Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Week in Review

Fall is in full swing now, and we're even getting a peek of winter now, despite there still being a pair of Carter's shorts in last week's laundry.  This morning there was some sort of partially frozen precipitation falling, and they're forecasting a bit of wet snow overnight tonight.  It was only in the low 40s today, which is an extra big shock to the system when we had 70s last week!  But the colors have been lovely, though I think the first round of gorgeous color has subsided a bit and we're back in a phase of mostly yellows and greens until the late-changers start up.  But I did capture this shot outside my office last week...

Saturday was Jacob's first travel lacrosse tournament.  Luckily, it was local.  The bad news is that our weather was miserable.  It had been raining for two days straight prior to the tournament, but I suppose our ongoing drought helped it not be a mud pit at the fields.  It had stopped raining by Saturday morning, but it was only in the 40s with thick clouds and 20 mph winds.  After a busy morning preparing for the second half of our day and figuring out how to bundle up, Carter and I arrived a bit late, had trouble parking, and only saw the end of the first game.  Jacob looked a little less than lively, and when the game was over and he came off the field, we found out why--he was freezing.  Despite having some extra layers, he was still too cold.  He was in tears, shivering, and unwilling to play game two.  It took half of the game and a hat under his helmet, but he finally went back out on the field. 

I'll admit--it was really cold even with a lot of layers.  Carter had his entire body--head included--under a blanket for most of the time we were there.  After game two there was an hour break, but at that point Carter and I left because we were heading to Buffalo for my family's Oktoberfest.  Luckily, Jacob and Craig were able to warm up inside the van for a while, and Jacob added a hoodie under his equipment for the last game, which made a big difference for him as he was right in the action for the last game.  No points, but a nice comeback for him personally after a rough start to the day. 

Despite the cold, Carter and I had a fun time at the Oktoberfest.  My aunt and uncle have a huge yard, and since Carter loves to run, it was a great fit.  There was also a koi pond that he liked visiting, but of course I needed to keep a close eye on him there.  He liked riding on a swing, too.  I love his shrieks and giggles as he swings!  After warming up by a couple fire pits into the evening, we headed back to my parents' house for the night.  After church, lunch, and some playtime on Sunday (while being tortured by the Bills), we headed home. 

While we were gone, Jacob created a new game that he has been obsessed with getting our family to play this week.  It's called Hot Wheels Football, and he made it his mission on Monday to get everything ready for an epic battle that night.   
The "commissioner" and his setup

He set up a doormat made from a piece of the Bills' old turf as the field, and used pieces from various other toys to round out his stadium.  The main stands are from his Playmobil soccer stadium, the yellow stands are from his Club Penguin air hockey rink, the goal post is from a fast food kids' meal toy (I think), and he used a toy storage bucket and a Hot Wheels launcher to create a scoreboard stand that utilized Craig's phone as a timepiece.  He also set up the Little People parking ramp with signs like this one...

And he made banners for the sides of the scoreboard support...
This one features Jim Kelly...

This one has Bruce Smith.  Jacob asked me for another prominent Bill, and that's who I told him.  He remembered the number incorrectly when he made the banner, but he fixed it :)
Here he is with the full setup...notice the stands are full of other cars and he has banners on the field.

The game is sort of like demolition derby with Hot Wheels cars, as two players race three cars each across the field.  One has a little ball and is trying to get to the opposite end zone, and the other ones are trying to block them.  There's definitely a fumbling problem as Hot Wheels truck beds are not deep enough, which leads to some questionable rules that strangely seem to skew toward Jacob.  But he's been so passionate about it, even creating some new banners and a field "tarp" again last night.  He was initially actively trying to involve Carter in this, but it's probably a bit tough for him to follow.  And then last night Carter came home from daycare with a fever and a nasty cold, so Craig and I have both stepped in to play.  It's not always easy to play with Jacob because he's a bit hardcore about things, but we're really trying to honor his passion, as it's fun to watch him take an idea and run with it.  He's been so proud of this.

He actually took down most of his setup tonight to play other sports stuff with Carter, so his effort to play with Carter continues.  I'll write more about the good and the bad of this shift soon.  But for now, I assume we haven't seen the last of Hot Wheels Football just yet...

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