After seeing Nie Nie, the night before, the next morning we got to watch Hailey's soccer game.
Girls play a bit different than boys, that's for sure.
Hailey's Dad giving her encouragement before the game.
Hailey's right smack in the middle...#18.
I was listening in on conversations between these little girls and their coach:
One of the little girls: "When is it going to be half time?"
Coach: "We already had half time.
Coach: "Okay, I need all of you to go out there and keep your eyes on the ball!"
Another little girl: "I can't. My throat hurts reeeeeeaaaaaallllly bad."
Coach: "We need you! We need all of you!
Hailey can you go in now?"
Hailey was a great little player.
She kept focused on that ball and would assertively turn it and kick it towards their goal.
Here she is trying to fuel up and cool off.
Notice her pink cheeks and sweaty hair.
But when the coach asked if she could go back in the game, she dutifully got right back up.
But she turns to me and says in a soft voice only I could hear, "This is the only break I've had."
A 45 minute game is long when you are 7.
Hailey and one of her team members discussing if there were any more Capri Suns left.
Hailey's team won! 4 to 2.
And Hailey made 1 of those 4 goals, I might add.
During lunch Hailey tried to figure out the scrambled word game on the kids' menu.
None of us could figure out the words.
But you know what impressed me the most about this?
Since the scrambled up words remained scrambled,
Hailey said, "That's okay. I'm just going to find little words within the scramble."
And she did! She reminds me of my Pollyanna Mom.
During the lunch I asked Hailey about her Aunt Whitney teaching kindergarten.
I said, "Doesn't she teach in a private school?"
Her answer to me: "No, she teaches the whole class."
So cute, she is.
I know I've said this before but whenever I am with Hailey I can't help but think lots about her Mom.
And as Hailey is growing older I see so much of her Mom in her.
She is every bit as chatty as Robin was.
We would ask Hailey simple questions like, "What is Aunt Natalie's house like?"
and she would give us a very detailed description of the layout of her home,
complete with drawings.
Yep, 2 or 3 questions and that little girl pretty much carried the conversation all through lunch.
Next time we see Hailey, it will be when these 2 get married.
Aunt Natalie with Hailey's future Uncle Brian.