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Tis the Season: Football and Pumpkins

We boarded the Boxer

 

 

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Riding Shotgun...

Riding Shotgun…

And set off for a Very Busy Weekend!!

Our son is the Head Coach of the East Nicolaus Spartan Football Team and they played like the courageous scrappy team they are!! Won their game hands down!! IMG_9734

On Saturday, we traveled to Dixon to watch our grandson play football too…

 

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Grandson’s number is 34…he plays offense and defense!

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Halftime pep talk!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And on Sunday, I drove my sweet mother, my granddaughter, my sister-in-law and my grandniece to a crowded Pumpkin Farm in Citrus Heights. The younger ladies picked out pumpkins and rode a train. Mom and I guarded the chosen pumpkins and watched families take photos on the hay wagon!

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Choosing the perfect pumpkin!
IMG_9774The Pumpkin Farm photo hay wagon!

 

 

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My adorable eighty-seven year young Momma…guardian of the pumpkins!

 

 

 

And then…dusty and tired…I happily let My Sweet Husband drive me home!!

Hoping you all are enjoying this wonderful Fall Season too!! What a blessed time of year…and so much to be thankful for…we need to celebrate each day with our loved ones!

 

 

The fun Pumpkin Farm in Citrus Heights, California is…Pumpkin Farm

Another fabulous pumpkin farm is Bishops Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland, California…

4 Tips for Keeping it “Cool” in the Bleachers at Youth Sporting Events

4 Tips for Keeping It Cool in the Bleachers at Youth Sporting Events

 

Up to bat….

 

 

We’re well into the baseball and softball season, but the year is filled with seasonal youth sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, roller hockey, ice hockey, football, Lacrosse, tennis, golf…and so many more!

 

We’ve all heard the horror stories about parents being verbally and sometimes physically abusive at youth football or baseball games.

 

What is it about sporting events, more than other organized youth performances or competitions that brings out the worst from the adults sitting in the bleachers? You won’t hear someone shout sarcastically, “What do you call that?” during a musical or dance recital.

 

I don’t have any answers for “why,” only four heartfelt requests for parents and friends in the bleachers:

 

1.  Please, please remember these are kids…they are not a professional team!  Keep your comments positive, even comments about the opposing team players!

 

Making a great effort!

 

2.  Think before you make comments about the umpire. Respect the decision made by the umpire. Most often they are volunteers, doing the best job they can. Be a good example for your child.

 

Respect the Umpire

 

3.  Let the coach be the coach. Don’t instruct your child from the stands or point out his/her mistakes. 

 

Let the coach be the coach

 

4.  Praise a good effort, despite the score.

 

A good effort…

 

 

Learning to play fair, developing new skills, perfecting talents, and doing their best are only a few advantages for youngsters participating in team sports.  One of the most important lessons is practicing facing “big feelings” and overcoming fears.

 

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.”

 

Here’s to strength and courage and confidence for all our children!

 

Kate

 

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