Sunday, September 30, 2012

Preston's Second Soccer Game

Preston had his second soccer game this weekend.

We went back and forth on whether or not to let him play. He'd started showing signs of a cold Friday night and was up a couple of times. But Saturday morning when he woke up he seemed good to go and since the game was in the afternoon we figured we'd let him play as long as he wanted too.

He did!


Preston even scored not just one but TWO goals at the game.


All on his own. I couldn't be more proud of him! And loved seeing his little face light up and how proud he was of himself!

Get ready I'm about to start bitching.

We are on the wrong team. I'm not even kidding. Preston wants to play soccer. He wants to learn about soccer and he wants to have full practices and full games. Our team, not so much. While this game was much better than our first. And I'm told WAY better than our second (we missed it because we were in Seattle). I've been told that in our second even though Preston was the only kid missing we had to borrow two players from the other team when our team just didn't want to play anymore.

What is that?! I mean really what is it?

Let me explain. We have a kid on our team who won't play. Just won't. He sits on the sideline with his Mom who applauds him just for coming to the game. Okay. We have a kid who tries to play but his version is just throwing his body down either right next to the ball or on top of the ball and then uses his hands to stop or grab the ball. Then we have a little boy who is not so interested in the game and has actually sat down ON THE FIELD to pick at the grass. That leaves three little boys. We have one little boy who is okay. When he's paying attention. He doesn't always pay attention. That leaves Preston and another little boy. They are the only two who seem to actually grasp the concept of the game.

This is incredibly frustrating to me. Especially when we aren't playing other teams like this. We are playing teams who know how to play and want to play and actually do just, they play soccer!

We lost our game this weekend.  13-2.  The two points that Preston made! Two points that I mentioned before he made all by himself. As in one of the times he kicked the ball all the way down the field by himself and scored. No help from his teammates. Who I'm not even sure even knew where the ball was or that we scored.

We are just on the wrong team. We're taking this seriously. We're competitive. We'd like to actually be able to play a full game without kids spinning in circles or picking grass in the field. We want to win. Whether there is an "official" score or not.

Honestly at this point I'm not sure whether we're supposed to encourage Preston to use his teammates or to show him how to get the ball to the net on his own. The other kids just aren't paying attention and don't really seem all that into it.

Not that it's just their fault. One of the parents brought one of our players twenty minutes late this weekend. TWENTY minutes! To a game. And then didn't even try to explain why. It wasn't even a morning game people. Then her and another Mom spent the whole time acting like it was a lunch date. I mean they didn't even know if their kid was on the field or not. One of them even had her back to the field while they chatted.

Can you tell I am frustrated?

We just were really looking forward to Preston playing soccer. Preston was so excited. I just don't want this to ruin the experience for him.

Already after practice he is disappointed that either they don't practice for more than a half hour or that only him and another little boys showed up.

Next time we are definitely going with a different league!

Phew. Glad I got that off my chest.

By the way did I mention, MY SON SCORED TWO GOALS!?!!! Cause he did. And he did it all by himself. With a cold.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Say What Preston?!

"Why's Daddy always listen to you and not me Mama?!"

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"Holy cow! I didn't know that!"

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"This is at the Bowl and Pitcher I think...this totally is!"

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Preston: "Mama check your temper tantrum!"

Me: "I'm not talking to you anymore Preston!"

Preston: "I was just kidding!"

Me: "No you weren't."

Preston: "Yes, I was! Everyone can check their tone!"

A little role reversal.

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Preston: "How old do you have to be?"

Me: "I don't know baby, Daddy was eight or nine."

Brad: "It's twelve now"

Preston: "Twelve! That's not very far!"

Preston was asking about hunter's safety classes and when he could hunt because me and Brad had talked about him hunting with his Dad and Uncle when he was younger.

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"Mama why does no one have to go poop at night? Because they're sleeping?"

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"I'm Preston and I'm five years old!"

Introducing himself to his new friend at the river.

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"I have two best friends. Cohen and Zack. They're invited to my birthday party and they get to open presents with me!"

That's true friendship!

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Me: "This place is a mess! We can't live like this."

Preston: "Yes we can. You just look on the ground and watch for toys so you don't step on them."

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"Mama and I think that is poison!"

The reason he can't eat foods he doesn't like.

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"This is what makes me whine!"

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"I'm never tired. Just to take a nap. And not to go to bed. And my naps short."

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Preston: "Mommmmmmmmy come with me!"

Me: "I'm coming."

Preston: "It doesn't look like it."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thoughts On Thursday

Preston had his third soccer practice tonight.

Brad took some awesome photos.  Now I just have to steal them from his phone!

Practice was a little bit rough.  It was just us and the coach and her son.  You can't really have a practice with only two kids.

Even worse I heard the last game didn't go much better.  Apparently we had to borrow two kids from the other team when our team pretty much gave up.

I'm interested to see how our game on Saturday goes.

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All the new Fall shows are coming back.  I am so excited about that!

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Speaking of Fall, I am ready.

I want to wear my sweaters.  And boots.  And jeans.  And flats.  And scarves.

Pretty much all of it.

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Also the food.  Soups and big meals.  I love me some food.

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My house is a disaster.  A full fledged mess.

