Confessions of a First Time Baseball Mom

So.

Jonah started playing baseball this month. While I played softball when I was young, the role of a baseball mom is definitely a new one for me. In just the three short weeks that Jonah has played, my routine has been thrown topsy-turvy and I’m all discombobulated. I also have a few confessions…

Confessions of a First Time Baseball Mom

Fall Ball?

I’m melting in my blue camping chair. Melting, people! They teased me by naming it “Fall Ball” when in reality, I live in Chattanooga, TN and it doesn’t get really good and cold until January. Ok, maybe December if we’re lucky. Which is nice if you like to wear flip-flops all the way until November like I do. Sitting in my blue chair that I’ve carried out to the ballfield while throwing a pound of snacks at a 2 year old just isn’t very fun because it’s hot and we always end up on the side facing the sun. I don’t really do scorching hot unless my feet are being rhythmically splashed by waves.

So, I’m calling your bluff, Fall Ball. You lied.

Confessions of a First Time Baseball Mom

Cleats, Bats, and Helmets, Oh My!

Growing up, I was only responsible for bringing a glove to softball games. Looking back, it was slightly gross to share helmets with all of my teammates. It’s a wonder I never got lice. Oh, how times have changed! Not only was I asked to pay a hefty fee, but I also had to go out and get a list of equipment that rivaled the length of a school supply list: cleats, a batting helmet, a bat, a bag to hold all of the equipment with fancy clips that attach to the fence, and more. Insane! I thought about being the non-conformist, but you see how that went…

Confessions of a First Time Baseball Mom

My Laundry Nemesis

Baseball uniforms are my laundry nemesis. Tennessee red clay doesn’t come out of pants easily…go figure. From now until November, my kitchen sink will have stained baseball pants soaking overnight in a combination of Fels-Naptha and Oxi-clean two times a week. There is no room for laziness with uniform cleaning. With baseball games twice a week and a practice on a third day, I have to be on top of my stain-fighting game. I’m not sure about you, but I like to do laundry on my own timeline. You know, when I’m down to the last pair of underwear.

Confession: I’ve already forgotten to wash his uniform. In my defense, the uniform never made it to the laundry. It won’t happen again. We’ve got a system.

Confessions of a First Time Baseball Mom

Dinner? You mean you like to eat?

I’m such an amateur. Our games are at 6:00, so we’re at the ballfield by 5:40 to warm up. Smart moms would have something in the crockpot. Better yet, smart moms would have thought about dinner before they left for the ballgame. For some reason I act surprised when my husband asks what we’re going to eat. Every. Single. Time. Here’s another sandwich, honey.

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Ant in My Pants

Y’all…I didn’t pay attention to where I placed my blue chair when staking my claim on the perfect spot to watch the game. I put my chair in the middle of an anthill. It wasn’t until my feet were swarmed by ants that I noticed. The ants were very appreciative of the pound of goldfish crackers I threw at the two year old, who then dropped fifty percent of them on the ground. My feet? Not so much.

Confessions of a First Time Baseball Mom

My Calendar Called

My calendar called. It said, “See you in November.”

I will admit I really, really like white space on my calendar. I fight for white space. I like margin. I need margin in my life or I tend to get a little, um, shall we say…crazy. With one piece of paper, every single empty calendar square was gobbled up. So long, fall fun. Goodbye, quiet evenings at home. I’ll miss you, regular bedtimes.

If you need me, I’ll be at the ballfield. I’ll be the sweaty girl at the end with goldfish crumbs under my feet.

Are you a baseball mom? Tell me your confession in the comments or give me a tip to figure out my dinner dilemma.

10 Books About Worms

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been studying about worms in science. Jonah has enjoyed learning how worms help the soil by digging tunnels and breaking things down by eating them. And because he’s a typical boy, he’s been fascinated that dirt is full of worm “waste.” We’ve found some really cute books at our library to go along with our study and wanted to share them with you!

10 Books about Worms

10 Books About Worms

Bob and Otto ~A cute book about two friends that looked pretty much alike and love to do the same things. Then one day everything changed!

Wiggle and Waggle ~A beginner chapter book about to worm friends and their adventures in the garden. This book had Jonah in stitches! He loved it!

Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard~ Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of earthworms.

Wiggling Worms at Work~A look at the underground world of worms

Wonderful Worms ~Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of the common earthworm.

Diary of a Worm ~A hilarious look at what life is like to be a worm. Jonah really liked this one, too!

underGROUND ~Take a look underground and see who you might find.

