Christian really wanted to play soccer again this spring but our usual league with which we've played for 11 years (since Benjamin was 3) cancelled the season due to Covid. So we had to find a new league. This one is far more expensive than our old one but so far Christian has really enjoyed it. Today was his first game and he was so nervous. He kept complaining his stomach hurt from the fear and wondering why nervousness makes your stomach sick. When it was all over he admitted that all his nervousness had been unnecessary and he had a lot of fun. All day afterwards he kept saying, "Wow, soccer was so fun today!" I'm so glad he's enjoying it. I think his coach is a little bit overly harsh on the kids, but Christian came home that first day telling me that "The coach is really nice" and "That's just constructive criticism." So, I guess if he's okay with him, I will be too. Christian's strength is defense. The coach put him in as a forward for a few minutes and when he panicked while taking the ball down the field and passed the ball to no one, he quickly switched him back stating, "You're better at defense, let's try that again." Christian said he's much happier at defense and agreed with the coach.
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Every day when I take Peter with me running, he takes a toy or two in the stroller with him. This morning I told him, "Go get whatever toy you want to take into the stroller." This is what he brought out from his room - the whole box. Luckily he was content to just bring the cow along.
I heard from some friends about a park nearby that I'd never visited. Benjamin was at a track meet and Bella was camping with her scout troop, so Christian and Peter and I decided to check it out. What a hidden gem. It had a huge rock climbing area that was a big hit. Christian climbed all over it for an hour and Peter was so happy finding pebbles to show me and seeing how far he could throw rocks.
Peter's a pretty good climber too, but he always wanted to have his water, a piece of sandwich, or a rock in one or both hands, which made climbing challenging. We did a little, but mostly he scampered around on the ground wherever Christian was.
Then we went into the wooded area of the park and found a bunch of fun trails and a lake with a dam that Christian enjoyed too. It was such a fun place and I'm so glad we found out about it. 15 years and still finding fun new places around here.
Friday, April 09, 2021
Peter and I went grocery shopping today and we happened to walk towards the store at the same time as a fireman was getting out of his truck to come shop too. As soon as he started walking towards the door, however, he turned around and went back to the truck. I assumed he'd forgotten his mask or money and went on inside. I was just putting Peter into the cart when he came in and came over to me. "Ma'am, this is for your son," he said, handing me a plastic fireman's hat. So that's why he'd gone back to the truck! What a nice guy. I assumed Peter would refuse to wear it and throw it down immediately since he's really not one for hats, but I was wrong. Peter was super excited. He kept it on throughout the store. We were nearly done when he started to get frustrated with how it slipped around on his tiny head and took it off. We sure got a lot of comments. What a cutie.
Monday, April 05, 2021
This past week has been so full I couldn't begin to tell about all of it. We took a week-long trip to West Virginia for Spring Break. The key idea was to get as far from internet, wifi, cell phones, and screens as possible. I found the perfect place. No cell service or high-speed internet the entire time, beautiful nature, gorgeous night skies, and plenty of time together. It was perfect. We rented a 3 bedroom farmhouse up on a mountain top (25 min just to drive down the mountain). It was a great house with anything you could want for $50/night. Mostly the boys rode motorcycles along the trails which led straight from the front door and down over the mountains for miles. Bella, Peter, and I spent most of our time hiking in the woods, exploring parks and playgrounds, playing games, and finding little treasures in nature like a muddy puddle full of tadpoles. Bella occasionally also rode with Kelly alone in order to get better at it, but I have no desire. I enjoy nature much better at the pace my feet can take me or a bicycle, but not a roaring engine.
One rainy day we decided to drive into Charleston, the capital, to see how it varied from the run-down, junk strewn trailer homes in our area up on the mountain. It reminded me a lot of Lansing, MI. Very nice area around the capitol building, very ornate, beautiful capitol building itself, but otherwise, a very modest, small scale city. Much more of a suburb than a city, really. No large buildings, no expensive shopping areas, or wealthy neighborhoods, no real cultural center, etc. We toured the areas the online resources said to see, (historic downtown, outdoor farmer's market area, riverfront plaza) but most were still closed for Covid or the winter. We ended up enjoying a quiet, solitary take-out lunch by the river's edge at what is supposedly a very busy, active place in Summer, trying to avoid waking the homeless sleeping on the stairs nearby. In all, I didn't dislike Charleston. Being so much like Lansing in appearance and feel, it had it's appeal. However, it certainly shows the poverty that West Virginia suffers.
Today was Easter and Kelly's birthday. We watched General Conference, had an Easter egg hunt, painted eggs, and then went to the Cartwright's house for dinner and games. They made a huge dinner for us with a birthday pie for Kelly, at my request. I knew since we'd only gotten home from our trip late the night before, that I'd have no time to do any great cake baking or elaborate prep for his birthday. Tim agreed to supply a pie and dinner on my behalf. It was so very nice of him. Also, Kyler flew in an joined us at their house for dinner. It was wonderful to have more family in town on the holiday. How nice to have a pilot in the family. I realize now that I didn't take a single picture with him!
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Benjamin has been participating in various bands for a long time now with no opportunity to perform due to Covid. Most practices were online or with a ridiculously large number of restrictions and all without hope of ever performing anything they were practicing. However, today finally, there was a concert. They divided the bands up into 4 bands so the stage was very uncrowded and the audience had plenty of room to social distance and it was so fun to see them play! Benjamin had a short snare drum solo in one of the songs he played with the concert band and his percussion ensemble band piece was so fun to watch. (His solo starts at 0:23 in the second video) I'm so glad he enjoys music so much. The video quality isn't great because I was trying to film while Peter was trying to see if he could climb into my lap and jump off the chair. Again and again and again. Each time he grabbed my arm for leverage and then I had to grab him so he wouldn't kill himself. The end of the second video comes when I didn't grab him just right and he got a little hurt after all.
Today Peter and I went running again and when we came home, he decided it was his turn to push the stroller on a run. He took his little blue elephant, placed him in the smaller stroller, and pushed him around the back yard. So adorable.