Last night we took the boys to sign up for Little League. Big Boy and Little Boy are both old enough and we thought it would be good exercise and a chance to learn a new sport.
We chatted with the organizers about the timing and commitments required. I was hesitant but we decided to go ahead and register the boys. I have to say....I still find it shocking that here in Houston it is expected that you will sign your child up for an activity without knowing the date and time of practices and games. We were surprised by this with Little Boy's soccer in the fall but it seems consistent across all sports.
I filled out paperwork for 1/2 an hour. Then we went to register them and found out they only accept cash and cheque. We had to drive to the bank machine to finish up the registration.
Once we got into the car, my husband and I started to talk about what a typical week would look like for us. Each boy would have 1-2 games with an occasional 3 game week. Each boy would have 2 practices with an occasional 3 practice week. Big Boy's games end around 8:00 p.m. (an hour after the bedtime of the younger boys) and Little Boy's games end earlier. Once we talked it through and considered the tennis lessons that Big Boy is taking we figured out that the scheduling would be impossible!
I went back and told the organizers that we had changed our minds because we couldn't handle the driving schedule. They agreed that it would be tough, particularly as Little Boy and Big Boy would have been in different leagues and on different teams (Little Boy would have been in T-ball).
So that ends our Little League experience for the year.
I do wonder - for one child it would be a minimum of 3 times per week commitment and up to 6 times per week - who can make this type of a time commitment to a single activity?
This is unrelated, but today I cleaned the house. Baby Boy was supposed to be in school but his school was closed for some sort of conference. He was home with me and he was a very good boy - playing near me while I cleaned and drawing some pictures.
I had to send my husband an email and while I was at the computer I heard some "dishes" noises coming from the kitchen. I went to check out what Baby Boy was doing. He proudly announced that he had cleared the breakfast table. We had porridge for breakfast and orange juice. The table held 4 bowls with small bits of porridge and milk in them, 2 juice glasses, and a sippy cup. He had cleared the dishes, dribbling bits of sticky porridge everywhere. He had dumped a juice down his shirt. The counter was full of porridge and sticky bowls.
I've been trying to be a better positive parent, so I praised him for his help and went to work clearing up the dribbly bits of porridge, milk, and juice (with no complaint!). He watched proudly and helped me clean off his shirt.
Later when I was clearing up our lunch I found the rest of the breakfast dishes (I hadn't noticed they were missing)...the spoons and cups:
That's right, he helpfully dumped them into my recycling bin.
One more unrelated thought. I can't use the updated iTunes. It shows my playlist titles and the correct number of songs. It loads those songs onto my devices. But I can't see the song titles or play them on the computer. As soon as I try, it says that the playlist has zero songs (which it doesn't). It's so frustrating. I managed to load my iPod shuffle but I can't play any music on the computer.
I wonder if there is a way to change how the programme looks (a different view?) that would make more sense to me.