Photos courtesy of Ryan Prouty

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The end of soccer and beginning of flag football

Just when things started to wind down, I caved and allowed Riley to start playing flag football at the YMCA.  He had such a great time and his team did very well, winning both of their games on Saturday.  Riley scored a touchdown in each one!  His comment earlier in the week about his team was hilarious.  He has only played baseball here and has had some difficulty with kids on his team paying attention, listening to the coach, or being disrespectful.  It drives him crazy.  So, when I asked him how his first practice went, he said it was "GREAT!  The kids weren't goofing around the entire time!"  He felt like their attentiveness and respect allowed him to learn more.  Great lesson for such a young kid to learn! 

I only took a few pictures, but managed to catch this interception on film:

And this "tackle":

After a score, lots of the kids were doing the gator mouth in celebration.  Riley, usually too shy for such team antics, even joined in.  He was really enjoying himself!  This is the kid who is too shy to join in on team cheering.  When his team was warming up for the second game, they were doing a little chanting and clapping together.  Riley did the clapping, not the chanting and kept looking self consciously over at me!  He can be so funny.  He has always been this way, starting at 3 years old when he refused to wear the antlers and jingle the bell at his preschool Christmas program!  He cracks me up.  At least he is consistent!  I think its safe to say he won't be trying out for any performing arts!  Anyway, here are the guys doing the gator mouth clappy thing:

And of course the "good game" line up after the game was over.  So, we are off to a good start, and know where we will be every Saturday morning for the next several weeks!  I have to say this is a great way to get to know people around town.

Earlier that same day, Holden had his last soccer game of the season.  Last week's game got rained out (yes, I realize most of you had horrible snow storms, so you are going to have a hard time feeling sorry for us), but it was the only game of the season that was cancelled, so that was good.  Holden's team ended up the season UNDEFEATED!!  They did have a tie, but no losses.  He learned lots and had a great coach who was encouraging all the time and never lost his patience with the kids.  Each player got a metal and the coach said something about their performance over the season.

The undefeated team!

Each player got a free snow cone to end the season, Holden was easy to please!  Stay tuned for more craziness!


Rikki said...

It's good to get an update! You all sound busy. I am sorry to hear you can empathize with my morning. Hunter is on his way home now with a tummy ache so the day's just getting started! Hope Alayna is feeling better now!!

Richard and Becky said...

Sounds like lots of fun! Flag football, soccer, and I am sorry but don't feel sorry for the rain. We are trying to stay warm during the NEGATIVE temps ;0) Wish we could do dinner one night...the drive might be a little long!

Anonymous said...

Awesome blog and photos. Great going guys. Congratulations Holden, on an undefeated soccer season, and Riley, cheers for a super start to your flag football season. I remember those fun days watching your Dad play. He was nose guard which I'm sure he's told you. Those were such fun times. Would love to see all of the boys doing their thing and also what Alayna's up to. Hope everyone is well and I'm sure very anxious for Dad to get home.

Love and hugs,
G. & P. P.