Monday, September 20, 2010

Soccer: Week One.

Evan had his first YMCA soccer game Saturday. His first game was canceled due rain, which was not a problem Saturday because it was almost 90 degrees. We started our day with individual and team pictures, followed by a 30 minute practice, and a 30 minute game.

I was really impressed with Evan around his teammates. When he tried soccer last season he was timid, somewhat anti-social, and clingy. He wouldn't practice unless I was on the field with him, and a couple of times he wouldn't go onto the field at all. This year he was a totally different kid. He talked with the other kids, listened to his coach, and definitely didn't want me on the field with him.

Jack-Jack was so good . He sat in his stroller yelling "Ball!" "Ball!" "Ball!" for most of the practice and game. Luckily I brought a small ball for him to hold onto while Evan was on the field.

This picture cracks me up because Evan was having a conversation with his ball. Mark & I were on the sidelines so we couldn't hear what he was saying, but we could see Ev point to his ball, then point to the goal, then point to the ball, and point to the goal again. We think he was telling his ball exactly where it should go :-)

At the end of the game, Evan was a hot, sticky, sweaty, thirsty mess. He was so excited that he scored two goals during practice & kept asking if he was going to get to play soccer again. Luckily he has seven more games before the season is over.

Evan has grown so much in the last year. He is more confident and social, and now he acknowledges adults other than Mark or me. We are so proud of him :-)

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