Announcing the Level 7 All-Around Champion at our first meet of the season.
Total score 36.4 (out of 40) with FIRST on uneven bars, and tied for FIRST on balance beam.
THREE gold medals around her cute little neck.
On my phone with her dad after her big win.
edit: apologies for the further-out photos being a bit fuzzy, but wait until Kelly gets the new camera she’s been saving up for!! We gonna be zooming in BIG TIME with precision. I hope anyway — for a $500 camera!
This past Saturday and Sunday our awesome gymnastics club hosted a meet for 575 athletes.
And I got to do iPad score entry for all 5 sessions!!!
For our “Wizard of Oz” theme I designed and painted that 7′ x 7′ 5″ mural. Started it Monday and finished Friday, painting sometimes long into the night, mostly because I had no idea what I was doing but I think it ended up fine!
Part of me wants to now cover the hills completely in poppies.
But most of me just wants a long long nap.
A late night Toe Selfie — my right big toe tapped the button.
(Yes, my left hand was covered in green paint. Parts of me still are. And may be for a long time.)
Sponged on and swirled the sky first.
Many awesome parents, coaches and gymnasts lend their time and talents to pull off this annual event.
(Sorry about the yellow brick road tape residue. My partial bad. Never again tape on the floor, I super-promise.)
Other artistes helped decorate too…
In Other Gym News… a couple weeks ago Kelly made major progress on the uneven bars!
Took that through the left gym door window at the end of practice. She was beaming.
Yay, Kelly! So proud of you for trusting yourself and your coach to fly away, perchance to land on your feet each time!!
In More Other News… I’ve begun home-schooling her in French.
I told you I am a certified French teacher, right?! I actually taught kids Kelly’s age 25 years ago in Nova Scotia!
Bought a good used curriculum for pennies on the dollar, off eBay and Amazon.com.
We will probably home-school Kelly entirely starting next year, so she can focus even more on gymnastics while allowing her a continued schoolin’ / sleep / Instagram / family / friend time balance.
This year “we” do homework 30 minutes daily before gym.
Luckily we have a PE waiver, which allows her to leave school at 2:40 instead of 4:00.
On the Home-Improvement and Organizing front of my life…
I turned a Goodwill pile into this…
And with simple denim panels and a rod (yard sale finds totaling $10…)
I transformed my eBay storage nook into this…
Notice the cat on the shelf 2 photos above?
Here he is again…
“Ceviche” likes to sleep on the Medium Flat Rate boxes.
In Other Big News, someone in our house recently turned 13!
It was a sleep-over party on a rainy Saturday night where they painted each others’ nails and laughed a lot.
Bought that custom banner off eBay for $20 for her 6th birthday.
On her actual birth day Thursday morning I snapped the following a nano-second before she turned to notice the banner on her way to the school bus stop…
I guess most everybody on the bus saw it and cheered for her, and the driver announced her birthday over the PA.
P.S. You ALL rock!
P.P.S. I have not visited any blogs in 5 or 6 weeks, sorry. Hopefully soon I will!
P.P.P.S. You rock even more than the last time I told you so.
P.P.P.P.S. I am going to sleep now.
Isn’t she AMAZING!!?!!
Earned 9.250 for that at our just-ended Junior Olympics competition season, Level 7.
And what a season it was! One of great growth, development, learning, perseverance, travel, friendship and fun.
So proud of that shiny little gal who always gives it her best!
And isn’t their new team leotard Absolutely Freakingly Fabulously GORGEOUS!!
xxooxxoo to all you blog wanderers.
It’s not even Tuesday
and I’m posting a poem
to show you improvements
we’ve made to our home.
I’ve been storing / selling
some stuff for a friend,
seemed those boxes
would never-ever end.
But an angel came over
and helped lug ‘em out.
Then with my broom
i danced all about.
I covered the old garden
with a perfect-sized rug,
put the blinds up myself,
then gave me a hug.
With a fine shipping table
and lots of bubble wrap,
shelves, then inventory
that was pretty-much that!
The view from there
is this one you see…
where here at my
laptop i usually be.
No more of this now
to haunt me by day…
just a tidy little nook
for my growing eBay.
~~ end of poem
Posted with love to all my buds.
P.S. All construction here (including stained glass install) built by Jim’s own 2 hands, 14? 15? years ago, an addition to our house.
He helped my store-nook dream come true by ply-wooding over that big square in the floor which once housed an indoor garden that had waned over the years.
The indoor garden was not making me money so it HAD to go!!
Speaking of eBay — back to it, Baby!!! I had a slow Dec. but January is picking up.
And here’s a photo edit-in on Friday Jan. 17th, at 3:21 p.m. Texas Time.
Shipping Desk cat “Clue” KNOWS he’s not supposed to be up there, naughty boy.
(We recycle old swimming pool noodles as cushioning material to help pack delicate items. Sometimes people just give them away at the yard sales where we get a lot of our eBay things to sell.)
Yep, she came in second for that routine Sunday in Dallas, with a 9.2. (The winner scored 9.3.)
Not bad for her first meet as a Level 7. Not bad at all.
She vows, “Next time I won’t have those 2 little wobbles, and will perfectly stick my dismount. I AM GOING TO GET A GOLD MEDAL ON BEAM THIS SEASON!!! And bring my floor, bars and vault up to at least 9.0s too.”
You go, Kelly-Girl, you GO!!! I KNOW you CAN do it.
And so our competitive gymnastics meet season starts…..