The Love of the Game

by Lori on June 9, 2015

This past weekend my 12 year old closed a chapter in her softball career and now we prepare to open another.

Hitaway Team2

She played her last tournament with her last 12u team. My sweet, small, tough, caring, and hardworking girl has to move up to 14u in the fall. This means bigger girls, faster pitches, and having to move back to 43ft herself when she pitches.


Most of you reading this are probably thinking that this is not a big deal, but my girl is smaller than most softball players you see playing the game these days. Not even 5ft at 12 years old means she has to fight harder than most. She has to work 10 times harder to prove to whatever coach and team we are trying out for or playing for that she is worth the risk. She can hang with the best of them. The beautiful thing about my girl is that she WILL prove you wrong. Tell her she can not do something and you can prepare yourself to sit back and see amazing things happen. She will show you that you messed up telling her she could not do something.


This girl also has a caring heart. So leaving a team of girls behind was heartbreaking for her. We were on a great team with great girls and parents. It is rare that you get the best of both worlds. Great girls who love the game as much as your child and great parents who cheer on your daughter as if she were their own.

Lots of tears were shed this weekend, knowing they would not play on the same team again in the fall. Each girl having to go their own way.


While we may not of won many tournaments or been ranked among the best, these girls can truly say they had the time of their lives because when it is all said and done friendship matters. Not the stats. Not the trophies or rankings. Friendship. Love. Memories.


And the love of the game.


Thank you 12u Hit Away for those memories. And for taking a chance on my small girl. Loving her. Believing in her. And giving her a great year of softball.



Comicpalooza has come to a close. All the celebrities have gone back to their crazy lives. All the knowledgeable panel members are back doing their every day jobs. All the awesome workers and volunteers are home with their families. All the cosplayers have hung up their costumes for another time. And the guests, well I can only speak for this guest when I say that I am now hooked. Not hooked on all things comic books but hooked on Comicpalooza. This event will definitely be one that I attend every single year.



This was the first Comicpalooza for my whole family. It is something I knew my kids would enjoy since we are all into comic books, super heroes, and so much more of what this conference had to offer.

I do believe their favorite part of the entire weekend was taking pictures with Hayley Atwell from Marvels’ Agent Carter, Captain America, and Cinderella.


You could NOT go to Comicpalooza and ignore the longest line I have ever seen. You had to find out what it was for and join in. In this case, the line was for a photograph with the main man of Comic Books…..Stan “The Man” Lee!




It was not just celebrities and glitz and glamor at Comicpalooza. They had panels where you could ask these celebrities questions or learn from the best of the best in your trade or craft. A few examples were Cosplay costumes, make up, how to write your own comic book and so much more. They also had a kids area with coloring sheets, legos, face painting, costume contests  and games. I loved that they thought of families at Comicpalooza and made it an experience even the kids could enjoy.   My kids went to a sword fighting class and had so much fun!


Another favorite of mine from the weekend was just the walking around the exhibit center and seeing all the cosplay! My 6 year old dressed up the first day but decided against it the other days. Seeing all the create cosplay really made my family excited and we also decided that we will be dressing up ourselves next year! We are already getting ideas and making plans!



I believe this weekend made me Mom of the Year for sure!



Next time Comicpalooza comes to down, make sure you get your tickets, bring the whole family and join in on the fun! You will NOT regret it! Are you a planner like I am and wanting to know when Comicpalooza 2016 will be? Well set your calenders for June 17-19, 2016! Hope to see you there!


**Disclosure: I received 4 day passes for my family to attend Comicpalooza. No monetary compensation was made. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


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