This summer brought something new to our family – baseball. Some of our best friends are a crazy sports family and their boys are super athletes. Kathleen told me it was high time that I let my boys give baseball a try. Her boys took Eby and Little Man out in their yard and taught them to throw, catch, switch hit, and even slide. They loved it. Back home we signed them up for Parks and Rec baseball, and unfortunately due to the way their birthdays fell, they were in different leagues; T-ball for Little Man, and Machine Pitch for Eby. I had no idea what their coaches would be like, but it was perfect; Little Man’s coach was high structure and direct (while also being very nice), and Eby’s was laid back and encouraging. The first practice came on a hot evening. Russ walked with Eby to one field and I took Little Man to another. I scanned the group of parents looking for anyone who just might be over 30, and finally saw one woman who looked like she was even a little bit older than me. I felt much better – until the first game, when I realized she had a grandson on the team. Oh, the life of a mature mother. We spent our summer evenings on the baseball fields. As busy as it was getting the boys to games four nights a week, Russ and I enjoyed the time sitting side-by-side watching the boys play. They learned baseball skills, how to be on a team, how to accept disappointment, and how to enjoy playing well. The highlight of Little Man’s season was the night he got to bring treats for his team. He picked out individual bags of chips and Capri Sun 100% Juice, which he proudly handed out to his friends at the end of the game. Today we tried Capri Sun V and it was a hit for everyone – coaches and kids alike. Question: What sports have your kids played, and which ones have been the biggest hits? Any favorite team snacks? Lisa
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