Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #happinessis

soccer taking it up the field all alone

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Gold Winning Sports Movies for the Spring Season #NetflixKids

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I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. Now that the Olympics are over, we’re still reveling in the sports spirit as we’ve started our spring soccer season. If you’re looking to keep the Olympic feeling alive at home with your kids, why not try these Gold-winning titles available on Netflix now: For your [...]

Neighborhood Football Game

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It was near sunset, I was busy preparing dinner, and a couple of the kids came in to give me a kiss and felt cold as ice. I knew it was going to get cold that night, I just didn’t expect the temperature to dip by THAT much (given it WAS 80-degrees earlier). I started [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Two} #happinessis

my son the running back

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty} #happinessis

football friday

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Nine} #happinessis

Baby Dude's birthday candles

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-One} #happinessis

goofing off

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Chili’s Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas {Healthified} Recipe

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Despite our Steelers not playing in the Super Bowl this year, we’re still die-hard football fans, and we planned to celebrate and watching football nonetheless. For the big game Sunday, we wanted to entertain with some easy-to-eat appetizers for dinner (easy for little fingers as well as for us adult folks, too). We stuck with [...]

My Steelers Kids

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As if I needed yet another reason to love this place, the kids get to wear their jerseys to school for the Thursday night game tonight, woohoo! My younger son had “pajama day” but didn’t compromise, he wore his jersey as the ‘shirt’ of his pjs. SCORE! We are ready for Browns, baby! Never miss [...]

When The Toddler Mascot Gets A Medal, Too

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He’s the only one that didn’t play on a team this soccer season, being too young. He dressed up every game and played in spirit, though. “Where’s my sotter twoze (soccer clothes)?” he’d say, as he watched his older siblings dress Saturday mornings. When the season ended, all our children had parties with snacks and playing [...]

For the Love of the Win, and Not the Game

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It’s no secret that we’re a sports family. We’re active folks with active children and crazy-busy lives shuffling kids to-and-fro. I know I have a lot more gray hair from it, but I feel my children are learning some wonderful life lessons from it. Mostly. Except when the referees ruin the game for them (and [...]

Fun Tailgating Gear for Families – My Segment on TV

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Welcome WOAI-TV viewers! Thanks for tuning into my segment on San Antonio Living about fun tailgating gear for families. I hope you enjoyed it! For those regular readers who were unable to tune in, see the segment below! And yes, to quell your curiosity, I am indeed the mother to six children, currently expecting our seventh crazy blessing [...]

Six Hours of Soccer in the Texas Heat. ZOMG!

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The day started off with the morning sunrise shining rainbows through the front door. Then I hear, “Mom? I can’t find my cleats and shin-guards.” “Look in the bathtub.” “The BATHTUB!? Uh …. why???” “Just look, baby.” It’s called “Toddlers.” They’re weird, okay? With five of my six children playing this year, Baby Dude felt [...]

Advice from Brandi Chastain for My Soccer Playing Son on Getting Serious and Going Pro

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Growing up in an active family myself, it didn’t surprise me seeing my children fascinated by sports, dribbling soccer balls almost as soon as they learned to walk, and begin playing soccer at age four. My oldest son, though, shows the most dedication and proficiency, wanting to become pro when he grows up. One of [...]

Thank You, US Women’s Soccer

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The US Women’s Soccer Team lost in the World Cup yesterday to Japan. It was a grueling three hours of nailbiting faith and drama, and seeing these women play their heart’s out. I could not be prouder of all they’ve accomplished. I hope they wear their silver medals with pride. Today they return home to [...]

Being a Sports Mom, New Gatorade Naturals and Keeping Kids Hydrated

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Gatorade invited me and other Sports Moms out to their beautiful Chicago HQ over a month ago to tell me all about their new “G-Series” product lines, to include “Pro” and “Fit” and my new favorite, Gatorade Naturals. I was already familiar with their “G2″ products, using them myself for workouts, and was eager to [...]

A Letter to My Baseball Player

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Dear Son, Today, you played what may have been not only your last Fort Polk baseball game, but, because we’re moving, your last sports game ever at this post. Your first up to bat you had three wrongly-called strikes, but you didn’t let it get you down. Tonight you also played catcher for the first [...]

First Baseball Game EVER!

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He is our first child to play baseball, and today is opening ceremonies and his first baseball game. He is so proud, so excited, and simply over the moon. They gave him his jersey at practice on Thursday, and he hasn’t stopped wearing the hat. In fact, you’ll notice, his pants are dirty. He loves [...]

Just Because Mom Knows Best, Doesn’t Mean She Knows It All

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We hurried along, sliding shoes onto feet, bundling coats on littles with zippers and snaps, and into carseats with seatbelts clicking shut. Once my six were piled on into the van, after a five-minute drive down the road, we arrived at soccer practice; the kids excited to see their friends, get their feet on a [...]

Brethren in Sports (Alternately Titled “I Love Pee Wee Football”)

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Reason 2389237429387422 why I absolutely love my kids playing sports. Most of the kids on his team have never played before. They’re out there, dressed the same, facing this game head-on for the first time ever in their little lives. It can be scary, as is evident by their deer-in-the-headlights look sometimes, or confusion when [...]

{Insert Applause Here}

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See that cute kid right there? He’s got this amazing trait – he applauds everybody. He’s that kind-of child that promotes fair-play, clapping for every move, every play. An equal-opportunity clapper, if you will. It doesn’t matter to him who performed well. But, if it’s his siblings? Look out – he’s El Speedo Clappo. Fast [...]

GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!

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Each of my three youngest had goals this past weekend. I love this picture. I love the speed in which I was able to catch him. Baby Sisters goal for her game, isn’t that goal so freakin’ cute?? Baby Dude decided to partake in playing and scoring, too. Can you tell how much our family [...]

This is How Baby Dude Rolls

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While his sister is off playing with friends, and his brother is playing a game, he steals her after-game snack, and my chair, and this is how he watches soccer. I want to be him when I grow up. Never miss a thing! Subscribe today for all kinds of crazy parenting fun!

Soccer Knocks ‘Em Out

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Soccer’s a tiring sport, man. After the game nap. Couldn’t resist sharing this! Watching his siblings play, man, you can’t get anymore exhausted as a little guy. Can you believe how red his hair looks? Too bad I couldn’t join them. Nap times with kidlets are the bestest. Never miss a thing! Subscribe today for [...]

Tackle Football aka Mom’s Gonna Have a Heart Attack

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This is my son’s first time playing tackle football, as in, the kind-of football where kids are encouraged to take the opponent down. To the ground. Forcefully. Gulp. I’m doing my best at keeping it together. He’s so good at it, too, but it is just so hard to see these kids come after him [...]

My Toddler Plays Soccer Now. OH, MY HEART!

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She came down from upstairs, calling to me. “Wook, mom! Wook!“ She swirled her skort around for me, as she jumped and hopped in excitement over wearing actual official soccer cleats and shin-guards. My heart sped up, swelled and died all at once. She’s three-and-a-half and yet still a baby. And she wore this smile [...]

For the Love of the Game, or Just the Win?

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I sit here at this blank screen, and I want to write about the blue sky that tented the sun today, like a smiling curtain over us as we played outside. I want to write about my daughter’s curls tickling my face as she laughed while I squeezed the skin of her knees, tickling her. [...]