How Do We Do It? Athletics for All.

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been gifted to the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I can capture my baby’s faces so much better, before they are no longer babies.  

It’s often one of the very first questions I get when I come clean about how many children live in our home…”Oh, you must not let them play a whole lot of sports then?”  Um, actually, my kids probably play as many, if not more, sports than your average family of 2.3 kids.  

We just do it by seasons.  In the fall, all of our boys play soccer.  

Responsiboy beating a kid out for the ball.  

That’s not my kid in the background, hence the headlessness.  I’ve also blurred their uniform logo.  

Giganto gets in on the action too. 
In the winter, we get ready for swim team with Coach FPM.  We practice in the fall too, but in winter we enter meets.  All the girls dance all year long as well.  This year, Giggles made it onto the competitive squad, which travels.  

In the spring, the second half of the soccer season commences and we continue to get ready to swim.  In the summer, we swim our hearts out.  

As soon as she could swim a length of the pool, we put Bubbly right in there and gave her a chance.

She did GREAT!!!
Look at those arms!!!

Take your mark…
And then, the cycle starts all over.  Every school age child in our home plays a musical instrument as well.  The boys all play the drums and Giggles plays the violin.  Bubbly has yet to decide what she’ll play, but if she wants to, she gets to try.  By encouraging the kids to do extracurricular activities that overlap, it makes it manageable.  

We have one drum kit and one violin.  People can share.  We pass down soccer cleats and old racing suits become practice suits.  Giggles, Bubbly and the Diva all take dance on the same day so I can park it in the studio and read a book while all of them are in there.  

Some days, like today, when FPD and I watched FOUR soccer games, are exhausting, but overall, it’s very worth it.  The kids learn so much from being part of a team that I love it.  And, so far, so do they.

who can’t wait for the next Soccer Saturday.  

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