Archive for December 2010

Basketball and Bowling

Ever since Grandpa Kent went to Hong Kong, I haven’t bothered to get BYU basketball tickets. While I’m a fan of BYU Basketball, I’m not a big enough fan to want to go to games by myself and the number of games during the work week makes it hard to take Sam or other kids with me. BYU happened to have a sale on upper-bowl tickets for a Saturday pre-season game so we decided to take the whole family to the game. I wouldn’t be a good parent if I didn’t give my kids the opportunity to see Jimmer Fredette play in person at least once during his college career. Nancy isn’t the biggest sports fan so we decided to also make it a full day and do some bowling at the Wilkinson center before the game as well – an activity everyone could enjoy.



We enjoyed bowling at the Wilk although none of us are very good bowlers and then walked across campus to go to the game. It was the first time at a BYU basketball game for most of my kids. When they said “upper bowl” they certainly weren’t joking. The seats were about 3 rows from the top. It was definitely a different experience watching the game from the rafters than it is when watching the game from Grandpa’s good seats.


Watching Jimmer and the Cougars

The Cougars won handily against an overmatched UTEP and they kids got to see Jimmer play, even though Sam was the only one that really cared about the game – the girls just cared about getting treats.

Emily’s Birthday 2010


The birthday girl

By the time you’re 15, birthday’s in our house are a pretty low-key affair. You get a cake and a present or two but no party other than your family singing happy birthday. On the bright side, when you turn 15 you can now go out and get your learner’s permit. Emily hasn’t got learner’s permit yet but her mom did take her to get study pamphlet so hopefully she’ll have her learners permit soon.

2010 Annual Christmas Lights Trip

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

Our annual trip downtown with Aunt Lori to see the Christmas lights. This has become a fun tradition.

‘Tis the Season

My kids have been asking me since before Thanksgiving when we were going to put up Christmas lights. The problem with Christmas lights is that I’m completely afraid of heights and can’t bear to get up on our roof again after the first time I put lights up several years ago. Last year I bought new lights but couldn’t bring myself to put them up. This year I found a great neighbor who isn’t afraid of heights and volunteered to climb up to the highest part of the roof (thanks Aaron!). While he was on the peak of the roof, I used the ladder to put the lights up around the lower portion of the roofs. In about a half hour we had the job done.

Thank goodness for good neighbors

We also decided to take a Christmas picture today. After about 10 different takes this was the best one we could come up with. Not sure what Diana is grumping about but everyone else is smiling…

Christmas 2010