Within a week of being home from China, Claire was sitting on the sidelines. Her brothers had a baseball game. And that was just the beginning. You see, our kids are team players. Baseball team, basketball team, swim team. So, Claire? She's spent a whole lota time on the sidelines. And, pretty much as soon as she could talk....in English, that is, she wanted to know when she could get off the sidelines and into the game!
Today was her day!
Claire wants more than anything to play Upward basketball. But she has to wait until this fall when she is old enough. So, we thought we'd try Upward Soccer to warm her up. Today was her first game!
And when they called her name, she ran through the tunnel all by her big girl self.
Mom and Dad? Yeah, we cried like big ole babies when we saw her coming!
Because she was so proud of herself and was giving high-fives like all the other kids.
And because we still remember the baby that came home from China.
The one that doctors told us not to count on walking.
But look at her now!
Whoever thought this would be impossible did. not. know. Claire.
Today she got off the sidelines and got in the game!
She is the smallest player on the team. And the slowest.
Neither of these facts occurred to her today!
She was in.the.game.
And, that was all she cared about!
Everyone was sweet about it. They gave her a chance.
They cheered her on!
Even when she was often left behind.
So, she made sure to wave to all her fans.
On the sidelines.
Where she was not sitting today!
Was in this game!
And she was lovin' it!
She decided to come off the field in the middle of a period....... because she?
"I'm tired now"
She pretty much did this until her coach came to get her.
And take her to the bench.
But it was still fun, and she got Best Effort for her first soccer game!
You did a great job and you will sleep well!
And the princess went home and put on her tutu!
Because that's how we roll, baby!
She gets to do it all over again next Saturday!