This was the first time that balancing home and work life has really been a challenge as now we were both back to our full time jobs and we had two amigos. There were many days that although I was putting up a brave & positive face, I was crumbling and melting down on the inside because I just could do it anymore. I couldn't parent and I couldn't teach; both were demanding so much more of me than I was able to offer.
Throughout all this, our home looked much like a sports store with equipment & apparel strewn all over. Throw in a curious little monkey in #TeamO and you've got yourself a part-time job trying to keep a lid on things.
It was 4 months of single parenting on nights and weekends when DH was out running practices, convening tournaments and coaching games when he had a chance. I will admit that on more than one occasion I hit up the McD's drive-thru just so that my children would actually eat the meal I put in front of them without coaxing and bribes.
All in all, I hope that the players and parents that participated in some and any capacity this year understand the sacrifice and dedication that not only DH puts into the hockey school but as well as our entire family. While he was out coaching other people's children he was missing many "firsts" of his own children, quirky comments around the dinner table and the endless cuddles on weekend mornings while we all watched cartoons in the big bed.
Over the next 5 months we will all settle in and enjoy being a family of 4 again so that come November, we will be prepared to lose DH again for another hockey season.
Until then, it will be sunshine & happiness in our house!