Friday, December 30, 2011

Done Derbies in 2011

Gray did 32 derbies this past year! March/April are usually the busiest months (and that is when OUR derby is too, which makes it even more crazy as Grayson needs to help his own boys build cars). January often has a car theme, which also makes it a popular month. Not sure why October was in such demand!

Jan 6, 18, 25, 27
March 3, 8, 22, 26, 29
April 7, 13, 14, 19, 26
May 24, 26, 31
June 14, 21, 28
August 23
Sept 20, 22, 28
Oct 4, 6, 12, 19, 26, 28
Nov 17
Dec 8

... he already has seven derbies on deck for 2012 ...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

TV Trouble and the Cable Cave

Back in June, I posted about the TV in the front room dying (after 15years of service) ... we moved the big plasma from our bedroom to the front room, and got a nice new television. It hadn't even been six months and that nice new tv developed LINES all through one side. I guess they don't make things they way they used to. We had bought the television off Amazon, and luckily the customer service department said they would accept the return of the defective tv (normally they would send out a replacement but they didn't have any of that particular model in stock). Gray went out and bought a replacement, and we had to try and make the old tv fit in the box and ship it back (Amazon covered the shipping, and luckily our neighbors have an almost daily UPS pickup, so at least that part was easy).

We also caved into CABLE tv. We'd been on the limited basic for quite a while. Way back when, I remember it was only $8 or so a month. It had gone up over the years, and when the "digital revolution" took place a while back, we lost a lot of the channels we were getting (that would now require a cable box). After that change (and the addition of Netflix) we really weren't watching much (if any) tv, and I was going to cancel completely. But, as we were bundled with Internet, it would only save us about $5 a month, and I figured we'd keep it just in case we wanted to watch something.

But with the NBA lockout over, the boys REALLY wanted to watch basketball games. We looked into the "LeaguePass" offered by the NBA, but didn't feel like that would let us watch the Jazz (blackout rules affect the local teams). So we finally bit the bullet and signed up for starter cable. We're now trying out the "on demand" features we've never had before and remembering what "live tv" is ... (commercials! yuck).  Watching actual "tv" again made us want our Tivo (DVR) back (we had cancelled this service over a year ago, we just weren't using it).   We'd given one of the boxes to my mom for Christmas (I KNEW she would LOVE Tivo and had been able to get a deal on lifetime service for that box), but I did reactivate one of the other boxes for our use. Comcast and Tivo don't always get along, but I was able to figure out the connections, and it actually made the whole setup in the front room better (no more switching inputs on the TV itself, which had been a huge pain!).

So we're still fairly basic ... we don't have NBA TV, but we do get ESPN, TNT and ROOT, and pretty much all the Jazz games come to those stations, and there are quite a few other games the boys can catch too. The boys are watching a little Nick and Disney again ... Gray likes to catch the Top20 Countdown and just  surf through the multitude of new channels now available.  Awaiting that first cable bill ...

Monday, December 26, 2011

All Together Again

 On Christmas Eve, 
the entire Westra clan was present, so we took a family photo.
The holidays do bring families together!

We also had everyone in town on the Blackham side, as Kolby's family had flown in from Portland. We met at Bucca de Beppo for a big family dinner. There were too many of us to sit at the Pope table as we had done years earlier. We should  have gotten a big family photo, but I didn't push a pose, so this is what I got ...
Buca de Blackhams
After dinner, everyone came over to our house for a bit, then Callahan and I left to his basketball game ( a competition tournament over the holiday weekend, it started a 9:00).  Over half the Blackham Bunch came out to watch and cheer Callahan  on (usually he only has me in the crowd, he was a little nervous playing in front of so much family). It was a great game though! A real nail-biter (even went into overtime) and Callahan really showed off this skills. Of course I made a video, and you can see it here!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning ... the boys weren't up too early. I don't know that there were really any surprises. Most of the presents had been wrapped early and put under the tree and the kids had figured out what almost all of them were.  Landon got some shoes, a scooter and a shuffle. Callahan got a ripstick, socks, a new jacket (and I told him his extra basketball teams were part of his Christmas!), Keaton got SuperMario, socks and a new hat for his collection. Cooper and Colton got lots of Legos (and were wearing their new Lego jammies they got last night). There were edible gifts too, all the kids got a favorite ... Oreos, Skittles, Takis, KitKats ... as if there aren't already enough goodies around during the holiday season!

