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Earlier this year, my husband Daniel was following the World Cup games, and naturally our 6-year-old, Carter, started watching with him. Carter decided he wanted to play soccer, so as soon as Fall youth soccer started here in Surprise, we signed him up!
We figured it was a great way for him to get some exercise, meet new friends, improve his coordination, and most importantly, learn how to be part of a team.
A team clearly destined to go pro
Last week Carter had his very first practice, where he was excited to get his shin guards, soccer socks, and his lime green jersey. He got #23, my lucky number!
Here in Surprise, the weather is still blazing hot, and we’ve even been getting some humidity in the air, which makes it even more uncomfortable. I knew the kids would need to stay hydrated during this week’s practice, so we brought them a special snack, consisting of Powerade (12oz pack of 12- the perfect size for “powering” up little ones!)…
…and fresh fruit from the Walmart produce section.
We have a Walmart Neighborhood Market basically in our backyard, and that is our go-to store for groceries. The produce section is always the area we hit first- gotta load up on those fruits and veggies! Carter helped me pick out some fresh fruit to give to his team.
Harry helped too!
When we lived in St. David, we had an apple tree, and in the fall I would make homemade apple pies that were delicious. We don’t have an apple tree in Surprise, but that won’t stop me from making them this fall!
We brought cut-up apples and grapes to the soccer practice, so the kids could have a healthy snack when they were finished. Once the coach ended practice, and the kids headed my way, it was just a few short seconds before the plate was emptied, and they were headed off with their parents, with handfuls of fruit, a Powerade under their arms, and tired, happy smiles on their faces!
Carter loved his Powerade and begged me to keep the leftover drinks for his lunches at school. Not such a bad idea to throw a Powerade into his lunch to help him stay hydrated at school! And he wasn’t the only one; Vanessa downed her own Powerade while sneaking grapes all through practice, and we even put some into Harry’s bottle to help him stay cool while he watched the kids play.
These kids are learning how to play soccer, but the life lessons they will acquire while being part of a team are invaluable! I’m excited to see Carter learn and grow, and to keep providing him with the healthy snacks to help him on his way!