As per our usual October schedule, three of the kids had games this weekend. Ben and I take turns attending with each child since there is often overlap. This time it was Ben’s turn to take Molly to her early morning soccer game (they suffered a loss of 0-3 to a tough team) and I took everyone else to William’s football game.
We knew it was going to be a rainy day, but it was more of an ark building kind of day. The sky opened up and dumped on all of us. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been outside standing in that much rain. I tried my best to keep us dry, making a ceiling of umbrellas, but some how Addy and Henry would always forget what they were doing and tip their umbrellas (and all the water on them) right into my lap. Eventually the pull of stomping in puddles was too great and Addy and Oliver gave up the umbrellas and just played. That worked great until everyone got cold.
William’s team played a tough game. The heavy rain made everything more difficult. It knocked out the power to the score board and clock (and bathrooms) and made everyone’s hands numb and the ball slippery. Despite all this, they won 6-0. He has one more game this next weekend and if they win they have a chance to make the playoffs.
I had to snap this picture on the way out of the game. William was walking next to me, looking so grown up and just glowing with excitement as he told me all about his game. I want to remember that moment forever. Football has been such a good thing for William this year. It’s been life changing. He has found confidence in his athletic abilities and loves to play. It has been so fun to watch him grow this season.
After William’s game, we took everyone home to dry out and then Ben and I took Henry to his game while Molly stayed home with the other kids. The sky opened up and dumped on us again, but then it cleared up in time for the game leaving us with only blustery winds to deal with. Henry was playing the only team that they lost to last year and we anticipated a tough game, but Henry scored 4 goals to lead his team to a victory of 4-0.
I love watching Henry play. He absolutely comes alive on the field. He is completely 100% focused on the game the entire time. When he’s playing he gets to use his competitive nature that sometimes gets him into trouble at home, but is great for sports. He is his happiest when he’s playing in a game.
This is why we subject ourselves to such a crazy sports schedule with the kids. And why we stand in the rain with bags full of snacks and activities that are only partially successful in keeping the littler kids busy. Sports have been such a great thing for our kids. It is their time to have something just for them which is hard to come by in a large family. It is their opportunity to do something they enjoy and to develop talents that they possess. It has bolstered their self esteem and given them confidence. I know there are many different ways to achieve this, but we have kids who love to run, jump, and compete physically. So for us, sports are part of our family culture. And I love it.
William’s football team had their first real game of the season yesterday. It was fun to watch the team play. Unfortunately, it was a tough game that ended in a loss.
Football has really been good for William. It’s a tough sport to play and through it William is learning that he can do hard things. He is also gaining more confidence in his physical abilities as his body gets stronger. Learning the plays, strategies, and techniques involved with his position hasn’t come easily for him and I am proud of how hard he is working.
He’ll have games every Saturday for the next 7 weeks. In addition, Henry will have soccer games every Saturday through mid November, and Molly will have soccer games every Saturday through mid December. It is going to be a very busy season for us as a family.
William had his first football jamboree this morning. I know he looks mad in this picture, but really his mouth is just full of food. I was trying to cram a last minute snack into him before he headed into the stadium.
William was a little nervous going into this game because up until 2 days ago he had been learning to be an outside linebacker. Then his coach switched him to tight end and William wasn’t sure he was cut out for the job. However William did great and watching those little guys play football was so much fun!
There is one more jamboree scheduled but it is on a Sunday so William won’t be playing. We have decided as a family, not to play any sports on Sunday. We save Sundays for going to church, being with family, and remembering the savior. This doesn’t always go over well with coaches and others, but it is important to us.
The skies were a little hazy from all the wild fires that are raging in Washington right now. It has been the driest summer I can remember. I pray that we get some rain soon.
Molly took a hit during a tournament game this past weekend and had to be carried off the field. The onsite trainer wasn’t sure what the injury was since Molly wasn’t able to move her leg much, but she did get it to make a loud “pop”. It was the same knee that she injured several months ago, but it was a different kind of pain and in a different area of the knee. We called our orthopedic friend that night and was able to get her in for an appointment yesterday and in the meantime she hobbled around on her crutches and knee brace from last time.
It turns out that her knee cap moved out of place and the loud “pop” was probably it moving back. The official term is patella sublaxation. Her knee is super swollen so she has to go back to see the doctor next week to see if enough swelling has gone done to allow for physical therapy. She’ll be in a brace for the whole season, but should be able to play again in 3 to 6 weeks. We’re thinking 6 weeks is more likely, but Molly is gunning for 3. One things for sure, soccer is not for the faint of heart.
William is doing tackle football this fall and practices started up this week. For two weeks, he has practices 5 days a week for 2 hours each day. William has never really done anything quite so rigorous and I was a little worried, but he has worked incredibly hard. I am really proud of him!
I like that he’s trying out new sports and that he is getting to do something all his own. I hope he has a great season and makes some good friends.
Adelaide had her ballet recital a couple of weeks ago. She was so excited to again be allowed to wear makeup. This year she danced in two dances one of which was choreographed by me! I loved having Adelaide in class this year. I wish I had gotten more pictures, but I was so wrapped up in trying to make sure all my dances went smoothly that I never picked up my camera (phone).
This year I had three classes, with Adelaide being in my youngest class, a class of grade school students and a class of middle schoolers. It was so much fun and made me very happy to share something I love with others. Next year I’m teaching twice as many classes and I couldn’t be more excited.
I know it seems like we do a lot of sports (and we do), but our kids are homeschooled and sports give them added exercise, structure, and experience working in teams with their peers. And they love it. This spring we put both the boys in flag football. They had practice every Saturday followed by a game. They had lots of friends on the teams and the coaches were good friends of ours. Both boys learned a ton and had a great time. They were definitely sad to see it end.