 This is what it looked like before (above)
This is what it looked like after (below)

There were also three electronic flying toys ... a helicopter, an AirHogs UFO thing, and DuckHunt.  Two didn't even survive Christmas day (guess which one still works .... that's right, the cheapest one ...)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Break?

So ... Christmas was coming and the kids were STILL in school, much to their dismay! While other school districts had the entire week before Christmas off, and others got off at least by mid-week, this was not true for our kids. Now as a parent, I didn't really mind. It gave me a few extra days for shopping and wrapping presents without the kids underfoot. But the kids ... they were NOT happy about it. I don't have Twitter, but apparently there was such a fuss made there that it made the local news! The kids were posting that NO OTHER SCHOOLS in the United States were in school Dec 22 and 23. It will be remembered as the year the Jordan School District stole Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Programs

Christmas Season ... full of parties, programs and performances.  Of course there is the annual Columbia Christmas program at the elementary school.  Still three Blackham Boys performing (Keaton/5th Grade, Cooper/2nd Grade, Colton/Kindergarten). It's always a trial trying to find parking, and it was even worse this year with all the construction around the school. I didn't even try for a spot, but went down to the Arctic Circle a quarter mile away. I brought the video camera and caught some clips and compiled them here for family who didn't make the live performance (although the video version is quite condensed!) 

The end of the video showcased Cooper and Colton in a nativity at our ward Christmas party (Grayson was narrating too) ... there was another nativity during the Junior Primary (didn't get pictures, I think Colton was a shepherd that time) and then again at Maga's for the BlackhamBunch Christmas celebration.  The older boys had been very adamant that they would NOT be participating, but then when other older cousins were willing (and I had some new additions to the costumes) they all jumped right in. Landon is the star ... he was facing backwards in this picture, wish I caught his face better!

 We've done the nativity on the Westra side for many years, although not in recent years (too many other things to do, the slideshow, the candybar game). Too bad we didn't get around to it though, as we had a brand new baby to play Jesus (S&A's new addition born on Grayson's birthday). I offered to get out a few costumes JUST for a picture but at Grayson's panicked look, we passed (the kids were pretty busy). Cooper had also stated that after doing it twice already, he did NOT want to do "the activity" again! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Cooking

 Ah the holidays ... time for cooking up lots of holiday treats! Keaton's favorite cookies are "cookie press" cookies and I do like to make them during the Christmas season because of the cute tree shape. I also use the flower with pink/red dough, and I think it looks like a pretty poinsettia. 

I also made gingersnaps, cinnamon rolls, marshmallow brownies (with peppermint marshmallows), chex mix ... so many goodies! For the Christmas Eve party on the Westra side, I made a big batch of chicken noodle soup, rolls and breadsticks.

I was craving toffee, so I tried making a batch (it turned out ok). Landon came in and got SO excited thinking they were peanut butter bars ... they do look VERY similar. He didn't really want toffee, so he got out all the ingredients and made a batch of the bars ... they DO look a lot a like, don't  you think?

Treat Twins

Of course we got a ton of treats from friends and neighbors too ...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Birthday Boy!

Happy birthday to Colton! My baby is SIX years old! He was so very excited, counting down the days until his birthday. Daddy kept teasing him, saying he was just going to skip his birthday this year, and stay five. Colton knows better than to believe Daddy! I picked up the kindergarten carpool and we stopped at Arctic Circle with three of Colton's little friends. In the evening we went out to a family birthday dinner. Maga joined us and took Colton to ToysRUs for him to pick out a present (more Legos!). Colton also received a MOTOR scooter, which he has been wanting for quite a while. Happy birthday little buddy! We love you!  Here's a link pictures from birth until present day ...

Monday, December 19, 2011

... the most wonderful time of the year ...

... the song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" came on the radio, and Callahan commented "Christmas isn't the most wonderful time of the year ... basketball season is!" Of course, basketball season and Christmas do coincide, and in truth, basketball season is pretty much year round for the Blackham Bunch. BUT, December - February is REALLY basketball season, and this year, all five boys are involved!

