Where has it gone? We have one month today of summer left and I feel like we haven’t gotten half of what we wanted to do done!
Summer of course starts out with soccer tryouts that last week of school. Then the following week are soccer meetings after your kids has made the team. Soccer (kind of) ends at that point for about a month (see below post). Each kid then gets a week at my parents house alone with them. Kieran went first, followed by Caelie and Tristan is currently there and will be home tomorrow. The kids and I also spent one week at my parents because my mom signed all 3 kids up for tennis camp (which they LOVED – now just trying to find a way to fit weekly tennis lessons into our soccer schedule – HA!).
Throw ins sleepovers, Caelie’s soccer camp at USF the week of June 13th, camping for 2 nights at Fort DeSoto with soccer friends, going to see the last shuttle launch (FUN) and Busch Gardens and I guess you get to today!
And now that soccer has started back up day trips aren’t so easy anymore. Plus the kids and I have to go back to my parents July 31st because my mom has knee surgery August 1st and I want to be there to help out for a few days.
Before we know it summer will be over.
Wednesday and yesterday the weather here was beautiful! It was perfect! It was the kind of weather that makes you want to take all your daily routines and your schedules and chuck them out the door! And that’s just what we did Wednesday night. We were supposed to go up to the fields for Tristan’s goalkeeper practice but we didn’t. We stayed home and played out back.I had the windows open all day Wednesday too! Then yesterday I met a friend of mine at Busch Gardens so we could just walk around and enjoy the weather. Met here there at 11:30 and left around 1:30. It was a nice, relaxing time.
It’s supposed to be back up in the 90′s today. Hoping the humidity is gone though. We’ll see.
I’m ready to say goodbye to relaxing weekends at home. This weekends is NUTS! We’ll be up and out of here by 5:30am tomorrow to get to St. Pete so we can walk in the Race for the Cure (which it’s not too late to donate to!) I’m thinking we’ll be there until 11 or 12. Then it’s race back home to let the dog out. Then off to Brandon for a soccer scrimmage for Kieran’s team and then right from there to USF to meet some families from Tristan’s team to watch the USF Men’s soccer game. I’m thinking we’ll be home around 10 tomorrow night. Sunday is picture day for the competitive soccer league so I’ll be up there selling merchandise from 1-4 and Sean will be dealing with our kids getting their pictures done.
I’ve been up today since about 3:30am and no chance for a nap for me today. Once the kids get on the bus I have to take my sister-in-law (don’t know what else to call her at this point) to the dentist and not sure when I’ll be back. Once I do get back there’s more stuff to be done by the time school gets out. Sucks when the 1st thing you think of when you wake up is “is it bedtime yet?” LOL
I’m looking forward to the Race for the Cure tomorrow and finally walking with my family. Kids are so psyched! T-shirts are in and look awesome. I’m sad though because I found out we can’t be in the t-shirt contest. You have to have a team of 10 or more – we’ve only got 5.
We did have plans to go to Adventure Island today but we cancelled those. Tristan is exhausted from his week at soccer camp, plus his feet almost look like mine did after walking in the Breast Cancer 3 Day! They are full of blisters and sores and walking around a water park with those would not be fun! So we chose to stay home and rest! We’re all actually tired – I think it’s from going to USF to watch his soccer games every night and not getting home until 10 or so. I’m just happy to have him home!
Caelie, Kieran and I got to USF about 10:30 and watched the kids play some soccer games. Then it was off to the Rec Center for the awards/closing ceremony for Tristan’s camp. Then came check out time which was not fun! We had to pack all of his stuff up first (bedding, clothes, dirty clothes, soccer gear, etc.) and then stand in a line to check him out of his dorm room (that still sounds so weird to me!). We didn’t get home until about 2 or so! And check out started at 12 so that’s how crazy it was and shows just how many kids signed up for this.
He wasn’t home long though. He was home about an hour and then went out with his friend (the kid he roomed with at camp) to watch the new Transformers movie. My baby is growing up. I can remember a time when, if he was gone from home for any period of time, once he came back home he stayed to hang out. He’s getting to that age where friends will come first. It’s okay because I know it’s all a part of the growing up cycle and I’m glad he has friends to hang with like this. It just makes me sad to think he’s growing up and will be starting middle school in less then two months! That just does not seem possible!
I feel like all I’ve done so far this week is drive to and back from USF to see Tristan at soccer camp. Today we were actually there twice. The kids and I left early, went to Einsteins to grab a quick breakfast and then headed to USF to watch Tristan’s soccer training. I wanted to see what they’re doing with him during the day – in other words, was us paying $630 for this camp worth it? And I think so. Not only is he getting some great one on one training with USF’s soccer goalkeeper coach (there are only 6 in his age group) but he also got some one on one with the soccer teams two goal keepers. Plus, the added fact he is with some of his friends and learned some responsibility while there.
