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I need to remember that, when I’m feeling super stressed and cranky and overwhelmed by life, I am probably just… tired.  Funny but true, isn’t it?


My outlook is feeling a bit brighter today.  I thought about it a lot yesterday, and I realized two things.  1) I’m tired, and 2) I need to work more on being in the moment – thinking only about work when I’m working, only about the kids when I’m with the kids, and only about exercise when I’m training.  I always attempt to multitask in my head, and I’m starting to realize that there are few benefits to that and a lot of drawbacks.  Know what I mean?




So I’ve been having some scheduling problems this week, but I had one “appointment” on the books that I was not willing to skip!  My mother-in-law Rosalind agreed to try PICKLEBALL with me today!  Have you guys heard of pickleball?  It’s actually the fastest-growing sport in America, but it tends to trend a bit older.  I was the youngest person there by at least 25 years, but I heard that more and more younger adults (am I a young adult still?!) are coming to play because it’s so fun.

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I’ve been wanting to try it because my mom is SUPER into pickleball.  Every time I call her, she says, “Oh, I’m about to leave for pickleball!” or “Oh, I just got back from pickleball!” or “Let me tell you about our pickleball game today!”  Basically – she’s obsessed.  And I think it’s cool that my mom has found a new way to be active and healthy, so I wanted to try it myself and see what it’s all about so we can (hopefully!) play together when I see her next week.


I immediately wanted to enlist my MIL, too, because Rosalind used to play tennis all the time.  I figured she’d be a natural.

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Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong.  It’s played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net.  And it’s played with a paddle that’s larger than a ping-pong paddle but smaller than a tennis racket.  The ball is a whiffle ball, which is not as intense as a tennis ball.   The game is more about placement than power.   Here are some of the basic rules.

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We had two really nice men teach us the rules and play with us, and I had so much fun!  I will definitely play again, especially to encourage my MIL to get into the sport.  It was nice to have something to do with her, too. 


One more thing – look what I’ve been doing with my bobby pins!


I found a use for old baby food jars – they are perfect bobby pin holders.  I have a second jar in my gym bag.


Have you heard of pickleball?



  • Katie D. July 31, 2015, 10:19 am

    I played pickleball in high school PE (15 years ago!!!). I love that game!

  • Amanda July 31, 2015, 10:28 am

    Hahaha I need a bobby pin jar! I have a hair tie jar, but somehow it’s usually empty, lol!

  • Malinda July 31, 2015, 10:28 am

    I took a semester course in college in Pickleball. The origin of the game is pretty entertaining, like how you can take one step into the court when you serve because the people who created the game needed to step over a rock.

  • Reenie July 31, 2015, 10:38 am

    You got your new headboard?

  • Katie sB July 31, 2015, 10:40 am

    Never heard of Pickleball but it sounds fun!

  • Kelsey July 31, 2015, 10:55 am

    I use small jars for my bobby pins as well, amongst other small items, like paper clips, tacks and other small ‘office’ items! I remember playing pickleball in high school, and actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Didn’t know it was making such a comeback. =)

  • Julia July 31, 2015, 11:05 am

    Played in high school and middle school PE in the Midwest 15 years ago just like Katie D.!

  • Andrea B. July 31, 2015, 11:27 am

    Because St George Utah hosts the Huntsman World Senior Games, our town has over 32 Pickleball courts. It’s been fun to learn how to play, and my kids like it too!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul July 31, 2015, 11:41 am

    Yes, when I’m feeling bad I’m usually tired too!

  • Sagan July 31, 2015, 11:41 am

    PICKLEball? Lol! That name is awesome. It looks like so much fun too!

    I love reusing little jars for things like hair ties, paper clips, etc. 🙂

  • Ali @ Whisk and Repeat July 31, 2015, 11:43 am

    My retired mother-in-law plays pickeball! Ha! She says it’s a blast. 🙂

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 31, 2015, 12:15 pm

    We were forced to play that in high school gym ALL the time! The worst! Haha!

  • Devonshire July 31, 2015, 2:35 pm

    I’m so glad I read this post! The town I live in just put in some outdoor pickleball courts walking distance from my house. Now I wanna play!!

  • Louise July 31, 2015, 3:12 pm

    Yep, heard of pickleball, VERY popular in Florida and Arizona. Fun game!

  • Patty July 31, 2015, 4:00 pm

    I have heard of pickle ball. There are several ladies in my cycle class who play but I thought I was too young!! I’ll have to give it a try! Is it a good workout?

  • Rachel K July 31, 2015, 4:39 pm

    Like others on the comments, I also played pickleball in PE classes. It was one of the few gym class sports I truly enjoyed! I would love to get back into it.

    Also your bobby pin storage is genius – thanks for sharing.

  • Alyssa @ Sweetly Tattered July 31, 2015, 5:19 pm

    That looks like a lot of fun! And I definitely needed the bobby pin tip. Bobby pins everywhere! :/

  • Elizabeth at Tiny Fitness July 31, 2015, 9:20 pm

    I remember playing this in high school gym class (over 10 years ago, eek) – I was really good at it somehow, and it was my gateway sport to tennis. No idea where that tennis/racket sport talent has gone now, haha!

  • Julie August 1, 2015, 12:38 am

    Old tic-tac containers work really well to hold bobby-pins as well…. and have an easy to pop open top.

  • MollyK August 1, 2015, 1:00 pm

    We played it alllll the time in junior high PE!

  • Sara August 1, 2015, 10:51 pm

    We love pickleball! My dad and stepmom started getting into it as a way to stay active and do things together and now they play in tournaments all over the place. Our Christmas morning now includes a family pickleball tournament as well. My step-brother is actually nationally ranked-go figure! He played tennis too but pickleball is easier on his shoulder and he still gets to mentally engage in the sport.

  • Megan August 2, 2015, 6:44 am

    Sleep is the answer; it’s good you are now mindful of this and taking action. I think it’s easy to forget that it is a NEED, not a luxury or a want. I try and apply the same principles that I do to my daughter to my own sleep; I think you are a Weissbluth person, right? My husband and I joke “What would Weissbluth say?” The answer is nearly always…early bedtime! And it HELPS! 🙂

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