. It was an easy win. Callahan had a white board practice at Klint's at 1:00. I dropped him off then ran a couple errands (Smiths, Blockbuster, LittleCeasers). Colton had been invited to Addie's birthday party. Maga was going too, so she came and grabbed him, saving us a trip out. I picked up Callahan from his practice and it was time to head out to his game. This was the rivalry, Brian's team, against Hunter, Cole, Rowland and Mason. Our boys took the lead and kept it until the fourth quarter, when Mason came alive and hit MANY three pointers. Our boys just couldn't keep up. I did finally get a team picture. I made scones for dinner (with the roll dough from Monday). Maga and Rex brought Colton home and had some dinner with us.

1104 (Friday) The bigger boys were out of school today too. I planned on making Friday French Toast but then that didn't happen. We had dentist appointments at 9:00, which seemed a little early, we were rushing. It was for the three youngest. I had been on the phone earlier in the week making sure our payment was in so that we had insurance, such insurance as it is :(  We'll need it too, as both Cooper and Colton apparently have cavities and need work. We'll wait until Jan so the deductible can cover the year (and get the kids while they are off track again.)  Back at home, Landon asked me to take him and Patrick to Herriman for open gym basketball. I would rather have him out exercising than just home playing video games, so I said ok. I figured I could head out to the DMV after (as it's halfway there) and renew my license ... but I couldn't find my passport. I just had everything when I took Landon in a few months ago. I didn't realize it then, but I could have just renewed at that time (six months before expiration). I was SO frustrated looking all over but it was no where to be found. After I dropped the boys off, I looked some more, such a wasted day. Callahan and company (Bailey, Jacob and Travis) were bored and asked if I could take them to Jump N' Bounce. They were driving me a little crazy at home, so I said ok. We packed up, and right when we got there, I got a text from Landon that it was time to come pick him up. I had texted Kiana that we were going jumping, and they had headed out. I ended up leaving the kids there with her supervising (sans Cooper, who hadn't wanted to go in the first place) and grabbed Landon. I dropped him and Cooper at home and then returned to pick up the kids. Then Landon had made me promise I'd take him for a haircut. I got a trim while I was there too. Colton went back to Randon's today, Cooper was invited but was too worried about the weather ... a storm is blowing in. He fell asleep really early today. Gray had talked about a date in the evening, but then he was home late again. We started watching a tv series on Netflix and had popcorn in bed.

1103 (Thursday) I had purchased a Groupon to Chuck-e-Cheese a while back, thinking that would be a fun off-track activity with the boys ... but then the boys have been so content staying home ... but I didn't want to waste it. I debated with myself when to try to use it and decided today would be a good day. We went early and it was practically empty. The boys seemed to really enjoy it. On the way home I did a quick stop at Market Street and picked up a raspberry almond torte, one of Grayson's favorite treats. Just as a surprise. We got a call from Randon inviting Colton over to play, and Cooper seemed sad that Colton was leaving. I asked Cooper if he would want to go to Randon's too ... and Cooper said yes. He'd been invited over before but had never gone. I walked them over and they played for about an hour. Cooper did get a little stressed and had them call me to come back for him. He had his counseling appointment, which he did NOT want to go to. Colton ended up coming with us. Colton enjoys playing with the toys in the waiting room, and it keeps Cooper company, so it's good. Dropped the boys off home and then went to join Callahan at basketball tryouts. He's been at school playing basketball and had gotten a ride to the high school at six. He looked a little tired and off to me. Hopefully the coaches will remember his play from the past couple days as well. I'm still not exactly sure WHAT this league is, I guess we'll see. They said they would compare notes and make calls on Tuesday. Then it was to Gene Fullmer for basketball practice. I had asked Grayson to take Keaton at 7:00, as we were running late. I had Junior Jazz signups for Colton and Cooper (as well as the friends signing up with them, Randon and Bradley with Colton, Lukas and Jackson with Cooper). Keaton got elbowed in the face, left some pretty good marks. Wonder if he'll have a black eye. We stopped a Maceys for some chocolate milk on the way home ... long day (especially for Callahan!).

1102 (Wednesday) Lighter today for the drive to school, it was those clouds yesterday! Unfortunately, we heard later in the day that a 7th grader walking to West Hills was struck by a car and killed. He was in four of Callahan's classes. Cooper had a followup appointment at the pediatrician at 10:00. Cooper wanted Colton to come and Colton seemed willing, so I brought him too, leaving Keaton home alone. We stopped at KFC on the way home for a little early lunch. It was a rather unproductive day, just couldn't get motivated. Got in a little exercise, but not the usual. Didn't eat good today. Had a lower weigh in this morning but after today it will probably go back up. Carpool afternoon, I went a little early to stop at Smiths, picking up my prescription, some milk and rolls, as I had put a roast in the crock pot for french dip. Callahan had Superleague tryouts again tonight. Many more kids this time. I do think Callahan is able to stand out :)  I dropped them off at West Hills for open gym after, and Ben's mom picked up, dropping Cal off at the church, where Gray and the boys were playing dodgeball. As scouts started before I was able to get back, I got Sadie to come keep Colton and Cooper company (babysit) until I got back.

1101 (Tuesday) Stormy this morning. Driving Callahan to school in the rain it was SO dark. After dropping him off, I went on to Walmart, and picked up clearance candy, got some steal deals. Cooper was a bit stressed by the weather, but we didn't have anywhere to go, so he was able to stay safe at home. It even snowed for a bit (but didn't stick). Carpool afternoon. Callahan brought out a paper from school about a Copper Hills Superleague, tryouts Tues/Wed/Thurs. If this works out, it might be better than being on Reggie's team, just for closer practices and more people to carpool with. We did let Mason know, although he probably is Callahan's closest competition (they are very similar, small/fast/point guard). Parker and Brenden (and Klint) came, as well as Callahan's buddy Ben and some of the other "sevies" that have been attending open gym. The CopperHills coach talked after, and I guess more than actually running a team, this is more to get interested kids and parents together. They'll run the try-outs, form multiple teams, organize uniform ordering but turn over coaching to interested parties ... my concern is what if there is no parent willing to take over? Klint and Casey's dad are two that would, but what if Brenden and Casey don't make the top team? And as we already have Klint coaching Callahan, I'd rather he get input from a different point of view. Oh well, I guess we'll wait and see what happens. I dropped the kids off at WestHills for the remainder of open gym and Ben's mom brought the boys home. I was craving popcorn and Grayson popped me up a batch... that was my dinner.
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