Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sports Overload

Eegads!  I don't know how people with more than one child involved in sports do it - especially single parents!  Kuddos to them, that's all I can say!!  Eric and I have broken our rule of one or two activities for any one child and Daniel is now playing ice hockey, deck hockey, and lacrosse.  Good golly, it's a good thing I'm organized.

The worst part of the whole thing is that both ice hockey and lacrosse practices & games tend to mostly start at 6:00 pm, which means we're supposed to be there at 5:00.  Umm.  That's difficult when Eric's helping with lacrosse, but he doesn't normally get home most nights until 6:30 or 7:00, has an hour commute home from work, and some of the games are "away" games which require us to leave the house by 4:15 or so.

When is a family supposed to eat?!  With one child who is allergic to almost everything and another who hates most American food, this is no easy situation!  But, we're far.  Granted, tonight was only the first lacrosse game and this week was the first week of ice hockey.  :-)  My biggest comfort at this point is that lacrosse is a short season and is over the first week of June.  One week down, 8 to go.

Daniel - #19 - ready to start the game

Game over - Bethel Park Hawks - 4, Canon MacMillion - 3 -  Woot!
Someone needs a bath (and a haircut!)
Dan had fun at his first game.  He played pretty well given that he really didn't totally know what he was doing.  The team is 3rd and 4th grade, but this year, they allowed 1st and 2nd graders to play on the team.  Dan is in 1st grade.  I was happy that they won their first game.  (Is it bad to admit that I was surprised, too, after seeing their practices!)  ;-)

Daniel is also on an older team for deck hockey.  (They also won their game,  on Saturday in a shoot-out.)  Daniel is 7, but we aged him up this session to play on an 8 - 10 year old team so he could stay with the same coaches that he's had the last 2 years.  (Oy.  Now that I think about it, this might be the season when he finally breaks a bone.  I'm still amazed that this has not happened as of yet!)

Markos wasn't really a fan of watching lacrosse.  Before we left the house, he was thrilled to be going to the game.   I think he was really just thrilled to be going in the "machina" (car).  He loves riding in the van - to anywhere.  He just loves being out and about.  When we first arrived, he was very excited about sitting in his new chair.

That wore off quickly.  Then he wanted to run around like a crazy child.  That wore off quickly (for his Emama!).  Markos threw himself on the ground a few times when I would attempt to restrain him from running out into the field (which he thought was a little funny at first).  His Emama, however, did not appreciate the tantrums or the extra mud that would be going home with us.

Therefore, Markos was eventually banished to his stroller where he could be strapped in.

I don't know about Daniel or Markos, but needless to say, I'm exhausted after his first lacrosse game!!!  If only Daniel didn't LOVE to play sports SO MUCH, then maybe I could say no.  But when your child plays hard, loves every second of it, is getting lots of exercise, and celebrates his shoot-out goals like this.....

how can you say no?