What Mick Hubert, the Gator radio announcer, says during most games is what I was thinking this morning as my kids went off to school, once again decked out in orange and blue. But this morning I should have taken a picture. I think they went around the house finding anything they could with blue or orange on it. The boys both left wearing gator pj pants that they received from their grandmother one year for Christmas (and which I don’t usually allow out of the house unless maybe if they are getting the newspaper). They topped them with gator t-shirts, jackets, socks, and my youngest even wore an orange and blue Santa style hat.
It’s great to see them having fun with it all. They have enjoyed getting to know the game of football better by playing it since our return to the States year before last. And I’m glad that our gator team has had some good role-models, like Tim Tebow, for kids to look up to. As we watched the game last night, we noticed several times when it seemed like players were intentionally trying to hurt others on the opposite team. It’s sad that people feel they need to do that in order to win.
I am a huge rule-follower, to the point where it drives my husband crazy when we are playing a game and can’t remember a rule. I will drag the rule sheet out of any board game or even go to the internet if we can’t find the rules in order to play the game the way it is meant to be played. I feel that rules are in place for a reason. Sometimes they may need to be changed if they don’t work, but in general, if you follow the rules, I feel that the game (or any situation) makes more sense and flows right. When people cheat or don’t follow the rules, it slows the momentum and can get frustrating.
The boys each have an event tomorrow. I can’t wait to see my youngest in his first basketball game in several years. He’s tall for his age (5’8″ at age 11), so sometimes I think he gets a lot of pressure on him from others who think he should be the next Michael Jordan. I try tell the kids to just have fun when they’re out on the field, but they see how serious it all can be, especially on tv. But in the end, I think if they feel like they’ve given their 110% and that their teammates are doing the same, even if they don’t win, they are enjoying the games.
We are big game players in our family. A friend brought the game Apples to Apples over last weekend, and we played it for 3 or 4 hours. We liked it so much that we decided to buy it for ourselves and proceeded to play for another couple hours Friday night. Sunday we discovered the variations of play in the directions and tried one. I liked the twist that it gave to the game. We have over 100 games in our game closet. We sometimes get stuck in a rut and play the same game over and over but then get burned out on it. So with all those to select from, we just go choose another one. Sometimes, though, because there are so many choices, we can’t agree amongst the five of us which one to play.
I remember when the kids were younger I’d read in the parenting magazines that giving kids choices was a good thing, but not too many as there could be an overload – they shut down and can’t decide at all. Even as adults, it can be too much: daughter’s softball, sons’ football and cross country, sneek preview of a brand new movie…
Friday was a lucky day around here. My youngest came home from school and showed me a $10 gift card for Barnes & Noble. Their class can enter a drawing each week with each book they read and take an AR (Accelerated Reader) test on; he entered 3 times last week. His name got drawn for reading Green Eggs & Ham. (After his teacher found out which book he had read, she asked him to read on grade level (he’s 11); his next 2 entries were for grade level or higher books, thank goodness.) When the mail arrived, four free advance screening passes to the movie The Express came with it. Fed Ex came next with four free one-day passes to Busch Gardens. I figure there’s nothing to lose by filling out my name and address on those little pieces of paper when I see them in the grocery store.
The movie shows the night before it comes out in the theaters for the general public. The only thing is, my sons have practices and my daughter has a game that night around the same time it shows. Do I let them play hooky and take them along? Do I let my husband deal with the sports dropping-offs and picking-ups and go to the movie alone? Do I give them to my hubby and the boys (it is a football movie) and go be a cheerleader at my daughter’s game? Or do I toss the free tickets to pay $9 a ticket later to see it or $4 when it comes out on dvd?