Friday, December 31, 2010

Recap of 2010

So ... looking back on the year at a glance ... Grayson started a new job with Havenhill Homes, ran his first FULL marathon, went on two bike trips to Moab and ran a couple dozen derbies . Jen started blogging (140 posts for the year) and making muvees again. Landon got his braces off, started 9th grade, and is now totally acting like a teenager with constant texting and crushes on girls. Callahan got braces ON this year and kept busy with basketball all year round. Keaton tried his hand at baseball, and is enjoying basketball too. Cooper had a run in on the playground and broke his arm. He played soccer spring and fall, and is OBSESSED with basketball. Colton played soccer in the summer. He started his second year of preschool and needs constant playdates to keep him occupied while his brothers are in school.

2010 was a year without diapers, hurray! Colton finished up his potty training at the end of 2009, and after 15 years straight, we are done with diapers. There was lots of swimming in the summer ... we discovered Kearn's waterpark and bid farewell to the West Jordan Middle School pool. Dad and four boys vacationed in Seattle and Moab.

Jen discovered PIZZA ... ok still not regular, tomato sauce pizza, but just a white sauce with cheese. It's a family favorite now (was Mountain Mikes until they closed down, but Dominos has a good dinner deal). The Ipod TOUCH hit the family ... fun apps and texting ... and we can't forget to mention the introduction of Netflix to the home, which changed the way we watch (or rather, don't watch) tv.

In the extended family ... Maga moved! We've enjoyed more space in the new house when we visit. Clay and Courtney moved too. Grandma Henry passed away. Grandpa Norman passed away, Uncle Chris is going through a divorce and Derek and Danielle gave the boys a new little cousin.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Blackham Christmas

...well ... I did NOT get Christmas cards out AGAIN ... I may still try to, sort of a New Years thing, we'll see *Ü* With Facebook, I have reconnected with many friends from high school and college, and have connected with their blogs, so I've been able to see their families grow throughout the year, not just in the annual Christmas card. But, I also DID receive a few cards from long lost (non-FB) friends and I was thrilled to see their family photos. So if YOU are one who actually got cards out, I commend you, and just want to let you know I treasure them (even if you don't get one from me in return).

I have to say, I've had a difficult time getting into the Christmas spirit, for many years now. Keaton was the one who got out all the decorations, and we only got about 1/8 of the ornaments hung on the tree. I did get into the holiday baking ... and consequent eating ... I did NOT go overboard on the presents, just ask the kids! I don't really think they were disappointed, but they were also not overly impressed. Colton however was THRILLED with a gift I received ... and Ipod Touch. Even though there were FOUR already in the home (Dad and brothers) the poor little guy didn't get enough "Angry Birds" playing time, but now he will. Basketball stuff, electronic Monopoly, Legos and Toy Story stuff seemed to be the theme of the gifts this year ... that and underwear ... Landon and Callahan were happy with their new underwear and undershirts (and Keaton was sad he didn't get any!).

We always have a PreChristmas party at Pammys. Christmas Eve is spent with the Westra clan. We play "The Candy Bar" game at both activities, but they are different versions. There is always a family slideshow recapping the photos from the year. The pictures are also featured on a calendar, an annual gift to Mom&Dad. We usually dress the kids up in nativity costumes ... but we didn't get around to that this year.

Christmas morning we awaited the kids bursting in ... 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 ... seriously? Sleeping in until 8:00? Unheard of! We finally opened presents at home, then went up to Maga's for a few more gift exchanges. We presented Maga with Apple TV ... Grayson would very much like it for OUR house, but we need to upgrade the television first.

And there it is ... another Christmas season come and gone ... Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, next up ... New Years ...

For Santa

... left out the night before,
looks like Santa had his little snack before moving on ...

