"Lo, Children Are An Heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His Reward" - Psalm 127:3

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Football Game

 The ten year old had his first actual football game tonight.  It was chilly!  I had a jacket on and was still cold.  He's number 75 on the orange team, by the way.

 It was a good game, but they had their hands full.  First the black team was up by two touchdowns, then the orange team came back for the lead.  That didn't last though.  The black team was tough.

 The whole family made it out to cheer him on :)  And we even convinced the five year old to come out onto the edge of the field, which was a huge improvement from the other night at the scrimmage, when he stayed behind the fence.  He was nervous and wound up though - he kept circling us and trying to knock us over until he finally settled in.  The three year old was happy because his sister brought him a diet pepsi :) and because he just can't wait to be big enough to play football.

 By the way, Mom, do you recognize the sweater?

 The game didn't start until 7 because we had to wait for the green and white teams to play each other first, and that game didn't start until 6, so as not to disrupt the high school practice.  The bonus to this was that we saw a nice sunset.

 The stands were empty because all the families were standing on the sidelines like we were.

 Well, it didn't end well for us.  14-27, with us on the losing end, but I think they learned a lot and know what they need to work on now.

 The rest of our day (all morning and afternoon) was spent on paperwork for his 4H Portfolio.  This is definitely the worst part of 4H. The kids put together a booklet of very specific information - pages and pages of it, to turn in at the end of the year.  Ours is due Monday, but we're going out of town to the University of Wyoming football game this weekend and I didn't want there to be any chance we would miss Monday's deadline.  This folder is a good inch thick, so trust me when I say there is a lot of paperwork.

I don't think I ever got around to posting about state fair.  He ended up with purple ribbons for both of his food entries - White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, and Buckaroo Crunch.  I think it is ironic (to say the least) that the ribbons from state fair are considerably smaller than any of his other ribbons.

 Here's everything from his first two years in 4H (see the tiny ribbon to the right of the huge purple ribbon?  That's a state fair ribbon.)  He has done really well - mostly purple ribbons (highest other than grand champion and reserve champion.  Highest to lowest ribbons are purple - blue - red - white.)  The big purple ones - regardless of length - are all grand champion ribbons and the pink ones on the ends are reserve champion ribbons (second place).  The brown ribbon is his 8th place in state ribbon for .22 rifle, and the white ribbon is actually a 3rd place in state for presentations.  I don't know why they made it white since white usually is the lowest ribbon - given for pretty lousy work.  He has two blue ribbons and one red.  Overall pretty good.

 In other news, the five year old is getting more independent - in his own way.

 He has figured out how to get a cup for himself and he can fill it at the sink too.

Usually when he gets his own water, he'll tell me he is "making tea" :)  I'm just glad he's gaining the confidence to do some of these things on his own.

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