**post-edit note: Please read my response to the first question in the comments which helps clarify that I’m not promoting this craziness…just recording this crazy sports “season” we have found ourselves in!
Things have gotten a little haywire in the sports world for Claire over the last few months.
There was one Saturday a while back where we got up early and headed out for tennis lessons with the cousins, went straight from there to a soccer tournament clear on the far side of the other side of town, then waited for the next game, played it, then headed to her rec. team volleyball game, and got back in time enough to tuck Lucy in bed that night.
Phew. I was tired. And Claire might have been more tired. Ha!
But I thought we could chock that one up to a crazy Saturday and cross it off the list until I went through schedules and found that pretty much every coming up weekend was set to be pretty much just like that one.
And we’ve been going strong ever since except for a break right after Thanksgiving. This last weekend she had four soccer games (not kidding), a tennis lesson (that we ended up opting out of), and a double header in volleyball.
Yeah. We are nuts.
This is the deal though:
Claire adores soccer. She tried out that club team last year and fell head over heels in love. Then, if you remember, she was the only one who didn’t make it when she tried out for the team this year. She had a kind of cool experience deciding to still play on the other team they offered her and it’s been a pretty awesome experience for her (more about that back HERE
). And club soccer takes a lot of time. Two practices a week and lots of weekend tournaments. (Someone asked a few posts ago how we do soccer Sundays and the answer is that we’re in a club that doesn’t do Sundays…it’s a pretty amazing new club here in the desert and is doing really well.)
Claire has also been drawn to tennis first of all because of her Grandfather 🙂 and also because of her parents 🙂 (A little about she and Grace’s tennis progression HERE.)
But she has four cousins her age who are really into tennis and I tell you, it is awesome that they can all play together. We had a little mini doubles tournament-turned-mom-child-tennis time up in the mountains over Memorial Day back HERE
to give you the idea of how great it is to have all those cousins who play.
She took lessons from a guy with Grace for a while, and also Saturday lessons with these kids when soccer didn’t conflict, but recently she loved that group cousin teacher (and was not in love with her other coach) so much she started taking with her twice a week and working with the cousins on Saturdays.
Yeah, lots of sports, right?
And to top it all off, I kept getting this nudging to let her try volleyball. She’s always been interested, and Elle has said a couple times she wished she had played because of her height. People here in the desert start their kids in sports so dang early so we’re really far behind girls who have already played for years (which is crazy to me…that’s a post for another day), but we found a low-key rec. team to let her just give it a try a few months ago.
Well, at first she didn’t love it, as most people would feel when they have no idea what in heaven’s name they are doing. But by the second game she was pretty thrilled with that sport. She liked it enough to try out the first “open gym” for club volleyball, and then the next one too. And then she had stars in her eyes about trying out.
SO, to make a long story a smidgen shorter, she made the “practice” team on the club volleyball team she wanted (which works for us since “practice” players don’t play in the tournaments and she’s committed to club soccer right now). So suddenly we were in tennis, club soccer, club AND rec. volleyball.
And how does she feel about all this, you may ask??
She’s a go-getter that girl.
She loves it all.
And I have to admit all those sports weekends have given us quite a bit of quality mother/daughter time (Dave’s been in China or unavailable for many of the weekends, Grace has all kinds of student council things on Saturdays lately…more on that soon…and Lucy has no desire in the world to accompany us), so it’s just me and her.
You like the pink stuff they wear?? Funny…she looks a little clown-ish after smudging through one or two games!
So we’ve gone from tennis, to soccer to volleyball over and over and over again on repeat over the last few months.
It’s been so fun to watch this girl in action.
But boy howdy we sure celebrated after her last-before-the-holidays late-night soccer match on Saturday and again when we got a text that there’s no practice this week.
So grateful she gets to try her hand at all these things and that we can support her in that but all of us are sure as can be ready for a break!
Hopefully she can narrow these sports down to one of her favorites next year…not holding my breath but crossing fingers…