Neighbor Gifts

I wasn't sure we were going to get the traditional "neighbor" gifts out this year. Our gift for the past several years has been a roll of wrapping paper, but I didn't have a stock of them this year (although I had a few). Gray suggested gingersnaps (I'd already made several batches a week or so earlier, and we had given several plates of them away already). I ended up making a couple batches of "cookie press" cookies and some candied popcorn. So, Daddy and the boys loaded up with Santa hats on head to deliver the goodies. Landon had introduced "Skookie" to his friends earlier in the year, and we had picked up some pans to give to his best buddies. Callahan picked out (and paid for with his own money) some little presents for his friends at school. We weren't very organized, giving out our hodgepodge collection of things, I'm sure we missed some ... I guess I'm just glad we got SOMETHING out at all. The boys actually really like this activity ... they hang on the side of the car (outside) with the back open. As Dad stops, they hop off and run up to the door for the delivery. This all makes Mommy nervous ... she usually stays home ... Thanks to all for all the yummy treats and holiday gifts we received... I know I ate too much. Merry Christmas to all!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

FB ... Food Banks and Facebook

Just sharing a little contest going on right now ... SLC is in the running for a million dollar prize to feed the hungry in the community. Vote here ...
It's for a good cause ... all you have to do is push a button and "like" it ... go and like it, and when your friends like it, you like that and it counts as another vote! Let's get lots of liking going on :)

... and an update ... Salt Lake City WON ... a million dollars!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Columbia Christmas Program

During December, the kids at the elementary school are busy practicing songs for the annual Christmas program. Callahan was quite excited, saying that the sixth grade portion was fun. Keaton had been filling our home with the sound of "Jingle Bells" on the recorder, and Cooper said he knew all the words to "Up on the Housetop" ... so like all the other parents, I went to go see our kids perform. Now there is congestion at the school when parents are just dropping off and picking up kids ... you can imagine what it is like when all the parents come at the same time and stay! There was NO parking, I actually had to go down to the Arctic Circle about a quarter mile away to find a spot. The snowy weather didn't help. But I did pull out my trusty camera and captured a bit of the show on video ... I reduced the hour plus program to under a minute *Ü* They started with the 6th graders, so Callahan is up first, Keaton is in the middle (as usual) and Cooper is last.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Colton!

December birthdays are hard ... they tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of Christmas prep. It was December 20th when Colton decided to enter the world. Personally, I was more than willing to keep him in until after Christmas ... even until after January 1st, but I guess he had other ideas. His actual due date was Dec24 ... Christmas Eve, but our little lump of Christmas Coal Colton (well, if you call nine pounds six ounces LITTLE) came a few days early ... AND in the middle of the night. Luckily we had gotten the ok from our babysitter to call at any hour, and at least there was no traffic on the slippery roads at 3:00 a.m. We were admitted to the hospital and called the grandparents, waking them and having them come out, only to have the labor slow. Colton didn't make his appearance until a little after 9:00 in the morning.

Now Colton is FIVE years old, such a big boy! Of course, I still call him my "baby" and I probably always will. If you look back through pictures, you'll probably see a little blue blanket and a binky in many of them. Even though Colton was four years old, I just hadn't gotten around to forcing him to give them up, and he was still quite attached. Daddy told Colton that he couldn't turn five years old if he still had his binky and blankey ... Colton promptly turned them over to Daddy (and Daddy hid them away, not telling Mommy where in case she had a weak moment). So far so good, Colton quit them, cold turkey.

Colton got a cool digital camera from Maga, some money (he has multiple banks and wallets) and a flashlight from Grandma and Grandpa, some MoonSand from cousins. We had a cake and sang Happy Birthday both Sunday and Monday night. Colton also got a noisy gun, a bow and arrow, some legos, the ToyStory3 game for DS and some candy. Colton had been to a couple birthday parties for friends this year and wanted to know when his "friend" party would be .... hmmmm, next year?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Basketball Begins

Basketball season has begun ... with Callahan playing basketball year round, basketball never really ends for the Blackham family. But during the winter months, it's ALL the Blackham boys, and Callahan plays on TWO teams. Saturdays are busy with Jr. Jazz games. There are several practices during the week ... Friday nights have been taken over by basketball practices ... Mom and Dad had to move their date night to Thursdays.

