Weekend Photo Recap
As is pretty much the case for most Fall weekends here in the W Household, five things dominated my time--high school football, college football, scrapbooking, softball, and church activities.
Instead of droning on and on about how Heartbreaking (with a capital H!) the Alabama loss was this past weekend (two overtimes; two missed field goals and a missed extra point to lose the game at the end; hard, hard loss on the week before we now have to go get ready to play #5 Florida down in the Swamp; ugh!!!--but wait, I wasn't going to drone on and on . . . ), just thought I would share a couple of photos and quick descriptions of some experiences we've had since Friday.
Friday night--Hueytown lost its first game of the season in a wild game here at home. Lost it by one touchdown; officiating mistakes aplenty; it would have took the team to its first 4-0 start in like decade . . . but the team looks good and the band looked AWESOME again. Their show was the highlight of the night, I believe!
Saturday--already mentioned the awful loss that Alabama had against Arkansas. You can imagine how depressed it made me since I haven't even turned on ESPN since the game ended (I usually go to bed with the sounds of "Sportscenter" in the background!) and I have avoided reading any of the online sports recaps (which I always do!). Trying to move on . . . (kinda like our kicker--here--is proably trying to do to!)
Before the Bama game, I did a little bit of cheering for the Boilermakers solely for my blogging buddy Phats (a former Purdue cheerleader and Fan Extraordinaire!). Here I am (wearing my Bama jersey) by the television with the Purdue game on! (See Sydney there below me trying to grab my shaker? She's all about shaking the shakers during games!)
Also on Saturday I did some work on a very special scrapbooking project! My online friend, Sherril, shared with me the heartrending story of a young mother around my age (with three young sons) who is losing her fight against cancer. She doesn't know how much time she has left, but it's very little. One of her last wishes was to have completed scrapbooks for her sons, so Sherril (along with some of her other scrapbooking friends) sent out a plea for help. She needed scrapbookers to donate pages that her photos could then be put into. I asked Sherril how I could help, and I ended up doing three birthday layouts and a general "I love you" layouts. They are going in the mail to her today!
I wasn't sure what style this woman likes, so I made four very simple pages. I just hope that my pages can add some brightness to her last days and that she can feel some peace in knowing that her sons will have some wonderful ways to remember the mother that loved them so much. (The story just amazes me and saddens me at the same time; this woman has gone ahead and bought gifts for her sons' graduations and weddings. How very hard it would be to know you were going to miss those events, but what amazing courage she is showing!)
Also on Saturday--Delaney played in a softball tournament on Saturday and I was able to attend two of the games. I missed the first game of the day, which Gary said was one of Delaney's all-time bests. She pitched the entire game, gave up one point, and had some great fielding plays as well. They ended up losing both of the games I attended, but Delaney still played really well! It didn't help that the weather was disgusting all day--rain and mud and ran and lightning and more rain! (Here she is rounding second base!)
Sunday--McKenna and my niece, Lori, sang a duet in our morning worship service. Lori sang soprano, and McKenna sang the harmonizing alto, to the praise song, "Holy is the Lord." They did a beautiful job! (I was proud of them just for being able to do this in front of the whole church. A lot of courage their too!)
(Thanks again, Ryan, for being my Church Photographer. Great pics!)
And then last night I got sucked into watching "Forest Gump" AGAIN. I swear, I can sit down to watch just a minute or two and pretty soon I'm watching the entire rest of the movie and bawling like an absolute baby. I LOVE that movie! It makes you laugh, then just hits you with the most amazing emotions. I really think it is one of the sincerest, heartfelt movies ever. It just says SO much! But I've seen it like a gazillion times, so I should know it's gonna suck me in . . . but I fall for it anyway!
I hope all of you had a great weekend as well! I'm hoping that this week is a drier one, and also a productive one! (I've got a ton of work to get caught up on by Wednesday!) I'm ready to have a good week! (Maybe by Wednesday, I'll feel like reading espn.com or listening to sports radio again! LOL)