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when momma's away the kids will play

I recalling telling someone recently that it gets easier to be alone with the kids the older they get. I think I need to take that back, at least partially.

Beth was at Dafuskie Island last weekend with two girlfriends, so I had the kids from Thursday night until Sunday afternoon. I normally don't get too stressed, but I felt like I was more on edge this past weekend.

Friday after Michael was home from school, I took them to the "big red playground." The playground was an absolute zoo. We have never been there with more than 5 other kids, but I swear there were 30-40 there on Friday. Here's what irritates me, the parents don't even pay attention to the kids. I can't tell you how much that bugs me. Maybe that's what started to stress for me.

Saturday, Michael had his 1st soccer game of the season. The whole team did great and I can't get over how much they have improved since last season. They really enjoy playing together. The best thing is, they are having fun. Almost all of them went back on the field after the games were over to play more. Oscar & Elizabeth did great at the game. Thanks Christie for helping!

We had to rush home from the soccer game; Michael had a birthday party at 11am. I was able to drop him off and then I went to lunch with O & E. Oscar wanted pizza so we headed to Johnny's and low and behold one of the players on Michael's soccer team was there. He was so cute, he came up to me and said "Hi Coach!" His Dad told me later that he wanted to come over and talk to us some more. Michael had fun at the birthday party and got his face painted by the clown.

Sunday we went to Clayton State to watch the Eckerd soccer team play. There were several alumni there with their kids so that kept the kids busy for the most part. Michael really liked watching the game, Oscar preferred sitting in my lap, and Elizabeth stayed with Grace from our alumni association. We got to have pizza with the team after the game and all Michael wanted to do was talk to the coach and players.

Beth came home Sunday afternoon, so all is back to normal now.

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