Ned’s New Home ~When Ned’s home rots, he has to search for a new one. Follow him as he hunts for the perfect place to call home. Such a cute book!

Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder ~A young boy accompanies his grandmother to her backyard garden where, while planting, she digs up a worm. When the boy tells her to “throw it away,” the woman teaches him about why worms are beneficial.

An Earthworm’s Life ~Looks at the life of an earthworm.

This list of worm books goes perfectly with the worm observation activity in Spell Outloud’s new Nature Study Printables for Preschoolers.

Nature Study Printables for Preschoolers

What was in your library bag this week?

I’ve decided to share what is in our library bag each week for our homeschool themes. I hope you’ll enjoy the book lists and find a few new favorites along the way!

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014

I find it hard to believe that we are entering our second year of homeschool. How is it possible that I have a First Grader?!?! We loved My Father’s World for Kindergarten, so we have chosen to stick with them again for First Grade. We were so excited on “Box Day“, the day we received our box of curriculum in the mail.

Curriculum Box

Social Studies

This year Jonah will be focusing on Biblical History. We’ll make a Biblical times costume, scrolls, clay pots, and more! Jonah will build a timeline as we study the Bible. A lot of the History will be embedded in his Reading lessons.

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Reading

He will be reading through the Bible Reader from My Father’s World, which is basically an “easy reader” version of the Bible. So, he will read through Genesis to Revelation, in easy reader form. After he reads, he will write a sentence or two in his Bible Notebook and draw a picture to go with it. The phonics instruction will coincide with his lessons through the Bible reader and Notebook. He will also be making a timeline as we read through the Bible Reader. (I have a feeling that even I’m going to learn something new!)

Reading is Jonah’s favorite subject, so we will visit the library often and cuddle up with good books on the couch. Jonah’s reading abilities have taken off over the summer, so he will be reading aloud with me more and more.

alphaMath

We will use Math-U-See Alpha. My Father’s World also comes with a Math workbook, The Complete Book of Math, so we will use these together as much as we can. Math is not Jonah’s favorite subject, so I will be using games as much as possible with him.

Science

We will be working through three books: Finding Out about Things Outdoors, Science with Water, and Science With Plants. While they are small books that could be read in one sitting, we will focus on each section for a week at a time.  Fridays are Exploration Days. We will be doing experiments that are mentioned in our science books and Nature Walks on Fridays. Jonah will be keeping a science journal where he writes about his science exploration and draws to illustrate his learning. He will also journal/draw after Nature Walks.


Art

We will be using Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes for part of the year. We will also be doing Art Study. We have 20 famous paintings that we will study throughout the year. We’ll talk about the artist, notice details, and even try to replicate a few of them. (Once again, I’m going to learn SO much!)

Music

Jonah will continue with the children’s choir at church. We will do an in-depth study of Peter and the Wolf (comes with My Father’s World Deluxe Package) and we will listen to our classical music from last year. Seeds Family Worship will still be the soundtrack to our days, often. I am trying to find a used piano that is free or very cheap for piano lessons. Until then, we’ll just listen to lots of music.

We are looking forward to a fantastic year full of learning!

Linking up with iHomeschool Network’s Not-Back-To-School Blog Hop. This week is Curriculum Week!

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InstaFriday 7-26-13

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in InstaFriday. I’ve missed it. I have found it to be one of my favorite ways to recap what we’ve been up to. I hope you enjoy getting a glimpse of our everyday life as well…

Asher has a thing for getting in baskets. He’s such a silly boy these days. He’s started to laugh, cover up his mouth and say, “I’m so funny.” That’s for sure.

Asher in a basket

I’ve been eating better since we got back from vacation. And by better, I mean I’m in a self-inflicted food bootcamp. I’ve radically changed my diet to try to eliminate some health issues. It’s worked, but gosh, I want a cinnamon roll. To keep me from being too tempted to cheat I stayed home to write instead of going to Panera…because they have lots of bread there. I can’t have bread right now. Boo-to-the-hoo.

Sad Sara

We are in the middle of updating all of our paperwork for the adoption. I had planned on staying in my pajamas as long as possible that day. It didn’t happen. I had to make a mad dash to the post office to overnight some papers to USCIS (Immigration).  I’ll jump hoops and pay a ransom for you, little one. Anything for you to be home.

mailboxes

I took the boys downtown to see a train exhibit at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. The Lionel Collectors Club of America was having a convention and they set up their trains. The public was invited for free! We made a day of it by looking at the trains for a while and then riding the trolley. Asher and Jonah both got to ring the bell on the trolley. They loved this. Jonah kept thanking me over and over for taking them. He’s such a sweet boy.

