Each year I am asked - and I’ve even asked myself - if I’m going to continue coaching West’s Academic Decathlon team, and last year, after finding out I was pregnant and finding out I’d be coaching solo, I sincerely wondered if I could answer “yes.”
But I did, and I’m glad. My AcaDorks, my AcaDarlings, my brainy babies, are often the best part of my school day. They’re driven; they’re dynamic; they’re so, so fun! And this past week, I got to take them -and HQ (Thanks, Nonno and Grandma JoJo, for the help!!) - to the State Competition in Wisconsin Dells.
I thoroughly enjoy the State experience each year. It is a chance to watch my kiddos get all dressed up and walk across the stage to earn individual and team accolades. It's also fun to converse with other coaches and share stories about our season - these kids! State is the end-product the many, many hours of hard work; and to see to see some of my former Decathletes. I have to admit that it was nice to have a few work days run at a more leisurely pace, and it was especially nice to spend time with my tiny human - she made a great little mascot. And having the competition at a water park meant Harper got her first lazy river experience. The verdict is still out on that one.
State was great! I’m truly looking forward to next year — and the 1960s theme