Tonight was our first practice. We are now in organized sports. I must say I’m so very happy that we are in this stage of life. I love sports and hope that my boys do too.
Cayden was told he could either play basketball, soccer or t-ball this fall and he chose basketball. Fun stuff! I signed him up thinking he’d be on the 4-5 year old team and he is actually on the 4-7 year old team with him being the ONLY four year old on his team! I thought about pulling him out but then decided that we would stick it out and see how he did. He has been so excited about playing basketball!
He did great tonight. I was so proud of him. Of course he is four, so he got out of line a lot, he played with the other boys in the back of the line when he should have been paying attention, he pulled his shirt up over his head and laughed, and it wouldn’t be the first practice without a head to his nose and a small crying spell. I didn’t rush over and actually thought he was going to shake it off, but he did run to the side lines and stand with me for a bit. I was so proud of myself b/c I didn’t baby him, but checked it out, hugged him and then encouraged him to go back and practice with his team. After about 2 minutes he was good to go.
We have two more practices before our first game. This should be interesting!
Look at that form!!!!
I feel bad for him b/c he never made a shot. In fact he never even came close. In fact the ball never got but about 3 feet over his head and almost hit him in the head with each “shot”! They are for some reason practicing on 10 ft. goals, but will play on 8 ft goals. I think our “goal” for this year will be to at least get one ball close to going in the basket either in practice or at a game!
Yes that’s him in the back with his shorts pulled up to his butt. Doesn’t he look little compared to some of the boys. Oh I pray they are nice to him and the kids on the other teams don’t just RUN HIM OVER!
Here Coach Tony is dribbling beside him to help him out. The coach is doing great with the kids. I was worried we would get a yeller for a coach and I wouldn’t like that for my four year old. I like Coach Tony.
Funny story …. as we walked up I was pointing out Coach Tony to Cayden and he replied …. He’s brown just like Deacon. Funny how his little mind works. He has tattoo’s all down his arm and that doesn’t even phase my kids, but they know when someone looks brown like Deacon. I love it!
I’m telling you as much as I LOVE this season of our lives and am so ready for it, it also scares the crap out of me. If you know me you know I worry about my kids. I worry that Cayden will do something silly that is nothing out of the ordinary for a four year old and the bigger kids on the team will make fun of him. I worry that they’ll say mean things to him in line while waiting their turn to dribble. I worry that he’ll get yelled out and get his feelings hurt. I worry that the big kids will run him over.
I need to get out of this worry phase and trust God and allow God to lead me and guide me. It is hard. I never knew parenting would be so hard. I feel so much pressure to protect my kids’ minds and hearts. I don’t want them to get too “grown up” before they need to be. I don’t want them to get hurt too soon.
I want to be their protector.