Another A-maze-ing Weekend

I am officially spoiled.

I got to hang out with Ryan TWO weekends in a row.  This is record breaking and awesome.

This time he made the 6-hour trek to Missouri (it’s only fair, you know) in his Ford Escort (heheh) while I was the one patiently pacing the floors for 6 hours.  We had lots of plans in store, as usual, and not enough time!  That just means he has to come back so we can carve pumpkins, ride bikes (it’s about time!), and do another photo shoot.

This time around, here’s what we did…

Friday night we went to the High School football game…not to watch football, but to watch the band perform the half-time show!  We are both Red Regiment Marching Band Alum (Drum line and Color Guard) and even though we’re getting too old to know any high schoolers, it’s still fun to see how the band changes over the years.  Personally, I was very impressed!!!!  Granted, I do pay most attention to the Color Guard, and they were seriously awesome.  They make me proud to be called an alumna!  Also, the football games make me feel nostalgic.  I clearly remember the pre-performance nerves, marching back to the field, hearing the crowd cheer, and smiling back.  How’d I get so old?

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Not a great picture, but I was very impressed with the tuba/cheerleader.

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On Saturday, we worked at a local greenhouse, Huffman’s Flowers of the Field for their Mumpkin Fest.  Ryan was offering a Photo Booth, but unfortunately, only one family participated.  The rest of the time we were in charge of the Hay Maze, Bounce House, and other kids’ activities.  It was a beaaaautiful day outside and felt like summer.

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If you are local, come by any weekend in October and join the fun!

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My Mom painted faces in between watering plants.

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Ryan’s Mom brought us homemade pizza from a local business. YUM, thanks so much Sara!

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Ooopps… where did this picture come from ? :)  So inappropriate.

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Ryan and His Mama.  Love them both!

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Ryan scared all of the kiddies with his hair.

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Seriously hilarious.

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Normal. :)

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Afterwards, Ryan changed clothes real quick and we headed out to the fields for a photo shoot.

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Theeeen we ate dinner and we were off to another corn maze.  Yes, I wasn’t satisfied because in the last corn maze, we didn’t get lost.  I found about a local corn maze (1 hour from here) and just had to go.  Well, guess what?  Mission accomplished.  We got very turned around in the maze, and found ourselves going in circles many times.  After a long day, my feet were killing me and I thought Ryan was going to have to carry me.  He did end up carrying my camera and purse.  Sweet guy.

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There was corn in the path so I picked some up and took it home for a souvenir.  Ha.  Also, his eyes look funny because the flash was BLINDING in the dark.

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On Sunday, we ate lunch at Panera with our Moms and I was really dying to go on a bike ride.  However.. I had to go to a Organic Chem test review session and Ryan needed to head back to Indiana.  I was super sad we couldn’t ride bikes in the beautiful weather, but Ryan said it was okay and that we could next time!  :)

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Whew, it sure is busy to try to fit so much into a short weekend!  But definitely worth it!!!  See you soon for another fun weekend, boyfriend!!!!

Go, Bloggers! Go…

….to the local bloggers meet-up!!

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Are you local?  If you’ve heard of Rolla, Missouri, then you probably are!  Come join us on September 11th if you are a fellow blogger!  :o)  We will be meeting for lunch and great conversation at a Chinese restaurant.  Nice choice! I’m so excited that Mrs. Haid and Chrissy have planned this blogger lunch date.  You can only get to know someone so much through their writings, but in person you can hear their voice, know more about their personality, and really get to know the person behind the blog.  I hope I don’t disappoint anyone , ha… ;o) … just remember, I am very petite!  That’s what surprises most people.  Oh and not as wordy as I am on here… hah.

Mrs. Haid, a bloggy friend, and I have been trying to meet for the past year or so!  Our schedules have never successfully worked together … until now!  And better yet, I get to meet lots of bloggers from around this area.

I happen to babysit for one local blogger, and she’s my former Color Guard coach… Ashley.  I’m also about to start babysitting for another,  Jaimee.  I have met Nel, but haven’t had the chance to really talk with her.  I’ve never met Chrissy , Kim, Jessica… and probably many more!  This should be fun!  :o)

Oh did I mention my boyfriend is a local blogger?  Well, if you still count him even though he lives in Indiana most of the time.  I’m trying to convince him to come to St. James that weekend for the Grape & Fall Festival.  He may not want to join the meet-up, probably being the only guy there.

