Last week I talked about starting a new era with Gabriel.
Now my "big kids" have started a different new era:
It's not only their first time "doing soccer"...it's actually their first time doing any kind of organized sport.
Elisabeth and Noah are on the same team (8-9 year olds), and Daniel and Lily Kay are also on a team together (6-7 year olds).
They started practices several weeks ago. They practice on different nights, so it is more coming-and-going than I would prefer...but we all get to have supper together every night (that would be a deal-breaker for me).
And we're all really liking it, actually. Daniel and LK were the ones clamoring to play, and then Elisabeth said she thought she'd like to also. Noah said he didn't want to...but I convinced him otherwise, and now he's so glad I did.
Normally, when two are practicing, the other two want to come also...just for the fun of it. Practices are at our local Y, which has a great playground, lots of space to run around, a 1/4 mile track...and lots of other kids to play with - a winning combination all around!
Laolao and I fight over who gets to take the kiddos to practice. We both really like to do it. When I take them, G and I walk around the track the entire time with him in his stroller.
And games started this past Saturday. It won't happen this way often, but both games were at the exact same time. Thankfully they were right next to each other....so we just stood in the middle and kept turning 360's to watch everyone.
I had fun capturing photos of the kiddos...but I (obviously) have a lot to learn about sports photography. Help! I need some lessons, Melissa!
These were the best two shots I got of Elisabeth:
Elisabeth has been having fun...but I wouldn't be surprised if she doesn't do soccer (or sports, actually) again. She will tell you that she's more of a dance and piano kind of girl.
As I mentioned above, Noah has greatly surprised himself by liking soccer. He is slow to warm up to anything new. Food, activities...you name it. His automatic first response is "I don't like that." You haven't even tried it, Noah! He smiles and tries it...and usually likes it.
So, Daniel and LK ran up and down that field. And up and down that field.
And Daniel smiled the entire time:
Which is par-for-the-course with this little guy.
Even when he fell down/got knocked down...
And this girl...
She is one of only (I think) two girls on their team...and boy, can she hold her own.
She ran hard.
I think this is my favorite picture of her from the game:
And whenever there was a "mob" around the ball...
...LK was sure to be in the thick of it.
Being held by various fans.
He seemed to enjoy himself too.
LK and Daniel's game started (and finished) a few minutes before N and E's game...so they got to watch for a few minutes.
And get post-Game hugs.