This is where you’ll find me most nights. We have 2 weeknights off, Wednesday and Friday, otherwise we’re at the ballpark. You know, it’s fun, really…except for the constant movement of my 2 year old and the ever impending emotional breakdown of my 6 year old. The 4 year old, he’s fine. More often than not, he’s fine. He goes out on the field and does as he’s told. When his game’s over he finds his friend Harrison and they play in the dirt until Caden’s game is over. EK, she has an innate desire to move constantly everywhere…everywhere except for where I encourage her to move. Since last Monday we’ve had 7 baseball/tball games. We were supposed to have one more but it was rained out. We had the regular tball schedule plus a tournament. That made for some exhausted kids and parents.
By Saturday afternoon we were all in dire need of rest, ice cream, and a bath. Caden blew acceptable behavior out of the water with his actions at his final ball game of the tournament. His innate desire to win and be the best got the best of him and he had a come apart when he realized his team would not win and he could not get on base because they kept tagging him out. We have noticed some issues with his ability to control his behavior and we are beginning to deal with it head on. I think we’ve known about it in the past, but we’ve dealt with it on an as needed basis…like when he’d lose control. Now we’re trying to deal with it before it becomes a problem. We’re trying to identify triggers for his loss of control and talk to him about emotional stressors and things that make him feel loved. We had a few things happen this afternoon, that on a bad day would have sent him over the edge, but today (after spending a family day together yesterday and being intentional about our conversations and interaction) he didn’t freak out. It was a nice feeling to all get along and not have to yell. I hope it continues.
At the end of the boy’s tournament, they each got a medal. JL was cheesing it up with his. You can’t help but smile with this kid. As far as I can remember, baseball has been about the extent of our life the past week.
Sunday after church I asked the boys to prioritize what was the most important thing we did that afternoon. JL said he wanted to play in the water. Caden said he wanted to play Mario. So, while EK was napping we played Mario and then once she got up we got out various and a sundry water toys and played in the water. Each boy got what they wanted, and it was easy…which was a win win for all of us.
Today, Jeb was off, YAY! So, we took the kids to school, came home and did therapy with EK (she’s getting better at the 2 step commands, just in case you were wondering), took JL his nap mat (because I cannot get everyone to school with all they need), and met the Yeager’s at their farm house for a tour. Afterwards, we ate lunch, and headed home.
We got EK down for a nap and then had some rest time ourselves. I made more bracelets for the kids and folded clothes. I’m not sure what Jeb did. I’m sure it was important and probably had to do with something on the computer. At about 2:20 I looked at the clock and realized, “OH MY GOODNESS IT’S 2:21 AND WE HAVEN’T LEFT THE HOUSE YET!”
Thankfully my friend, Lois Ann, picked JL up at school and after getting Caden I went over to their house and got JL. Later this afternoon we decided to head to the movies. It looked like a big green lake was moving into AL, but the ball park hadn’t called JL’s game. We decided to call it ourselves. We got a friend to keep EK and we took the boys to see THE AVENGERS. So good! I love the Iron Man movies…and I realized tonight it’ s because there’s a little humor thrown in. The Avengers is no different. All 4 of us loved it….some of us got tired of watching it about the 1 1/2 hour mark, but that’s ok.
JL liked it so much, he decided he needed to get into “uniform” when he came home. As soon as we walked out of the theater he started asking for his Iron Man suit. He cracks me up. Speaking of JL cracking me up, please look at this school photo.
He told me he was looking at Sadie. Goodness at that boy. Well, that’s it for tonight. Hope y’all are having a great week so far!