Soccer or Gymnastics

My sweet baby girl Mahala has never had a real interest in sports or really any extracurricular activity at all. But since Anna has been here with us they have played soccer. And Anna who is from Sweden and takes soccer very seriously thinks she is great at it and thinks I should put her on a team. So, the other day- of course after sign ups - Mahala announces that she wants to sign up for soccer. Ok, yeah....I guess.How the hell do I do that. I have always been intimidated by soccer because of the title "Soccer Mom". And because soccer is crazy here where I live and some of my friends that have kids who play are like soccer freaks. They are practicing all the time. Doing indoor, outdoor, select this, select that.

So, I explained to Mahala that since sign ups are officially closed she may not be able to get on a team. Sure enough all teams were full and the list for fill ins was a mile long. The lady explained what to do for next summer and explained how indoor/outdoor works. She would need to register in January for summer outdoor, really!?
But, when she found out we were homeschoolers she told us about this program for homeschoolers. They meet on Fridays (not yet but soon) for chess and soccer. Great! Mahala didn't seem too disappointed and even asked questions. I was happy that she wasn't too down. I mean she is only 8 years old.
Before we left to try and sign up for soccer we had talked about gymnastics. We've talked before, several times. But, I never could get a real commitment. But, yesterday she gave me a commitment. So, I took her and signed her up at not 1, but 2 different gymnastic places. She will get a free lesson at each of them. One on Thursday and one on Friday. She was grinning from ear to ear, I was worried her teeth might fall out. I promise to update!


  1. love this - my kids don't want to do anythiing either - I alwasy sign them up and the money goes down the toliet!! MY KIDS HATE soccer - I forced it for 2 seasons. Son participated, but hated it. Daughter flat out refused!! I am begging them to take gymnastics - no go!!

  2. Hi. I somehow just found your blog. Some of my kids are begging to play soccer. The older kids have it at lunch recess during school. This will be their first time. I hope they stick with it.

  3. Soccer is in full swing over here . . . as much as I know they love it - it can be a pain sometimes. I'm just happy we only do it for a few months and then get a break!

    With 3 kids in 3 different activities, it's all I can do to keep track of it all! But the gymnastics sound fun to try for your girl! Hope she (and you) likes it! :)

  4. OOOHHHH...that stinkin' devil! It's not enough to kick you down, but to kick you WHILE you're down...bad man! Well, as you know...we all have your back! ;)

    And I can't wait until Tres gets old enough to play sports! I totally want to be the soccer mom, although I don't get that sport. I am just afraid of him playing football! Have you seen what happens to them on the football field! :)

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Much love,

  5. Hope she finds something that works well for her!