The simple truth is I was surprised at the unexpected way that something as ordinary as youth football, an activity that we almost did not let the top two participate in, has brought our family together even closer, and it's THAT VERY togetherness has filled my heart with so much joy!
written in the past about youth sports - everything from balancing schedules to dealing with over-zealous coaches, but more importantly how sports, with the proper guidance, can be a great opportunity for kids to learn virtue, to develop strong self-esteem, and to appreciate the value of hard work and dedication, all things that we hope will transfer into other areas of life outside the sporting world.
On game days, we were able to attend nearly every event together as a family. The little ones were thrilled at the chance to run around carefree with their friends, and on occasion would also help Steve move the chains during a game, or tag along with me while I took pictures.
BENEDICT #21:Benedict played several positions on the defensive team, and ended the season with a record of 5 - 2. He enjoys everything about football on and off the field. If I have any questions about the game, he's my walking encyclopedia of football facts. I see him in a suit one day anchoring at ESPN!
ANDREW #37:Andrew's team also finished the season 5-2. He held the outside linebacker position on the defensive team for the entire season, but was also great sub on the offensive line, and even had the opportunity to run the ball a few times, and he ran it well, most of the time right into the end-zone! Andrew is convinced that he will play college football for K-State after which he'll become a chaplain for the Green Bay Packers. Football and the priesthood, right on.
Takin' it to the end zone!
I wish I would have counted Andrew's tackles this season. He had so many.
Blitzing the QB was his favorite.
Blocking the pass.
One of his favorite moves is to get down in the three-point stance and shout, "Down, set, hut-hut!" Unless, of course, he's holding a ring-pop that was purchased for him illegally by an older brother at the junk stand, which tends to throw his charisma off a bit. The cute factor is still pretty high, though.
Popcorn is the babysitting boss. It usually keeps Charlie occupied until half-time, therefore any brother who steals the popcorn is subject to permanent snack shack suspension.
It's possible he gets his chugging skills from his mother. Bottom's up! (The hot chocolate drool is too much!)
GEORGE & HENRY:
I have to lump these two together, because they were two peas in a pod at every game. I think they watched approximately 8 minutes of football the entire season. Both preferred to socialize with other kids and seek adventure outside the bleachers, which was a-okay with us. Just one of the perks of living in a small town with the most amazingly good and kind people. I can actually relax just a little bit!
One of Benedict's games was played on a field that lied adjacent to a milo field. On the edge of the field was a path of soft brome grass that had just been swathed - the perfect place for a mama bunny to nest her babies!
As soon as the boys discovered the nest, all of the children came running, and everyone wanted to take one home, including George. I just hope the mama returned to the nest and did not abandon the babies after they had been held by the kiddos.
Now that football season is over, we have a couple of weeks to catch our breath. Then, it's on to wrestling and basketball! Ready or not, here we come!