Day 136: What’s Good About All Day Basketball Tryouts?

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We had to set an alarm on a Saturday morning. Christian had to be at school by 7:45 am to catch the team bus to the Hague for a mini-basketball tournament. Juliana had to be at school by 9 am for her all day mini-tournament at her school.  They have had try-outs for the last two weeks and after today, the coaches were supposed to make a decision.  I felt it to be important that we were there to watch and cheer and support our kids, so Jeff and I split up to make this happen. 

Since we have one car, Jeff came back after dropping off Christian to pick up Charlie, Juliana and I and to drop us off at school by 9 am, before he left for the day to watch Christian. Charlie and I stayed to watch Juliana play ALL DAY!  Well, actually, Charlie got lucky as his friend’s dad came to pick him up for a play date around lunch time and kept him until after dinner. I was lucky too (I guess) to be able to make new friends and chat with “old” friends while we sat on hard, cold bleachers all day, cheering on our kids!!

I love kid sports for several reasons, but my favorite (selfish) part is probably the community feeling of being together and cheering on our kids, collectively. I get just excited for my friends’ kids as my own. I cheer loudly and get excited and feel the pain when someone gets hurt and want to jump up at the ref when a call is incorrect and cheer loudly when my kid scores or passes and assists.  I  feel passionately about the whole thing… except when I have to sit there for 6 hours! Today dragged on a little longer past my comfort zone, but I did have fun nevertheless. 

I liked seeing my friends and familiar faces. I had fun chatting with the other parents and hearing the stay-at-home dad’s talk about their new crock pot purchase and plans to attend the Let’s Cook Indian food session next month. I haven’t spent too much time with stay at home dad’s and have such an admiration and appreciation for them and their wives and families and am so curious about their choices.  I enjoyed hearing their wives talk about their careers and travels and having time to just all be gathered for the same purpose – to support our kids and our community. I think sports are a wonderful thing and am so glad my kids are choosing to play so I can hang out with my new friends!!

I had fun watching Charlie make friends with the younger siblings and sharing snacks and playing outside in the snow. The boys went out to the soccer field and had snow ball fights and played tag before coming back in to warm up.  

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I love that there is a booster club and that parents volunteer to donate and sell snacks and drinks and make a little extra money for the school.

I love all of it (except for 6 hours of it at once!) and I love that Cami gave my kids and I a ride home afterwards so we didn’t have to wait in the cold for a tram, even if the commute is short. It’s great to have friends!!

Life is Good.

p.s.  Good news!  Christian made the travel team, and next week we find out if Juliana made the travel team, as well!  I hate waiting and hope she makes it too – Travel here we come!  Congratulations Christian! I’m so proud of you!!

Day 26: New School Orientation

Believe it or not, I didn’t take a single picture today. That’s a first!  I think I was too busy listening and being present at the kids’ (and parents’) orientation today.  The best part of the orientation was that our big kids disappeared with their groups and were seen around campus smiling and following after their new peers. After all the testing and information sharing, there was a BBQ lunch for everyone. Our kids ate with their new friends and Jeff and I enjoyed chatting with and getting to know some of the new families.

The second best part of this new school, is that it fosters community and wants parents to feel welcome and a part of the school – not only for the kids, but for the international community that we are. To feel like we have a place to be and to gather and to build friendships and community. I love this. It’s what I’m good at – I love people. I love hearing their stories and learning from one another. 

It felt a little bit like home too – a very diverse, multicultural community with several different languages spoken, and several different ethnicities from all around the world, gathered together. 

We’re all excited to begin this next phase of our lives.

We loved seeing so many pictures of the first day of school from so many of our friends on Facebook today. It did feel strange to not be there with you and to walk to school through the neighborhood together. Seeing the pictures of the first day is like a milestone – representing change and growth and newness. Loved it. And hope to see more as more friends continue new beginnings too, just like us.

xo