May 1, 2012

Carter's First Game

CARTER

"Do you have your cup?" "Where's your cup?" "Are you wearing your cup?" That's how it's been every day he has practice and then today, rushing out of the house for his very first game, he couldn't find his cup.

I thought it was going to go differently. I imagined Jeff would be the one taking him to games and practices while I tag along looking cute and dragging the rest of the clan with my snacks and stadium blankets and bottled waters.

But in reality, Dad has to work late and will have to meet us there and so I'm shoving dinner at their faces when we should already be in the car and on our way to the field, "DID YOU FIND YOUR CUP WHERE ARE YOUR SHOES OHWELL WE HAVE TO GO!" I don't even think I had on any makeup.

I glance at Carter on the way and he has food all over his face and spaghetti sauce on his brand new baseball pants. We get there and it's raining, but they don't call the game. Noah, Gray, and Ivy practically fall all over the bleachers from starvation because the concession stand is within eyesight. My mom buys them a pizza stick, popcorn, and Twizzlers.

The rain got worse so I ended up leaving around the 3rd inning with the kids. On the way back to the car Gray lost his Twizzlers and ran through the parking lot and toward the field like a crazy person. "My candy! My candy!" Rain is pouring down, people are trying to get to their cars, and I'm calling to him, "It's too late now! We can't go back! Get in the car!" It was heartbreaking. Like a really sad part in a movie. Only it's my life.

He wailed until - oh wait, he's still wailing. But! I just got a text that we won! Awesome! One game down... so many more to go. Wheee.


19 comments:

  1. I am crackin up! I can see all of this happening and it sounds so familiar!
    Love,
    Aunt Diane

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  2. Yep! Messy is life. Glad Carter's team won. :)

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  3. (Also, that Free Hand Mei Tai I'm seeing in the sidebar right now is one of the most gorgeous things I've every seen. Wow.)

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  4. We've been doing this for 5 years now. Wait until you have to actually work the concession stand. Then the *real* wailing will commence - your own.

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  5. Oh Steph, I hope you don't mind but I totally giggled through this. Mostly because I can so relate. He's so handsome in his uniform.

    Janelle

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  6. So funny! You are a baseball mom now. I can't begin to tell you how exciting it was for me to watch his first game and see them win so big. We were soaked when we got home, but it was all worth it! I gave Carter money to get Gray some more twizzlers...I hope it made him happy.

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  7. Hugs! Go Carter's Team! Steph - hang in there, I know your pain but have learned to just go with it! This year I have two boys playing ... with each having 2 games per week and a practice. Most games fall on my husband's work days and so here I go ... all six children to the ball field. Sometimes it is just crazy but we have our crazy little routine and I have learned to really enjoy it ... a great reality is that baseball season is very short and some how through the craziness, I always seem to miss it when it is over! Hang in there!

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  8. This is so perfect because it is life. Exactly. My oldest plays Special Olympics soccer and every week it is running through the house finding shin guards, shoving food in everyone's faces and then being torn between taking the kids to the playground and watching my oldest play and dealing with the whining from whomever did not do enough of what they wanted to do. And it's so fun we do it again, each and every week.

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  9. I've had those moments before too. I am fortunate enough to have a husband with a very flexible job, so he is able to be around for most of it. But sometimes he's not and then I want to look like I have it all together the most and of course it all falls apart.

    I hope the next outing is not so dramatic! Oh, and the concession stand is the bane of my existence. I take gatorade from home and snacks and still they cry out for more junk. Ugh.

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  10. we currently have TWO in little league. Each with different practice times - each with different sides of town they play on. OH I SOOOOO UNDERSTAND! I'm thinking of throwing an "end of the season" party not because I'm such a great mom...but honestly because I WILL WANT TO PARTY just knowing it's OVER!! :) Oh and our littlest likes to try to wear the cup as a hat (making me yell/laugh in a horrified manner)
    Dear lord I think we've kept the concession stand in business. I start out the season trying to fight it. by mid season I give up. by the end of the season I'm figuring it into our weekly dinner menu :)
    Hang in there sista :)
    M

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  11. Yes. Real life, right there. So many more to go.

    wheeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

    ;)

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  12. This is my first in many years without one in baseball. I miss it, but I don't. Especially the rainy days, where you had to go ahead and head to the field -- usually to get there and find out it is cancelled. Because if you assumed it was cancelled and didn't go, the skies would clear and they'd be short players..right? Long season ahead...with hopefully lots of sunny days. :)

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  13. I'm sorry but I"m laughing because THIS? is me, just change "do you have your cup" to "do you have your ball" and the sport to soccer. :)

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  14. Exactly. We do hockey all winter but my husband helps out with that so it works. But, baseball? Just me and kiddos as he works evenings in spring. This is the 1st time we're trying it. And does it get cold or rain every time there is a game? Seriously? But my kids love it (the three that play, not so much my other one) and that makes it all worth it. I think. Love how you sum up so much of life as I have 4 kids much the same ages as yours.

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  15. "Like a really sad part in a movie. Only it's my life."

    I feel this way like every day.

    Also, this was awesome.

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  16. Oh. My. Goodness. I love how you make all of our fumbles and im-perfected-ness look just beautiful. As it should be. Perfectly imperfect....Now, if you could just see my car after 5 soccer games in one weekend in four counties, you would feel so so so much better:) Sending lots of love and giggles.

    XXOO

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  17. Everytime I read one of your posts I'm more proud to be a mom.

    You tell the story of motherhood, real motherhood, so beautifully.

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  18. I know this day. It was hockey and snowing, but still, I know it. You capture the essence of motherhood with your words.

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  19. The amount of sugar my little ones ingest at their sister's baseball games is so not ok. But it's jst for a season, right?!

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