This spring, Josie joined her father, sister and brother in picking up a stick and playing the noble game of lacrosse....
which means that in this lacrosse-loving family, I am the cheese who stands alone.
Josie played her first (second and third) lacrosse game(s) at a tournament on Sunday and the whole family went along to cheer her efforts.
Oh, it was so cute. Josie - a self-described hater of running - actually ran the entire time and she played a mean game of defense including a dramatic interception of the ball:
She was positively BEAMING (the above is an actual photo taken mili-seconds after the interception).
The below photo is a personal favorite of Josie's as it looks like she is being checked on the head by her opponent (she wasn't, it's just an optical illusion):
For the last game of the day, Josie volunteered to play goalie - the position her father played in high school and college and the position that her brother plays on one of his lacrosse teams.
Gordy went to the sidelines to help Josie suit up:
and now prepare yourself for a ridiculous amount of adorable.
But wait! It gets even more adorable! The cuteness is about to get unbearable! Josie, apparently, has been paying attention during the many games she has watched Henry play over the years, and so when she found herself suited up and standing in the goal, she imitated every last goalie stance she had ever seen and took the whole experience up a notch with her intense level of concentration:
And within five minutes she had saved not one....
but two potential goals!!!
Josie was on fire!
At this age (under 9), the girls take turns playing goalie, so at half-time, it was another girl's chance to protect the net and Josie returned to the field. At the end, all the girls were exhausted but happy.
We took a photo of their team to remember their first year of lacrosse. It was a season to remember!