The Keller Kids are now the Kicking Kellers! They started soccer on Friday, and they could not have been more excited!
Earlier in the week we really stoked the fires of their enthusiasm. Mr. Keller had the kids out nearly every day kicking the soccer ball. BK had received a couple of soccer balls for his birthday in addition to a soccer net, and they really made use of those items!
We also stoked the fires a little bit more when we took the kids to Target! They needed to get water bottles and shin guards ahead of practice. The shin guards were easy; there was one set that fit. The water bottles on the other hand… We had no idea there would be so many options! It took a good 10 minutes to pick out a good, sturdy set of water bottles, but at the end of those 10 minutes I think we were all satisfied with our choices!
When practice finally rolled around on Friday evening, we were ready! They went to daycare on Friday in the clothes that they would wear to practice so that was easy. Practice was at 6:00 and could potentially last an hour so we gave them pretty good sized snacks of chocolate coated super fruits and granola. Then, we rushed out the door to make it to practice. Before leaving, I grabbed their winter coats, and I’m so glad that I did. It was cold!
In fact, the weather was probably the worst part of practice. Their coach seemed enthusiastic and patient. His son was less than sure about playing, but I think the cold factored pretty heavily into that. Regardless, I think the kids will get along well with their coach.
The coach started out by introducing the kids to a few basic concepts: no hands and dribbling and passing. They ran a couple of drills and then played a short scrimmage. BK was very into it, and he actually scored 3 goals during the scrimmage. MK participated, but she was cold! After running around for a few minutes, MK declared that she wanted to be the goalie. Unfortunately, she won’t get her way on that as there is no goalie at this level. Practice was called due to the cold about 30 minutes in. BK, however, was not wanting to quit. He and Mr. Keller kicked the ball around for another 5 or 10 minutes. BK was so into it that he even shed his winter coat! He was grinning ear to ear. MK snuggled with me while we watched.
The Kicking Keller Kids will have practice again this coming Friday. We don’t know their game schedule yet, but the whole family is looking forward to attending those games. Mr. Keller and I are sure that the games will be pretty cute!