Saturday, February 18, 2012

Senior Night and two sympathy cards

Hi bloggers,

First up are my card projects.  A co-worker of mine lost his mother in law this past week to cancer.  I couldn't decide which way to go with the card so I made two.  I figure sympathy cards are great to have around because you often need them quickly so I knew the second card would be good to keep around.

I decided to send him the purple tulip card, but I like both of them.  The top one is a classic SU card using all SU products.  The tulip card is from a papertrey ink stamp and copic coloring.

We had a fun night at the Whitinsville Christian School Basketball game Friday night.  As is the WCS tradition, the last home game of the season includes a tribute to the seniors.  They call each of the seniors out to the floor and give them a rose.  Then the senior presents the rose to their parents.  It's sweet.  Funny, but some people never knew until that night that I was Eric's mom.  I work at the school thrift store one Saturday a month and one of the ladies I worked with today said 'oh are you Eric's mom?  I never realized that till last night.'

The coach also started all 5 seniors for the game, which was really nice, since only 2 of the seniors usually start.  The all got in for about 2 minutes.  Eric hurt his ankle in warm-ups but he did play those first minutes before sitting down and icing up his ankle.

The game was a good one.  Our opponent, Holy Name is a division 1 school and we are division 3.  The first 3 quarters of the game Holy Name dominated, but we really made a come back and we ended the game just 3 points down.

I have three videos from the game and I tried really hard to splice them all together into one, but failed miserably, so if you are interested, you'll have to click through all 3.  The first is the start of the game with the starting seniors.  Eric is #4.  The next video is in the last two minutes of the game when our boys really had a chance at winning.  The last video is a fun shot of the fans.  We don't have cheerleaders, but the school kids started a tradition of bringing paint buckets and drum sticks.  During time outs and breaks they drum a fast beat and get the crowd going.  It's loud and fun!

So the regular season is now over and we are on to some post season play.  Let's hope we get pretty far in the play-offs.

Below are the top 5 things I'll miss about WCS basketball games.

1) The pep band.  They have gotten so much better over the season.  In December they had just a few songs and there were quite a few missed notes, but by now, they are pretty darn good (especially since 1/2 of them are middle schoolers.)
2) The national anthem.  Usually we have a live performer for the national anthem.  We've had the choral group, a wind ensemble, a solo artist and some quartets.  Each brings their own unique musicality to the song and it's always fresh and interesting.
3) Cow tails.  We have a concession stand and I like to treat myself to one cowtail per basketball game.
They are a candy with caramel and cream mixed together and many people don't like them, but I love them.
4) Somewhere to go on Friday night and an excuse to not cook dinner.   WCS almost always has basketball games on Friday nights.  It's been a tradition in our family to go to basketball every Friday night from Dec-Feb for the last 4 years at least.
5) Seeing familiar and friendly faces and cheering our boys on.  Eric has been playing basketball with WCS since 3rd grade.  We've gotten to know the boys and the families pretty well.  We've welcomed new families in and said goodbye to others, but overall we can sit anywhere in the stands and be next to a friendly familiar face. And it's fun to know every boy on the team by name and cheer for them.

The post season will be great, but we'll probably only have one more game in our gym - the rest will be away or at bigger venues.  It's been a great time and we've really enjoyed it.  Maybe we'll be back to cheer on some grandchildren some day!

1 comment:

Karen said...

These cards are both beautiful, I love the sentiments in both (I hadn't considered the Roy Gilson quote for a sympathy card but it's perfect). I especially love the purple tulips - love that stamp - and the sentiment stamped over the flowers - just gorgeous.