Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Sorry its a swear, but that's the only word to describe the 10+ pounds I've gained. I'll spare you the excuses, and just let you know my friend Camille & I are starting a "Biggest Loser" contest and we want LOTS of people to enter!
I have to work at the salon today, but I'll post the details on the Biggest Loser Blog late tonight. It starts Monday January 5th, so check the blog and sign up! You don't have to be chubby, live in Cedar, or be a girl to do it!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas fun...

Our Holiday fun started Tuesday night with a party at our house...

[there are lots more photos on the Downey's blog]

And continued Christmas Eve at Shayne and Daisy's house...

We had dinner with most of the Scott family, had some musical numbers, played a game, acted out the nativity scene, and opened jammas!

And ended with a wonderful Christmas day...

The boys were so cute! Grateful for every present they got [seriously, there were WAY too many], excited to see Mimi & Terry and Kat, Tony & Kahlil, and completely EXHAUSTED when the day was over!
We had a great Holiday Season this year, and are anxious to start a new year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

dear santa...

Porter wants... a new bike, a lightsaber, and a toy shotgun with 5 bullets.

Cooper wants... a new bike, a lightsaber, a toy rifle with 7 bullets.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

candy complete...

I finished my 15th and final batch of Christmas candy yesterday! This year I did 14 flavors (I did double batches of cinnamon). This candy is a tradition for us to give each year.
While finishing the candy, I sent the boys out to play in the snow... and there was plenty of it! We have had TONS of snow in Cedar this week, and I love it! I love the feeling of being surrounded by pretty white snow and the mystery of knowing if and when it will stop.
***'tis the season***

Monday, December 15, 2008

snowed in at number two...

Yes, it's true! At our competition at Jordan High School we [Southern Utah coaches] were called to the announcers table on Saturday at about 7pm and told we could not travel home that night. Bummer. Thankfully the Country Inn & Suites had enough rooms to keep us warm until we could leave Sunday morning.
As for the competition we did well: 1st in Kick, 2nd in Prop and Dance, and 4th in Military. We were really disappointed [confused and mad] with the 4th place. We at least deserved 2nd or 3rd, but what do you do - that's the sport! It's probably good for the girls not to get to confident with placing high in all the routines. Logan beat us. They placed 2nd at State last year, but I know we can beat them. In Prop we had a 2 point safety penalty for a girl stepping on a prop - without the penalty we would have had 1st!
Now for the 100% McCall moment: our "rival school" had made some accusations over the last week about our sportsmanship - or lack of - which is TOTALLY unfounded and untrue. HONESTLY. So... at awards we beat them by a lot in Dance, they beat us by a little in Military, and we were certain they had beat us in Prop, like they had the competition before. When they announced Cedar as 2nd and hadn't announced CV at all, we assumed they had 1st. WRONG. Emery won. And when they announced it I JUMPED out of my seat, shot my hands in the air and yelled "YEAH!" Then dropped back to my seat as fast as possible. How embarrassing! The CV parents were right behind us. Oh well, that's the game right!

Monday, December 8, 2008

one down...

We did it!
We had our first competition this weekend and we ROCKED! We placed 1st in Military, Dance & Kick. 2nd in Prop. 1st in the 3A Division and 1st Place OVERALL at the competition! Canyon View (our rival school) beat us in Prop - so we need to really work on it for this weekend. This weekend is the biggest competition (besides region & state) at Jordan High School. All the "big" teams will be there. Last year we placed 5th in State and the teams that beat us will all be there.
I am so proud of my girls! This is when all the early mornings pay off! One competition down... 4 more to go!