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It's Official!

Yes, it is official. I am the mother of sons.

Today, much to the dismay of the 20-something hottie in the sporting good store who had to explain everything to me, I made my first athletic supporter / cup purchase for Michael and Matthew :)

I also lucked out at Play-It-Again Sports and got $420 worth of sparring gear for less than $200. The three of us are outfitted with the exception of my lack of a chest guard. They didn't have one, so I'm going to have to look at eBay, or buy one.

Matthew got some really good gear - a Macho Warrior set in metallic blue. His was the only full 'set'. Michael got white headgear, red boots and shin guards, and blue gloves. I got red headgear (lucked into one that actually costs $80 new because it is a full head protector instead of one that straps under the chin), red boots and shin guards, and black gloves.

While he had a good time going through sparring gear with us, the poor clerk seemed quite flustered when I told him I needed groin protection for the kids and also needed him to help me size it and learn how to properly use it *laugh*


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Jul. 24th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
I have visions of y'all looking like rock 'em sock 'em robots.....

Congrats on the bargain hunting! Sounds like you made out like a bandit. Isn't it great when a plan comes together?!

And, while I have some sympathy for the poor clerk, isn't that why they get paid the 'big bucks'? But couldn't you have had him teach the kids/i> how to use the protector? I don't think I could ever be a mom. I feel bad enough invading a kid's privacy to change diapers. No way you'd get me dealing with cups.
Jul. 24th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
ooops....clearly some stylistic difficulty there. Sorry about that, but I'm too lazy to redo it.

I can't make icons, and apparently can't use lj tags either.
Jul. 25th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, well, amazingly I could read it :)

The boys were standing there while the clerk was explaining things. I just don't think they got it. When we got home, Matthew wanted to wear his on the outside of his clothes, and asked if he could wear it to school tomorrow *laugh*

Oh, and yes. We DO look like Rock-em-Sock-em Robots with the gear on.
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
Awww...the poor dear is, what, 8? 9? I guess it's a good thing he hasn't had need for it....it's better that's he completely clueless....

I'm frequently amazed by what kids do or don't understand and what they're not capable of. Don't know whether that means I should spend more time with them, or that it's lucky that I don't. I actually was a somewhat avid babysitter as a teenager - in retrospect, I'm surprised that none of my charges were seriously injured or broke major furniture.
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
Michael and Matthew are 5. :) At this point, I don't even think they know it hurts to get hit there.

They amaze me daily with what they can do that I never thought they could.
Jul. 25th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
What is that - some sort of propoganda icon?! Surely you don't even believe it.....they're very cute, though, they look like they're really trying to be angelic.
Jul. 25th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, they try. They are pretty good....as far as five-year-old boys go *laugh*
Jul. 25th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Many boys pick up the why/how of an atheltic cup when playing team sports.

One of my friends told me he was exceptionally pleased in late elementary school when he got to wear an adult-sized cup for youth football. *laughs*
Jul. 24th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
And just cuz I seem to be determined to fill your inbox....

isn't the chest protector the most important part of the female gear?? That probably wasn't the piece you wanted to miss out on.
Jul. 25th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
No, I have to have it before I spar. They just didn't have any there. I'll call other used sporting goods places, or I'll just have to order it new.
Jul. 25th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
There's a Play It Again Sports near us (other side of our nearest intersection, next door to my neighborhood fabric store). Want me to check them out?
Jul. 25th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'll call them. No need to make a trip :) Thanks though!
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Our place supplies sparring gear, but I guess you need it at home for them to play/fight without getting into trouble:)

I can't imagine having to buy a cup for Tony! LOL
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
ok "sparring" gear... Is this for the martial arts you guys do??? cool gear regardless. Wondering if I'll ever have to buy a jock strap some day...
Jul. 25th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
The boys and I take Tae Kwon Do now. Since we are yellow belts, getting our orange stripe this week, that means next test is for orange belt. Orange belt test includes some sparring, so we have to have gear.

Are you and Wes going to find out the sex of the baby so you can plan? Or do you want it to be a surprise?
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