Kim loved this event, as I've told you. She just thought Vail School District was fantastic to host a day to celebrate our children and all of their academic accomplishments. So, as you can imagine, she worked hard helping to plan, organize and work where ever she was needed the day of the event. Last year, we helped sell pizzas with the PTSA. The stand was situated next to a doorway, and a portable pizza oven in a truck was parked just outside making fresh pies! The rain was coming down sideways and we were soon standing ankle deep in water and it was rising. I was running the cash register and Kim was frantically trying to get me away from it, fearing I would get electrocuted. I finally fished the extension cord out of the water and strung it high along the wall, so she could relax and enjoy her work! We ended up having to put sand bags around the entrance, as the water got deeper and deeper. But, we sure sold a lot of pizzas!
I had the honor of helping judge the Math Bowl, thanks Mr. Edwards! Along with super volunteer/mom/education advocate, Kristi Hill and Mark Breen, who Kim worked with over at Rincon Vista. Kristi reminded me that she met Kimmy way back when she was pregnant with Autumn and Kristi was pregnant with her second child. Cody and Kristi's first child were in swim lessons together. Mark reminded me that he saw Kim and I at Daglio's (best cheesesteaks in town!) just two days before Kim went into St. Joe's. He was there with his family enjoying cheesesteaks. While I was judging and to stave off total anarchy, Ms. Bryson (Cottonwood's prinicpal) sagely snagged the bambini's and took them all around the fair grounds, buying them snacks and treating them to a fantastic time!
And bought Tonio a chicken! Oh, no, he tells me she did not buy it, but let him hold it...
When I was done with the Math Bowl, she brought them back and they took me to proudly show me their art work...another Kimmy favorite. Kim always loved Mrs. Peck, our art teacher at Cottonwood, and all of the technique she took time to teach the kids and her use of various mediums. She'd always tell me, 'Mrs. Peck is such a treasure for our children...she actually teaches them so much about art, instead of just doing crafts'. She loved Mrs. Peck's teaching style and the patience she had with the children. Cody, Autumn and Tonio thrived in her class and would always be excited when it was their day for art class!
And he should be, here's some of his work, showcased......I know Kimmy's proud - he is definitely following in her artistic footsteps!
It was pretty crowded today, as Vail parents came out in throngs to see their children's work. I remember that Kim used to get a little overwhelmed, and sometimes tried to melt into the background or just want to leave...of course, we'd want to say hi to everyone, but she'd call me the 'friendly bastard', because I'd just keep chatting...today, though, I was getting a little overwhelmed...but had no one to bail me out, so, I turned to Cody...'Cody, I need to leave, I can't breath...find the exit and get us there!'....And I'm sorry if I didn't get to talk to you, I wanted to...We beat a hasty retreat out of the building and towards the fair ground's exit....where we were literally stopped dead in our tracks...
Cody went to Alex's to watch the Arizona Wildcats game (they won again!!) and I made rolled chicken tacos (thanks Andrea, although I could not keep mine from falling apart!)...Tonio and Autumn were soon turning the living room into a battle ground...so, pulling out another Andreaism, I left the room...to relax and find soothing thoughts, to avoid exploding...caught the exciting end of the Cats game and then found some Super Liga soccer - Guadalajra Chivas versus Atletica Pachuca...soon, Autumn snuck in to sit and watch with me...followed by Antonio....GOOOOAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!! Famous announcer, Pablo Ramirez intoned, to the delight of the kids. Chivas won easily 4-1...and I had regained my mojo, without raising my voice. Kimtastic.
"You touched my heart, you touched my soul.
You changed my life and all my goals..."