We've taken Carli to try out with a couple of tournament teams. Our goal has been to try to help her find a team that can show her that hard work and fun can occur at the same time! :) Her first experience was with a pretty elite team called the Sneaky Cleats. It was pretty hard core, but she held her own and I was very proud of her for having such a great attitude and giving it her all. It was three hours long and crazy hot!
Sunday, we took her to another practice for an up and coming little team based out of my hometown of Alto. She was kind of hesitant at first and was so nervous her stomach hurt. But an hour into practice you could see her relax and start to have a little fun. One of the hardest things a person can do is to put themselves out there, in front of a bunch of ppl they don't know , shake the nerves and show them what'cha got. Carli amazes me every day. Swallowing her fear, ignoring the butterflies and practicing with a team where she didn't know a soul. She decided while she was enjoying her post practice Dr Pepper that it really wasn't that scary, and might even have been a little fun.
She had a light in her eyes afterward that I had not seen in a while. She was so excited to go back to the lake and tell Grammy and Pa all about it! It was already kind of late but she earned it so off we went back to the lake! After telling the whole crew about her practice, we enjoyed a little extra time visiting with family before heading home. Even managed to catch a cute cousin moment! :)