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Friday, June 27, 2014

*Soccer Stars*

We finished up our little 8 week soccer season nearly 2 months ago. In fact, the boys will start basketball tomorrow. It should be interesting. For whatever reason I never got around to posting some great photos that my dad had taken of their soccer games. Both Holden and Pax had a great season. It was so much fun to watch and cheer from the sidelines.
Pax had watched Holden play soccer for 2 seasons. So going in to the sport he already had a pretty good idea of how things were played. He had a much better first season than Holden's first season. He was a full year older than when Holden began. But we also think that watching so many games helped prepare him a little.
Pax had great control of the ball and shocked us with his aggressiveness on the field. In life, he's just not a "get after it and go fast" type of guy. Lo and behold, in a soccer game, that is exactly who he is!
He was rarely ever far from the ball. He always went after it.
 water break but still watching the game.
 I love seeing these action shots.
 Pax was accused by the opposing coach of pushing this little girl down and hurting her. Pax is a pretty gentle boy. And look at her throwing elbows. I think she can hold her own. :) A parent from our team turned that volunteer coach in...suggesting he not volunteer again. Ha. He was a bit ridiculous. It is NOT supposed to be all that competitive. They are 3 and 4, people! They normally don't even care who won the game. They just want to know what the snack is afterwards!
 And he scores! After scoring (which he did often in this first season) he always looked at us with a big smile and a thumbs up. He was so proud of himself.
And here are a few pictures from one of Holden's game. Holden has a long legged stride and speed to help him in soccer. He loves to race other kids and play chase because he is typically the fastest. And he is pretty competitive. This was his third season of soccer. By now he knows the sport pretty well, and he loves it. 
 Taking it to the goal.
And he scores.
 His humble victory run down the field. Several times during this season, Jeremy said out loud, we really need to work on humility. You can tell after each goal, when everyone is cheering his name, he's half shy about it but mostly loving all the glory. It made us laugh every time.
I am not a competitive person. I don't play sports. I don't enjoy watching many sports. I was cheerleader for 8 years. I rarely watched the football game...didn't know if we should be doing an offensive or defensive cheer most of the time. That's right...don't nominate me to be head cheerleader. I would have made us look a fool! But watching my own little boys participate in sports and activities that they that's a different story. Being their personal cheerleader brings more joy than those 8 years ever knew. Soccer was fun. And now we are all looking forward to basketball!

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