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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Senior Stuff

(I had no idea that I'd have time to sit down for this today!!!)

Our Baby Boy is a Senior.
It is only October, and we've already ... 

taken Sr. Pictures for the yearbook
taken Sr. Pictures with a photographer
ordered graduation announcements
ordered the cap and gown
ORDERED pictures from the photographer
gone on college campus tours
applied to colleges

His soccer season is drawing to an end.
Sr. Night is 2 short days away. 
One week from today will be the beginning of the end of the soccer season. 
Tuesday is the first night of District play.
If they win, they will continue to play.
If they lose.... well, it's over.
He may only take the field two more times.
He has been playing soccer since he could walk.
My soccer mom days are numbered, and as I reflect on that,
 I am reminded of how much he has learned on the soccer field.

He has learned to be a team player.
He has learned to take guidance from and listen to a coach.
He has learned how to help someone up when he is on the ground.
He has learned how to stand up for himself and push back just a little.
He has learned how to push back just enough to make a statement 
but not enough to get in trouble.
He has learned how to win with a happy heart.
He has learned how to say "Thank you" when given a compliment.
He has learned how to lose without pointing fingers at others.
He has learned how to self evaluate and work to be better.
He has learned about friendships and being a teammate.
He has learned about compassion, integrity, empathy, and grace.
He has learned about commitment to a team, a coach, and to himself.
He has learned that as a member of a team, 
he represents himself, his family, his school, and his community.
He has learned that on bus trips home, he can order from the dollar menu 
and still have money for ice cream.
He has learned life skills on the soccer field.
The game of soccer as he has know it is about to be finished.
The things he has learned from participating in the sport will go on with him throughout his life, reminding him every day of how to live fairly, cooperatively, and wholeheartedly.

As his mom, how can I ask for more?
Growing up is what we want them to do.
It's our job to help them learn what they need to know in order to 
go out into the world and be successful.
I'm thankful for the years he spent playing soccer.
They have helped us mold our kid into the young man he has become.  
Watch out World, because this kid is almost ready to fly.
I can't wait to see what the future holds for him.
I can't wait.
It's been a sweet Senior year experience so far.
I just wish it would slow down.
Just. A. Little. Bit.
Every minute is Delicious.
Until next time, friends.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

First Quarter Down

So, I remember the first day of school in August.
I remember how exciting it was at our house.
Everyone had the new shoes, new outfits, new chrome books.
Cars were washed and pencil bags were stuffed.
It was a morning of firsts and lasts.
It was Courtney's first day of High School.
It was Corbin's last first day of High School.
It was my first day to have two students in High School.
I just don't know why time has gone so fast.
We blinked, and they grew up.

This was Corbin on his first day of Freshman Year. 
(He did not want me to take a picture....I did it anyway.)

This was the two of them walking into school his Sophomore year and her 7th Grade year.
He walked her in every single morning.  
She has NO idea how lucky she is.

So, that brings me to these pictures.
Freshman and Senior Year.
I'm a very, very lucky momma to have these two as my kids.

 So grown up!

 Tolerating a silly picture with mom.

 I know...just one more, please.

Then we all went to school.  I did very, very well until...
 I got to the office and saw our secretary, who also has a senior kid. 
 I started to sniffle.  
Within minutes, there were my kids!
They needed $50 for Chrome Book Insurance.
Yes, I said $50.
That killed the tears.  

 The Librarian snapped this picture for us before they left.
I love those always-asking-for-money kids!!

Last one.  We promise!!!

Anyhow, the first quarter is behind us.  
Each of them has been B.U.S.Y. with fall sports.
Corbin's soccer team just won Conference Championship game. 
They have a few more games to go before Districts begin.  
This coming Thursday will be Sr. Night, 
where we have the opportunity to honor the Senior players 
for their hard work and dedication to the team.

 #14, Corbin Schmidt!

That guy seriously kept pulling on Corbin to keep him away from the ball.

2015 Conference Champs!!

Courtney has played volleyball this fall.
It's been a fun season.
She has played well and had fun hitting the ball and blocking.
Her team did a great job and worked hard throughout the season.

Celebrating a point!

More celebrating!

Jump high, sweet pea!

That is a BLOCK!


This weekend I have spent time in front of the computer.
More hours than I anticipated.
I looked at Senior pictures with the proverbial fine tooth comb.
I've studied each one...his smile, his eyes, his hair, his shirt collars.
I've looked at how grown up and handsome he is.
I've looked into those beautiful eyes and seen the kindness.
I'm very proud of the young mad he has become.

We've filled out college applications and Senior visit day registration forms.
The year is passing quickly already.
Stick with me if I don't post very often.
I'm busy enjoying every single minute of his last High School year.
I don't know what his future holds.
I know that for a while longer, he's still "mine."
I'm going to sit back, watch him do his thing, fix his favorite dinners, 
and enjoy every single minute.

Today is also the 8th anniversary of saying goodbye to my Daddy for the last time.
We buried him on Oct. 18, 2007.
The kids were 6 and 9 years old.  

This is the last picture we took before his passing.
I miss him every single day.
On days like this, though, I truly wish he were here.
I'd love to hear him giggle one more time.
I'd love to get a big bear hug one more time.
I'd love for him to tease the kids.
I know he is looking down from Heaven.
I know he is proud of them and their accomplishments.
It would be so special if he were here, though, cheering them on from the stands.

Pictures have become my new past time.
Sorting and saving them.
Moving them from one computer file to another ...just because.
Studying their little faces and watching how they've changed throughout the years is a hobby.
I've always noticed, but now I get it.
ENJOY the messy house, the peanut butter and jelly all over the table, 
and reading stories in the rocking chair.
All too soon, the chair isn't big enough, the story isn't long enough, 
and the messes are not as big.
The hands of time will have spun out of control, and the baby days will be gone.

It's not that these days are less fun.
They are fabulous!
I LOVE my kids and who they are becoming.
I enjoy spending time with them...visiting with them...talking with them.
I just miss the days of little people around our house.
We blinked. 
That's how fast it happened.

I'll be back during Christmas vacation, unless I just can't wait to share.
Imagine how much I'll have to share by then!!!

Hang on, friends.
Parenthood is Delicious.

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