Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tomboys? How About Well Rounded Humans?

by Leann

I have two granddaughters and come December I will have three. That's exciting enough. I did worry a little about how my son felt about a third girl since he loves soccer, fishing, golf and watching almost anything sports' related. But he said he adores his girls so much, one more is just that much more love in his life. His girls are young, but already they are obsessed with princesses. Isn't every little girl these days? I must say, the youngest one is fearless and loves to climb up and over and on top of anything. Could she have athletic tendencies? Perhaps.

Saturday must have been "Daddy's Day With the Kids" because I received great pictures from my son. He's not about to let it all be about princesses and ballet. I was a little surprised, though. We didn't start our son in soccer until he was about five, but it seems that to my son, the earlier the better. And the soccer lesson in the picture above for the oldest (she'll be five in a few weeks) is far more organized than anything I remember. A herd of little boys chasing a ball in a muddy field is what I remember.

But even the two-year-old is involved. She was at "Soccer Saturday" too. That one needs to use up extra energy and I'm sure her parents are hoping she LOVES soccer. :-) Hmm ...I wonder who stacked those cones so perfectly?

There was more to Daddy Saturday, though. The last picture that came to me wasn't an image of princesses who'd gotten into Mommy's make-up. Nope. If they were gonna play with Daddy, they needed to love what he loves--and has since the invention of "underoos." Remember them? Little boy underpants with their favorite superheroes on them? That's how my son played dress-up--with his underoos and a cape. But I like what my sweet little granddaughters got caught up in today. Aren't these well-rounded girls precious?
Do you have any little well rounded humans in your life? And are they as cute as these two?



10 comments:

Adrienne said...

Leann, what a happy way to send me off to bed! You are indeed blessed. I love your memories of your son's soccer games and your observations of what your little grand daughters are like. I have vivid memories of our son wearing the cape and his Underoos! I'm still laughing at that vision given he's an elementary school principal now! But we have 4 grand daughters who are as feminine and tough as any of their bro's or cousins. It's a great time to be a girl growing up! Thanks for sharing; you've really made happy memories come alive. Enjoy. Wishing the best for little girl #3 in December! Adrienne in Minnesota

Aurian said...

Lol, great post Leann, enjoy your little princesses.

Dru said...

Thanks for sharing life with your granddaughters. They are adorable.

Aimee Hix said...

I used to joke that my daughter was the girliest tomboy in history. She insisted on wearing dresses and pretty shoes but would come home with completely shredded tights from climbing trees and falling.

She loved princesses and barbies and everything pink. For a few years, it appeared as if everything in our home was coated in bubblegum.

She gradually grew out out of princesses. And a particularly traumatic scary story told at a day camp session a few summers ago spelled the end of barbie.

She will be testing soon for her black belt in karate, is on the honor roll, loves to make things out of duct tape, is a girl scout, loves knee socks with crazy characters and HATES Justin Bieber.

She's pretty well-rounded with absolutely no effort on our part. Yippee for girls! :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Love it, Aimee, and thanks Adrienne, Aurian and Dru. And is there a theme here with the "A" names? I might need to have more "A" names in my books!

Jeannie D. said...

They are so cute! I have 5 grandsons, with another one on the way.They are 9,5,3,2, and 6 months old. My five year old grandson has made up for not having a granddaughter. He loves to get in the kitchen and cook and bake with me. He loves to help me in the garden and the flower beds. But then he's back to tromping in the mud and playing with his tractors!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Jeannie. I'll bet it's busy when you 5 little boys running around! (And loud!) :-) Congrats to you, too!

Annette said...

Leann, This is a great post. Those pictures are priceless. But, I have a question. The sons who have been outed on the internet, with their capes and Underoos, will they be moving into the witness protection program?

Leann Sweeney said...

I think my son fled early this morning, Annette. (Pacific time, so not fast enough. LOL)

Maggie Sefton said...

Those pix brought back memories. I had four daughters and they played with dolls, trucks, building blocks, whatever stimulated imagination. Daughter Serena absolutely loved those Superman Underoos and she wore them with a red cape and her yellow rubber boots---age 6 & 7. I'm not home so I can't show pix, but she was adorable. :)