After four years of doing UNC women’s games, Hayley was selected to do some games at the ACC Women’s basketball tournament in Greensboro. Hayley was assigned to two games on Friday night and Jeff’s folks came down from Blacksburg and my Dad who lives in Gboro came as well.
She lucked out and was paired with a nice girl about the same age. It was mascot night so all the team’s mascots were there which was really funny. Buzz, the GT mascot, just randomly ran up to Hayley, picked her up and swing her around. They even had a little competition for the ballkid who did the most work which you know ended up being Hayley who views herself as a pro at this. It was a really neat experience – the ACC went all out to make the kids feel really part of the event from the clothes to going in the team entrances, etc. I can’t say enough about Raycom and the ACC folks involved in it.
Hayley is learning to rollerblade. The process just cracked me up so of course I had to snap a few photos and videos with the iphone while we were outside. At this stage, she reminds me of the colts at the stable, just all long skinny legs. Almost 12 and she’s barely 64 pounds.
I love this video clip – she’s lucky to have a good dad and uncle to help:
See more photos and video from this set: Regular view (easiest to find one in particular or print) Slideshow view (easiest to see them all)
If you are a reader of my little site here, you know of my great affection for the Keeper of the Gems, aka Leslie Hall and her band Leslie and the Lys. I mentioned her on her two years ago and several more times including meeting Leslie and the band at a show last year (CNN story, 09 concert pics, initial post).
Well fast-forward to February and Leslie and the Lys were playing in NC again. We arrived early to get good seats and lucked out as the band was just hanging out before the show so we spent 30 mins chatting, getting autographs and being silly – they actuallydid US State flashcards on Hayley’s iTouch with her which was hysterical but informative since they were on a concert tour of the country. A bunch of folks we met at the show before and kept up with on facebook showed up, all in our sparkly sweaters. It was a great deal of fun.
After the show, Leslie grabbed Hayley (literally) to take all sort of funny pictures.
A few weeks ago Nicole came up into town and Jeff watched the kids so we could go out and visit with our sorority sisters Mary Evelyn and Tracy. Dear friends, funny memories and wine equal a good time in my book!
Sadly Hayley’s great-grandmother on her bmother’s family side passed away earlier in the year. She was a lovely lady and I know her family misses her a great deal. While she was up in NC for the funeral, we caught up with Hayley’s grandmother Janie who brought her great-grandfather to visit.
Hayley was one of the ballkids for the UNC women’s game for the grand reopening of Carmichael after their year long extensive renovation! The old gal looks fantastic after all the work they did on her and Carolina crushed Kennesaw State.
We finally decided Hayley was ready to move to a bigger room, so she took Jeff’s big home office and he took her room. She decided she wanted it black and hot pink with the theme ‘punk princess’. So we got paint, vinyl decals and all sorts of stuff and we got to work. It’s pretty much done however I’d have more photos if she would ever reasonably clean up her room. So this is mostly the work in process and parts of her room.