Landon is reffing again, the first couple weeks he was over the 6th grade team league, which is very competitive and can get heated! Last week he pulled the shift at Columbia, and "reffed" both Colton and Cooper's games. This is Colton's first year, and he's having fun. Cooper wasn't sure about signing up, but after his first game, he is very glad Mom went ahead and did it despite his reservations. Keaton has had an undefeated season so far (three games in) but a lingering cough has made lasting through his games tough. Callahan is playing on THREE teams. Junior Jazz in both the 7th and 8th grade divisions, and then a high school prep competition league. There is often overlap in all the games, but we're working it out! If you want to see the Blackham Boys in action, here are a few video highlights, and the complete game schedule and summaries/videos are on the HoopDreams blog.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sick Season

We've had a pretty good run of good health, so I'm not really complaining. Then in November the COUGHS came to visit. It started with Landon, then Keaton, then the other boys (then me). Keaton had it the worst, he would sometimes cough so much he would throw up. He had to come home from school a couple times. It has impacted his basketball ... after several weeks he's still not really over it. 

Then there was the stomach bug. Colton was at his early morning basketball game when he said his tummy hurt. We ended up leaving the game early and heading home, but not quite early enough, as the poor little guy threw up all over in the car. Again on Sunday ... Cooper joined him on Monday (and I kept Keaton home too). The three boys were all situated in the "sick" spots on the couch, with their cups of "tickle juice" (Sprite) and buckets nearby. It was just a one day thing for Cooper, he and Keaton went back to school the next day, but Colton was still down Tuesday (I even ran him to the doctor as he was in a lot of pain and this was going on for so many days, but it was just a stomach bug). Still home Wednesday, then he finally made it back to school.

Let's all be well for Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

... It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas ...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! What makes it feel like Christmas at the Blackham house 2011?  We always decorate the front porch with alpine trees and greenery and poinsettia plants, with wreaths under the lights on the garage and on the front door ... this year Grayson put up the outdoor lights! Yea, it's been years since we've had them as part of our holiday decor :)

 The stockings hung by the fireplace ...
A variety of holiday nesting dolls
our little elf slide toy

The Winter Wonderland Skating Pond ... this was given to us LONG ago and we've really enjoyed getting it out each year! It's on it's last legs, having been beaten up through the years. A fond memory with this was little Landon taking his dinosaurs and placing them in the scene, with one poor skater in the mouth of a T-rex, with the other skaters looking up in terror ... *Ü*

The kinetic pyramid ...
 the heat from the candles causes the inner scenes to rotate. 
A funny memory not with THIS pyramid, but Maga's.
 ... it caught fire and went up in flame!
A Christmas memory those there will never forget!

... and then there is the Santa head filled with M&M candies. Christmas just is not complete until he is out and filled up (and then of course emptied out) ... the "clank" of the candy jar being opened and closed is a common sound throughout the holidays. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cooper's Counseling

I posted a while back about Cooper's weather worries. They started in the summer and really started causing problems when school started. One day after I had been called to the school, the principal suggested we check out the services offered by the district at the Jordan Family Education Center. 

We went in for an "intake" and were approved for some short term counseling. Every week, we'd go meet with Dr. D to try and get Cooper to come to terms with his feelings and learn coping techniques.

The weather continued to plague Cooper. Cloudy skies, rain ... there were times Cooper wouldn't even come out of his bedroom (too many windows in the kitchen). After reading and recommendations from the therapist, I ended up taking Cooper to the pediatrician and got him on some medication to help counter the flight or flight effects. It took some time, but between the counseling sessions and pills, Cooper does seem to be doing better. He no longer checks the weather forecast several times a day. He goes to school without as many issues (and really excels there!) Weather still comes up in conversation very often, but it's not the issue it was. It's a little hard to tell, because snow doesn't seem to bother Cooper the way rain and wind do. I dread Spring and the storms ahead, but I'm hoping for rainbows ...

Friday, December 2, 2011

Wild Winds!

 The topic of the day yesterday was the WIND ... it didn't really hit us bad here in West Jordan (it was garbage day, but the bins didn't tip over) ... Davis County is where it got hit hard. Maga's fenced in backyard is no longer fenced in (the picture above). It looks like a tornado hit. The news reports said it was hurricane force winds.  The freeways weren't safe for semis or other high-profile trucks (there was a huge line of trucks at the stops and along the edge of the road). Some that didn't stop blew over. Trees were uprooted all over. Power was out and schools were cancelled in the area.

