Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Game Of Love

Brady was invited (for the second year) to a two week pre-season tennis practice/camp with the high school girls team across town.  The last two weeks of his summer were spent from 9am-Noon at the courts.  Of course you know he loved every minute he was there.  He picked up balls, helped with drills, ran the track with the girls, played lots of matches, and filled in wherever needed.  This year we're really excited because Eric is the assistant coach.  This past spring, Eric became certified in all of the U.S.T.A. coaches training classes.  Brady and are really proud of him.  Eric figured since he is at the court everyday working with Brady anyway....he might as well make it official!   Hopefully coaching will help pay for some of the costs that we try to keep up with while Brady is playing tennis. 

This picture makes me laugh.  The girls all make a big fuss over Brady...they argue who's team he will be on.  I'm sure Brady just eats it all up.  These two girls, Mikki and Shannon are juniors.  Brady met them at the court many evenings this summer.   See how embarrassed he is in that last picture?!

Brady asked if we could give the girls something on the last day of camp.  It was kind of a last minute we decided to give the girls hand sanitizer for their tennis bags.  Brady and Eric helped me peel off the labels.  We used Goo Gone...I highly recommend it!  The tennis balls were the only tennis stickers I could find.  The bottles were pretty plain looking, so I added some ribbon.  This is such a simple little gift that could be done for any sport.  Brady was thrilled to give them to the girls...and I couldn't believe how excited the girls were to get them.

The girls won their first match on Monday and after school today we'll be cheering them on in their second match.  We're in charge of bringing a I made these this afternoon:

I hope you're all having a wonderful week!


Kris said...

Hi Kerri. I have so much to say today! neat that your husband got certified to coach. Our son Drew played basketball and it was our life for years!!! I know Greg would have loved to be coaching once he ventured on past NJB and into the high school level where our coaches were awful!! Brady is SO ding dang cute. Not just cute to look at, but he seems so very sensitive and thoughtful too. What a lovely gesture for the girls, and I know that they loved it. He looks so proud!! And I also make Chocolate Chippers yesterday too. They are calling my name as I am typing this, and I am having a hard time staying away from them!!
Have a great day!

Stacy Crawford said...

I love the creativness you always show. Brady is lucky to have such an engetic, fun, mama! Enjoy the season.

Kat said...

Speaking of Love, I love this post! First of all, I can't tell you how much I appreciate the hand sanitizer that is in my tennis bag, so that was indeed a very thoughtful gift. Love the Penn stickers on the bottles. Too cute. I would love to have one (or ten) of those yummy looking chocolate chip cookies too! Brady is too cute. I can just see the high school girls falling all over him. Precious.

yaya said...

Brady doesn't look embarrassed, he looks dang happy and really he's THE man! Fun gifts and a great do you do it? I'm glad your hubby is able to help with coaching and ease some financial burdens at the same time. Have a fun Labor Day weekend. Can you believe summer is over already?

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Bridget said...

Those hand sanitizers turned out so cute! Looked like Brady had a blast at the camp and ate up all the attention from the pretty girls! :)

Donna said...

Brady looks just adorable with the girls!! I bet he enjoyed every minute of it! Do I see a Ricco Suave` in his future?? Not sure...but certainly see a thoughtful mom that everyone will love. You come up with THE best ideas!!

Barb said...

HA! Love the pictures with Brady and his teamates. What a thoughtful gesture - he looks so proud of his basket of goodies. You have such great ideas.

Now I want a chocolate chip cookie!

Cindy said...

What a lucky boy!! In a few years this will REALLY be a big deal!:)(sorry mom!!)
Way to go Eric. I wish Dave was getting paid for all the endless hours of soccer coaching!!haha
How sweet of Brady to think of the girls and how sweet of you to deliver. Those cookies look delish!
have a happy day kerri

i think i might start subbing on mondays too since dave is home....ahhhh....a bit scared to turn in that paper work!!

and thanks for the blog know i will help you any time! seriously call me! Or i will pull a nicolle and call you!!:)

Nicolle said...

I love that Brady is so thoughtful and wanted to give the girls something. The hand sanitizers are a perfect gift, and you decorated them so cute! I think that is so cool that Eric is a coach now. Love all of these pictures. You are a WONDERFUL mama! :)

Gabe said...

How great for Eric!

Love the gift idea. . .its like Brady has a bunch of older sisters! How fun for him! and the best part, he doesn't have to see them all the time!

Jenny said...

Hey Ladeeez! (That is what I am imagining Brady saying to the girls!) Just kidding, what a lucky guy he is, although he probably won't realize or appreciate it for at least 3 or 4 years. Those bottles turned out so adorable! You are a creative genius.

Jill said...

What a cute idea! Those cookies look so yummy!

Have a great weekend!


Megan said...

I knew you would bake something! Yummy! Love Brady and the girls and that your hubby is coaching! How cool is that??!!

Kerri said...

I have been thinking of yall all week while the US Open has been on! Hope Brady is enjoying! :)

Cherie said...

Brady looks right at home with those girls! Ha Ha

Susan R said...

Good gracious! I'm completely serious when I say, I think we'll be hearing big things in tennis about Brady.
Just watched an 18 year old play a 30 something year old Roddick. I think the kid's name was Jack Sock. It was amazing. Roddick beat him, but he is an awesome player for his age.
I love that Brady is thoughtful. It's nice to see kids thinking of others. I'm sure he enjoys playing with the girl team. What boy wouldn't?

Kim said...

HOW great is that?!?! How does he get involved with the girls' team like that. I think that's just so amazing!

LOVE those pix of Brady with the girls too. Adorable!!!

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