Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Review: Kids, Buti Yoga, Rodeo Parade

We spent the majority of February getting ready for NCA Nationals - the biggest cheer competition in the country! (Dedicated posts coming, as soon as I can catch up! It. Was. Amazing.) We even ended up spending our extra free time with our new cheer friends' families. I'm so thankful for the people we've met through this!!!

Will *NEVER* gets sick, but he had a random fever one day & had to miss school. I relished such sweet 12-year-old-boy snuggles. (I'm lucky - he still wants to snuggle often, but this was extra lovey.)

I started taking a Buti yoga class - mostly b/c I like the instructor, and like me, she's trying to foster this format that's not something designed specifically by our gym's brand, so it doesn't get a lot of support. It's intense! It's like a cross b/t tribal dance, power yoga, & plyometrics, I guess? Definitely nothing traditional about it - very light on the yoga aspect, heavier on the tribal movement. Hard work, but fun!

When the kids had off school for Presidents Day, I took them to my barbell lifting class! The family that lifts together earns bubble tea together! ;-)

And for the third year, we marched in our local Rodeo Parade with cheerleaders from the youth rec league I run:
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

NFL Experience Super Bowl LI Houston

Will had an AMAZING time last week at the official NFL Experience for Super Bowl LI in downtown Houston! I was so excited he got to have this pre-Super Bowl fun with his buddy, Tyler.

Nice wide receiver work:

Will is the strength behind the Falcons! :-D

Who knew about this secret players' perk?
(They had an attendant whose only job was to make sure people didn't eat these that everyone sat in! :-P)

Setting up players' lockers...b/c they should ALL have rubber chickens! :-D

Yes, he was utterly gutted that the Falcons lost. We all were. We're not talking about that part. EVER.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Girls in San Antonio - American Cheer Power

Annelise & I rolled out promptly at 9 AM last Friday for our girly road trip to American Cheer Power Southern Nationals cheer comp in San Antonio!
We hit Luling Buc-ee's, checked into our hotel, & got Annelise competition-ready to DOUBLE TEAM starting at 2:45! (She was asked to compete on TWO different teams with our cheer gym, to help out a youth level team, Power! SO PROUD!!!)
[Power - look how tiny! Annelise, front left]
[Extreme watching Power]

This was a two-day competition. Friday went beautifully for Power - they hit zero!!! (No deductions!) But poor Extreme was a mess: Annelise bobbled once, one base dropped her foot out of extension in the pyramid, two girls' uniforms got snagged together & stopped that stunt from going up, one girl forgot where she was supposed to go for for about 3 seconds, their jumps weren't in sync...it was bad. They shook it off, though, with a really positive team dinner & readied for Day 2:

Getting up at 4:45 AM (I do NOT morning!) on Saturday to be ready for the 2nd comp day was so rough...but totally worth it! Unfortunately, Power had a fall (it wasn't Annelise's group, though, so whew!) and ended up 3rd, but EXTREME CAME BACK STRONG!!! It may have been their best performance EVER!!! Everything hit! They hit zero, and we were all just so stinking proud of them for coming back like that after Friday's fiasco. Friday's score was worth 25% & Saturday's 75%; but their other big competition didn't have any falls either day (some sync issues, but nothing big) so Extreme's Saturday awesomeness wasn't enough to overtake them. We ended up with 2nd, but I'm so thankful they got to go out on their best performance. Definitely a great lesson learned about perseverance! Proofs & pics:

When this extension hit Saturday, Annelise gave the best face of her life!!! (flying right)

Look!!! Annelise can BASE, too!!! (She's basing on the younger team, Power!) That's her blonde pony basing left, under the flyer's chest:

Each team hit zero one day, both medaled, and Extreme came back from such major adversity to do an AMAZING job Day 2! ❤ Success!

After cheer Saturday, we also had the *BEST* BFF reunion with my college roommate, Amanda - our first time together in 15 years!!! :-O We had an amazing lunch at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery and dessert at Lick Honest Ice Creams. We won't let it be so long ever again - it was like no time had passed! Seriously, like we'd only been apart a few months. I've always felt that way about our friendship, since we were 16-year-old high school roommates at Davidson July Experience 22 years ago. I can't believe we didn't take any pictures together on Saturday, though!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Basketball Update

Will's basketball Longhorns are STILL UNDEFEATED!!! They're 4-0 (5-0, if you count preseason!) They won 29-16 on January 28th. (It was 17-3 at the half, so they had to back off!) Here's video of our little showboat! :-P

(Honestly, he's sooo embarrassed he did the hand!!! He was just so excited - he didn't think it was going in, and it's not like he's a leading scorer.)

He *did* score twice the next game on February 4th! They won that one 30-18, but it was WAY closer: we were down 8-9 at the half & only up 17-13 at the start of the 4th. (Apparently, we were on FIRE 4th quarter!) I don't have any pics - Annelise & I were in San Antonio for a big cheer competition weekend! (Dedicated post coming tomorrow...)

Trader Joe's JOY

OMIGOSH, Y'ALL!!! After shopping at Trader Joe's for NINE YEARS in 4 different states, I *finally* won the bring-your-own-bag raffle for a $25 gift card!!! (Each time you bring your own reusable bag for your groceries, you can get a raffle ticket to leave your name & number on.) ❤ I felt like I won the lottery!!!