Once when some big winds hit before, one of Grayson's homes going up had some property damage, but no Havenhill Homes were in the fragile framing stages this time so they escaped without incident . This apartment complex near Grandma's house wasn't so lucky. Gray drove by this and his heart just bled for them...

I didn't mention the wind to my little weather worrier Cooper ...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Daily Doings (Dec2011)

1231 (Saturday) It was a busy day. I got up and got cinnamon rolls rising. Gray was doing some cleaning, so we all were. It was a long morning, I was on my feet all day. I'd invited my parents over for New Years. Last year it was a big party, but we kept it small this year. The older boys had plans with friends, but were home for a bit with Grandma and Grandpa for dinner, games and some ping pong. Landon went to Sam's house, and Keaton and Callahan went to Travis' with Bailey and Jacob. Cooper had a bit of a meltdown anticipating the change in church time tomorrow and he had to seek solace in his bed quite early. Colton stayed and played games until he got too tired. We ended up playing progressive rummy, which I have many fond memories of (Mom won). Keaton came home around 10:30 as the grandparents were leaving. The older boys stayed out to celebrate the new year.

1230 (Friday) I'd called Comcast to upgrade our cable service and they came this morning. It will mean a new phone number too, which is a bummer. They should just be able to port the number over but ... the kids have enjoyed having a multitude of channels they haven't been able to watch before, but we do miss the Tivo. It's not just the additional cost, but Tivo doesn't seem super compatible with Comcast's equipment. We'll see ... Callahan had a birthday party in the morning, Landon had one in the afternoon. Colton had a playdate and Callahan ended up going to Stockton's house later too, so lots of driving around. Stockton came back to our house after. French Dip for dinner and then the boys watched the Jazz game ... because we can now. And they even won.

1229 (Thursday) I've had some FunNMotion coupons for a while that expire soon. I picked up some additional ones with a more recent deal, so I gave one to Bailey, Jacob and Travis for Christmas and told them we'd to during the break. With Callahan's basketball games Mon-Wed, we had planned for today. We went right when they opened at 11:00, but there was a huge Kindercare group there monopolizing the laser tag and maze until 12:00, so we went back home and waited. Landon also talked his buddy Patrick and his three brothers into going. I chatted with their mom while we waited. Travis needed to be back by three, and the two little boys only had a 2-hour pass (and they were about done) so we left the other kids there and went back for them later.

1228 (Wednesday) Callahan had a game at 12:00 at Bingham. We weren't really expecting too much from this team as they had lost both their games, but they caught us off guard. Callahan had a "down" game (hit the ground a lot), rolled his ankle and hit his elbow hard, so he was out for a little bit. Tough game (loss) but it actually didn't matter to the finals, as we were already out (due to the loss yesterday). Callahan ended up going home with Brendan and hanging out there all day. I took Landon in for a haircut, then Gray and Landon went out with Clay and Kolby in the evening for boy's night out.

1227 (Tuesday) Holiday mode ... sleeping in, not getting a lot done. Callahan ended up going with Cole to watch their game at 10:00, then hanging out at Gene Fullmer after. He had a game at 5:00 at Jordan High School. We picked up Stockton and headed out, getting stuck in traffic around 90th, but made it there on time. This game was against the Flash, which had six of Callahan's former Superleague players on it. It was a good game. Callahan was out for a bit with a bloody nose. Down by three in the final moments of the game, but this time we couldn't pull it out. Gray and I went to a movie in the evening, MissionImpossible; Ghost Protocol, which was pretty good. We had to go to the theaters at Jordan Landon, as the District was sold out.

1226 (Monday) Christmas is over. We were actually pretty quick to take things down this year (the tree, the decor, Landon turned off the outdoor lights last night, as they have been shining brightly into his room). Gray went into work (halfday), I went out to check the after Christmas specials. I picked up rolls of wrapping paper for next year's neighbor gifts. In the evening, we went out to BucaDiPepo with the Blackham clan (Kolby's family had come in from out of town) and everyone came over to our house after, then to Callahan's 9:00 game (holiday tournament). It turned out to be a great game for everyone to see, Callahan did great and it was a real nail-biter! Tied it up there in the final seconds to go into overtime, and then won by one!

