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It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, except for the horrible allergies, and we’ve officially filled our yard with pumpkins, gourds, mums and even a hay bale that Troy sneakily added when I wasn’t looking. The pictures below are a hodgepodge of early fall happenings including pumpkin picking, a sunset boat ride on Beaver Lake, an overnight trip to St. Louis where U2 canceled their concert, the Fayetteville Film Festival, a special 50th birthday celebration, last night’s first fire of the season, and Huck’s 7th grade class picture that he hates and we love. Not pictured: anxiety over mass shootings, wildfires, silent protests, sexual harassment, Bikes Blues and BBQ.

A few nights ago Huck performed in his first junior high choir concert in the enormous Fayetteville High School Performing Arts Center. So enormous, in fact, that I began to have PTSD from Christmas shopping at the Times Square Toys R Us. Huck and his fellow songsters wore all-black attire provided by the school, and when Huck tried on the newly hemmed fancy pants he said, “Something is wrong with these. I literally can’t feel the material on any of my skin.” The whole affair was a few notches up from his early singing days as Babe the Ox in 4th grade music class and last year’s 6th grade “Music Man” extravaganza. He and eight other 7th, 8th and 9th graders beautifully sang a section of “My Heart’s in the Highlands,” and time stood still for a few moments.  (Click here for snippet) The stage was filled first with the Men’s Choir followed by the Women’s Choir, and I think I speak for all of us parents in the audience of 850 when I say we aren’t quite ready to call our children men and women. At least not until their big pants fit a little better.

In the meantime, carry on, fall.

3 comments

Shauntsies

October 11th, 2017

Oh how I love fall and oh how I love these photos!!! .

Aunt Jeni

October 12th, 2017

Oh I can hear Huck’s voice when reading the comment about his pants, and I better get a school pic because I will cherish it always. Also watching Prisoner of Azcaban and Harry reminds me of Huck in that one…XOXO

Pappy T

October 12th, 2017

early fall happenings are happening, people!

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