On the Road Again….

It’s that time in our family where the meeting of winter sports meet summer sports.  Our oldest is still playing second season hockey and has started ball practices, our middle is still prepping for her karate grading  and has also started her ball practices and our youngest is just dreaming of seeding fields on the farm – oh and his ball starts this week! My husband is going over the farm machinery, checking fields and looking after all the details for spring time work and seeding on the farm. And here I am prepping my piano students for May exams, coaching Ally’s ball team and basically organizing and scheduling our crazy life for the next couple of months.  Honestly – I wouldn’t have it any other way! We are all doing what we love to do and even though we might seem like we are going in 8 different directions at once – I do enjoy some of the one-on-one time I get with the kids because we are going in different directions.

There are a couple of things I do – prep-wise – that keep us going in the right direction.  A visible weekly schedule  – I had a fancy schmancy dry erase monthly calendar but honestly it wasn’t the best. It was overwhelming to look at the whole month as opposed to just a week at a time.  SO I pulled out a piece of paper and put it in a page protector. (Ya I’m crafty like that)   I fill it out weekly with a dry erase marker – with Manitoba weather chances are ball games are going to be cancelled and rescheduled. The kids and look and see where they are going – my farmer husband can see which towns his kids are playing if he has a chance to get away from the field – and I have a visual to see what’s going on and where everyone needs to be.  It’s cheap, it’s easy and it works.

Another prep I do for the controlled chaos is pack a snack bag.  My kids get off the school bus close to 4:00 pm and we are usually on the road again (if they have a practice or a game) by 5:00pm.  That means an early supper or a supper on the go, and once their activity is done they are hungry! Scratch that – they are HANGRY! So to feed the wild beasts I have a bag of snacks that goes in the vehicle with us.  Usually filled with snacks they like and will fill them up or tie them over till we get home.  This week we have almonds, Clif Bars, fruit cups, applesauce, granola bars.  I’ll also put fresh fruit and veggies in there or any baking that I’ve done (muffins, cookies etc).  Some juice boxes and Powerade or Gatorade will be there too , as well as the kids water bottles. Along with some wet-naps, napkins and spoons.

SO hopefully this crazy, chaotic season will run smoothly and everyone will get to the places they need to be safely and well-fed.  Moms on the go – what are your go-to time saving methods you use? Let’s help each other get through the busy seasons of life!

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Hockey Momma

My oldest plays hockey. I’m a mini-van driving, coffee drinking, 90’s Jock Jam playing hockey mom. This is the 5th season of having the title of Hockey Momma and this was the first year that Johnny’s team went to provincials.

I come from an athletic background.  I played high school sports and went on to play some college basketball back in the day. I know what it is like to be in an important tournament or game. I know the feelings of elation when your team wins and also the devastation and disappointment of losing a championship or big game.  But let me tell you  – nothing – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING – prepares you for when your child is in one of those games!

The kids made it to provincials for their age group and that in itself is an accomplishment.  They played hard and never gave up and their determination and teamwork landed them in the final game.  The Boissevain Border Kings were playing for the bragging rights honour of being Provincial Champions. But guess who they were playing – the enemy rivals from their league play – the Killarney Stars (who have had our number all year long!!)  The range of emotions is overwhelming. There are highs and lows and that’s before the puck drops. And the fact that all I could do was cheer from the sidelines almost did me in! If I was a smoker I would’ve gone through numerous packs in the first period! It was such a close game that it had to go into SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME not once but TWICE!!! Both teams were playing amazing and as a parent all you could do was pray that it was a good goal that won the game.  Then it happened one of Border Kings took the shot that went by the Stars goalie. There was screaming and jumping up and down, hugs, and probably some of the moms peed their pants a little (the whole jumping up and down thing), and even a few happy tears!

They did it. They had won, they were provincials champs! This group of kids was not the biggest team out there, or even the most skilled – but they played as a team and won as a team.  And that is what made this Hockey Momma most proud.