Saturday, April 30, 2016

open gym

 All right we have a whole week off from gymnastics! 
What should we do? Hey I know, we should go to the Gym....
The pause to support & watch their teammate competing in the Level 9 Western Championships. We are so proud of her!!!!
Beach had a little buddy with her on beam. 
She was such a sweet kid. She came to the open gym alone and after an hour, she got tired & lonely so the Little Giants took her under their wing.

how about something other than gymnastics?

 The ninjas have all of next week off from Gym! That is 10 whole days. So we thought we should do something to kick off the week of freedom: BOWLING! 

Beach was bowling so well we had to give her a handicap in the form of a small child blocking her lane.

 Yeah-but all that non-gym stuff that was yesterday (Friday, after gym practice), today guess where they are going? Open Gym at GTC, hahaha. It's going to be a long week.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

a wet Monday morning

Monday morning standing noses pressed to the cold glass. The zoo at 9:23 AM is a quiet, cathedral-ish place. The wet ground echoes like a titled room. The whole valley, cool & damp like the sloping porcelain of a bathtub. The stoic mountains well matched for the stormy weather & the mood of the animals searching for signs of their pending breakfast; which is not us. 
At 10:07 the tranquil landscape floods with schooled kids. It is the turning on of the tap full force and they rush down the paths like a flash flood exploding and gurgling to the very edges. Soapy bubbles clouding the otherwise crystal water. The girls in pink and the boys in blue. It takes me a minute to figure this out; it is the color of their jackets. But while I watch them, trying to read the different school names off their badges as they fly by Beach tugs on my arm, "I want to go home. I'm tired and I'm kind of hungry now..."  "Of course", I answer her even though I know what she really wants is to pull the drain. To stay, nose pressed to the glass without the weight of water swirling around her.