I was lucky enough to be able to take a long weekend in order to celebrate my sister’s senior night activities for marching band and go to her competition in Flagstaff on Friday. I packed so much into four days and I’m just happy I got to spend a day in the cooler weather up north and feel like I was actually experiencing fall, and getting to see my friends and family at the same time.
Thursday, October 16
My sister’s high school marching band performed at their annual exhibition with the rest of the bands in the school district, and my parents and I went to watch, of course. I was able to get some pictures of her practicing, which never fails to impress me – she’s on the color guard and somehow catches a rifle that she tosses into the air. What?! She was practicing for this year’s show, Mirror, Mirror, in which she portrays the “Evil Queen.” Bow down, bitches!
Hannah’s senior night (the last home football game of the year) made it hard not to get emotional that night. For one, it brought back all the memories of my own marching band days (I played clarinet and was drum major for two years). And of course, it reminded me and the rest of my family that Hannah is almost done with high school!!! How did that happen?
We made her a senior poster with pictures from childhood and the seasons of color guard and lined up to present her at half time. She got to wear a cute pink bow to show that she’s a senior, too – so cute!
Saturday, October 18
My lone picture from Saturday! I drove up to Flagstaff with my good friend Austin to go to Hannah’s competition and hang out with my friends that go to school up there. I also got to spend time with my grandma at her competition which was lovely, since it’s so rare I get to spend one-on-one time with any of my grandparents. After that I hit a few bars with my newly-21-year-old friends and spent the night at my grandparent’s place.
Sunday, October 19
The few photos of my morning in Flagstaff. My trip was go-go-go minus the several hours of sleep I got on Saturday but I got to appreciate some of the changing colors of the trees! I love my grandparent’s place in Flagstaff at any time of the year, but this fall morning was particularly beautiful. I want more orange leaves in my life!
I’d be lying if I’m sad to go back to the hum-drum of school/work life, but I’m thankful for my little vacation and the tiny taste of fall I was able to experience outside of a pumpkin spice latte.