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Monday, April 20, 2009

The World Cup is half-full

Abby and Emily are playing their first season of soccer, and they are adorable to watch. Their youthful excitement and puppy-like enthusiasm for the game is contagious to players and spectators alike.


Unfortunately, the weather has been abysmal this year. We've had rain, cold weather, rain, rain... and did I mention rain? We've also been running around between Miami and D.C. for the last few weeks and missed a few games. As a result the season is well underway, and yet they haven't actually played that many games.

As with most children embarking upon their first season of a sport Abby and Emily's enthusiasm considerably outweighs their skill. On the way to Saturday's game we had the following conversation:

Abby: Our team ROCKS! We have got the best soccer team ever!

Emily: YEAH!!

Abby: We haven't been beaten yet. We're gonna do great today! We are sooo gonna win!

Emily: YEAH! (pumping fist)

Hannah: Whoa... I didn't realize your team was that good. How many games have you guys won now anyway?

Abby: Mom? Is this our first game or our second?

Hannah: (snorts)

Mom: (Sending Hannah my evil mommy eyes via the rear view mirror and defying her to comment on Abby's sweet, yet unfounded, confidence).

Ummm... You'd have to ask daddy, but I know your team is going to do really well today.

Emily: YEAH!!

Hannah: (wisely letting it go with an eye roll)

And for the record? They won...

In spite of the goal they scored on themselves.

55 comments:

Megryansmom said...

I could use a little of that enthusiasm over here. RAIN! Rain and more rain. Rain til Tuesday. We have the greenest and longest grass in the hood. Good job girls, you ROCK....don't listen too much to Hannah she's just jealous LOL

K said...

I love it.

I very clearly remember when a girl my basketball team scored two points - against us in 5th grade.

Jennifer Juniper said...

My kids definately suffer from over-inflated ego when it comes to sports! I try to reign them in a bit, but I guess confidence is half the battle. popping in from sits!

countryfriedmama said...

I love that youthful confidence. I wish we could bottle some.

Tammy Howard said...

I LOVE watching the wee ones play soccer - just sort of collectively running after the ball from one end of the field to the other.

My eldest was what we lovingly referred to as a 'flower picker'. She'd stop in the middle of said run to pick a dandelion or fix her hair or watch a car go by. Why yes, she was later diagnosed with ADD, what makes you ask?

Sounds like that winning season is off to a great start!

Anonymous said...

Remembering the days when the 2 of u played. Fun times. Love MOM. Good morning Gibby.

ScoMan said...

Kids love their sport don't they?

I remember excitedly putting on my football boots and running out to play when I was young, then sport became more a chore as each year went by.

But if they keep winning, it will never be a chore.

Meg said...

That's hilarious. When I was in middle school, I was on the first girl's travelling soccer team. We went around Pittsburgh and played other townships. I'm not sure we actually won any games. I remember the first time we actually scored a goal. It was well into the season. We went nuts and I am pretty sure the game stopped for a few minutes. I completly understand where they are coming from.

Shawn said...

That part is so much fun. Of course in my house that lasts for about 3.7 weeks and then it's followed by "Do I haaaaaave to Mo-om!"

Juls said...

I scored for the other team when I was in 4th grade, playing basketball... I had no idea for a few seconds, and was doing a crazee celebration dance and patting myself on the block. Until that mean old kid had to tell me, "You scored for the wrong team!" Totally peed in my happy cheerios..Jerk.

By the way, soccer sounds like good fun. Hope the girls keep enjoying it! :)

Gibby said...

That is cute and funny all at the same time. I love kids and sports. I asked Poonch if she wanted to play softball this summer (she never has before) and she said, "sure, if I get a trophy." Ummm, hello, they don't just hand those things out! Oh wait, yes they do.

Hello Anon Mom!

i am the diva said...

i love watching little kid soccer! I can't wait for Chewie to get into the sport!!

ck said...

Scoring for the other team and STILL leading your own to victory? Talent. Sheer talent.

for a different kind of girl said...

So, so adorable! I love little kid sports leagues. My 7 year old played basketball for the first time this past winter and it was so cute watching the kids running up and down the court, trying to remember what they needed to do. Each time my son made a basket, he felt it important to add extra numbers to the points he scored. He was, by all accounts, the league MVP when the season ended!

Donnetta said...

Gotta love when they score in the wrong goal. It's too funny and oh so cute!!

Jessica said...

My daughter is playing softball and is loving it!

Congrats to your daughter for being such a sport!

By the way, I think this is my first time to your blog, feel free to stop by and say hello at my blog as well!

D said...

Scoring on yourself. I remember those days myself.

Tiffany @ Paging Doctor Mommy said...