Alright, so who else will I be meeting or seeing there?!  Can’t wait!  Putting it on my calendar now.

It Could’ve Been Us

I have a game of catch-up to play on my blog.  I never finished writing about our Florida trip, and now I have even more writing material about the past week.  Real life has taken precedence over my blog, but stay tuned for lots of updates from yours truly.  For now, I feel the need to write about something else that is on my heart.

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Yesterday, our community was hit with a tragedy.  The news about our small town was all over the media, and it’s likely you read or heard about it.  Two school buses carrying band students en route to Six Flags St. Louis were involved in an accident with two other vehicles on the highway.  Some students walked away without injury and others sustained minor to critical injuries.  But sadly, one High School student sitting in the back of the bus lost her life.  A 19-year-old man, from a nearby town, who was driving a truck involved in the pile-up, also passed away.  Yes, it could’ve been far worse, but two lives lost takes a huge emotional toll on the school and community.  Every single life is precious.

See the news story on the Today Show.

The student who lost her life, Jessica, was a member of the Color Guard.  I was once in her place as a Color Guard girl, riding the bus to competitions and various Band and Guard activities.  It could’ve been me.  It could’ve been us. Why it was her and the other students is beyond our understanding.

When you’re on that bus heading to a competition, the last thing on your mind is the chance of a tragedy striking.  You trust the bus drivers, whom you don’t even know, with your life.  Your thoughts are focused on preparing for upcoming day, perhaps doing your make-up or hair, laughing with friends, or resting before the big performance.  You never think it will happen to you.  I don’t think it ever crossed my mind until now.

Even though I did not personally know Jessica, I know of her family and one of sisters that graduated with me, and I don’t have to know her for my heart to be broken.  The fact is that she was an irreplaceable life, as a sister, daughter, friend, and all the other roles she may have played.

It so hard to wrap my mind around the whole thing.  I can’t fully imagine what it would have been like to be on those buses, and to experience what those students did.  To lose the life of a fellow Guard member, with whom you have spent endless hours, is like losing a member of your extended family.  They will feel the effects of this tragedy for the rest of the year and possibly for years to come.

There will be a hole in the formations on the football field, where Jessica was supposed to be twirling her flag or rifle.  A hole in the parade formation, where Jessica would be marching alongside her friends.  An empty seat in the classroom and at her family’s dinner table.  And yet, the show must go on.  Life must continue.

Can you imagine getting back on the buses for the first competition?  I can only think that there will be tears, fear, anxiety, and a mix of emotions as they have to face the buses again.  I imagine the bus being unusually silent and prayers being spoken.

I can’t help to remember last fall when they lost the life of another band member.  She got in an accident when she was driving to school, and I was subbing at the high school that day where I heard the news with the whole school.  The Band and the community has been hit hard in the past year.

I am praying along with the community for everyone involved.  The family, friends, and loved ones of Jessica and the young man, Daniel, from Sullivan.  The physically injured students, and everyone who has been affected emotionally.  The bus drivers and the bus company, who I imagine have a huge burden of guilt.  The driver of the semi who was also involved.  The school and the community.  The effects are far-reaching.

I still can’t get it off my mind… it could’ve been us.

STJ Color Guard Alum 2007

Wordless Friday

Does NaBloPoMo care that I haven’t seen my boyfriend in 4 weeks and now I’m here with him?


Unfortunately, no.

So, here I am … blogging out of obligation. While my boyfriend sits waiting.

I don’t know about this whole 30 posts in 30 days idea. It’s harder than I thought it would be. It gives me writer’s block. And it makes it feel like I’m blogging because I have to, not because I want to.

But anyway… does this count as a post if I leave it like this? No?

How about if I post a picture… It’ll be like Wordless Wednesday, on a Friday!


My favorite picture from my Color Guard years. I need to write about Guard sometime. So consider this a preview! :)


Off to cuddle…