Football Jamboree

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.

Ouch… again

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.

Ballet Recital

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.







A Knee Injury

On the Thursday of the week before last, Molly had a collision at her soccer practice that left her with a sore knee.  It was the first time she has ever had to sit out of part of a practice so I knew it was really bothering her.  I bought her a brace and she was careful to rest it the following day, but when she woke up on that Saturday she was determined to play in her game.  I told her I didn’t think she should play but she was convinced she would be okay since she was walking better on it.  3 minutes into the game she collapsed on the field.  I had to carry her off with the help of one of the other mothers.

Ben was out of town that weekend, and so two of the other dads in attendance carried Molly up the hill and all the way back to our car while I gathered up the rest of the kids.  My visit teacher met me at my house so that I could leave the little ones behind and just focus on getting Molly to the urgent care clinic.

Much to her embarrassment, I had to use a wheelchair to get her inside.  She was in so much pain and couldn’t straighten her knee.  I told her there was no way I was going to carry her inside.

The urgent care doctor took a brief look and diagnosed it as a sprain.  He put her in a brace and gave her some crutches with the instruction to follow up with an orthopedist if it didn’t get better in a week.  He thought it would likely feel better within a few days.

A few days came and went and she was still in a lot of pain and unable to put any weight on it.  It was also swelling, causing her foot to tingle.  That added to the fact that she heard a “pop” when she hurt it at her game, made us want to get a second opinion.  Luckily we have a friend at church who is a very good orthopedist and he evaluated her in his home and advised that we get an MRI done.

Last Friday Molly had her office visit with our orthopedist friend and an MRI and x-ray.  She still had quite a bit of swelling in her knee which wasn’t a good sign, but we had to wait until today to find out the extent of her injury.  It turns out that she has a grade 1 MCL Tear and bone contusion. No surgery is needed but it will likely be 3-5 weeks until she will be back in playing condition. Molly is super bummed about missing the last half of her season.  Poor girl!


Soccer in Spokane

Molly had a game in Spokane this weekend giving us the opportunity to visit with Sandy and her family for a little bit.  (Pictures courtesy of Sandy since I was awful at remembering to snap any.)  We got in late Friday night and Adelaide didn’t waste any time before showing off her sweet moves at Rebekah’s new barre.  Rebekah switched from gymnastics to ballet recently and I’m excited to have someone to talk all things ballet with.

Molly and I got up in the wee hours of Saturday morning (ok, like 6am) to take a trip to the temple with Sandy and Rebekah and the youth of their ward.  I love being in the temple with family.

When I told the kids that we were heading to Spokane, they were so excited.  William really wanted to find an antler and wild turkey feather just like Grandpa Johnson had on a previous visit.  He searched most of the yard without any success, until Uncle Perry helped him to find one.

Thank you Uncle Perry!  William was so excited to find his treasure.  He alternated between talking about it’s awesomeness, retelling the story of it’s discovery, and pretending that it was growing out of various parts of his body.

We didn’t have a whole lot of time before we had to pack up (and bundle up) for Molly’s game.  We made a quick stop for some under armor for Molly so she wouldn’t freeze to death.  The little kids were so excited that there was snow around the field and quickly set to work making snowmen.

Molly’s team had a great game and everyone played well.  They won, 2-1.  After the game we headed straight for home.  It was a short but fun little trip.  We would like to visit Sandy’s family again when we have a bit more time.  It would also be nice to take a few more short road trips with the kids.