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This past spring Ella played Top Soccer which is for people with disabilities. Each person has a "buddy" and Ella's buddy was a really sweet 8th grader named Josie. This experience was interesting for me, and by interesting I mean frustrating. It was held in a large indoor soccer arena, the older children/young adults played on one end and the younger ones played on the other end. There was A LOT going on, it was very busy and a bit loud, and there were a lot of people with each player having a buddy (some having 2 buddies) and all the coaches etc. I think Ella was just too overstimulated and there was not a whole lot of soccer being played by her. She spent her time running around the arena (with her buddy in chase), laying down in the soccer net, climbing in rubbermaid containers....you get the idea. I spent my time watching (we weren't allowed in there) and getting angry. I mean seriously kid can't you just do what you are supposed to? My mother liked to keep pointing out that Ella wasn't the only one doing those things, but to me it felt like it. I don't know why I let things like that get to me. I guess because I know that Ella really is a bright girl and she really can be well behaved and so it makes me crazy when she gets all well...crazy. I know that she gets overstimulated and I know that that means that she CAN'T function as she normally does. I really do know that. But it still just drives me nuts, I'm working on it : )
Anyhow, Ella seemed to enjoy it, especially the last day which ended in a pizza party, cookies and a trophy!!!
Enjoying her cookie
Ella and Riley
If these two ever do end up getting married we will have so many good photos to put up at their wedding to show how early they loved each other. LOL!
Ella and her sweet buddy Josie