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This year, Jor Man is playing baseball on the local team.  I say "this year" because he didn't last year, but he did the year before.  Last year he was also doing 4-H, Cub Scouts, and Tae Kwon Do.  And the girls had dance class. It all just felt like too much running around.  Ya know?

So this year, Jor Man really wanted to play baseball.  And he isn't currently involved with other activities.  We looked at our options.  At his age there are two leagues.  The first is by tryout, and involves practices and/or games 5 nights a week!  I laughed.  I know other people live their lives around sports schedules.  If you do that - more power to you.  But I really value having dinner together as a family and getting to bed at a decent hour - for the kids, and also for me!

The other league was a commitment of 2-3 nights a week for games and practices.  And it's turning out to be more like two.  Yeah!  But even that feels like it separates our family too much.   So we agreed that if Jor Man was going to play baseball, we would make it a family event.

We go with him (all of us) to each and every practice and game.  I pack dinner and we picnic.  Big Dad runs around playing freeze tag with the girls (who love it when Dad plays with them).  In truth, I stay in the car where it is warm and keep score.  I poke my head out the window when he is up to bat, and I scream my head off for him.  :)

He is having so much fun.  Last night he got up to bat three times.  He got three singles, and once he went around for a run.  We are so pleased that he is having fun.

I have a plan to teach the girls some cheers to do (when it's warmer).  I am having trouble getting good ideas off of the internet.  Anyone have any good cheers for baseball?

I confess:  Sports just isn't my thing.  Never has been.  If I go to a game, I spend my time enjoying the food and people watching.  But watching my son is different.

Wish you were here!

3 comments:

girlinductive said...

I like the sit in the car idea. Sounds like a chance to catch up on my own reading...though I suppose that defeats the purpose of family time.
I'm hoping that I can someday use game time to walk the perimeter of the field so that I can burn a few calories too, but that won't be for several years.

Dakota

paisley said...

I don't like that I sit in the car. It really was quite cold. I was wearing mittens and a sweater and was still shivering in the car. I guess it's warm if you run around - but I don't (yet) have that kinds of energy. So I sit in the car.
Dakota, you live in LA. It will be warm enough to walk the perimeter. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I don't know about that. I'm pretty wimpy when it comes to weather. And the idea of reading time is sooooooooooooooooooo lovely.

Dakota

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