Cooper's Game
Cooper had played a lot of basketball out front during the summer, so I had planned on signing him up for Jr. Jazz when the time came. As the deadline drew near, I asked Cooper if he wanted to play basketball. He said no (he just wanted to play soccer). So ... I didn't sign him up. That week, a transformation took place and the kid became OBSESSED with basketball... playing it, watching it ... he knows all the NBA player's names. The registration date at the rec center had passed, but I checked with them and they had a team with an open spot, so we were able to get him signed up after all. He got his cast off the week of his first game, but he's still wearing a protective brace while playing sports for a few weeks. Cooper's had three games so far, and he's really been a star player each game.

Keaton's Game
Keaton has played Jr. Jazz for a couple of years now. Last year was a bit rough, we had actually considered NOT putting Keaton on a team this year, but he said he really wanted to play, so ... he's playing. He's had three games so far and has done great every game. It will be interesting to see how he handles a game when (if) they do NOT win and he doesn't get multiple baskets in.

Callahan's Jr. Jazz Game

Callahan's Superleague Game

Callahan is continuing with his same team for Jr. Jazz (although they lost a couple players, so they'll just have eight on the team ... more playing time?). They will be playing in the more competitive "team" division. Unfortunately, the location the 6th graders were slated to play in had some scheduling conflicts, so they did NOT have games the first couple weeks (much to Callahan's dismay!). Luckily, Superleague has started on time (basically the same team as last year, lost a couple kids, gained a couple others). Callahan did AWESOME in both his first games ... gave Mom plenty of video highlights *Ü* Between the two teams he usually has four practices and two games a week ... Callahan loves every minute!

Landon is reffing again. This year he's over the 4th grade team division. When it was time to pick him up from his shift, I went a little early to see him in action. Whereas many of these kid refs are very hesitant and quiet when it comes to making calls, that wasn't Landon. He was confident and self assured (he had great training last year). I was very impressed with him (I could be a bit biased, but I really think he did a wonderful job).

Basketball is just beginning ... looking forward to a great season!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Making Movies

In 2004, I found some software that helped me take our home videos and photographs and make them into short little movies set to music. We had a link from the computer to the television, so the kids could watch the movies over and over, and they did. Ultimately, there were equipment issues, (the computer crashed) and while the movies weren't lost, they did disappear for a bit, as did my movie making software.

Fast forward five years ... I repurchased my Muvee software (several different new versions available, from basic (less expensive) to advanced (more expensive) ... I bought the mid-priced one) and I started taking more video and making movies again. I've posted several here and I'm sure now that I'm really back in business I'll be posting even more. Callahan LOVES my Muvees of his basketball games ... it is a great way to capture them (I edit out all the misses and just show all the great shots).

I started uploading them to YouTube, as a bit of a backup, and so that they could be easily accessed and shared. As I pulled out the old muvees from years back, the boys gathered around the computer and watched them all, laughing and pointing and it was wonderful to see.

Muvee had a little contest on their site, calling for sports videos. I submitted the one I made of Colton's Summer Soccer and won first prize, which was a $20 Itunes GC and the latest Muvee software. I do get stuck in my ways though, I can see me still using the old software out of habit. As I looked over the muvees from four years ago, I can see the changes in the software that give me more options (captions, focusing on parts of the photos) ... it's just hard for me to try NEW things, even if they are better *Ü* Grayson did get me a new computer last year ... and I've already filled it up. I need more space for all my music, pictures and video!

