The soccer party was lovely, really. We had about 20 people over: soccer players, their parents, siblings. Most of the children on Hannah's team are from families we have known since all the kids were infants (some of them from when the kids were in utero), so our get-togethers are typically easy, comfortable things with just a touch (sometimes much more than others, today on the light side) of melodrama in the playroom.
The Most Wonderful Coaches Ever (TM) made a special award for each of the players and gave a little speech as they handed them out. Hannah was "Most Consistent"--for showing up at every game and practice, for being such a reliable player and for scoring at least one goal in every game.
I've enjoyed watching her blossom as a player over the past few months (Thanks MWCE!). She loves playing and definitely shows some natural abilities--she's light on her feet, quick and stinkin' competitive. She's also showing an understanding of the game and how to play it with other people that I only see in a few of the kids.
After most everyone took off, Joel and Phoebe and Mickey and associated children joined us for a walk on the river. It was quite terrific--especially since John and Joel took all the kids down to the water while we women took a chatty walk on the loop trail. The kids kept busy building bridges across a little inlet and playing at whatever they were playing at. Only one child got sopping wet wading right on into the river (that'd be Jonah).
This evening has been quiet and calm. Hannah and Jonah playing happily in a fort made of chairs and blankets, John and I reading the Sunday newspapers. I just ate the last little sliver of the coffee cake-y thing I made for the potluck (cornbread from a mix with a cup and a half of blueberries [frozen from this summer] tossed in and a streusel topping [about 1/3 cup butter, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup oats])--turned out to be perfect with a tiny cup of eggnog. I'm about to go curl up with the Official Voter Information Guide. Wish me luck.