Friday, October 22, 2021

High Five for Friday (10.22.21)



Last Wednesday Will took the PSAT for the first time. (Yes, he's a freshman, and no, freshman don't usually take the PSAT. But his choices were 1) take the PSAT or 2) take practice EOC exams, and Will opted for the former.) It's kind of fun having a kid who likes - and has always enjoyed - taking tests, as it means neither he nor I stress about them the way Hallie and I inevitably stress about them each time her turn rolls around. 


My mom came to visit! She spent a few days with us back in late July, after she helped me and the kids drive home from Wisconsin, but it was nice to have a few more days (you know, to work on our projects) this time around. I'll share more on our projects and activities next week!


Both kids crushed their first concerts - Hallie in choir and Will in Orchestra - of the year! I wasn't sure what to expect with either, what with this being Hallie's first time in choir (and the fact that she told me they were terrible) and Will's jump "up" to high school orchestra, and I was pleasantly surprised by both groups. 


Harry was adopted - along with another SKR kitten named Timberlake - midway through last week, Ron left us on Wednesday for his forever family, and while Hermione is pending adoption, she's still with us. Ron and Hermione were/will be the toughest to say goodbye to so far, out of all 39 (?!) kittens we've lived with and loved on, and while I know they're going to make two families incredibly happy, it's so hard to be preparing to say goodbye. 

In case you can't tell, these two are world class snugglers. 

This was taken the exact moment Hermione logged
Tom out of his Iowa Advisory Council Board meeting.
And yes, he was attending with the camera ON.


Happiness Highlights

I LOVE that Old Navy has extended inclusivity in
sizing and models to its dog models. (This dog has three
legs and is featured modeling multiple different dog outfits.) 

If we get to soccer games early, he sleeps while I walk. As he
gets older, there's something special about just having him near
me, even if we're not talking or interacting. 

Fall is coming!

I love the transition to yellow practice jerseys because I
can always find Will's team on their practice and game fields.

When I need a reason to smile, I look at
this picture of a little girl trying to teach her
cat how to write. His face is everything.

Mother Nature has finally gifted us a few mornings that have been
cool enough for me to sit outside on the back porch with my coffee.

Another week, another River pic. She's a doll.

I wish they could stay this "little" forever.

Hallie's the one at the top of the lift!

Hallie's friend bakes and sells the most amazing 
scones! These are pumpkin pecan, and were *chef's kiss*.

The cutest latte art!

The space station passed by above College Station,
and thanks to a friend of Tom's who actually helped
build it, I knew when to go outside and look up! 

My and Hallie's newest batch of masks - Happy Halloween!

Happy weekend, friends!

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