Saturday Football

Saturday Football

Today launched the beginning of the football season for three of my grandchildren. Greg and I joined a happy throng in the stadium bleachers to cheer on Joey, Oliver and Aubrey. The overcast day and slightly cooler temps hinted at fall, and by the time Saturday football ends, we will be dressing for a different season.

Saturday Football

Joey is a 7th grader this year and playing on the Tigers junior high A team. This morning’s scrimmage was for fun and practice. His official game night is Tuesday.

Oliver is in 5th grade and plays in the Tiger Saturday Football League. His first game went into overtime this afternoon. They lost, however he did well and this team has played together for several seasons. It’s onward and upward from here.

And Aubrey is a 4th grader. This is her second year as a Tiger cheerleader. She cheers for the 5th grade team that includes Oliver and my, how she throws her heart into those high kicks and sharp moves.

Saturday Football Last year’s group football photo

To commemorate the day, I had fun creating a video. I’m always trying new things, and while technology can pose a challenge, I’m willing to experiment and learn. This video was a snap to create, using iVideo on my iPhone. It has an easy to use format that allows a mix of photos and videos. I can add music from the app’s selections or chose a song from my library.

Saturday Football…it’s a weekly event for the next two months. As often as I can, I will be there, yelling Go Big Blue!

Home of the Tigers

On this gorgeous Saturday, I enjoyed watching three of my grandchildren participate in sporting events. Because of work and my recent travels, this was my first opportunity to watch granddaughter Aubrey cheer and grandsons Joey and Oliver play Tiger football. This was also my first time to watch the kids play and cheer within the beautiful new stadium built recently near the Carthage High School.

Here are highlights from the fun day:

I was grateful for my son and daughter-in-law’s pop up canopy that provided shade from the bright sunshine!

A peek at the new scoreboard during Joey’s game…and a vibrant field.

Joey didn’t get to play today. That’s him, number 4, cheering his team on and helping out from the sidelines. He is wearing a brace on his left leg. And the boy on crutches at the other end? That boy and Joey collided during a game two weeks ago. Joey injured his knee. The other boy suffered a broken ankle. Ouch for both of them!

Joey stretching out his leg. I was proud of my grandson. Although he didn’t play, he was attentive and encouraging and helped out by carrying water and tossing the football out. Joey’s team didn’t win but they played earnestly and well.

Watching Joey’s game.

Game 2, and Oliver takes the field as one of the team captains. He is number 3. This is Oliver’s second year to play, and what a difference a year makes. His team plays very well together, under the direction of excellent coaches.

Most of the time, Oliver plays on the defensive line. He is scrappy, and defends very well, blocking players on the other team and tackling, as necessary. His team won their game, without allowing the other team to score.

I appreciate how my son and daughter-in-law show up for their kids, cheering them on and being witnesses to their lives. Nate, who is a sergeant with the police department, was working today. That didn’t prevent him from stopping by the stadium to watch a little bit of the boys’ games and see his daughter cheer.

This is Aubrey’s first year as a cheerleader, although she has been observing and practicing in the bleachers for the last two years. She cheered with her squad during Oliver’s game and it was fun to watch both of them.

At halftime, the girls took to the field to perform a special cheer. I videotaped it, being the first time I’ve had opportunity to watch this darling girl and her friends cheer. You can watch their performance HERE.

I know the kids keep their parents busy, with practices every evening, except Fridays, and games on Saturdays. Nate and Megan are investing in their kids, allowing them to pursue interests and develop skills, and also determine what engages and calls to them next.

I’m proud of all of my grandchildren, for going after the things that are important to them. And I’m proud of my children, for parenting well, with their hearts, with their time and energy, with their presence.

It was a good day for football. It was a good day to be with family.