Sunday, September 18, 2011

First game!

So little monkey finally played in his first official soccer game!  He was pretty nervous, but also super excited!  He was just the cutest thing ever - he looked so grown up in his uniform.  And the best part of how Noah plays soccer is his attitude - just take a look at how happy this boy is while he plays.  It was a bit funny cause he really had no idea what to do - he just thought you were supposed to run after the ball and kick it.  He didn't really understand the concept of positions and such and I guess the coach didn't explain all that during practice.  They had only met 2 times before this game, so that is understandable.  His team has first and second graders on it, so some of the older kids helped to guide him through the tough parts.

As we went through all of the pics I was just struck by how happy he is!  It just shines on his face - his pure happy heart.  I love him so much.  Honestly, if 3 years ago you would have told me that he would get out there and play a game in front of a bunch of people I wouldn't have believed you.  Remember how painfully shy he was?  Especially about being in front of a group of people.  Well, no more!  He's still nervous with new people and situations, but he is really blossoming and it is exciting to watch.

And I love this series of pis of him - I love to watch him kick the ball cause he gets SO into it.  And his body is always crouched so low down to the ground, and his arm is in that crazy position - it cracks me up!  Josh stayed up to see the game, and my parents and Josh's mom came out to see him, so it was a family affair.  He was really pleased that we were there to cheer him on.  Already looking forward to the next game, although I think he likes practices better.  His team lost and his coach told him that next practice they were going to talk about defense.  Sounds like a good idea to me!  :)

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