I admit that it may seem like I am trying to live out my dreams by having the girls participate in gymnastics and dance classes. I so badly wanted to do this when I was young. I really just want my kids to be good (or great) at something. I think it builds confidence and will hopefully keep them out of trouble when they are older. If there comes a time when one, two or all three of them want to change activities, I'll be fine with that decision. But for now, they appear to thoroughly enjoy dancing and gymnastics, especially Allie. Last night, she was choreographing princess music with dance moves that included ballet, tap, hip hop and gymnastics. It was quite impressive.
Last Sunday was the girls' BIG gymnastics show. I am so very proud of them for getting out there in front of a large audience and giving it their all. On our way to the show, I asked them if they were nervous or excited.
Allie - "Excited!"
Anna - "Nervous."
Emily - "Nervous."
Allie, here and there, has been going through this I wish I was an only child phase but yet she held on tightly to her sisters' hands as an assistant lead them through the front doors of the gym to find their coaches. I reminded her of that after the show. If sissies weren't here, she would have had to have gone in there all by herself. She wrinkled up her nose at me.
The first part of their show was a short dance routine. I'm still not sure how it was determined where each child would stand. Allie was front and center. Anna was on the far end of either the first or second row (I couldn't tell from where I was sitting) and Em was on the end of the third row. Em told me that she wanted to be in the third row because she's shy. They had dots on their feet which was to tell them which circle to stand on in the rows - so there must have been some coordination going on. And Em told me that she was the line leader for the green cheese mat.
I attempted to photograph the show and when it didn't work out, I put the camera down and lived in the moment.
Cartwheel by Em.
The second part of their show was the "obstacle" course, which is simply mats placed around the outside of the floor. They run around and complete a different stunt at each mat - somersaults, cartwheels, etc. Unfortunately, there was one little girl who came down with a case of stage fright and instead of running along the course, she was walking soooo slow and staring at the audience watching her. Because the kids had been taught to not cut, no one would go around her. Allie was at the tail end of the traffic jam and I watched her turn a perfect cartwheel on the mat right in front of the main viewing area. The sounds of "ooooh" and "ahhhhh" rippled through the audience. I was a proud mama.
I was also extremely proud of Anna for participating. She has a tendency to just run around the obstacle course and skip over the stunts. A few days before the BIG show, their class praticed their performance and Grammy was able to tape it for me and Rich. Anna did the dance portion but skipped over all the stunts during the obstacle course. I wasn't quite sure what to expect during the show but she gave it her best!
While one of the other groups was on the floor, the girls were on the side walking on the balance beams. Allie can walk alone with just someone spotting her.
I used my 85mm lens for these and I don't know what happened but the lens (or my camera) spazzed out whenever the girls reached the end of the balance beam and wouldn't focus at all. I was pretty far away too so that was not an issue. I was bummed that I didn't get pictures of them jumping from the beam - although I do think Rich has it on video.
Medals - baby birth order (which also happens to be alphabetical order)
After the show, we drove directly to a family party to celebrate the christening of Rich's niece's baby twin girls. My girls had fun babysitting their cousin, Patrick.
Car ride home. "Emily?" "Em, wake up." "EMILY!"
(In addition to LL, she's holding her show leotard and her medal.)