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20160626-BHP_3930.jpgReilly and his buddies have been playing together since they were six. This year marks the year that they will split due to the new US Soccer Calendar rules. I’ve read Gladwell, I get how certain birthdays can dictate a lot based on opportunity — and perhaps that worked to Reilly’s favor from a social and skill perspective when it came to this team BUT… I think shame on US Soccer for not adopting this over time. Instead of just inserting calendar year why not grandfather in those kids (not mine)that have played together since they were 6 and have a great thing going. Those kids that are on an 11v11 field with friends and great teammates, why split them up for the last few years of high school age soccer. I’m not sure how this will improve anything in the near term but my argument would be adopt it over time ie: start with U10 (or in this case 2007 birth year) and build from there. Heck, schools don’t even really care about birth year. Once you hit a certain age you are “public school eligible”.You can start your child in first grade two years later if you want.

We all know kids grow at different points in life, and no two are the same. Heck, look at this photo, four of these boys were born within 2 months of one another.

Anyway, the emotional side also plays a role, I feel bad these guys (and the rest of the team) are splitting up, they have really grown to appreciate each other as friends, classmates (in some cases) teammates, and families.

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Mother of the Year Again

My Peeps

This weekend is always fun for me. I love seeing how the kids can (or can not) hold out on sharing their Mother’s Day school projects. I received the Spanish class gifts (coloring and cards) on Thursday because they had Spanish class. Shad works really hard with them to try and keep it all a secret until Sunday, but they often just bust at the seams.
What do I want for Mother’s Day? Well, I think it’s pretty simple BUT it doesn’t always work out. I either want breakfast in bed (can be toast and a scrambled egg) and/or a shower that is peaceful. That means no knocking on the door and walking in 35 times in 4 minutes, no asking questions, just me and the hot water for as long as I want (or they can stand). I think as they get older, it’s getting easier for them to let me be but it’s also not feeling as special because they don’t really care. I, like most other Mom’s, want to be wanted. So, the fact that they want me less makes this less enjoyable – and actually a bit sad.
Good thing I have Shea, she just can’t go without talking and will settle for any audience, I should be able to count on that for a few more years. I hope.

Anyway, the kids were on their best behavior today and they tried soooo hard to make the day fun, even though Mother’s Day is a day away. We drew on the driveway with sidewalk chalk and played four square. It was pretty cool…. I’m a lucky one.

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Every once in a while I don’t joke, I’m not sarcastic, I don’t yell and I am an empathetic and compassionate Mom. With Rye-Guy at sleep away soccer camp, sleep-deprived and probably a bit homesick and me missing him terribly, I sent him a card and a pack of Rolo’s.

Roll a Rolo to your pal, it’s chewy chocolate covered car-a-mel

Not sure if anyone remembers that ad but I do.
Anyway, Shad gave him the card when he brought him more socks tonight. He told me he walked away from everyone to read it. Maybe he misses me too….

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I contributed this to Shea’s school blog. I purposely did not share until the end of the year so I wouldn’t have parents thinking I’m a bit crabby or worse. Who would want them to doubt their artwork?

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Mother of the Year

Writing a professional letter.

No, they don’t mix. Or actually maybe it’s part of the plan. “Take a break and spend time with your kids!” Either way, we vacationed in February so the kids are at home and stuck with me. They have been subjected to lists a page long each day then tv and iPods. I was sick with that crazy stomach bug on Monday which put me more than a day behind at work eliminating my ability to take a day off and play. I feel so bad but thankfully they are done in 5 weeks and we will get out time soon.

Kate and Rye are having trouble not annoying each other which further complicates the day. From burning down her tower in minecraft to not Nerf bullets to soccer they have been in front of each other for a long time. Today, the first nice day is no different- when working down their list (some items were soccer/lacrosse) and playing catch and dribbling a soccer ball they definitely hit a wall and this letter from Kate shows you.

I look at it this way, at least I have taught her well enough that she got her salutations correct AND she was polite.

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I am so thankful for our choice to send the kids to Saint Christopher’s school this year. They have gotten so much out of their program. I love the closeness and I love the education they are getting. I think they have both made amazing strides this year. Strides that I don’t think public schools have the choice to take anymore. At School last year the kids were taught… To test. They had to be because of all the required testing and pressure on the school. This year I find they are taught to learn. A d they are learning which was recently proven to me because the 5th grade had their first (and it was practice- no pressure) national test. Reilly was top 3 in his grade for math.
Here is Reilly at his Christmas concert. It’s so awesome to hear kids sing, no matter what the age.


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Okay, so, you know it’s bad when….
No no no… You know you’re too busy when….
Nah… You know you need to spend more time with the kids when…
Hmmm, nope…. Desperate times call for desperate measures when…

Okay I’m just spitting it out. I just got a promotion at work and part of my new title is director of communications which is a big ironic because in December when my Dad passed away I was give the same title with my Mom and siblings. We all have our roles but interestingly enough as my primary role in my own little family I feel like I’m coming up short. Nooooo… How? That’s what you are asking yourself right now. Well, your kids are often proof of your truths… See for yourself.


I didn’t answer. I should remove it. Hmmmm… Anyone???

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