Today Caleb and Jonathan got to rugby practice, AND they were on time! This is actually a huge deal, because we have failed pretty miserably so far this season at this very low bar.
In January we thought maybe Nathan's rugby team from last year wasn't going to happen this year, since we had gotten no emails and the website hadn't been updated. So we started looking around, and we found another rugby team not too far from us. The problem was that they had practices on Tuesday nights, which meant Nathan and Luke would miss CAP, so that wasn't ideal. But then it turned out Nathan's old rugby team WAS going to have a season, so it all became a moot point. The coach from the other team kept in contact with Nathan, however, and he asked if Caleb and Jonathan would want to play, since this club has teams for younger kids. Well, sure! Why not?! It wouldn't be as bad as basketball season, where we had 6 kids on 6 different teams! This would only be 4 kids on 2 teams! Piece of cake! And Nathan can drive him and Luke to their practice!
Except for some reason, we have not been able to get this second rugby team on my mental calendar. It didn't help that there were a ton of practices cancelled in January and February because of bad weather. Even at the first practice Caleb and Jonathan went to, I sent them off to the wrong place because somehow I misread the email--a bad omen, for sure. Since then, it's been one thing after another, but mainly, I just forget all about their practice until I happen to look down at my watch and realize--hey, Caleb and Jonathan have practice tonight, and it is starting *right now*. One time I misread another email and totally had the wrong starting time in my head. I did check the email as I was stopped at a red light on the way home from dropping the girls off at gymnastics, and whoops! That's when I realized practice actually started half an hour earlier (*right then*), and I wasn't even back home, much less on the way to rugby! So we skipped that one, since we had been 25 minutes late the practice before because I failed to allot anywhere near enough time to get to this different practice location in D.C. rush hour traffic. Gah . . . so embarrassing! I was really developing a complex!
But tonight we had success. Jonathan made a big sign to hang on the wall under the calendar to remind us of rugby. All throughout the day he and Caleb reminded me that practice was tonight *at 5:30*, not 6:00. And so we left at an appropriate time and made it there early! Wow! It's only taken us 2 months! Clearly I am at maximum mental capacity right now, with no extra margin. Good thing spring break is this next week!