forcing your kids to play sports…

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Our girl Ry just finished up her 9th season of soccer! She started the Spring she turned 4! What a long way she has come! One of the top defenders on her team – who went 17 – 1 in an almost undefeated season this past year!

Rylee has had said since she was 6 that she doesn’t want to play anymore – but we sort of force/bribe her… shhh.

We know she isn’t one to be overjoyed about athletics – and that’s fine, neither was I – but we value the healthy lifestyle for her.

At age 9 in soccer, kids usually split up into hybrid or junior academies – while some hang around and just play rec soccer. The expensive opportunity has come up for Rylee – do we sign her up to try out for Hybrid soccer or do we let this be it for her. She’s good, so we know she would make it – but will she resent us for it later?… do we let her not play a sport at all? If she had to choose: she would rather read books and be a tutor – but how do we maintain the healthy lifestyle/team spirit that sports provide..

I read an interesting article about “forcing your kids to play sports” here

More research into the topic::

Children quitting organized sports occurs more often than one might think. Research has shown that approximately 70-75% of children will quit playing a sport by the age of 14. Why do they want to stop? Why they start or why parents put their children into a sport in the first place:
1. Competence (learning and improving)
2. Affiliation (Being a part of something like a team or a club)
3. Fitness (agility, balance, coordination, and physical health)
4. Fun (This is the overwhelming reason why children play sports)
What are your thoughts?

Afternoons Around Here..


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Our afternoons used to be so hectic it seems…

But not so much anymore – we usually all arrive home by 4 or 5p.

Everyone changes into comfy clothes, we take care of animals, check homework, tidy up from breakfast mayhem that morning, prepare dinner, and head out for a stroll to the playground.

The kids play, the parents chat, we head back for treats, showers and games or stories.

We are such an organized family – meal prepping for the week and clothes laid out on Sundays, cleaning on the Saturday mornings, daily calendar hanging in the kitchen for everyone.. it just makes things run smoothly.

Sure: we still have fights about bedtime, multiple bathroom trips and water sips, bargaining at its best – but who doesn’t. We choose our battles wisely.

5 Steps for a family routine that may be helpful for you to:

  1. Analyze the day: I start each morning in my calendar. Mike and I communicate about plans for the day: who’s picking up which kid, gym time, dinner plans…
  2. Brainstorm what you want: for us, balancing everyone’s needs and wants can be tricky – but manageable : say the kids want to go to something fun, we plan in advance which day and time works best
  3. Write it down: I am notorious for this! Just ask Mike. Whether it’s grocery lists/needs, events, favorites.. I write it down
  4. Follow the schedule: We make ours on Sundays – and we stick by it! Of course things come up so we tweak and add in without chaos
  5. Tweek as needed: Not everything goes as planned- – soccer practices, a friend needs help, extra homework – leave some room in your schedule to make adjustmentments


It’s A….


Let me start off by saying, I love my husband. I especially love his face in this pic!

We are beyond excited to be adding another baby girl to our family – I mean we are used to girls by now, so it comes with ease and happiness. My husband’s first thought: weddings and hormones.

The girls and I squealed in excitement! We had our favorite bakery, Maxie B’s, whip us up some cupcakes so that we could all be surprised together. So fun and what a sweet memory to share!

baby 3 bumpdate..

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Let me update you real quick on this growing belly of mine..

We are at week 22 now! Crazy but amazing!! Over halfway! Now, I just have to survive the summer. I love summer and hot weather – so this should be interesting! Pools and beaches, I’m ready for ya!

I crave: pickles, icecream, watermelon, strawberries, and the frozen lemonade drink from Chick Fil A. I can’t even stand the look of avocados these days! I feel healthy and happy! In the beginning of this pregnancy, I lost hair but it’s coming back healthier and voluminous! I’ve gained 11 pounds, and compared to my other pregnancies – I’m cool with that!

Until next bumpdate,


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Showing some love today to my ever changing and growing body!

 2007 with Rylee, my first baby who came 3 weeks early and gave me major back pain!

2011 with my Reese who was right on time and made me look rounder all over by the day!

2015 with baby #3 and not even halfway there yet but already growing!

Love to all my children: big hugs that wrap around them that squeeze them so tight they will always remember.

And, happy birthday to their wonderful daddy, Mike today! Turning 36 never looked so good! 🙂

Rylee’s 1st Workout

When I became a workout crazed girl about a year ago – I started thinking of how awesome it would be for the kids to be able to workout with me. Our town has scheduled “workout in the center city park” nights in the Spring and Summer – free and you can bring your kids! Win – Win! So when I mentioned I was going to Pilates one night and Rylee said she wanted to join… I was thrilled! Our girl works out hard all year with Soccer so this is just an added plus for her. And she even enjoyed herself, despite complaining about dripping sweat.

 We treated ourselves to a walk around town afterwards.

“Growing Little Women” devotional

Rylee and I started a devotional book together in June … Growing Little Women by Donna Miller.
We are doing this devotional study with a group of other mothers and their 5-8 year old girls.
Our first meeting was on June 1. We had older high school girls come and share thier faith and memories of thier mothers with us. We also had afternoon snacks like lemonade, scones, muffins, cookies and fruits. We then presented our daughters with a journal… a journal that would be treasured forever.. A journal that we would both write in as mother and daughter sharing stories, insight, and quiet moments. The girls all got to decorate thier journals and they turned out beautiful.
We started our first devotion that night together. Our first reading talked about how God loved us before he ever knew us. Mothers were to share the daughter’s birth story with them. What a sweet time to tell Rylee of how loved she was before we even saw her. She soaked in every word as I told her how when I first saw her I kissed her cheek and nuzzled my nose against hers. Being strapped to a table, I couldn’t hold her just then but I wanted to feel her. This devotional series will be a special reminder of the bond we share as Mother and Daughter that I hope Rylee will always cherish.
We recently started attending Daystar Church in January as one of our New Year’s Resolutions to get our children active in church. I’m a firm believer in you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian – but the best place to raise a family is in church. Even as a child, my sister and I would catch the bus to church on Sundays and I still remember the memories we made. To see my children thriving and enjoying church as I once did really blesses me. To hear them ask questions about God and ask to do devotional time together – I couldn’t ask for more.