Friday, October 26, 2012

Soccer for 3 year olds?

When I heard from the mom of one of Kai's preschool classmates that her 3 year old daughter was playing soccer with the YMCA's "Tiny Tots" league in Arlington, I couldn't resist asking Kai if he wanted to play.  The answer, as you might expect, was a resounding "YES"!  For a little boy who has now had the distinct "privilege" of sitting on the sidelines watching his big brother play soccer for the past 3 years, having the chance to be on a team of his own was quite possibly the most exciting news of his life.  If you're wondering, soccer for 3 year old boys is quite ridiculous.  Please enjoy these pics courtesy of Uncle Lyndy, master photographer.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


This weekend we headed to Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma for a family camping trip with our new church.  We had a blast!  This was camping "light," meaning that we actually slept in a cabin and all of the meals were provided for us--just our speed!  It was absolutely beautiful and a whole lot of fun. We left this morning wishing we had a few more days to spend, so I think we'll definitely be back soon.  It was really neat to go on a group camping trip because the kids had instant playmates, which made our job infinitely easier.  Plus, I'm a sucker for s'mores and campfire songs, so I see more of this in our future.

Kai posing on the sad looking metal train outside the bathrooms.  We had to rough it in the sense that the bathrooms were in a building that was separate from our cabin, so that's something, right?  Most traumatic part of the trip from Kai's perspective?  Having to take a shower instead of a bath.  You would have thought he was being terribly abused by the sound of the tantrum he threw.  It was memorable.

Ruby hanging out with her "Daiya" in the fancy hiker's backpack we bought off Craigslist a couple of years ago.  The perfect contraption for a little one in the woods.

Kai posing for the camera.

Hiking in the woods on the miniature train tracks.

Ruby on the miniature train.  So fun!

Pla Shee and the other 11 year olds on the trip became fast friends.  They were inseparable and spent most of their time building a fort in the forest (see below) and fishing in the nearby river.  I literally had to drag him away so that we could go on a horseback ride.

On a hay ride around the park.  Pla Shee was too cool and opted for more fort building instead.

Kai even found time to get in some bicycle riding before dinner on Saturday.