team photo after an early morning game in chilly fall temps. they lost 3-1 but if they played the first half like the second half they maybe could have won.
and yes, i’m being That Guy. i think it’s generally considered bad form to take a photograph of the official team photo being taken but we bought a print so i don’t feel so bad about stealing revenue. but there’s still the fact that maybe i distracted a couple of the kids. i trust the photog took a few extra shots to compensate.
i had a great time with odin shooting thesuper blood moon eclipse! he’s been slowly showing an interest in photography and was asking questions about how to shoot with the dslr. one of his shots is in the sequence in following photo. he’s a natural!
he tried to get a few shots with his iPod touch and while he was not happy with his results, i was happy with mine
i’ve tried to shoot a few eclipses in my time and they’ve never really turned out. pretty happy with the sequence. odin took the first shot without a tripod!
full super blood moon eclipse! shot with a telephoto lens and 4 second exposure. i don’t have a tripod so i macgyvered it and put the camera on top of our car and positioned the lens with books so i could get a non-shaky shot.
only his second game playing goalie and he played the whole game and stopped all the shots on goal which helped the team win 2-0!
after the game he got a lot of “great job!” and high fives from teammates which he appreciated.
odin has been playing soccer for a few years and most of that time has been as right or left fullback which he enjoys but he’s mentioned that he would like to give the goalie position a try.
the good news is that today he got his chance. the bad news was that it was against a very tough team
he stopped more goals that he let by and kept the other team out of double digits. maybe he has the goalie mentality because when the game was over he said he had a lot of fun even thought the other team was really good and would love to do it again.
but, happily, that day has not yet arrived.
we walked with odin and some hockey buddies in a local parade to raise awareness for the hockey association. even though i’m losing count of how many parades i’ve walked over the past couple of years, i don’t mind since it’s all for a good cause.
because i know a guy in marketing at organic valley, we had some organic fuel to hand out along with flyers and association swag. it’s always fun to hear an ever increasing number of people proactively yell out how much they love it.
odin’s team beat river valley 1-0!
he loves playing with his contact lenses in and not having to worry about getting his glasses knocked off his face. he’s always been good at defense but i think the contacts give him just a little more confidence to get in and get the ball. maybe that’s why he played defense the entire game and didn’t come out once
odin contemplates the american labor movement’s impact on child labor while helping grandpa salmi clean out a trailer on labor day.
while i am making light of the irony of him doing work on labor day, we did visit the flint sit-down strike memorial earlier in the summer and never got around to posting it. i think he might have had some distant relatives who were involved in the seminal event in labor history.
they very much enjoyed the swim at a nice beach where the au train river empties into the chilly waters of lake superior just west of munising.
the surface water temperature maps claim the water might be breaking 60°F but it sure didn’t feel like a degree above 50°F. brrrrrrrrr.
big day for odin today. it was the first day of fifth grade and after years in the local waldorf school he had his first day at public school and loved it. we’re still very big supporters of the waldorf school and couldn’t say enough about how central the experience has been in developing the wonderful, caring boy that he is today. to use a hockey analogy, this is about skating to where the puck will be.
in the morning he was appropriately nervous and while a little bummed to not be able to wear his contacts ( NEW SCHOOL! NEW LOOK! ) since he washed one down the shower drain the night before and we don’t have backups yet ( *cough* someone might have told him not to take a shower with his contacts in *cough*. lesson learned the hard way. ) he was taking it in stride.
he traded his half block walk for a half mile bike ride or walk. i don’t him i’d be more than happy to walk him to school, all the way to his locker and give him a hug as he walked into his class.
with a little glimmer in eye he said, “no poppi, that’s o.k. i can get to class by myself.”