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It’s All Over

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Well it is finally here……after 20+ years of taking my four children to their hockey, baseball, soccer, track and field and cross-country practices and games, it all came to an end last night after my youngest daughter’s last soccer game of the season. Minor sports are over.  Am I sad?…..A little, but I’m pretty sure I will be able to find something to fill the void.

Growing up, my siblings and I were not involved in playing sports other than school sports, so when I had my first baby I gave no thought to the possibility that I would one day be a hockey/baseball/soccer Mom.

When my son was born he already had some older cousins who were involved in sports, mainly hockey. I remember taking him to the arena to watch his cousins hockey games when he was about two years old, not because I was interested in watching a sport I basically knew nothing about, but because if I wanted to visit with any of my brothers or sisters-in-law during the winter months that’s where they were so that’s where we visited. I hated the arena, it was cold, smelly and loud. I said over and over my kids were not ever playing hockey because I had no intention of spending my time hanging out in a freezing cold arena like my in-laws did. Let’s not kid ourselves here, we can all be in complete control of what our kids do, where they go, who they see……right up until they start school, make friends and get their own ideas of what they want to do, and that’s how it was for me. Ryan decided he wanted to play hockey and since he had all the necessary gear handed down to him from his cousin’s, who was I to stand in the way of his minor hockey career? I ate my words over and over as three of my children ended up playing hockey, one at rep level, three played soccer, again one at rep level, three played baseball, and one did track and field and cross-country running.

Over the years when all four kids were playing sports at the same time there were some hectic evenings and some creative planning to get them all where they needed to be and on time. With only one vehicle to do the transporting it got a little crazy by times. We had evenings when we had to drop off our oldest with his brother at the ball field early, (before any other parents or coaches were there) then take our oldest daughter to her soccer field and wait until at least one other parent showed up, scoot to our youngest daughter’s t-ball field and one of us would stay with her while the other one went back to the first field to pick up our oldest son to get him from his brother’s baseball game or practice (which had now started) and take him to his ball field for his game, and then hurry back to watch our youngest daughter’s game and as soon as it was over rush off to the next child’s game see what we could have of it and move on until we managed to catch as much of each one as we could and get them all collected and back home again. Those nights were memorable indeed, it meant a quick supper at home right after work, that was pre-prepared or take-out (we ate a lot of take-out, I’m not really ambitious enough to be a pre-preparer of meals). We missed a lot of some of their games but took in as many as we could of each of them. There were a few snags in our system, like forgetting to pick up our daughter from a soccer game, arriving at the wrong field for a game and rushing around to try to figure out where we were supposed to be, and things like that, but we generally managed to make it work.

I will say my years as a “sports Mom” were very entertaining and educational. It took so long for me to figure out what an “off-side” was in hockey. Every time the referee blew the whistle I asked whoever was beside me what it was for (I’m sure I was the most annoying “new” sports mom ever), I eventually figured it out along with many other infractions of the game, thanks to the patience of the other parents who took the time to explain it to me……over and over. Of course once the off-side in hockey was figured out I was stumped by how anyone could be off-side in soccer…..I saw no line on the field to indicate an off-side.

I have to admit that the last few years have been a little easier with just one child in sports, however she was involved in Rep Hockey, Rep Soccer, Track and Field and competitive Cross Country running all at the same time, so while we just had the one child to transport, there were just as many places to transport her to and sometimes there were conflicts where we would need to take her to a hockey game right after a soccer practice or vice versa.

It is true what they say, your kids sports become your social life. My husband and I have met some really great people, and made some good friends over the years at the arena, soccer field, the track and cross-country races. When you spend a couple of hours at least twice a week, every week, with the same people you definitely build friendships. We will miss this as much as we will miss watching our kids play their sports with the skills and passion that gave them the desire to play in the first place.

Now that the days of living our lives based on kids sports schedules have come to an end my husband and will finally have some “us” time. I think it might take me a while to adjust to not having to plan out every evening meal depending on how much time we have before having to be somewhere, but I’m ready to start getting used to it. I say bring on the next chapter of my life……maybe there will be some grand-kids in our future and we can start watching sports all over again. 🙂

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CambridgeTimes Article: United take over in Florida tournament

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This article was in the Cambridge Times yesterday…..

CambridgeTimes Article: United take over in Florida tournament.

United take over in Florida tournament

United take over in Florida tournament. Cambridge United under-17 girls’ soccer team won a tournament at Disneyworld. photo submitted

The Cambridge United under-17 girls’ soccer team travelled to Disneyworld last week and won the Disney Memorial Day Shootout at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

United played three round-robin games against Florida teams, beating Mako 94 5-0, Pinellas 5-0 and Bilca FC 6-0.

Cambridge then faced London Marconi in the final match and were crowned Disney Champs with a 2-0 win.

United has a 1-1 record during regular season play in the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL) after being promoted to the loop after winning the Western Ontario Youth Soccer League title last season.

They are the first team in United history to play in the OYSL.

Disney Soccer Pics

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On May 24th my daughter Erika went to Florida with her soccer team to play in the Disney’s Memorial Day Soccer Shootout. Since we didn’t go I have been waiting to get some pictures of the actual soccer…..I have seen their “fun” pictures but finally I have some pictures of her actually playing.

Erika with some of her teammates.

Half time? or just a well needed water break?

Looking a little warm here.

Yes…..she does close her eyes when she heads the ball.

And she sometimes just needs a rest so she plays while laying down.

The results…..Disney Chimps I mean Champs!!!

Disney Tournament

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My daughter Erika has been in Florida with her soccer team for the past 6 days for the Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout. This was a trip that her dad and I were not able to go on so I had to be satisfied with watching the game results on-line to find out how they were doing. According to the score sheets below you can look at it 2 ways….either Erika’s team was really, really good (I’m sure that’s the correct choice), or the other teams were really bad.