We stayed for about an hour and headed home. Only to go back down again this evening to watch the games (which we’ve been doing all week). Tonight though the kids got to play on the soccer field in the USF soccer stadium and played against THE USF mens soccer team. Tristan backed out of playing goalkeeper for his team and instead played on the field. I think he only got the ball once. Of course the USF team didn’t play to their full potential but it was cool to watch and you could tell the kids were having a blast!
Yesterday the kids and I spent the day at my brothers house hanging with him and my parents. The kids and I swam in his pool most of the day since it’s so crazily hot here (which I think people from up north think we’re crazy to be complaining about but this is not “normal hot” – this is heat index of 110 hot and not normal for this time of year!)
Then last night we drove down to USF to watch Tristan at his soccer camp. They have two training sessions during the day and then play games at night so we went to watch the games (and probably will be doing that every night this week). My parents and my brother came with us too which put an extra smile on Tristan’s face to see them there.
He’s having a blast! His face and neck are a bit sun burned which I warned him to keep reapplying sun block before each training session and after swimming in the pool. After the game was over I went down on the fields and gave him a huge hug. I miss him! It’s different knowing he’s there then having him at Nana and Pop’s.
He called us around 9:30 after he’d taken a shower (yay) and had a snack. But he keeps calling Sean’s cell and not mine (much to my dismay). Is my “little guy” becoming more a daddy’s boy now?
We plan on going back again tonight – hoping the weather holds out – it could rain.
First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all you dad’s out there!! Hope you have a great day!!!!
Second, today was definitely an emotional one since we dropped Tristan off at the USF campus for his very first residential (sleep away) soccer camp! He’ll be there for 5 days/4 nights and I am still a nervous wreck. Luckily, he’s rooming with one of his friends/teammates and another friend/teammate is right across the hall from him with his older brother. Plus, there are a bunch of other kids he knows from our soccer club. So I know he’ll be okay. It’s just his 1st time away like this.
We got there around 1:30 and checked him in. Got to the dorms and he’s actually in a suite with his own bathroom/shower – yay! And they’ve got 6 other suite mates. We met the parents of the kids next door to them in their suite and they seemed really nice. At 3:30 was an orientation and then we left. I gave him a huge hug and kiss and let him walk back to his dorm (that sounds so weird!!!). And I was actually doing okay. But just as we were getting back to our car he texted both Sean’s cell and my cell with one word that did me in – “Bye”. I lost it then.
That morning I had posted on my Facebook status something about Tristan and me being a nervous wreck, etc. A friend of my moms who is a friend on my FB account wrote something like “think of this as one of many firsts. There will be many more drop offs for camps and then soon college”. THANKS FOR THAT!!!!!! I’ve still got many years before that one. Don’t even get me thinking of that because I tear up right away!
He called tonight about 10 (on Sean’s cell phone not mine ) and he sounds like he’s having a blast! They had a training session which was also an evaluation and being he’s there for goal keeper training, there’s only 6 of them in his group so he’ll have alot of one on one training which is even better. His trainer for the week will be Bryheem Hancock who is the goal keeper coach for the USF mens soccer team. That’s awesome!
it’s not! Caelie’s soccer season came to an end a few weekends ago when they played in their last tournament. Tristan’s soccer season is actually still going on and there will be no end in sight for this 2008-2009 season because they’re playing in a Futsal league (indoor soccer) which doesn’t end until June 13th. Looks like we’ll just go right back into the new season since that starts June 1st! I have a soccer committee meeting to go to tonight about tryouts next week and then next week, starting Tuesday, both Sean and I plus the kids will be back living up there for the entire week. That means Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and the following Monday. The boys have tryouts Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (with an added goalie tryout for Tristan on Wednesday) and Caelie has tryouts Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. And they HAVE to go to all 3 days. Sean will be up there helping evaluate players while I’ll be helping out with uniforms and registering kids. We’ll be back up there the following Monday to help with the older kids. We’ve heard some kids will most likely be dropped that first night for both boys and girls – that will be interesting.
We still don’t know who is coaching any of the 3 teams. Sean is dead set against Tristan playing for the same coaches we had this past season. Tristan has even said he won’t play for them again either. There’s actually at least 2 other kids from his team who have voiced the same thing. It’s sad if you think about it. Like someone said – these kids should not be walking away from games and practices with huge knots in their stomachs. While it is competitive soccer – they still should be out there enjoying themselves. Another mom and I have discussed that if it is the same coaches, we’ll let the boys play rec soccer and put them in Project 40 over at USF for the year instead. Not 100% sure on that just yet – but honestly, I’m not paying over $800 just for Tristan to play competitive soccer and have a shitty season like we had this past year.