It’s been such a long time since I last even checked WordPress, and while I’m honestly so sorry, I’ve been so ridiculously busy that I’ve barely had time to do anything much less blog. And if I’m again being completely honest, it’s so nice to be busy again. I got a little too bored of having nothing to do so running around constantly, although tiring, is kind of a nice change of pace.
This past week especially was incredibly busy because it was Homecoming week! For those who don’t know, Homecoming is an American tradition that takes place in September or October and was initially held to welcome back alumni to a college or high school – although now it’s more of an event for the students rather than the alumni. Homecoming typically consists of a football game (or perhaps a different sporting event depending on the school), a semi-formal to formal dance and of course lots of activities and spirit days during the week for students.
I hope you enjoy this little recap of my Homecoming week, including the spirit days, football game, dance and parade!
HOCO2k17 | SPIRIT DAYS
It’s pretty typical to have spirit weeks for big events like Homecoming. Our spirit week was unfortunately pretty basic, even though our Homecoming theme was Haunted Homecoming, a Halloween theme since our game was on Friday the 13th. We started the week off on Monday with a little rally full of performances from the dance team, introduction of the football team, games and more. Monday’s theme was Merica Monday – and although this isn’t the best picture – my girl Rachel and I showed our school spirit sporting a little red, white and blue. My tank top is actually Matt’s that he left when he went to college, which I paired with black leggings from Target, a red bandana, and (not pictured) blue socks and my black vans. Rachel’s keeping it cute and trendy with an American flag headband, a blue knit sweater, and a red, white and blue striped skirt.
Tuesday was Twin Day! As you can see I didn’t really go all out for this one, mostly because the stuff I share with friends happens to be cheer-related, and I didn’t want to dress like a cheerleader all week. I twinned with one of my best friends, Kate. We’re wearing the green Jamie Top from Brandy Melville. I paired mine with a pair of light-wash jeggings from American Eagle, my checkered slip-on Vans, and a gold anklet from Forever 21. Kate’s rocking her’s with a pair of dark-wash Hollister shorts and her light pink slip-on Vans. Disappointingly, nobody got us mixed up.
Pajamaaaa Dayyy! This one is always by far my favorite spirit day because I can literally just roll out of bed and show up to school and it’s acceptable. Besides, I can never get over how outrageously comfortable I am when I’m just wearing my pajamas. Wednesday was a pretty uneventful day Homecoming wise, but I did end up working all night at the Farmer’s Market, still wearing my pajamas of course. For this spirit day, I wore my favorite pair of jogger sweats from Costco, my navy Theo Top from Brandy Melville, and of course some festive pumpkin socks from Target.
Thursday was Every Which Way Day, or essentially What Not To Wear Day. As much as I love spirit weeks and dressing up, I couldn’t bring myself to wear an eyesore of an outfit, so instead my girl Julia’s helping us out with her crazy outfit. She’s wearing her cheer warm-up jacket with a patterned pair of leggings, mismatched Halloween socks, and of course mismatched Crocs (it is Croctober, after all). She’s rocking the pigtails with a tie-dye headband and some yellow dots across her face!
Finally, Friday was Freakishly Blue Friday! Our school colors are blue, black and white, and every Friday is a blue-out day. But for Homecoming, everybody goes all out with the blue. Since it’s game day, we were required to wear our cheer uniforms, but that didn’t stop us from adding a little extra blue to our looks. Julia (left) paired her uniform with blue socks, clip in devil horns (Blue Devils, hello!), some blue handprints on her legs and blue dots on her face. I stayed a little boring with just my blue dots, and Cami (right) wore her blue handprints and dots with a pair of “I Heart Blue Devils” sunglasses. We all had our warmup jackets and bows to match.
HOCO2k17 | THE PARADE
I’m not entirely sure if this is a tradition in every town, but every year we get out from school early on Homecoming day and go downtown for a parade. There’s a ton of floats for different sports teams, clubs, and then each class gets a float as well. Our cheer float this year was a firetruck, however only the seniors got to ride and the rest of us had to run behind to catch up, or risk getting runover by the football float behind us. The parade was a really fun time; we had Chipotle for lunch before heading out. The weather was a little hot to be running around in long-sleeved uniforms, though. The whole parade lasted about 45 minutes and we finished back at the high school with a blocking practice for our halftime routine!
HOCO2k17 | THE GAME
Our team is definitely not the best in the league. We lost this game, 16-51, making us 7-0 for the season, but it was still a night to remember. Cheering on the sidelines is such an incredible experience and I’m so sad that football season is almost over! We only have three games left; it’s totally flown by. The night was well spent with us nailing our halftime routine and cheering on the boys with my favorite team. And to make things even better, two of my lovely friends, Rachael and Max, came home from college this weekend and it was a complete surprise. We celebrated our loss after the game with In-N-Out, as any Californian would.
HOCO2k17 | THE DANCE
And finally, the dance! Saturday was insanely hectic with the morning starting bright and early with the PSAT. I finished around noon and fell asleep, but slept a little too late and barely had enough time to get ready for the dance! Although it’s a little hard to tell, I actually ended up taking pictures before I had even finished my makeup – I still had to do my eyeliner and add my falsies, but we were running out of sunlight so I had to make do. I went with my bestest and most adorable friend Kaelyn and we were sort of twinning for the night in black dresses, shoes, and nails. We both actually had dates, but for privacy reasons/lack of photos/not wanting to post the photos, I’m only sharing the super adorable pictures of us that Kaelyn’s very talented mother took. The dance hadn’t been organized the best, and they had stopped selling tickets midweek when they thought they sold out, so there was a crazy line around the entire gym. We luckily got in through a back door and managed to skip the line and had a great time.
That’s it for my Homecoming week! I hope that you enjoyed this fairly lengthy recap and once again I’m sorry about my hiatus – hopefully it won’t be too long before my next post.
My love to you.