We have entered the land of gymnastics competition season….which means the two aforementioned beauties had to stay out of the gym during poxfestation…..which means they missed valuable training time. We aren't ones to live through the sports of our kids first of all….but we do require that they do something physical. It is really, really important to their brains, not to mention their bodies. So, with that being said…..let's move to this years gym season. This is a rebuilding year. Every 8 years or so the USAG mixes up the levels and changes all the routines for said level. This was the year. The coaches are learning new stuff….the girls have to learn new stuff and it can be interesting. Blondie is an excellent vaulter and not too shabby on beam and floor. Bars are this tall girls nemesis.
Mei Mei on the other hand is great on floor and typically a good vaulter. Bars and beam can be hit or miss depending on the day. This year though Mei Mei is hanging with the big girls…..and will probably be the smallest in her Level 4 all year. It's hard. Really hard…..but she's doing it.
This last weekend was their first meet putting all their new skills to the test…..only they hadn't been in the gym in 2 weeks….and still weren't 100%. Blondie didn't even decide to compete until the day before….and then only two events.We went anyway, knowing it would be a 'grunt' meet. I was emotional knowing they weren't at their best but knew they needed to get the experience of a new level under their belts. The facility ended up having an old vault horse that didn't lower to Mei Mei's height. She could've scrubbed it but tried anyway knowing it was too high. Vault score….ugh. Got this Mom's dander up …..but then it happens. You move on. Here is how it went down….in photo's of course.
|Mid back handspring on floor.|
|Totally awesome shot!! Look at her coach's face!|
|Doing her Wendy on the high beam.|
|I love this shot! Focus!|
|Almost done with floor. This is heading into her double back handspring.|
|She's just so stinkin cute!|
|Blondie only competed floor and vault this day…..cause of the pox.|
|Our girl. Giving it her all even after the pox and having to learn all new routines with new music.|
|These two. Love them.|