Sunday, October 19, 2014

We survived football season

We survived football season - barley!  Caleb was so excited to get started!  He has been begging since he was eight and old enough to play tackle football to get started.  I've been able to convince him to wait for the past two years, but this year he was even willing to pay $50 of the fee, proving to me he was serious.

We got of to a very sad start.  Tackle football is unlike other sports, it is a "draft" type system.  It has nothing to do with where you live or who your friends are.  The coaches sit down and take turns picking names.  There were eight 10-year-old boys from Caleb's elementary school all playing football so it never occurred to me that he wouldn't have a friend on his team.  To our total discouragement, when the teams were assigned, every Providence boy was on the OTHER 10-year-old team.  To add to the slap in the face, they practiced on a field 1/2 mile from our house.  Caleb didn't know a single boy on his team, which I could live with, but the hard thing is that I had no car pool and they practiced about 15 minutes from our house, at Mt. Crest.  (Two trips a day at 30 minutes round trip is one hour a day driving to football, not counting games.)  I wanted to quit before it even started.

I tried to get him on the team with the Providence boys, but I was unsuccessful.  In the process I learned that Caleb's Coach, John Belles is one of the best in the league.  That proved to be true.  He worked so well with Caleb and the entire team.  I was totally impressed by him.  It also worked out there there were some neighbor boys on the eight-year-old team that practiced in Hyrum at the same time as Caleb so the car pool thing worked out which was so important to me with 90 minute practices four days a week.  I would have died without other moms to help drive!

The season didn't get any easier for me.  In some ways it would have been better if I'd let Caleb start playing when he was eight, because he was defiantly the underdog.  The coach was required to play him 10 plays each game, and I think he averaged about that.  Ten plays is basically just kick offs, and kick-off returns.  He played a couple of plays each game as nose guard and a little bit of defense at the end of the season.  It was SO PAINFUL to have our entire lives revolve around football including every night and Saturday's to watch Caleb play ten pathetic plays each week!

Josh and I agreed with the coach that Caleb was not giving 100% at practices or in the games.  He didn't push himself, but it felt impossible to inspire him to do better.  Mid-season he started having extra practices with Dave and his best friend Isaac Low.  He actually started pushing and he learned what 100% felt like.  Unfortunately it was too late for the season.  He had his position, and it was on the sideline.

He did have a team that he can be proud of.  His team was one of two, of all the Mt. Crest teams, to win their devision.  (The other team was the other 10-year-old team.)  They were one of three Mt. Crest teams to make it to the play offs and the only team to make it to the second game of the play offs which they nearly won!

The great thing about football is that Caleb learned to work a little harder than he has worked before. He learned about being part of a team and about taking his sport seriously.  He learned about dedication and about following directions.  Most of all I saw an increase in his self confidence and sense of belonging.  I think football contributed to this school year getting off to a good start.  He identifies himself as a football player.  Now - do I encourage him to do it again next year?! Can I live through another football season?!

His last game of the season was followed by the USU homecoming game.  Who ever thought two non-athletic parents would be spending so much time at football games.  I'm afraid or football days have just begun!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Meet the Bus Driver

You guessed it - it's me!  My season of life is shifting from being chained to my house by naps, feedings and diapers to being the taxi mom.  I don't really drive a taxi, I drive a bus!  This summer we purchased a beautiful, black 2008, gas guzzling suburban.  I am spending hours on the road!

Ali is in preschool at USU four days a week.  She loves the social and getting out every day. (I love it too.)  Fortunately we have a car pool, but driving to USU almost every day is a 45 minute round trip effort.  Luckily she is having a great experience, which makes it worthwhile for me.

Saturday Caleb's first tackle football season came to an end.  More about football later, but as far as the bus goes, football has added to the chasing!!  With practice four days a week for 90 minutes, in Hyrum there has been a lot of back and forth not to mention a game every Saturday. 

Cara started ballet with Cache Civic Ballet this fall.  She is loving it!  She is such a beautiful ballerina!  Sadly she is taking a brake from her violin to free up the time for dance, but now is the time to explore and find her passion so I decided to let her go for it.

I'm enjoying my hobbies and business as well.  Sharing essential oils and wellness products brings me great joy and fills any extra time I can find.  Convention was last month and I was honored for hitting the rank of Gold.  It is so exciting and fulfilling for me to participate in this company that is blessing so many lives, physically, emotional, and financially.  I am grateful it has blessed my life in these ways too.  I'm looking forward to tremendous growth again this year and grateful for the joy that I find in my friendships and and the personal growth that it brings to my life!

I was also called to be in the RS Presidency a few weeks ago.  I'm looking forward to additional church service.  I love the gals I will be serving with and always have a burning desire in my heart to serve God. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Andy turned 6!

Andy turning 6 is evidence that time flies!! It really feels like he was my baby just yesterday.  I sure love him!! Sometimes he follows the bad example of his older siblings, but his nature is to be so good.  For example, Caleb hates to practice the piano so sometimes Andy acts like he hates it, even though he likes it.  Same thing with homework.

I've learned that the best day to have a birthday party is on their birthday.  Other wise we end up having multiple parties.  For Andy's birthday we had a baseball party.  It was easy and low key.  The boys seemed to have a great time.

Usually I don't get to tap into Josh's graphic design talents, but sometimes he's willing to create party invites.  I love it when he does.  This was Andy's cute invitation.

The boys gave awesome gifts!  It makes me feel like a bad gift giver, but so grateful for their generosity.  It is amazing!

I am not an awesome cake maker, but somehow the cake is always a highlight.  Caleb has such a strong influence on the rest of the family.  The things that are important to him are important to everyone.

The boys had a great time playing baseball in our back yard.  We are so fortunate to live among so many wonderful children and their amazing parents.  

 Happy birthday to my dear Andy!