Spring soccer go off to a chilly start but the season ended gorgeously.
Meadow enjoyed the season and and turned into quite the defender this year. She liked trying to "run as fast as a cheetah" and is looking forward to playing again in the fall. :)
Parker decided soccer wasn't his cup of hot chocolate and that he didn't want to play any more after this season. We are proud of him for sticking out the season and for doing his best!! :) Parker had the most amazing Coach this year. Coach Scott was so great with all of the kids and challenged them at their levels. He really cared about each child and was such a positive motivator. Our hearts were touched when he wrote Parker a letter at the end of the season. I have included the letter below. Parker's team was amazing and ended up winning the entire tournament. What a way to go out. We are excited to try out some new things and discover some new talents for Parker. :)
Letter from Coach Scott (Note: we missed the last 2 games of the tournament but attended the celebration party where Parker was the first to identify several films in a game we were playing. The last practice of the season it was parents v/s kids and I had the most fun playing! This will help some of the letter make sense.):
Thank you so much for playing on my soccer team. This was my last year coaching and I am so glad that you were on team. You are a great kid. You always brightened my day if I had a hard day at work. I have something special for you. Our team won the tournament. I have gold medals to give to all of our kids. Ask your mom and dad to let me know how best to get you your gold medal. I can mail it, bring it by your house or leave it in my mailbox for you. Congratulations!
I would like to tell you a little story. Ryan has an older sister. I coached her soccer team when she was a little girl. I could hardly ever get her to to into a game. I tried and tried but she never enjoyed it. She would sit on the sidelines and sing when she was supposed to be playing. I could never figure out why she would not want to play. One day my wife asked her why she always sang instead of focusing on the game. It was because she loved to sing. That was 3 years ago. This weekend we watched her sing with a girls choir and she was very good. I was very proud of her. She also acts in plays. She still plays soccer sometimes for fun but she really loves singing the most. You might think that my favorite thing in life is soccer. But really I love movies. I love being able to escape the real world and enjoy watching a good movie. It was very fun yesterday watching you be the first to identify the movies. No one was even close to you in guessing the Phantom Menace. We had a great talk about how you and your dad enjoy Star Wars together. I cannot get Ryan to enjoy these movies as much as I do, but we are all made differently. So it was fun seeing you enjoy it so much.
Parker, I really enjoyed coaching you. Do you know that you are one of the only kids on the team who never messed up a throw in all year. You learned to throw the ball far while keeping both of your feet on the ground. Once you learned it, you never forgot. You played great yesterday. Your throw ins were good and you took the ball from the other team when we needed you to.
You have terrific parents. Do you know that the pictures we were watching at my house were taken by your father? I know lots of people who take pictures. You dad takes the best ones. He has a really great talent. Just like your mom has in soccer. Thank your parents for me.
Have a great summer. Listen to your parents. Keep doing your very best at everything that you do.