Mom Next Door: Susannah Moreland / Wife to Texas Ranger Mitch Moreland and At-Home Mom of Two

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Nicole Jordan
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Courtesy of Angela Weedon
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May 2016 in
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April 25, 2016
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On April 4, 50,000 people gathered at Globe Life Park in Arlington for Opening Day. For Susannah Moreland, who goes to every Texas Rangers’ home game to support her husband Mitch Moreland, it was just another day in her life.
 
During the off-season, the Moreland family lives in Alabama. (The rest of the year they call Cedar Hill home.) The kids have a routine and Susannah and Mitch spend as much time as possible hunting. But when baseball is in session, a grueling schedule means unconventional hours — not just for Mitch but for the whole family.
 
Between long days with the littles — 3-year-old Crue and 17-month-old Swayze — and extended nights at the stadium, Moreland, 28, says sleep is sometimes scarce, personal time a luxury. But it’s a juggling act she excels at. So well, in fact, that in addition to holding things down at home and supporting her husband in the stadium, Moreland, the reigning Mrs. Alabama, is prepping to represent her home state in the Mrs. America pageant in August.

Last thing you did before I called you
I was setting up some personal training sessions.
 
What time is your alarm set for?
I usually wake up with the baby around 7:30am.
 
What’s your favorite baseball city?
I used to say that I love to go to New York every year, but Chicago has taken New York’s place for me. Last year, I went to Seattle without the kiddos and fell in love. I enjoy going to Tampa. And I typically try to go to Houston because Mitch always makes the ride back with us and we stop at Buc-ee’s.
 
What’s your favorite thing about baseball games?
Watching Mitch. To see his dream come true is a thrill every game because with baseball, you never know when it might be your last.
 
Do you stress during games?
I used to get stressed out, but it is what it is. It’s either going to be a hit or it’s going to be an out.
 
How did you meet Mitch?
We met in Orange Beach [in Alabama] on a family vacation when I was 13 and he was 14.
 
If your life were a song
Let’s go with my favorite song from my favorite movie: “Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. I’m only 28, and everything that we’ve already been able to do — we’ve just been really blessed.
 
Three things you always have in your purse besides our cellphone and wallet
Baby wipes, lipgloss and gum
 
Three words to describe yourself
Generous, outgoing, mom
 
How would your friends describe you?
Some would probably say I’m high-maintenance. And I think they’d say generous and outgoing too.
 
How do you like to spend you time?
I like to go have a manicure and pedicure.
 
First thing you notice about people when you meet them
Personality. This is a very fast-paced lifestyle, so we do meet a lot of new people all of the time. I’ve learned how to pick up on personality traits.
 
Most recent proud mom moment
If Crue hears the national anthem, he’s quick to take off his hat and he wants everyone to stand still. Getting to watch him play baseball this season makes me really proud too. He loves it.
 
Last mom fail
We eat a lot of meals on the go. It’s not out of the ordinary for my kids to have Pop-Tarts in a bowl for lunch.
 
How do you keep it all balanced?
Trial and error. You just have to figure out what works for you. During the off-season we have more of a schedule, but during the season it’s pretty much a baseball lifestyle. But this lifestyle is only going to last so long, and I think that it’s important that we are there as a family for Mitch.
 
Number one rule that your kids aren’t allowed to break
They have to be respectful. Mitch and I both stay on them about “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am” and “yes, sir” and “no, sir.”
 
Greatest thing about being a mom
Just having those baby arms hug you and tell you that they love you. Just to know when you’re having a bad day that they love you unconditionally.
 
What’s your favorite meal to cook for the family?
Our biggest meal that we cook is breakfast — bacon, eggs and cinnamon rolls.
 
Favorite spot around town for date night
Nick & Sam’s is our go-to spot. For lunch, we love Hillstone.
 
Favorite spots to shop
I always go to Babybliss, and I like to walk around Southlake Town Square.
 
If you could invite anyone over for dinner, who would it be?
Chip and Joanna Gaines. I love Fixer Upper!
 
What’s something that parents shouldn’t waste time feeling guilty about?
It’s hard for me to correct the kids. You just have to remember that it’s going to be better for them in the long run.
 
Is there anything you wish you had more time for?
Maybe some sleep; maybe just more quality family time.
 
Good habit you have that you’d like to pass on to the kids
I think it’s important to show your kids the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
 
Any bad habits?
Mitch would tell you he doesn’t want Swayze to have my shopping habit.
 
Hardest thing about being a mom
I’m a worrier so just realizing that you have to live one day at a time because we aren’t promised tomorrow.
 
Last gift you received
My mom still does an Easter basket for me every year.
 
Most treasured gift you’ve ever received
The first ring that Mitch ever gave me. He gave me a birthstone ring the first Christmas we were together.
 
Superpower you wish you had
To be in two places at one time so I wouldn’t feel so rushed all the time.
 
What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
We’re really laid back. It just so happens that Mitch is a professional athlete, but other than that, we’re just as normal as normal can be. 

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