Monday, May 21, 2018

Summer Work 2018

The supermarket era for Caz is over.  It was a good run.  But Star couldn’t give him enough hours.  He needed to make more cash.  Now, it’s off to his Grandfatrher’s favorite hardware store.  That should be fun for all of us.  He starts off with 36 hours a week for the next three weeks.  That’s far more than he ever got per week at Star.  Today, was training day one of two.  Then he is off and running.
     Caz gets that his dollar up here goes farther in Alabama.  He can make more up here over the summer,  and have more spending power when he goes back to school.  Finance and economics learning for my mechanical engineer.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Big Smile

Coco was ecstatic to get his braces out today!  He wore braces for 33 months.  33 long months.  With the finish line in sight a few weeks ago, he really wanted them off before the Prom.  Correction.  Before the first of two Proms.  It was all up to him these last few weeks.  He had to be disciplined about wearing his bands.  Missioned accomplished.  Demi’s first day home after her vacation was spent at the orthodontist.  And it was worth it!

Friday, May 4, 2018

End of Year 1

Caz took his last exam as a freshman today.  What a fast year.  He is extremely nervous about the results.  He is worried about passing Calculus 2.  He is worried about keeping his scholarship.   I know he has worked hard.
     Now it is off to Huntsville for a week.  He is going to visit with his girlfriend before coming back home.  Can’t wait to see him.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Home Track Meet 2018

The first home meet of the season for DHS.  Coco's first home meet.  Big event.  Another milestone.  We got a surprise too.  Coco ran a race.  This was completely unexpected.  Demi arrived at the track to see Coco running by here.  He ran the 400m.  That is a tough race when you have trained for it, let alone never having run a race in your life.  He did just fine.  He finished.  And he was not last in his heat.  Coco also threw javelin.  He scratched and then didn't hit the minimum line but you know what?  He still threw it.  With his team.  In a real competition.  Great stuff.  He keeps making progress.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Happy 19th Caz!

On this lucky Friday the 13th, I wish my oldest child a very happy birthday!  I wish you were home to celebrate.  This is your first birthday away from home.  It’s strange not having you around.  I know it’s part of the circle of life, but it doesn’t make it any easier.  I wish you all the best.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Track Season 2018

Track season finally started for this season.  In typical New England fashion, the first meet of the season was postponed due to rain.  The conditions for today's meet was not much better.  It was cloudy, damp and cold.  Really cold.  I thought I came prepared.  I brought layers.  I brought a hood.  I brought boots.  My feet were numb by the end.  The aluminum bleachers don't help.  But these boots should really be warmer.
     However, this is an auspicious day.  The first ever track meet for Coco.  Bigger yet, it was an away meet.  He rode the bus with his team.  He socialized with his team.  That was the win right there.  Coco didn't even know I was there.  That was just fine with me.  He gets more keyed up when Demi and I watch him.  I preferred he didn't know I was there.  I didn't want to trigger his anxiety.  I was just happy he was there, on the team and with his team.  Well done, Coco.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Prom Season 2018

It’s official.  Coco has a prom date.  Like his brother, his date is a friend’s girlfriend’s friend.  Say that 3 times fast.  Coco has it a bit easier.  His date is a Duxbury girl, so no extra forms.
     Also like his brother, that circle of friends has no idea how they will get to the prom.  It’s too late for a limo.  Coco also cannot fit behind the wheel of his grandmother’s Mercedez.  That will come down to the wire.
     He missed the first cutoff to buy tickets.  He already voiced his acknowledgment that he is paying the late fees.  Somehow we are still paying for his date......