the one where we meet the Pirates, 2014

As long as they will have me, I'll be there.

Not even kidding.

My kids are in college, and I'm still in high school apparently.

Wednesday night was MEET THE PRIATE NIGHT at the Pirate Stadium! I love this night! Last year, Summer's senior year, I couldn't go. This year? I made it a point to show up early. I was ready and waiting for those adorable Pirates! Of course, I was behind on my fitbit steps as well, and came early to walk the track to get more steps, but hey, it severed a good purpose by knocking out my steps and photographing some adorable Pirates. Maybe I'm on to something? Take my camera with me instead of Kanga and I shall build my photo reportoire even more. No?

The Booster Club knocked this one out of the park! I'm not even kidding! Thank you to everyone who worked so hard and volunteered so many hours to cook, clean, set up, bring ice cream, etc. It's so great when the community gets out there and has a chance to communicate with out a game going on. You know? Kind of neutral ground?

As usual, I will let my "pictures do the talking". And as usual, just head on over to the Cooper Gallery to view more. Remember?

The flag is not flying "half mast" in this photo. I just took this when they were signing the National Anthem. I wanted to set the mood on the storm clouds rolling in. It never poured rain, but it did get very windy and some big drops plopped down a time or two.


Mayci and I have a tradition going now. LOVE getting this girl flying high!


It's fun having a Slaton connection with Kenda on the field. She's a photographer as well, and it's always nice to "talk shop" and go nuts together photographing these kids. HELLO! Why did we not do a selfie, Kenda? Next time. Next time. Her daughter is a cheerleader AND a v-baller. I think the girls play over in Frenship this weekend? Is that just Varsity? Anyone know?

Oh, Mr. Heinrich. How you make my day! Always good for the camera! And this kid can 2 step like crazy! He's been on my blog before AND at several of the weddings I've photographed.

The band marched around the track from across the field. And you know how I feel about our band! THEY SERIOUSLY ROCK! And I wanna know where I can get a hat like this? They were all sporting them. I hope you don't have to play an instrument and can fork out cash instead. HELLO! You do not want to hear me play an instrument. Wait. Maybe the triangle will qualify? You know the thing they clang when dinner is ready on the ranch? I could muster up a tune or two on that thing. Boys were enjoying the food. It smelled soooooooo good. And this girl doesn't eat meat anymore. But that doesn't mean I don't love the smell of that dead caucus roasting on open fire! HELLO! Totally yum! Kind of like the smell of gasoline, or matches. Or paint. L O V E this! Anytime you get a photo of people being happy, you spread a little joy around the world. Hard to look at it and not smile. HARD. GO ahead, try. Look at every face in the image below and not think, "I wanna try out for cheerleader!". Total FUN! Okay, I met my new boyfriend.

He was having so much fun under that big old blow up skull. Running back and forth like pro. And that hair! With those cheeks! And those canckles! IN LOVE! Anyone know who's kid this is? He's absolutely ADORBSVILLE! The YFL footballers were waiting for their big run across the field. The excitement in their eyes was so contagious! You could feel how excited they were! Big boys? You remember that feeling? When you LOVED football like you do know, and you didn't have a clue that people were judging you and how you ran? You could just let it go and be YOU? Kids are GREAT! They truly are. Just check these two out below.And these two! They were excited for their field time as well!

Okay, I hadn't had the chance to meet our new superintendent yet. But this is is wife below and she's got THE BEST FACE! Check out that expression! So much fun! I wonder if she teaches? I think I remember them introducing here and she does. His name is Keith Bryant, and he was on our loud speaker welcoming everyone and he accidentally called us the Panthers instead of Pirates. It was a great icebreaker and HELLO! They guy was a Panther at his last place for 6 years. So, who can blame him? It was a fun moment and he handled it with grace and humor. I think he will fit in just fine in the Pirate Nation. Either way, I like their faces.Ahhh....LOVE THIS!!! All that excitement came running out all at once! And I must confess to standing there and just living in that moment for a while as the little ones SCREAMED when they ran by and I could honestly feel the wind on my face when they did! And not all of it was from the storm. These little bodies rushed up a good wind as well! GO LITTLE PIRATES!I won't include all the photos of the athletes being announced and receiving their "varsity letters". You can view those on the Cooper Gallery all you want. And I broke them up into 2 groups so the loading time would be FOREVER on your smart devices. I had quite a few students complain about that. But I will keep sharing fun moments from our Meet the Pirates. Uh, oh...HAPPY HAIR! You know how I love me SOME HAPPY HAIR!!!!Okay, I'm out of words, and out of time. Tonight there's some football over in Idalou and I hope to make the game! Maybe I will see some of you there and if I do, don't hesitate to say his and let's take a selfie or two. Life is two short not to capture it and it will help me miss my girls a little less.

Love does,