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Having your kids in sports can be draining, right? We go to so much trouble to get them to soccer practices and games on time and with all their gear. As with everything else, getting everything the kids need in the car comes before thought of everything else. It’s a mad rush to the fields 5 days a week.
The fall season started earlier than ever this year. The heat and humidity in August are brutal here in North Florida. We might as well call it the “middle of summer season.”
The nightmare that is Juvenile Arthritis seems to be fading from my daughter’s memory as months pass without a significant flare. Pea is taking the soccer fields by storm. It’s hard to believe it’s her first season playing. Though she is one of the oldest on her team, she is by far the smallest in height and weight. She’s paid attention to every piece of advice her brother’s ever received so she plays like a veteran. A little powerhouse that shows no fear when charging into a knot of kids a full head taller and 20 pounds heavier than she is. She definitely has a big brother.
And their mom now spends double the amount of time at the fields. In the blazing heat drenched in sweat.
I normally spend the first hour walking the fields, hitting my Fitbit step goal and catching Pokemon with Pork Chop while Pea practices. By the time her practice ends and his begins, I am a sad, wet noodle that plops into my chair to chat with the moms on Pork Chop’s team while he practices.
I never forget their POWERADE and water. I almost always forget about myself. I know I am not alone. I see the other moms sweating on the sidelines so I decided to partner with POWERADE to remind my fellow moms on the sidelines #NotSoFastMoms. You need to be hydrated too. We need the energy to cheer on our little superstars no matter the weather.
I pack a little cooler with enough drinks for myself, the kids, and anyone else on the team that needs hydration.
We need the energy to cheer on our little superstars no matter the weather–because they won’t be this age forever. Time is flying by.
Someone asked my son how long he’s been playing soccer. He replied, “This is my tenth season so that’s five years, right mom?” It seems like only yesterday he sat on the sidelines and cried because there were so many people watching his first ever soccer game.
Not so fast mom.
Remember to enjoy every minute because one day you’ll look back and long for these days.
I can’t believe he is so big now. I keep finding myself pulling up old photos from his first season. This is one of my favorites from those early days. So I decided to make a decoupage frame just for it.
How to Make an Easy Decoupage Soccer Ball Frame
Remove paper from the frame. On a protected surface (wax paper works well) paint the sides of your frame. Don’t forget the inside edges. Overlap onto the surface a bit. Let dry.
Cut the grass scrapbook paper into different sizes and shapes, about 1″ or so. Place mod podge onto your frame and affix paper. Round the paper corners to place onto the round corners of the frame. Let dry completely.
Apply a coat of mod podge on top of the paper and on all the edges/painted surfaces of the frame. Dry completely.
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Nicole Elliott ~ Client says
We pulled the double soccer duty last fall and it is exhausting! Great tip on making sure you’re taken care of and well hydrated, too! Also this frame turned out way too cute and fun, love the idea of using grass scrapbook paper!