‘I am a soccer mom’ Wonder what that means, I thought to myself when I first saw the three words on a bumper sticker. I was in high school and after seeing the bumper sticker for the umpteenth time I was beginning to think that everyone knew something that I didn’t. What was the big deal? So what you were a soccer mom? Twenty years later, I get it. Two of my three play soccer. For at least eight weeks in the fall and spring we give up our Saturday mornings to sit out in the elements in order to watch little people chase a spotted ball around for an hour. Twice a week we have to get the kiddos to soccer practice. Once out of the season we are not only responsible for getting there on time but we also have to provide snacks. On those Saturdays I am doubly stressed. Kids expect their snack at the half time and at the end of the game. Nobody wants to be the mama who forgets the snacks. And nobody wants to be the child of the mama who forgets snacks either. Over the years I must say it has not gotten any easier getting up early on Saturday mornings. After packing breakfast or sometimes lunch we seem to always fly out of the house praying we didn’t leave any jerseys behind. When we return the house looks like we were told we had three minutes to pack anything that we needed. Despite giving up Saturday mornings it is good to see the kids have fun and to watch them grow in their skill level. Still, I understand now why soccer moms deserve bumper stickers. Maybe even more than that – perhaps a trophy at the end of each season.
Have a soccer (basketball, baseball or track and field event) this weekend? Hopefully you will find anyone of my sideline must haves useful:
Wheeled Cooler (from academy.com) to keep breakfast/lunch warm/cool
Insulated Water Bottle for sideline water breaks (from academy.com)
Thermos for when it’s cold. The kiddos look forward to hot chocolate either while waiting for their game or as a refresher at halftime.
Swiss Miss hot cocoa Keurig cups (from keurig.com). I throw three of these into the thermos and it can take the bite out of an early morning, bitter cold soccer game.
Honest Kids Juice pouches. A replacement for the cocoa when it gets hot.
Snacks for me, hubby and the other kiddos during or in between games. I say go for the snacks/food that do not require any utensils and preferably come in their own ‘pouch’. We love:
Dry cereal (from cheerios.com) I love to snack on these on the sideline
Breakfast burritos travel very well – Tried and True! (from momontimeout)
Turkey Bacon Breakfast sandwich (from fortheloveofcooking.net)
Outdoor arm chairs (from academy.com). This is a must, unless that is seats are already available or you intend to stand for an hour (or more).
Outdoor Canopy Chair (from academy.com). This chair will save you if the sun will be beaming on you during the one hour plus game. I love this chair for the summer.
Portable Sun Shelter (from academy.com). We don’t have one of these yet. But it sure looks like a good investment.
Small trash bags (from glad.com) you’d be amazed at the amount of trash you can collect from five people in an hour – sitting in one spot.
Wet Ones wipes are a necessity after eating all of those snacks (or for cleaning hands that play in the dirt while waiting for their siblings game to end and theirs to begin.)