Matt and I both love tennis. Neither of us has ever played formally, but we have played a lot—though not a lot in recent years—and so we went ahead and signed Gracie and Bridget up for the short six-week long tennis intro at their elementary school, sponsored by the Bossier Tennis Center. We can't really fit in other sports for real because of gymnastics, but we also hate for gymnastics to be the only sport they know; the length and timing of this worked out. Plus, we are of the belief that tennis is just a good thing to know how to do. Like driving a stick shift. You just never know when it'll come in handy.
The big feature event was the jamboree play day, held at the Bossier Tennis Center this weekend. There must be a LOT of tennis going on in this town because I have never seen such a facility anywhere. The other part of the class has been held in the gym after school, and it was way more fun to be on actual courts.
As you might guess, Bee is a very dramatic, gymnastic kind of tennis player.
She also LOVES SERENA WILLIAMS. She watched the U.S. Open with great intensity a few weeks ago, and put her observations to good use:
Gracie is very, very athletic no matter what the sport...
....and to no one's surprise, she managed to operate the big fun tennis ball picker-upper while all the other kids in her group had baskets. Because if there's one thing we know about Gracie: she's always first, and she always holds the treat. It's uncanny.
It was a fun event, and I wish we had more hours and money to sign them up for lessons. We might get them rackets for now and just find some free courts to play on once in a while. No sport has surpassed gymnastics yet for any of them, no matter how fun it might be.
At the conclusion of the jamboree, there was a face painter. We had to wait A Very Long Time for said face painter; Matt and Maddie drove separately, so they missed the wait. But in the end, it was probably worth it:
[Ed. note: Gracie did not get shorted on paint, she actually requested just a small portion because she knows herself well enough to know that a face full of paint on a blistering hot and humid day after playing tennis might cause her to rip her face off within 2.9 seconds. Smart girl.]