Every Wednesday afternoon, she and her seven teammates would practice together - learning to listen and take direction from Coach Jennifer, how to work as a team and pass the ball to one another and how to score a goal on a defended goal. Jameson proudly escorted his sister to practices each week.
After the first two practices, the team got their jerseys.
Bright yellow and black.
Instantly all of the kiddos decided that they would be called the Bumblebees! And they were just like bumblebees...they hung around in little clumps where ever they went making their mark with spunk and fun!
Every Saturday was exciting for Analise, not only because they got to play a soccer game, but because she got to be with her new friends!
All ready for her first game!
As we arrived to the field the day of her first game one of the team moms, Heather, made all of the girls matching bumblebee hair ties ... so cute!
It took the kiddos getting through the first few games to get the hang of playing with one another and against other teams. Playing against other teams was tricky sometimes because all of the kids had friends that they suddenly were playing against instead of playing with! (There were quite a few reminders that when on the field, they were to play soccer, not giggle and talk about princesses and fairies with the opposite team :-)
Analise did a great job! Sometimes going after the ball with determination and purpose...
...and other times hanging back and just running along.
It was so fun watching her get better and better each week!
This little video was taken during one of her best games. She went after the ball like crazy!
This was my first attempt at cake pops - they were a bit of a challenge to make, but came out so cute! The kiddos loved them and it was a perfect dessert for a bumblebee team party!
We are so proud of our little Bumblebee!