Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Soccer Games!

Here's my little soccer star. I've taken forever to post because I kind of failed the first time around. Apparently for the first game, I missed the memo about the field being changed and Joseph missed the entire first half. Then I didn't take a lot of pictures because it was pouring rain. But Joseph didn't seem to mind the rain. When the game was over, he told me he wanted to play more. The second game went much more smoothly. We got the right park and the weather was gorgeous! Joseph is usually pretty content to run behind the pack, but he did get a few good chances at the ball. I did get a video of one of his drives with the ball and one of the coaches walked right through it really slowly. Too bad. So I'll wait to post a video that's worth your while. Here's the cute pics:
Joseph got to throw the ball in.Chanting from the sidelines: "Go green sharks! Go green sharks!" Other rough housing going on from the sidelines. (Joseph's the one getting the nougie.)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Just call me Soccer Mom

I am loving this new stage of parenthood! With Joseph's new activities and Justin getting bigger and more independent, I'm getting to do all of these fun things for the first time. Like order from a school book order, bring snacks for halftime of the soccer game, and go to Parent Night at the Preschool. On Joseph's first day of school, I had to wake him up and I said, "Wake up, it's time to get ready for school." And I thought, how fun to say that for the first time! I wonder how many more times in my life I'll be saying that (or yelling it). It makes me imagine myself in the future juggling a lot more than one kid's activities, cheering them on in their sports, going on fieldtrips and videotaping their concerts and school programs. I just can't wait. I'm excited to be moving on from that "young motherhood" with all preschoolers at home, even though, I know I probably have many more years with preschoolers ahead of me. I've had a taste of what is to come, and I love it. This is my new favorite picture of the boys. I haven't gotten one of them both smiling in a long time.

Joseph has his first soccer game tomorrow and it's going to be so much fun to watch. At practice yesterday, it was so great to watch the coaches teach these 4 and 5 year olds how to play the game. Then they scrimmaged and really caught on! Joseph was so proud that he played goalie for awhile and blocked 2 goals.Check out the beautiful view of the city from the soccer field. I'll post some pictures of tomorrow's game soon.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Joseph's First Day of School

Isn't he handsome? My little pre-schooler off to school for the first time ever. Joseph's my shy, sensitive momma's boy and I prepared myself for the worst on that first morning. Darren dropped him off with me and I was worried Joseph would insist on one of us staying the whole time and clinging to my leg, or maybe tears would fall and I would have to take him home to avoid disruption of the entire class. But instead, it couldn't have gone better. He hid his face when his teacher first spoke to him, and then after he found a toy he liked, he just snapped out of it. He started chatting up a storm with her and talking to his friend, George who is also in his class. When I picked him up, he talked my ear off the whole way home about what they did and how much he loved it. His words: "Mommy, I love love love school! You need to take me back on Friday, okay?" He did burst into tears the second day when I picked him up: "I don't want to go home yet!" This is going to be a very good thing.