- What is your favorite color? red
- What is your favorite toy? light sabers
- What is your favorite fruit? mango
- What is your favorite TV show? I don't have one
- What do you like to eat for lunch? Food...sandwich, cheese, ham
- What is your favorite outfit? Jammies and a t-shirt
- What is your favorite sport? karate
- What is your favorite snack? Skittles
- What is your favorite animal? penguin
- What is your favorite song? Don't have a favorite
- What is your favorite book? The Bridge Home
- Who is your best friend? [Sunshine], [M]
- What is your favorite cereal? oatmeal
- What do you like to do outside? play
- What is your favorite drink? water
- What is your favorite holiday? Memorial Day
- What do you sleep with at night? Pup pup
- What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Smoothie
- What do you want for your birthday dinner? Hamburgers
- What do you want to be when you grow up? structural engineer
My Sweet Baby Angel,
This year has been one crappy year. Three broken toes, a tooth knocked out, and then, 2020, just in general so far. Yet, through all of it, your positive light has shone through. You have been able to find the good through it all.
I am so proud of the young man you are becoming. You have such a huge, caring heart. You are the best big brother a girl could ask for. You are reliable and responsible.
I'm so proud of you for trying, and excelling, at new things this year. You found a love for snowboarding. You were an office aide. You were chosen as a student presenter at the Made In Medina County Fair. You are taking on more responsibility at karate by teaching classes. You have a live app published in the Google Play store. These are huge accomplishments. You do all this while maintaining a 4.3 GPA.
This year is going to be a year of so many changes. First, it's a crazy year to begin with. Who would have thought there would be a global pandemic where you need to finish school online? In fall, you start high school, but we're still unsure of what that's going to look like. Whatever it is, we're pretty sure it won't be "normal". Whatever it is, though, you will be amazing. You are such a great student who loves to learn.
I truly wish this summer could be a "normal" summer where we go out and do all of the fun, wonderful things we do. However, the world has drastically changed in the past 3 months and we're living a new normal. You will make the best out of this summer because it's who you are. You will not look at all of the things we can not do, but you will appreciate all of the things we can do. I love that about you.
Even though I'm sad at the current state of our world, I'm excited to see what this year has in store for you. I know that what ever comes your way, you will do great things.
Don't ever forget who you are and remain true to that.
I love you forever.
The annual Mother's Day survey. Purple is Sunshine. Red is Monster. I love these answers because kids were not around each other when answering!
1. Something mom always says to you?
I love you, Sweet Baby Boo. Do you know I love you?
I love you.
2. What makes mom happy?
Doing things with her family
Her children behaving
3. What makes mom sad?
When her family fights
Her children not behaving
4. How does mom make you laugh?
By telling me bad jokes
By saying funny things
5. What was mom like as a child?
6. How old is mom?
25 this year...
7. How tall is mom?
8. What is mom’s favorite thing to do?
Play and do things with her family like hiking, soccer, and stuff
Be with her family
9. What does mom do when you’re not around?
Clean, do the groceries
Enjoy herself, hopefully
10. If mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Singing or ballet
11. What is mom really good at?
Singing, ballet, soccer, and baseball. And being a good mom
12. What is mom not very good at?
13. What does mom do for her job?
A market person. I don't know. A computer designing websiter?
Takes care of her family
14. What is mom’s favorite food?
Potatoes and broccoli and healthy stuff no one else likes
15. What makes you proud of mom?
How accomplished she is at being the best mother and how she can multi-tasks with all our sports and everything
Everything, I'm just proud of who she is
16. What cartoon character would mom be?
17. What do you and mom do together?
Play outside, soccer, snuggle, read, and watch Heartland
18. How are you and mom the same?
We both are sensitive during movies and we like the same kind of music
We both have blue eyes and wear our hearts on our sleeve
19. How are you and mom different?
Hair and eye color and she's taller than me. And I like math, she doesn't
She has red hair
20. How do you know mom loves you?
She tells me
She tells me and she shows it
21. Where is mom’s favorite place to go?
By the water
Soccer has been a part of life for many, many years. I played soccer when I was younger. I loved it. I was not the best player. I could hold my own. I couldn't score a goal for anything, but was a good at defense because I wasn't afraid to get hurt (as the ER in my hometown learned). The older I got, though, the less confident I got in myself. The less confident I got, the more I didn't want to put myself out there. So, soccer became something I played in my backyard. It got to the point where I wouldn't even play with Husband anymore.
Then, I had kids. I live in a big soccer town. Where I grew up, soccer wasn't popular, so having my kids be able to start soccer so young was crazy to me. We started Monster in soccer when he was 4. He liked it. Thought it was fun enough. He even went to soccer camp for two years that was run by Otto Orf. If you ever watched soccer in Cleveland as a kid, you would know going to a camp run by Otto Orf is pretty damn cool. Since her big brother did it, of course, Sunshine also wanted to play soccer. Back when she was little, soccer wasn't open to anyone under 3. We got permission to sign her up at age 2.
We only had one season where both kids were in soccer. Monster decided he didn't like the competitiveness of it, so he was done Sunshine, well she loved it. We spent many seasons playing on some awesome teams with some amazing coaches. All of those coaches kids eventually moved on to travel or club soccer. We chose to stay with rec soccer since Sunshine is also in dance and softball. Since so many coaches left our league, a friend of ours decided that he was going to coach. I told him if he did, I'd assist. I had sworn, after a horrible season of coaching my darling darling daughter in t-ball, that I would never coach one of her teams again. Yet, here I was, years later, coaching soccer.
Never did I imagine how big of a part of my life coaching would become. When soccer was cancelled this season, not only was I sad for Sunshine, but I was sad for myself. I love coaching. Coaching brings me the same joy that teaching did when I first started teaching, back in the day when teachers could actually teach instead of muddle through all the bureaucracy. Of course I love watching my daughter play. She's come so far and is fierce on the field, but I also love watching the team play. I love seeing the girl who was timid and scared of the ball her first few times playing steal and make an amazing pass. I love watching the girls run plays that we did in practice and work together as a team. I love watching them grow into amazing players. I love getting to know the personalities of our girls and pushing them to step outside of their comfort zones because I can see where they will excel, even when they don't yet see it. It helps that the person I coach with is also great. We work well as a coaching team. We balance each other out. Over the past several seasons, our team has gotten to be extremely tough to beat. This season, with most of our players coming back to our team, we could have been undefeated. Being undefeated isn't important, but showing the girls how they work as team is. Our first season coaching, only two of the girls had ever played together, the other coach's daughter and Sunshine. It was a little difficult for the two of them to work with their team because they knew they could rely on each other. We got a lot of kids on our team who were new players. We didn't win a single game. Next season, we had returning players, so they knew how to work together a little more. Each season, we had more and more parents request us coaches. Fall season, half of our players actually played up a division just to be on our team. That makes you feel like you're doing something right. It wouldn't have mattered if our team was undefeated or not. These girls have finally come to work as a true team and they were robbed of that this season.
I would love to say that Sunshine and I spent our time off the fields fine tuning her foot skills, but we did not. Coaching your own kid is hard. She and I have gotten to the point where we only have one argument during a game per season, but practices are different. She does not like being told what to do by her mom. She does not like the critiquing of her skills, even though I'm doing to same thing to each player. At home, it's impossible to get her to do anything with me. I don't force it because I don't want her to lose the love of the game. Instead, I let her get out there and have fun and play with her brother and father and I try to keep my mouth shut.
I'm crossing my fingers that fall soccer happens. I can't wait to be with my team again. I never thought this would become such a big part of my life and I'd miss it so much.