It was when Dave and I snuck off by ourselves one afternoon to slyly watch Max’s volleyball practice.
We didn’t want to distract so we went totally incognito slouching as low as we could on the upper bleachers:
Slouching with the biggest smiles on our faces watching that kid hit that ball…and stand at the net, hands up ready position just like the old days.
Not only was it a little surreal to watch him mingled in with those towers of men on that actual college team, belonging there, and to feel the love they have for him, chanting his name and giving him a head rub after a great hit, but that boy of ours was good! Sure, he has a lot to catch up on after missing out on the action for a couple years, so much to learn from the great coaches and those great kids on the team, but he’s so up for the challenge, and we had thought he’d be a little more rusty than he was, so it was extra exhilarating to watch him out there on that court.
Ok so back to this last weekend…
Dave, Abby and I were all a little giddy walking into that gym.
And just to add to that giddiness, check out what we found when we opened our program:
Max was the “athlete spotlight” of the night! Pretty funny.
Oh seeing him out warming up on that court was as the gym was filling up was pretty fantastic.
Abby and I snuck down to get as close as possible to the action as they introduced all the players.
On Thursday they played Ohio State, ranked #7.
As I mentioned, that crowd shows up and so did the players…on the court as well as on the sidelines:)
We took the win in three and it was so loud and electric in there, we loved every second of it.
…and some of Elle’s best friends too:
Then on Saturday they played the #14 ranked team.
These guys all came to join in the hype that night:
So fun to share the whole experience with them and this great crowd:
Another win in three:
Good times right there, and many more to come.
So grateful for that great opportunity for growth for that boy of ours among those incredible players and coaching staff.
Woo Hoo Cougars!
Um, he listed Abby as his biggest idol, how sweet!
Way to go Max!
So exciting. So wonderful he had so many family fans cheering him on. I hope he knows how blessed he is to have so many supportive family around. Stating his idol is Abby is super sweet. That page is a keeper for sure they’ll enjoy as they age together. Their kids will get a kick out of that as well (Yikes…their babies!). Kuddos to you and your husband, you’ve raised a sweet young man.
Loved that spotlight! 12 kids! Favorite show is about attorneys – maybe that will be his major? Great job Max!
I didn't know you could attend BYU if you're not a member of the LDS church!
Very cool! Have you heard of Casey Patterson? He played Men's volleyball at BYU and then was in the last Olympics on the American team for the Beach Volleyball event. He's my brother's best friend, and an all-round awesome athlete. One to watch if you guys like volleyball!
What is red shirting?
SO exciting! I loved that selfie shot of you and Dave slouching watching practice. What an especially neat experience to be on the team with other nationalities and faiths.