Clara’s First Soccer Season

If you know me personally, you know that I’ve spent the better part of my life making fun of soccer, from the faking injuries to the crowd riots to the orange slices & Capri Suns.  So as fate would have it, Soccer is Clara’s first sport she took part in, just completing her first season in the 4-year-old’s Little Wizards team here in Windsor.  All kidding about soccer aside, they’ve done a great job in making the sport accessible for little kids. Gone are the days of 4-year-olds playing 11-on-11 on a regulation field, watching grass grow. Now the fields are smaller, they play 4-on-4, don’t have a dedicated goalie, with the goal of giving kids as many opportunities to touch the ball as possible.

Clara had a really great season! She is so enthusiastic and became a very good teammate, always cheering on her friends and showing so much hustle. I was really surprised just how much she grasped the game, I was expecting a lot more chaos.

Below are some pictures of Clara’s first season, both her first game and last game. I was so happy to have my 70-200mm lens fixed by the time soccer season started. It really enabled me to capture some great shots.

 

Clara Running Laps for Learning

As you know, Clara is in her first year of preschool and is loving it.  On October 5, her school is hosting their large fund-raiser of the year, Laps for Learning.  Clara is looking for sponsors that would be willing to contribute a flat rate towards her running and made this video below:

Any contribution, no matter how small would be appreciated.  If you would be interested in giving, there are two ways you could contribute:

  1. Mail a check made out to Tozer Primary School, to Clara at 1405 Pintail Ct, Windsor, CO 80550.  Since the event is set for Oct 5, we recommend getting it in the mail by Oct 2
  2. Use the link below to make a PayPal donation to me (Clara’s Dad). We’ll accept it as a cash contribution and can email you a tax-deductible receipt. You can do this by Oct 4

[Update Oct 2017]: Thank you so much for all of your support! Through your generosity Clara raised $225 and her school exceeded her goal of $11,000 and raised $13,900. Thank you!!

Thank you so much for your consideration and your help! Clara is excited to run for her school and for you!

Welcome to the World, Mariana Raquel!

Better late than ever, I wanted to announce the birth of Mariana Raquel, born Thursday, October 29 to Bethany and I, with a very excited Big Sister Clara.

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We’ve been doing great! She is eating and sleeping well, and we’re all happily adjusting to our new family addition.

Again, sorry for the delay in posts.  More fun reflections to come.

Crawling!

Being the proud papa that I am, I would be remiss if I didn’t post Clara’s latest feat: crawling!  If you count the army crawl, she’s actually been crawling since around Christmas, but she has always been hesitant to get on her hands and knees. Given that she also know like to walk while holding hands, we thought she might just skip crawling all together – but she proved us wrong!