Coffee Talk 10.29.23


Good morning! I hope you’re doing well. I wanted to write a “real” Coffee Talk post today because this blog is something of a personal diary (at least, that’s how it started out) and this weekend is definitely one I want to document.

It started out with Senior Parent Night, where the graduating seniors from the marching band, football team, and cheerleading squad (and their parents) were recognized before the football game on Friday night. I still can’t believe my baby is a senior!

I got a bunch of pictures of her with her friends, but of course, I wouldn’t post those publicly. I think I can share this one, though.

She’s not wearing a traditional marching band uniform because she’s in the Pit (a.k.a. the front ensemble) with all of the stationary percussion instruments. They usually dress to match the theme of the show, which was a tribute to some of the big rock ballads.

This isn’t our first rodeo, as my son was in all of the same activities when he was in high school, so not only am I experiencing all the feelings with our youngest, it brings back so much nostalgia from these days with our son. I have to say, though, it’s kind of cool to get to have all these experiences twice.

It was a beautiful night for a football game, and while I don’t really enjoy watching the sport, I do enjoy the atmosphere in the stadium. It was pretty packed, as it was the last home football game of the season, and the weather was perfect for it. The marching band performed post-game, so it was a looong night, but it was a lot of fun.

As if that wasn’t enough emotion for one weekend, last night was the last marching band cavalcade of the season. (That’s an exhibition where bands from high schools around the region come together to perform their half-time show, for anyone who is wondering.)

Different schools host these throughout the season, and this one was a particularly large one. We saw some really impressive performances, but of course, ours was the best. 😉

I would be more sad about all of the marching band activities coming to a close, but we’re already gearing up for Indoor Percussion season, which is starting up soon. My daughter loves the competition aspect of that activity, plus it’s a smaller, more close-knit group of kids and parents, and we are all looking forward to that.

My parents are in town, so they were able to enjoy both events with us. Kudos to them for sitting through two long nights on the bleachers. It’s a lot, especially when you aren’t used to it, and the crowds can feel a bit suffocating at times. I always send them lots of videos and pictures of the kids in their activities, but there’s nothing like having them there in person.

We’re planning to go out for lunch after church before my parents head back home to Virginia, and then I’m looking forward to relaxing this afternoon. It’s going to be a rainy day, perfect for an afternoon nap.

I hope you’re having a good weekend, too. Have a restful and blessed Sunday!

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13 Responses

  1. Yay for your daughter and for marching band! I’ve been a band director for 26 years and LOVE seeing support for these amazing kids! Being the mom of a senior is both exciting and tough (been there twice), but seeing your kids go into their futures is pretty cool, too! Go mom and daughter!

  2. Enjoy your family! I love hearing about them. Regarding the Vince blouse, would say this is timeless, classic item? Just trying to purchase things that stay around for years:) Thanks

    1. I would think so. The shorter length is the only thing that seems more trendy, to me, but I love that and I don’t see why that alone would make it look dated down the road. In fact, it isn’t really noticeable to anyone but me, since I like it front tucked.

  3. Yes this weekend we had exceptional weather! Yesterday it was in the mid 70’s so we got out with friends for our last outdoor pickle ball game! We played for 3 hours! Then had a lovely evening with friends with food and fellowship! Now starting tomorrow our cooler weather is on the way and we head to Maine mid week! I’m still praying for all those families who have lost loved ones🙏

  4. I’m so happy that your parents have been in town this weekend so that they could experience the milestones for Becca. Enjoy your nap! I am thrilled you had a real coffee talk today!

  5. So happy you have had a wonderful time with family this weekend! I read something yesterday about the new “Substack” (well I guess it’s not entirely new) but it seems to be where a lot of bloggers are going to get away from the “busyness” of Instagram and TikTok and share pure content information. I thought about you when I read the article because you’re such a good writer and already have a huge following of women who feel connected with you. Have you thought about publishing your work on that platform?
    Your weather sounds like ours out here on the west coast- mid 70s and perfect! Enjoy your Sunday!

    1. Yeah, I don’t really get Substack. Why would I publish there rather than here, when I’ve built my audience here, and I spend so much time and money up-keeping this site?

  6. Some of my friends really struggled when all the kid activity were really over and done completely. They had spent crazy amount of time on attending games and competitions and didn’t know what to do with themselves after. It doesn’t seem like you have spent inordinate amount of time on this though ( no constant travel to nets etc…) so enjoy this end of an era time.

    1. Yeah, I used to say we weren’t like that so we wouldn’t have that problem, but with her multiple music groups, both in and out of school, and her desire to have us at everything, we really do spend a lot of our time following her from event to event. It is going to be VERY different next year. But we will figure it out. 🙂

  7. Sweet picture of the three of you. Glad you had a great weekend and hope you all enjoy the rest of her senior year. I’m sure it’s bittersweet, but it will be a fun and exciting year nonetheless.

  8. I enjoy your Coffee Talk posts so much. We, too, had a cavalcade yesterday! Only down here, we call them Marching Festivals. But it sounds like the same thing. Schools come and perform their halftime show. Ours is one of the largest in the state, and it’s always very well attended and looked forward to. This is a great picture of y’all with your senior. Hope you enjoyed your nap! After getting home after midnight the last 2 nights, I really should have done the same! Have a wonderful week!

  9. Very nice picture of you and your family. It’s good you’re treasuring every memory. Always enjoy your coffee talk. Today we finally got a strong cold front with rain. I don’t like big changes from muggy to cold in one day but at least I can start wearing fall clothes.

  10. Loved reliving our experiences with Senior Year “lasts”. Our daughter was in the high school marching band as well (flute) and I certainly remember that final year. Glad your parents were able to be a part of the festivities. We are out here in the Pittsburgh area this week and it done nothing but rain rain rain!! I think the weather will be dry for Halloween tomorrow.

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