Another week and another opportunity for more memories to be made! We had quite the weekend in our household, between Finley’s first basketball game and BREAKING NEWS of a new addition.
Finley’s basketball team is an elite all-star 4U team if I do say so myself :). In the hour time frame we are given on Saturday mornings, our team practices for the first 30 minutes and then the next 30 minutes is the game. If you have never witnessed a 4U basketball game or any type of 4U sport that involves running from one end of a court/field to the other, let me paint a visual picture for you……imagine you have a group of 50 cats and a single toy ball (the basketball in this case) . As you hold the ball high at one end of the court all the cats huddle around you, then as soon as you throw the ball to the other end of the court ALL 50 cats will immediately rush to the other end in hopes of controlling the ball. There’s also a good chance a few of those cats will not rush to the other end but instead look at each other’s shoes/pony tails/or even wave at their parents before taking off to the other end of the court. As a coach of their team I have a blast working with each of the kids, helping them learn the basic skills of dribbling, shooting, passing and what offense and defense is. When our hour long session is over and seeing Finley’s face light up with excitement from doing something for the very first time, it makes my heart happy as her father.
On Sunday we welcomed our newest addition and Finley’s first pet to our household, a blue Betta fish from GiGi (grandma). Finley was beyond ecstatic when she found out she was getting this fish and seeing her reaction for the first time when she came face to face with her new fish made our day! Finley of course named her new friend, Ally. One of the first topics we discussed with her is that having a pet fish is fun but it also comes with responsibility, such as making sure it is fed each day, its water is changed out, and the aquarium is cleaned accordingly. Since welcoming Ally into our house as of this past Sunday, it’s completely changed Finley’s morning and evening routine. She is continually making sure Ally is fed and taken care of. Our desire as parents is to help Finley learn life lessons through sports and having pets. Starting small with a fish and leading into bigger responsibilities such as other pets or possibly a sibling. Helping her understand how important it is to care for her pets should enable her to enhance her sense of responsibility as she grows older.
I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world by having a front row seat watching Finley every day as she learns more about her world and how to interact with the people around her. Jess and I are very blessed and couldn’t imagine our lives without her. We thank God each day that he has entrusted us with the responsibilities of being Finley’s parents. Just as Finley learns new aspects in life each day, being her parents also allows us to learn something new about ourselves each day as life is a never ending adventure full of moments big and small.
Someone grab the fish food, we are off to feed Ally!
If you don’t know me personally, one aspect you will learn quickly is that I am a huge sports enthusiast and have been active in sports since a very young age. As a dad I have been awaiting the moment that my daughter would begin to participate in sports and to see the joy on her face and the excitement in her voice as she plays. Finley has been participating in dance for two years now and currently loves it! She attends a local dance studio with classes every Wednesday night, all leading up to a large recital in May each year where they dress up in costumes and make-up! Aside from dance she has also been active playing soccer and t-ball which she played for the first time as a 3 yr old in the spring and summer of 2016. As her dad/soccer coach I loved every minute of it and of course every girl on the team looked forward to the drinks and snacks after the game.
As we kick off 2017, Finley begins a new adventure this weekend. It will be her first opportunity to play organized basketball through our local YMCA. Basketball has always been a passion of mine, playing through childhood into college, and even now as I am able to give back to the game through being a state of Kansas high school basketball official. So needless to say, I am very excited and anxious to watch/coach Finley as she not only learns the game of basketball but even more importantly develops new skills that she will use throughout her whole life.
Being a parent of a young child you always want the best for them. However, I also believe it’s important for them to actively participate in sports as a kid. Notice I said sports, not a single sport. At a young age there are many opportunities for kids, no matter their skill level, to be active and to learn how to work together with their teammates. I will also make mention that I firmly believe competition is good for kids to understand as they develop and there is no better way to learn the value of competition than through sports. Being able to have kids understand the importance of how hard work and discipline can make them a better athlete will have a resounding impact on them in every aspect of their lives.
Here’s to a great season of 4U basketball! I can’t wait to share updates, videos and pictures of all the excitement and life lessons we are about to encounter. Below is a little insight to our ‘practice’ the other day as we learned “Basketball 101 – The Art of Dribbling” including two videos and a picture of Finley. You’ll notice in the second video, we have our first basketball related injury only 15 seconds in 🙂
Now who is in charge of snacks this week? Will someone please find me the sign-up sheet……
Ever wondered what if? Ever talked with a parent, grand-parent or an individual who believes they should have tried this or tried that but never took the initiative? For me this is one of those ‘moments.’ A moment I want to make sure I don’t look back on in 40-50 years and say to myself, “I wonder what would have been different if I had just stepped out into the unknown and took a chance.”
January 9, 2017 was the day I began this new adventure. My vision is to instill hope and happiness to those that may come across this blog through the use of sharing my life with others. Most importantly, sharing my life experiences from the view point of being a father to a beautiful daughter, a husband to the most amazing wife I could ever dream of, whom I credit helping me take this step into the unknown, and also sharing experiences I am a part of each day through work and other activities I am involved in.
There are many instances each day that I and many others forget to remember the small things, the moments that pass us by more quickly than others and we don’t realize just how important they are until it’s too late. Through this blog I hope it will keep both myself and my audience accountable each day to realize time doesn’t slow down and to make the most of every moment, of every day, that God has blessed us with.
As we continue on this adventure together I am anxious to share stories of laughter and ones that tug on the heart strings, share pictures and memories and of course keep you up to date when Chaddy Daddy is home.