So to sum up… Really I need to sum up everything that has been happening since spring break. I’m not quite sure how to accomplish that.
You may have read that I’m a substitute teacher now. I waited until the end of the year to start. I thought this is perfect. I’ll just work the days I want to work. Hahahahahahahahahaha. That’s funny. It’s the end of the year. Teachers are testing and spending days off. They have graduations and end of year ceremonies to attend. I was told not to turn them down too often when you start. So… I already know I’m going in again today. Thankfully it’s a half day so I might get a little done at home. We went to the grocery yesterday and picked up a few things just to make it to the middle of the week. I forgot how much I despise shopping at a grocery on the weekend and we went after church with
4 5 kids. I’m perfectly fine with claiming that I have 5 children after walking through the ice cream aisle with Ray.
Enough about me. With the exception of band banquet Arleigh’s band season has come to an end. Her final concert included a solo that I unfortunately had to miss. The good news is that we thought Ray might miss it too because he was returning from travel. Thankfully the boys in blue weren’t looking as he drove like a bat out of hell from Norfolk. He slid into his seat moments before her solo. I’ve been told that Arleigh did a fabulous job. I’m taking Ray’s word for it since he didn’t think to video it. Sigh… I did get this photo of her after the performance though. She said some fan stopped by to ask for her autograph. Funny. He must be stalking her because I’ve seen him hanging around my house a lot lately. Good thing he’s such a great kid. Wait. Maybe I should ask him if he videoed the concert…
Hanan performed in her final concert with eighth grade chorus. They won several awards at their end of year competition at Kings Dominion. She wasn’t really happy when we left feeling like she could’ve performed better. I thought she was great. I couldn’t be prouder. I certainly couldn’t stand in front of a large group of people and sing by myself. She even had a solo in one of the songs and couple of times she stepped out with small groups. There was one hiccup when one of the soloists bumped into her and she couldn’t get around that girl for her part. It was a great life lesson though about having the show go on. It certainly did. I love Dr. Newell. One poor girl totally flubbed her solo and became so flustered she couldn’t finish. He just turned around with a huge smile on his face and finished it for her without missing a beat. His song choice for the end of the year were great. How can you not love Journey? I will say trying to perform Queen was quite the task for a middle school group but they stepped up and did a great job.
Bria has been busy. We decided to stick her on the swim team this year to help improve her swimming. She’s slightly frustrated that she isn’t a natural super star. I think we’re stepping into another life lesson. She is ending her recreational soccer career and starting travel. We’re dipping our toes in while she’s young and won’t have too terribly far to travel. She was excited to get a letter (that looked an awful lot like a college acceptance letter and may or may not have given her mama a nervous breakdown) before the tryouts are over. As crazy as most people think travel is, her parents are excited because commitment to one team will actually free up our schedule after a crazy year. Soccer’s age brackets are changing. So currently Bria is playing with her rec team. She was asked to play on an All Star team from the rec team so we also practice with that team for a tournament on father’s day weekend. In addition, the travel team she was being invited to join is already playing together since her October birthday will mean playing up. They asked her to practice with them before try outs. So one team, even if they do travel sounds like a breeze right now. Ask me about it again in the fall. Another sad moment was to realize that Sammie and Bria won’t play together anymore. They’ve been on the same teams and in the same class at school since we arrived in NOVA but their birthdays will put them in different brackets and Sammie is switching schools next year. Saturday was bittersweet.
Then there’s Jack. Bless his heart, he’s trying to keep up with all of this. His favorite thing right now is the pool. If he could swing at the pool that would be his heaven. He can swim when Bria makes it to her meets and I plan on finding someone who can help with lessons this summer. He’s had a rough couple of weeks. Changes are always difficult and as the school year comes to and end, lots of things start to change. Specials change with the end of year testing, the library closes, plus mom started working. He’s been off his game. Tomorrow we have another IEP meeting at the school which gives me hives. I can’t help but think about the things I’m not getting done at times like this. What I wish we’ve been doing. I’m hoping we find a plan for the summer that works out to set him up for success next year. As always, prayers for that dang IEP are appreciated.
Ray and I got to visit with lots of friends at a wedding over memorial weekend. It was just the sweetest most well done wedding. We love Sam and Paige like they are our own. I can’t believe I’m old enough to watch that sweet girl walk down the aisle. Bonus, most of our Hampton Roads friends got to be there for a quick visit. I wish I could take each one of those families and sit down with them for a weekend by themselves and catch up. Lucky us, we got the opportunity to do just that when one of our favorite families were passing through for a Nats game.
I know I’m leaving lots out but that’s the short version. We’ve braced and ready to power through to the end of the school year that comes…wait for it… on June 23rd. Heaven help us all. We need summer!