“Mom, will you come play baseball with me?”
“Mom, will you come play soccer with us?”
“Can we play basketball, Mom?”
“I’ve got the racquets, mom. Let’s play!” (Neither of them have quite figured out how to pronounce “badminton”, but they sure do know how to hit a birdie.)
In our house, there’s no stopping. My boys are constantly on the move. They hop from one sport to the next in the blink of an eye. Not a day goes by that there isn’t some sort of serious throw down on the front lawn (or garage floor).
Here’s the thing. They always want me to join in. Sometimes I don’t, I think it’s great for them to have brotherly time together. But a lot of the time, I do. I love laughing and running until I’m short of breath. And, yes, I even like waking up with sore muscles after an afternoon of playing with my kids. I love knowing that we’re getting stronger and healthier, simply by playing together.
My favorite thing about these kids is watching them come up with a new spin on an old favorite. From the time Little was 18 months old, he would hold one frisbee and give me the other, then insist that we hit a soft ball back and forth. If I couldn’t play, he’d just hit a ball up and down on a frisbee. Big, he loves rules, so making up new games where others can’t possibly win is the best ever, in his eyes. He’s always got something new going on.
The boys’ creativity actually inspired me a couple years ago. That’s when I invented our summer favorite — Water Balloon Baseball. We fill up a bunch of water balloons (and by “we” I mean “me”), then hit the field. We smash, slip, slide, and giggle like mad. While a bag of 100 water balloons can be gone in a matter of minutes, it’s seriously one of our favorite activities.
As my kids get older, my hope is that exercise will continue to come completely naturally to them. I’m constantly beating myself up for not hitting the elliptical, doing my workout videos, etc. But the truth of the matter is, those things sound like work. Being with my kids, that’s fun. And it’s only going to get more fun once it’s officially summer time and we have all day to sports hop.
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