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May 2nd, 2013:

Compensating

When Dude decided he wanted to do this club baseball thing this spring/summer (practice 2-3 times a week and tournaments every weekend from April 1 – July 7) rather than rugby (1 practice a week and the occasional weekend game that Hubby or I know nothing about so it’s total relaxation) . . . it was a commitment for the whole family.

He’s loving the baseball and so are we. Last weekend was a marathon – 6 games in 2 days to take 2nd in the tournament. We started Sunday with a 10:00 a.m. game and ended in the championship game with a 7:45 p.m. start. We pulled into the driveway at 11:17 Sunday night. Get to bed kids – you’ve got school in the morning!

***We were informed after practice last night that we are by far the strictest parents. Dude was the only kid on the team who had to go to school before noon. Yes – seriously. I said “sorry, Dude, but school is ALWAYS first.”

Princess was a trooper the whole weekend. Coach’s daughter is about the same age, as are a couple other siblings. They all had a great time playing at the playground, throwing rocks into the pond, playing tag, and even playing ghost in the graveyard in a dark deserted baseball field next to the one the championship game was on.

When we agreed to let Dude try out for the team, Hubby and I were adimate that Princess would not have to spend every weekend sitting at a ball park watching him play.

As a result . . . I may have overcompensated in making sure to NOT say no to anything she wanted to do on the weekends 😉 This weekend – horse camp (I get to go, too) from 10-2 on Sunday. Hubby doesn’t know it yet, but this is a camp where Princess I learn the many different ways you can “own” a horse, including leasing (I actually see this as an option starting this summer). Princess said last night while she and I were here alone “I really just want to make something. Like cupcakes or something like that.” So she started flipping through cookbooks. The plan WAS for her and I to run up to Dude’s 3:00 game on Saturday after the horse camp.

The new plan is for us to go get ingredients for whatever it is she wants to “make” and make it. Just the 2 of us :-) Can’t wait!

The next weekend is a tournament nearby – it’s also Mother’s Day and Hubby’s birthday, so we’ll have all kinds of stuff to do around baseball.

The weekend after that? I’m taking Princess and 5 other girls from the troop tent camping! Can’t wait!

The weekend after that? Princess has her first horse show of the season on Saturday.

The weekend after that? Princess and I are heading to MN for a girl’s weekend with the grandmas :-)

The weekend after that? I’m hiking a 14er with some girlfriends (no, I don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to that!).

The weekend after that? The whole fam will be in Omaha for a baseball tournament . . . and the grandparents from MN are coming to play!

The weekend after that? I drop Princess of at her weeklong Girl Scout horse camp.

The weekend after that? Princess has her 2nd horse show of the season.

The week after that? We’re all in South Dakota for a week… the boys will be at Boy Scout Summer Camp and the girls will be 4-wheeling and hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa. I’m sure there will be horseback riding as well 😉

Then baseball is over.

As you can see – Princess is in no danger of actually having to spend another entire weekend watching baseball.

She is, however, wondering if “gymnastics will fit into her schedule.”

Um . . . no. No it will not!