In no particular order, the Whompton winter and spring recap:
|Mama Jo and Papa Bill prefer a different Thanksgiving tradition, so they came up the following day. In our continuous quest to do touristy things outside, we took them to Laumier Sculpture Park for the artwork and hiking. It was a lovely day.|
|Coming down the art wall.|
|Raina and her besties at New Year's. These young women have really grown up.|
|I still marvel at how much of an adult she is.|
|We accidentally dress alike more times than we should admit. :)|
|Little Lola wore MICDS shirts to Ross almost every day during the post-season.|
|Buzzer beater shot in overtime! Sectional champs!|
|One of my favorite pictures of this year. A Post-Dispatch photographer took this picture immediately after the buzzer beater and the Rams fans are going crazy. If you look closely, you can find Eric and Lola's arm in the picture.|
|Lola joined the Ross Choir and was selected for a special ensemble choir as well. She'll cap off her singing season by performing "God Bless America" at a Cardinals game this summer.|
|Raina gave up piano this year so her musical focus is on the band.|
|She plays the flute (with a ridiculously large number of her friends) and hopes to start piccolo in the fall.|
|Raina loves doing lights and sound -- she's a tech kid at heart -- and she worked the tech crew for the middle school play. She's enrolled in a theatre camp this summer so that she can do more tech crew AND learn how to stage manage.|
|I turned 40 this year, and I celebrated my birthday in stages. Stage 1: Hamilton! We totally skipped school to go and it was 100% worth it. WOW!|
|Lola had studied the Fox Theatre but had never been inside it before. She was dazzled.|
I emotionally process everything through tears, so I mostly cried through the entire show. We got home and found out that a good friend had died. I spent the next 5 hours crying too. I was honored to speak at Christine's memorial and getting to that point was an exhausting emotional roller-coaster. Samantha and I did phase 2 of my birthday celebration the night of the memorial and went to see The Decemberists. It was exactly what we needed. Phase 3 was seeing Trevor Noah and eating at my favorite restaurant. All in all, turning 40 was pretty great.
|Lola was told her "flowers in a vase" art work was at the Parkway District Art Show so we trekked out to see it.|
|Turns out, she had other work on display. This piece represents all the circles of concern -- family, friends -- and how interconnected they are.|
|Cadette Troop 1093 on April Showers collection day.|
I'm still so thrilled that my daughters are Girl Scouts and take pride in doing service.
|Ross Heritage Night.|
The hip-hop instructors taught us a dance and we performed it for the crowd. Samantha and I needed a little more practice before being performance ready. :)
|Baby cheetahs at the STL Zoo! We went opening weekend and there were no crowds. It was amazing to see them romping around, chasing each other, and being playful.|
|Lola bridges from Brownies to Juniors.|
This winter and spring, Eric coached Lola's basketball team. It was their second season together and Eric devoted SO MUCH TIME to watching youtube videos on coaching, developing new drills, and putting together strategies for making practices fun and formative. Lola and he also practice together at our neighbors' goal.
|After every basketball (and soccer) game, the girls do the traditional "good game" shake hands and then they create an archway for the other team to go through, who then make their own archway for the first team to go through.|
|Girl sportsmanship in action, y'all. It's inspiring.|
Eric also devoted a lot of time to music. He is the vocal front man for an Ethical Society band and they performed multiple times this semester. Highlights include singing "One" and "Love Stinks" in February and They Might Be Giants' songs "Why does the sun shine?", "Why does the sun really shine?", and "Put it to the test" in April.
I was the President-Elect of the Ethical Society this year and was responsible for putting together the pledge campaign and pledge party. We had requests for the Whompton Family Band to perform, so Eric, Raina, Lola, and I arranged and performed the They Might Be Giants' song "My Brother the Ape." Raina, Lola, and Eric have far more musical talent than I do.
|Eric and I renewed our vows.|
Our renewal vows read:
Years ago, we made promises to each other.
Some promises we’ve kept;
sometimes we’ve fallen short of our ideals.
Today I renew my vows to you
with clearer eyes and deeper understanding,
as we walk together through life,
partners and best friends.
I promise to love, respect, and support you;
to listen and to share;
to nurture and to grow with you;
and to work together to achieve our goals.
In joy and sorrow, through good times and bad,
my heart will be your shelter, my arms will be your home.
I believe in this marriage more strongly than ever,and I chose you, every day, and for life.
|Lola's piano recital, winter 2018|