We rolled in late last night from the girls' practices hungry but happy. I could hear the click of cleats across the floor, and the stories and the laughter from the living room as they compared notes from each field. These are the good years! I'll admit I have a love/hate relationship with the sport. This spring I coach the U6s on Mondays and Fridays. All three girls help with the coaching. Becky's team practices on Mondays and Wednesdays. Laura and Katie practice (on different fields) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games start for Katie and me this Saturday. So it keeps us busy. On the other hand, we do get into a streamlined soccer season routine, which is probably good for this disorganized and lazy mom. Since the girls adore soccer, they all cheerfully rush through school each day in order to be ready to leave at 5. We're forced into menu planning since soccer coincides with normal dinner hours, and we need to eat the moment we return. Planning makes it more likely that we'll eat healthier, and makes dinner a more relaxed time of day than when I have the luxury of not planning, and say at around 6, "What should we have tonight?" The crock pot would be within its rights to ask for a raise about this time of year! We also obey Flylady much more when we're constantly under the gun! We have basic chores (with plenty of extra laundry) and we do them willingly because we've learned how quickly they can pile up if we don't. Since we often have friends coming over on the spur of the moment to eat and play (ok, so they don't "play" anymore! hang out) after practice, it's rewarding to have a clean(ish) house and dinner ready just in case. And I have no worries about gym class for homeschool in the spring or fall!