I took the reds with me when I ran Tuscaloosa, so they could hang with Jay and there was an Alabama Gymnastics meet on Friday night. They played UCLA, who was actually pretty good.
We met Jay at the coliseum(I never spell that word correctly.), and then grabbed some dinner at Newk’s. Where Addy not only, ate her sandwich, but finished off my bowl of soup, and Claire ate an entire child’s pizza and then ate Addy’s chips. These McPhillips know no bounds to eating off my plate. She highly enjoyed the lobster bisque.
We had excellent seats for the meet (Thanks Uncle Jay!).
Addy was so stoked. And I think it’s safe to say, this kid has figured out competition… a UCLA girl didn’t stick her landing and Addy turned to me and said, “Yes!” and I questioned her, and she replied, “That means she gets point taken off! Her score won’t be as high.” Dang. I didn’t know whether to scold her or hug her.
Claire wasn’t looking forward to the fireworks that they do on the introductions…
But Uncle Jay talked her into digging it and then she was ready to see some more.
“Hold up, Mom. I’m watching gymnastics.”
Addy wanted to meet some of the gymnasts post meet and while we were down on the floor waiting, she started pitching a fit, and I had had enough of it, so I pulled her into the hallway to explain that we were leaving because of her attitude, and she didn’t get to see any gymnasts because of her choices and actions… and low and behold if Kim Jacobs and Ashley Priess don’t walk down the hallway. This child has tears in her eyes 2 seconds before this picture was taken.
Oy. Drama. But they loved it and had a great time!! Bama beat UCLA by one point, which in gymnastics, is huge. So glad we are able to bring them down to fun things like this!
As y’all may know, my little Addy is a gymnast. Our competition season is in full swing and we have had zero home meets. We travel for our entire season.
We headed to Atlanta for Addy’s meet last Thursday night (Yes. the night after Claires birthday and the same week as I got back from Miami. Oof.)
We started out with an awesome breakfast at the Hilton Inn by Gwinett Arena.
McKenna went and cheer Addy on.. where she informed me that I was McKenna’s grandma. Seriously?
Addy and her team were ready to start stretching…
Addy competed against 13 girls in her Age Group.. normally it’s just 2 or 3. There were also 97 girls who competed on her level.
During my down time, I spent 30 minutes brushing McKenna’s hair. I wish I had a dollar for every McKenna doll I saw at the gymnastics meet. I could have bought a new McKenna doll!
At this point, I can’t remember what she placed in. I know she got a 6th place, a 4th place and a 3rd place. She didn’t place in Vault. And she got 4th overall in her age group.
Supe proud of my little ginger flipper… it was the best competition that we have seen her do. She stayed focused through the whole thing and was by far her best beam routine. She has improved so much since last season.
Did I mention that she got her medals handed to her by a 3 time World Champion and Gold Medal gymnast? Yep. Svetlana Boginskaya.. a Russian gymnast from the 1996 team.
I think she loves gymnastics even more this year, if that is possible. And I love watching her do something that she loves!