Take Me Out To The Assorted Sporting Events

Normally I set aside a pretty good chunk of time on the weekends to work on writing stuff. So far it’s been the best way to keep making forward progress without adding to the busy-ness of the week (work and school and practices and whatnot seem to keep us hopping). But one day last week, when D told me that we had two soccer games scheduled for Saturday, I realized that I just needed to go ahead and surrender to a no-writing weekend. We already had tickets to see State and Alabama play baseball Friday night, and I didn’t want to spend the rest of the weekend feeling crazed because I was scrambling to find a three- or four-hour window to finish a chapter that I feel like I’ve been working on for approximately seven and a half years.

It’s only been about a month, truth be told.

But still. I’m pretty sure that the chapter is trying to kill me.

Anyway, I didn’t try to push and rearrange and finagle like I normally do when I’m struggling to find a little patch of writing time. I just told myself that this weekend was off-limits – no writing – and do you know what?


Granted, that chapter is still trying to kill me – but that is okay. Because we had the best, most relaxing weekend.

Late Friday afternoon we drove over to Tuscaloosa for State’s baseball game. Here are some small, blurry pictures that do a very poor job of capturing what a fun night it was.

No, really. It is MY JOY to share my gift of photography with the Internet.

Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to have these stunning images printed and also framed.

The little man took a buddy with him to the game, and they had so much fun. They were worn out by the end of the night, but when it comes to young’uns, that’s sort of the goal, isn’t it?


Saturday morning we slept late, and I actually got about an hour’s worth of writing done while Alex was reading. At some point I need to write a post about the sheer volume of books that have overtaken our house – he tucks them away in every corner and every cushion – and it thrills his daddy and me to pieces. For the longest time I worried that he wouldn’t love to read, but that is officially not the case. At some point down the road there may be a slight tendency to hoard books, mind you, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

We spent Saturday afternoon burning up on the soccer field, and since I was busy reapplying sunscreen and trying to stay hydrated, I didn’t take any pictures. At one point I was so desperate for shade that I took my chair and pretty much sat in the woods, but I am happy to report that the sun didn’t get any of us. I give all the credit to God and Neutrogena Sport Face. It is a sunscreen wonder. I carry it in my purse at all times in case of a sunscreen-related emergency.

Saturday night I took Alex and a friend to a high school play-off soccer game while D went to see The Avengers. Once we found a place to sit in the stadium, I looked out at the horizon, and I’m telling you what: sometimes the sky in Birmingham just takes my breath away.

Some guys we know (and love) were playing in the game, and it was so fun to watch them and cheer for them. Alex has inherited my Sports Crazy gene, and when the game went into overtime, he had to get closer to the action.

That right there is a child whose mother thinks that volume and proximity can alter the outcome of a game.

I believe my work here is done.

Our team lost in double overtime, and I don’t mind saying that I’m still carrying some lingering sadness as a result. BECAUSE THAT’S NORMAL.

Last thing.

This afternoon we went to Costco (note to self: NEVER AGAIN on a Sunday afternoon), and I found a book that has completely captivated me.

Since I didn’t grow up here, reading about what used to be where and how certain parts of town were developed is fascinating to me. I love this place so much, and every single day I am mindful of how grateful I am to live here.

Does that sound weird? That probably sounds weird.

Anyway, late this afternoon I sat down and read and soaked up a little bit more of the history of this town that I am so thankful to call home. It was the perfect way to end a weekend that reminded me over and over again that we have roots here. We have people here. For this season of our lives, this is our place.

And as corny as it sounds, it’s so much more than I ever dreamed.

Have a great week, everybody.

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  1. Sounds like Alex may have a Kindle in his future? I love my old-school Kindle because I can read it out in the sun, which is important to me. And I can even borrow ebooks from the library and download them to my Kindle wirelessly, all from the comfort of my own home. Amazing. My niece got one for Christmas, which is great for the rest of us because now we know that we can always get her an Amazon gift card and she’ll love it.

    And I want to encourage you to keep on keeping on with your book. I truly understand your pain. For the last two years I’ve been working on an iPhone app that just might kill me. I’ve had to take lots of time off from it for things like illness and birthing a baby and Christmas (because all the stuff one has to do for Christmas stresses me out so much it’s all I can handle). My husband and I agreed that I’d try to get away for a few hours a week to get the thing done right around the time that you and your husband decided the same thing. It’s frustrating because I know that if I could work on it full-time, I’d likely be done in a couple of weeks. But working just a few hours a week means it can stretch out for months. My babies need me more than this project needs me, but in a way it also feels like a baby I need to birth! Last week I felt so defeated that I just wanted to give the whole thing up. So on the off-chance that you ever feel like that, please be encouraged to keep moving forward, little by little. All those littles add up to a lot.

