Amelia played fall soccer this year. She didn’t make the date cutoff to play with kids her own age, as she had to be four by August 1st, so she played with the younger group of mainly 3 year olds. This worked out pretty well, since she was still one of the smallest. This group also didn’t play regular soccer games, but instead played games like Sharks and Minnows, Follow the Leader and Red Light, Green Light to build their coordination and basic skills. As the weeks went by, they’d play short 5-10 minute games at the end of their practices. They met on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings for 6 weeks and I honestly can’t believe how much she improved in that time period. Plus, she had so much fun!
Her first day:
Warming up with Grandma:
Wearing Dad’s favorite shirt:
Learning basic moves with Coach Shane:
Actually playing a “game”:
As soon as September turned into October, the temperature dropped.
She insisted she was too hot to wear her yellow undershirt, so we took it off. Then she spent the rest of the practice with her arms tucked into her shirt.
On the last day, they spent much of their time playing a longer game. At the end, Coach Shane presented each child with a ribbon and certificate. She’s very proud of both!
A couple days before the big day, we carved pumpkins. Amelia had fun designing them…well, the first one at least. Then she wanted to do the rest with the exact same design. We worked together to come up with some unique designs. Artie “carved” the big pumpkins. The small pumpkins came out of our garden. Amelia and I actually painted them last week, then decided to try carving a couple. They were quick and easy (the best kind).
And the final products:
And this last one was from Halloween. It got left out of the previous post. Here is Amelia and her haul:
My blog has been very lonely. Poor blog. I haven’t given it much attention lately. Perhaps you’ve noticed. Once again, I have such a backlog of photos that I don’t know where to begin. Do I start where I left off (in June) and go consecutively from there? Or perhaps, start at the present and then work my way back while throwing in some recent stuff to keep things current? Decisions, decisions.
Actually, I started by naming all the photos and videos and sorting them into folders. 47GB amounting to over 5000 photos and videos. Since June. Don’t worry, only a very tiny fraction will end up here. Because that’s a whole lot of Amelia photos…even for me!
However I get things posted, you should see a lot more activity here. I know, I know. I keep saying that. But, I really do have lots of material. I just need to get to processing.
Since it was just yesterday, I’ll start with Halloween. Amelia dressed up as Chris Kratt. I would love to take a poll right now to see how many people (of the 3 of you who will read this) just said, “Huh? Who?” I thought last year was bad when she dressed as Super Why. A few people had heard of him. Chris Kratt, along with his brother Martin are the stars of the show “Wild Kratts” on PBS. (I bet if I started letting her watch Nickelodeon, everyone would recognize next year’s costume!) Wild Kratts is a biology/ecology based cartoon where the brothers save animals either from a bad situation or usually from the villain Gourmand. Each show focuses on one or two animals and their creature powers. The cool thing about Chris and Martin is that their support team, headed by Aviva, invent creature power suits and other gadgets that allow the brothers to have the creature powers of the animal they’re focusing on in the show. Amelia wanted the creature power suit.
She’s enjoyed watching this show for several months now. After briefly wanting to be Superman (not Superwoman or Supergirl), and even more briefly wanting to be a princess, she settled on Chris Kratt for Halloween. I’m not sure how it came to be, but she always pretends to be Chris and Artie is always Martin. It’s gotten so that she addresses Artie as Martin much of the time, even in public which is super confusing for those hearing her exclaim, “Hi Martin!” when she sees Artie. We get a kick out of it.
I wasn’t as good at photo-documenting how I put together her costume this year probably because it was so easy. She wore tan pants and a green fleece. I removed the sleeves from a black t-shirt I had cut mid-belly and then glued the green felt pieces on the shoulders, sides and smaller circles in front. I sewed together a double pocket for the large circle, so that she could display her chosen creature power disk and store the others we had made, so she could switch between animal powers. And then I glued that on the front of the shirt. I also got little black gloves, and glued felt circles to each of the fingertips and made her a communicator so that she can always be in touch with Martin (her favorite part of the costume).
She was and still is pretty excited about her costume. We only trick-or-treated at four houses and then headed over to the Elks Club for their Halloween party. We went last year and ever since, she has pointed out the building and asks if we could go again every time we pass it. So, we did. It was a little lame this year (at least for Artie and me), maybe because she’s a little older and probably because there were fewer games and lower attendance. They liberally gave out candy and toys though, and that kept Amelia going. Oddly, they had a face painting station, which I thought totally redundant since there were a lot of painted faces already. But, we stood in line for a half hour at almost 7pm so that Amelia could have her face painted like a jaguar to match her creature disk at that moment.
She was thrilled. Too bad we had to go home and she had to go to bed. Too bad I made her wash her face before getting into bed (an hour after getting her face done). And really too bad that the makeup girl used something akin to wax-based, Sharpie-like makeup that only smeared from one area of her face to another when I tried wiping it off. Except the stuff she drew into Amelia’s eyebrows. That just stayed permanently. Fun times. I eventually got most of it off. And good thing for long-ish bangs.
All-in-all, she had a good night. She brought home a lot of candy, which we’ve already hidden from her. And, just like previous years, she’s forgotten about it already. We’ll get rid of a bunch and save a little for when she asks for treats. And, I’m very proud to say that I haven’t had one, not one piece of candy this Halloween season. I can’t say the same for Artie though!
Alas, I have allowed another month slip silently by. But, rest assured it hasn’t been quiet for us and I have many photos to go through and share. We’ve just been too busy to sit still and process photos.
I did want to share Amelia’s first day of school today. She’s going to the same school she went last year, for a second year of preschool. She was very excited to return, especially since this year she’ll be there through lunch time. Last spring, all she wanted to do was stay with the other kids and have lunch with them. This year she got her wish and an extra day of school as well, so she’s going four days a week.
The below picture is at school. She had no interest in taking the time for photos when she could be going in and getting started! I don’t think either one of us even got a hug before she rushed into the classroom without us. Sigh.
I was able to engage her in a short interview before we left to drop her off. Enjoy!
She had a good day. She fell asleep in the car on the way home and we only have a 2 mile drive. We’re all looking forward to tomorrow.
I’ll try and get busy with catching up. I’ve barely posted anything this summer and we have been busy. Happy September!