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April 17, 2012

Anna’s First Soccer Practice

I grew up playing soccer.

Big-time, weekend-consuming competitive soccer until I entered high school. At that time I had to choose between swimming and soccer because they were the same season. Swimming won out.

I have great memories of playing soccer as a kid. Many a weekend and evening were spent on the field and often times in the Northwest, in the rain.

When I drove Anna to school yesterday we were talking about her going to soccer “practice” and that it might just be in the rain. I talked about how much fun it was to play in the rain and that my favorite part was that you got to come home and take a hot bath and get all clean again. She liked that part best.

Luckily it was just a bit windy and the rain held off.

This is what I call parents & kids & helpers & coaches all-over-the-place soccer.

It was a little chaotic but Anna was excited. It’s just a fun, 4-week soccer introduction. A great chance to get outside and see if it’s something she’d like to do more of in the future.

She got to run around, kick the ball into a net, try trapping, and run around some more.

She does pretty good waiting her turn too.

And as usual, there was some Simon chasing involved.

Looking forward to next week and maybe a bit-warmer weather.

Go Anna go!


  • 1.
    Katie Gelbaugh said…

    LOVE this! My girls do softball and the practices and games are one of my personal greatest childhood memories! I love sharing it with them!

  • 2.
    Marsaille said…

    My daughter is in a similar program and really enjoys it. Go Anna Go!

  • 3.
    abbeyviolet said…

    This has been my son’s first year in soccer. (He started at age 4 1/2). After a very slow hesitant start he has ended up loving it and we happily fell into a really wonderful supportive group. I hope she has a lot of fun too!

  • 4.
    Erika Beckwith said…

    Ali that is great! My daughter is about the same age as Anna and she plays soccer through this program called Lil’ Kickers. I believe they are in the Northwest too (I believe they started in Washington). You might want to check them out as well. I hope you daughter enjoys it as much as my daughter does.

  • 5.
    Michelle M said…

    Very cool! My son started playing soccer when he was 3 (he is 6 now) and has loved it! I LOVE Anna’s soccer ball! So cute.

  • 6.
    slmnontec said…

    My daughter started ice skating at 2 1/2 and now 22 years later she’s a figure skating coach! Never know where sports will take you….

  • 7.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Yah Anna

  • 8.
    Christine said…

    My daughter is playing select soccer up here in Puget Sound (WPFC) They play in rain, snow, and sunny weather. She never complains though. I am truely a “soccer mom” driving all over the state for games. My daughter has a passion for soccer but there are days when I wish she was on a swim team and where meets are nice and cozy for spectators. My older 2 girls were on a swim team.
    My daughter started playing when she was about Anna’s age. The pictures you shared are adorable. Go Anna Go!

  • 9.
    terri said…

    Hi Ali…this might be a stupid question. If you play a sport in your city and it rains the game still goes on? I’m from from sunny California and my girls play softball. Any time it rains our games get canceled. I always wondered how other places do it with sports and the rain. Do they never play? How do the parents feel about having their kids play in the rain? Our parents are too sensitive and complain that they will get sick.

    • ….
      Pam S. said…

      I live in Southwestern Pennsylvania. If the kids are really young like 5 or 6, they cancel when it rains. However, the older kids play soccer unless it’s lightning/thundering. It’s pretty much the same for baseball. Of course, football is hardly ever canceled. I remember one football playoff game, it rained so hard we couldn’t see them on the field. My son was probably around 11 years old. My husband has a saying, “Suck it up buttercup”. Not always easy. :)

    • ….
      Christine said…

      Here in the PNW weather rarely cancels games. My daughter had a soccer game while snowing. They couldn’t even see the field lines. I thought the game would be canceled but they played anyway. She is 14 and has been playing year-round outdoor soccer for 4 years now and has never been sick due to playing in bad weather.

