When I make it to two football games in one week, it definitely feels like fall.
On Thursday, the eighth graders performed the JV halftime show with the high school band. This had Mark, my mom and myself spending Thursday evening on the bleachers where we were reminded by the weather that it is most definitely now fall.
I loved playing in the marching band when I was in high school, and I'm not remembering that it was an optional band choice. If you were in band, you were in marching band.
From what I'm hearing, it's optional here. I had hoped that after this performance, the previously reluctant Brian would decide that he would choose marching band after all, but nope. He's still not sold on it. Jazz band though? He's totally got that on his mind again this year.
I love my zoom lens.
And I loved seeing so many of his Southeast Elementary schoolmates all in a row.
I have a hard time just sitting still, so I tried my luck at a few football shots. I made it more difficult by sticking to the kids I knew rather than the play.
I worked in number six's mom's classroom all last year. I managed to get a few of him which were fun to share with her. She had two of our kids for kindergarten and I confess I'm not always good at teacher gifts, so it's fun to give back even if it's years later.
These two didn't dress for fall, despite my advising them to.
On Friday evening, I picked up our packets for this Saturday morning 5K, and I completely lost my composure when Julianna's mom approached me, recognizing Wendy's name.
I came home and gave Wendy fair warning. Given Wendy's severe empathy, mirror-touch synesthesia, and remembering the events of the week of Julianna's death combined with visual reminders of when she first began experiencing symptoms in elementary school - it was a tough run emotionally. There was a point where she didn't think she'd be able to make it the whole way, but we walked the last half mile plus together, and she did it. It took a lot out of both of us, and I am so proud of her and how far she's come. What she has is not easy, but she is diligent about learning coping skills and how to get through life's tougher situations. This 5K wasn't about getting our best time, but about personal victories.
As for this coming week -
- The first of the month is on a Monday! MY FAVORITE!
- Archery starts this week. Brian is trying out again, and Greg is now coaching.
- Greg got an official job title which starts tomorrow. He'd been consolidating three large jobs the last six weeks as they were doing some restructuring, but now with the new job title, we're hoping we'll see him at the dinner table again soon.
- A wedding
- Some new goal making
- I might even decorate for fall. Crazier things have happened. ;)