The school district gives the kids the day after halloween off which is kind of nice. Sports give a day off so the kids can go trick or treating so we had a day with nothing to do which was nice. After he had cross country he called to tell me he was going to a friends house and was going to go trick or treating later. I told him to touch base if he needed rides, etc. He had fun with his friends. They dressed up in morph suits. Tight, spandex suits and had fun. I remember when halloween changed from being all about candy to being about hanging out with friends. Someone once told me most of your influence ends around 12 and I am starting to see how a lot of that is true. I think you still have tremendous influence throughout middle and high school but kids are going to making their own decisions at that point and need that inner confidence to choose what they were taught was right.
He is doing cross country at school which has been fun for him. A couple of his friends are doing it which is always nice. He does a running group in the winter which he says is more fun because it is more running and instructional but this is fun to be with his friends and actually do races. He was too scared to go to meets last year with running club so it is fun to see him enjoy racing. I am really impressed with how fast he is for how little he practices. He went a 9:15 in the 1.5 mile run. They have 5 meets against the other high schools. He has had 2 meets so far. Every time he has a competition he is excited about how he knows he can go faster the next time. The first meet he had was a really confusing course since he had never run it. He thought the finish line was in the wrong direction but felt good about everything else. I listened to them explain the course and had no clue how the kids would figure it out but it turns out each course is a home course so the kids from the home school knew how to run it. I was proud of him for having a smile on his face. I missed the running part because it was on a golf course but excited for him. The next run was much more straight forward and he said was a lot easier. It was cooler and not as hilly so that is probably why it was easier. Not sure what his time was but it was fun to see him cheering on teammates, seeing him see friends from other schools and enjoy being part of the team. He thinks he went slower but it could have been the course was easier. I have no clue. It has been a good experience for him. His goal is to go under 6 minutes for his pace which is a good goal.
He has been playing basketball at lunch with his friends which is nice because he doesn't really know how to play but is willing to learn and assist his friends who play. He has a tendency to not want to do things that he isn't totally confident or comfortable with so it is nice to see him try new things and have fun doing them. The other day he said he was going to work on getting better which I thought was cool. I asked him if he wanted to sign up for a league but he didn't want to do that just shoot for fun. That was so refreshing to see him want to have fun, learn a new skill but not have to be competitive with it. Maybe he is maturing.
His first band concert is tomorrow which should be fun. It is nice he is enjoying band. I thought it would be fun for him to try out for jazz band next year. I did jazz band and it was fun but he thinks he wants to still play the flute and play the piano at home so we shall see. I am so glad he is involved in school activities. They had their first school dance which he and his friends didn't go to. I have learned not to tell him what he should and shouldn't do because that just bugs him and in the long run it isn't that big of a deal. Originally they were all going to go with a group but then decided not to. Maybe next time.
Aquabears has been fun for him now that he has a wetsuit and stays warmer. He is still cold but is having a lot of fun with his friends. It is such a great group of kids. He is gaining confidence in trying new events at meets. He isn't as confident and a racer at practice and meets as he is in the summer but I think that is just because there are so many kids and it is new events. He doesn't get as scared to try new events which is nice. He usually goes about 3 times a week since he has scouts and usually one other activity or playdate. Grateful he is having fun with his friends.
He is enjoying scouts. He got two ranks completed which got him excited to work towards his eagle. He is really motivated and we are figuring out the scout world. It is so different than cubs. Some of the merit badges are really cool. It makes me want to sign up to teach some of them. Maybe in December when I have a couple months off of work.