And The Fall Soccer Season Is Off And Running…

Do you know what I’m always good for?

I mean, other than shouting out an enthusiastic YES when someone invites me to Starbucks?

I’m always good for keeping my word.  Last night, I promised that I’d eventually get some snapshots of the boy playing soccer posted this week.  If I remember correctly, I also promised sub-par, B-grade, junior-varsity’s-third-string, blurry photos.

And, y’all?  Oh, I’m gonna deliver!

Take this one.  We’ll just use it as the picture that epitomizes everything in the above list of photographic qualities.

IMG_9111No.  That is NOT a snapshot of the boy playing soccer, because, although his hair is in desperate need of a decent cut, it’s not quite long enough to secure behind his head in a ponytail.  That is our 8th grade friend, McKinley (in the green).  Her soccer game was on the field behind the boy’s soccer game.  McKinley’s mama and I stood in between the fields, so that we could talk and talk and talk, and still swivel around to watch everyone play soccer at the same time.

When McKinley broke away with the ball, I KNEW she was going to score a goal, and I was right.  But my camera was on my shoulder, and it was turned off.  So there I was, mid-sentence, trying to position a camera, turn it on, and snap something before the goal was over.

Yes, ma’am.  That goal was good.  Little Goalie Fellow missed it, and McKinley racked up another point for her team.

I captured the moment in all of its blurry grandness.

Please don’t be jealous of my mad photography skills, but National Geographic has already called me to ask permission to run that shot on the front of their magazine next month.  They said something about how the ball makes you nauseated to look at it, and that was exactly the look they were hoping to smack onto their cover.  Sports Illustrated has even asked if I’d do some consignment work for them.

But yes.  The boy played some soccer.

IMG_8983 IMG_8979 IMG_8976 IMG_8980 IMG_8984 IMG_8987My jobs on the sidelines were to keep Thing 2 out of both games that were going on… to keep Thing 2 from stealing a bottle away from another baby that he desperately wanted… to keep Thing 2 entertained with Cheerios… to talk to Katie… to cheer for my boy… to cheer for his buddies on his team… to cheer for McKinley in the neighboring game… and to take snapshots.

I believe that this is called MULTITASKING AT ITS FINEST.

Except I wasn’t very good at it, because Thing 2 is fast, and he wanted to kick that dadgum ball all by himself… never mind that he’s twelve-years-too-young for this league!

Kellen worked as our goalie for the first half of the game, and that kid can downright STOP A BALL!  I think it has something to do with the fact that the Y chromosome just doesn’t care if it has to throw itself onto the grass and take a mouthful of dirt and debris.  Boys are just up for tasks like that, which is why they don’t mind going to war, and why Hubs can truthfully state, “Yes.  I could shoot Bambi’s mother.”

IMG_9001 IMG_9002 IMG_9004 IMG_9064 IMG_9066 IMG_9067Enzo played some hard soccer, as well.

I love that the boys are all on the same team this season.

IMG_9009 IMG_9020 IMG_9026 IMG_9029 IMG_9030 IMG_9031 IMG_9033 IMG_9035I cheered so loudly, that I didn’t come home with my voice when the game was over.

IMG_9039 IMG_9043 IMG_9050 IMG_9051 IMG_9058 IMG_9061 IMG_9062 IMG_9072 IMG_9087The boy had an amazing breakaway last night… he ran that ball right down the field… he aimed at the net… he shot… and the opposing team’s goalie dove on it.  He came up with the ball and a mouthful of sod.  We were all bummed, but that’s how soccer plays out sometimes.

I also had to keep swiveling around to see McKinley play behind us.

IMG_9012 IMG_9015 IMG_9016 IMG_8967And???

Well, Girlfriend had THREE goals last night!  Oh, yes!  That little darling pulled off a soccer-style hat trick last night, and we all mustered up what little voices we had left to scream with excitement when she nailed her third shot on goal right into the net.


IMG_9081 IMG_9085 IMG_9092You put your right arm in… you take your right arm out… you put your right arm in, and you shake it all about… you do the hokey-pokey and you turn yourself about…

IMG_9093As soon as these boys finished up their game, they ran to the sidelines and demanded, “WHAT IS FOR DINNER?!”

Apparently boys are hungry at 7:30 in the evening, after a full-on soccer game.

IMG_9115I wish that Under Armour would start paying the boy royalties for all of the advertising he does for their company.

(His mama needs some extra cash to buy a dishwasher that actually DRIES her dishes.  My LG has decided to just wash everything and leave it all dripping, soaking wet.  I guess LG thinks that’s what dish towels and hands are for.)

(Dear LG, I am not smiling over this.  Everyone else has a dishwasher that DRIES THE DISHES!!)

IMG_9116Oh, and LOOK!  There’s the little peanut at the game!  His face was covered with crumbs from his own snacks and crumbs from the snacks that he stole from other people.

IMG_9037And there y’all are.  Less than nine hundred words and several blurry photos later, and the boy’s first soccer game of the fall season has been blogged.

Have a terrific Tuesday evening.

1 thought on “And The Fall Soccer Season Is Off And Running…

  1. Have you checked the front panel on your dishwasher to see if little Cutie Patootie didn’t accidently punch or kick the “Air Dry” button on one of his mountain climbing expeditions? I do agree, Under Armour should be paying out on a regular basis. And My, isn’t the Boy getting so tall and lean?

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