1225 (Sunday) The boys were up around 7ish ... although I think they already knew almost everything they were getting. Landon got a scooter, some shoes, a shuffle. Cal got a ripsitck, GeorgeLopezDVDs, socks and Skittles. Keaton got SuperMario for Wii, socks, a hat, and a bunch of hot chips. Cooper got a new mini basketball, lots of legos. Colton also lots of legos, UnoRoboto, a mini-transformer. I got a brownie pan and a mobile charger. I didn't do great for Gray ... got him some DietCoke which he opened last night, some DVDs and a burner for paracord making. After we opened presents and headed up to Maga's house. Clay&Courtney didn't make it until later (they actually went to church!). It was a good Christmas.

1224 (Saturday) Sleep in :)  Gray was up fairly early for some more shopping. I got up and got the dough started and made the annual Westra slideshow. Made some chex mix and chicken noodle soup and got all packed up. We went to my folks around 4:00 and the whole clan was there. We ate, had the slide show, played the candy bar game and exchanged gifts (no nativity again). We watched some YouTube videos (KidHistory, which my kids are now addicted to) on Mom's new tv. Home, set out stuff for santa and to bed! Gray wasn't feeling well ... he'd stayed healthy through it all until now ...

1223 (Friday) Colton seemed fine, so I sent him off to school. Dropped Callahan off early for late start then went to Kohls. Callahan had said he needed a new jacket and I had my eye on one there, also some nike socks. Grabbed those and wrapped the last of the gifts. I only had middle school carpool pickup today, which was a nice break. Callahan wanted to go to friends after school, so I dropped him off. I gave him the new jacket, and a cell phone fell out of the pocket! I was able to get some contact info from it and let the person know I had their phone and they arranged to come pick it up. Landon didn't end up coming home from school, but also went to a friend's house. In the evening, we delivered the neighbor gifts, then Gray and the older boys went out for some last minute Christmas shopping.

1222 (Thursday) Christmas program day over at the school ... oh how I love it ... NOT.  Crowds and parking stress! I didn't even try to park at or near the school, but went down to Arctic Circle and parked there and walked up.  Kindof funny to see all the illegal parking! They started with the 6th graders and wentdown  in chronological order. If they just let parents know the order, those with kids in just the younger grades could wait to come (after those with kids in just the older grades left) and it would help alleviate a lot of the crowding issues. Colton came home crying saying he didn't feel well :(  I had him rest until it was time to pick up Landon. We had a full car ride home, with a couple extra kids, which not only makes me late to pick up Callahan ... but today, Colton threw up in the car again! We were SO close, just coming down Mapleleaf (again!). I had to stop and clean the car out (oh the smell) which made me even later to pick up Callahan. Luckily Colton seemed to feel better after the barf and wanted to play later in the day. Gray came home and crashed again. I prepped the neighbor gifts (we should have delivered them today!) Made gingersnap dough and the older boys prepared little packages for the school friends.

1221 (Wednesday) Felt like I got some stuff done today. Some cleaning, except the vacuum wasn't working. While I don't like vacuuming per say, I don't like NOT being able to do it. Moving around some stuff in middle earth, I came across an old video camera, one I don't ever remember even having! I was thinking of pulling out the older one (that I do remember) for Cooper to use whenever he wanted. I got in my cardio and weights. I headed out to the store in the evening, as we were low on bread, stopping at Blockbuster too. It started to snow. Gray came home and crashed and I made up cookie press cookies for Keaton.

1220 (Tuesday) Happy Birthday Colton! BUSY day ... got the kids off to school and got in 40 min on the elliptical. Then off to the school to volunteer in Cooper's class, then bring home the kindergarten carpool. We stopped at Arctic Circle, as we're not really having a birthday party for Colton, this was kindof it.  Randon even gave Colton a card with cash in it. My car has been giving me some warnings, so I stopped in and had the oil changed and air put in the tires, but the engine light is still on ... got home to a message that Keaton was sick, so back to the school to get him. It's just this lingering cough! I had written a note requesting he be allowed to stay inside, as the cold weather, bad air, and overexertion at recess make him cough so hard he throws up. But his teacher didn't let him stay, and sure enough ... I really think if he'd stayed inside there wouldn't have been a problem. Carpools for high school, middle school then BACK to the elementary again to pick up Cooper and carpool. Ortho for Callahan, then we went out for a birthday dinner at Chuck-a-Rama (I had some kid coupons). Maga met us there and took the little boys to ToysRUs after for a present for Colton. I finished the day with one more workout.

