Saturday, August 17, 2013

First Chess Tournament

Today, all three of the older kids played in their FIRST EVER chess tournament.  It was a super exciting day and they all did VERY well.

Most importantly, no one lost it when they lost and refused to play again.  They all happily played all four rounds, showed good sportsmanship and did a great job even though they were nervous and a bit hesitant about playing.

Heidi went 2-2 (meaning she won two games and lost two games).

There were so many kids that Greta had to play her first game standing up. 

Greta went 1-3 (she won 1 game and lost 3)

Thinking hard.

John went 2-2 (won two and lost two) which is fantastic considering that he was the youngest player there by at least a year. 

Getting beaten up by a whippersnapper of a Master. 
Daddy played too!

And, in between and after rounds, they had fun climbing trees.

And taking walks.

And eating shoes

And playing hide and seek.

And other games:

or just reading.

Funny story:  We had a lot of time to kill and ended up parked in the shade under a tree, along with a bunch of other people who were killing time also parked in the shade under that same tree. 

One of the other chess moms (I feel so dorky now..I'm a chess mom, which is way less cool than being a soccer mom I'm sure) struck up a conversation and out of nowhere said.

So, you homeschool right?

I was all, how in the world could she possibly know it the barefoot kids running around?  The hippy looking maya wrap sling?  The brazen breastfeeding? The cloth diapers?  Are we just weird and unsocialized? I knew it's wan't our clothes, because I wasn't wearing my denim jumper (don't worry, I don't actually own any denim jumpers) and was actually wearing PANTS and a tank top (gasp!).
I must have looked pretty startled because then she said

I heard you reading to the kids and thought you were so patient and figured  you must homeschool.

Well, knock me over with a feather...and FWIW, I've known plenty of moms who send their kids to school who do way more reading and are way, way, way. way way. way. way more patient than me.   But, it still made me feel good. 

So, all in all, it was a great day!
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