    • ….
      dawn said…

      I live in Ohio and have had many soccer practices/games in the snow/wind/rain/pouring rain/ freezing temps. for the little ones they get canceled but 6 and up play! We as parents complain about the cold or weather but really the kids don’t feel it, they are running around having fun. We dress in many layers and wrap in blankets and bringa thermos of hot chocolate. My son gets sick every year but I don’t think it’s from the weather.

  • 10.
    Cecilia said…

    awesome! i grew up playing softball and i cannot WAIT until my daughter is big enough to try it too.

  • 11.
    Sandi said…

    She is so cute. I love how all the t-shirts come down to the knees of the children!

  • 12.
    Jenny Meyerson said…

    Sports were such a big part of my childhood. But I enjoy them even more through the lives of my children. I love their zeal and the pictures just make me smile. Jeff and I compete over who is going to take them to practice and pick them up because we just love the swimming environment.
    Go Anna go! And Ali, soak it all up.

  • 13.
    Allison M. said…

    Yay Anna! Lovely shots Ali. I especially love the one with Anna and Simon playing chase. Reminds me SO much of my girl right now. She is just a couple months older than Anna and she is big time into playing chase and pretending right now.

  • 14.
    Deb J said…

    How fun. I know that Anna will catch on quick and this will be a really fun thing for her. It will help her coordination too. I think all kids should take ballet and soccer when they are little. It gives them a whole different way of carrying themselves that will pay dividends later.

  • 15.
    Lisa W. said…

    LOVE this!!! Soccor is not real big here. But my kiddo’s played up until 7th grade. They loved it!!!!!!! She looks SO cute. Just adorable!!!

  • 16.
    Laura Moegenburg said…

    She is a shining STAR!

  • 17.
    bianca alonso said…

    She is so adorable and looks like had so much fun!

  • 18.
    Claire said…

    I don’t have children, but yours always amuse me :-)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • 19.
    Sandra K. said…

    She is so cute!! Go Anna! It is so funny to see that soccer in the US is so much for girls, while in Europe it’s a guy thing, so I had to choose between softball or ballet. I choose softball.

    Sandra :)

  • 20.
    Teri H. said…

    What a cutie petutie. My girls start soccer this month as well.

  • 21.
    Maria H. said…

    Hi Ali. Your little Anna is such a little cutie :-) My daughter is now 15 and has been playing soccer since she was 7. She absolutely LOVES it !!! Where we live in southern New Zealand the girls play in with the boys until they are 16 years old, but that is not a problem to her and she can more than hold her own against them. Up until this year her and my son (who is a year younger) have always played in the same team, but my son has chosen to play rugby instead this year so I am a bit sad that their soccer days together are now over. Anyway, I’m really hoping your little Anna will grow to love her soccer as much as my soccer-crazy 15 year old daughter does. Do you realise that it could potentially give you the opportunity to amass thousands and thousands of soccer photos like I have managed to do over the years :-)

  • 22.
    Mandy Szeto said…

    how cute!

  • 23.
    Jana said…

    Oh yes, little kids & soccer – I remember the days well! My daughter started in 4th grade, when the main concern was how the uniforms looked & most of their time was spent fiddling with their long sox!! Anna looks so tiny out there—I bet she learns to love it :) as you will too!

  • 24.
    Leanne in CA said…

    Oh my gosh, how cute is she! Time does fly and they grow up fast. Love it and thanks for sharing. Have fun Anna!!

  • 25.
    Cinnibonbon said…

    Fun fun

  • 26.
    Doreene said…

    Ali-no matter what sport they choose–save the t-shirts and when they are in high school, find someone that will make a quilt out of them. It is something I did for other people and the high schoolers love them. Anna looks sooo darling!

  • 27.
    Paula said…

    What a cutie pie!

  • 28.
    Doni said…

    Hard to believe Anna is already old enough to play soccer! It seems like only last year you gave birth to her. Anna, you rock, girl!

