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The Football Cup

He’s been waiting for this weekend to come for a long time. The last week he counted the days and got more and more excited as Saturday drew closer. And when we left he was all smiles, even though we had to drive quite a bit before we got there (and mom had to stop by the office to do something at work before we went – as usual..).

football cup

We got there almost too late and it took us some time to figure out the ins and outs of the sports hall where the football (soccer) cup were. We tried to find a place for him to change into the team clothes, but ended up changing them right there in the middle of the crowd – he wasn’t too happy about that, but it went fast and he got over it. As soon as I had tied his laces he left to play with his team.

running for the ball

And play they did. Match after match. By the end of the weekend they had twelve matches down. They played well, but so did the other teams, so mostly they lost – but a few they won. I’m thankful that it didn’t matter much to them; the matches were fun as long as they got a goal in now and then. And MT told me that the best part of the game was to tackle the other players, trying to get the ball for the team.

team spirit

It was fun to see how much he has grown as a player since last year. Now he isn’t afraid to go after the ball himself, now he runs like the wind and are all over the place most of the time (last year, and especially his first match, he just cheered the others on while jumping up and down himself staying put in one place).

only one more match to go

As much as he loved the football bit of the weekend, he also loved that we stayed at a hotel with a huge indoor swimming pool. This guy loves water – and now he can’t wait for next year to come around because then we (maybe) can stay for another night in the hotel and spend even more time in the pool. We’ll see. Right now it’s good to be at home, not driving anywhere.

When we left the sports hall and started our drive home I asked him if he had a good weekend. He answered

“Yes. But next time you are going to be there for me!”.

It’s not always easy being the pastor’s son when it comes to the weekends. He had a good time with his friends while I went back home to have a service in our church, I know it went okay and that he got to go to the pool as well as play football. But I know he also needed me to be there – for him. So next year I’m going to do my best not to plan as badly as this year. I think my car will thank me as well, 4 hours less driving is also a nice though.

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MT winter

We spent the last part of our weekend with family at my parents farm. My mom was feeling a bit under the weather on Saturday, but the rest of us had some fun together. By Sunday morning my mom felt a lot better (looked better as well) and made us all some delicious Sunday dinner.

We spent a good part of the Sunday outside and I took some photos (off course). It was a bit cold, so I was afraid for my camera – but it seemed to go okay and it still works as normal.

perfect stop watch out, here I come..

winter brother my brother and his son by caravan

white trees and path winter trees, path and a brother

going up train SIL taking a perfect swing

I got over! red and white

I look forward to live here at the farm some day, but I really do wonder how I’m going to make a living of it. As it is now my dad barely breakes even and my he has worked as a full-time teacher as well as being a farmer. I’m not sure if I have the energy to do that (having a full-time job AND doing the farm work) – I only know that I need some money to pay for things…. Hm…

winter life on the farm


a nice long weekend

Note! I wrote this a week ago, but never published it.
I’ve added the photos and finally, here it is πŸ˜‰ The long weekend is August 14th – 18th, 2008.

It’s not long since I came back from vacation, but it was so good to have the weekend + a couple of days, free, last week. Days that we spent with our friend, family and IKEA πŸ˜‰

Thursday we chilled out at home. Or that was the plan. I had a few scrap pages to finish and it took, off course, much longer time to finish than anticipated. (I don’t know why I still think that it will only go an hour doing a page?!?!?) Suddenly (to me) we were late, so I tried to finish my scrap while cooking dinner and packing at the same time. MT got to eat the dinner all alone with me running around trying to remember the important stuff. LOL. Then we just had to run because the bus was coming; we ran down and got there right on time. Puh! But the bus was late; if I knew I could have remembered to bring underwear for MT, or a t-shirt, or unplugged the laptop! (I’m so glad there wasn’t thunder storm that day)….. but didn’t dare to walk up again since the bus could come any time. And it did, after a 15 minutes wait or so. I ate my cold dinner at the bus.

waiting for the bus waiting for the bus Driving by BΓΈ with bus

My mom collected us from the bus and drove us the short trip home to the farm. Soon my friend Bea came as well and we enjoyed the evening together (at least, we all enjoyed it after Bea and dad fixed her car). As if this wasn’t company enough, my brother and family suddenly came by with their caravan (to place on the hill behind the farm house; best view in town ;)). MT had so much fun with his cousins and we adults chatted away; we even went for a little nightly walk.

The farm; the view The farm; apple trees MT at the farm

Friday we woke up early. All of us tired. But thrilled (that goes for the adult), this was the going-to-IKEA day πŸ˜€ I think it’s over a year since last time, and I missed it so much. Fun to go with my friend too! MT didn’t find IKEA that funny, but he loved the play room and found himself a nice new animal.

me and my crock me and my crock me and my crock

The funniest thing was MT falling asleep while we looked around, I don’t know how he managed to sleep like this – but he sure did!

Sleeping beauty Sleeping beauty


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