Busy Saturday

Fleta's Cupboard at the Kent Flea and Maker's Market (September Edition)

What an eventful Saturday! I got a running start. Literally. But it didn’t stop there. Shortly after returning from my group run with friends, I was off to help Fleta’s Cupboard make its third monthly appearance in the Kent Flea and Makers’ Market. It turned out to be a banner day for my wife and her sister, working the Fleta’s Cupboard booth, as their upcycled-wooden ghosts, pumpkins, cats, and Christmas trees sold far more quickly than expected.

Fleta's Cupboard at the Kent Flea and Maker's Market (September Edition)

After getting the booth set up, I had time to run home for a quick shower before heading north to watch Cor run in the Streetsboro Cross Country Invitational. He ended up coming in first for his team and second overall with another Personal Record of 17 minutes and 30 seconds!

Streetsboro Cross Country Invitational

It’s kind of amazing to me that he keeps getting faster and faster this season. I keep saying to myself, “He can’t possibly get a PR every week, can he?!?” But then again, maybe he can!

Streetsboro Cross Country Invitational

One of the most special things about this event, though, was the fact that the Kent Theodore Roosevelt High School men and women both came in first in the team competition, which hasn’t happened often for the Cross Country Team(s). The sweep was significant enough that the local newspaper ran a story on the team accomplishment, which even included a quote from Cor!

Record Courier Coverage of the Streetsboro Invitational

Cor’s day wasn’t finished when he crossed that finish line, though. This happened to be his high school’s Homecoming Weekend, and Cor had made plans to go with a few of his friends. So, we spent the afternoon picking out his accessories, ironing his shirt, and otherwise preparing for the evening. Then, towards the end of the afternoon, I helped Marci to pack up the Fleta’s Cupboard booth and bring everything home just in time to drive over to a nearby nature preserve for some photos.

Homecoming 2023

All of us parents got a bunch of pictures of the high schoolers on a bridge out over the Cuyahoga River. And, as I’ve often joked in regards to my photography skills, what I lack in quality I make up in quantity. If you want to see more of the pictures that I took, they’re available on my Flickr account.

Homecoming 2023

That being, many of the best photos were taken by Amanda DePrey, of DePrey Photography, who generously lent her expertise to capturing the experience because she was related to one of the Homecoming group members.

Homecoming 2023

It was a super-full, super-fun, super-busy Saturday — so we were plenty tired by the end of the day. But it really does feel like a privilege to be a part of so many good things.

Homecoming 2023
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