All three of the kids have done some gymnastics for several years now. Last year, Dema competed at level 5 boys gymnastics and Josie competed at level 2 girls gymnastics for the local CGA team. CGA puts on a home meet and this is the 10th annual and our third meet with competitive gymnasts. Dema took several months off from gymnastics, but continued to compete in swim and did some cross training so he was able to stay in pretty good shape. He started taking weekly private lessons at CGA and was going to get back on the team, but he decided to not hurry things and so he won't be competing this year. Josie is now in level 3. This means she is in the gym 9 hours a week during the school year and 12 hours a week in the summer. Many gyms in the Chicago area, and even some in our area, have kids her age and level in the gym more, but our coaches believe in a having a balance. Rob and I appreciate that approach. We're not looking for Olympians, we want our kids to have fun, learn to use and work their bodies, and we want them to be safe.
I had to miss Josie's first meet this season because Dema and Parker were performing in Macbeth and they needed a parent here. I'm the theater loving parent and Rob is the sports loving parent so it made sense for Rob to take Josie to her out of town meet. She had fun with him, but she felt pretty bad about how the meet went overall. This made her nervous for her home meet.
|Dema enjoying some vegan mac and cheese with peas and pinto beans. Not typical meet food. Josie packs carrot sticks and clementines in her gym back.|
She ended up doing great and she was able to pull off some moves she does in the gym, but missed performing during the first meet. She placed in three out of four events and overall.