Tennis – it’s all about the outfit!

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So in our attempt to give Ella a well rounded summer camp experience, I enrolled her for tennis camp.  Luckily there is one close to my work so I could easily drop off and pick up.  Ella never took a real interest in sports so I figured she took after me in this area and never really thought much of it.  Then my husband suggested after I signed her up for cheer camp, that we at least expose her to another activity that she could have a chance to make a career out of if she was good.  He was skeptical with the whole cheer thing so I figure we’d give it a shot and have her try “a real sport”.  Maybe she had outgrown her past history of running and tripping over her own feet and had some hidden athletic talent we hadn’t allowed her to develop yet!

With Ella in agreement to give this a shot, off we went to tennis camp.  Part of the fee was to purchase a tennis racquet and she was excited about that on her first day when she arrived.  I headed off to work and was optimistic about the whole thing.  When I went to pick her up, she was laying on the chair.  The coach indicated that due to the extremely hot day Ella didn’t participate for the whole session.  I chalked it up to weather as we talked about her new racquet and how she wanted to get some tennis clothes.  I figured why not so the next day we picked up some – I couldn’t resist as it looked pretty cute.  The skirt didn’t fit and I couldn’t find anything smaller than a kids XS but at least she could wear the sweat bands, hat and top – she looked the part and was thrilled.


Now fully decked out, we headed back to tennis camp and Ella talked fondly about coach Owie so again I dropped her off with optimism.  When I picked her up the second day, she indicated she didn’t feel well and as a result stayed indoors and coloured for the afternoon.  Let’s just say that each day was a repeat of this – excitement about wearing the tennis gear and then spending half the day colouring!  Tennis of all the camps was the most expensive and of course she spent most of the time that week inside colouring.  I guess she at least gave the full week a shot and now my husband’s hope that maybe she was the next Serena Williams can be put to rest.

Although the racquet is collecting dust, the tennis outfit is still getting lots of wear.  It all came down to being stylish in the outfit and I’m definitely not surprised.  Well, here’s to hoping the other camps I’ve signed her up for don’t end up as a very expensive colouring session.  She could have done that for half the price at the babysitters!

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20 thoughts on “Tennis – it’s all about the outfit!

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  2. Aww the outfits are so sweet. It’s such a shame she’s not really a tennis fan, hopefully she enjoys the other camps. Sorry to your husband that she’s not the next Serena haha. 🙂 At least she got a great outfit out of it and chance to improve her colouring and art skills. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather xx

  3. Aww, she really does look the part, a shame she wasn’t as interested at playing the sport. She is still quite young though, so maybe there’s some hope for the future yet!
    Thanks for linking up to #whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  4. HAHA! How funny. I don’t think we ever got the option at sports camp to go inside and color when I was a kid, jealous! Can’t wait to read about how the other camps go. Thank you for sharing at #MommyMeetUpMondays!

  5. Awww she looks so cute and ready for tennis. I have always wanted to learn how to play tennis. Looks like so much fun. Hope she continues to love it. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  6. Even though Ella didn’t care for tennis, it’s great that you supported her and had her finish out her tennis lessons. My kids did soccer for several seasons and my youngest daughter finally said she had enough, but she gave it her all and we supported her. I think it’s important to have kids try different things, you’ll never know if they like something if they don’t give it a shot.

  7. Oh bless her, she looks adorable in that outfit but I guess it’s just not for her. It’s a shame it cost you the expense of sending her! Like you say, at least you know now and hopefully she’ll enjoy the other things you’ve planned more! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  8. Oh, this made me giggle! I would have been the same way if my parents had signed me up for something like that! I was never much of an athlete and spent my one season of T-ball day dreaming and picking dandelions in the outfield! I’m sure she’ll find her “thing” soon!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  9. I agree that the outfit is cute. It’s too bad Ella didn’t love tennis. I find this age really challenging trying to find a good camp for them. Most of the camps are designed for ages 5+. I wouldn’t completely give up on tennis just yet, she might come around when she’s older. Thanks for sharing. #ConfessionsLinkUp

  10. Way to go Ella. I’m so proud that you at least agreed to give it a try and stick it out for the whole week. And you got some cute outfits out of it too! Often times, half the battle is getting kids to give something new a try. Mommy, you definitely won the battle in that sense!

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