Sydney had her first soccer game today.
It was very exciting.
They have team shirts, but they get to choose their own shorts and socks. She's the only player who wears awesome pink socks. That's my girl.
You might think that because Jason is a soccer coach that we would have had Sydney playing soccer earlier in her life. At least, it seems to be that a lot of his soccer pals start their kids playing soccer really young.
But soccer never really seemed to fit Sydney's style. She's more of a ballet kind of girl. More of a song and dance and paint and play the piano kind of girl. Certainly girls can be artsy and sporty, but I've never really seen Syd in the sporty spotlight. Maybe I'm just limited in my view of her, but I think she'd agree with me.
Nevertheless, when her school had soccer sign-ups at the beginning of the school year, Sydney said she was interested in playing...as long as it didn't interfere with ballet. The girl has her priorities straight.
Also, Daddy had to be the coach.
In case you didn't know, there's a big difference between coaching high school boys and early elementary aged kids. For instance, the little girl to Jason's right is holding a caterpillar. See my caterpillar? See it? See? See? See?
Jason spends all day teaching middle schoolers, but the most exhausting part of his week is the one hour he spends coaching those K-2nd grade kids. Little kids are a lot of work.
Run, Syd! Get between the ball and the goal!
Sydney plays defense. She hates crowds, so she is one of the few kiddos who would rather not run after the ball. She'd rather just keep it from getting in the goal.
Good hustle, Syd! Don't let that 2nd grade boy push you around!
Speaking of 2nd grade boys, they thumped our team. We don't have any 2nd grade boys on our team. We have 2nd grade girls, and even though they are tough, they don't quite match up.
We do have adorable kindergarten boys who do a fantastic job, but couldn't quite get the ball in the goal today.
Jason gave them a nice pep talk after the game. Fortunately they weren't too broken up about the loss. Juice boxes and granola bars make everything better.
Beautiful weather and lots of family out to support our little athlete--all in all, it was a grand way to spend an hour this morning.