Our Soccer Girl

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Summer had a fun soccer season.  Her team played with girls a year older than them, and, in most games, they held their own.

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This was the first year that they moved to the bigger fields and actually had a Goal Keeper.  Summer decided that she wanted to play Keeper.

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After the learning curve of the first game or two, she really came into her own.

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She is tough,

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and fearless.

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She really enjoyed playing soccer this season, and it was so heart-warming to see her really shine.

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A New School Year

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Each new school year brings so many mixed emotions, especially now that I am a teacher.

I am so sad that the summer is ending because I love every second with my own children.

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I am excited to meet my new students.

The littles are anxious to settle into a new routine with new teachers and new friends.

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I am nervous about how much our lives will shift as our schedule picks up the pace. I love being relaxed and unscheduled during the summer, so jumping back into a very scheduled, structured life is not my favorite thing.

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This year, I am excited because Summer is in 3rd grade with me.

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I am happy that Gabriel will have his 3rd and 4th grade teacher as his 7th grade Language Arts teacher, and I am so proud of him for testing out of 8th grade math and jumping into Algebra.

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I am in disbelief and a little sad that it is Ethan’s last year in elementary school.  I am in denial that he will be at a different school last year, and I am trying to have my heart come to terms with that.

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Yes, it is a new year with a mixed bag of emotions.  The one thing that I am certain of, though, is that we will get through the good days and the bad ones, the highs and the lows, the laughter and the tears, together, as a family.

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