This weekend we were fortunate enough to be visited by the Herrels! They arrived on Friday and left Monday morning. Highlights included a pizza adventure, soccer games, a visit to a pumpkin patch, and Leah & Lucia’s birthday party.
This evening we celebrated Andrew’s 15th birthday with the Reagens and the Thompsons. Rather than the traditional skyline, we had sandwich bar and Susan made an awesome cake.
Andrew at 15 continues to be Andrew – enthusiastic about life, with a positive attitude. For the first time since first grade, he is going to school again! On school days he gets up and 7 and is on the bus by 7:45. We pick him up after school at around 5:45, from cross country. He usually stays up until around 11 at nights. On the weekends he stays up later and sleeps in later.
This fall he started running cross country, which he is really enjoying. He also still plays soccer and the Cello.
Favorite song: Pet Cheetah
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite food: Skyline
Favorite band: Twentyone Pilots
Favorite book: Scythe
Favorite sport: XC
Favorite movie: Jurassic Park
Favorite Subject – New!: English
It was Race Day today at Elliot’s school. All of the school kids do fun-runs of various lengths, as a fundraiser. Elliot ran a 5k and then helped his kindergarten buddy with his race.
Andrew went to Valley’s Homecoming dance last night. Before the dance he went out for dinner with his friends Will and Tatum, then they headed to the dance. Andrew said it was great, a lot of his friends were there, and the loud, non-stop music made it hard to actually talk with anyone.
Mari played the Sousaphone at Valley’s homecoming game tonight. She likes playing the tuba, but she does not appreciate holding the sousaphone for any extended period of time.
This evening we went to the grand opening of a Wahlburgers restaurant in West Des Moines. The kids were excited to see Mark Wahlberg, and it was something to do. Donny was also there, with a lot of New Kids On The Block fanatics, including Susan (NKOTB was her first concert). It was interesting.
Lucia & Rose had a photo session today with photographer Mari.
Today we celebrated Susan’s birthday. The Connors were in town this weekend so we had a chance to celebrate with the whole Liess clan.