Thursday, May 31, 2007

Friends, Fun & Learning

I think I have mentioned before that Mikayla is a big sports nut. She wants to playy everything there is to play. Soccer in the spring and fall, basketball in the winter, and volleyball whenever she can get it in and she loves baseball. Unfortunately we can not squeeze every sport in so this past spring she played volleyball. It was made up of 5th and 6th grade girls and we played at the local YMCA. We started off a bit shaky but by the end of the spring season we finished in 1st place, winning 4 more games than the next place team. And I will have to say I have never seen a better group of girls. They come from different schools, some had never met before but they all got along beautifully. No catty normal girl stuff, no teasing, no keeping anyone out or making fun of another person.
They actually all got along, cheered each other on, and made me feel like I did a great job coaching them (did I forget to mention that Mikayla wrangled me into coaching). I have
never had more fun than I did those 6 weeks with one group of girls. A what a surprise they all want to come back and play again in September and play on the same team again. Mikayla is excited and can't wait to play again. So Jennifer (the other parent wrangled into coaching) and I decided what the heck do it again. In addition to the kids all getting along smashingly the parents were amazing also. I remember being a girl scout leader, the parents had plenty of comments, complaints and suggestions but ask one of them to help they scattered. Not this time most of the parents stayed if they could to help at practice, they were all at every game, and I heard none of them screaming things at their girls (unlike soccer I have to say). I was a most refreshing experience that I hope repeats itself in the fall.

A Senior No More

Well it has finally happened.....Felicia my first born baby girl has GRADUATED! Mike and I are so proud of her and all that she has accomplished. So much so I was brought to tears at her ceramony. Sitting there while the principle and others gave their speaches I wondered back to when she was a baby and I had no idea what I was doing or when to do it. Then in my head I saw her say her first words, take her first steps, get on the bus for the first day of kindergarden. And now, watching her grow up to a beautiful young lady. I sit there in that large stadium seeing her go forward to college and career and then....suddenly...without warning....a tear a single tear fell down my cheek. I could not believe it there I was in the midst of all these shouting parents and family I was crying (this is something I do not seem do often) and I could not believe it. I kept saying to myself to stop this foolishness it was a happy time, but never the less there I sat choking back tears. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and is heading to Truman Univeristy this fall with tuition, room, board, fees and books all paid for by scholarships. Her father and I can not express in words how extreamly proud we are.

Congradualtions Felicia, I hope you continue to experience life to its fullest and never be afraid to take on new adventures.