Being in a Muvee Making Mood, I went ahead and took the video and pictures from Cooper's Fall soccer season. I had put off making the movie, thinking I'd get a little more footage, then I'd forget to charge my camera, then Cooper broke his arm and missed the last game ... so here is the belated Kicking it with Cooper Muvee production (below) ... and a list of ALL the Muvees to date (and there's a link to the page in the column to the right as well). I'll try to keep it updated as I keep making muvees! *Ü*

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Playing Spanish

Landon is taking Spanish in school, and each week he is supposed to do an hour of "work" outside of class. I downloaded some episodes of Sesame Street in Spanish for him to watch, found a free application for his Iphone, and bought the "Spanish for Dummies" audio book for him to listen to. I also picked up a "Go Fish" game, that had the words listed in both English and Spanish. I figured with it, we could get a double deal, working on his Spanish, and entertaining his little brother! We did play "Go Fish" (or "Pesca" in Spanish) for the first time the other night. Then last night, Colton wanted to play again, and said to Landon "Please will you play SPANISH with me?"

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Done Derbies

Gray is done with derbies for 2010 ... I used to try to make it to several each year, but it's getting less frequent for me to go as there are always things to do at home. Gray always takes at least one son to help out though. Sometimes it's a struggle to get one to go, other times they are fighting over the opportunity (and the cash payment that comes at the end of the night). Hopefully in the future this could be a good little side-job for the boys. Here's a list of the dates Gray did derbies this past year ...

Jan 26
Jan 27
Jan 28
Feb 23
Feb 27
March 16
March 23
March 30
April 20
April 22
April 27
April 28
April 29
May 11
May 20
May 25
May 27
June 17
June 22
Aug 7
Aug 21
Sept 21
Sept 22
Sept 30
Oct 20
Oct 27

He's already booking for 2011 ...

Daily Doings (Dec2010)

1231 (Friday) New Year's Eve. We were hosting a party in the evening, so there was some cleaning up to do. Landon wanted a black long sleeved shirt for the dance, and so he went with Mom to Walmart and found what he was looking for (the store was crazy busy!). Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle Chris and his boys, and D&D and baby Ani came over for Hawaiian Haystacks and games. Shane's family was going to come too, but they had some sickness hit. Keaton wasn't feeling well either. He fell asleep pretty early then came wandering out talking about all sorts of weird things (the world moving in slow motion and someone laying on him ... and being very afraid). Colton also accidentally ate a peanut M&M ... we gave him some medicine and again, he didn't really show any signs of allergic reaction. D&D brought a Wii game over called "Just Dance" and it was funny to see people try and dance. We played Apples to Apples, Pictureka, Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Grandma taught us how to play Farkle, which Callahan really enjoyed. Landon had fun at his dance and looked sharp in his new shirt. Dad had to go pick him up at 12:40 ...

1230 (Thursday) More snow today. Callahan had a birthday party at 1:00, the roads weren't too bad when Mom dropped him off, but the storm was in full force at 4:00 when it was time to pick him up. Mom and Dad went out to Desert Star in the evening for the show there.

1229 (Wednesday) We were possibly going out to Mom's to see the cousins, but decided against it. Callahan had a scrimmage in the afternoon. He got a ride there, then Mom and Cooper went out to pick the boys up, stopping at Savers on the way. They actually had to switch churches, as where the boys usually play was occupied. Callahan had a rough game and got hurt several times. His cheek was also hurting where a wire was poking him after yesterday's ortho appointment. On the way home from practice, Mom dropped Callahan at the ortho so they could trim the wire. A storm had been forecast, and it hit, luckily the ortho office isn't far from home. Colton ate what he thought was an M&M ... but was actually a Reeses Piece (peanut butter for the allergic boy). We gave him some antihistamine and while he said he felt sick, we didn't really see any signs of an allergic reaction, whew.  Mom called from St. Marks Hospital,  Grandma had fallen and broke her hip. She'll need surgery and it's just a hard situation for all. The boys were supposed to have scouts,  but with the storm and everything, everything ended up canceled.

1228 (Tuesday) Cooper wasn't feeling well in the morning, and did end up throwing up. He threw up a second time and was pretty much down for the day. Callahan had an ortho/dentist appointment. Mom dropped him off then ran to Sam's for some milk. Back to pick him up and then they went to Kohls and got Callahan a bag for his basketball stuff. Landon wanted to go to Gene Fullmer ... he got a membership as part of his ref job, so it's free for him. Callahan and Keaton went too. They did some basketball and swimming. Mom made chicken pillows for dinner, they were very hot and Callahan burned his tongue, of course it wasn't bad enough that it stopped him from baking up some Otis cookies.

