School started today! Havana is starting her first year at Garfield High School, Hudson is starting his final year at Washington Middle School and Eva is starting her final year at Stevens Elementary.
Eva turned 9 today. She’s been counting down the days for weeks and her shark-themed birthday finally arrived.
Gay and I took 8 of her friends – Iris, Ohana, Nevaeh, Sadi, Sofia, Coco, Poppy and Leona – directly from school to Defy Seattle in Tukwila, during the 5th rainiest day in Seattle history, had pizza at home and 4 of her friends spent the night.
Eva got her braces off today, less than 4 months after getting her lower braces on and 19 months after getting her upper braces.
This is the first year we didn’t take our kids out trick-or-treating. Hudson got home at 4:55pm and was in-costume and out the door by 5:05pm to Bowie’s. Eva left soon after to go out with Iris, Ohana, Poppy, etc. And Havana had 6 (?) friends over for pizza before they went out. Havana was Pam from The Office, Hudson was in his green Chubb suit again this year and Eva was a Shark (her current favorite animal).
Gay and I gave out candy and beer until Jon & Megan & Emmarie & Kayak arrived. Then Gay and Megan took Emmarie out trick-or-treating leaving me and Jon to serve candy and beer. Gay got take-and-bake pizza from Zeek’s and Patrick, Deirdre, Finn (their German nephew and Garfield student) came over for pizza and various people were in and out throughout the evening.
We missed their first games last week when we went to see the Seahawks game but made it this week. Both lost but both had good games and both had fun. That’s good because Eva wanted to quit after her first game. Now she said she loves it. She and Poppy are the only girls on the team too, I like the lack of gender discrimination; so 2019.
Also good is that all the games for both of them are at Franklin High School — Spring football had games all over the city.
The bad is that both are on teams named Ravens. It’s hard for me to root for the Ravens.
I love Eva’s cleats:
Hudson and Eva started 6th and 3rd grade today.
Havana starts 7th grade tomorrow. She will go to Meany Middle School, Hudson is going to Washington Middle School and Eva will be back at Stevens Elementary. Three kids in three different schools! They won’t all be at the same school ever again.
We drove Hudson to school today but he will be taking the bus to school for the first time and even wants to take the city bus instead of the school bus.
I took Eva to the orthodontist for what we thought would be a checkup but found out that she is getting braces on her bottom teeth.
In what I think was the best game for the Comets yet, Eva got a base hit and then stole 3 bases to score her first run of the season. As first baseman, she also got a runner out. The game actually finished 3 innings in 2 hours. I think that’s a sign the girls are getting better.
Since the game was at 6pm tonight, all of us went to the game and brought dinner from Bok a Bok. Havana’s friend, Mira, also happened to be at Garfield for her parent’s ultimate frisbee game so she watched Eva play too.
Eva at bat for her softball team:
Catching the ball is the hardest skill so no one ever gets thrown out at a base. As a result, the games are very long. Fortunately, they cut them off at 2 hours or at the end of an inning, whichever comes later.
Seattle schools closed 75 minutes early today, just as the snow started. I picked Hudson and Eva up and Tobin and Ohana came home with us. The kids basically had 2 days of school this week.