Well, Saturday we went to our recreation complex, and Lewie was given his first official uniform and soccer ball. His team is called the Dinomites, and he's got a cute Dinosaur as his mascot. (We've been told that "Dino" will be coming to visit in the next few weeks. This is very exciting stuff!)
I enjoyed his first practice, mainly because it requires parent participation. This week's theme was being on a farm, and Lewie had to play "farm games" with his soccer ball. Lewie had to chase Mommy and Daddy in the soccer field and catch our fox tails (rags)--first without "dribbling" the ball but then with the ball. Then Mommy and Daddy had to lay eggs (cones), and Lewie had to practice kicking the ball to the cones.
At the end of the practice, Coach Seth decided to have a little game--the Dinomites against their parents. This didn't go over as well as expected. The kiddos were forgetting which net was their goal, and since they didn't know how to work together as a team yet, they were all trying to kick the ball at once (or else they were watching from the sidelines). As expected, our first Dinomite fell on his butt and started screaming. Then two others joined in the crying escapade. Lewie tried kicking the ball with two other kids, and they all fell on top of each other like dominos. Thus, we had another three sniffling kids. The Coach then stopped the game and apologized: "I guess we're not quite ready yet. I don't think we had a single player that didn't cry. We'll try this again at the end of the season."
The good news is that over all, Lewie enjoyed his practice, and he's looking forward to next week. He was visibly upset to see other kids get hurt, so I'm not sure how he'll fare in his next game, but until then, we'll make sure he continues having fun playing his "farm games" with Mommy and Daddy.
|The Dinomites w/ Coach Seth|
|Our proud family|
|I love this pic, but my husband cropped my head!|
|My little soccer champ!|
|One more picture...in full uniform!|
|Demonstrating his kicking skill.|