Saturday, August 28, 2010

Secrets of a Soccer Mom

Caleb in his soccer gear participating in his first game.

Connor celebrating his football game with some good snacks!

I've officially turned into a soccer (or football) mom. Now that I have two boys (Caleb and Connor) each playing a sport, my Saturdays are no longer spent lounging around in pajamas, making pancakes while wondering just how I want to fill the next couple of hours. No, Saturdays are scheduled now; Saturdays are sports days.

I've heard my other soccer moms talk about their experiences. Secretly, I wasn't that interesting in following suit. Spending a large portion of my Saturday in the heat (or rain, or cold), among the bugs, watching sports I frankly really don't understand, just didn't sound that appealing. But, I have boys, and I knew it was only a matter of time before I'd have my lawn chair parked on the side of the field too.

That being said, I'm starting to embrace being a soccer mom. Witnessing my children learning a new skill, and celebrating in their successes (both big and small) is truly priceless. One of the biggest joys has been watching Caleb work through his challenges. In my eyes, he's a champion every time he steps on the field.

I'm not sure if we have the next Peyton Manning or David Beckham, but that doesn't really matter to me. I have two boys that are learning what it means to work hard and be part of a team. To me, that's worth taking a Saturday to watch.

P.S. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Joseph for taking their Saturday to watch games too. The boys loved it!!

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