Adelie has taken on her father's love of football. Anytime she sees anything with the Chicago Bears logo (which is quite often around our house) she excitedly points to it and says, "Football." "Football cup." "Football shirt." "Football blanket." If we ask her what we say about the Bears, she proudly exclaims, "Go Bears!" And anytime she sees football on TV, whether it's a game or a commercial or a movie, she is quick to point out, "Football."
Adelie has a little board book about the Chicago Bears. It's one of her favorites. It has pictures of various players, historical Bear's references, and a brief introduction to the game. Adelie is starting to identify some of the things in her "football book." She will point out all the footballs and helmets that she sees. On the page that labels the parts of a uniform, she can identify the helmet, shoulder pads, socks, and knee pads. On the page that discusses some of the rules, Adelie always points to the referee and says, "Grandpa." But my favorite is, when asked to identify the Bear's mascot (Staley the Bear), Adelie always says, "Sissy Bear."
Adelie is at such a fun age, talking up a storm and learning new things everyday. I love hearing her count and identify colors and use a few Spanish words. But I think Zach is more proud that she is expanding her knowledge of football and that, even after the disastrous season, she is not ashamed to proudly exclaim, "Go Bears!"