Friday band practice ended at 8:30 am, and school started at 9:05 am. School continued until 4:10 pm, with band call time starting again at 4:30 pm, where the band kids get a pre-ordered catered meal before boarding the buses for the football game. It was a home game, which kept them either practicing, on their feet marching, or playing in the stands for several hours to keep the crowd enthused. They arrived back at the high school by 11 pm, and were at our house around 11:15 pm, almost everyone in the trombone section, except for Christopher and Adam, that is. For some reason, Adam thought that he needed to stall before getting Christopher to our house for his surprise birthday party that was to end around midnight, and dilly dallied around the aisles of HEB while everyone else was waiting on him at our house for at least a half hour. (Oops! I'll be more specific if I ever plan another surprise party, for when the guest of honor should arrive.)
It was a long, tiring day, for my teenager, but he was actually surprised and really enjoyed and appreciated the party, even though I had to kick everyone out not too much after when he eventually showed up. The exhausted kids had fun snacking on pulled pork sandwiches with homemade dinner rolls, and soaked their sore feet in the hot tub while they socialized. Many suggested that our home should be next year's designated trombone section hangout, which made me feel good that they felt comfortable here.
Happy birthday, Christopher! We are so proud of you and love you very much!