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Saturday, January 31st, 2015.  It seems that January is always filled with nothing but sports posts and this January was no different.  On Saturday, Ben played a basketball game at 12:15, then drove up the street to make the 2nd half of an indoor soccer game.  He lost the basketball game, but his team won the soccer game.  The regular season is over for both boys, they play their tournament games on Thursday.  Ben's team went 2-6, while Jackson went 6-2.  He finished the season by beating the undefeated 1st place team.  He too only made it to the second half of that game as he was across town working the lights at a high school production of GodSpell.  We went to the show on Friday and it was fantastic. 

Monday, January 19th, 2015.  Jackson's basketball team moved to 5-2 following a big 63-30 win.  Probably the team's best performance to date.  We had five players score double-digits.  Jackson led the team with 15, Cameron hit four 3s, scoring 14, Malcolm had 13, Tanner 11 and Carson 10.  Of the four teams that played, we had 5 of the top 10 scorers.  Not bad at all.  The defense stayed in a 2-3 all four quarters and played with hustle and discipline.  Jackson had multiple steals that led to break-away lay-ups.  Martin, Papa and Mo were all there to watch.

Sunday, January 18th, 2015. We had a super busy weekend.  Ben played a basketball game on Saturday and a soccer game on Sunday.  I thought he played great in both.  (more basketball photos here)

We also went to see Interstellar with our niece Izzy, then joined Deana for dinner at Kyotos.  Jackson and I ended the evening by watching his friends Jack and Kelsey play music at the coffee shop in Pilot Mt.  On Sunday, we had church, then basketball practice, then a quick trip to Claudville, then Ben's soccer game. 

Thursday, January 15th, 2015. I have spent two days at home sick, Jackson spent two days visiting with his Aunt Deana since he was exempt from exams, Ben and Amy spent one day at home during a snow day (no actual snow) and Jackson's team lost a close game in overtime.

Sunday, January 11th, 2015.  We had a busy full week, with something happening every night.  Jackson had basketball on Monday, practice on Tuesday, we went to watch the Hornets play the Pelicans on Wednesday, Jackson had a game on Thursday, Ben and I had the Pinewood Derby  on Friday, Ben had a basketball game on Saturday, then a soccer game on Sunday.  On Saturday, Jackson went to play ball with friends at Riverside, then joined them for dinner at Chili Rojo followed by the bowling alley.  Amy visited Timessa and Ben and I watched the Seahawks/Panthers game at our friends the Taylors.  Jackson lost the first of his two games, but won big in the second.  He scored 24 points on 61% shooting, which bumps him up to 3rd in scoring out of the league's 34 players.  Ben won for the second week in a row, scoring 6 points, then won his soccer game too, scoring twice.  Our final Pinewood Derby was fun, even though for the first time we did not bring a very competitive car.  (many more soccer photos here).  The game in Charlotte was fantastic.  Kemba Walker hit the game winning basket with just 1 second on the clock. 

Sunday, January 4th, 2015. Ben scored 6 points in his team's first win of the season.  He played great, handling the ball well and making great assists.  (more basketball photos here).  As soon as the game was finished, he played an indoor soccer game.  His team won that game as well, so it was a good day for him.  I spent the afternoon helping Cubs build their pinewood derby cars.  Ben and I finished his car up today.  I cannot believe this is our last year of racing in the derby.  Time flies. 

   
Friday, January 2nd, 2015.  The family went to the park in Ararat, Virginia to break in the new tennis rackets Santa left.  Our family is good at a lot of things.  Tennis is not one of them.  But in the end we had fun.  We also played soccer and threw a frisbee around. 

Thursday, January 1st, 2015. The family started our New Year's Eve celebration at Chili Rojo.  We then went to see The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, using the gift certificates Santa left.  Our original plan was to go to Main Street to watch the badge be raised at midnight, but everyone got a little grumpy, so we decided to stay in.  We rang in the new year with sparkling grape juice while watching Ryan Sechrist at Times Square.  My dad joined us today at lunch for a traditional New Years meal at Olympia.