Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Weekend report from the soccer/birthday trenches

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almost eleven

I want nothing more than to write a big fat juicy post about our weekend. But I'm on a tight deadline. So here's the quick and dirty version.

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tournament

Soccer girl played six games in a tournament this weekend. Kev took the the first two days, and I went yesterday. That way we could manage to run errands, do some gardening, and not have to drag the other kids along. Her team finished with a bronze medal and a lot of happy faces.

Yesterday our eldest turned eleven. It was a good party, from what I hear. My great regret is that I spent virtually the entire day not with my eleven-year-old. AppleApple and I were off early for the tournament, and home later than expected. The party was already in full swing. I had just enough time to download photos from the various cameras I'm testing out before changing into soccer gear myself.

Off to play in the pouring rain! On a weird field with a wide strip of mulch and grass seed sweeping across it! Against a team of 19-year-old girls who had a coach and a full line of subs! (My team is, well, my age-ish, and had two subs.) I was tentative and terrified for the first ten minutes, but finally got my foot on the ball, and then it got better. There's nothing like playing a new sport to make you feel out of shape, but I quickly figured out that I would recover from the sprints; thankfully, I have endurance. I badly need better ball-handling skills. And to hold my body differently against the big contact players. (I felt very very small, let me tell you.) But it was really fun.

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eleven for real

And then I came home and spent some time snuggling my big eleven-year-old boy, who was feeling kind of sad that I'd missed his whole day. Me too. In fact, that feels like most my days right now -- rushed and hurried and squeezed. Am I running on adrenalin? Will I wear myself out? What am I missing???

Onward.

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