Soccer

So both boys placed soccer this year.   There almost isn’t much more to say than that to be honest.   In the early spring when you have to register the kids I was looking around at all the different soccer leagues offered in our city and the league William played in last year was good, but for both boys to play this year would have meant 2 nights a week for Erik – one practice, one game, and then one practice night for William and he would play a game on Saturdays.  Four trips out a week for soccer didn’t appeal to us for some reason so I found a smaller league that did both ages the same night and was only an hour.

Perfect! I thought…  and at the beginning it did seem that way.  It was nice just having to go one night and everything seemed kosher, but when the adult coach for Erik’s team backed out, they didn’t replace her –  they just decided to let the 14 year old helper run the team.  Then things went down-hill.   He did as well as he could, don’t get me wrong, but the kids weren’t coached at ALL, I mean nada, nothing, zero zip.  His practices were useless and I don’t think the kids learned anything.    But before we really figured this out we decided to move William up to Erik’s team.  You see William was playing with the kids his age and younger and was running circles around him and scoring all the goals and we thought he would be better off with the big kids, but it didn’t really work out like we hoped.  He needed some coaching, didn’t get it, was a little intimidated by the big kids and I feel like he regressed a little.

But enough whining, when you look at the bigger picture you would see that the kids enjoyed it, it was good exercise for them, most of the nights were beautiful as it was a nice venue.    Even without coaching Erik probably should have gotten “the most improved player” award as he did awesome.    Their team bonded and we made some friends.  So really, what more could you ask?  It’s not like we are going for gold here,  but when you child’s team didn’t win ONE game the entire season, it can be quite an experience of frustration for the parents.   But it’s over and I think next year the boys will be play tennis. 🙂

They were happy to receive their medals…

And the boy were happy because to celebrate the end of the season there was face painting and balloons and a BBQ.    I didn’t get a picture of Sarah’s balloon, but thankfully Oma took a picture of Sophia and her Elmo…



Those girls certainly deserved something for coming every week!  But here are the boys.  We have NO idea why Erik got what he did, but there is no understanding how that boy’s mind works.

So that was that.  Thanks to Oma and Opa who came last night and cheered the boys on,  we’re just cheering now that it’s done!

This is how I like it…

OK, so I want to update my blog and there are hundreds of things I can think to do a blog entry on, but since I can’t decide, I’ll just do the routine ‘what we’ve been up to’ post.

So, the boys were at day camp last week.  Erik went to Engineering camp and William went to sport’s camp thanks to Grandma and Grandpa.  They were at our local university and William played and played and Erik worked and worked and both were supremely happy.   Here’s Erik with his camp leader.  She just finished her first year of Engineering and she said her mother always knew that she would be an engineer too.   And she, like myself,  also thinks that Erik is smarter than her.

It was nice that I just had the girls all week, but having to make the boys lunches and be out the door at 8:30 felt a whole lot like having the kids back at school, with the added joy of driving through the University everyday where there is excessive road-work being done and drivers who just can’t seem to navigate it all. (I was probably one of them.) I have never been closer to yelling at drivers than I was that week, especially at the driver who just stopped in the middle of the road in front of me to ask a pedestrian directions, or the people who thought that since there was construction it was OK to pull into an intersection where they would be stuck when the light turned red, so to block my lane when my light turned green. Good heavens people, stay off the road if you can’t drive. 🙂  There, out of my system.

And then Saturday morning just for fun we packed the kids up for a 4(plus) hour trip up North to the Muskoka’s to drop our water-ski boat off for some friends who are spending a week up there.    Our kids do road trips well thanks to the many hours spent in the vehicle going to the cottage or to Oma and Opa’s and the kids were excited that they were finally allowed to watch TV in the  Suburban (or the boo-boo as Sophia calls it) as their mean ole’ parents won’t let them watch TV on any trip less than 2 hours.  I know I know, we just can’t get with the times.

So even though we spent the day with our friends at the cottage they had rented, we spent the night in this cute little trailer at a Christian conference centre nearby.  The kids LOVED the tiny little trailer, it was all cute and miniature and they loved the nooks and cranny’s and little cupboards. They were sorry to leave it Sunday morning. I was not.  I have no idea how on earth to keep 4 active children quiet in a trailer park that seems to be inhabited mostly by grandparent type people who probably like things quiet.   I’m sure a big sigh of relief was heard after our departure.

But Saturday was a day to be remembered. Here are the kids and our wonderful friend Laura swimming in Mary Lake…

And Jason explaining the workings of the boat to Laura’s dad…

And I have to say that this mother-of-four got back up on a slalom ski the first try that day and loved every minute of being up on a ski and behind the boat again.   Even though Jason and I water-skied a ton before kids, I haven’t had much opportunity to try again these past 8 years as I’ve been pretty busy with babies, but  now with babyhood almost behind us, I’m looking forward to a  future with plenty of water-skiing fun for  the whole family.

So we came back again Sunday and again the kids did great although it’s really not as much fun coming home.  And now this week we are just relaxing and doing alot of swimming…  just how I like it.  Here’s a pic of Sophia paddling around the pool earlier this evening …

And I’ll leave you with a clip Jason took last week of the kids swimming underwater,  my little fishes!   P.S. The clicking sound underwater is our creepy crawly – the continual vacuum that keeps our pool clean.

Canada Day Weekend Highlights

Hight-light posts are the best… a picture really is worth 1000 word right?  So here are the high-lights from our 4 day weekend at the cottage.

Jason and I were so proud… Erik can water-ski! And not only did he get up the second time on Monday, but he also mastered deep water starts and he can get up on his own, way to go Erik!

Our good friends Collin and Carrie from Michigan were up at their cottage as well with their two kids who are William and Sarah’s age. These two were as thick as thieves. From the moment they see each other until it’s time to go, they are joined at the hip…

I was worried about Sophia not enjoying her first real boat ride in the Mastercraft since she likes to play things safe, but she really didn’t seem to mind even at full throttle, here are the girls waiting for their ride…

And when it was over, she didn’t want to get out, she wanted to drive!

Erik and William and I were supposed to go for a bike-ride, but 10 seconds into the ride Erik’s tire popped, so instead we drove to the ice-cream stand. I think the neon-coloured ice-cream tasted just the same…

We were also happy to spend some time with Liam and Aidan, it’s fun to watch the kids be together…

Sarah had a friend too in Dana. It’s neat because this is now the third generation of friends!

Erik made a new friend with the girl next door. She’s 9, she’s a riot and they had a great day together…

And as always lots of work was done by Grandma and Grandpa with some help from dad. Although this one looks ready I can’t honestly say she was that helpful…

And of course we celebrated at night on the beach with some fireworks. Here’s someone waiting patiently…

Happy Birthday Canada, we had a wonderful weekend celebrating!