We have finished our first week of school for the 2013/14 school year. It began quite early for Megan on Tuesday morning. This year she is attending Burnsville High School as a 10th grader. A new school and a new form of transportation…yep, she rides the bus for the first time in her educational years. Her bus picks her up at 6:54 a.m. which means she is up by 5:45 every morning and out the house an hour later. It is so early, that I didn’t even get a first day picture of her. She wouldn’t take a “selfie” for me or one on the bus (which I really wanted). I guess that would’ve been too embarrassing for her. My fault… I should have ran out in my bathrobe and took the shot when I had the chance. ha~ So no more walking for her.
Megan made the 10th grade soccer team and has been practicing with her team since mid-August. They have already had a few games and they are currently 3-0-1. It’s fun to watch her play for her high school and she is really enjoying it.
Kelly is at Eagle Ridge Junior High again this year. She is an 8th grader and still has to walk to school. The school got new lockers and new carpeting, so we walked over last week and had to check it all out. Lucky for me, Kelly goes to school later in the morning, so I had time to take her picture…and no, I wasn’t in my bathrobe. She walks each day with two of her friends, Kira and Sammy. It’s a nice way for her to start her day and get some girlfriend time in. Kelly is planning on trying out for the fall play and the spring musical. She also enjoys playing on the traveling basketball team for Burnsville, playing in the band, and singing with the Eagle Ridge Singers. She is one busy girl and still finds time for homework.
Today, the girls and I, along with Sheri and Beccah, started our morning off by participating in the Walk For Ovarian Cancer. It is a 2K walk around Rosland Park in Edina. I have been doing this walk with and for my friend Sue, who was diagnosed 15 years ago. I am proud to say that she and I and her family, did our 14th year together this year. Sheri and her daughter Beccah, joined us two years ago in honor of Sheri’s Grandma, Dorothy, who passed away in 1976 of this disease.
We love having them share in the walk with us. It was a beautiful and very warm, humid day today, with a high of nearly 90 degrees at 9:45 a.m. when we got started. We didn’t mind the though, we always just enjoy each other’s company and reuniting each September.
We walk with Sue’s Mom, Sue’s husband Tom and their two boys, Sam and Jake. It’s fun seeing these two guys growing up. They are now 8 years old and starting 3rd grade. A couple of cuties!
While Sue was walking and watching the boys, Tom was in charge of walking Sullie. Sullie is their two year old yellow lab who had just as much fun as we did. Every now and then, Tom would go off the road and let him run through the bushes and enjoy all the smells a dog loves. I told you, it’s a family affair!
Always a feel good day and so happy for those survivors, while also a day to remember those who have passed on. It gives us hope that someday, there will be a cure and women will not have to battle this disease anymore. Congratulations Sue on 15 years of being cancer-free!