1227 (Monday) Landon was up early doing a workout (and by early, I mean like 5:00 a.m.). Dad got off to work, and everyone else was up early ... aren't the kids supposed to sleep in? Mom ran to Maceys for some groceries. Callahan had a basketball practice later in the day, but was invited over early to Stockton's, which was great as he gets SO bored at home. Mom ran to the library after dropping him off. Tried to get some of Christmas cleaned up and put away. Dad was able to pick up Callahan from practice on the way home from work. Landon took off with friends to head downtown for the Jazz game. Cooper fell asleep early and didn't watch, but Callahan kept tabs on the game. The Jazz lost. Landon didn't get home until after 11:00.

1226 (Sunday) We were attending the baby blessing at Derek's ward today (same time as ours, so we missed our church). Mom was thinking of postponing Sunday Circles until after the meeting, but the boys complained too much, so she went ahead and made breakfast. We went to the meeting. They were doing their Christmas program. We went over to the house after. Even though their house is small, it seemed to hold everyone ok. It started to snow on the way home. It was a pretty quiet Sunday ...

1225 (Saturday) The boys slept in! Until after 8:00! We did get up and unwrap gifts. Landon had asked for three things. A Jazz jersey, a basketball and some basketball shoes. He got those things and some underwear and other little things. Everyone got Legos, as usual. Callahan and Keaton had both gotten new basketball shoes and basketball earlier. They got Electronic Monopoly, Callahan got a football, Keaton got an Elmo shirt and Seasame Street hat. Cooper and Colton got hats too (Sonic and Star Wars). Mommy did NOT go overboard on gifts this year. She didn't really get much for Daddy at all. Daddy got Mommy new speakers for the computer and an Ipod Touch (which will be used by Colton as much as by Mommy). We packed up and went to Maga's house. The boys got Jazz tickets and Fanzz gift cards (Colton got a ToyStory Lego set). Dad bought Maga AppleTV and got it all set up. It's really cool and Daddy would like it for us, but our TV isn't compatible. The boys played a game of Electronic Monopoly (and then forgot it at Maga's house).

1224 (Friday) Christmas Eve. Daddy still went into work for a while and did a little shopping on the way home.Mom was busy making the soup and breadsticks (and some cinnamon rolls) and also putting together the slideshow. We headed out to Grandma and Grandpa's house around 3:40. We had soup and then watched the slideshow. We exchanged gifts and then played the candy bar game. We didn't get around to doing the nativity. Home and to bed so Santa could come. They boys slept downstairs in the big room.

1223 (Thursday) No school for the kids. Gray had been wanting to take one of the boys into work to do some scanning and filing. Originally, I had planned on Callahan going, as he'd done it before, and Landon has his ref job to help him earn extra cash. But, Callahan had a basketball practice, so Landon ended up going instead. Callahan had his practice, and then was promptly bored. Mom cooked some chicken (for soup tomorrow) and made some more cookie press cookies. Dad and the boys went out and delivered a few more neighbor gifts, and took the boys out shopping, then Dad went out for some shopping at Kohls (we had some coupons).

1222 (Wednesday) Last day of school for the boys. I didn't have anything planned for Colton. To help keep him busy we made some candied popcorn (red and green). Colton thought popping the corn was fun. Mom hurried and wrapped presents for the boys before they got out of school. Picked up the kids from school and now they have a nice holiday break. We had several kids over for a bit after school, then Keaton and Callahan left for a birthday party (at Classic Skating). It was Anniston's sealing at the temple, but Mom and Dad couldn't make it with everything going on. Mom and Dad went downtown for dinner with Daddy's business partners and their wives. Landon tended the two little boys.

