Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Snapshots of the Week (March 14)

The best cheerleaders!
Taking home 3rd!
Morning fun, melting crayons art project thanks to Addyson!
Headed to the Arabian Horse Show on camp!
Beautiful horses!
BRIGHT sun and upclose view!
AMAZING lamb stew!  Thanks Brad!
Expat problems- no sale candy aisle!  Months past Halloween and Christmas and the candy is STILL full price!  And yes, that is $10 for a bag of Candy Corn M&Ms
Dress like an athlete day at school- soccer players and a gymnast!
 These two, best buds!
 Dress like a character day.  It was last minute for me so I had to improvise!
Mommy, take my picture!
 Let the Spring Break fun begin!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

All Star Soccer

Our first Aramco bus trip!  Headed to Dharhan for the tournament.  Addyson is staying in RT for a bday party.
A couple of weeks ago I received an email saying that Owen was a member of the Ras Tanura All Star soccer team!  I was SO excited for him and I was one proud momma!  I was so excited to shout it to the world.  I mean, I thought he was good but here was a group of men on camp, The Ras Tanura Soccer Board, agreeing with me!!
I know he is one of the youngest players by a long shot (there are 3rd graders on his team that are 9) and doesn't have the skills that some of the do however, he is lightening fast and has amazing ball handing skills!  With that and his ball drive and eagerness to learn he will go far!  His coach, Coach Amear has a love for the sport and puts a lot of his time and energy into training these young boys!  I was so happy Owen was going to be coach by him for this All Star (not that Brad isn't an amazing coach for Owen!).
A couple of days later I got an email asking me to be the coach for the girls' All Star team!  I was SO honored and so excited!!!  Brad always wondered where Owen got him talent from, looks like others on camp understood! : )  The first thing I asked was if the girls would be playing when Owen did because if so, I was going to opt out.  I'd rather watch Owen play.  At the time they thought we'd play at different times so I took the position.  Turns out, that wasn't the case. : (  However, we both had a great time and I tried to go sneak away and watch Owen as much as I could!

The tournament was set up this time between two camps, ours and Dhahran.  We had two boys teams and one girl team and they had the opposite.  This meant that our teams play each other (like here above) and the girls played the boys.  It was an afternoon jam packed full of soccer! 
5 games with 10 minute halves with 2-3 rest at half time and then 5 minute rest in between games!  The kids were exhausted by the end of it.  For starters, they never play this long, EVER.  And to make matters worse, the soccer pitches were full sized (we are use to smaller courts) and the goals were double our usual size.  With all that being said, the kids did amazing but I know they were all done by the end of it!
The interesting thing for the girls' team was that I had never coached at this level before (I'm use to coaching kindergarteners and 1st graders) and this team had NEVER played together before!  Right out of the gate we had to play the Dhahran boy's team.  It was a bit intimidating but the girls hung in there.  They spent most of the game getting use to each other and to new positions.  Back on camp the girls are mixed in with the boys and our boys are usually the strikers while the girls play defense so it took a bit of coaxing and coaching to get the girls confident as strikers!  By the 5th game they were amazing!  It was so fun to watch us all grow as a team in one afternoon!  The plan is to have another Aramco tournament at the end of April so hopefully we'll get lots of practice time in before then and be ready for it!  It has also been brought up that it might be time for RT to have a girl's league.... and they are sort of hinting that I should lead it!  We'll see!
The best RT group shot I could get.... missing the group on the right side.
Lots of talented kids!  And to think that this is just a small portion of the talent between two Aramco camps.  I know this is a small group selected out of about 90 kids in this age group in RT and Dhahran is much, much bigger!
Getting his medal!  All of the boys' team tied for 1st place so they broke up the places by goals scored.  That meant that Owen's team got third place.  This was SO confusing to them especially since Dhahran got second place but they had just beaten that team.
Hard earned medal!
Congrats Team Juventus!  As you can tell, not all of the boys are so thrilled about their medals.  A competitive bunch this is.  They didn't understand why Dhahran placed higher.  Oh, the life lessons start early!
Owen and I could not have done as well as we did without our sideline cheers and helpers!!  Thanks for Brad and Ethan for always being there with a smile, high five, class of water, and a pat on the back!  I love that soccer has become a family event!  Looking forward to the tournament at the end of April!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Snapshots of the Week (March 7)

 Bring your parent to art class!  Brad and I both go to go help Owen make the base of his mug!
 All ready for his first swimming lesson!
 Ethan's first "Stretch and Grow" class!  Finally stuff for young kids!  It takes people volunteering to get programs on camp!
 Learning to vault!
 Landing on your feet isn't as important as being able to add in a spin and a ninja kick!
 Neither of us slept last night (he was sick and ended up in my bed) so a walk on the beach was what we needed to get through our morning!
 Day 2 of Parents to Art class week!  I had to work so Brad went!  A friend sent me this picture!
 Stomping around in his dinosaur feet!!!  He makes some pretty cool things at his school!
 Getting all gloved up to collect trash at the beach!
 Community service project for the soon-to-be Wolfs, collecting trash at the beach!
 Working on her Friendship Day cards.... no Valentine's day celebrated here!
Three cheers (and some cupcakes) to finish out our season!!!  Go Barcelona!
 Coaches' kids!
 Our First Aramco Bus ride!!!  Headed to another Aramco camp for the All Star soccer tournament!
Addyson stayed in RT for a birthday party and Ivy will watch her!
 These two make great cheerleaders!
 Finished out our weekend with a medal.... and exhausted!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mother/Daughter Date

When Ivy first joined us Brad and I said one of the benefits of having her is that we could all split up and do one-on-one time with the kids more often, date time!  Well she has been with us 5 months and this is my first date with Addyson.  Honestly, I'm not even sure we would have done this date today had it not been her suggestion!
Brad and Owen were working on a project for school and Ethan was playing when Addyson looked at me and said, "We should go have girl time!"  How could I say, "No" to that?!?!  And I didn't want to!  I had been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time.  The problem is, our family is SO use to moving around as a family unit!  It is great that we love to be together and we all work so well together however, it isn't good because it doesn't help with one-on-one time and strengthening bonds!  So, Thank you Addyson for this great idea!
We quickly changed over, didn't want to waste any time (and we also didn't want to rub it in the boys' faces any longer) and we headed out!  The idea was to go to the comm where there is this "pink drink" as she calls it, that she likes.  But when we got there I had a second thought!  The weather was SO nice and there was a better way to spend our date day!  So, while we were at the comm she took care of the number one thing on her list, buying something for her brothers!  That girl is ALWAYS thinking about her brothers! This was probably one of the highlights of our morning!
From there we headed to the Carliton coffee house!  It has a nice outside seating area and looks right at the beach!  The weather was perfect so I knew had to take advantage of this time!
I ordered an ice coffee and she got a hot chocolate!  Bliss for her!  Then she ate all of my whipped cream!  She got a kick out of being able to do that!  Watching her sneaky smile each time she took off a spoon full of whipped cream was the best!

It is quiet moments like these that I am able to sit and watch her and take it all in.  Watch how she loves to slerp her hot chocolate and savor it.  Watch how she likes to tuck her hair behind her ears.  Soak up her grin she gives me and how she scrunches up her nose when she notices I'm watching her.    Enjoy her little voice as she asks for more whipped cream.  It is this moment, a small moment in time, a tiny quiet in our busy lives that was captured because of our Mother/Daughter date that I never want to forget.
My babies are growing up so fast and I love watching them grow, learn, develop personalities, find their own passions, and becoming loving citizens of the world however, it makes my heart sad all at the same time.  So, instead of being sad, I just have to enjoy it to the fullest!  I hope this isn't the last Mother/Daughter date in a while.  No, I have to make this a priority!  I guess I just need to write it in the calendar, plan for it, like we do every other event in our day because this is needed just as much if not more as everything else we do to fill our days!  Have you planned your next date with your child?