Thursday, September 15, 2011

Upwards and onward

Well, it is the start of school season and for many, the start of soccer season around here.  We are very fortunate in this area to have a wide variety of soccer teams to choose from.  Upwards (church affliated), YMCA, and very competitive teams as well.  This year, we decided to play Upwards soccer.  Many reasons for our decision.  We had played Upwards basketball for years but never soccer.  My kids played YMCA soccer for 1 or 2 years I believe.  So, it's been a long, long time and Alex was craving to play again.  And, knowing how one of our new kiddos LOVES soccer & has the same passion as Alex does, we figured we better get into this again.  Can't take soccer away from the boys who so long to play it. 

We like the Upwards concept and just the casual feel of it.  It's not hard core competition which is wonderful and what our kids need right now.  PI kids need reassurance and confidence and I know this program delivers that.  I know we'll be playing for years to come.  The church we are playing at is awesome!  I have met such wonderful people there and their enthusiam is contagious to be around.  I really enjoy the practices instead of dread them which says a lot.  LOL.  Thought I'd share a few pics from one of their practices.  Next post will be on last week's game. 

 Alex taking the ball down the field.  Alex really is in his element. 

 Nik, getting ready to climb some trees.  All the younger kids do this.  A favorite tree climbing spot. 

 Sometimes, they do homework if it isn't their turn.  Alyona is reading here. 

Sometimes, we just goof around while waiting for our sibs to finish their practice.  No issues w/ Nik's balance for sure.  

Alex absolutely LOVES soccer.  I have to find him new shin guards.  Kid is tying them on.  We bought him some this weekend at the Addidas outlet but they were too small.  On the hunt again.  Alex has great control of the soccer balls when he plays and is a real team player.  

Nik goofing off with a towel.  why?  who knows.  

All I know is all of them enjoy going to practice and games.  Upwards is truly a great organization for my kids.  They are not made fun of, they learn to be on a team, they learn skills, they learn more biblical teachings, they learn friendship, and too many other things to name.  We are very grateful for the opportunity to play on our first Upwards soccer team.  Now, Yana wants to be an assistant coach next season!  Isn't that great?!  More on Upwards next post. 

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