A Night Of Little Victories! It was at 5:30 that I realized my plan to stay home, run on the treadmill (well, speed walk would probably be a better term) and watch the BYU Men’s Volleyball Game wasn’t going to happen since the BYU Basketball game would be on TV.
So, in twenty minutes the kids were dressed, out the door, and on our way to our first BYU Men’s Vball Game as a family. Little Victory #1: propose something new to the kids at the last minute and we were able to shift gears and go!
There was a special for the Cosmo Kids Club that was on a local retail channel in the Fall. We bought the package thinking we’d get to maybe half of what was offered (which would’ve still more than paid for the package) and that this year would be a good time to try a public outing that was noisier . . . louder . . . . and more unpredictable. Since there are so many couple with children attending BYU, the campus events and activities are VERY kid friendly – a definite plus over some of the other sporting venues I’ve taken my daughter to in the past.
I’ll be honest, the boys have been doing a TON better at shifting gears. I think it’s been a thing we constantly work on but I know that one lesson the teachers at school use is to not acknowledge that the change is a “big thing.” They go with the attitude that hey, this is going to happen so let’s do it together. . . . . seems to be working. I do think it helps that my daughter and I go to a couple of games a year and the boys knew their 3-yr old cousin would be at the game.
Since most of BYU was at the basketball game, the attendance was half of what it was the night before when #2 BYU played THEN #1 UC-Irvine. I think that really made a difference – with half of the gym empty, the boys could play, walk around, and it was easy to maneuver getting to the concession stand. My biggest concern was the noise level and abrupt cheering that would happen after points or a rally. However, the boys handled all of that well. We’ve done some outings previously that the boys were covering their ears and complaining about the noise. I think that they are sensitive to noise and have some sensory issues, but not overly sensitive and Little Victory #2 was that they managed the noise and crowd level well.
The boys asked a ton of questions and, for the first 15 minutes at least, were genuinely interested in the game. They talk about how fast someone would hit it, or how high the ball went on a toss for a jump serve. Little Victory #3 – they were observant and were trying to learn something new
Most insignificant victory of the night was that BYU won in three (Little Victory #4) ~ a quick game which was good. . . . . the boys got out of the gym before they got tired and we had a breakdown. They cheered. . . .they tried to clap the fight song (much to my wife’s dismay) . . . . . they played well for the most part. Unfortunately, Cosmo the Cougar was at the basketball game but it didn’t matter, the boys still had a blast!
Final Victory: A really nice family outing and an opportunity I had to share with my boys something that I really enjoy. Thanks boys for making it a special night!