I\u2019ve been pretty neglectful about blogging lately, but I haven\u2019t fallen into a black hole. My life has just been consumed by baseball and theatre. Tonight's 10 p.m. wish: that I'm able to ride the wave of this very busy season and soak up the JOY. This is always a super busy time of year. This year, my son Cal is not only playing on a travel team, but also his middle school baseball team. If there\u2019s not a game, there\u2019s almost always a practice. If he\u2019s not playing or practicing, he\u2019s eating like a horse, coating the shower with dirt and sweat, or (hopefully!) getting caught up with homework. My washer and dryer are getting a WORKOUT and-a-half. It\u2019s a darned good thing I love baseball. Genuinely love it - especially what all that discipline, teamwork and lessons about winning and losing do for kids. On top of the double-dose of baseball, we have a double dose of musical theatre happening. My fourth grader, Clara, is just over a week away from opening night of The Music Man at Lawrence Central High School (April 29-May 1), where she\u2019s lucky enough to be playing a kid in River City. (Oh, we\u2019ve got trouble my friends\u2026) She is LOVING this experience of sharing the stage with teenaged theatre kids. In the meantime, I\u2019ve had a few rehearsals already for a production I\u2019ll be in in June 24-July 10, \u201cBilly Elliot\u201d (a BobDirex production directed by Bob Harbin, performed on the stage at Marian University.) I couldn\u2019t say no to the chance to play this amazing role: Billy\u2019s mother, who is no longer living but appears to him when he needs her. The songs are beautiful and heartbreaking. (I DARE you to watch this song\/scene, "The\u00a0Letter,"\u00a0without crying.) I can\u2019t wait to see the dancers in this cast tear up the stage. I understand all of us \u2013 even Billy\u2019s \u201cDead Mum\u201d - will be putting on tap shoes for the finale. I am not a capital \u201cD\u201d Dancer. But I say, "Bring it on." I\u2019ll do my best. My youngest, Daisy, who loves to sing but is too shy to get up on stage yet, will get to tag along at rehearsals and soak in more theatre magic. Chances are good that my funny kindergartener will make new friends and find fun ways to stay entertained, just like she does at baseball games and pretty much everywhere she goes. I\u2019m certain my house will not be as clean as I\u2019d like it to be this spring and summer. My kids will need some rides from friends, I\u2019ll need a little help from my amazing parents, and a few things will get a little lost in the shuffle. I\u2019m willing to pay that price. We get to do things we love to do. Things that keep our spirits alive. That\u2019s a home run in my book.