EDIT: I had this post all ready to publish yesterday, and unfortunately our town was in the path of Hurricane Harvey, so we were busy hunkering down, preparing for the worst. Thankfully for us, the hurricane shifted north and we ended up being on the SW edge, with very minimal storming. Thank the Lord! Not only was my husband home to help us prepare our house (and calm my crazy nerves!), he was also still communicating with and helping our extended football family. Many of the players traveled safely home, and others stayed safe here in town. Not only were we keeping track of our players, but he also became the voice of reassurance to some nervous football moms! Being a coach is so much more than just teaching football! Needless to say, our neighboring towns on the coast (where we so love to visit the beach!) did not fare well in the Category 4 hurricane. Many prayers are needed for the displaced families, businesses and of course the emergency responders.
But now...back to our regularly scheduled blogging...
It's almost football season y'all!!
I always like posting a season kick off post - mostly because I need an excuse to share some adorable pictures. Last year's season went by in a blur of newborn-ness, and I didn't do much to prepare for it, or let's face it, even show up to the family pictures. But we made it this year! Matching clothes and all! Of course I waited til the last minute to think of clothing, so thank goodness I have fashionable friends who coach at the same school who have little girls! Thanks Sara for outfitting basically our entire fam!!!
Here we are, heading into our 3rd season as Javelinas! Phil is coaching the offensive line and is also the run-game coordinator.
My mom gave me the great idea to get a picture of the kids each year by their age number on the field! I realize this will only work until they are 5...but I'm guessing that's about the end of their cooperation anyways, haha!!
Side note: HOW IN THE WORLD IS HALLIE GRACE ONE???!!!!
I love watching the amazing relationship between these 2 girlies grow. They are so stinking fun at this age!!
And we are so blessed that they have the opportunity to grow up on the field with an amazing family of players and coaches and their families.
It seems like these days there are less and less pictures of me and my main squeeze. Dang cute kids always steal the limelight! So, I always love taking 2 seconds to love on him a little bit! I just love his goofy self, even when we're LITERALLY dying of heat!! It was over 125 degrees out on the field during these pictures. Please pray for a little cooler temps by game day!!
As a coach's wife, I have the unique chance to get to know other women in my shoes all over the country. Some are at high schools, some college, and some pro - and some even work in different sports! No matter what, it's so cool to have that community of people to share the ups and downs of the coaching life with. Most of us love sharing our stories, so there are a lot of bloggers out there! Here are some of my favorite most recent posts!
The Coach's Wife Life - by Sara Middleton - my neighbor, running buddy and favorite baseball wife!!
Pre-Season's Not Just for the Big Guys - by Allison Stoutland
Stability Vow for the Coaching Family - by Beth Walker
And a few of my favorite past posts from here on the Home Field...
7 Things I Love About Being a Football Wife
Essential Oils for YOUR Home Field
Who are you cheering for this year?!
Here we are, August 1st and you all know what that means....FOOTBALL TIME!
As a college football coaching family, our year pretty much revolves around the different "football seasons". There's more than 1 football season, you say? Well, yep. We've got Fall Camp, Actual Season, Post Season Play (hopefully), Recruiting Season, Spring Ball, did I mention recruiting season? Oh yeah that happens all year long.
But we start to get really excited when August rolls around because it's the real deal football time. I love taking the girls to practices and games, and I love seeing the spark of passion that lights up in my coach hubby's eyes when he gets back on the field.
I was reading back on some old blog posts of mine and found one from a few seasons ago that still really rings true to me. It was about supporting my coach through a healthy season. I know not every wife has the time or ability to do this, but I really try to take it upon myself to set my coaching hubby up for success during his season. You might want to check my old post out too - mostly for the funny comics I posted! Is it bad when your own blog posts make you laugh? I digress.
