It occurred to me that I haven't updated you on Steph's progress recently—and on anything to do with Pete or Julie in an even longer time! So if you haven't seen any of this on Facebook, read on. (And feel free to friend me there, those of you who've been around these parts for all these years!)
Steph is really coming along. She's down to one crutch but can go without even that a little bit in the house. Today was the first day she went to school without the boot. She is also back to driving, as of last week, which is a big deal. She has resumed babysitting and hopes to return to her beloved daycare volunteer gig next week. (Getting from class to class on crutches is one thing; chasing toddlers and sitting on the floor with them is quite another!)
Pete had an all-sports kind of winter. As soon as soccer season ended, he decided to do indoor track for the winter. It's the same coach as for outdoor (spring) track and many of the same kids, so he already knew what he was getting into. It turns out that he loves indoor track. For one thing, the meets are mostly at the fabulous Reggie Lewis Center, and he really likes the way it feels to run on an indoor track. But there's another difference: there are actually some different events in indoor track, and Pete discovered that the 600 is his event. He ended up just 0.06 of a second away in one race from earning a varsity letter as a sophomore! And his 4x400 relay team even made it to States. All while this was going on, he and two buddies were also coaching a bunch of 10-year-olds in basketball, and he was also playing in his futsal league. Spring track just began this week, although they are predicting still more snow for tomorrow. Sigh.
Julie has also taken up a new sport: volleyball! She is in a league with two friends, and they are the only seventh graders—it goes all the way up to high school seniors! Volleyball was the only sport I ever played competitively (well, if you can call it that), so I can appreciate her enjoyment of it. She will finish out her travel soccer league commitment this spring, but then I think she's done with soccer. I would love to see her play volleyball in high school. (OK, part of the reason is that I understand the entire game.)