Wrong Field, Wrong Time and No Cleats

Note from Jennifer: With spring sports season in full swing, I wanted to share a column I wrote a few years ago about packing for sports game. I wish I could say that I had gotten better at packing, but I can still count the number of times I have gotten everything together and in the right place on one hand.

When my youngest kid became potty trained, I was thrilled at the prospect of being able to head out the front door without making sure that I had enough diapers, wipes and extra clothes to make it through the excursion.

While I can now go to the grocery store with just my purse in hand, heading out to a day filled with soccer (or football, basketball or baseball) games requires more packing and planning than I could have ever imagined.

Each week I must get the right kid at the right field at the right time (no small feat in itself). They need to be wearing the correct color uniforms with matching socks and shin guards. And they need to have a ball in hand and cleats on their feet. Not to mention the water bottles, snacks, folding chairs and a fully charged I-phone (to amuse the sibling on the sideline) that we need to make it through the day.

Every so often, I actually get everything right and end up feeling like super mom for the day.But more often than not, I find myself buying a new mouth guard at the football field, borrowing sunscreen from a fellow parent or running to the store during half-time because I forgot I was snack parent.

If you happen to notice that Trevor's shirt looks too big, you can bet that I grabbed his sister's shirt on the way out the door because Trevor's soccer uniform was nowhere to be found.