1219 (Sunday) Many school districts are out this week, but not ours, we go through Friday, much to the kids dismay. A ran to the store, then had a playdate after kindergarten.  Carpools in the afternoon, then basketball practice in the evening.

1218 (Sunday) Felt much better after sleep. We had a family party at Maga's after church, so after making waffles, I continued cooking (brownies, lemon jello cake). I walked to church. The primary had borrowed the nativity costumes for the smaller kids, and I helped dress up the kids.  There were a ton (lots more than when Gray and I did it a few years ago) and it was pretty chaotic. We used the costumes again at Maga's right after church. We ate (soup and rolls) played the candy bar game (Blackham version, with monetary prizes in addition to the candy), bingo and the nativity. My boys (all except Colton) had said they would not be participating, but when Rex's grandkids did (and they saw some of the new costumes ... Landon was the star) they jumped in and it was cute.

1217 (Saturday) Landon started his ref shift at 8:00, at Columbia today, so he'd be reffing both little boys. After I dropped him off I ran by Smiths Marketplace for a deal on some Christmas gifts (which then had me return the same item back to Target, which I'd bought a couple days earlier at a higher price). Stopped for donuts on the way home. Callahan had a game at 10:00, and again at 12:00 (won the first, lost the second). Colton also had a game at 12:00, Gray took him, and Cooper, whose game was at 1:00. Cal and I stopped in there after his game. I stayed with Cooper while Gray went and got Keaton and took him to his game at 2:00. It was also picture day, I sent Colton and Cooper with neighbors, and went onto Keaton's game (they won). I picked up Landon at 4:00, then took C&K in for pictures at 4:30. I was pretty wiped out. Landon went to a party and Callahan went back to Gene Fullmer for some basketball with Ben. I took a shower and went to bed early. Gray had to stay up to pick up Landon from his party at 11:00.

1216 (Friday) Late start for Callahan, then I was on kindergarten carpool duty. Randon came to play for a bit afterward. I didn't have to pick up Columbia carpool, but still had the High school and Middle school ones. I was frustrated getting back from grabbing Callahan, as Landon and Keaton had gotten into it (and I had only dropped Landon off 15 minutes before ... seriously, they can't get along for 15 minutes????). Basketball practice in the evening. I dropped Keaton off at 6:00, taking an alternate route, because traffic was horribly backed up (saw emergency vehicle lights on 7800). Back at 8:00 to drop Cal off and pick up Keaton, then back at 9:00 to pick up Callahan.

1215 (Thursday) Colton went to school today. Sans kids, I finally made it into the store for some groceries, and then pulled out presents to get them wrapped and under the tree. Carpools, and then it was Cooper's last counseling session. While we're not back to "normal" yet, he's doing a lot better. It will be nice to get Thursday afternoons back, as the counseling took up a good 2-hour block. Callahan had basketball practice in the evening. I dropped him then ran a couple errands, back home for just a bit, then back to pick him up.

1214 (Wednesday) Kept Colton home again, but he seemed much better today. I was able to get down to the gym for cardio and weights. Carpools in the afternoon, Colton wasn't thrilled about going to get Landon but he wasn't napping or throwing up or anything. It was pretty crazy after school, with lots of friends over (and after I had gotten accustomed to the quiet), makes it hard for me to handle.  Gray and the older boys had scouts in the evening.

