Oh, my goodness!  After that, I’m speechless.

Today is the worst, so far.  Coz it rained yesterday and the field is muddy.  But those shoes are what I deal with everyday.

It’s been 54 days since my kids started soccer training, and boy, am I so proud of them!  Six days a week, Monday to Saturday, they’d wake up at the crack of dawn and prepare to go to training.  Milk, cookies, shower, get into their jerseys, get the shin guards and line up for Mommy to put on their socks and shoes.

Well, at least for the two younger ones.  My 13-year old can actually put on her shin guards and knee socks, which can sometimes be a challenge.  🙂

I’ve never been athletic.  I tried to be, back in high school.  But dance was, and will always be, my passion, so it took precedence.  Although come to think of it, dance is a sport, right?  So I can claim to be athletic.  Except that I danced cultural, not the power dances that are considered as sports.

I did gymnastics for a short time.  Then softball as a shortstop, a bit of volleyball, did sprints on the track and field, and badminton.  But I’d really rather be practicing my sway balance and waltz than do strenuous sports training.  So yeah, I’m no athlete.

That’s why it’s been quite a challenge to keep up with the kids’ schedule this summer.  Daily training for soccer, from 6:00 AM to 8:30 AM.  Since the field is still a good 30-minute drive, we have to leave the house at 5:30 AM, which means we actually wake up at 4:00 AM so we can have time for a light breakfast and shower.  While they train, I study my lessons on my tab.  Yeah, I’m a Courseran, too!  🙂  Glutton for punishment, right?

Then we make a dash for home, take a quick meal and a bath, and off again to the Drum and Lyre Band training ’til 11:00 AM.  We take a quick lunch and give the kids another shower and prepare again for their piano lessons at 1:00 PM.  Sometimes, I’d just grab my laptop and my pocket wi-fi so I can put in some work while I wait up for the kids ’til 4:00 PM, instead of leaving and coming back to pick them up.

It’s a good thing that the piano lessons and the band training are only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Otherwise, I’d be dead by now.  🙂  And have I mentioned that I handwash their jerseys and socks everyday?

They’ve been to two tournaments, and looking forward to at least one more before summer ends.  By then I’d be an expert sports mom.  The first tournament we went to, we were so unprepared!  I thought it was a single game kind of thing.  What do you know!  Tournaments, even for kiddies, are whole day affairs.  So the next one we went to, we were more armed with the necessities.  Like a cooler full of water and ice, several shirts to change to after each game, towels, an umbrella and a visor cap.  Next time, I’d remember to wear rubber shoes and bring long sleeved polo to protect my arms.  The heat and dust in these events are not for the fainthearted.

So while I am really supportive of whatever my kids choose to do, there are days that I feel like I’m way over my head.  Like today, when I have to deal with muddy shoes.  And socks!  Thank God for my eldest who helped with the clean up, and the fact that it’s Tuesday, so no band practice to run to.

The kids?  It’s another story.  They voluntarily sleep early, they look forward to each training day and seeing their new-found friends.  They seem to not get tired at all.   They’re having the time of their lives!  And that in itself is a reward.