It was a weekend of basketball that led to a championship win (by one point) for the Lightning.
Hunter had quite a fan club. Our family plus my parents, sister and many friends came out to cheer on Hunter and his team which was hosted by his former school in Fargo. Hunter’s loyal friends, Parker, Christian, Noah and their parents Beth and Scott were there plus they swam with us last night at our hotel.
Our good friends Karla, Josh and their boys Noah and Kaden were a part of the fan club this weekend. We had lunch with them yesterday. Karla and I laughed when another mom at the game asked how long we had been friends. Karla answered “since 1995”. We both laughed as it hardly seems like 15 years ago. Karla also was our roommate when Hunter was two years old, now Elizabeth’s age. Time flies.
The best basketball fan.
The final seconds, trying to hold onto the ball and the one point lead.
With the championship game complete, Hunter’s lively sister made a dash for a congratulatory hug for her big brother.
And then she did her winning dance.
We celebrated with a pizza party with friends at our hotel last night. Elissa had her girlfriends Kennedy and Sarah to swim with and there were plenty of big boys splashing. I got to visit with three fabulous girlfriends / moms of children swimming and Nathan had a “supervising swimming” role with his buddy Tom.
This weekend was Anika’s first dip in a swimming pool. She broke out her matching swimsuit to her big sister and stayed close to Auntie Kirsti, her swimming companion.
After the whirlwind week of marathon travel I had, it was wonderful to have quality family and friends time for the past two days. We have great friends and when we get to spend time with some of those friends and their families it is especially fun. Plus we hadn’t seen my parents in a month which is a long time for us to go with out our routine visits. Since we last saw my sister she has landed a great career job and we are excited to see her begin her new adventure. Of course this weekend it was especially rewarding and fun to see Hunter’s passion on the basketball court and how he is improving. From my long, long ago athletic days, I know you cannot coach passion, drive and “fire in the belly” as my coach would say. Hunter has those traits on the court and now hopefully it will rub off for him when it comes to practicing the piano, trumpet and with his homework too!
This afternoon we had a white knuckled drive home as I followed Nathan in his trusty (and huge) diesel pick up. We had two vehicles in Fargo since I flew in and out of there this past week. It was snowy, icy and windy. Nathan’s theme was “slow and steady wins the race”. So we slowly drove home, seeing a few very sad and horrible accidents along the way and four hours later we safely arrived home in time for the uneventful Super Bowl game. No Vikings. No Brett Favre. We couldn’t enjoy it too much. But it is great to be home safe and sound. A whirlwind week and weekend but plenty of fun had by all.