Ask me a few years ago where I saw my life going, and I assure you soccer would not have been a word you heard. If you follow me on Instagram, or know me in real-life, you know we are huge supporters of Orlando City Soccer Club. Ryan took me to a match in 2013 and I instantly fell in love. The team, the players, the atmosphere. It was nothing like I had ever experienced before.
Fast forward 2 years and we are Orlando City season ticket holders, active members of the Iron Lion Firm supporters club, and die hard soccer lovers. There isn’t a day that goes by that soccer isn’t discussed, played or watched in our house.
As part of this passion we have developed, our kids became infatuated with this sport too. Not only do the husband and my life revolve around soccer, but the kids lives do to! And not because we force them to participate with us! The last two years the kids have participated in the city’s rec league fall soccer program. It was a good way to introduce ourselves to the world of children’s athletics, but sadly it just wasn’t what we were looking for. There was a time in my life I believed everyone-gets-a-trophy sports were the best way to go, but I’ve realized that kids need more than that. They need more structure, more training, more accountability. The kids need to know when they have done something right and when they have done something wrong. They need to feel good inside themselves when they do something great. They don’t always need to look to us to tell them they have done well. We have found a great local soccer league that teaches the kids all of these things!
It’s been a crazy transition for us. I’m used to the schedule we have had for years: wake up, get ready, take the kids to school, go to work, pick the kids up, come home, make dinner, get ready for bed, relax, and repeat. But now our world has changed drastically. Now I rarely get home on a weekday before the sun goes down. I’m sure some of you have seen the #SoccerPracticeSunset pictures I’ve been obsessed with posting on Instagram lately. I’m having to learn to make meals in the crockpot because there is now way I can cook a decent meal in the short time we have between soccer practice and bed time. We have at least 4 practices a week and soon it will be more. We have soccer matches on the weekends, some of which are an hour or more drive away. And let me tell you, I LOVE IT!
I love seeing my kids be so active and not spending their whole evening on their iPad. I love watching them make friends and build relationships with their teammates. I love sitting on a field while the sun starts to set and realize this is what I always wanted out of life and didn’t even know it. My life is pretty much the definition of perfect and I have soccer to thank for that! Soccer has made my marriage stronger, and my family more of a unit. We finally have something that all four of us are passionate about. Whether it’s professional or academy for the kids, our lives are completely enveloped. All four of us, together!
So yes, I’m a soccer mom now. And I love it!