Last night we attended a baseball game for our local team, the Chico Outlaws. They played a team from Long Beach, which is in Southern California. Sarah got us the tickets. Our school, the one she attends and where I work, gave 4 free tickets to each student who brought back a signed slip from their parents. We brought, my mom, Sandy along. She is a big baseball fan.
We even got Bay to attend. She was fascinated by.................... her new phone. I have no problem with that, I'm just glad she went with us and was smiley and sweet.
The best part of the game was that the stands were full of kids from school. I enjoyed seeing them away from the cafeteria. It was great to enjoy the kids again, because this past week sucked for the most part. The kids are so wound up before they go on break. They don't want to listen or follow any rules - they want to be FREE. I understand this in theory, but in practice, I resent having to be a hard ass.
Sarah was very excited to find that she was sitting right by her best pal, Zac. They ran up and down the stairs, got autographs from the mascot, Rascal, and they patiently let me take a few photos. Here they are bunny-ears style.
I took so many shots of the sunset. Bay said, "Your batteries are going to run out before the fireworks." She was almost right. At one point the sky was a vibrant orange-pink. I'm sharing this one, which is not quite as dramatic, but shows Sarah's crush. He sat with his family right in front of us. She was so nervous at first, very quiet and un-Sarah-y. Luckily, she blossomed as soon as she and Zac met up. I used this as a chance to talk to her about boys. I want my girls to be confident and true to themselves. I am hopeful that they will chose to spend time with boys that appreciate who they are, their uniqueness. I realize that in reality, they will chose who they chose, mom's opinion doesn't really count, but I'm going to try to influence them subtly. In the past, I've turned myself inside out for love and I really wish I could spare my girls that pain. We had such a good evening. I can't wait to go back.