For as long as I can remember, my dad has officiated junior high and high school football and basketball. He used to umpire softball, too, but he hasn’t done that for a long time. I really honestly don’t remember a time in my life growing up when he wasn’t officiating, and I always enjoyed watching him do it. Last week, in Union, was the first time since I myself was in high school that I was able to watch him, and I LOVED every minute of it! I am proud of him, he is fair and does a great job! This weekend, at our games in Elgin, I had the opportunity to watch him again while he officiated our JV Boys game, and this time, I remembered my camera. It was fun to sit with my mom and talk about how great of a man he is and how lucky we both are that he’s part of our lives.

So, here he is, my dad, Burr, the official:

One VERY VERY funny thing happened during the game, too. I had been taking pictures of my dad, when (and they are going to kill me for telling this story), Kendra (below right), leaned over and said, “Coach, what, do you like that ref or something?”, to which Ariel (below left) replied, “Yeah, she has the hots for him!” I was shocked (in a good way), and hollered, “Girls! That’s my dad!!!”. The look on their faces was PRICELESS!!! I have not laughed that hard in a long long time, it was great!

I managed to take a few more pictures off and on during the rest of the night, as well.

The Varsity girls during halftime, relaxing and listening to Coach Morgan.

Kendra, Tia, and Brieann during the Boys Varsity game.

Noelle and Logan

And, while trying out my camera, our friend, Andrew, snapped this picture of me. I actually really like it, for once I looked relaxed and not forced.

I did not take this picture, but I love it all the same. The 2006-2007 Irrigon High School Lady Knights. I kind of fell into the Assistant Coaching position, and I have loved every minute of it. I have learned as much, if not more, than all these wonderful girls this year. About basketball, life, and myself. I would not trade these past few crazy, hectic months for anything.

Our season ends this next week, and while I am looking forward to a breather, I am also a bit sad. I don’t know what next year will bring for me as far as the IHS Basketball Program goes, but I hope to be involved in some way. I truly feel these girls are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the next year or two, on and off the court. They all have GREAT things to offer to everyone who crosses their paths. I am thrilled to have met and worked with Michelle (Kinley) Morgan, she is an incredible person, and I have learned much from her, as well.

So, off I march into another week of work, kids, basketball, and life, and I am blessed to be right where I am. I love my life.

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