1213 (Tuesday) Colton threw up again first thing in the morning ... so he stayed home again. Cooper and Keaton went back to school (Cooper quite unwilling and unhappy I wasn't going to make it in for my usual volunteer time). Colton ended up having an awful day, perhaps the worst so far. Rolling around and moaning in pain. He didn't throw up again, but had bad diarrhea. He finally fell asleep, and I didn't know what to do about carpool. I ended up calling Emma, one of the ward babysitters (out of school though) and she came over and watched him while I went out. I figured Colton's condition was just a bug, but in the back of my mind I was a little worried it could be something else (appendicitis?) and figured I should run him to the doctor just to be sure. So $120 later I was reassured it was just a bug. Landon had talked about really wanting to go to the basketball game at Bingham (school rival) and I had been up for it before the draining day. I'm not sure why he changed his mind about going, but I was grateful I didn't have to run him out there. Callahan had practice but caught a ride with Cole's family.

1212 (Monday) Colton was still off, so I figured I'd keep him home. Then Cooper threw up a couple of times, so I would be keeping him home too. I was worried about the 2:30 time, when I need to pick up Landon. If the little ones were sick and throwing up, what would I do? Take them in the car? Leave them home alone? Keaton had thrown up last night too (and once Fri and once Thurs) but his were more a result of his coughing than of a tummy bug. But, I decided it might just be easier to have him stay home (I felt he could watch brothers during the carpool) and a full day of rest would maybe help him recover from this cough that has been plaguing him. Cooper wasn't sick again and seemed ok. Colton didn't throw up again, but his tummy hurt him, although he seemed to be doing better by the evening. Keaton of course seemed pretty much fine. I cooked up some chicken and turned it into chicken pillows and chicken soup for dinner. Callahan had basketball practice in the evening. Klint's CH team had a game, and borrowed Cal's jersey for Rowland to use (he hadn't signed up originally) - they don't match exactly but are quite close. But Klint's team still lost, by just two points. :(

1211 (Sunday) Colton still wasn't feeling well, so I made arrangements to stay home from church with him. Cooper was NOT happy about that, but Gray said he did fine. Colton did throw up a couple more times, not that he had anything in his little tummy to come up. Poor baby! After church I made toasted cheese sandwiches and homemade oreos for dessert. Gray made his popcorn and we watched a movie on the new TV. Got the old one packaged up and ready to go back. Our neighbors have a UPS pickup, so that comes in handy.

1210 (Saturday) 8:00 morning again. Landon's work shift started then, and so did Colton's game. I dropped Landon off and Colton and I went onto his game. He did his little practice but came over saying he wasn't feeling well. He tried playing, but we ended up leaving early ... but not early enough. We didn't quite make it home when he threw up all over himself and the car :(  I cleaned up the kid while Grayson cleaned up the car (he did a good job, I couldn't smell anything! Callahan's game was at 10:00, then Keaton's game was at 12:00. Gray went to Patrice Thorup's funeral, so Cal stayed home to tend the sick baby, even though he wanted to go to Keaton's game to hang with his friends. I arranged for Cooper to attend his TaeKwonDo "graduation" ceremony (there had been some classes at the school). After Keaton's game we picked up Landon. Callahan's next game was at 2:00 ... actually two games. Mason was filling in on Klint's team. The CH team won today. We went straight to Cooper's game after (Gray had taken him there). Cooper did great! Fun to watch.  Klint's CH team was playing at 5:00 and Callahan wanted to go watch, so we went. Brenden had hurt his knee at the earlier game, so he gave Cal his jersey and Callahan played. It was a basketball day! Gray went out and bought a new TV, so the evening was spent getting that installed.

1209 (Friday) With the carpool situation in the morning a little off-kilter, I said I could drive today, as Callahan's school has the late start. I picked up the two kids that Olsen's take too. Got the elementary kids off to school, then took Callahan in. I stopped at Kohls and Payless Shoes. Once Colton got home, we went out to the bread store and Reams. Early out and other carpools. It was Gray's work party in the evening. I had time to drop the boys off at basketball practice (made arrangements for them to get a ride home). Dinner was downtown at RuthsChris.

1208 (Thursday) Got the kids off to school then I went to Sam'sClub and got the battery in the car replaced. I had purchased the current one there a little over five years ago, and it has an 8-year warranty. I still had to pay some but it was discounted. Picked up some items I had wished I had picked up yesterday. Carpool afternoon. Callahan had basketball practice in the evening. I stayed and watched as it was just an hour.

