This was one of those Saturdays when I was super thankful that Greg was in town. The boys soccer games don't overlap, but it's so much nicer and easier if we each take a kid.
Mark's game was first - he was out the door by 8:30. fun fact: his cousin Elizabeth was the referee for his game.
At 9:15 I woke up Brian for his.
Had I been flying solo - we would have gone straight from one game to the next on different fields. About the same time as Brian's game's kick off - Greg had just gotten home with Mark - grabbed a bite to eat and started getting ready for his belt ceremony.
I watched Brian's game with a borrowed seat pad under my butt, my winter jacket on, a hot cup of coffee, and my hand in the salute position nearly the entire game. Next week I'll dig out a baseball cap. Brian's team dominated about 11 to 0.
It looks blue here, but it's purple. The belt ceremony began the exact minute that Brian's game was over. Brian and I didn't even try. It's the first ceremony he's ever missed. He'll get his new belt in class on Monday - if I can figure out how to navigate our Monday.
At 3:00 I picked up Wendy from confirmation. She spent Friday night elsewhere, taking care of that part of Saturday morning shuttling.
The boys had gone on an errand run that included using their free Bonkers coupons, a trip to Harbor Freight and Home Depot and I'm not sure where else. We all agree that it's sometimes best if mom doesn't know everything.
Brian came home with flint and steel. Brian has a lot of great qualities but patience isn't one of them. This was a good learning experience. I hope.
And then, after running Wendy to Brighton to meet up with friends, I met the crew for ballooning. I'm a bit amazed that I've been able to make the first two flights of the season.
We launched from Hutchings Elementary school, along with Jerry, Dennis and Steve.
Wendy's soccer coach lives in that direction - so I texted her and impressed her kid by waving at him. And that's the construction we landed in early last year that had the balloon dirty for most of the season.
Dennis and Steve up in the air now behind us.
The water level is pretty high right now. There were a few boats and one kayaker enjoying the beautiful evening.
And there's the field I began my day on. Now I'm saluting in the other direction. Must find baseball cap....
We were looking to land at the soccer field at the school, but the wind shifted. We ended up landing over in one of the fields near St. Joes - where Denny had landed in June of 2011. I skip from my house, that's when I began crewing.
And just like I did in 2011, my kids and husband came over to help. It's always good to have strong help at the landing.
With strong help, I'm able to just stand back and take pictures. ;)
Bagged up, my family headed home and I went back to get my van - after helping another balloon pack up.
Now for Sunday
And prepping for the next week.
A quick glance at the schedule has me knowing I'll be calling for help again.
33 more days
33 more days
33 more days....