June 2009


Kenan played his last game of soccer of the season today.  He thoroughly enjoyed the six weeks or so we got to play (we missed the first two weeks while we were in Virginia).  He’s a tough and tireless little kid out there on the soccer pitch.

The Under-Six teams are organized by each community, and it’s been really nice to have every game within walking distance of home, playing with other kids from the area (one we just discovered lives on our street, just a few blocks down from us).

Kenan is very proud of his “adult medals” as he calls them, because they are heavy, made of real metal instead of the usual plastic.

Showing off his medals

Get that ball!

Monday was a cold rainy day, but the kids still had fun.

Getting a little snack with the Assistant Coach

Fun in the rain

Some fast soccer action

Rainy day

More rainy day

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Kenan's Train PartySaturday was Kenan’s 5th birthday party.  (His real birthday was rainy cold Sunday but Helen’s prescience kicked in and she organized the party for sunny hot Saturday.  You go girl!)

Ten kids enjoyed the weather and the train theme, including an obstacle course complete with tunnels, bridges, slides, and water balloons; a blindfolded pudding-feeding event; and of course the Cake Crossing.

Interestingly, half the gifts followed the Thomas train theme, and the other half were bubble-related, with a couple of bubble-blowing contraptions and a rocket that streams bubbles behind it as it lifts off.

Here is a sampling of pictures from the day.

A whirlwind of activity around the obstacle course:

obstacle course

Shana running through the hoolahoops:

hula hoops

Throwing water balloons at a target (a broken Thomas umbrella):

water balloons

Voluntary messification:

kenan pudding

shana pudding

Shana bought Kenan an “Armour of God” set, which he’s been wanting for ages, but the funniest thing was how all the other kids immediately and simultanously chose to help him put all the pieces on.  He looked rather lost through the whole ordeal, as 3-4 kids at a time took it upon themselves to dress him.

kenan armour

But he was quite impressed with the result!

kenan warrior