Thursday, September 2, 2010

Go Ethan Go!

So i totally thought Ethan would just love football. He was really excited to play this summer. He plays in the yard with his brothers and is so tough. He takes hits and scores touchdown all day. And his brothers don't take it easy on him. He has to work hard. The first day of practice Ethan would absolutely not go out on the field. As i mentioned in my other post he has been super anxious about stuff lately. He cried and would not go out and practice. I have to say i was very frustrated with him. I had to do some deep breathing and remind myself that there must be a reason he felt uncomfortable with this. 
It took a few practices but when he realized adam and i weren't going anywhere he went out there and has been really enjoying himself. He is playing flag football and is awesome at pulling the flags of the boys with the ball. His first game he got a little bit of stage fright and didn't want to go out on the field. So we sat and watched the game before his so he could see how it was going to work. By the time the game was over he felt comfortable enough to go out and play. He did awesome!!!  He was lined up against a kid twice his size that was definately pushing him around. So ethan go sneaky and juked him a few time and got around him so he could get to the guy with the ball. It was fun to watch him play and be comfortable with the things he knows how to do.  I didn't know it was going to be so much work for him to have fun! :)

Big Hitter!

Gavin is playing tackle football again this year. He is much better at it this year than he was last year. Just a lot more aggressive. He is playing wide reciever on offense and saftey on defense. So he plays the better part of the game.  Last game he had 3 really hard tacklles. I was proud of him he stood in there and took the hits and wrapped those boys up and brought them down. He told Adam today at practice "it feels good to hit people"  LOL  Well i guess it is good we have an outlet for Gavin to get some of that pent up anger out of his system.  He takes a lot of garbage from his brothers. 
His teammate broke his arm in last weeks game so i was hoping that it wouldn't make Gavin anxious about being hurt. Doesn't seem to have bothered him. He gets out there and takles the big boys like it is no big deal and his coaches are telling his teammates that they need to watch Gavin tackle cuz he is doing it right. :)  Good job Gavin!!  Gavin is #14
Well Gavin was super excited to go back to school to be with his friends.  He loves school and learning. He is such a good kid. He has helped us so much with Ethan this year. I don't know where Ethan would be without his big brother. Gavin makes sure he gets on the bus in the morning and makes sure Ethan gets into his line at school so he isn't scared.  Adam and I feel bad to put that on Gav but if we went to the school with Ethan he would never go inside. So we are proud of Gavin for stepping up and helping us and taking care of his little brother.
Ethan on the other hand was not excited at all to start school.  He has had a really hard time adjusting to first grade.  When Ethan was smaller he would never leave us. He never went to nursery in church and he had a hard time being left with sitters. It went away for a while but we have noticed that in the past 6 months or so he has started being extremely anxious about things. He won't do a lot of things that he enjoys because he is too anxious about adam or me leaving him. He worries about being left outside on the playground at school in the morning after the bell rings and not being able to get into the school.  He worries about the lunch line at school. He has to sleep with Gavin at night. If we put him in bed in his room when i wake up in the morning he is on the floor by Gavins bed. The poor kids is worrying himself sick.  So he has definately had a hard time this year so far. He is trying hard to be brave and work on not worrying and letting mom and dad worry for him.  But we had a whole week this week without any tears. A few stomach aches before school but no tears. 
Hopefully with a little encouragement Ethan will begin to feel comfortable with his surrounding and more confident with himself.  He put on a good smile for the camera anyway. :)