Thursday, June 15, 2017

Finishing the Winter Season

Conference Championships


Level 4 State Championship

Little Man finished his first competitive gymnastics season strong. We did have a few learning moments in his last two meets though. One very important skill for men's gymnastics is counting. When you do more swings on the rings or high bar or more turns on the mushroom than is required your score will get dinged pretty heavily. He lost two ribbon colors with these mistakes. He took everything in stride, his coach was disappointed, I said live and learn, other parents were really upset that the extra 'effort' was not rewarded **big smiley face**. Now that everything is settled from the season, we move on. Little Man leveled up, he will be doing level 5 this next season with bonuses!!

Green = Superior
Purple = Outstanding
Yellow = Excellent
Orange = Good
White = Fair

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BlackJack Men's Championship, Las Vegas

Meet #3 had us traveling again, this time out of state to Las Vegas!! This meet was HUGE!! The BlackJack Men's Championship & Winter Cup Challenge is a national meet. There are two parts to the meet; Junior Olympic and National Team. Little Man competes at the JO level.

We stayed at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino where Elvis definitely has a presence.

Little Man did a great job. This time around he was given an actual score, for simplicity I adjusted his score to the ribbon color he is used to getting. He did get two medals; vault and parallel bars.

After Little Man's meet we were able to watch the Winter Cup finals. It was really cool to see some of the Olympians we heard about from Rio compete. The Men are intense and so much fun to watch.

Green = Superior
Purple = Outstanding
Yellow = Excellent
Orange = Good
White = Fair


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

First Season Level 4 Highlights {Fall 2016}

Here are the highlights of Miss E's Fall Season; a little late. The season was rough, but she made it through. Miss E had three preliminary meets. Her goal at each meet was to get an All Around score of at least 30. With an AA of 30 she advanced to Sectionals in which she needed an AA of 32 to move on to state. She hit her minimum AA scores and competed at the state level. The state meet was rough. As Mom, I wished we were afforded the option to sit it out.

All of that is now behind us. She worked really hard and has improved immensely over the winter and spring months. Right now we sit at the cusp of summer and have a lot to look forward to. She will compete in the fall again as a Level 4, but she is stronger and determined to move on.


Sunday, January 29, 2017


West Coast Team Challenge 2017

When you get the list of meets before the season starts and you see there are two meets in which traveling will be required you experience a little bit, or a lot of, trepidation. The cost of just the meets is high and then you have to add travel, food, hotel, etc. it can be a little bit overwhelming. Bakersfield is several hours away from us to the north and although we could have done the meet in one day, we decided to take two.

This meet was a blast! It was loud! It was fun! It was an experience that I wished we had more often at our meets. As parents we took 2nd place for parent spirit. Being that we only had 5 families and the team that took 1st had at least 3 times as many people, we were pretty proud of ourselves.

Little Man is competing Level 4 in a division that offers bonuses. Bonuses are just extra skills that are added into the routine. There are 10 bonuses and he executes 7 of them. Vault is the only event that does not have a bonus at level 4. 

Here is the breakdown for the ribbons:
Green = Superior
Purple = Outstanding
Yellow = Excellent
Orange = Good
White = Fair

Our next meet is in Las Vegas!!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Boys Gymnastics {1st Prelim}

Welcome to the world of boys gymnastics!!

Little Man is enjoying himself and is learning a lot. Boys gymnastics is quite a bit different from girls. The events, scoring, and the way meets are run is quite a bit different from what I'm used to with Miss E. I will admit that it is fun to see another side of this sport.

Little Man is competing Level 4 Division 2 right now. His goal is to be competing Level 4 Division 1 by the end of the seaons. The difference in divisions hings on certain skills which are called bonus in scoring. I'm still too new at all of this to completely understand what is going on. His meets right now are scored with colors instead of numbers. The following is the break down.

He did a great job at his meet. You can tell me if you think he had fun.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October Book Shelf

Miss E's Book Shelf

1. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
2. Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindren
3. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
4. The Fast and the Frozen by Geronimo Stilton
5. The Rival Detective by Walker Styles
6. Pippi in the South Seas by Astrid Lindgren
7. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
8. Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
9. Meet Me in Horrowood by Geronimo Stilton
10. Telescope Troubles by Nate Ball
11. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Little Man's Book Shelf

1. Meet the Knights by Julia March
2.Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
3. Finn & the First Order by Elizabeth Schaefer
4. Henry and Mudge in the Green Time by Cynthia Rylant
5. Henry and Mudge and Annie's Perfect Pet by Cynthia Rylant
6. Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House by Cynthia Rylant
7. Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon by Cynthia Rylant
8. Meet the Justice League by Lucy Rosen
9. There was an Old Lady who Sollowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
10. Mr. Putter and Tabby See the Stars by Cynthia Rylant
11. Super Animals! by Rico Green
12. Tribes of Chima by Ruth Amos
13. Smash Trash! by Laura Driscoll

Read Alouds and Audio Books

1. The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
2. How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell
3. Ragweed by Avi
4. The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
5. How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Book Shelf

The kids have a challenge with their school to see how many pages they can read in the school year. There are little prizes for different levels. The highest level is 50,000 pages which awards them a trophy. Miss E has her eyes set on that goal. At 10,000 pages they get a medal, which both kids have earned the past two years.

Here is what we have been reading this month.

Miss E's Shelf

1. The Christmas Toy Factory by Geronimo Stilton
2. Mighty Mount Kilimanjaro by Geronimo Stilton
3. The Mouse Island Marathon by Geronimo Stilton
4. Otherwise Know as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
5. Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish
6. Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume
7. The Treasure of Easter Island by Geronimo Stilton
8. Rider Woofson: Undercover in the Bow-Wow Club by Walker Styles
9. The Search for Sunken Treasure by Geronimo Stilton
10. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
11. Attack of the Dragons by Geronimo Stilton
Independent pages read: 1294

Little Man's Shelf

1. Ted and Friends (12 phonics readers) by Phil Roxbee Cox and Stephen Cartwright
2. Ice Age Collision Course: Scrat's Space Adventure
3. The Crimson Dynamo Returns! (Iron Man Story)
4. Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
5. Pup and Hound Scare a Ghost by Susan Hood
6. Carnival Capers! by Eric Esquivel
7. Star Wars At-At Attack by Calliope Glass
8. Star Wars Death Star Battle by Trey King
9. Hiccup the Hero adopted by Catherine Hapka
10. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
11. Poppleton Everyday by Cynthia Rylant
12. Poppleton and Friends by Cynthia Rylant
Independent pages read: 658

Read Alouds and Audio Books

1. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
3. The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket 

Elizabeth's Shelf

1. Just Friends by Jenn Faulk