Team Kansas City

I mentioned a couple months ago in this post that Tyson played soccer again this year after skipping the 4 year old league - this time at the Y.  And... Steve "volunteered" to coach the team.  He didn't have a choice really... but his team ended up undefeated!  There were 12 kids on the team, but I don't think we ever saw 2 of them.  There are 5 players + 1 goalie on the field at a time.  Tyson was one of the kids who rotated in at goalie for a quarter each game.  He was pretty good at it!

 I love this pic, he's really into it in the goal (I know it's small!!!)
At the end of the season we had a team dinner.  Of course every parent wanted to take pictures of the kids so they stood up there for awhile.  You can see the progression of the kids' excitement as the pictures went on (this is my first and last one... haha!)

Coach Steve did a nice talk about each kid, saying what their strengths are and what they improved on, etc.  Save the pic of this kid.  He's a natural.  His parents don't know a thing about soccer and he's the oldest of 4 kids.  He has the ball skills of a high school kid.  And, he's still coachable and has a good attitude.  Hopefully we'll run into him again on another team :)

Tyson, our all-star with his coaches!  At their last game, in the last quarter, a spark just went off in Tyson's head, and he started dominating the game.  He scored an awesome goal in the upper left corner!!  Unfortunately, Hailey and I didn't get to witness it because she was REALLY sick with a stomach bug that morning!  The only game I missed :(

We were proud of Tyson for always having a good attitude, doing well during games, and the last game really got us excited for the fall season.  We knew he had it in him and can't wait to see him have fun playing again next time!  And... it's pretty fun when your team never loses... (oh wait... no one was really keeping score.  I forgot.)


yard refresh!

I know, you're thinking, really? She's doing a blog post about the yard?  Well, if you know us very well at all, you know that our landscaping has been a HUGE headache/ time taker at this house.  I swear there is some kind of master weed monster under our slab.  No matter what we do, what treatments / prevention methods we try, we continue to have an unreasonable amount of weeds that grow like they're on steroids.  We've both had to take multiple days off of work just to work on it.

So, my wonderful husband decided to schedule one of his crews to come out and rip everything out (mulch and dirt wise, not plants... unless they were WEEDS), put down more preventative, and add new mulch.  To show that we aren't crazy in our assessment of our yard, know that a professional crew had to come and rip everything out TWICE before they could add the treatment and put down the new mulch.  That's right... after one week of being completely pulled out, the weeds were back to their normal hugeness.

So once they were done, I had to take some pictures to preserve that precious moment!  So far it's been behaving better than normal, but we do have a few things popping up.  Hopefully it can stay under control now...

This area is evil... last year I got poison ivy after working in this section... horrible

This is my favorite landscaping when it's cleaned up... love the Lilies of the Nile

This area is affectionately known as the "wild west". One of the two major headaches we've had weed-wise.

This is the other major headache area.  Of course, it's right in the front yard close to the street.

Here's a BIG thank you to Steve for getting this cleaned up, and to hoping it will last and give us more of our limited free time back!


Preschool graduation

Tyson graduated from preschool!  We even have professional pictures and some video (sorry... takes me awhile to crank out the videos... much longer process than the pics).  It was a really nice ceremony and we were VERY impressed.  They had the mayor of Pearland give a speech.  I even teared up a couple of times.  You never know what to expect with a bunch of 4-5 year olds!

Before the ceremony - dropping Tyson off with his class

Tyson's class was combined with the other private Pre-K class at his school for this... no, there are not really 50 kids just in his class :)  Tyson is near the middle of the top row, pointing out into the crowd.  There's a space to his right.

There were 3 Primrose schools combined. Each group of kids did their own songs, so there was a lot of switching kids in and out, and it was pretty long all together.  They've been rehearsing this for weeks, maybe even a couple of months.  We were really proud of Tyson because he was really into it, and his teachers said he was an ANGEL the whole time. [Side note, they did a Christmas play in December and Tyson completely froze the whole time]

More of his group doing their performance

Tyson receiving his diploma!  Camera decided not to focus on this one!

As they introduced each child, they read what the child said they wanted to be when they grow up.  The most common answers were doctor, nurse, ballerina/dancer, and princess.  Tyson said that he wanted to be a rock star when he grows up, so he can play the drums.  This was hilarious to us, because it came out of no where.  Apparently he told Jammy and Papa a couple of months ago that his Daddy is a rock star, so maybe that's where it came from!  Ha!

After the ceremony - the proud graduate

This is the best family photo we got - great huh?!

Jammy and Papa were able to make it too!
He's headed to Kindergarten in the fall!  We already registered him at his new elementary school, and he's already getting excited about riding the big yellow bus! [My baby is growing up!]