Last year, I have to admit, I didn't do much in terms of helping my husband out. I had a 10 day old baby and a 2 year old at the first game, and I was pretty much happy to just survive last season. But this season we're ready to roll again and I'm excited about some of the things we do to get ourselves and my coach ready for a winning season.
As far as me and the girls go, I make sure to have a pretty set (and fun!) fall schedule. Staying busy keeps us sane, and I'm excited to have a fall filled with Mommy Strong fitness classes, music class, some visitors and lots of fun little day trips. I also like to plan out a few weekly meals so that we don't end up eating cereal for dinner every night! Finally, we have a tradition of making new team shirts for the girls each year before the first game, so that will be a fun activity to do sometime this month!
As far as supporting my coaching husband, I"ve put together some of the things I send him off with for a healthy and successful season. If you have a coach (or any active, busy, hard working person!) some of these things might just make a perfect care package for them too!
Obviously, this initial stash won't last the whole season. I send lunches (and breakfasts and dinners usually) as well as healthy snacks like hard boiled eggs throughout the season too.
The Coach gave me list of stuff he needed for the locker room. I don't ask many questions, I just buy the list!
This makes my heart so happy. My husband Mr. Tough Football Guy was really skeptical of essential oils when I first ordered them. Fast forward to now...he asked for a diffuser in his office, uses oils every day and has been asking me to send samples in for other coaches!
He even had the idea of creating a "Football Season Survival Kit" for coaches with all of his favorite doTERRA products! He has seen how much these products have helped him, and I love that he wants other coaches to experience it too!
A few of the must-haves he told me he needed:
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I always like to send something a little personal too - this is one of the books I've given to him in the past to add to his collection at the office. I also like to print a few recent pictures of the girls for his office!
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I love connecting with fellow coach's wives...what are your favorite things you do to prepare yourself (or your coach) for football season?
I'm curious...where are you watching football from this year?
It's time for a little football here on the ol' Home Field blog! I don't post a lot about being a football wife because - hey, it's my husband's job just like your husband has a job. It comes with it's own set of struggles and perks! While it's a demanding schedule, I wouldn't trade our football life and football family for the world! I do like to share little peeks into our little football family life from time to time though...so here we go...
BIG shout out to Under Armour and Lisa Wells for these awesome sunglasses for my coach! With year round sun exposure here in TX - a good pair of sunglass is so important out on the field! He's loving these CORE 2.0's!! (#ad - we were provided these sunglasses for free in exchange for an honest review)
I was planning to post about Spring Football (the 4 weeks in March/April where college football teams get to do official practices and scrimmages) while it was happening but apparently I missed the ball on that one. So I guess y'all will just get a recap!
We wrapped up our spring ball season last Saturday with a BEAUTIFUL evening spring game. Seriously, you couldn't have asked for better weather. My kids happened to cooperate the whole time as well (I know, a miracle) which made for a perfect night!
Spring Ball is actually one of my favorite times of the football year. As a college coaching family, we have lots of "football seasons". We have pre-season, season, recruiting, conditioning, spring ball, recruiting and camps. Yeah. If you though a football coach just worked Aug- Nov, you thought wrong! But I love spring ball for a few reasons. First, we get to enjoy some football after a few month break from the official season, and it's so fun to get back on the field! Second, at least here in Texas, the practices are actually cool enough to attend, so I get to bring the kiddos more often.
Unfortunately this season, our team held many of their practices in the evening. Not only did this mean that we didn't get to go as much, it also meant I had lots of solo parenting bedtimes in the past month!
Luckily, we stayed busy and we made time to get to the field or to practices as much as possible during the day.
This was my first spring ball with 2 kids - who both happen to be ON THE MOVE!! No more Ergo pack and sleeping newborn (that was short lived!!).
Here are a few fun things I did with the girls during spring ball:
While Spring Football is fun, I'm excited for SUMMER now! Summer means some extra time with my hubby, a chance for vacations and no more solo bedtimes!!
Football wives - what is your favorite football season? What fun stuff do you do during spring ball?
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