Soccer and Minivan moms, both things I swore when I was younger sans husband and kids that I would never be. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking either in this post, but I grew up a city girl, where public transportation and walking was a hit, as well as playing outside in the neighborhood streets versus joining organized teams. Ok and I am also a bit of a klutz and a girly girl, too for good measure. And by the way, one of my very dear blogging friends is the actual Minivan Momma and love her to death for this and so many more reasons.
However, after I met Kevin and we got engaged, he would joke that when we had kids he would buy me a minivan. He did it to get a rise out of me and loved (still loves) teasing me. In my twenties, I loved sports cars and even dreamed of owning a brand new Mustang. But that never did happen. I actually started to like SUVs more and more, but minivans were so not my thing. Plus, I was too young or hip for that in my eyes.
Now, flash forward to the here and now, where I drop Emma off at pre-school and the parking lot is mini-van heaven. Again, not knocking them, but love my Jeep Liberty and still not my idea of the car of my dreams. We only have two kids and thankfully, they and all their stuff fits just fine in the back of my Jeep. And at 35 years old, I am not giving my complete youth up just yet!!
As for soccer, I had eluded it thus far. Kevin played as a kid and even into his high school years (as his friend so eloquently puts it graced the bench rather nicely!). That said, he has also always talked up how he wants his girls to play the sport. To me, I don’t mind them playing in the nice weather, but damned if I want to sit outside watching them play in cold temperatures (anything below 55 degrees) or rain. God help me, but I so don’t find that one appealing just one bit.
When he came up with the idea of dance for Emma to her out of her shy little shell last year, I gave in, because I thought it wouldn’t be terrible to try it. When she actually liked it, I went along for the ride and then of course Lily followed up the rear this year.
You all already know how much I loathe and detest my crazy dance filled Saturday mornings (not once I get the there of course, but the getting everyone ready and out the door). Seriously that part is what gives a new meaning to anxiety attacks, but at least it is indoors once we indeed get there!!
But anyway, I digress. So the other night, Kevin comes home from work and casually mentions that coming off the parkway he saw a sign for the local peanuts soccer. He said he was going to e-mail to get more information. My first thought, “Oh crap!!” Seriously, the klutz and the girly still do live inside of me and were having fits thinking about this.
Well, lo and behold, the coach gets back to him saying that both girls can sign up and play on the same team (16 months apart allows them to do a lot together including playing on the same soccer team). Also, gave us a coupon code to save $10 for each kid. Now, he is all for this. I have to think quick. I go to the computer and find that it is on Sundays (8 of them to be exact) at 11:30 am.
First thought now is that it isn’t bad enough that Saturday is a complete cluster “f” trying to get them ready and out the door, but now he wants to take my Sunday away, too!! Don’t get me wrong, I would do anything for my kids and have, but come on lord just give me a break!!
Very casually, I pull up my calendar, I see that if Memorial Day Weekend is an off weekend, then that brings the final Sunday to the Sunday of the dance rehearsal, which will be roughly at the same time. So, I gently mention this to Kevin. He grumbles, but tells me to grab his phone to e-mail the coach back asking for a tentative schedule to see what days they do play. Which buys me a bit more time to hope registration fills up.
When the coach does get back to him, he tells him the team has off both Memorial Day and Mother’s Day Weekend, too. So, now the new math and calendar brings the last soccer game date to the same Sunday of their dance recital. The soccer game would be 11:30 am and their recital would be 6 pm that night.
More quick thinking I say that this would be like playing Russian Roulette with their demeanors at the dance recital that night. I mean by 6 pm on a normal night if they haven’t napped and have been busy all day, one or both is in rare form and closing in on meltdown mode. Quite frankly, I would be taking bets as to which one would have to be carried off the stage kicking and screaming first!!
Of course, he isn’t happy at this. He huffs and puffs away on that one. I go to check and now to see about registration just in case and guess what? The 11:30 time is now closed out and only one kid not both can be registered. When I fill him in on this latest news. He can only concede and looks like I escaped soccer for another year. Even though he isn’t happy, looks like I won this round.
But lord knows, I am going to loss this battle eventually, because when asked my kids say they do want to play and eventually they, as well as Kevin will win out. But I will say this, I will not go down without a fight!!
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