28 June 2012

Soccer clinic recap

Nearly two weeks later and I finally have time to give a recap on Avery's short soccer clinic!

During the second session, the kids learned a little about defense. Coach Mandy called two kids to the middle of the field and told them to kick the ball  into the goal. Then she explained that the person who didn't have the ball was supposed to take it away and score. This concept didn't catch on quickly!

It's quite amazing to see the difference between Avery's first week and last week. She really improved all of her soccer skills, including her stretches and jumping jacks.

She is very good at dribbling the ball. And she loves to play defense, trying to take the ball away from everyone else. Look at how well she can control the ball!

At the final session, Coach Mandy tried to have a real soccer game. She handed out pennys to half of the kids. The other half was upset that they couldn't wear the neat yellow jerseys. Just before the game, the green team was protesting and crying about the situation. Everyone except Avery. She stood over the ball, ready to play. I was so proud that she jumped right in and played her heart out. She kind of surprised me!

Per tradition, they had to end the session with races.

(Chris apologizes for his video-taking skills. He was trying to watch Avery while recording at the same time.)

We were surprised to learn that everyone receives a medal on the last day. We figured she'd just get a boring paper certificate. Avery patiently waited for Coach Mandy to present the medal.

Avery loved learning soccer from Coach Mandy. She was a great teacher. She leads other sports clinics, too. In fact, she was recruiting Avery for a basketball clinic. You know Daddy and Avery are both on board with that!

What better way to celebrate the end of soccer (on a very hot day) than to enjoy a cold Frosty.

Daddy taught Avery how delicious it is to dip French fries in the Frosty.

We had a very successful foray into the world of kids' sports. I can assure you that this won't be Avery's last attempt at playing sports!

12 June 2012

Hebrews 13:6

At the beginning of this month, Avery was promoted to the next class at church. We're still getting to know her new teachers and the new class. When we picked up Avery after class this week, one of her teachers told us to help her learn her memory verse. We haven't had to do much because Avery picked it up pretty quickly, but we've been helping her repeat the verse all week. I hope she'll have a new verse every week. I love hearing her learn and recite God's Word!

"...The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid..."
Hebrews 13:6

05 June 2012

Shirley Hromada's Country-Style Chicken Medley

This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood. Now that I'm the cook, I love how it includes two vegetables with the protein, all cooked in one easy-to-clean dish. It's not complicated, but it does take awhile to bake. So plan ahead!

Vegetable Mixture
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups potatoes, peeled and sliced
2 1-lb. cans whole kernel corn, drained
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Chicken and Crumb Mixture
3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/3 c. butter, melted
2 lb. chicken tenders

Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add 1/4 cup melted butter to 9x13 baking dish. Add potatoes and corn. Sprinkle with salt, basil and nutmeg. Set aside.

In separate dish, combine graham cracker crumbs, salt and basil. Dip chicken in butter then crumb mixture. Place chicken on top of vegetable mixture. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 70 to 75 minutes or until chicken and vegetables are fork tender. Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes.