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This spring we spent most of our Saturday mornings over at the baseball fields, rooting for my son C and his team. It was our first time playing little league, and Bee soon grew tired of sitting in the bleachers with me and Baby M. After talking it over with the coach (who luckily happened to be her dad) Bee deemed herself the team's "bat girl".

She would stand at the ready inside the dugout while our team was at bat, and then race out as fast as she could to pick up the bat and run it back to the dugout. (We actually had to have a few talks about slowing down and looking around because she would run smack into the next batter as he was walking to home plate.) She started wearing her own "uniform" each week, a red and white striped shirt and her brother's red soccer socks, so she would match the rest of the team.

I love Bee. She is so full of energy, so full of joy. I loved watching her big grin as she sprinted back with the bat in her hands, loved seeing her sit in the dugout with her brother, loved watching her dad help make her feel like a part of the team. As the season went on, Bee really felt like she WAS a part of the team, she would sit with the boys in the dugout and line up after the game to shake hands with the other team. We had our final awards ceremony a few weeks ago and Bee was sorely disappointed that there wasn't a trophy for her. (Luckily her mom had made award certificates for the whole team, including a special one for Bee).

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What an eager-to-help little girl :) I love when they're at this age... Cute pics!!

07.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

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07.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRiley

How wonderful that your daughter can be involved (and that your son is accepting of that). So good for her self-confidence to be out there participating at her age. This was a such a sweet post.

She is the greatest, I can attest to that. Matt and I routinely call dessert "zoit" and laugh every time.

07.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

So adorable! Reminds me of my daughter, Edith.

I love Bee too. She reminds me of Jess on Friday Night Lights -- who washes the players uniforms but knows more than any of the coaches about Football!

And I love that you made certificates for the whole team. We do them for our kids' soccer teams every year, too. I think they're so much more important than trophies. Call me old-fashioned, but I think that the whole Everyone Gets a Trophy thing cancels out the special-ness of a trophy in the first place. But a certificate! Those are perfect.

07.17.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjenny


I am trying to decide if I want to bookmark your blog and follow it. I have just found it and been checking it out. I notice that we don't really get to see your kiddos faces, I feel like it is not personal. Do you ever share the bright smiles of your children faces often? Or are you a blog that does not show them for confidentiality reasons? Just wondering.


07.18.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjamie

that is so sweet :)

07.29.2011 | Unregistered Commentercheryl

Is there a reason she doesn't get to actually play baseball?

09.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Hi Jenna,
Bee will play ball when she gets a little older. She's not quite old enough to play in the league... So no worries, this girl will get her chance to play too!

09.20.2011 | Registered CommenterBrooke

Sweet Bee! It made me a bit sad when she didn't get her own trophy - she worked so hard and came to games. Perhaps soon she'll be on a team of her own.

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