Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Glimpses of the Last Week

What a blessing to experience almost a week at home with all of the children!

After missing her first 3 matches (due to kid illnesses and hospitalizations), I finally got to see my little girl play volleyball! Ally loves to pass and set with me or whoever else will indulge her. It really pays off, as she looked pretty good out there. She still has an underhand serve, but my goodness they're only 5th and 6th graders! Twice, they had to rotate her out of serving because she had accumulated the maximum # of service points at this level (5 in a row). After the game, she said, "Mom, we're 4 and 0!" What a competitor. Kinda takes after her dad.

On Saturday morning we went to the Belmont Fair. I don't think I've ever missed a Fair parade in my life. Growing up in Belmont, it was always fun to dress up and walk with your class in elementary school (or ride a float in middle school and high school). Marching band was one of my favorite things to do, along with football halftime shows and pep bands. Here is a shot of my nephew Christopher (center of pic, black t-shirt, black/green/orange mohawk) with his class, marching to the theme "Kindergarten Rocks". Check out the dad with the long hair and top hat!

Tradition holds that my extended family (whoever is around) gets together for lunch after the parade. This year my mom and dad had us down to the farm, but there were only two families--Julie's and ours. The cousins got together and played some volleyball, the sport in season. (From spring through summer, it's softball.)

Then we went up to the school for the Fair. It's the oldest school fair in the state, and although non-natives would think "no big deal", this is a fun event for all ages and especially for alumni. It's so fun to see little kids running around and try to connect those familiar faces with their parents, people you went to school with twenty-some years ago.
Our kids especially love looking in the gym at all of the student and adult exhibits. Lego collections, hand-made quilts, produce, everything from soup to nuts. This is nobody-in-particular's pumpkin, just thought what a fun big pumpkin for September! Garrison and Wynne liked it, too.

After a few hours at the Fair, the kids and I trekked down to South Wayne for their dad's football game. The coolness of the morning burned off by kick-off, and it was a long HOT game.
The boys didn't do so "hot", though. Blackhawk did an excellent job of keeping the ball out of our hands, and it didn't help that we fumbled it FIVE TIMES. We managed to sneak out with a win, but it was a very frustrating game (leading to a sleepless night for Mark).

Nothing cools you off like lying on hot metal bleachers with a ringpop.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.--James 1:2-4


Blogger Astrid said...

Oooo! A parade and visiting a fair! I love going to the fair...but I always seem to miss them! LOL!

Hurray for Ally and playing VB!

September 22, 2009 at 8:57 AM  

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