Sunday, August 4, 2013

Gold Anyone?

Michelle Smith made her appearance at the Little League State Tournament in Missoula last weekend. Our girls were so excited to participate in her 2 hour pitching camp. 

I'm not sure if they even realize who they just got coached from, took their photos with and got their ball signed from. 

We are talking about Michelle Smith!!! Olympic GOLD medalist... Not once but TWO TIMES!! Michelle was a pioneer in the sport of fast pitch softball and is a great role model for young girl athletes. (I'm pretty sure the girls will be doing a report on Michelle this school year ;) because I'm the mom AND the teacher and I said so ;)

Softball has become a family sport here at the Spry house. Even so much that Joel is going to be head coach of the Montana Avalanche 10U team next year. (And I pray both if our big girls get a spot on his team ;) I couldn't be more excited and proud of him. My husband loves baseball. So when you are blessed with 3 daughters, you learn to love softball too :)

Joel has a love for the sport but even more, his passion is to help develop girls into strong young ladies on the field and off. Working hard and learning to be a good leader and encouragement to your team is so important. Doing your best without having to be the best is another key phrase when it's time to tie up the cleats. These are life lessons that they'll be learning but I also know that through this season in our lives (who am I kidding?! Like the next 18 seasons!) Joel and I will probably be learning more than we'll ever be able to teach. 

I'm sure you'll get to hear all about it right here over the next year. It's going to be a fun, fast-paced journey. 

Did you play sports as a child? What did you play? What was a life lesson you learned from that sport?


Breakfast: vanilla protein shake with strawberries and blueberries 

Snack: granny smith apple 

Lunch: a cup of GF chicken gumbo soup and a big salad filled with fresh veggies and I used the juice of the pepperoncinis as my dressing 

Early Dinner: naked burrito with brown rice, black beans, lime chicken and mango salsa scooped up with tortilla chips. 

Snack: almonds

Snack: vanilla protein shake with peanut butter and cinnamon 

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