April 22, 2010

LAX

Well even though the lacrosse season is putting a lot of extra pressure on me I am trying to look on the bright side. Like I get to have alone time in the car with the kids. I am trying to make a point to turn off the radio and get the kids to actually talk to me. With Little Boy it's like pulling teeth. He is the king of one word answers. I tell him that before he gets out of the van he has to share 3 things about his day with me. He loves this game! NOT.

Another positive is that I spend two hours reading in the car while they practice. It's been great for getting through the books I have been meaning to read. I am usually the one who is behind in the reading for book club. I may even make it through The Book Thief. It's super long! Sometimes I use the time to go to the grocery store. The Safeway in Damascus is very well stocked! I have also discovered a pizza place I like there where I can pick up dinner when the kids are being deserving. (Hey, it happened once!) There have been some nights where we eat cereal for dinner and the kids are getting to bed too late quite regularly. When it rains (like today-yeah!) I am so glad that practice gets cancelled. It's like mother nature's little pass card for the day.

Each boy has played a couple games so far. I am finding that LAX (lacrosse) is a much rougher sport than I had thought. I have always said that my kids would never play football because the risk of injury to my pee-wee sized kids was too great. Then I sign them up for a sport where there is less padding and they all have sticks that definitely get used as weapons. You see kids getting whacked at right and left. Especially when your kid has the ball. It's like the green light for kids to start "checking" your kid. Checking is just a word for using your stick horizontally to shove your opponent to the ground. I've seen kids come up from behind a kid while running and slam the stick repeatedly on the ball holder's back and shoulders. No whistle blown! Yet the kids love it, so I better get my opinion of checking in check. It's a boy's game with rough side effects.

So, of course, we went out and bought both the girls lax sticks. Stupid right? Maybe so. Baby Girl's was a 14.00 special (for 2!) and Big Girl got a nicer one. She is in heaven playing outdoors with her brothers who once had no time for her, learning all the rules. Thank goodness the rules for girl's LAX are more cushy. They can't hit or push. They just play civilized lacrosse- no padding or helmet, just a mouth guard and eye protection. Big Girl may not be cut out for it but who knows, with help from her older brothers she could be great!

Here are some shots of last Saturday's game. (Little Boy is number 11- my favorite number!)





Check out Little Boy's reaction (he's on the far left), when they tied up the score at the end of the 4th quarter. His team had been ahead the entire game up until this last moment. They ended up in a tie.

10 comments:

CSIowa said...

I am not a sports fan, but I have learned to like watching soccer because I have a daughter who loves playing it. I'm not gregarious, either, but I have even managed to be reasonably sociable with the other parents on the sidelines. So even though soccer hasn't helped my reading list any, there are some good things about it.

Good for you! For doing this for your boys and for finding something in it for you, too!

jenfrommaine said...

Hilarious that you got that shot of Drew. It looks like something Sam did in basketball. I wonder if he'd like LAX. I saw your family(boys/hubby) at the visitors center tonight. Its cool seeing long lost friends unexpectedly. Nathan is getting tall. Blair is taller than Troy.

Eileen said...

That looks fun! I don't hear about lacrosse around here very much. Thankfully Adam is loving track, so we'll stick with that for now!

Carrie Stuart said...

Just a funny story about "The Book Thief". A good friend recommended it, said it was like...the best book ever. I ordered it from Amazon STAT. When it got here, my 2nd son started reading it right away (there's usually a race for a new book around here). A friend of my son's (Read: cute girl) saw it and said she'd always wanted to read it. Without my knowledge, he lent it to her....and she abruptly left the island, never to be heard from again a week later. Talk about a book thief! My son is forbidden from lending anyone anything ever again! =^)

Amy said...

I love reading your blog. Little girl had us laughing hysterically at her sweet prayers. I see you everywhere, comments on cjane, you follow jayniemoon. It's just fun to go, "hey!, I know her".

ginger tea said...

"I have also discovered a pizza place I like there where I can pick up dinner when the kids are being deserving. (Hey, it happened once!) There have been some nights where we eat cereal for dinner and the kids are getting to bed too late quite regularly. When it rains (like today-yeah!) I am so glad that practice gets cancelled. It's like mother nature's little pass card for the day."

This is so my life right now. I loved the way you put it into words. We are into baseball, with two games a week and practices in between. I have three boys (like you) and I could only stomach one (my oldest) playing, because my husband has poor health and can't come or watch kids while I go. So it would be such a crazy schedule trying to make 6 games +3 practices a week. I salute you going to the next town for LAX to avoid Sunday play. GOOD FOR YOU!! Your BLOG always makes me smile.

Kelly said...

Hi Jen!
Yes, T said he saw you guys. Next time you are down to go to the temple we should all go out for pizza or something. I know a great place in Damascus : )
(just kidding).

T also told me how tall Blair is getting. Look out teenaged girls in Belcamp!

Kelly said...

Yes Amy,
I see you all over the blogosphere as well. I would say we are virtual friends wouldn't you? I always like your comments and love reading your blog too. It's clear we are going through some of the same stuff in life.

Hang in there : )

Kelly said...

Thanks Ginger Tea. I appreciate your comments. Good luck with your husband!

I also make my kids sorta take turns with the sports they choose because otherwise I am a driving machine who never gets any laundry folded. Big Boy will start XC (cross country) in the fall when LAX is over. Maybe someday there will be a break in there for Big Girl to do gymnastics again. All in good time : )

Teachinfourth said...

I know what you mean, sometimes drawing out a conversation is a heck of a lot of work...