As all of my regular readers are well aware, we love soccer. Tom and I are season ticket holders for the Seattle Sounders FC. Son Jake has been a season ticket holder since the start up three years ago. He sits here, in the Emerald City Supporters (ECS) section.
See that big black flag with the diagonal stripes. I sewed a new pole sleeve for that one a couple of weeks ago. Jake is flag manager for ECS. Flags like this are fondly referred to as BFF's - Big F****n Flags. :-)
Now that Jill and the kids are living here, they go to some of the Sounders games too, but more importantly, the kids PLAY soccer. Yes, after many years of being a 'soccer mom', I am now a 'soccer grandma'. Jill got the kids registered to play youth soccer as soon as she could after the big move. Action started right after Labor Day. Now she and the kids have either soccer practice or a game every day of the week except Sunday!
Isaac is an experienced player. He's played in Colorado, and has a game going every recess at school. Last Saturday was his first game as a Yellow-jacket.
Game over. Cheer for the other team. They need the boost, since the Yellow-jackets won something like 10 -2. We sort of lost count. Isaac scored twice.
Now, Princess Irene is another story. She "played" last year, but is much more interested in the apparel and accessories. She wasn't at all sure about actually playing.
She's got pink soccer shoes, of course.
Starting out on the 'bench' was fine with her.
Once she took the field, it took a while for her to get into it, especially when she heard the ice cream truck pull into the parking lot. Oh, no. You see, Irene didn't have good humor trucks in Fort Morgan, Co, and here she's only been able to take advantage of them once, on Whidbey Island. She has been terribly frustrated at hearing them in our neighborhood, but never being in the right place at the right time.
Of course no one could stop playing to buy a frozen treat, but she wanted to, and was reduced to tears on the field at another missed opportunity.
But she recovered.
There was an injury time out. Little girls are very sympathetic to another's tears.
Back to the action, Irene is getting into it!
Is that a smile?!!
Wow! She's been practicing her high kick!
More time on the bench, to contemplate grass. It is a lovely green field they get to play on.
You go, girl!
Game over. Time to learn the cheering part. Fun! They play three on a side, so the teams are small. What a great way to learn.
So how did you like soccer, Irene?
"It was good!"