1207 (Wednesday) Got the kids off to school then I hit a few stores, Target, Sams and Walmart. My car wouldn't start in the Walmart parking lot, luckily I was able to get a jump and get home.  Cooper continues to have poop problems ... a big mess today. I guess we're lucky nothing has happened at school. The boys had scouts in the evening (triple D).

1206 (Tuesday) BAD night ... Cooper must have been exhausted from basketball, as he went to bed around 6:00. But then he was up in the night (with diarrhea, and then just awake) ... that kept me awake too. Landon's ride didn't pick him up this morning ... there has been some confusion with the carpool. My day to volunteer at the school, then I brought the kids home. Colton went to play at Randon's, and they ended up going to Chick-fila as they had gotten some coupons in school. They were still there when it was time to pick up Landon. Landon noticed Colton wasn't in the car and when I told him where he was he said "why wasn't I invited to this party?" Funny ... but those little kids LOVE Landon and I'm sure he would have been welcome. Cooper had scouts in the afternoon. Callahan ended up going home with friends, so I picked him up later that evening and stopped for Dominos on the way home. Cooper and Colton both crashed early again. Cooper is now coming down with the cough too.

1205 (Monday) The kid's bed was a mess ... Cooper had diarrhea in the night. Had to change the sheets and wash everything.  Got in cardio and weights while the kids were at school. Afternoon carpools. Cooper's team was having a little basketball practice at the church by JoelP. Callahan and Colton came too, but I ended up taking Colton back, he was a bit in the way and then he got bonked in the head. Cooper was happy to go, it seems basketball is a good thing. Callahan had his first high school prep league game in the evening at Bingham. They got their jerseys there. It was against LonePeak, a good team, and our boys got beat. Much tougher and faster at this level.

1204 (Sunday) Sunday sleep in ... at least get to stay in bed. Got a couple elliptical sessions in, but too cold to walk to church. Cooper was unhappy after class as they didn't have treats today (Fast Sunday). Toasted cheese after church, then I made lasagna to freeze and for dinner tomorrow. Homemade oreos for the Sunday treat.

1203 (Saturday) Basketball business begins! No Saturday sleep in, as Landon had to be at JoelP for an 8:00-1:00 shift. I dropped him off then picked up some donuts from Dunford. Callahan had a 7th grade game at 10:00, against some of the kids/coaches from his AAU HS Prep team, but Brian's team won. There were two games at 12:00. I took Callahan to his, Gray took Colton to his. Callahan's team was behind, but managed to come back for the win. Colton seemed to enjoy his game. I stopped and picked up Landon on the way home. Double games at 2:00 again. I took Keaton, Gray took Cooper. Cooper was a mess before, crying and upset, but then came out and did great at the game. He seemed to enjoy it and admits he's glad I signed him up. RELIEF! It could have gone either way. Keaton's game was fine, they won, but Keaton was on the bench a bit because he was coughing up a storm and did look tired. Callahan came to watch ... really to hang out with friends (Brendan, Jared, Steven). We brought treats and I made a treat sign up. In the evening, Callahan went to a surprise party for Brian (basketball team) while the rest of us went to the church Christmas party. Landon entertained the little ones (playing tag around the church), there were some service projects, a nativity (Gray narrated while the little ones took part), dinner (breakfast). I left early with Landon to drop him at a party. Stopped at Smiths on the way home, then grabbed Gray and the boys as the party ended. Had to go out at 10:00 to pick Landon up.

1202 (Friday) Late start for Callahan, he and I got in a little ping pong before school.  Keaton and Callahan both had practice in the evening (Keaton 6-8, Callahan 8-9 ... but today they both went and stayed the entire time). Landon had stayed after school for the basketball games there. I had told him I'd pick him up, thinking it would work out well between dropping Callahan off and picking him up, but it actually pushed pickup a little too close, as they close down the school. C&K were waiting outside in the cold.  Games tomorrow.

1201 (Thursday) Wind and rain noisy on the windows in the morning. Cooper was concerned about the weather, had his moment then moved on. The wind was the topic of conversation today, as Davis County got hit hard. Hurricane force winds, roads closed, semi trucks tipped over, trees torn up. Pam's fence was casualty. It wasn't that bad here, in fact the garbage cans didn't even blow over. Gray ended up coming home as they didn't have any power at the office. I had the kids carpools, then Cooper's counseling, then Callahan's basketball practice.
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