Monday, April 14, 2014

To Nationals or Not???

Life has been busy since Spring Break ended, so I haven't had a chance to post from the last weekend. On Friday of that week, we headed south to watch Kaia compete at the state tournament. Since the competition was in the same town my brother and sister-in-law live in, we were able to stay at their place. My parents came up to cheer Kaia on too.

Kaia ended with two thirds and a first!  On one of her events, Power Tumbling, she scored her highest of the season, which qualifies her for Nationals. 

She only took third in this event, but what matters is that she met the qualifying score, not what place she took.  Two of her events she competes at Level 4, but in this event she is a Level 5, so it is her best and more difficult event.

Here is a video of her second tumbling run (she has two). The final score is a total of the two.  I was actually sitting at the scoring table for another event, helping add up scores for the trampoline, so it allowed me to video up close.

Here's a photo of the younger girls on the team, and the coaches, as they all competed the same session.

The older girls were in a different session, but despite their ages, they are not all at higher levels than Kaia.

We also fit in plenty of grandparent and alpaca time...
The girls really were having fun; Kaia just decided to try and not smile for every photo (she succeeded)

Mira has loved the girls since she was a baby!

So now we need to decide whether or not we actually go to the National tournament. The upside? It is in our state this year (although still six hours away)! Downside? It is the day after school gets out for me, and the girls and Mike are actually still in school!  If we choose to go, you will definitely see posts on here, so check back mid-June for a possible follow up....

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