Friday, November 07, 2008

My Little Monkey

I call Mia my little monkey because she loves to give big monkey hugs (and I love to receive them), not to mention my silly monkey loves to jump on the bed (and basically anything else.) But Leila is our true monkey when it comes to the monkey bars. Even as a kid, I could never do this. I grew up with an older brother and was punt, pass & kick champion and dodgeball queen, but even though I "thought" I had good upper body strength, I could never master the monkey bars. So I am easily impressed when Leila goes forward and backwards, could hang and swing all day and works right through the blisters on her hands. She's getting ready to get more blisters on her hands with her first golf lesson tomorrow morning. Since Father's Day, Leila and Nolan have had many father/daughter outings to the driving range. And at age 7, her golf swing is better than mine. Yeah, and that's right before her winter soccer skills class. So... if anyone out there has felt the slightest bit sorry for my sports-lovin', All-State baseball playing, former college-level graduate assistant basketball coaching, championship ring-holding husband because he doesn't have any boys, please don't. It's all good. :-)

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Any more pictures, Mom? I could hang here all day.

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14 comments:

Mom To Six said...

She's beautiful, smart and an athlete to boot!! I don't think a Mama could ask for more!

Hugs,

Ohilda

delucchi family said...

Thanks for the advice about the lense. Your monkey is adorable!!
Your photos always look so 3d. Is that because you took them on the landscape mode? Whats your secret then? Looking forward to learning...Love Jules

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

She is quite the little monkey....a beautiful little monkey!!

The pics are awesome....looks like you also had great weather today:)

Hope you all have a great weekend!

PS...that last sentence cracked me up!

Rebecca of "China, Baby!" said...

Brilliant, Michelle!!! As always, your photos are breathtaking... and so are your girls! Leila is quite the accomplished athlete (and monkey). :)

Joe and Jane said...

Oooo, I always had trouble with the monkey bars...good for her!

Joe is determined to make Jia a golfer too. And a basketball player. And a baseball fan. (She knows a lot of ballplayers names already so I think it's working. We'll see about the other stuff.) Hope Leila enjoys her golf lesson!

Davisix said...

Your pics are always so beautiful!

Felicia said...

And what an adorable monkey she is. I hope you have a great weekend :)

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Your post made me smile, Michelle, because it makes me realize what a gift having an awesome girl daddy is. I always assumed my every sport-playin', non-stop ESPN watchin', if it is round, I love it hubby would want boys. However, Don's heart was for girls and I know he's itchin' to have Lindy on the driving range, batting cage, and anything else as soon as possible.

It makes me nervous but I know that'll be extra special bonding for them.

Love that sweet Leila!

Love you,
Lis

mommy24treasures said...

its a huge skill to brag about. Jacob still has not matered it and gets SO frustrated.Hey I have never mastered it either!;)

Shawnstribe said...

beautiful!!!!!
i love our children, so much potential just waiting to blossom
precious photos
xxx
s

day by day said...

Oh, cute! What a beautiful little monkey you have there, Michelle! And I can't even imagine having the kind of strength it takes to spend so much time on those bars.

Glad Dad has an athlete in his sweet girl. : )

Jboo said...

Wow -- she is good!! Have a fun Sunday!

Janet

Kelly Green said...

Just a brilliant smile. Looks like the cooler weather is coming and all are having fun. I betcha there is some excitement and talking about #3 :)
Hope all is well...Happy Fall!
Kelly

Steffie B. said...

Your photos are just stunning....what mode are you shooting in? And what photo program do you use again?