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Not another sport…

Alex had a figure skating competition last weekend. She placed 4th. Not bad. She doesn’t want to compete any more this year. Even though one of her goals was to compete at Regionals in October.

Because she is obsessed with gymnastics.

Not another sport…

She took a gymnastics day camp this summer and loved it. She won’t give up ice skating; that is in her blood. But she wants to do both.

A few questions/concerns come to mind: Will performing in two sports over-schedule her? Should we foster her love of sports even if it means less down-time for everyone? Is it okay to switch goals mid-season?

Look at that smile. She loves it. She was moved up to Team Level 3 this week.

I am sure her cousin, Shelby could give her some pointers!

A big finish

Parker has already decided to give her skating lessons a rest and try gymnastics too. She says skating is “boring”. She has always been easily distracted. Like the time she said she was going to run off to join the circus. I think Parker could really love gymnastics. She is always flipping of my furniture, the swing set in the backyard, or anything she can. I wonder if Shawn Johnson’s mom told her to “stop it!” twenty times a day?

A shout out to my nephew, Chance! He broke his foot last week running track. And, people say gymnastics and ice skating is dangerous. I hope you get your cast off before your birthday, and are out there running soon! At least you didn’t break your foot doing something stupid. That would have been embarrassing. And who knows, maybe you’ll get some sympathy from a cute girl and she’ll carry your books for you.

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Welcome to the world of competitive figure skating

Alex had her first solo figure skating competition this weekend. She competed last season on a synchronized skating team but this is a completely different league.

The new competition skate dress. I spent hours gluing the jewels on this dress. I thought it was pretty good, but seeing on the ice, I think there isn’t enough bling.

Lacing up her skates and fixing her over-the-boot tights. She finally admitted that she had butterflies in her stomach. Her coach is awesome in helping her work through the butterflies and the pressure.

This photo was taken during warm-up. She skated to Naria’s “The Painting”. She placed 4th. Not bad considering this was her first competition; and against more seasoned skaters, many probably have been competing since they were 4-years-old. We were a little late to that party.

When Alex was 6-years-old  a coach approached me at the rink about private lessons. I laughed. After all, I wasn’t training an Olympic skater. I thought she was way too young to be pushed into competing. Little did I know that I would be knee-deep in the competitive skating world just four years later. If I knew then what I know now… Still, she may have benefited from having that experience earlier. I am eating my words now.

Alex was disappointed in her performance. She fell on one jump; a combination jump she never falls on. She wanted better. It’s something to work towards for the next competition in July.

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…And, we went to Rib City for lunch. Parker loves her ribs! She ate a kids rib basket, cole slaw, orange slices and chocolate pie…then complained that Rib City doesn’t give you enough ribs! And, yes, she cut her own hair…again. I am going to lock up the scissors.

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Good sportswoman-like conduct.

6 girls. 12 blades. 1 heart.

Last night was Alex’s first competition with her Synchronized Skate Team. She was very excited, never nervous. I don’t know who she gets that from! The team skated to a Toy Story medley and they were dressed kind of like Jessie, the cowgirl. Anyway. Hubby was very nervous. He has watched practices and wasn’t sure how it would shake down. But when the music started the girls turned it on. Really. Amazing job.

That is Alex waiting to go on the ice. I ghosted out the other girls on the team…don’t know how the parents would feel about their child’s face appearing on the web. Not that it really matters because my simple point and shoot camera is pathetic.

Proud synchro mom here…Seriously, tears in my eyes. The footwork wasn’t perfect. Their steps were out of sync at times but no one got confused on where to go. No one fell on the ice. They communicated on the ice. They looked beautiful. They kept it together. Most importantly, they worked as a team. They supported the older, more experienced synchro team after their performance. Just as the older girls supported them. And that is what it is all about. No snarky figure skaters here. Support and encouragement all the way. And they were happy with 2nd place. Because they have worked hard. They deserved it. True sportswoman-like conduct.

Me doing my best to entertain the 4 year old Parker. She can’t find her patience…I asked her. She said she lost it. She doesn’t know where it is. {eye roll}

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