These Are The Days

We’ve come to the end of another tackle football season here in Regina. The season on the prairies is short but we make the most of the weeks we have, filling them with skills camps, practices and of course the games. I’ve learned that I’ve become a football mom with a limited number of cheers from the stands, “Go!! Run!! Yeah!!” pretty much sums up what I’ve got. I’ve also learned that my cheers and woooo’s can be heard across the field by my husband (a coach) and son. Yay me!

That’s my boy making the catch! This is my son’s second year playing Regina Minor Football, and I am such a proud football mom and member of the organization. If you haven’t seen the viral video taken this year of members of RMF doing something amazing for a local child with cerebral palsy, you need to! You can view it here and, like me, end up watching it over and over because it makes you feel so good (and in my case, cry so much!)

Regina Minor Football

Having my husband on the sidelines as one of the coaches certainly doesn’t help my football-mom excitement either! As I was sitting in the stands recently, watching the team, cheering them on, I had one of those moments where you think, “This is really what it’s all about. These are the days we’ll look back on as a distant memory, the good times that go by so fast.” It made me pause and really appreciate the moment.


After the final game of the season, I pulled out the cake I had been saving for the occasion. Not a baker myself (I always say my strength is in cooking, not baking!) McCain Deep ‘n Delicious Chocolate Cake is perfect for every day occasions. They take me back to my childhood too – I can remember eating them with my parents at the kitchen table. Elijah was more than happy to pose with his win, provided I’d allow him to have the first (and second) piece of the cake after his shower.


I know our parents said it to us, and we rolled our eyes too, but there’s times like this when I look at these pictures and can be taken back to our very first house, sitting in our kitchen, feeding Elijah cereal in his high chair. Just in the blink of an eye, he’s now playing football and building his own friendships and a life outside of our four walls.

In fact, it wasn’t long after this shot that he asked if it was OK if he left for a team barbecue. “Thanks mom, that was awesome, bye!”

That’s how it goes. The moments, those amazing ones where your heart swells with pride, happen and then you blink and they’re suddenly five years older and walking out the door. I can’t think that far ahead. To him driving. To graduation. I can’t or I’ll be a blubbering mess. For now I’ll cherish the moments we have, I’ll tempt him with chocolate cake to stay just a few minutes longer before running out the door with his friends, and I’ll be that mom yelling loudly on the sidelines for my boy. I will, of course, always be his biggest fan.

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by McCain Foods Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McCain Foods Canada.



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  • Aww, time really does fly too fast with our little ones. It feels like just yesterday that they were in kindergarten and now both my kids are in grades 6 and 7. So nice to savor those moments and take plenty of pictures.

  • Such great photos! My little boys are 5, 4, and 2. I’m looking forward to those days but dreading them too. Don’t want them to grow up too quickly.

  • I haven’t had one of these cakes in such a long time, when I was younger we used to get them quite a bit, me and my friend would pig out on them, I’m going to have to get one to remember the olden days!!

  • I know what you mean about taking a look at old photos and in a blink of an eye everything goes by so fast. It makes me sad to think my little guys won’t be little much longer. I take tons of photos of them every day so I will lots to look back on when they are older. 🙂

  • I haven’t had one of those cakes in a very long time. Love this post, you can feel your pride and love. Thank you for reminding me about this cake, it has brought back a lot of memories from my childhood 🙂

  • I get what you’re saying… my “baby” started high school last month – it’s hard to believe! We are also big McCain cake fans, I remember fighting over who got the biggest piece with my sister when we were kids!

  • I had two sons who were into hockey. I went to all of the practices and games with them and came home with no voice every single time. I was very proud when my son brought a trophy home and a medal for most valuable player. Made us very proud. Our sons are grown with their own families now but it seems like yesterday when I sit and think about it.

  • I just love your photos of your son and looking at them makes me really want to go out and buy a McCain Deep N Delicious cake! 🙂

  • Though I have no children of my own, I have taken cared of my sister’s daughter and can’t believe it was only a while ago that I was holding her in my arms. Now, she’s more than 20 years old. I guess to parents, children will always be remembered for being children even when they are grown up. I’m also glad I enjoyed my family before I became an adult as I didn’t realize we’d have separate paths to follow, living in different parts of the world.

  • McCain’s were always a treat growing up. I am gearing up for hockey season with the boys. My oldest turned 19 yesterday and it was bitter sweet looking through old photos of him when he was little. Time sure flies.

  • Wonderful post! Those moments go by so quickly. My kids are all grown, but now I get to make special moments with my little granddaughter. We make magic in the ordinary moments as well as the grand events. :o)

  • How special it is to have a mother & father who cheer for you, support you, and cherish every moment with you! My daughter is only 2, and I totally understand what you mean about the time going by too quickly. So many memories to hold on to, thank you for this post!

  • McCain cakes were for special times when i looked back at my childhood. I will have to buy one to reminisce and share with my kiddos!

  • My daughter is a pre-teen now, she’s always on the go doing activities & being with friends, so I understand how the moments with us, her family, are getting rarer & more special than ever. I am trying to hold onto the time she spends with us & make it memorable. Maybe I’ll have to make our next moment a McCain cake one!

  • I was born and raised in Saskatchewan and Rider pride is strong in my family! I also have memories of eating McCain’s cake as a child, I loved to eat it partially frozen!