In less than a month my oldest will be 9. Gabriella or Ella, as I mostly call her, is a very, very patient child. We’ve done a few ballet classes for her, and some gymnastics for Emmalie, but those are once a week commitments that hardly last an hour. You see, when Ella started Kindergarten, Sophia was brand new, and just when we were starting to see the light, Owen surprised us!

While I seem to get a lot done – I know my limits, and traipsing the family about with a newborn was beyond my limit. Fast forward to our current situation, Owen is almost 2, and Emmalie and Sophia are both pretty self-sufficient. And I have joined the ranks of “soccer moms” just this week! Good Lord – there’s a lot to keep track of!

Here’s a few things I’ve learned ~

1 ~ when practicing at an Elementary School, don’t bother to bring a chair, I’ll be chasing my little ones around the playground.

2 ~ keep a little potty seat in the van – these fields are not armed with toilets for my little girls’ bladders. (yes, I had to run Sophia home to use the restroom, and back to pick-up Ella — thank goodness it’s close enough)

3 ~ when thunderstorms are in the forecast for a game, two cars are a great idea! (I got my younger two home just before the pelting rain came)

I’m sure I have ALOT more to learn, any of you seasoned soccer moms have some helpful hints for this newby?

Ella had a great first game last night, her team won 5-0, I kinda felt bad for the other team. She has one good friend on the team from school, but Joe had to keep reminding her to pay attention whenever she came over for water. But having a friend there makes it more fun!

I’m watching the snow fly here again today :( Thankfully it melts as it hits the gound, but I’m ready for the sun – hopefully next week!

I’m really looking forward to our Quilt Festival! It’s going to be so much fun and I have a dozen great giveaways lined up due to our awesome sponsers!! So, I have some work to get done around here to be ready . . .

Blessings to you ~