The Hubby SWEARS we are not going to let Reagan play soccer just because he doesn't want to have to stand in the rain and cold to watch her games!

Kristina P. said...

I played soccer when I was about 10, and we lost every single game. In fact, I scored the only goal our team ever made, in the LAST game.

Sob.

LadyFi said...

Love your punch line!

Now, what's the weather like over there? Did you say it was raining... ;-P

Grand Pooba said...

That picture makes me miss soccer! Glad they lived up to all the hype lol!

tlc said...

We drove by a kids softball game the other day, and they were so flippin cute I got super excited picturing my little guys playing their first sports. I hope their enthusiasm matches that of your girls'.

the ungourmet said...

It's all in the attitude!

When my son play soccer he tries to get the ball away from his own teammates! He is 7 and doesn't quite get it yet!

The Blonde Duck said...

Aww! I think it's wonderful they're not jaded and bitter.

Sturgmom said...

I hope the rest of their season goes just as beautifully!

resplendentlife said...

SUch a cute story. Jade is just getting to this age. Can't wait!

Heather said...

Cute! Hope the rain lets up!

Becca said...

I just love the way that you tell things. It is exactally how I would be thinking about it. I noticed that you have an Abby and an Emily. I guess I have not seen the names after all of these months. I think that it is funny that I have an Abby and an Emma. Great minds think alike I guess. It is nice that they got to play and win this week. Here is to many more wins and graceful losses.

Becca

Stesha said...

She told you they were going to ROCK it!

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Rachel said...

My oldest daughter played indoor soccer one year. It was hysterical to see her skipping around the field and pretty much ignoring the ball or other players. Good thing they didn't keep score.

bernthis said...

we had that whole kicked into the wrong goal, celebrate and then realize uh-oh!

bernthis said...

we had that whole kicked into the wrong goal, celebrate and then realize uh-oh!

zelzee said...

Here is what I remember about soccer with my children:

Bring big blankets to cover the whole backseat because they were covered with mud from head to toe. (Plus I was the mom that picked up and took home half the team!)

Their excitement was always contagious and I loved every second of it......win or lose a game, we were always winners!

faemom said...

LOL How cute!

sunnymom said...

My daughter plays soccer in the springs, last year she got so excited they scored the first goal, however it was for the other team. But it did not matter to her it was a goal and she made it!!!

Susie said...

I love their enthusiasm:-)

♥ Braja said...

A home made cheer squad, yay! :))
xxx

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

Looks they have a blast at it. And a little confidence isn't a bad thing after all. It's awesome! :-)

passionsandsoapboxes.com said...

My four played it. In fact my youngest grew up more in the car than out because of his 3 sister's practices and games.

Helene said...

Awwww, you gotta love their enthusiasm!!! They sound so sweet!!

My big twins will be starting t-ball in a couple weeks and they are SO excited. I think I'm even more excited than they are!!!!

Kate said...

I just love to watch kids play soccer. They are so fun to watch. At one time I had three kids playing soccer. They are so fun to listen to.

Hit 40 said...

From the pic, it looks like the girls and boys play together!!! FUN!!

OH my... some sun just came in my window. IT BURNS!!!

Susan said...

Wise girl, that Hannah!

Jen said...

it wouldn't be a good game if some one didn't score a goal on themselves.

Mary K Brennan said...

The boys start their first season of soccer in August. They're soo excited. Great job girls!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

We've been getting rained out over here, too...

Love the enthusiasm, and it's so cool they won! :)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

You go Soccer girls!

The only sport Sassy is into is swimming. (oh & cheerleading- does that even count?)

CynthiaK said...

Good call on that response. Smart mommy.

I'm so jealous of their enthusiasm! Suvi gets dragged to soccer every week practically kicking and screaming. Then she has a great time while there. Sigh.

CynthiaK said...

Good call on that response. Smart mommy.

I'm so jealous of their enthusiasm! Suvi gets dragged to soccer every week practically kicking and screaming. Then she has a great time while there. Sigh.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I love her enthusiasm. When was the last time anybody else was so confident? This is such a sweet post.

Christie-A Work In Progress said...

This was so cute! Good for you on the evil jedi mind trick mommy eyes! Glad they won!!

forever folding laundry said...

Fun!! I love watching them play soccer. Over here at that age the teams don't 'officially' keep score, but the kids always know who wins!

~Keri

Zip n Tizzy said...

Send some of that rain our way won't ya?

Love their enthusiasm, and confidence.

Wifey said...

Love that ... they scored a goal on themselves. Adorable picture.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

evenshine said...

Adorable. I've been wanting to sign my 4-year-old up for soccer, and this may be just the moment. Thanks for the inspiration. And GO EMILY!