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1 Birthday + 2 Soccer Teams + 1 Trip to Vietnam = Chaos

Last weekend was a complete blur.

Saturday morning Michael had a soccer game and it was darn near freezing. Thankfully the sun was out, so it didn't end up being too bad after all.

The chaos started immediately after the game when we had to rush home, change, then rush to Michael's birthday party. We had it at Mountasia, which is a putt-putt/arcade joint. Most of Michael's soccer team made it to the party and a few friends from school. They all loved the putt-putt. We left there at about 2pm. Here are some pics.

Saturday night, I had a make up soccer game (which we lost 3-1). We're a fantastic 1st half team, but for some reason we're getting into trouble late in the 2nd half of every game. Anyway, it's fun and it keeps me in shape.

Sunday was Oscar's last soccer game for the fall. It's sad to see the season end. It was pretty tough on me at first since I am the only coach, but they boys ended up doing great, certainly much better than I expected. Some of the parents even complimented me on my patience. Who would have thought that? After the game we had a team party at Johnny's Pizza. I sat with the boys on the team and let the parents enjoy some time to themselves. They are such a good bunch of boys and I'm excited to coach them again in the spring.

This is Oscar's picture from the season. Here are some pictures from the last game and team party.

This coming Saturday is Michael's last soccer game for the fall. His team has progressed tremendously this season. They are even starting to understand the value of passing. After the game we have the team party at Fiesta Jumps, which is part owned by a family on the team.

Here is Michael's picture from this season. He is getting so big and is completely crazy about soccer. Oh, here's a funny story that sums up his addiction. Beth was giving an art lesson to Michael's class today. The painter they were discussing was from France. Michael raises his hand, Beth calls on him, and he says "Zidane is from France." Too funny! For those of you who don't know Zidane, he has been the FIFA World Player of the Year a few times and was the World Cup MVP (despite the head butt and red card in the final).

I have my last soccer game of the fall season on Sunday night. I have really enjoyed playing (more than I expected) and the guys on the team are a good group. I guess I need to thank Dang in Vietnam for getting me back into it.

Speaking of Vietnam, I head out there again on Monday morning for 16 days. Unfortunately I will be gone over Thanksgiving, but I plan to take a few days off when I get back to avoid being a complete ass like I was the last time I came back. When the trip was in the discussion stage, I had the option to either go over Thanksgiving or leave a week earlier and miss the last week of Michael's soccer season. We chose the former since we felt it's more important for me to be there for Michael at soccer. I always remember my parents being there at all my games growing up and I want to do the same for my kids.

I'll do my best to update everyone while I am in Vietnam. I hope to make it to the Cu Chi Tunnels this time, but I have only 1 day that I can go. I will also be going on a company trip (with 500+ other people) to Nha Trang over Thanksgiving weekend, which is supposed to be a beautiful beach.


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