The kids both played their first season of soccer this fall, and it was quite an adventure. I also got to experience what it is to be a soccer mom and learned some lessons along the way.
Rylan's team was made up of a group of kids from his class last year, aptly named "Los Elefantes" based on their classroom animal. Most of his teammates played in the spring, but Ry wasn't three yet, so he didn't join in on the fun until the fall.
He was so excited for his first practice, and I think the new gear was his favorite part.
But despite his enthusiastic practices, Rylan refused to step foot on the field for most of the first few games.
Unless I was on the field with him (totally saving this picture for when he is a future soccer star)...
Rylan finally warmed up to the game days, got his stride, and scored his first goal (followed by two more that game). I was so proud!
While the Elefantes had trouble keeping five players on the field most games, they sure had a lot of fun.
And of course there were medals for all :).
Ava's team, the Sparklers (best name ever), was made up of a group of kindergarten girls from her school. Through the mom of one of Ava's preschool besties, I was introduced over the summer to one of the moms who organized the Sparklers team. I'm so happy she made the introduction, because I loved meeting all the kindergarten moms, and it's been great for Ava to get to know some kids outside her class.
Ava had such a great first season!
Both kids learned so much, had a ton of fun, and made some wonderful new friends (the parents are so great too!). It's so fun to think that these girls could be together all the way through high school.
We can't wait for the next season!