Monday, April 12, 2010

It Matters If You Win or Lose - Oh, it Matters.

It was a cold and cloudy Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. to be exact.  And it was flipping FREEZING out. I set up camp on the ground with a blanket around my shoulders and the twins in my lap.

You know, that is one very good thing about having twins.  They keep you toasty warm at times like these.

We had gathered on the lawn of the elementary school at this early hour for Ashley's first soccer game.  Her teammates were fellow 3 to 4 year-olds who had signed up to play on the YMCA Mighty Kickers team (no experience required).  Her team would be coached by none other than my courageous husband, Scott.

Scott shall henceforth be referred to as "Coach,"  per his YMCA issued uniform.


Scott was selected as Coach through a rigorous recruitment process.  Basically somebody at the Y called him up and he said "I'll do it if nobody else will."  And thus out of apathy, a Coach was born.

Luckily, the coach on the opposing team recognized that it was FREEZING and that no other parents had brought twins with them to keep themselves warm, so she and Coach decided to skip the 20 minutes allotted to "practice time" and go straight to the game.

The first half was kind of rough.  Ashley got frustrated that she didn't make a goal.  Or maybe it was because she was thirsty.  She told Coach she wanted to make a goal and me that she was thirsty, so who knows.

Just in case it was thirst, Coach fueled her up good at halftime.


In the meantime, my heating sources escaped to play soccer with Nana.  Traitors!


During the second half, a little Mia Hamm was born (thankfully minus the shirt-removing tendencies).  Ashley scored THREE goals!  Two in the right goal, and one for the other team. But hey, who's counting right?

(ME, bitches!  We still beat the purples even if you counted all the goals we scored for them!  Suck it, purples!)


Ahem.  Sorry about that.  I meant to say that everybody was a winner!  At least in spirit.

Oh, and Ashley did not do any victory dances.  She was much too focused.  I, on the other hand, might have victory danced a little.  But just to keep myself warm, I swear.


Sadia said...


Melody and Jessica are enrolled in soccer at daycare. (How cool is that? The coach comes to their school. No transportation or scheduling required!)

Jessica told me that her teacher's name is Ghost Leslie. I told her I thought she meant Coach Leslie. Nope. Ghost.

I think your hubby's shirt may be wrong.

BranderPaul said...

Suck it, Purples!!! MAYBE THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE EVER READ... EVER!!! Awesome, awesome post :) And the pictures are SOO super cute!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

So I've been waiting to hear if your little one did her victory dance...I almost skimmed to the end of the post to see. :) Very cute!

My hubby is a Soccer Nut...he played through college and grad school and has coached and refereed ever since. Really the only thing he contributed to the girls' layette were two stuffed soccer balls that read, "My First Soccer Ball". He is so thrilled they can finally walk, and he said last night he wants to take them to the soccer field this weekend, "just to walk around on the nice grass". HA!

Aging Mommy said...

Lovely pictures as always - glad your daughter had so much fun.

wonderchris said...

Those goals aren't very big!!! Go Ashley, she's clearly got moves!! That is so awesome - she just needed a couple cups of water.

It rocks to win! :)

mrs. b. said...

i cannot WAIT until mk can start playing soccer. honestly. i'll be victory dancing, i mean, trying to stay warm too i'm sure.

and suck it, purples! pretty much made my day. you are hilarious, mama!

criticalcrass said...

oh, i hate soccer. probably because my younger brother played it all the time, and one year i decided i'd try it, and i didn't understand the rules, really, and scored a goal for the opposing team. here's a girl who has no depth perception, can't kick worth a damn, and wants badly to impress the world. and so she runs the ball the wrong way down the field toward her own goalie, and manages (for once) to kick the ball soundly and straightly enough that it flies right over the goalie's head and into the net.

the ref counted it. the coach pulled me. i did not play another game (because i quit after that game). this was more than twenty years ago. i am just now able to laugh at it.

criticalcrass said...

oh, i'm really glad your daughter's team won.

Kari @ p.s. said...

College coaches want players who play to win and defeat the other team. It's called the real world! Glad they won!

The Lane Family said...

Hey, what can a mom say..yes everyone is a winner when they play but it ROCKS when it is our kids that win :)

Cindy said...

Exciting! I'm glad she had such a great first game!

MollyinMinn said...

Go Mia Hamm. Fabulous photos!

Cole said...

great photos. lovely blog. love the name musings of a mom who should really be sleeping. hilarious!

nicole visiting from

Kristin.... said...

My husband is my oldest daughter's softball coach and her hockey coach. He is my son's hockey coach. And I'm sure he'll be the twins' coach at some point in time as well. Me? I cheer from the sidelines, drinking my coffee and taking photos!
Suck it purples! LOVE IT!

Art Garden Diva said...

Happy SITS Day! I remember the soccer days. Now I have a 20 year old college student who Dragon Boat races. Enjoy the journey.

Melanie said...

Too funny, but I get it. My son is playing his first season of tball and as much as you're telling them just get out there and have fun when they win you totally want to yell "booya!"

Scrappin Cheryl said...

OMG - you made me laugh! Suck it, Purples!