Soccer Nails

I don’t know if I ever mentioned but we signed my son up for city league soccer this year. He LOVES kicking the balls at recess and will go out after school for hours in the backyard kicking against the house so we thought maybe soccer would be a good fit for him. And it has been such a great experience for him! Not always happy but I think it’s taught him a lot about himself and working on a team. He takes it pretty hard when his team loses, which although isn’t what they really need to be focusing on at this age, makes me happy in a way because it’s not about him, it’s about the team.

His team, Real St. George, didn’t have a coach up to the first week of games so I called the city and told them, “I’m 8 months pregnant and I know very little about the sport of soccer but I have coaching experience so if you want me I’ll do it.” The sports director didn’t even hesitate. I got the job right off the bat. Lol. 🙂 I was so VERY nervous. What do I teach these little boys? How are you supposed to kick the ball correctly? What if the other boys are mean to Westin? What if the other parents are mean to me? I was a WRECK!

Now that four weeks have gone by I can honestly say I would do it again in a heartbeat! 🙂 I LOVE it. Who knew soccer is such an awesome sport!?! Oh, the entire rest of the world??? Ha ha. Why did it take us so long to recognize this? Maybe because we were so focused on baseball or Crossfit or a million other things. I will have you know I have moved attending a professional soccer game up to the top of my bucket list!

Not that it’s not a popular sport in St. George either. There are plenty of amazing soccer athletes coming out of this town. I guess the only experience I’ve ever had with soccer was at recess myself. Westin’s always loved kicking whether it be dirt, rocks, or balls so soccer seemed to be the best fit. Who knows where it will take him. Me and his dad are going to have to continue to do a lot of persuasion to keep him motivated but hopefully over the years he will realize he actually really loves it and wants to continue on with soccer.

How To Do Soccer Nails

Does painting a soccer ball on my nails make me a soccer mom? :)

Does painting a soccer ball on my nails make me a soccer mom? 🙂

I used OPI No Room For The Blues GelColor for the blue nails and I LOVE this polish! It applied perfectly and probably only needed two coats but I did three thin coats just to get a really good coverage. I did Shellac Chrome on the middle finger with two coats of Gelish Waterfield over it and then the ring finger is OPI GelColor Alpine Snow. I hand painted the soccer design with black acrylic paint and had to look at a picture of a soccer ball to get it right. It was pretty tricky and maybe one of the hardest designs I’ve done oddly enough. Just make sure to use a very, very, very fine art brush and take very, very, very light strokes. If you get too much paint on places, dip your brush in acetone and lightly wipe off the paint to thin out the lines or straighten them up.

I didn't plan it, but this blue matches the boy's uniforms almost perfectly. :)

I didn’t plan it, but this blue matches the boy’s uniforms almost perfectly. 🙂

Here’s some cute pics of my little soccer player. He’s actually the biggest on the team. I love how much exercise he gets at practice and games. The first game his face would turn beat red after a few minutes and he would beg me to sub him out but now he can play 5 minute intervals no problem! I would bet money that soccer is one of the most physically demanding sports there is!

This was at the first of the season....

This was at the first of the season….

...and here he is at the end of the season. :)

…and here he is at the end of the season. 🙂

All the team members receieve a trophy at their last game, which I think is going to make all the boys so happy. 🙂

Wish us luck at our game tonight and Saturday! I try my hardest to stress the importance of having fun and sportsmanship…but the boys sure do love winning. 🙂 Kind of like Will Ferrell in Kicking and Screaming

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any tips for a soccer mom! lol 🙂


by Anna

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