Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Soccer Tournament

For the past few years, the twins have both played TOPSoccer. One of the highlights of the fall season for some of the players is a little regional tournament that the team is invited to in a neighboring state, where they play other TOPSoccer teams instead of simply scrimmaging against their own team each week.

On Saturday, we got up bright and early to head north for the regional tournament. We needed to arrive by 9:45 in the morning, and it's a two-hour drive. We were a little disappointed on our drive. I had planned to stop at Chick-fil-a for breakfast on the way. Except the exit we needed to take was closed for repaving. And they didn't bother to warn anyone ahead so that you could take a previous exit to still get there. And that's the only Chick-fil-a on the whole two-hour drive north.

Let's just say Xander and I were very disappointed. And a little hungry.

We eventually made it to our destination. The day starts with a team parade where spectators line both sides of the drive to cheer for all of the teams and their players. It's a little loud, but with their hands over their ears, the boys survive.

Next we get ourselves registered so that we can start our first game at 10 o'clock. Sawyer played defense (his specialty as it means a lot less running) and Xander played offense. He scored a couple of goals, which made him incredibly happy. Sawyer made some blocks, with a little help. He didn't mind, mostly, except for the one he blocked with his stomach. That one stung just a little.

We took a lunch break under some shade trees in the parking lot. The boys also had some time to explore all the free carnival attractions. Xander tried most all of them. Safety darts. Bean bag toss. Basketball shots. Basketball tic-tac-toe. Strong man challenge. Bounce slides. Sawyer joined in for that last one, but wasn't impressed with any of the others.

And the boys thought the day was over. They really hoped so anyway.

But we had one more afternoon game to play. They did so, if a little unwillingly.

And then they also lined up for the group photo with their medals. I can still hear Xander talking about his "Oooh. Shiny medal!" (points for those of you who get the Wreck-It Ralph reference).

And then the boys got some Chick-fil-a for a late lunch on the way home. 

It was a long day, but overall a good one. The boys are slowly learning to get used to new places and new things without total meltdowns. They are handling disappointments (like having that second game after they thought the day was over). And they're participating in a group sport with a little help.

We'll call it a win.