|David at about age 8 in 2003|
We've been a soccer family since my oldest child David was about six years old. (He's almost 20 now.)
Some years we'd have four soccer games on a Saturday morning, often in different locations. We've sat through hot sunny games, cold rainy games, even games that we huddled under blankets in our winter coats.
|Emily after a muddy game in 2011|
at age 14
We've kept camp chairs and blankets and spare shinguards in the car. We've stocked up on water bottles. We've figured out which long sleeved shirts work best under this season's jerseys.
But not this fall.
This fall we are taking a break from soccer so that the kids can concentrate on training for their black belt in Tang Soo Do karate.
|Suzy in 2007 at age 5|
The three kids still at home (ages 12, 14, and 17) are planning to test for black belt in February. They need to attend more karate classes at their PKSA school. I need to make sure they practice regularly at home.
|James in 2010 at age 10|
But it's just one season. By next spring, they will hopefully have reached their martial arts goal and will be free once again to play soccer.
And once again I'll be shivering on chilly fall mornings. I'll make sure to pack my blanket.