Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Utah Utes!

Yes, I did graduate from BYU....but we are cheering for a new team now (at least in soccer). This is Erin's (Rochelle's sister) freshman year at the U of U. We are pumped she is a starting player on the soccer team. We traveled over to Pullman, WA (about 5 hours for us) to see her play against WSU last weekend.

This is Erin (totally buff and making up for my total lack of athletic ability in our fam):

We met my parents, Reese & Chris, and the Goodwin fam. We stayed in the same hotel as the team. We had a great time. We spent the morning making serious signage. I don't think we were too obnoxious...but the WSU fans may disagree. And thanks to my mom for loading us up with Utah gear!

The final score was a tie, 3-3 in over time (They play two 10 minute, sudden death, overtime periods...but no one scored so the tie stands). It was fun to watch the intensity of a college soccer team. Erin is one of the many great players on the team...they have awesome potential and are going to be great when they can finally play a home game (on Friday).

Here is her shot on goal that just missed to the close! We can't wait to see her play again. I am hoping to go down to MWC tournament in November. In the mean time....go Utes!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

First Day of School

After a 3 day strike by the teachers in our district school finally started for grade K on September 7th. As luck would have it, we were out of town! (In Pullman, WA to see Erin play soccer...will post on that soon). So after speaking with his new teacher, Mrs. Budinger, he was all set to start school yesterday, September 10th. His bus comes at 8:03am. Carson got on the bus and then Addy and I followed the bus to school. I was glad I went because being the 2nd day of school there weren't too many helpers directing kids in the right direction. So we found the line where his class waits for the bell to ring and then the teacher comes to get his class. Once the bell rang I gave him one last kiss goodbye (slightly teary-eyed at this point) and he looks up at me and says "You're not coming?"....broke my heart. I was the only parent standing in line and it was so sweet that he had expected Addy and me to join him at school. I told him he'd be okay on his own and the teacher will make sure he gets on the right bus going home after AM Kindergarten, and we'll be waiting for him then. He seemed fine with that (a little too fine) and went marching on down the hall to his class. We could have followed a little bit further, but I decided it was time for me to go. So strange to have him out of my control even if it is for just a few hours a day (we pick him up at the bus stop at 11:56). Even stranger that I am old enough to have a kid in school! Seems like my worry-factor has increased ten fold. Who will his friends be? Will they use bad words? Will he remember not to talk to strangers? Will he succeed in school? Can he sit still and listen to the teacher? Will he be respectful? 5 years old just seems too little to be on your own for part of the day. But it is his time. He is totally ready.

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