September 19th . 2019

Personal Escorts

Or Secret Service? Whatever you call these guys, they s-l-o-w-l-y walked us down our driveway on our mad rush to school today. I’m sure they were saving our lives with this act somehow.

September 18th . 2019

Just Sprinting By

To say Bastien came in #1 at his first one mile Cross Country meet that actually happened. First among this throng:

With a time of 6:13! On a hot day, with a terrible cold mind you. And then he went on to hockey practice.

He was thinking he was going to run the 2 mile with the 7th and 8th graders, but his coach dropped it on him in the hallway that he wanted him to win the mile today. So like no pressure. Haha! Anyway he handled himself like a professional athlete, even if it made me very woozy to watch myself.

I’m very proud of this boy, and SO excited to see his running career continue to unfold.

September 17th . 2019

Shifting Into Fall

I’ve never tried this before so late in the year, but this week I decided to hold one last outdoor yoga class. It was lovely. Usually I don’t go past Labor Day because it starts getting dark so much earlier, but the setting sun definitely added to the charm of the experience. I’ve been reading about the very uncharming mosquito-carried EEE outbreak all day though and sincerely hope I wasn’t unwittingly putting my students at risk.

Tomorrow begins my own back to school routine… Bible study. This will be our fifth year together, fifth book studied, and that feels like something special.

I do hate to say goodbye to summer, I really do. But fall is just such a temptress.

September 16th . 2019

Sick Day

Mr. Sore Throat with a cough and runny nose took his first day off from middle school today. It’s amazing that all text books and assignments are online now for such occasions. It took him a good part of the day to get everything done, but we still had enough time to rent and watch the inspiring movie Running For Jim. So as far as sick days go, today was a pretty good one.

September 15th . 2019

Port Huron Tourney and More!

We survived the first tournament weekend of the hockey season. But barely. The only redeeming factor was Bastien getting his first goal of the season in the single game of the four in which the Renegades did not get completely blown out. Ugh. On a positive note, the schedule was conducive to sleeping in every day, having a leisurely family picnic by Lake Huron AND getting my 10 miler in! This is so rare I barely believed it.

During the weekend, Bastien made his way into the penalty box for a cross check. And ended the tournament with such a sore throat he pulled himself out for the final period. But the good news is he had such a great time with his team he chose to stay and suffer through the last game, rather than go off to the mountain bike race where he was sure to win an individual medal and maintain his standings in the six race series. We shall see how this impacts that season in the long run (but I’m hoping it won’t matter all that much).

Note: I packed for this event right after my long run, with one hour to get us all out the door. This meant I forgot a toothbrush, any phone chargers at all, and the most necessary melatonin for myself and Bastien. Somehow we all still survived though.

September 12th . 2019

It’s Go Time!

This weekend there’s a hockey tournament in Port Huron AND a bike race in Brighton. I am wildly excited. And this is how Hadley feels about it.

Don’t feel too bad for her. She got a 24 hour sleepover at her friend’s house last weekend that involved cheer routines and s’mores. In fact, that entire combination is probably why she looked like this last weekend to begin with.

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