Friday, October 9, 2020

High Five for Friday (10.9.20)


Covering a couple of weeks of high fives today, since last week's Friday post was just about my boy on his birthday. 

Thank you to everyone who helped make Will's birthday a special one! He spent time with his family, friends, girlfriend, and soccer team; talked to all of his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins on the phone; enjoyed most of his favorite foods; loved his presents; and went to bed happy. Can't ask for much more.

Last week we had the opportunity to watch three sweet friends "take the field" in their respective sports. First, we watched Cullen and Calvin play their first-ever Cavalry soccer game, and then later in the week we watched Kylee's high school color guard and marching band perform their halftime show at their "family, friends, and fans showcase". It is not lost on me how lucky we are to have regained some sense of normalcy here. Don't get me wrong - life doesn't feel normal yet. Will and Hallie still go to school in their bedrooms, we wear masks everywhere we go, and we haven't been inside a restaurant since March. But little kid soccer games and high school marching band performances feel as good as you'd expect after so many months of wondering whether or not life would ever move forward again.

Hallie's dance studio was closed last week (not for anything related to COVID-19 - they built this intercessional break into the fall semester when they planned the dance year), so while she missed dancing with her friends and teaching her little students, this gap in her schedule meant she could attend one of Will's cross country meets! She seems to enjoy cross country more than soccer (I think it's because cross country meets last less than 15 minutes while soccer games last 90 minutes), and she arrived ready to show her support. 

Will had a great race, and was thrilled to have a couple of extra fans in attendance besides Hallie. (Thanks for coming, Mandi and Kaylee!)

October 1st = Halloween decor! Hallie and I had fun pulling out and setting up all of our Halloween decorations.

A couple of weeks ago I asked myself, "what would make you feel happy today?" And I answered myself, "Halloween throw pillows". So now, thanks to Amazon and Target, I have Halloween throw pillows and a smile on my face. 

Last but most certainly not least...look who temporarily joined our family! Their litter - affectionately named the Oz Babies - had a bit of a rough start, and three of the six kittens eventually crossed over the rainbow bridge. Dorothy and Ruby, however, are both healthy, thank goodness. Dorothy (the white one) is rambunctious and adventurous, though she took a couple of days to warm up to and actually approach us on her own. Ruby (the calico one) is the opposite of Dorothy in that she's nervous and timid; she hid from us for the first 24 hours and then came out only to eat for the next 24 hours, and while she still doesn't feel completely comfortable in our presence, she has decided she loves having her tummy rubbed and won't run away as long as we just keep rubbing. 

Happy weekend, friends!

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