On Wednesday, I had a late afternoon function for work so John came home early to hang with the boys and eat dinner. I got home just in time to leave with Edward for his first night of religious ed. I am slowly getting over my irritation that this is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 on Wednesday evenings. I'm also happy that Edward's teacher is also a teacher at his school, so I at least have some confidence that she knows how to handle 10 first-graders for an hour at what is normally bedtime. I think I'm succeeding in keeping my bad attitude to myself because he seems to think of it as something he "gets" to do, not something he "has" to do.
On Thursday, Daniel had his first soccer game, which also coincided with Edward's school participation in the City High Homecoming parade. The game was at 5 and the parade at 6. As luck would have it the parade staging area was in the parking lot of Daniel's soccer park. I wasn't sure Daniel would have the energy for the mile-long parade after his hour of soccer, but he insisted he was going to walk, and he did.
After the game, John left us to head downtown to a music show, where I was to meet him after the parade. I'd had some trouble securing a babysitter, as all of ours seemed to have a role to play in the high school parade. Edward's kindergarten teacher not only connected us with her daughter, but also offered to meet us at the end of the parade to drive us home and drop her off to stay with the kids. Now that's a full-service kindergarten teacher!
Our boys were a little disappointed not to be on the receiving end of the candy give-away at this parade, but never fear. The very next day was the University of Iowa Homecoming parade and they came home fully loaded from that one.