I may have to change the name of this archive from ‘Cassie’s Journal’ to “The Witch Falls Sports Report’ if every day starts with football or baseball news; but here we go again with another sports update anyway.
Our ValleyView Arctic Vortex team won the Championship game over Ayres’ Avalanche; bringing the trophy home for the Wingboroughs and ValleyView Furniture. Landry’s Lightning didn’t fare as well, and Michael and Tim’s team lost their match to the Fix-it Shop Storm. For the Lightning, their loss was at least partly due to having one of their best players too sore and tired after the big football game win to play at his best. They would have had two guys in that position, but I helped Michael out this morning before Tai Chi when I found out that he woke up bruised and stiff – something he didn’t really even notice last night while still on an adrenaline high after the game.
Rowen, Rebecca, Jenny, and I had a big cheerleading group for our game – and they had a mini-competition thanks to Aunt Deborah and Leah helping to cheer for the team her in-laws were sponsoring. The action on the field was pretty good too, though while the game was close for the first four innings; we broke it open in the fifth and ended up winning fairly convincingly by a score of fourteen to nine. That also made for a relatively short match, so Rowen and I had time to go home; have a cool-down swim; and get changed before heading back to the park to cheer for our boyfriends in their game.
Dawn came with us for that, and we had some junior cheerleaders stop in to help out for an inning here and there around their playground fun time; but we didn’t have a major squad for that game. That didn’t make a difference, and while I wish that I could have helped Tim with a little Magi healing too; he also wasn’t the only reason their team lost the game today. They gave up some runs in the first, the Storm had a comfortably-large lead by the end of the third; and both teams pretty much just cruised after that through to the end of the game. I’m not suggesting that Michael, Tim, and the rest of their team mates didn’t try their hardest; but they didn’t collectively have enough gas in the tank to overcome a big lead and that showed up in the eighteen-to-twelve final score. Michael and Tim were disappointed, but if they’d been told to pick either the football or baseball win; they’d have chosen this result in a second.
That’s it for the personal sports news, so let’s back up to the start of the day and go from there. I already mentioned that included a pre-Tai Chi Magi healing; which made the morning work-out much more fun for Michael – and the thank-you hugs and kisses worked for me too! He needed to head over to the Inn to help out there after that, and I was kept busy with helping out around the house and hanging out with my cousins. We had the full country breakfast; cleaned up; took turns getting ready for the day; and then Dawn and I spent the rest of the morning on kid-control duty to keep all of the younger cousins entertained while the parents were mostly busy getting everything ready for an afternoon and evening of family fun, barbeque meals, and a big campfire.
This year, Uncle Adam, Aunt Leanne, Uncle Mark, and Aunt Grace were hosting the barbeques and campfire at their houses – though most of the action was in their combined back yards. I missed out on the barbeque lunch because of my game; but our cheerleaders brought a picnic to the game that included food hot off the grill and cold salads while others ate first and then came to catch the rest of the game. There was no end-of-summer trail ride this year because of everything else we have on the go; but backyard games, swimming in the river, and canoe rides were all play options for everyone – though I missed out on all of that too while playing or watching baseball most of the afternoon.
I was home in time for dinner, but didn’t have Michael or Rowen with me for that – he was back at the Inn as soon as he could get there after the game once he’d also gotten cleaned up; and Rowen had dinner plans with Tim and the Landry clan. They all eventually came over for the campfire – though Rowen and Tim only stopped in for a visit since there was a family campfire going on at Lee and Sarah’s house too so they spent most of the evening there instead.
With Michael busy anyway, Dawn and I were again on kid control for dinner, and we had most of the cousins with us for a picnic by the river while the adults and older teens had their meal at tables in the back yard behind Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne’s house. That didn’t give me much time to talk with any of them, but Jaimie and Kaitlyn in particular were happy to have Dawn and me to hang out and chat with while we all made sure that the toddlers ate at least some ‘real’ food. We also had fun playing and swimming after dinner until dark when the campfire was started. There was more parent and grandparent involvement for that play time; but I still feel as though I didn’t get to spend much quality time with my Uncles, Aunts, Grandparents, or older cousins.
The big family campfires are always a hit, and we’ve had an especially awesome evening for it – not too hot while warm enough to stay in shorts, tees, and swimsuits. Having the grandparents around to tell some old campfire stories is a kid-favorite, and Michael and I were again recruited for a couple of duets that topped the entertainment highlights list too after he came over with his parents and sister. He and I took a turn playing campfire songs too, but Dad took care of a lot of that music earlier; and Jacob played for a while too shortly before he too Miranda home for the night.
Rebecca and Michael stayed at the campfire; and it wasn’t that long before it turned into a teen-only event when the parents and grandparents collectively took all younger kids along and went home to get some sleep. Michael and I were both worn out by then, but we stayed up and hung out with Rebecca and my cousins until we put the fire out at one o’clock; cleaned up; and headed home. I was seriously tempted to keep Michael for the night, but we both need to be ready for the Sunday service with the teen praise team; so snuggling and playing with Michael for a couple of hours wasn’t really a good idea.
Okay, it was a great idea; but not one we should act on. Aunt Leanne would tell me that I’m spending too much time with my parents to be thinking about my responsibilities like that, and while she’d be right about that; it’s just the way I am – and so is Michael. Other than that, I don’t think we’re too messed up though; so we’ll be okay even with our little flaws.
Anyway, while cuddling with Michael all night didn’t happen, Dawn stayed with Mandy and me again tonight so that we could have another bedtime girl chat while her brothers again took over the lounge with plans to play until morning – or until they passed out; whichever came first. I’m sure that they’ll be very unhappy about doing that when their morning wake-up call comes from Aunt Melissa. They might be able to get out of going to church on Sundays eventually; but they haven’t won that battle with her yet.
While I’m on the topic of cousins, I don’t have any teen drama to report from today with Chris, Martin, or Dawn. They all spent some time today visiting with some local friends; but there were no boy-girl sparks or action going on. Martin looked like he wished that was an option at the campfire while talking with Rebecca; but he knows that she’s off the market now. It might have been interesting tonight if Jenny had come to the campfire too, but she was busy with her own family.
Speaking of Jenny, the McEwans aren’t here this weekend, so Jonathan isn’t here either; so she won’t be having any big end-of-summer-romance drama this year. If the extra-curricular game action last night was any indication; Jenny doesn’t have a problem with that – and it’s only a matter of time before she finds her next boyfriend prospect. She isn’t looking at any home town guys right now; but I do have the feeling that she wants to be part of the couples club again to be more comfortable hanging out with Rebecca and Lucas – and the other cheerleaders and their boyfriends.
It’s way too late to be spending so much time on that line of thought, and I really don’t have anything else to write about tonight anyway; so let’s just wrap this up and I’ll get started on my last nap of August. It’s going to be a busy morning and early afternoon between the teen praise team service and Mom and Dad’s championship game; but then Michael and I will be free to spend the rest of the day playing with our family and friends. That should all make for yet another great day; but I’ll let you know how that turns out with the next report.
Until then; live long and prosper, fellow Magi of the Light!