By Leslie Parks - Thursday, May 16, 2013

Its been a long time.  Soccer is finally over and the kids had places to be around the same time without John and I having to be part of it.  We took advantage of it and went on a date.  It was a chatty date.  Some dates are activity dates, some dates are veg out dates and other dates are chatty dates.  Activity dates are bike rides, hikes, anything that get you to move. Veg-out dates are movies, plays, anything that you are participating in other than your eyes.  Chatty dates are going for coffee, dinner, dessert, and walks.  It was a chatty date at Boulevard Park.  A needed one.  I really felt that we hadn't connected for about 10 weeks, the lenght of soccer season.  Our schedule was one of soccer for Isaac everyday of the week from 2:30 to 4:30 and I would pick him up from school then.  Soccer for Lona Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:45, John helping out on Tuesdays.  Job had soccer practice on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 7pm.  Ice skating was one Mondays for Job for the first 3 weeks of the season.  Awana on Wednesdays from 6:15 to 8:15.  Soccer games on Thursdays for John anytime from 7pm to 10pm.  Soccer games and Reffing on Saturday.  Church on Sunday.  It was a long time and now it's done, well mostly done.  It felt like a hi-five you're up tag team kind-of schedule.  I know that it is our choice to have the kids involved but we have benefitted so much from these activities.  We really try to limit them and make sure to schedule their time and our time wisely.  I think that is why we have the kids do the same sport.  I don't know what we would do if they did something different and had to be all over the county. 
So our date was a reconnection over a shared cup of coffee.  It was relaxing and nice and by sharing it reminds me of our dates in college where we would get one order of curlee fries from Hardees and share them.  We were both poor college students and $1 was a big deal to us. 

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