1221 (Tuesday) Colton had his Christmas party at preschool. He took his camera and took some pictures. After Mom dropped him off, she headed over to the school for the Christmas program there. Callahan was first (6th grade started then went down each grade ending with kindergarten).  Mom made homemade bread and two batches of cookie press cookies. She wrapped up several plates and got some wrapping paper and Skookie gifts, and Daddy and the boys delivered them. Dad put up another basketball hoop in the downstairs hallway (as the boys were always fighting over the one ... now there is two, hope it helps).  Callahan picked out some presents to give to his friends and paid for them with his own money. Mom had made some cookies and Daddy and the boys went out delivering them. Callahan fell down the stairs, he was hurt but it didn't cause any lasting damage.

1220 (Monday) Happy Birthday Colton! A couple days ago while shopping, Mom and Colton picked up a little laser gun. Mom said Colton had to wait for his birthday. First thing this morning, Colton asked for his gun. He loved playing with it.  Addie and Will came over for a playdate during the day. They brought him a present, Moon Sand. Colton got a few other gifts during the day, a toy bow and arrow (he'd asked for this after playing with one at Randon's house), the ToyStory3 game for DS, some Gobstopper candy and a ring pop. In the evening, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Chris and D&D&A came over for some cake and ice cream. Colton played a game of "Go Fish" with Uncle Chris.  Yesterday Daddy said Colton couldn't turn 5, have his birthday or presents if he still kept his blanket and binky, so Colton gave them up and has been fine. What a big boy.

1219 (Sunday) Sunday Circles for breakfast then off to church. They primary sang a song (and sang the wrong words). Home Teachers came after church and dropped off some oreo cookie truffle balls. Then we headed up to Magas for soup and rolls. We played the candy bar game ... Cooper was SO sad when his big KitKat got taken. Adrian wasn't happy with Mom when she took his Mr. Goodbar ... and even less happy when it held the winning $50 prize. We did a left/right gift exchange for other little prizes. As it is Colton's birthday tomorrow, we sang happy birthday, but most everyone was too full to eat any.

Landon: 20 ($3), Callahan: 29 ($4), Keaton: 31 ($5)

1218 (Saturday) Started the day with Saturday Circles (Dunford Donuts) ... they were out of pink cookies. Gray headed out for a funeral of a lady in his ward growing up (Susan Lichfield). I took Keaton to his game. Callahan, Cooper and Colton came to watch. It was a competitive game, our team won, but only by two. There were pictures afterward. I sent Keaton with a teammate, quickly dropped the boys home, grabbed Landon and dropped him at his ref job, and then went to pick up Keaton from pictures. Cooper's game was next. He had quite the cheering crowd ... Dad, Grandpa, Maga&Rex, Olivia, Ana&Aiden ... he delivered too, making several fast breaks. They demolished the other team. Pictures after (Gray had driven separately so he could go home after handing off some stuff for Chris). Home again and then back out, taking Callahan and Keaton to watch the end of the 4th grade team game and pick up Landon. Dropped Callahan off at pictures and told him to hitch a ride to the game. I took Landon home, then Keaton and I left to Callahan's game, stopping at the library on the way. Callahan played the entire game. It was a good game, the other team did provide a challenge but we won pretty easily.

1217 (Friday) Cooper woke up early complaining of a headache. Mom gave him some medicine and they both went back to bed. A little later when it was time to wake up, Cooper threw up, so he stayed home from school, although he seemed fine and didn't throw up again. Colton was happy to have a brother around. Callahan's basketball practice got cancelled. Keaton had a birthday party (starting at 6:00) and still went to his practice at 8:00. Callahan went too, thinking there would be an empty court (as his coach also has the time after) ... there were actually THREE empty courts, as Keaton's coach seemed to be the only one who did NOT cancel. The boys had a really good practice and Callahan got lots of shooting in too.  Daddy went to a late night movie with Joe.

1216 (Thursday) Colton had preschool then Randon and Bryce came over for a playdate. "Despicable Me" came in the mail today, the kids have enjoyed watching it. Mom and Dad went on their date in the evening. Landon tended.

