Thursday, August 26, 2010

why did we go all the way to florida?

soccer, of course!

this journey started about a year ago, with jacks and ryan trying out of an AYSO soccer team that would travel to west palm beach, florida in the summer of 2010 for a tournament with other AYSO teams from around the country.
jackson made the team! so it was outdoor fall soccer, two sessions of indoor winter soccer, outdoor spring soccer, practices, scrimmages... all leading to the AYSO national games on the international polo grounds. oh, and don't forget fundraising when we weren't playing soccer!!

the polo grounds blew my mind! it's a huge expanse of green grass that's so soft and perfect... or at least it was on the first day! get this: there were 24 teams in each of the 4 age divisions, boys and girls--almost 200 teams from the continental u.s., the virgin islands, and trinidad and tobago! in the blistering florida sun, 400 cleats tore that grass up pretty quick!
the little team from idaho played well, but sadly didn't win any of their 5 games. jackson played well, learned what playing his position can do, saw the game played beautifully by some really good players and had a BLAST!!

being completely without grace or atheltic ability, i had never been to a tournament--let alone a tournament of this size. and even tho it was steamy and hot, we were sunburned on top of sunburns, our team was losing... it was so much fun! i would do all of it again in a heart beat!
we're so proud of him for trying, staying with it and personally succeeding!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

so my mom comments...

... "You "aced" this class, so when will we see something new?? Looking forward to the next adventure of the Hentzens!"

i'd love to say that i've been so busy with school work that i haven't had time for blogging... but it was more that we were lovin' life this summer that i didn't carve out time for this!! and what were we doing? i better start at the beginning...

you know, when you're on a roller coaster, and you're slowly crawling up the first hill? yeah? well, that hill was our june! the boys got out of school, ryan had his birthday, we had soccer practices practically every day and it was still cold around here... but these things were all building up to the peak of our summer--jacks' soccer tournament in FLORIDA!

we flew over night (with a layover in phoenix to get our nana and papa!) and so we woke up in florida... first reaction? ugh... it's hot and why am i all sweaty?! we had a little conversation about humidity--and idaho's lack of it.

but God was good to us, and brought on a couple of cloudy and rainy days to keep us cool at disneyworld and epcot. and ryan says: i like this hot rain! it's the humidity, right?!

as i was saying, june was just the build up to the rest of the summer rushing by us at a frightening speed! we've had a great summer with our family and our friends... many great adventures

yes, mom... more adventure pictures to come!

(did you know that they just let crazy ducks attack you at disneyworld? in front of my kids, no less!)