I could have cleaned it today.

I didn't.  Instead I went to the park and lunch with Preston, my Mom, and Mason.

I'm thinking I made the right choice.

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We're going to paint.  The living room.  Or more specifically the walls in the living room that are beige because I love the merlot color on the other walls.  The ones that are being painted are going to be a gray.  I haven't fully decided how dark or light it's going to be but it will be gray.

When I say we I do mean Brad.  Just so we're clear on that.  He finally agreed to do it.  Hurray!

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I'm pulling out my Halloween decorations tomorrow!  I've decided it's time.

Maybe I'll even clean first!

Maybe.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wisely Worded Wednesday


Preston is loving the TV Aunt Jen gave him for his bedroom!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Seattle Visit

We headed over to Seattle Thursday after Brad got off work. Brad had taken Friday off so that we could have a three day weekend. Madison's second birthday party was on Saturday and we couldn't miss it!

The boys were so excited to get out of the car and stretch that they immediately staked a claim on the couch and started playing games on the iPad.


We had big plans for the weekend.

The Point Defiance zoo had spotted leopard kittens and there was no way we weren't going to go check them out.

No big deal that the Woodland Park Zoo was much closer. And me and Preston had a pass. Oh no. We were going to see those spotted leopard kittens. Plus the polar bears. And Preston had his heart set on seeing the sharks again. So we hopped in the car and drove the hour plus to get there!

Preston and Madison were very excited to get out of the car and do some climbing.


Then we headed into the zoo to see everything.  Brad and Jen had both never been to this zoo, so me, Preston, and Madison had to show them around! 


I don't know why, but I think the polar bears are just awesome.  They are one of the big draws to this zoo for me.  And so far both times that we've visited we've gotten lucky and they've been up and moving around.  At least one of them was this time.  Preston even got to get up close and personal with one!


Last time we were here we kind of spend through the walrus area.  We were in a rush to see a show and I had an ice cream cone and food wasn't supposed to go inside. For the record I would have loved to have an ice cream cone this time, but the building was closed!  Boo!

The walrus were so awesome!  Preston was totally enthralled.  They would swim around their tank and then back to the glass window and rub up against it.  Preston liked standing right there and watching them do it right in front of him.  Even when we got up top, they were putting up a show.  They would stop and pop up right in front of the viewing area and hang out for a second before making the rounds again.  And holy crap they are huge.  I didn't realize how huge!  I always pictured them to be like seal size.  Not so much!


The camel rides weren't happening this trip either and I think Brad was a little bummed.  Pretty sure he would have taken Preston on them if they had been.  Obviously for Preston's benefit and not his!  Ha!

We got to the tiger exhibit just in time for the show.

How awesome is this photo of the tiger walking out of all of the plants?  It looked so cool.  And just stood there in anticipation of playing with the toy the zookeeper was going to bring out.


We of course took advantage and took pictures with the tiger since she was standing still!


Then the fun began.  They toss this giant yellow thing in and the tiger stalks it before finally climbing into the water to get it!  Preston thought it was awesome!


Our next stop was the spotted leopard cub!  It was sleepy and slept the whole time we peeked in, but it was so adorable.  It actually looked like a little stuffed animal!


Then off to the aquarium.  I love that they chose to combine a zoo and an aquarium.  It just makes it so much more fun to see both types of exhibits!

We were all unfortunately eaten by a shark on the way in.  It was devastating, obviously.


We started on the fish side of things. But made it through pretty quickly, since everyone was way more excited to see the sharks!


When we got over to the shark side, one of the larger sharks was just chilling.  Preston actually thought it was dead when we first walked in and on first look I did too!  I don't know if it was sick?  Or just resting or what?  But no one seemed concerned so we went with it.  And it made for some awesome shark photos!  Preston was a little nervous about getting up close to it, but we managed to convince him! 


On the way out of the aquarium we saw this hurricane simulator.  Preston has been asking about hurricanes a lot lately.  He is very curious about them.  So him and Brad climbed in so he could "see" what one was like. 


After lunch we all climbed back in the car for the drive back to Seattle.  Preston was exhausted.  As evidenced by the fact that he actually took a nap.  This NEVER happens.  And go figure when he decides to take one, we're stuck in traffic on I-5.


Once we got back, Preston of course woke up.  And after sitting for a few minutes, Jen and I were off.  There was party planning and shopping to be done.

We spent the rest of the day doing just that.  And managing to get it all done.  We were starving and exhausted by the time we got back to the house, but we'd gone everywhere on the list.

Then after everyone went to bed, we started on Madison's party bags.

Not just for kids.  For the record, I would like to state that we were completely sober when we took this.  Just delirious with exhaustion!  We thought we were hilarious.


Saturday was spent, setting up for Madison's party and partying!

Sunday morning everyone met for breakfast and to hang out before heading home.

Lily and me spent some time together when she decided so was over this whole breakfast thing and ready to get down and move around.


When we got back to the house, Preston convinced Aunt Jen to play a game of soccer with him while me and Brad got everything into the car.  Or while Brad got everything into the car and I sat on the deck completely worn out.


A quick stop at Snoqualmie Falls and we were actually on our way home from a fabulous three day weekend.