In case it is not known to some of you who might read this…I am a picture person… that I don’t mean that everything in my life has to look like it’s perfect, because that is not the case. I mean that I just like to take pictures of everything and then post them for everyone to see whether they want to or not. My husband thinks I am obsessed with taking pictures and he may be a little bit right…but can you really have too many pictures of your daughter playing soccer that all look exactly the same? I think not!

So my biggest problem with not being there for this soccer tournament was not only not being able to take any pictures but also not being able to see any pictures anyone else was taking….no one posted any while they were gone! With my compulsive picture-taking ways I would have totally had pictures up practically as soon as they were taken!!

Now that everyone is back home pictures are starting to appear and now I can start my photo pilfering….as I have done with the two photos below. 🙂

Erika, Meredith, Sydney and Makayla wearing their medals and holding their Disney Trophy….. and also looks like an ice pack or two or three.

The Trophy with Erika, Meghan, Shelby, Dana, Aubrey and Victoria.

Erika arrived back in Canada last night and spent the night at her teammates house since it was very, very late….or very, very early morning, depending on how you look at it… we picked her up from there this morning before going to work.

It’s about a half hour drive to our house from where she spent the night, and that’s when I realized just how quiet and peaceful our lives have been while she was away. Not saying I didn’t miss her, but the peace and quiet is now over.

All in all it sounds like the girls had a great trip and I’m glad that Erika got to be a part of it. Congratulations to the Cambridge United U17 Girls Soccer Team!! Disney Champions!!!

Celtics score soccer title

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Just another post about Erika’s High School Soccer team…..the District 10 Champions.

Thursday, May, 24, 2012 – 8:08:34 AM

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac
Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Bishop Macdonell goalie Tianna Sullivan (No. 13) dives at the ball as St. James’s Victoria Kallitsis tries to get to the net during first-half action of the District 10 senior girls soccer final Tuesday at St. James.

Celtics Score Soccer Title

It’s not about the number of shots you take in a soccer game, it’s about the quality of those shots.

The undefeated St. James Lions learned that in cruel fashion on Tuesday afternoon as the Bishop Macdonell Celtics downed them 3-0 to win the District 10 senior girls soccer championship at St. James.

The Lions shot early and often in the game but the majority of their strikes flew well wide or high of the Celtics’ net.

Bishop Macdonell, meanwhile, didn’t make its first attempt at goal until the game was already 20 minutes old.

Moments later, Celtics striker Reighan Pflug made the Lions pay.


Pflug scored two tidy goals a few minutes apart – the first in the lower left corner of the net and the second in the upper left.

It was more than the Celtics needed to hoist the District 10 plaque for the first time since the 2005-2006 school year.

In the second half, Kerrie Sullivan added a third tally for Bishop Mac as they went on to the 3-0 shutout victory.

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Jenna Gaetan, right, of the St. James Lions, walks away as Bishop Macdonell players celebrate the team’s third goal on Tuesday in the District 10 girls soccer championship game. Bishop Mac won the game 3-0.

Tianna Sullivan got the shutout in net for the victors.

The Celtics finished the regular season in second place with a  5-1-1 record while St. James was 6-0-1. The lone meeting between the two teams was a 1-0 St. James victory.

It’s Finally Here

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Today is the day….it’s finally here, my baby girl is in Florida!!

Erika’s soccer team is playing in the Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout Tournament this weekend in  Florida.

She and 3 of her team mates left early this morning to fly out of Buffalo.

Rebecca, Erika, Meghan and Meredith

The girls met up at Tim Horton’s (it gave them a chance to grab some brekky before leaving) and then piled in to poor Patti’s car to begin their trip to Disney. I say poor Patti because she willingly agreed to take these 4 girls with her and take care of them, mind you one of them is her own daughter, but still, taking a 2 hour car drive and spending another couple of hours on a plane with four 17 year old’s is pretty brave.

Erika has been so excited for this trip, ever since she found out the team was going…..months and month ago. Erika never really looks or sounds excited about anything, even though she’s bursting inside. She’s nothing like this little girl who’s obviously excited about her trip…….

Last night we were still trying to get her to finish packing, and I discovered she is nothing like me. I kept trying to put things in her suitcase and she kept taking them out stating that she was taking too much stuff. I tried to tell her you can’t have too much, but she disagrees with me. She was still finishing the packing this morning and we had to leave at 6:30am.

Adding or taking out….not sure.

Finally finished….I think.

Ready to go…..doesn’t she “look” excited?

I got a text from her at 5:05pm telling me she had arrived and that it was hot there. And so far there is only one picture posted of her on anyone’s Facebook (well only one that I would consider re-posting)…..I really expected to see some more pictures by now.

Here’s hoping she has a great time and brings back lots of great stories and memories.


Winter……not yet…….

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I know some of you have had snow already this fall, but we haven’t yet, so while these pictures are definitely all about snow they are from the past.

I was looking through some old pictures tonight and came across these from some time ago….

When Erika was 10 years old….a lifetime ago, or so it seems……her rep soccer team had a “team bonding” sliding party. It was probably the most frigid stormy day of the entire winter that year. It’s a wonder all the kids didn’t end up with frost bite, even though they were bundled from head to toe.

All you can see are her eyes

Making their way up the hill

The girls gathered at the top of the hill

Ready to slide down

Here she comes.....hang on

Sliding on her head.....out of control

Couldn't have been too bad....she's willing to go again 🙂

The girls actually had a blast on the hill despite the freezing temperature and ended their outing with hot chocolate and snacks at a nearby restaurant.

This is just my own humble opinion but I think soccer team bonding should take place in warmer weather……just by looking at these pictures I can recall how cold I was that day……the things we do for our kids. 🙂