04-12-19 Diary of a Reluctant Soccer Mom (Part I)

Soccer season was supposed to start last Friday, but it rained that day and soccer got cancelled. Even though the sky threatened showers all day today, the rain held off and soccer was a go.

My kids held it together really well during the instruction time, but during warm ups things started to unravel and anxieties started to flare. And even though we had our dicey moments, I’m calling today an unqualified success. I had at least one child actively participating at any given moment and by the time we were driving home this afternoon, they all talked about how much they enjoyed it.

So we will go next week and try again. I think each week will get a little easier on them. And if it doesn’t, we’ll survive. There’s only six weeks left. 🙂

04-11-19 The Island

When I first saw the small island, I was hovering just above the water. There was nothing unusual about the hovering. It was a dream after all, and in dreams you can hover.

There was a man standing on the edge of the beach waving his hand toward me. He was wearing an expensive black suit, clearly overdressed for the environment, and as he continued to beckon me, I approached him.

Once on solid ground, I proceeded to listen to this man as he matter of factly listed all of the features of this particular island and why I should like it. It was hard to focus on him because of the small boat that was moored just behind his shoulder in the shallow waters off the island. It seemed to be drifting away as he continued to chatter and point. Eventually he looked behind himself and saw it.

“That’s my boat. I anchored it right here,” he said with a slight irritation in his voice. He turned his attention back towards me, and yet the boat kept drifting. He glanced again to see it even further away, and while he tried to keep his calm demeanor, I knew he was seething with the thought of getting his expensive suit wet on his way back to his boat. “I anchored it right there!!” he exclaimed, and pointed to the shallow waters. But the boat continued to drift, and while he made a valiant effort at ignoring it, he was soon overcome with the necessity of getting to his boat. He stormed off cursing under his breath, leaving me alone on the empty beach.

I wasn’t alone long, for a moment later Tim was standing with me and I realized that we were on vacation. This private island was ours. I’m not sure what Tim did then, but I set to finding sharks teeth and as I collected them I shoved them into an open beer bottle I had found washed up on the shore. I was thrilled to find some that barely fit through the top of the bottle, and others I had to put in my pocket because they were so big.

And then as I dug through a cliff of hard sand my hand wrapped around something large. At first I thought it was a large tooth, but as my hand emerged from the sand it was holding a gun. Instinctively I knew it was a murder weapon and it was confirmed when two men started running across the beach to tackle me for the weapon. Tim was there now, and he was yelling at me to shoot them, so I steadied my hand and raised the gun. They screeched to a halt only a few feet away from me. My finger traced the trigger. They backed away, slowly, muttering threats about hunting me down when I least expected it. As they turned away, I lowered the gun, only to discover it was a flare gun and not a pistol.

The rest of my dream blurred into a hurried chase scene, us being endlessly pursued by the men that wanted the gun, and each time we evaded them at the very last moment.

When I finally came to, I felt I hadn’t slept at all, but the sun was shining and a new day had begun. If only my sleep had been quiet, I might have felt more rested, but dreams are strange bedfellows, and slumber is their domain.

04-10-19 The Theatre

There’s a park about ten minutes from our house that has a theatre in it. We have been once before when we took the kids to see the marionette show last year. The local newspaper noted that there would be a puppet show today, so this morning the kids and I went.

The one woman show lasted about 45 minutes and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it. The actress also doubled as a puppeteer, and she did all the characters herself. The show was done entirely in miming, with a musical sound track to accompany the action onstage.

After the show the kids got to go up and meet her and the puppet, and ask any questions they wanted. We learned that she had written the show and has already performed it close to 200 hundred times.

We spent most of the rest of the day playing with friends and then playing outside when we got home.

04-07-19 Be Your Mythical Best

I love being a stay at home mom. Getting the opportunity to home school our kids is my dream job and I would not be able to do that without the hard work and sacrifice of my husband. He’s a good man, who works hard, and lives his life with integrity. He’s a follow of Christ, my best friend, and an amazing father.

I decided a few weeks ago to surprise him with something spontaneous, so I bought tickets for us to go and see Rhett and Link live in concert. They are his favorite YouTubers and he introduced me (and eventually the kids) to their fun videos years ago.

He was very surprised and excited and the past few weeks we have been looking forward to this evening. I wish I wasn’t so tired, so I could do this evening justice, but we really did have a wonderful time and we are already trying to think up other unusual dates for us to try!

04-06-19 The Bike

I have been wanting a bike for ages. A few weeks ago I saw one come up on Free cycle and I picked it up. Tim took it to the shop and filled the tires, fixed it up, and brought it home. I was so excited! Unfortunately it was too tall for me. However the seed was definitely planted and the next time I was out, I started looking at bikes.

For an early birthday present, my mom and sister got me one! Tim teases me about the one I picked out, but I really do love it! It’s a cruising bike with pedal brakes and a comfy seat. I won’t be winning any races on this thing, but it’s fun and it’s a great option for riding with the kids.

This evening Big E and I took our first long bike ride together. (It was his first without training wheels.) We live near a school so we followed the path to the parking lot and we rode around it a bunch of times. They have a nice paved walkway around the soccer field, so we did that too.

When we initially left the house, Big E seemed nervous, but by the time we got to the school, that kid was fearless! He learned the joy of riding his bike off the curb, taking turns quickly, and picking up speed going downhill.

By the time we headed back I was exhausted, but when we ran into Tim on the Free cycle bike, Big E couldn’t wait to show his daddy all his new moves, so he led back him to the school.

I sat on the front porch, relaxing and waiting for them to come home. When he got back his face was red and he had crazy helmet hair, and a huge grin on his face!

04-05-19 The Visit

I’d say Baby E’s visit with Grandma and Grandpa is going very well! I received this picture this evening and it made me smile to see my sweet boy so happy!

He’s been waiting for days for this visit, counting down the sleeps until he would get to see them. I expected some hesitation when it came down to it, but boy was I wrong!

This morning he asked me every five minutes if his grandma was there to pick him up. He kept choosing toys he wanted to take with him to show his her. He didn’t argue when it was time for shoes. He marched out to the van and climbed right in. He was so excited.

04-04-19 The Park

We found a playground today when we were out. Public school kids were still in school, so we had it almost to ourselves. There was a consensus that this blue spinning thing was their favorite part, but I thought the bear was pretty awesome too?

04-03-19 Confessions of a Reluctant Soccer Mom

If you know me at all, you probably know that I am not a fan of organized sports. I hold no allegiance to any professional, semi-pro, or college teams of any sport. It’s never been my thing. The closest I ever got to participating in sports growing up was middle school gym class, playing tennis in the center of the street outside my house, and a short stint with fencing in my late teens.

When my sister in law asked me about a homeschool soccer group at a local park, my knee jerk reaction was to say no… Because I don’t like sports.

But then I thought, just because I don’t like them, it doesn’t mean my children will feel the same way. And even if they don’t end up loving soccer, I know they’ll be ecstatic about spending more time with their cousins. So I called and signed my kids up for eight weeks of soccer fun that starts this Friday.

Today I went out and picked up what I understand the soccer essentials to be. (I’m seriously out of my element here.) They should be well prepared.

So I’m tipping my hat to all the other reluctant soccer moms out there, in over their heads, clinging to their minivans, wondering what led them down this grass stained road. You’re not alone. 😉