1215 (Wednesday) No playdate today, instead Mom and Colton went shopping (Big5, Walgreens, BigLots and got some crazy bread). Might be a little more ready for Christmas now.  Keaton had scouts at 5:30. At 6:30 Bailey came over to tend the little boys while Dad and Landon went to their scouts and Mom and Callahan went to his basketball game at Bennion Jr. While Callahan's team won easily, it wasn't a great game, tons of fouls, Callahan didn't get one basket, and there just weren't the usual "wow" moments. They can't all be great I guess.

1214 (Tuesday) Colton had preschool and a playdate at Randon's house. Mom made a run to Maceys for milk, bread, eggs and ice cream ... they didn't have any vanilla ice cream. She made more gingersnap dough and dropped off cookies at Randon's when she picked up Colton, and Sexton's, when they dropped off Bryce (who had stayed for the playdate as well). More cookies went to Stockton and Cody after Callahan got dropped back off from his basketball practice.

1213 (Monday) Colton had a playdate at Addie's house today. Mom ran errands (Blockbuster, Bank and Library) after dropping him off. Callahan had basketball practice in the evening and was able to catch a ride. Dad worked on calendars, Cooper watched a variety of NBA games.

1212 (Sunday) Yummy Sunday Circles as usual, then church. Mom made muvees of Cooper and Keaton's games and figured out how to load Callahan's onto his Ipod for easy viewing. Homemade Oreos for the Sunday treat.

1211 (Saturday) Keaton's game was first up at 9:00. Callahan and Cooper came to watch. The setup was a little different today, they put the teams and the scoreboard on the opposite side. Keaton had a good game again. Near the end, the coach pulled out Keaton and another kid who's good (and tall) to give the other team a chance to get some baskets in. Mom and Dad went out to breakfast and Costco, picking up some Otis cookies, yum. It's been a while. Cooper's game wasn't until later (at 4:00). He had a good game again too. Keaton and Callahan came and watched (Dad too).  We had some Dominos for dinner.

1210 (Friday) French Toast Friday ... then the kids watched some old "muvees" before heading off to school.  Callahan and Keaton had basketball practice in the evening, Callahan's is first, but then he stayed and continued to play during Keaton's practice. Cooper watched the Jazz game at home (they won).

1209 (Thursday) Colton had preschool and then a playdate with Randon at our house. Mom made a muvee of Callahan's game. In the evening Mom and Dad did their date, going to Santa Monica Pizza. It was fine, but nothing to rave about. Stopped at Cold Stone after.

1208 (Wednesday) Jacob from carpool was feeling sick, so he was staying home and Mom drove the kids to school. After we got home and Colton did his Rusty and Rosie assignment, we invited Jeffery over to play. We finished off the gingersnap cookie dough. Keaton had scouts and they made a cool copper etching and a marshmallow gun. Callahan had scouts, but had to leave a little early as he had a Superleague game tonight (9:00 start time at Franklin Covey, so Mom made Dad drive). The older youth were going caroling, which Landon was actually saying he was looking forward to, but he has been under the weather and Mom wasn't sure she wanted him out in the cold with his cough, so he stayed home. Mom, Dad and Callahan went to the game, and Callahan did GREAT! He got the first basket of the game (a three!) and was on fire the whole time. It was a good, competitive game, we won by four points.

1207 (Tuesday) Mom dropped Colton at preschool then ran to Savers. She had a 30% off coupon, and got Landon some more jeans, some Sketcher shoes for Cooper to grow into, a Karl Malone jersey (fit cooper) and some underarmor for the older boys. Spent too much, but hopefully will save on some future purchases (Coop shouldn't need new shoes in a while). Colton went over to Randon's for a playdate. Mom picked him up on the way to get Landon. She had to head over to the school early for Columbia Carpool as Callahan had Reggie's practice. Cody's mom drove today (and was waiting when we got home). Mom made the leftover dough into gingersnaps to give Cody and Stockton, but they drove off too quick after dropping Callahan off ... so we gave the cookies to neighbors instead. Dad cleaned off the desk ... so that's what the wood looks like! Landon and Callahan have been downright SHAGGY, so Mom took them for haircuts. They look very handsome. Landon hasn't been feeling well today though, runny nose and achy. Landon's friends came over around 9:00 ... most everyone was already to bed and Mom and Landon were not dressed enough to open the door, quick changes! They are planning a trip downtown to a Jazz game in a couple weeks and needed Landon's money to buy the ticket.

