I brought home a few promotional items from work this week.  A sales person was pitching their services to my boss and left behind items with their company logo.  I was given a choice between a can cozy, a small utility light and some stress-relieving yellow squishy guys.  I won the jackpot and ended up with the light and both of the squishy guys.  The kids always love that kind of stuff, for a little while anyway.  It’s like bringing home McDonald’s toys – it entertains them for a about five minutes, then ends up in a bin along with the ones from the previous visit to the place famous for its Big Macs.  This time Sebastian was out-of-town on his Wolf Ridge trip, so Sophia ended up with all the loot.  Plus she had a bonus – a big box from Kohl’s had arrived during the day.  Every kid loves big boxes.  The last one that we had was turned into a car with paper wheels and headlights, bumpers and a steering wheel.  Sophia thought the squishy guys and the light were pretty cool.  However, an hour later when she saw the box in the living room, she said, “Why didn’t you tell me we had a box?”.  I guess she was excited about all of the endless possibilities that lie ahead.  I was busy in the kitchen while she was busy in the living room with scissors, glue and coloring crayons.  She did poke her head in the kitchen for a moment to scope out some “building materials” from the recycle bin.  When she was all done she had created a soccer arena complete with two yellow squishy guy soccer players, a soccer ball made from paper, two goal posts and for when it gets dark out – the arena was equipped with an overhead light.  Check it out…

Sullivan Soccer Arena


Let The Game Begin


Bring It On Yellow Squishy Guy


Arena Lighting


Turning On The Light


Very impressive given the materials she had to work with.  It’s nice to see that kids can still be creative.

Soccer Season

Sophia played her 2nd year of soccer this summer.  She began the season at the end of July.  Somehow we managed to find all pink clothes (except the shoes) for her first practice. 

Ready For Practice

 Last year’s team consisted of several boys and Sophia.  This year, not only were there three other girls on the team, one of them was her best friend.  Games were once or twice a week, with practice on Sunday afternoon.  She had a great time learning about the game, chasing the ball and she even got a few kicks in there. 

Warming Up
Big Kick
Run Sophia, Run!
Time For A Break

The season ended last week with a final game and a party afterwards.  Her coach hosted everyone at his house and served Sophia’s favorite – Subway!   

Here’s the team.   

The Team
The Silly Team

Now that soccer is over, Sophia is taking a break from sports for a little while.  She has to decide if she wants to sign up for swimming or gymnastics next.  For now we are hanging out at the football field and cheering Sebastian on at his flag football games.