My boys love soccer. This isn’t news to anyone who has ever met them.
I remember Hayden’s and Carson’s first season: they were each timid in their own ways.
Matt coached Hayden’s team and he had to hold Hayden’s hand the entire game (actually during the first few games). Carson really didn’t want anyone to notice him so he wore a coat over his jersey… making him stand out more than anyone else.
Since he’d stand out in his jersey, he sometimes wore a t-shirt. Look at those cheeks!
By the end of the season both boys were having fun and an passion had been born.
That year, Bailey was too young to play. In the picture below (left to right) Carson was 3 1/2, Hayden was 5 1/2, and Bailey was 2 1/2.
Bailey started his career a year later, once we had moved to Fort Carson.
Sometimes he managed well, other times he struggled. This was the year we discovered he had SPD and those chin guards and cleats about did us in. (When we discovered the Wilbarger Technique, and learned a few other tricks, life got better.)
My bigs have grown and are now comfortable and competent on the field. Getting a good picture of all of them PLUS Parker proves to be quite difficult. Anyway, this past weekend Parker joined his big brothers and became an official soccer player.
In keeping with his big brothers, Parker’s first game was less than ideal, but it was perfect… it was his first game.