Unsure

Unsure

I know what you’re thinking…

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She looks like a little soccer star.

Well, I guess in order to be a star you need shin guards and cleats, but hey..

truth is, it took a lot for her to run out there on her own.

Most of the time, she looked like this….

Totally unsure.

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I spent about 20 minutes with her, convincing her to play.

She was so excited for this day to come, and now…it looked as though we were just going to leave.

I kept saying, Don’t be scared, it’s just soccer.

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We checked out a book about SERGIO and how he played soccer, so she was ready.

I even convinced her away from the skirt, to wear shorts and look somewhat sporty.

But as I sat there, I thought about parents….and activties.

Did you have a parent who pushed you to do a sport? Well, that was me.

Guess why…she loved it.

After the 20 minutes of hanging on my leg, she finally went out and ran with the kids.

It was the coach’s “choo-choo” train through the cones that helped her make the transition.

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Then she was kicking the ball, and smiling.

She even wanted to call dad and tell him, “I did it, I scored a goal…”

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Of course, she’s still learning about the no-hands rule.

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She was protective over her ball.

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After all is said and done, she did it.

There’s an awkward point for a mom, where your kid is being rediculous and you’re like, “OK, we’ll just leave.”

So we walked to the car, I was ready to leave…to show her that she doesn’t have to.

But she wanted to stay.

They WANT to be brave, they just need help sometimes.

A little encouragement, at least she did.

She wanted me to run the field with her, hold her hand, and kick the ball…

Sadly, I didn’t sign up for that. I had to teach her how to branch out and do it.

That’s what sports is all about.

Oh, and the treat at the end…

of course.

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Then we were off to the splash pad to cool off.

Crazy to think just a little while ago, she was afraid of this too.

After time and patience, she can do it alone.

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As for Nora, I don’ think she’ll be afraid of much.

This little munchkin has already managed to crawl out of every crib we put her in!

I watched her plop over the edge, no fear…

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Soccer, swimming and sisters…

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Sweet girl.

Maybe she’ll be a soccer star someday dad.

For now, we’re working on not being scared…or let’s say…

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And of course, Nora Jane…   IMG_2960

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2 responses to “Unsure

  1. Oh Jill!!!! These pictures are priceless! Thanks for letting us share in all of the big and little moments of each day! Love and Miss You!

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