It is the eve of the second week of the new school year, and I am still sitting here in amazement that the kids are already back in school, and I am currently watching Sunday Night Football. I know I am not alone when I wonder where did summer go? How could it have flown by soooo quickly? Our kids here in No. Virginia even got a two day head start due to not using all the built-in snow days during the past school year.
When I first set up this blog, I had all intentions to use it as a journal of sorts, in order to aid my ever-failing memory. It’s a little difficult when I don’t update it more frequently than once every few months, so I am going to try to improve on that. With that said, here’s my attempt to recap the summer, as best as I can remember, as the memories are already starting to fade…
My first day of summer began with Big J’s 6th grade graduation. I was extremely proud that I only welled up a few times during the short ceremony, as I have been known boo hoo at commercials. I was off the entire following week, and enjoyed a “stay-cation”, as we didn’t travel anywhere out of town. That weekend was Fathers’ Day, and that was the official kick-off day of post-season baseball, aka All Stars. For the next two weeks, my husband and son spent a minimum of 3 hours per day practicing for the district tournament, which started the last weekend in June.
As if stressing over one child’s activities are not enough, CC had her year-end dance recital the weekend after school was out. She is at a really nice age for dancing, as she’s old enough to do a routine from memory, but still very cute up on stage. Her group was featured quite a bit during the recital. She was in four routines, one of which opened the show, and another which closed the show. It’s stressful for moms at this age since most of the girls need help changing costumes, and none of them can do their hair without help. Needless to say, there is a lot of running back and forth from the auditorium to the dressing rooms.
Unfortunately for CC, most of what we did the rest of the summer revolved around baseball, and she was a true champ and supporter for her big brother and his team. Big J’s team won the district tournament, and that made them eligible to continue on to the state tournament. During districts, J hit his very first homerun, and mommy was lucky enough to capture the swing on camera. (I have a very nice digital camera, and I know just enough about how to use it to take pictures…I am usually surprised when I get a good shot). One of these days, maybe I’ll actually make time to figure out how it really works…what a concept?!?
The state tournament was held in Virginia Beach, but we had to wait two weeks before the start of the tournament. It was a long two weeks, and I was very worried that the boys would start to lose interest, since all they were doing was practicing everyday…no games. My worries were needless…the boys went down to the tournament and came in second place in the entire state! The boys played beautifully, and were such a cohesive group. They played seven games in seven days, and just ran out of steam at the end. They displayed great sportsmanship during the awards ceremony after they lost, and I could not have been prouder as a parent.
I have to admit that I shed a few tears, but more out of happiness for the run this team had, and sad that it was over. It was such a neat, unique experience to be on “vacation” with about 50 people that you know, that I didn’t want it to end yet. We had no idea how well the team would do during the tournament…it was double elimination, so in theory, we could have been home in two days, even though we booked the hotel for 8. I guess it’s a good thing we did that, since we definitely needed all 8 days. I felt sorry for any other guests that had the misfortune of getting a room on the floor of our hotel. All the players, parents, and grandparents associated with the team were on the same floor, but there were still room for others. I would actually apologize to anyone I saw…
Big J’s big moment during the state tournament was hitting a grand slam homerun. Being the good mom that I am, I saw him hit it over the fence, but I had no idea that the bases were loaded! CC was actually sick that day, and I was determined to not miss the game. As soon as she got to the field she got sick, but felt better after that. However, she kept having “false alarms”, so I was running back and forth between the game and the bathroom. (Thank GOD the field had “real” bathrooms with AC (did I mention how stinking hot it was?) instead of dons johns)!!! She had just said to me, “Mommy, I think I need to get sick again”, and mommy of the year said, “can you wait just a minute? Your brother is up to bat!” At that point, I was standing right behind home plate, and hadn’t noticed the bases loading up. The next thing I know, the ball is sent out of the park, and I am jumping around like a fool. It was not until 10 minutes later that someone mentioned it was a grand slam. DUH!!
By the time the state tournament was over, we had been playing and/or practicing everyday for 6 weeks, and it was now the first of August. We spent the last month getting caught up with life, back-to-school shopping, and watching the Olympics. Oh, I almost forgot the hours we spent sitting in traffic trying to cross the bay bridge after the fatal truck accident. We had gone to the Eastern Shore for a wedding, and made the mistake of stopping to shop at the outlets instead of going straight home. It took us over 3 hours to go 10 miles!
We had a quick 2 night visit to Bethany Beach Labor Day weekend, and the weather was beautiful…and now it is back to reality. The first week of school went well, and I just hope the enthusiasm continues into the school year. Big J has started middle school, and I have lived to tell about it. He really likes it, and of course, CC loves being back in school, and she’s ready to take on 4th grade. I have already warned her teacher that any day now, she will try to take over the class!!
If the next 11 weeks go by as fast as summer, it will almost be time for Thanksgiving. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet…???