Saturday, May 31, 2014

Shadow Game

Preston's soccer team got invited to attend and go out on the field with the Shadow soccer players at one of their games. I asked him if he wanted to do it and he was so excited. He thought he was going to get to play in the game with the players and was a little bit disappointed when I told him we would just be watching the game not playing with the team. But he got over it because did I mention he got to go to a big soccer game and walk out on the field with a player!?

We got there a little early and hung out before the game.

Olivia bounced from lap to lap.

Preston and his team played some soccer.

And refused to stand still when I wanted to take his photo.

Preston and part of his team waiting to be matched up with their players!

In the tunnel!  With the Shadow soccer players and the team they were playing. 

Heading out onto the field! 

All the players and the little soccer players!  It was so bright out, Preston kept covering his eyes.  And then got antsy standing with his player while they announced everyone.  Then discovered the turf  and the little rubber balls and was all over that.  It was hilarious!

The kids all headed off the field and we headed into the stands to meet Brad and Olivia to watch the game.

Before the long the "big" kids wanted to go down and sit in front.  I remember doing that as a kid.  How is it even possible that Preston is old enough to be big enough to head down there all on his own with friends to watch the game.  I may have snuck down to take some photos.  And to tell him to stay on the side of the bars that the bleachers were on so that he wouldn't fall on his face.  Safety first and all that jazz.

At half time they did a candy rush.  It was more like a candy stampede.  They had all the kids come down, threw candy all over the field, and then released the kids to get as much as they could carry.  It was the best kind of chaos! 

We lost Preston in the mess of kids on the hunt for candy, it was serious business.   He headed back up into the stands to where we were sitting and I followed him just a few small children behind.  It was kind of reassuring to see that even at the end of a long day in a new place, he knew to head to where we were sitting to meet back up with us.  Also was a nice little heads up that we need to start setting a meeting place when we go to these kinds of things!

Exhaustion pretty much sums up how we felt by the time we left and headed home.  A busy day in the sun wore all of us out!

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