Friday February 5, 2016

This first week of second semester has been anything but routine. A winter storm meant no school on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dan also stayed home this week, avoiding hazardous travel and getting a much needed office week. This is one time when working from home means you have to work when others don't!

I am still really enjoying my work. It's a great team,  it's interesting, and I feel really lucky to be doing what I'm doing. I hope this contract work lasts for a long time...

Erin is quite happy with her second semester schedule. She's got a tough morning schedule, but then she's got free time in the afternoon. This will be very helpful come golf season when they leave early for meets.

Golf season is still a ways away, so the focus for now is volleyball. Erin's 17s team has a one day tournament this weekend and then she's traveling with the 18s team to Omaha next weekend. She, like her sister, loves being on a team.

We are winding down our last week of Shannon O'Hara Foundation events. Our board of directors meeting is this weekend, and we will choose our scholarship winners. Scholarship presentations will be on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the 1pm Mayo vs. Century boys hockey game at Graham Arena.

While this will bring the fundraising events to a close for the season, another season is upon us. The spring will bring all the senior events for Shannon's classmates. The grad party invites are already showing up on Facebook.  Kids are making their decisions about where they will go to college. And yesterday, we talked with school administrators about graduation.

Shannon will be remembered. Subtly, appropriately, she will be a part of the ceremony...

I hope that we can handle these senior events with grace.

Shannon is ever present in our lives. That doesn't change. Erin was enjoying her snow day on Wednesday, watching a movie, just relaxing. I wasn't thinking anything of it until
she came upstairs and point blank said to me and Dan, "Snow days aren't as fun without a sister." Shit, that was a gut shot...

The HS girls hockey season came to an end this week for the Mayo girls. Hard not to think about how sad Shannon would be about that...

This is how it goes. Watching kids turn into graduates and go on to college. Someday there will be weddings and babies. I shouldn't let my mind go there, but it's impossible not to.

Don't get me wrong, we love our connection to Shannon's friends and classmates. We will enjoy following them in their future endeavors and we know a little piece of Shannon lives in each of them.

"Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future. "- William Wordsworth