Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Belle of the (soft)ball

It's that time of year--SUMMER TIME! Which means my sweet little niece, Isablle (who is no longer little) is playing softball! We've been trying to get to a game for the last few weeks but it seems like something always come up. It finally worked out that we got to go see her play last night.

Isabelle has always been the princess of the family. She has always loooved princesses and dressing up and nail polish and lip gloss and dancing. She's a girly-girl (MY kind of girl :). But in the last year or so, it seems like she's started branching out and trying new things. I was so excited to see her play. We were running a little late, so when we walked up to the game, she was already on the field.

I swear to you, she looked like she was 15 years old. It almost made me cry, seeing the girl she's become from the tiny little infant she was when I first met her.

And folks, she is DARN good at softball! She was on third base and she was on top of it.

I love watching baseball (in person, not on TV--just to clear that up), but it's even better when you're watching someone you know. So watching Isabelle play made for the perfect evening. I was worried about my kiddos and it being too hot, but there was a little bit of wind that made it nice and cool and the kids had plenty to keep them entertained.
Tessa Grace was ready to watch the game with her shades on (they're actually Tommy's but heaven knows she doesn't want anything that isn't his)!
There was gravel around the whole park and Tommy and Tessa spent almost the whole time playing with the rocks. Tommy would put them in a cup and then throw them (we had a talk about how you don't throw gravel in a small space filled with lots of people--not good) or pour them back out. He did that for about 30 minutes. Tessa was trying to eat the rocks, of course. I was trying really hard to ignore the fact that there were sunflower seed shells mixed in with the gravel they were playing with. Gross. But whatever.
Tommy spent the rest of the time watching the game from Daddy's shoulders. Tessa hung out with Mommy in my chair. I was surprised at how long she sat still.
This is my other sweet niece, Mackayla. She helped keep the kids entertained. She loves her baby cousins!
And I have absolutely nothing to say about this picture except this girl will always let you know EXACTLY how she feels with her facial expressions.
It was so much fun to be there and get to watch Belle play. Her team is peppy and full of spirit! I love their pink helmets and neon socks and chants that they do.

You know those moments where you look at a kid and wonder when they stopped being a baby? You think, "Wasn't it just yesterday that she was small enough to fit in my arms and rock her?" And then you look at them now and realize they're almost as tall as you and their legs are long and skinny and they're trasitioning into being a gangly GROWN pre-teen? Yeah, I had several of those last night. Miss Belle is just so beautiful and grow up and mature. She reads books and wears tall, crazy, mis-matched socks. She plays softball and has earrings and is missing a LOT of teeth. Where has the time gone?

We love you, Isabelle Marie! We had a great time watching you play softball and are so proud of the girl you're becoming!

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