Monday, January 12, 2009

The Making of a Great

This weekend I had the pleasure of watching my youngest niece, Elise, play basketball with a team of 5 and 6 year olds. I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry. One minute I was as proud as her own mother as I watched this precious little girl follow all instructions and yet be so helplessly lost. I just wanted to run out there and help her. Mind you, she was certainly not the only lost sole out there, they all were. She actually knew more than any of her peers and showed a lot of promise. The coaches turned to her every time they gave instruction. She's a great listener and very athletic, so things come naturally to her. It was a barn burner - 4 to 6 (although no official score is kept). Her team lost but she scored one of their only 2 goals and she also had a steal and dribbled the ball all the way down the court without any mistakes. The whole event was basically mass chaos but I think the kids had fun and that's all that matters. Elise looked so grown up and as I looked at her out on that court, I kept thinking to myself that one day that would be Colin out there and then I'd really be an emotional wreck! It seems like just yesterday Elise was this toddling little girl and now she's the tallest one on the court and has more energy than I do in an entire week! Here are some pictures from her first big game. Mark my word, this little girl is going places!!

In the first picture, she's in the middle in blue. I just loved her stance in the second picture and I love that they have their names on their jerseys. The last picture is an action shot of her dribbling down the court, in the right direction I might add, since that was a big challenge for most of them!


  1. Hey Colin's mom, thanks for stopping by. Your little Colin is sooo cute and I love his little man-gut.

    Don't you just looove watching small kids learn to play team sports. It is hilarious! Your niece looks like she is taller than most of the boys (I bet they hate that).

    That little damask organizer actually came from the Dollar Tree. I just got it not too long ago so they may still have them, also I think Target has them right now in their dollar section. I also love to use them for organizing my photos while I work on a scrapbook.

    I live in Kansas City, but we moved from Lexington and we still have not sold our house there, it is over by the Glen Eagles sub. by Hamburg (there's a link on my blog) if you happen to know anyone looking to buy. I miss Ky and love reading peoples blogs from there. I'm glad I came across your blog and will continue to read!

  2. Your photos are too cute - especially the one of all the kids standing there looking a bit dazed and confused. Sounds like your niece could end up the MVP with her scores and dribbling!