So. Let's discuss children and ACTIVITIES, yes? Thus far in his short 4 years, 2 months and 5 days, Nate has taken a six-week soccer lesson session (total bust) and a spring t-ball league (he loved it; most of his teammates lost interest).
I've been a little concerned about over-scheduling the kids and ourselves (especially with dragging the baby along) but listen: my kid has SO much energy. And he likes to play sports. All of them. He asks me to sign him up for things all the time. Baseball, football, basketball, soccer. (The low point was one day we were using some colored tape for an art project and he asked, "Mommy, can you sign me up for tape?") He's energetic and overly social so, seriously, activities are good for him. School is fantastic for him. (Karl and I were both excessively shy as children so it's funny to have this extroverted 4 year old boy child living among us, popping out of the car eagerly at school every single day and talking to basically anyone and everyone in public.)
As of right now, we're sort of testing things out one activity at a time... trying not to get too crazy and tentatively trying to discover what he's interested in. And, honestly (LET THE RECORD SHOW), if he asked repetitively for some strangish activity (Is 4 too young for larping?) we would let him try whatever. (Maybe they really do have 'tape' lessons?)
But that's not what you want to hear about now is it? You want to hear the crazy part about how all my soccer mom dreams are coming true! (Apparently, I take the whole soccer mom title VERRRRY literally.) Well, to be honest, it's really not that crazy at all. I like kids. I like soccer. I have a REALLY loud yelling voice. I played recreational and competitive soccer (school and club) through high school. I am by no means a good player but I'm not the worst either. I have babies in bathrooms - surely I can handle a gaggle of four year olds on a soccer field, right?
So I signed up.
I went to an informational (and required) coaches meeting. I didn't realize it would be for the whole club (they go to U18) and I didn't realize it would be so official. (Read: I showed up in jeans and a tank top (SHOCKING) with the baby on my hip (ALSO SHOCKING) and the rest of the room was filled with older dudes in work clothes. Oops.) I almost left. They gave our age group a Master List of all the Under-5 players and we were supposed to pick our teams. They play 3 versus 3 at this age so I only needed 6 kids. I stared at the list uncomprehendingly while the other coaches MADE LISTS. I finally just picked all the kids from Nate's school and all the kid's from his friend Harrison's school. When I turned it in, the other coach was all "Are any of them really good?" I DON'T KNOW DUDE. THEY'RE FOUR. (I did not say that, but, really, if I can keep them on the field the whole game, that's an accomplishment, right?)
Regardless, we had our first practice this week.
I have a team full of boys! (though, for the record, there are many girls in the league). Karl helped me coach. (Go team.)
Here's what I've learned so far:
- When you don't know what to do next Option 1: RUN! (They possibly loved the running more than the soccer.)
- When you don't know what to do next Option 2: DRINK BREAK! (Drinks = Very Important.)
DRINK BREAK. (You can have wine.)