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I have seriously neglected my blog for the last few weeks.

I have seriously been really busy.

Seriously.

Jacob, Emily, and Sebastian are all playing ball. They all have two games a week. Times are getting hectic.

Jacob’s first game was last night. He played great. Bless his heart, he was nervous and excited. I know that I may be a little biased, but my son was the best looking ball player out there.

Emily has been playing for a couple of weeks. She is doing good and she seems to be getting better and better. She really enjoys it and I hope that she keeps playing.

Sebastian is doing really well, too. He has been playing for a couple of weeks, too. Josh took him to the game last night and was giving Sebastian pointers on batting. Sebastian said that he didn’t want to hit the ball too hard and hurt someone. Josh was a little speechless, I think. He told Sebastian that “That is why they have gloves, son.” Sebastian  hit a ball over the shortstops head and got a double and an RBI.

Last night was really hectic because Emily played at 7pm, Jacob played at 8pm, and Sebastian played at 8:30pm. I watched Emily and Jacob while Josh watched Sebastian’s game.

I know one thing–it was cold last night. It is past the middle of May. Last night had to set record lows. I had mittens on Samuel. He did not like that at all.

Anyway, ball season is in full swing. I am loving it.

I love sitting on the sidelines watching my kids be kids. I love to watch their excitement when they hit a ball and get on base or even make it across home plate. I feel their disappointment when they strike out, miss the ball, or make a bad throw. I love watching them make memories that will last a lifetime. I love knowing that they are learning skills that will benefit them for a lifetime, such as working with others toward a common goal, always doing your best at whatever you do, and realizing that not everyone is an all star pitcher, but that everyone has their place on the team.

Whatever that team may be.

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I think back to last Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was hectic. It always is hectic that time of year for me.

As I look forward to the next few months, I realize that Spring is actually the most hectic time of year for me and my family and I would not have it any other way.

Baseball and Softball season is just around the corner. I am not talking MLB. No, much more serious than MLB. I am talking about Babe Ruth, Little League, and Pee Wee. I am talking about the sport that makes some parents lose all sense. If you don’t have kids, then you may not know this but children’s baseball and softball is much more exciting than MLB. Don’t believe me, then just attend a few games and you will realize that some parents (and other relatives) take their child’s game very seriously. I have witnessed parents getting thrown out of the park for arguing with the ump. I can’t imagine the pressure some of these kids feel when they are playing.

Of course, I don’t behave this way. I just bribe them with a treat from Sonic if they hit the ball, bring in some runners, and make it home if it is possible.  I will confess that I yell encouragingly.

Jacob moves up to Babe Ruth this year. I am not exactly sure how I feel about my 13 year old being around the older boys. I mean, he will be playing with 15 year olds. I am not naive and I know that my son hears all kinds of stuff at school, but there is a little part of me that is not ready for my son to be having discussions with 15 year olds about what they did over the weekend. Especially, when my 13 year old does not do anything without me or a responsible parent of another friend around–and that is not often. I know that I am overprotective, but I think that is my job as a parent. Besides, I don’t think that he really minds all that much…yet.

Emily wasn’t sure if she wanted to play softball again this year. She is 11 and only began playing softball two years ago. She was so excited that she did not have to move up and could continue to play in the 12 and under group, because she doesn’t turn 12 until October. She is a little wary of the fastpitch softball.

Sebastian’s first year to play was last year and he was so cute! If you have kids that play, then you know that pee wee is such a delight to watch. Then, when they get older (like my older son) you really get into the whole entire game and make a fool out of yourself and embarrass your children. Jacob has gotton used to it. Sebastian will, too.

Samuel will only be months old during this season, but by next year, he will be walking and playing in the dirt while the games are being played. Then, before I am ready for him to be, he will be playing pee wee.

So, here I am: getting psyched up for the all the practices and games. Since I have three that are playing that will be a total of 6 practices a week until games start. When games begin, it will be a total of 6 games a week. My vehicle will be loaded down with three different ball bags. I will stress over when I am going to cook dinner and how late dinner is going to be. I will stress over trying to get the kids in bed by a decent time. Not to mention, there will have to be time for homework.

I guess I need my own gameplan.

I know it will be hectic and stressful, but to be able to watch my kids play ball and know the memories they will grow to have make it worth every gray hair on my head–even if I do dye them.

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