  2. Corny, content, either way. GLad you had such a lovely, low-pressure weekend! The way you talk about it, you make me want to visit Birmingham!

  3. I giggled reading your post because I, too, relish in the fact that I managed to pass on to our sons two of my greatest loves (reading and college sports). Our home mildly resembles the children’s section of a local library and that is perfectly fine by me. As for the intensity in which I’ve taught them to be a fan…well…that could be summed up by my (then) three year old yelling at the TV during a game “come on Gators, just get up and do something” or my (then) 6 year old telling me he’s “wanted to be a Gator since he was a little boy”…it just doesn’t get any better!

    • Merri Jo says:

      ha! So cute…”since he was a little boy” ! Keep a journal of those gems of wee wit & wisdom, Mom~~I treasure the journals of my kids, & now I’m starting with our little grandson!

  4. jenny says:

    What books does your little guy like to read? I have girl books pretty figured out, but I’m scrambling to stay ahead of my son with good suggestions for books. Please share!

  5. Absolutely so enjoy each and every one of your posts. I would love to read a post about childrens books and what your readers recommend.

  6. Boomama, you slay me sitting on the woods, but that’s where I would be too. What is with this crazy heat already?

    I have that same book from my hometown, but it’s called “Savannah Then and Now”. I think the publisher went on a wild tear a few years back and made a “then and now” version for every southern city. This really has no point but i bought that book at the first job I had out of college at an office in downtown Savannah. There was this crazy older man who worked down the hall from us, and he had about 500 million copies of this book. I could never understand why because he sold insurance, but anyways…I bought one from him. It used to thrill me to look at each page and imagine a particular street way back then and in its current state. Ok, now I need to go find that book!

    Stay cool this week!!

  7. Well, maybe it’s because Christy Nockels’ new cd is playing softly in the background while I read this, but I was absolutely awash at the end when you spoke of your town and roots and people…so thankful also, that my “adopted” home has become my true home! Love you, Boo!

  8. Sallie Lawrence says:

    I have that same exact book sitting on my coffee table. I love looking at it. As a transplant to the Ham…..it is really interesting! We must meet at Costco sometime, over a slice of pizza…but not on a Sunday or Saturday for that matter!

  9. I feel exactly the same way about where we live. Well, I don’t know if I would read a book about it, but I do love where I live. Even though we aren’t a small town I feel like it has a small town feel. Just great community.

  10. If I lived in the Birmingham area, I would love the book! I live in Chattanooga and we are all kinds of historic here. I work downtown and love looking at old pictures of what downtown used to look like in comparison to what it does now!

  11. Merri Jo says:

    I am rejoicing with you that you had a FUN & RELAXING weekend! It’s a lovely good morning for me to come here and find you sharing the details in your own inimitable style!
    Your photos quickened my pulse as I ‘saw’ all the fun that it is to be at the old ballpark! I love the pic of Alex @ the railing~~I can so relate; sometimes in retrospect a tad bit ashamedly, because I may have made a fool of myself over a sporting event. It’s the curse of the passionate, right? ;-) Your feelings about Birmingham reflect a grateful heart that I (and infinitely more importantly, God) don’t see as corny at all. How I pray that I will always reflect a grateful heart for right where He has me. You provided a perfect reminder to do just that. Thanks for being (and sharing) you, dear Sophie!

  12. Who won the baseball game?

  13. Kathy says:

    Love this post for so many reasons. The main one? Your mentioning of the sunscreen. Being a severe pale-face, I do not tan. In fact, I burn. Burn, baby, burn. And then, it just disappears. I don’t even have the luxury of the burning turning to tan.

    We had plans to hit Talladega this weekend (Yes. You did read that correctly. T-A-L-L-A-D-E-G-A) for the big race and I had been doing some serious hat research to try to keep as much sun off me as possible as I baked from morning to night in the Alabama heat.

    Did I mention it was to be record highs this weekend? RECORD HIGHS.

    Then, my D, did some sunscreen research and found the Neutrogena SPF 100. He immediately left for the Walgreens and came back with the lotion-of-gold. I’m not sure how much it costs. Don’t care. It could cost three times as much and we’d still be fans because I DID NOT BURN ONE BIT. NOT ONE BIT!!! I feel like I’ve been liberated into the sun. No more ducking for cover, hiding under the wide-brim hat. Neutrogena sunscreen, you have a fan for life!

    Sunny days to you, my friend!