Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kick (Early) Starter

While Olivia and her teammates were playing the beautiful game in the last tournament of their fall season, I was literally half a world away in Tokyo on a business trip. I eschewed sleep and sanity for to opportunity to follow the action via FaceTime. The late-morning kickoffs proved especially challenging because of the 14-hour time difference, but I cheered and yelled at my iPad as her team won the first game of their entire season, tied another, and nearly pulled off the upset in the championship game.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Face Off

Eight years ago . . .

Now . . .

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Ballon A-d'Or-able

The menacing, yet charming stare of a 
first-year footballer

The Ballon d’Or (French for “Golden Ball”) and often referred to as the European Footballer of the Year award. Recent winners include Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. We live in the age when kids—perhaps their parents—expect to get trophies just for participating in youth sports. While I’m not one to subscribe to that mindset, I do want to recognize my wife and kids for their wholehearted (footed?) embrace of the beautiful game.

Reed will never walk (or stand) alone in his Liverpool kit;
here with other soccer buddies from school
(Photo courtesy of their kindergarten teacher) 

Reed is in his first season in a soccer league—I’m the head coach—and Olivia is competing in travel soccer for the first time. Their mother swore up and down that we would never get swept up by the frenzy that is the American travel-sports complex. We’ve obviously given in to that temptation, but Beni’s keen observation about our foray in this world affirms why this might be a good thing for our family.

Our peripatetic player

From her Instagram account:

One benefit of travel sports is spending each weekend together as a family, hours that we would have been home, running errands, cleaning, playing with friends, distracted from each other. I'm grateful for this time for us to connect, each weekend, in a new place. We've talked, fought, cheered, and laughed. (And she still loves soccer! Phew.)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bear’s Close Examination

Our Ursa Minor could barely (bear-ly?) contain his excitement having stumbled upon this sitting option in the front entrance of the world’s leading (only?) sporting-goods store/carnival.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wheel of Misfortune

Olivia was none too thrilled to be up in the indoor carousel with her mother. I think it was her trepidation of heights that was getting to her, and not her fear of being seen out in public with her parents.

Stick Figure

Reed is a man about mound(s), if you will. He discovered these dirt piles behind the soccer field where his sister was playing today. He’s always begging us to let him bring home the various sticks he finds.

How about this one?

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Flutter of Anticipation

Reed and his classmates took to the butterfly garden during art class for inspiration.

(Photo courtesy of Reed's kindergarten teacher) 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weapons of Mass Imagination

The mind of a five-year-old is a curious thing. Reed, as he’s falling asleep tonight, blurted out:

“Mommy, I have a trick I want to show you but I need a dart.”

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Liv a Little, Love a Lot

We had an afternoon of merriment and exploration with friends at the children’s museum.

Maddi (back) and Stella (left) joined Olivia
in the construction area

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Frame of Mine

I can’t begin to put words to just how darn cute I find this picture from last week. If an ordinary picture is worth a thousand words, perhaps this one is worth a thousand puppies.

(Photo courtesy of Reed's kindergarten teacher) 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

An Aye for an Eye

Our five-year-old: trivia enthusiast, giant-squid expert, cookie winner 

Beni: “Reed, do you like the giant squid hat that we brought you from Florida?”

Reed: “Yes, but it’s a colossal squid, not a giant squid.”

Beni (to me): “Schooled again by a 5-year-old.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Obligatory First-Day-of-School Picture

Smile, brother! It's time for school!