How can it be that my son is experiencing his first Homecoming. Or excuse me HOCO. We never called it that when I was a kid. I am sure my kids will be rolling their eyes at me for that one. It is interesting to me to watch as he goes through high school and how things change. Never would I have thought that he and 3 buddies would be going for pictures and dinner with 8 girls. Yes he was matching with a particular young lady, but they were not "dates". Is this really a thing? WHAT??? He is almost 6 feet tall and is growing into an amazing human being. I look forward to hearing all about it when he gets home. Yes I am waiting up for this one. Because this the 1st of many new firsts for our oldest....
Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that's when you're most beautiful. ~Zoe Kravitz
Sometimes with our youngest her personality comes out in her socks. She has soo many socks that we have gotten her, as well as, her Nama and her Uncle Jim. She will never be without socks let's put it that way. But she loves them!
I was out of town for work this past week which can always be hard on my family and me (even though they think it is like a vacation). It is the furthest thing from a vacation. I love being at my kids activities. They are only young once and I don't want to miss anything. I had to miss 3 of Jack's soccer games this past week, but was able to catch Meg play with her team on my way back into town. She really has changed this year. I think depending on the team you are on and what the communications is like between players it can make a huge difference. She is on a team that listens to her as the keeper. There is no negativity toward her or decisions she makes. And as a result her team trusts her. It is these things that teach her and my son so much about life and gives them skills that will last a lifetime...
In our backyard we have this glorious Saturn "Donut" Peach tree. It is a tree you wouldn't think we produce amazing fruit here in Wisconsin. But it does! Last year we had our off year with the tree where we did not have a lot of fruit. But this year it is clearly making up for that. Today my middle child picked a bunch of peaches and she made Peach Muffins. Our peaches are getting close to the end of their lives. So every day we are out there picking them for snacks. And after this weekend I am hoping we will be able to can whatever is leftover. If you have never had a peach like this you must must try them!
This past week I worked with 3 seniors. They were all so unique and amazing young adults! It is hard to believe that we are on the brink of another new school year! How can that be?? It left like only a few weeks ago that school finished.
Thinking of all the kids starting high school or moving to new schools. I feel like 2018-19 is going to be one amazing year for these seniors and my kids as well. Hard to believe that this morning started high school soccer tryouts for my son. WOAH!
Those who know us know that we love to be out in our RV camping. I have said it many times that I will be living out of the RV at some point when the kids get older. It is my happy place. I feel calm when I am sitting in the woods by a campfire. Love the smells and sounds. My daughters and I got to go to Boy Scout camp with my husband and son. We stayed in the family camp area. We explored alot and also relaxed alot. It was wonderful! Can't wait for our next adventure.
I love when I have the opportunity to photograph a large family and watch as they interact with one another. This family was so great. It was so hot out (possibly close to 90) and it was a morning shoot. They went along for the ride and I hope they enjoy their pictures from years to come...
This weekend all 3 of my kids were in a tournament at the same location. It is nice when we can be in the same place for the whole weekend and see everyone play. It makes for a wee bit crazy weekend of me running from field to field to snap pictures and not miss any moments with my kids. It is the one that that is so very important to me. It is times like today that I am glad I am able to be there. My son has played in 3 shootouts at tournaments. He has never lost a shootout until today. It was heartbreaking that it came down to this. The game was 0-0 when it went to Shootout. No one understands what he goes through in these situations. He walked away in tears. And cried the whole way home. He leaves it all on the field EVERYTIME. It was heartbreaking for me as I approached him to have him just cry into my shoulder. Some will never get what it is like to be a keeper and have all of the pressure on them. If someone misses a goal it is no big deal. If Jack lets one in it is a totally different story. He is exhausted since last weekends tournament to 2 games this week to this weekend of tournament. He is definitely ready for a much needed break. I love this kid and the fact that he puts his heart into it 110%. I just wish that he did not feel like it is all on him....
"For a goalkeeper, there is no hiding place..." ~Brad Friedel
I think this often as I watch my son play soccer and since he was about 6 years old he had a desire to be a keeper. He was always drawn to that position for whatever reason. And today as he begins his journey into High School soccer (I can't even believe he is already in high school!) with his first contact day with the coaches I am excited, anxious and so proud of him. The thing is with a keeper there are not a lot of training opportunities. Whereas with every other position every practice revolves around practicing the foot skills. Jack's training comes from his games, scrimmages and attending Camp Shutout every summer. It is a camp that is only for goalkeepers. They spend almost a week in a hotel and on soccer fields working their keeper skills. It is a rigorous schedule that starts at 7am and goes late into the night. Now it is not all tough work they have fun times and even are able to get massages. What you don't realize is keepers bodies take a real beating. Whether it be by getting kicked as someone tries to snag the ball or diving for the balls. But this is the life our son has chosen and we support him 100% and then some. We are excited to see where this adventure leads into high school.