soccer season, v2.0


Last Thursday evening after narrowly avoiding losing my son, narrowly avoiding losing my neighbor, narrowly avoiding losing my gold slingback sandals, and narrowly avoiding losing Sarah’s lunch all over the grass, we headed to Ephraim’s first soccer game of the season.

If it weren’t for all those near losses I’d tell you other mamas to give up the fight and hand over that Mom of the Year trophy. Three kids, one fun run, a trip to McDonalds and an evening of soccer had me feeling pretty durn accomplished in the mothering department. I enjoyed the rare feeling while it lasted.

You may remember Sarah’s foray into soccer last Spring. Ephraim’s was different in a few ways. Namely, his proximity to the ball.

As in, he touched it a few times.

He’s a three year old, playing on a six and under league.

His first inclination was to destroy those grade schoolers with his stealthy B-Ro moves.

But after I pointed out that many of the opposing players were clients of mommy’s, he took the high road and decided to preserve the family business instead.

Thank you bud. I’ll repay you in college tuition, room, board and beer money in about 18 years. Nevermind, forget I said that last part. Ask your father.

 In lieu of tearing up the field Ephraim modeled for me in the grass. 

Doing his best “kid in Jerry Maguire” impression…

(Just add glasses and neurotic mother who looks like Renee Zellweger.)

 He also spent a bit of time rallying his teammates for the fight… 

And, of course, breakdancing,


doing the robot,

and walking like an Egyptian.


(He got his dance moves from his Daddy.)

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty successful start.

I didn’t win Mom of the Year and he didn’t win the game, but we did win the Jerry Maguire look-a-like contest.

And we all know, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose. It’s how cool you look while doing it.

RachelSeptember 26, 2011 - 10:00 pm

I don’t remember how I came across your blog but I have been reading it for a few months now. I am a shutterbug too and when I get out of the military I want to start a photography business. I love reading about your kids…your stories are so honest and funny (and the pictures really bring it full circle). I love this post…I played soccer from age 7 to 18 and I have coached and reffed for 4-7 and 10-13 year olds. Way to go Ephraim for playing with the big kids!!!

My favorite post from you (that I have read anyway) is Sarah’s swim meet. Go Sarah! You have a rockin’ soccer star and a little fish on your hands!

I will start commenting more often…I feel like a stalker if I just read without commenting.

Do you have a photography website? I would love to see more of your work.


marthaSeptember 27, 2011 - 7:14 am

what adorable pictures and story! way to rock the dance moves as well. you have a future heartbreaker on your hands.

Holly CSeptember 27, 2011 - 8:17 am

Ahahaha, his hair in those grass pictures is cracking me up! What a doll. Oops, uh, what a handsome little man. 😉

Lisa CSeptember 27, 2011 - 9:47 am

That E is a cutie, and boy in these pics, he looks so much like his gorgeous sis. Geez, I am tired reading about your afternoon/evening, but what fun memories for your kiddos! Love your blog, as always!

JenniferSeptember 27, 2011 - 10:22 am

How cute is he?! Love these!! That first one is priceless – he looks itty bitty. 🙂

Lorena MoraSeptember 27, 2011 - 1:23 pm

I love this post. He looks like he’s enjoying soccer.

aunt May MaySeptember 27, 2011 - 1:46 pm

So, I know you already know this, but Bro looks SO MUCH LIKE YOU in those close up shots! Have a fun party on Thursday cant wait to hear all about it 🙂

heather mayberrySeptember 27, 2011 - 1:54 pm

he is incredibly cute! i hadn’t noticed until now how much he and sarah look alike.

Mandy McMillionSeptember 27, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Wow! I know you have a great camera, but that can only be pure talent making those photos so great! They look even better than real life!! It was fun seeing you. It was our oldest’s first game ever, so my first experience as a soccer mom. When you said we’d chat after the game, when I was “no longer the enemy”, I was afraid..very afraid 😉 Thanks for talking Ephraim into going easy on our guys 🙂 I know my little man for one had a blast!

j.j.September 28, 2011 - 7:30 pm

F says he’s super excited to play when he’s 4 next summer! Can’t wait!

AmyJSeptember 29, 2011 - 1:28 pm

How cute is it that you can’t see his knees? Loving him 🙂

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