  • 29.
    Alida said…

    I agree with Doni, she is growing up so fast! Do you have any photo’s of you playing soccer? I haven’t seen such a lay-out yet.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hmmm – I know I did a minibook that was in one of my books ( – I think it was in the Sharing Your Story book). I’ll have to add it to my list…I think I’ve done a couple layouts here and there too -

  • 30.
    A. Sanborn said…

    Your ending photo of Anna is my fav!

    Take in every moment… before you know it… you’ll be where we are… facing another cake n’ candle day {our daughter} this week and a looming junior high graduation… it’s a tad “bittersweet!”

  • 31.
    dawn said…

    How sweet she is in her big shirt, soooo love these shirts! I smiled at all these pictures and your story, hope she loves it as much as you did.

    My first 3 kids begged to play soccer but I knew nothing about it except for the cold and sitting outside in all weather. I like sports inside, haha…. I said know for years to all of them, they finally found other sports to enjoy. Then along comes Sam and his best friend starts soccer and we went to a game of his. It was exciting and cold and fun and lots of cheering. Sam asked again with those puppy eyes and I said “YES” that was when he was 3 and the next season we signed up and have played since then. He even joined the Travel team for a year and we just stepped down from that. Every season has been so fun to see him out there and I LOVE LOVE soccer now and tell all the parents how cool it is and Yes to sign up even if you won’t like it your kids will love it.
    The crazy weather we play in doesn’t bother me anymore and my all time favorite memory will be when Sam got to play his first game in the rain. He was soooo happy that they didn’t cancel and he got to play in it. He turned to my hubby and me and smiled and gave us a thumbs up thankfully the camera was on and I captured that moment. It is framed and in his room, looove seeing that happy face.
    Well, this season Sam had a choice to make after coming home with a paper about tennis lessons and they are at the same time as soccer. He thought about it for a couple weeks and decided to do the tennis and do soccer in the fall. It’s already weird not being at the soccer fields and I miss it but am excited about this new phase in his life.
    Thanks for sharing Ali and I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more about this soccer journey! GO ANNA GO!!

  • 32.
    Tammy Davis said…

    Oh, Ali! Anna is SO adorable and I just love seeing her interaction with her brother. You are a lucky girl!!!

  • 33.
    Anne-Marie said…

    It was so fun seeing the pictures of Anna at her first soccer practice. My daughter is now 10 and has been playing for years! What fun memories!!

  • 34.
    sharon said…

    Hi Ali,

    Oh Anna is growing up and so fast! Times fly’s away before you know it “first school dance” and oh yes, how about the sleepover and “Mom , I really want to find a new hair do!!! Love it all…our Mia is 2 1/2 going on 22 if you know what I mean. Last of the babies for the family
    so we are treasuring all of the time spent with the little one…I could not believe how tall Simon is now….thanks for sharing and blessings and hugs…

    Sharon Dryjanski Phoenix AZ

  • 35.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    Those photos of Anna are the cutest! Hopefully she enjoys soccer like you used to. It’s nice to see little kids getting into sports early on!

  • 36.
    Pat Mossgate said…

    Hi, Ali;

    So you have a soccer star in the making. LOL Anna looks like she is having fun despite the cool weather. I sure hope the weather would make up it’s mind though LOL One day it’s hot enough for t’s and shorts and the next its back to winter wear LOL
    The reason I am contacting you today is for Simon. Hi Simon :)
    I am aware he has austism and today I found this smart phone app specifically designed for autistic children made by a man who built it for his brother.

    If you decide to look into it and find it helps Simon, please pass it around.
    Thank you Ali.
    Have a fab day

  • 37.
    Molly said…

    Glad to see you’re using the blog as a “holding place” again for your stories — as you’ve wanted. I need to do that again as well, and lift my reserve.

  • 38.
    Teresa said…

    I hope Anna enjoys soccer. We started with soccer 4 yrs ago. My daughter is 9 and athough we have tried softball and basketball we have stuck with soccer for now. She even likes to run with me for now.

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