We started Natalie in soccer this year. It's actually soccer school for 3 and 4 year olds. We missed her first couple of practices cause we were in California. She had her first practice last night and it didn't go that great. She was really tired and grouchy. She didn't want to listen to the coach or even play. Once he got the cones out she had a blast. She liked running around them and then kicking the ball into the goal.
So then we had her first game this morning. It was like night and day! She had so much fun playing this morning! This is also the first time I have ever seen 3 year olds play a sport of any kind. Definitely something to remember. Kids would just start crying and run to their moms or just stand in one place and not move. As soon as we got there Natalie started kicking her ball around. She would kick it into the net and we would cheer and she would jump up and down.
Heidi really wanted to play too! She was not very happy about standing on the side lines watching Natalie play. We let her play a little before the game started and then she played with Nokie at the end of the field. She only ran out into the playing field a few times. :)
When the game started Nat was awesome. She ran all over the field, chasing anyone who had the ball. She didn't understand the concept of "taking" the ball since whenever she does that with her sister, she gets in trouble. :) So pretty much she ran around the whole game but didn't ever take the ball from anyone. Whenever there was a break or a time out she would play around kicking the ball by herself! Oh, her team also couldn't figure out what goal to hit it into. Both teams would run to this one goal.
Natalie is number 3. Here's another picture of her running around chasing the ball but not really going anywhere near it.
The best part of the whole game was when Natalie would run by us with a huge smile on her face. She wasn't watching where she was going or the ball or anything like that. She just loved that a whole bunch of people where watching her, cheering for her and calling her name. Made me laugh every time!