**This is a collaborative post**

Martha is already showing great sporting prowess at only 2; she runs and jumps constantly, can balance well, scoots like a child at least double her age, and can dribble and kick a football like a (semi) pro! Phil and I love this about her, and are keen to give her any opportunities possible for her to progress in any sport she may want to pursue as she grows up.

Our home garden isn’t very level, making it less than ideal for playing a game of footy, however at the front we have a small area of garden that is actually an okay size to practice ball control and penalties – or at least it will be once we lay some artificial grass down and buy a goal. Minor details.

The grass that is currently out there has been pretty wrecked by a rainy winter, snowy spring, and now blazing sunshine, so it’s looking rough and yellow and isn’t a very good surface to play football on. While we probably wouldn’t use artificial grass for our main lawn out the back, I think it would be  fantastic option for the front of the house and is something we’re keen to get done.

Be More Toddler // I took a photo of Toby and Martha in Waitrose today. They were running hand-in-hand, loving every second of life and I wanted to capture their joy. It was a beautiful moment, but it didn’t take long for my adultness to stamp all over their toddlerness.

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As Martha grows up she may or may not continue to enjoy football, but as a lifelong fan of the sport itself, I not-so-secretly hope that she does! When I was younger there were exactly zero girls’ teams for me to join, I wasn’t ‘allowed’ to join the boys’ teams, and so my only outlets for my love of the game came from watching Spurs and England lose on TV or at White Hart Lane, and playing kick about with my brother and his mates around our area. Women’s sport, and in particular women’s football, are now far more highly regarded and I really love the fact that Martha has exactly the same amount of opportunities to embrace her sporty side as her big brother does. Equality for the win!

With the new Spurs ground only weeks away from hosting its first match, I’m so excited to one day take Toby and Martha to see my team – hopefully with my Dad and brother along too for the full effect! Until that time comes, we may not quite be able to replicate a Premier League pitch for Toby and Martha to play on, but we can certainly create a little patch of Budding Smiles Lane for our budding sporting champions!

And if neither of the children continue to enjoy kicking a ball around? Well at least we’ll have a nice area of lawn at the front of the house which doesn’t need watering or mowing, and can cope with the erratic British weather, so it’s a win/win really!