This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Blogging Through the Alphabet: Diary of a Multi-Sports Mom from A to Z ~ A is for Athletes

So, I am embarking on another journey of Blogging Through the Alphabet with my friends Amanda, Kirsten, Jennifer, Kimberley, Desiree, Markie, and Hilary. In year’s past the farthest I have made it is to letter “I”. I am hoping to change that this time around and make it across the finish line 26 weeks from now.

What’s my topic you ask? Something that I know very well… Blogging Through the Alphabet: Diary of a multi-sports Mom from A to Z. Now, I am not saying I have it all together, because I definitely don’t. However, I hope to impart how I keep up on this journey we are on. This week, I want to  introduce you to my five Athletes.

First up is Madison. She is our Speedy Scientist who plays Varsity softball with the local Christian School. She is a former Level 6 gymnast and past Track & Field Sprinter too. Softball is her game though. This season she has improved so much it is so much fun to watch her. My best memory of this year is when she was put in to pinch run on first. Bases were loaded and a power hitter was up to bat. The batter hit the ball to mid-outfield and then you saw my girl sprinting around the bases and touching home plate. I don’t even think the other team realized she had made it home! Just last week her team competed in a big tournament in TN where they came home with the Championship trophy! So exciting for these girls!

Mikayla is our resident gymnast but she has a protégé in the wings that I’ll tell you about down below. This year, Mikayla competed Level 10 for the first season and qualified for the JO Nationals (highest level of competition for Level 10, essentially their Olympics). We literally just got home from Cincinnati on Monday morning. This trip was super fun and she competed on Mother’s Day so it was extra special. Overall, she did great as a first year Level 10 and we could not be more proud of her and her accomplishments. She overcame so many fears and setbacks this season, God is good! At Nationals she scored a 9.400 (personal best at Lv10) on balance beam, an event that she struggled with all season long. We are currently navigating the waters of collegiate recruiting as she wants to compete at a Division I school. Things are headed in the right direction and our goal is to secure a commitment by the end of next season.

Montana is our double sporter who competes in cheerleading and plays softball. While she has taken some time off of softball to pursue cheerleading she is looking forward to stepping back on the field next spring. The plan is for her to play on the JV team at the school where Madison plays. Montana is a natural cheerleader! She must get that from her MiMi :-) She comes out of her shell as soon as she steps on the mat and has so much fun with her teammates. I make sure that I bundle up because boy howdy is it cold out there in the fall. But I wouldn’t miss it for the world to see her shine. I have even learned a few of the cheers and dances myself, but I won’t embarrass her or myself and keep it inside of our walls. This year she was named a POP Warner Scholar which means she excelled not only as a cheerleader but as a student athlete as well.

D-E-T-E-R-M-I-N-E-D that’s my McKenzie! To say she has been watching and waiting her turn on
the gymnastics stage is an understatement! This year she competed Level 4 and is also training TOPs. She has the best time with her teammates and loves all of her coaches. In a few short weeks she will begin her TOPs state testing in hopes of making it to National testing for a chance to make the A or B Developmental Team. In addition to training and testing TOPs, McKenzie is especially excited to begin summer training. Her goal is to wear the same leotard as Mikayla next year as an Optional gymnast. She knows if she works hard and picks up her skills that will become a reality for her. My main job is to be her encourager because she’s type A and gets upset with herself and to keep her belly inflammation down during testing time so she can be at her best. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for this little one. I know it’s going to be big so hold on to your seatbelts!

I don’t know how it happened but my Micah will be 4 on Sunday! My baby boy is growing up to be a little man child. Which has always been the plan but wow, the days are flying by and my baby is growing up. Micah loves baseball as much as he loves cars and PJ Masks! This spring he officially is old enough to play tee ball with our city’s rec league. Once again I throw on my cold weather gear because sitting on the bleachers for practice in early spring is brutal for me. And I imagine fall ball will bring the same thing but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Micah’s favorite part of tee ball is running the bases because he gets to use his “Super Cat Speed” like Catboy from PJ Masks. I will say he is quite speedy like big sister Madison.

So, there you have it! Five athletes, four different sports, twelve months of the year. Non-stop sports action for #teamcaffey, but I love cheering for my kids and their teammates every single minute! Yes, it is tiring some days. Yes, it is expensive some months as we travel. Yes, I give up things to get my kids here and there. But bottom line is that my kids love their sports and I love cheering them on even more so the memories we make along the way are worth it!

I hope you will join me as I blog from A to Z about being a multi-sports mom. If you feel led, jump on in and link up with the group I would love to read your A to Z. See you next week!

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