All Girls School

Soccer Games
October 11, 2008, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Bubba, mimi, soccer

It was such a beautiful morning to watch some soccer games. This was Mimi’s first year to compete in matches as last year she just had practices where they focused on basic skills. She was so excited to play in the scrimmage. We decided to call her Freight Train because she just did not stop. She was up and down the field non stop. It was a lot of fun to watch her and see her stay engaged for the entire hour. Last year she only lasted about twenty minutes before she would want to go climb the trees or sit on the blanket instead of play.

Bubba played her game today, too. We’ve been watching her play with many of these kids for the past year and a half. They all look so big to me all of a sudden. It has been really interesting to watch them improve together.


Field Trip and Guitar Lessons
May 8, 2008, 10:06 pm
Filed under: Bubba, field trip, guitar, history, math, mimi, science, soccer, sports

Yesterday was designated “Put in as much of the new flooring as possible day”, so I decided to take the kiddos out of the house. We decided to go to the hands on Science Museum and spend the day there. I rounded up our friend and her boys and we set out to arrive as the museum opened. We happened to pick the day that five separate schools were taking field trips there, so there were a few chaotic areas, but for the most part we had a lovely time. There was a terrible movie that we were told was geared toward preschoolers. It was about ten minutes long and so short and void of any substance that I can’t believe someone actually took the time to create it. It ended abruptly and we just kind of looked at each other, not understanding why we had just paid two dollars per head to see it.

After that we spent a long time in the castle area. There was an interesting moment when Mimi felt the dress up clothes would fit better without her regular clothing on underneath. (Why does one of my children ALWAYS do this at a museum?) Then there was the issue of the ten minute shoe hunt to figure out where she left them. Then we moved to the toddler area where they always play with the water feature. I told them five or six times to play with it as much as they wanted, but to do their best not to get their shirts and pants all wet, as the temperature is always a little cool in there. Inevitably, they came away soaking and were later complaining about how cold they were. While I had the smaller two in the toddler area, Bubba went over to a math exhibit that explored things like measuring volume and folding paper incorporating geometry principles. She wasn’t happy to leave that area, but lunch was next, so she didn’t protest too long.

The next area was all about the flight and airplanes and animal and insects and the principles of aerodynamics that govern them. There were lots of fun hands on activities to see how these forces interact on different wing shapes. The last area held lots of examples of our local ecosystems, with many plants and animals, as well as a 12 foot tall tornado that the kids can climb up to and stick their hands in.

We were wiped out by that point and had made it through all the exhibits, so we left. We’ll be returning again next month as this exhibit was being unpacked there and we’re interested in seeing it in person. Maybe I’ll remember my camera, too, so I can put some photos up.

We had a quick ice cream stop on the way home, and then rested for a bit and looked at the flooring progress. Then it was off to Bubba’s first guitar lesson with her new instructor, Ms. J. I think she learned more in that single lesson than in all of her previous lessons with the college kid combined. I am really not exaggerating. At all. Not even a little.

In other homeschooling, we’re wrapping up on Ancient Egypt. Bubba listened to the unit, but wasn’t thoroughly engaged as we exhausted this topic about a year ago when she was interested in it. We learned plenty of new info, though, that we hadn’t read about before. We are also working on teaching Mimi how to play Crazy 8s and Uno. Mimi’s getting a stronger grasp on numbers and matching and colors and following rules, and Bubba is working on her patience and trying to keep a younger child engaged by letting her win every so often. I think it will help their relationship a lot when they can play games together without needing adult intervention.

Other than that, we’ve been outside a lot, watching the garden turn green and grow taller and taller. Soccer has proven to be lots of fun. Mimi cut her own practice short today due to her coach stepping on her hand by accident. Bubba’s team has set up a traveling match in the next town over, so it will be fun to watch them compete.

Tomorrow is Mimi’s preschool graduation. I’m likely going to cry. There will be pictures.

March 3, 2008, 9:30 pm
Filed under: Bubba, soccer, sports

Indoor soccer practice started today. Bubba couldn’t be happier. Not only is this her favorite recreational sport, but she’s on her best friend’s team. Dad took her to practice tonight, and then out to eat. She loves having “Daddy Days” and is always asking him when his next day off is so that they can go do something together. She has another practice on Wednesday and then her first game on Saturday. It is so much more fun to watch my own children participate in sports than I ever thought it would be. I remember sitting through my younger brother’s t-ball games and practically crying due to the absolute boredom that I felt. I’m sure he felt the same way at mine. When it’s your own kid out there, though, it is riveting. I love watching Bubba play soccer. She’s tall and lanky and looks like she may have that uncoordinated gait of a foal. But she doesn’t. She’s aggressive and loves to play defender and get right up on the ball. Her favorite position is goalie. She’s got a talent for it, too. She doesn’t shy away from the ball, but attacks it head on. I’m excited for another season of indoor, to be followed by spring/summer outdoor soccer and t-ball and swimming lessons and and and…