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Trains

ringing the trolley bell

Asher has discovered the Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin. Surprisingly, he didn’t make a huge mess.

Rice Sensory Bin

What have you been up to this week? Tell me in the comments.

Mommy & Me: Special Time

Since Asher came six months ago, Jonah has needed some extra doses of special time with Mommy and Daddy. While he truly loves Asher, the process of becoming brothers has been hard. Finding our groove as a family of four hasn’t been easy. It isn’t something I have written much about, mainly because it has been really HARD on everyone involved…especially Mommy. And, we’re not even done looking for our new normal yet!

That first day home with Asher was an absolute nightmare. Jonah hadn’t ever been away from us for that long and was needing us. The problem was that there was this new little person that needed attention, too. Mommy was recovering from surgery and needed Daddy to help with getting in and out of the recliner, changing diapers, etc. and Jonah didn’t like it one bit. Going from being the center of attention to not being the center of attention is rough on a guy, ya know.

The jealousy was so thick you could slice it.

The tantrums were epic.

The tears…oh, how they fell!

I’m not proud of it, but I really struggled as I saw Jonah in a different light. Suddenly, he was bigger and louder. I found him annoying and whiny. Quite frankly, I cried myself to sleep that night wondering where my sweet boy had gone and asking God what He had done to my family. (Post-partum hormones were running rampant, people!)

It is right here that I will sing the praises of Mr. Happy Brown House. He’s a wise one. He knew that the thing that would help Jonah and Mommy the most was to have some special time together.

And he made it happen.

He took Asher while Mommy read books with Jonah. He sent Mommy and Jonah outside on the porch together. He took pictures while Mommy and Jonah made silly faces. And it helped…both of us.

When we headed to Florida to introduce Asher to family and were blessed with a free day at Disney, he made sure that I was the one making memories instead of watching with Asher on the sidelines. And somewhere between the Teacups and the Carousel, I healed a little. The laugh that had been squelched when colic and all of the shhhh-ing began started to rise and bubble over. I found me again, even if only for the day.

It was then that I realized the real goal of my “Mommy & Me” posts. Sure I like to post fun, educational things to do with your little ones, but ultimately, the real goal is about strengthening the bond between mother and child. You see, sometimes I get in my own way and lose sight of the real reason I do things here on this blog. Sometimes I get caught up in the business side of blogging, the prideful part of blogging, the part of me that wants you to like me because I have so much to offer. And when I can’t offer those things because my life “gets in the way” of my goals, I feel like I’ve let you down. When really, the whole point of my blogging is to document these precious years I have to live. And live them I must. Because what’s the point of blogging about a life that isn’t being truly lived?

So, today, there is no special activity.

No Pinterest-worthy picture.

No affiliate links to products for you to buy.

Just you.

You and that little one…together.

 

Your time and attention is better than anything I can write about today. Make it special. Turn on some music and dance in your kitchen. Have a pillow fight. Let them splash you during bath time. Cut out construction paper clown noses and wear them while you eat dinner. Laugh. Whatever it is, live first and write about it later.

Go. Live. Love. Then come back and tell me about it.

Jonah says…

“College cheese is on sale, Mom.” (AKA: Cottage Cheese)

“Look, Mom, it’s 11:25!” (Lucky guess. He adds “20” in front of all the numbers on a clock.)

clock“I’m on safari!”

Gosh, I love this silly boy!

InstaFriday: By the numbers…

2 sick boys

104.3 temperature for big brother

101.8 temperature for little brother

3 Trips to the doctor

Double Ear Infections times 2…plus RSV

Breathing Treatments every 4 hours

1 night spent in the recliner for Mommy and 1 night spent in the swing for Asher…0 hours sleep

225 mL of Amoxicillin for 10 days…times 2

1 yeast diaper rash, 2 bowls of baby food thrown up, countless blowout diapers

All of that adds up to…

One Super Exhausted Mommy

How was your week? life rearranged

I’m linking up with InstaFriday at Life Rearranged. My old dinosaur of a phone died and I got an upgrade, even though I swore I wouldn’t. Turns out, Mr. Happy Brown House gets a discount through his work and it hasn’t impacted our bill much. So, now I’m sending postcards of my day though Instagram. You can follow me on Instagram (@happybrownhouse)