This weekly football update is being brought to you a day early thanks to the makers of calendars and Halloween lovers everywhere! ;^)
We won our big game against Pinehurst; that gave us the division win with a five-and-oh record; and our team ends the regular season with an eight-and-two season that will give them home field advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs. That news has a lot of people in town fired up tonight – especially since there weren’t many people expecting much of our team this season.
I’m going to mention here that there aren’t many people expecting our guys to advance very far into the playoffs either, and while I wouldn’t dismiss their chances so easily; and I’m not just saying that because my boyfriend is on the team. Sure, their defense wasn’t good again tonight, and that usually wins championships; but most of our opponent defenses so far this season haven’t exactly been stellar either so we’ll see what happens when we go up against the top teams in the other divisions.
As for this game, we had better-than-expected weather this evening; and a big turnout that had the bleachers filled to capacity and then some. While the final score was close at fifty-five to fifty-one, Tim and Caleb helped our team get out to an early lead with a pair of touchdowns on our first two drives while we managed to only give up two field goals on the first two Pinehurst drives. No, that isn’t much of a lead in a football game; but Pinehurst was playing catch-up all night; and that wears a team down after a while. While the order wasn’t exact, we essentially traded touchdowns and field goals for the rest of the game, and while Pinehurst still had a chance for the late comeback; Michael ended those hopes with a late interception on one of the hail-Mary passes the Pinehurst quarterback had been tossing a lot in the fourth quarter as he tried to keep up with Jeff, Michael, and Tim. Michael had two touchdowns for the night; Tim had three; and Caleb and Lucas each had a running touchdown for our side.
Michael, Tim, and all of the other guys really loved having most of their families at the game tonight, and since pretty much everyone was at the game and it was on a Thursday, game night at the Inn was cancelled; and Jacob and Miranda were able to catch the last half of the game instead of being stuck working. That could have had something to do with why Michael played even better in the second half; though he’d had a pretty good first half too – if not as flashy as Tim’s play was all night. Quite a few members of my family were there too; but Aunt Grace and Aunt Deborah skipped the game in favor of some bonus nap time – mostly because they didn’t want to sit on the bleachers that long or be a long walk away from the nearest bathroom.
It’s a bit funny that I’m in football and cheerleading mode tonight and they’re both counting down the weeks and days to their due dates. I’m not suggesting that my priorities are messed up – just that there is a big difference between teen and expecting parent daily life.
On the cheerleading news from tonight, our Halloween-themed half-time routine was a big hit, and while we geared it to be kid-friendly and a little scary too; we mostly just aimed to direct a little bit of Halloween humor at our opponents while entertaining our hometown crowd. I loved having Michael’s parents there in time to catch that part of the game night fun too; though it’s too bad that the guys never get to watch those half-time shows. While that was the highlight of the cheerleading side of the night; we had fun during the rest of the match too; and had lots to both cheer and boo about – again with a Halloween-theme for the ‘booing’.
While this is a school night, we didn’t have any homework assigned ahead of Halloween today; so there was a small post-game celebration party at the Palmer’s house that all of the players and cheerleaders attended – though we only had about an hour to do that by the time we’d hit the showers and done the rest of the usual clean-up after the game. I would have liked to have a little alone time with Michael tonight too, but that didn’t happen; and we did our goodnight hugs and kisses on his front porch before I moved on to my house to go to bed and get started on my usual bedtime computing.
I didn’t do a full study and work session tonight, and Mom skipped the Magi lesson too; so I’ll be sleeping in comparatively decent time despite not getting started on my work until after midnight. There isn’t anything newsworthy to report from the studies or work that I did do, so I guess the only other info to add for today is from the pre-school action this morning. We were out at the river for Tai Chi, and while it was fun doing that with Naomi added to the group; we missed having Ethan there with us – especially since the twins are usually either both here or both away when they do their sleepovers with friends. Ethan and Aiden got dropped off before I went to school, and Aiden and Naomi were having a play morning with my brother and sister that included final work on their costumes; so I got a chance to hear the quick birthday and sleepover report from the boys before heading for school with Michael, Rowen, and Rebecca.
Having Aiden join the club of three-year olds with his best friends isn’t really a big deal, but what is great to see is that they’re able to do more and more activities together in public now that they’re heading into that three-to-five age range. While I’m not inviting an early start to winter, I think that Ethan, Ehlana, and their friends are going to be a lot of fun to play with this winter. Hopefully that won’t be one more thing that I only wish that I had more time to do with them; but let’s not go there tonight. It’s been a really great day; and I’m just going to head to bed in a few minutes and be happy about that.
Getting some extra sleep ahead of our big Halloween adventures is a bonus too, so I’m out of here; and, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!