Saturday, May 15, 2010

Could I Please Have A Boring Day?

Lots going on here and not enough time to write about it.  Maybe tomorrow.  I started to count how many times I have been in and out of the van in the last two or three days and it was a ridiculous amount. (You know, the life of a stay-at-home mom... eyes roll.)

We've been to Gunnar's AWANA Awards Night (mentioned below,) to the usual round of soccer practices, on an amazing field trip which needs a separate post of its own, but here's a teaser...

Photograph by Tate

... and today, we spent six warmish, breezy hours going from soccer game to soccer game (with a picnic!), and we closed out spring soccer.  Amen and Hallelujah.

It has been a long hard slog, this season, in part due to the weather, and then there were other discouraging issues, but the good news is this:

We've been blessed with good coaches, that we like and respect.  And even better...

I am really, really proud of my boys. 

We play soccer for the fun of it.  We have no delusions of grandeur.  We're not destined for the Olympics, the pros, or the elite leagues.  We play because it's fun.  It's exercise.  And it's a great opportunity to learn teamwork, and skills, and sportsmanship.  And because everyone ought to learn how to win and lose graciously.  And because I think that competitiveness is somehow genetically programmed into boys and that's not a bad thing if they can learn to compete honorably.

They've had some hard lessons this year, given that the rest of the world doesn't all play by the same code that we do.  And the boys have done well.  I think Wyatt's team only won one game.  Tate's took third in their division.  And Gunnar's team went undefeated.

And I'm really, really proud of all of them :D


Choate Family said...

What a teaser!

Felicity said...

As long as everyone enjoys it and has fun!
I know that feeling of being out more than at home (and we're supposed to be HOMEschoolers!)
Looks like you had a great fieldtrip - can't wait to here more.

Organizing Mommy said...

Oh, I'm so glad you are getting nicer weather. And I'm guessing an AIR SHOW!! I'm finally back on the planet. The graduation slide show and program and ceremony went really well. I'll be posting photos soon enough. Just coming by to say Hi.

Ruby said...

It ain't gonna happen!
Besides, if your life gets dull what will we do for laughs and inspiration?
Have a great week at your place Julie.

leah said...

Happy "End of Soccer Season!"

I'm excited to hear about what your "field trip" was!

Craig and Heather said...

I agree with you about Soccer.

It's been 25-30 years since, but I learned a lot from both losing seasons and the undefeated one.

In my carreer now managing about 25 people, I can tell the ones who played sports and those who didn't. The ones who played usually understand teamwork a bit better.

Looks like someone missed a plane!



I think it's almost harder to teach children how to WIN graciously than it is to teach them to lose graciously. But you're right, they need the lesson somehow!

The dB family said...

Soccer for the reasons you mentioned makes it memorable and fun. This year may be more memorable for the weather though :os. Your boys are awesome!