Sunday, November 14, 2010

Highland Volleyball!...

This summer, Emie decided that she wanted to try out for Highland High School's Volleyball team.  I was a little surprised, since she hadn't played volleyball since she tried out for the 8th grade team and didn't make it.  It's a little daunting to try out for a team at a 5A school when you don't play club ball (some kids from the time they're 5 or 6!), but her friends played with her over the summer, and she really wanted to give it a try.  We did a few camps to try to help her prepare, and then came the week of tryouts.  The day tryouts started, Emie got called into the office, and they informed her that her paperwork wasn't completed for her athletic packet.  One of the forms needed to be notarized.  Since it was the 1st day of school, and a crazy day all around, by the time Emie got me on the phone it was 3, and tryouts started at 3:15.  I went over and got her, and we went over to the bank to try and find a notary to sign the document.  We got it done rather quickly, but by the time I got back to the school, and we had her all cleared to play it was already 3:30.  At this point, Emie says, "Forget it, I'm not going to go in there late...I'll just go and do swim team instead."  You just have to know that this is one kid who doesn't like to not be on time or prepared for something.  She would have rather died than walk into that practice late and make a spectacle out of herself!  But I encouraged her (OKAY--I forced her) to go into the bathroom, change her clothes, and hustle over to the gym.  You never know if you don't try, and I was determined that late or not, she at least give it a shot.
We were so happy when Emie made the Freshman Volleyball Team!  Not only that, but she learned the game fairly quickly, and worked her way into the starting rotation, coming in the game to play back row.  I was so proud of her for taking that chance, and putting herself out there!  She really worked hard this season, and it showed in her improvement!  Most of all, she had a GREAT time with so many fun teammates and learned to LOVE the game.  We had a great time watching her games--and I even got to be TEAM MOM!  Can you imagine?  Poor team...(jk).  Anyway, I had forgotten how much I LOVE the game of volleyball--watching it was nerve racking, and exhilarating all at the same time.  It brought back so many memories of the good ole' days!  Sorry for the pics being so blurry--I couldn't figure out how to take a stinkin action shot--they were all just blurry!  Oh well.
Emie, we're so proud of you!  Stick with it & you can become great at whatever you do!  This season was a great lesson in perseverance, and determination!  Congrats!  GO HAWKS!  :)

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