Football Wrap-up…

After a year hiatus due to COVID – the pink fluffy unicorns made it back to the football field this year, complete with pink jersey and Steve was happy to coach!

They went into last weekend as an undefeated team ready to compete in the championship game. Sadly, they didn’t leave with the title. It wasn’t their best game and didn’t showcase how they can play, but that is life isn’t it?!

But they did have an exciting season, with some fun games. One game in particular was sweeter than the rest. It was a team that had beat us in the championship two years before and they were good and coached with intensity – being undefeated in three seasons a year for 4 years. And as good as they played, we just played better. And it killed their coach to watch us slowly pick away their offense. Hunter just happened to be involved in two crucial plays towards the end of the game – a touchdown with just minutes to spare that put us ahead by one point…

…and an interception 30 seconds later that sealed our lead and caused the coach of the other team to call the game. (Side note: Our family has played a lot of competitive sports and I’ve never seen a coach as intense as this one. He loved to yell and throw his hat and belittle his players. And in the end when we got the interception, he just called the game. He didn’t want us to turn around and score again so he called it. I have never witnessed anything like it.) This victory seemed to taste sweeter than any other game we played, it was our personal championship game.

Hunter had a good season and was fun to watch. He runs, he catches, he jukes, he anticipates…he loves the game. As a mom I’m left to wonder, why can’t we play flag football in high school?! Skip the tackle, lets just stick to flag!

The best part was he wasn’t afraid to play wearing pink or get cozy with the team mascot.

Hunter had a great cheering section – especially when we bribed them with after game treats!

We were sad to see the season come to an end – probably more so for Steve than anyone else because he loved coaching these kids. They all attend school together and play at recess and have such fun friendships. They’ll go on next fall to play flag football at the junior high and leave their proud coach behind.

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Our big reader…

We have another reader!

I’m not sure what goes on in the walls of his little preschool but I’m pretty sure there is sorcery!

I remember when Hunter first attended this preschool. Clearly I had low expectations because when he brought home his first book when he was four-years-old and read the book to me I was in shock. I had worked with him to learn his ABCs but when in the world did he learn how to blend sounds? He told me they do it all the time in preschool. Well fancy that!

Sure enough each kid that went through her school learned to read at a very young age. The teacher really is a miracle worker.

And although all my kids learned to read – Briggs took it to the next level. (Let’s be real, he’s the last kid at home which means there were far less distractions to keep him from reading. So he read and read.) It helped that his little buddy in the class was breaking the class record for over a thousand books and Briggs thought it was fun to try and keep up. In the end, he couldn’t keep up – but he did read a staggering 720 books in 4 months.

I think he’s more than ready for Kindergarten!

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Tennis wrap-up…

Hallie made a goal several years ago to make the high school tennis team and this year all her hard work paid off. Unlike most sports, tennis at her high school carries very limited spots. 6 varsity, 6 JV and some alternates. In a large 6A school – those are some tough spots to earn.

Hallie’s training up to this point has been mostly technical with very limited match experience. so when she made the JV #5 spot, we were so excited for her and the opportunity to get a lot of match play. And then she worked her way up challenging teammates and landed in the JV #2 spot midway through the season. She crushed it. She went 25-3 overall in her season (14 single and 14 doubles matches) and her 3 losses were in the first week of the season when she was still gaining some confidence in match play.

Part of what made this season so fun was playing with one of her best friends, as well as one of her cousins. Sports are made infinitely better when you love your teammates, and that was definitely the case this season.

One thing I love about Hallie is she’s not afraid to match her mom – we loved sporting our matching tennis sweatshirts.

By the end of the season, playing JV #2, she was on the varsity roster as an alternate and she got to go to the state tournament as a freshman. And although she didn’t play, it was a great experience for her to see how the state tournament works and the level of competition she’ll be up against in the future. It only made her more excited. The day after her season ended she got home from school and said, “I just really want to go play tennis right now.” So she found a teammate wanting to play and off they went. She loves it. She’s good at it. And she’s got some awesome growth ahead of her.

The varsity roster – a young team – two freshman, a sophomore and five juniors. They’ll be back at it again next year.

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Another school project…

All my kids approach school projects a little differently – all of them good in their own way. Bennett’s approach has not changed since he was assigned his first project back in kindergarten.

When he gets an assignment, it doesn’t matter when the due date is, he wants to turn it in the day after it was assigned. Never fails, he comes home in a tizzy demanding we work on this right now and then I find out the due date is three weeks down the road. Let me tell you – if that deadline is three weeks down the road, I am not going to be offering all my time and attention on day one! 🙂

This has been a struggle over the years. His anxiousness to get it started, and my desire to work through a planning phase before jumping in. His desire to get it done quickly often overshadows the need for quality work – something we’ve been working on for years.

This project is part of an animal report he had to do on the flying squirrel. He had to come up with a diorama to go along with his report. After some frustration of not being sure of how he wanted to depict the trees, he landed on this idea and I love how it turned out. He was forced to slow down just a bit because Amazon only works so quickly.

I’m learning to address his needs of urgency and he’s learning to think through a project before jumping in – we’re both making progress!

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Mr. Concentration…

He finished with his last preschool fun sheets this morning. He’s finished 6 sheets every week of school for two years of pre-school. That’s a lot of fun sheets. A lot of coloring and writing. He’s mastered the fun sheets which means he’s more than ready for Kindergarten…or possibly 1st grade! 🙂

And as I’ve observed him over time completing these sheets, I have to chuckle as his little tongue slides back and forth over his lips as he colors. Every. Single. Time.

I’ve videoed him several times and every time he knows exactly what I’m filming. He’ll immediately pull his tongue in but the minute he’s lost in thought again, the tongue comes back out. He can’t help it and it’s just about the cutest thing.

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