Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Stand up and CHEER!!

I promised photos from the cheer competition a month ago.

And if I promise, of course I must deliver.

Let me first say that this past weekend, the Roo-girl and her tiny band of girls traveled again, this time only for the day, but it was to a theme-park competition.

Let me just say, I HATE competitions held at theme parks. Six Flags especially.

Because not only do you have to pay the entrance fee for the competition itself, but as a spectator you have to PAY TO GET IN THE PARK! Granted it is usually a little bit of a discount for the comp/park ticket, but still. Urgh.

The other reason I detest theme-park comps? Because then you are at a theme park!!! And, of course, the girls don't want to go without riding the rides and making their parents insane!

Feh. Just feh.

Anyway, for this particular comp, I opted to not go (bad mommy, bad). Roo was happy to have me NOT be there (see Chapter 12: "Parents are a drag" in the teen handbook). She went with the coach, leaving at 4 a.m. (yes, you may now guess who got up at 3:30 a.m. to make sure the child was awake) and returned at 8:30 p.m., exhausted but exhilerated.

Because in addition to winning the competition (woot), the girls spent the rest of the day at the park! Oh joy. I would rather have slid bamboo under my fingernails.

OK, OK. It was a good day for her. Not only did the team take first, but Roo and her stunt group took first in the individual stuntdown. And she took second in the toe touch. AND she took first in the tumbledown. Yes, she was the queen of the universe today.

Am I sad that I missed that? Yes. Would I have prefered to go? Nah. She and I are both good with it.

Anyway, as promised, here is my girl in her favorite place -- in the air:



Fortunately, they actually CATCH her when she comes down:



Sometimes re-entry is a little fancier:



Here's another reason I don't breathe while she competes:


and ...



So, here's lookin' at YOU, kid!

22 comments:

Blue Momma said...

Wow! Good for Roo. I'm scared just thinking about being thrown up in the air like that.

Of course I'd be tickled shitless if someone could just pick me up, much less throw me!

ChrisB said...

How wonderful Roo and her friends picked up so many awards you must be one very proud mom. Getting up in the middle of the night shows true dedication!!!!

Sayre said...

I hate theme parks too - I think I would have skipped it as well. But you must be bustin'-your-buttons proud of your girl! I don't think I could have EVER done those things!

Around The Funny Farm said...

She is beautiful. I'm sure you are proud. You should be!!

:-) Beth

wright said...

WOW - She looks great. I love the picture of her doing the scorpion. Inpressive! Congrats on all the wins!

nikki said...

It scared me to look at those pictures. But a theme park?! I totally would have ridden the rides with her!

Tink said...

That's one talented girl you go there. Great pictures too. I got light-headed just looking at them. :)

Kaytabug said...

I feel like you do about theme parks, and I couldn't watch her compete, I'd go blue in the face or have a heart attack!!

She is so talented!!!

~JJ! said...

Awesome pictures...Good for her.

She looks amazing up there.

Mariposa said...

Wow...she's amazing!

Btw, made a sticky post already pointing people to this site for next wek's FM theme. ;)

Carrie Sue said...

Oh.My.God. I wouldn't breathe either... I was holding my breath scrolling thru those pictures. She is amazing! Congrats to Roo!

Count me in for F.M. next week. :)

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Wow! Really, WOW! Roo pretty much rocks. She's cute, she's flexible, she's talented. She's got it all.

Bren said...

Oh, wow! She looks right in her element up there! Hooray for Roo!!!

lisa marie said...

Great photos, beautiful girl and she looks not only like she knows what she's doing but that she's extremely comfortable doing it!

Arkansas Songbird said...

Once upon a time I was a high school cheer coach for five years. These pictures make me want to be a cheer coach again....almost!!

Maria said...

She looks awesome!!! I wouldn't breather either!

VDog said...

WOW! She is amazing!

I'm glad you have a good grasp on parent/teenager relations. Looks like you'll be sailing through this one. I hope! ;)

suchsimplepleasures said...

that is impressive!! you must be so incredibly proud of her!!
and...wow, is that kid limber...yeesh! i remember those days...the thought of doing any of that kind of stuff now...the mere thought...knocks out my back!!
xoxo

Simply Jenn said...

I see why she won best toe touch. Wow. I'll have to show Kelsie that tonight. And is she doing a double full down? Your daughter looks amazing!!! Kelsie has only flown once, in 7th grade and in competition she was 1 inch from being dropped on her head. I'm glad she doesn't fly anymore (and only did once). Yeah, I'd quit breathing too.

DIXIECHICK said...

My heart skips a beat just seeing that little thing thrown up in the air like that...she is so tiny. No wonder she is the one on top.

Jenni said...

Wow! Amazing! Those big guys at the back are spotter/backup catcher guys, right?

Huckdoll said...

Breathtaking photos! That girls got mad talent.

 
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