This amazing team took 2nd place...not bad!
I'm also happy to report that in the final game, no coaches were evicted, and the team whose fans and coach struggled with sportsmanship the day before actually didn't place in the tournament.
And #33 was amazing.
Last spring one of the parents of Gabby's soccer teammates said they would get their daughter a dog if she scored 4 goals that season. Of course Gabby thought that wasn't fair, and begged and begged for a pet for scoring goals. Our compromise was a day without jobs for reaching their personal sports goal...which they're all very happy about.
As per our pre-game deal with Megan, she could get out of Saturday jobs if she scored 4 or more points in one of final games. Saturday was a pretty laid back day for #33, and she earned it.
In other sports news...
How many hungry wrestlers can you fit at a table?
Apparently, Nate's team was going to find out (that would be Nate in the brown shirt).
At their final banquet to celebrate their season, the coach gave out food assignments of every type of food they weren't allowed to eat during the season.
Hamburgers, chips, soda, desserts... Let me tell you...These boys can put away food, and more than made up for any food that was off limits during the season.
And of course we think Nate rocks, and we've been so, so, so, so, so happy with his sports adventures this year... But that's a post for another day.
And on Saturday the entire family attended Gabby's basketball game (because by the end of basketball tournament week, she was absolutely convinced we all loved Megan a whole lot more than we loved her). She has been nervous to have everyone come watch her play, but in addition to learning basketball she is learning to handle the flare ups of sports jitters that attack her on occasion, and she was awesome! I love how she is not afraid to jump into sports teams of girls who have been playing sports their entire lives, and pushes herself to develop skills and succeed. It's no secret we think Gabby rocks!
I've said before I'm a farm girl, and one of the biggest lessons of growing up on a farm was that hard work yields results, and at the end of the day you feel accomplished.
Now that I'm raising my own children in the city, I love how music lessons, sports, and other achievements can do the same thing. When they work hard, they grow as people, and I love watching them push themselves beyond what they thought they could do to achieve a goal.
Now soccer is around the corner again. Nate and Megan have already started practices...
Are there trophies for parents who live on the sidelines?