Friday, September 17, 2010

Cabers and Falcons and Kilts, Oh My!

A couple of weekends ago, after our first soccer game of the season, we decided to take a leap into the Scottish Highlands and visit the Highland Games in a town nowhere near the actual peaks of Scotland. It turns out, the event is kind of like a county fair, only with kilts.

We arrived just in time to watch some telephone pole throwing (caber toss)...and the throwing weights over the high bar (weight for height contest)...The kids enjoyed watching the sheep dog competition.Mam loved visiting the Clydesdalesand the Highland Cattle.We even stopped by a very crowded falconry presentation. The kids seemed to enjoy that too...or maybe it was just too packed for them to plan an escape.We missed out on a lot of things...visiting clan tents and the Highland dancing among them...but we had a lot of fun and now we'll have something to go back and see next year.

Sharks and Monkeys

I think my new part-time job must be cutting into all that time I used to spend blogging. It's a good gig and all, but gosh, I did have some other ideas for things to do with my free time and those things just aren't working out!

School started with a the starting gun at the beginning of a race. I don't dare blink or 1st grade will be over again and our first round of 3rd grade will be too. Mam seems to be enjoying all the advantages of being a 1st grader. Smunch? He was settled in before he even sat down, I suspect. Several times lately, I've heard him tell someone, "I have, like, the nicest teacher in the whole school." And he does.

But as is now tradition in our household, the start of school is just the harbinger for the start of soccer season. This year, Mam scored fluorescent orange as a team color. And Smuch is clad in "silver"...still just a nice word for grey.So far, it's promising to be a pretty different year than last year. Soccer has never really been Smunch's sport. He enjoys it and he chose to play soccer over playing "fall ball", but he's hardly a star. In his first game with the Silver Sharks, he got tired and asked to come out of the game after the first quarter. Ugh!But he happily celebrated goals with the team's star player. Then he got kicked in the foot...hard. Out for another quarter. He seemed O.K. later. He seemed fine until he played soccer again. It's a little hard to believe it's not just a mental problem. I'm hoping he makes it through a few more quarters this weekend.

The blinding orange team is the Orange Super Monkeys (love that!). At Mam's age, they're still mostly playing beehive ball.But they're cute. Mam is nothing like the soccer player she was last year, however. Her fearless fiestiness has been replaced by hang-back-and-watch-it-ness...although she did score a goal in her second outing. There've only been two games, so maybe last year's soccer star will re-emerge yet.

Can you tell I'm kinda missing baseball season?