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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

"Let's have our kids three years apart."

I don't remember which one of us said this back in the day when we were free and childless, but Kevin and I agreed. Three years. Perfect. By the time Child Two comes along, Child One will be potty-trained (worked in theory, but not so much in practice), and Number One will be in school by the time Number Three comes along. Others we know chose to have all their kids close together so they get through all the havoc of small children in one big whirlwind. We thought they were nuts.

Then we had three boys. What are the chances? They all love baseball. What are the chances? Enter Little Leage.

I signed each of them up one by one (call me insane)--different teams, of course, because they're spaced three years apart. Each week I do the math: Five practices plus six games equals one harried chauffeur, twenty hours, and sixteen gallons of gas. Can't one of them love football? Or basketball? Or competitive chess?

So, the three year plan? Not so great after all. Still, I console myself with the thought that the other seasons are sports-free. That, and the notion that one day, in my old age, they will be shuttling me around.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 7:16 AM  
  Comments (6)
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At 11:28 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Oh my gosh, your boys are sooo precious! I'll tell you, it's no easier with them close together. Being a mother is hard work, no matter what, but when you get a photo like that? It's just all worth it, isn't it? Someday we will pine for these days!

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

Your kids are wonderful, Denise! Loved seeing their smiling faces!

Our three oldest are three years apart, too. Girl in the middle, and it did work out much like you said, except for the potty training part. ; )

What we didn't count on was college! There were two pretty tough years where we had two in college in two different states. Yikes!

I won't mention that when our kids were about the same ages as yours, I found out there was a FOURTH one on the way! Teehee! ; )

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I LOVE the picture, Denise! And your boys are great!! I understand the running around business, though. It's a busy time, no question about it. But how boring would it be to sit around in a sparkling clean house, drink mochas, sit down and read books anytime you want? I mean, who wants that kind of life?

Okay, I do. But it doesn't come until you're a grandma. As in, old. But hey, everything has its price. ;-)

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Ha, Deb! No fourth for us. :-)

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

How cute! I'll second Kris' two littlests are 2 years apart. But on the other side of the coin, my oldest is 9 years older than the middle. Nope, it's not EVER easy. Ever, ever, ever...but most days, so worth it! :)

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Chaos-Jamie said...

I had three in two and a half years. Sure they are in everything together, but THEY ARE IN EVERYTHING TOGETHER! The fees alone....


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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