1206 (Monday) Back to school for the boys, except Colton. He and Mom went shopping in the morning at Sam's Club, then Addie came over in the afternoon. Landon said he needed to take cookies to seminary tomorrow. Mom was out of shortening, so she had to make another store run. Then she made the dough and Landon did the rolling and baking. Callahan didn't have Reggie's practice today (will tomorrow) but did have Klint's. They did a quick scrimmage against Klint's 8th grade team and won. Mom gave cookies to the carpool and the coach as a thank you. Cooper watched the Jazz game ... they won.

1205 (Sunday) Church and Sunday Circles as usual. Dad had thought about taking the family to temple square, but fog rolled in, and driving conditions weren't good ...although I bet the lights would have looked even prettier in the fog ... Mom made gingersnaps for the Sunday treat.

Landon: 26 $4  Callahan: 29 $5  Keaton: 23 $3

1204 (Saturday) Early start with an 8:00 at Sunset Ridge for Keaton. He did great and their team won. Dad had all the boys cleaning when we got home. Landon mopped the kitchen floor and Callahan and Keaton had to scrub walls and cabinets. The little boys emptied garbages. The washer flooded the laundry room again. Dad pulled it out, checked the classifieds and picked up a "new" (used) one and put it in. As much as Mom doesn't like to do laundry, NOT being able to do laundry is even worse! Landon had his ref shift from 1:00-5:00. Cooper had his game at 2:00. Cooper also had a great game and they won too. In the evening, Dad took Landon and Keaton out for burgers.

1203 (Friday) It was French Toast Friday, but Landon and Callahan had already eaten. Colton was happy to have Landon around for a bit in the morning to play with him. He was bored while brothers were away. He and Mom ran to Reams to get bread and milk. It was early out for the elementary. Keaton went on a scout field trip, and as soon as Mom got back with Landon from the middle school carpool, she and Callahan picked up Stockton and went to basketball practice. The light was out at 5400 and Redwood Road, but a cop came and directed traffic, so it wasn't too bad. Instead of walking the gym as she usually does, Mom went to the thrift store and picked up a couple jeans for Landon and a Jazz jersey for Cooper (a great find). The traffic light was still out on the way home (but the cop was still there too). Callahan and Cooper were going to Ridley's birthday party at a swimming pool. Colton was SO sad, that the Shaw's said he could come too. Keaton had basketball practice from 8:00-9:00, Mom saw Callahan's team there (there practice was from 7:00-8:00). Landon went and hung out with friends. There was a late Jazz game on, started at 8:30 and ended after 11:00 ... Callahan and Cooper gave up and went to bed as the team was loosing.

1202 (Thursday) Colton had preschool and then a playdate at Bryce's house. Mom ran into Elkridge to request that Callahan could go there. We'll probably put one in at West Hills too and then we'll have to decide which place to go. Mom also did a little shopping for the boys, got some basketball shorts for Landon and some basketball shoes for Callahan, Keaton and Cooper. When the boys were home from school, Mom and Landon had to run to Gene Fullmer to correct some paperwork Landon had filled out incorrectly. We went ahead and got his membership (free with the job) while we were there. Mom and Dad went out on their weekly date tonight, as Friday is booked with basketball practice and other stuff.

1201 (Wednesday) Colton was bored with his brothers gone, so Mom invited Jeffery over for a playdate, they played until it was time to pick up Landon. Keaton had scouts, Mom dropped him off then ran to the library and Dominos. The traffic was HORRIBLE. Callahan's scouts had a trip to the police station, Landon's group played dodgeball and ate pizza. Cooper and Colton had baths and then Cooper watched the Jazz game.

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