Kaitlyn's 4th Meet -Paragon Invitational

Last month, Kaitlyn had her 4th gymnastics meet.  This one was the Paragon Invitational in Fredericksburg, VA.   She's become a pro at the meet-day routine--up early, get hair ready and dressed in her leo and warm ups, breakfast, then hit the road.  This time we left Jonathan with a friend and he was happy to not have to sit through another long meet.  

On our way!
There was a "team spirit" award at this meet so the girls decided to add some flair to their usual warm ups.  

She had a great performance and made several trips to the podium!  This was her first time making it into the Top 3 for All-Around, but the first meet we've had where they didn't give a trophy to the Top 3, which she was a little bummed about, but she still got a nice medal.

Check out the video below to see the highlights:

Her final scores:

A tired girl after a long day!


Kaitlyn's 3rd Meet - East Coast Classic

Last month, Kaitlyn competed in her third gymnastics meet.  She is doing so well and really seems to enjoy competing.  At every meet there is usually a gift for each athlete and this meet, they gave each girl a disc of photos taken by a professional photographer.  We're so thankful because we are in love with these photos and they are way better than any we'd be able to get on our own.

G-Force Bronze Team

Such a great pic of our girl!

The following photos are snapshots from her beam event.

And from her floor routine:
We LOVE this pic!


Halloween 2017

The kids had a fun Halloween!  First, they had their Book Character Parade at school.  Kaitlyn was Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series and Jonathan was Neil Armstrong.  Luckily, Zahcary recently handed down an astronaut costume and the bool, "One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong" so that worked out perfectly!

We got together with our usual neighborhood crew for pizza and soup then the kids hit the streets for some trick-or-treating.

Jonathan changed into his "real" costume for Halloween night, a shock trooper.

The weekend before, we went to our neighborhood Halloween party and this year there was a costume contest.  Check out these awesome costumes!

Bacon, eggs and hot dogs won the contest. :)

Kaitlyn's Super Citizen Award and 3rd Grade Field Trip

This morning, we watched Kaitlyn receive the Mountain Lion Citizenship Award.  It was so nice to hear the kind words her teacher wrote for her.

We are so proud of our Super Citizen!

Immediately following the awards ceremony, I joined Kaitlyn and the entire 3rd grade class on a field trip to Dulles Airport to welcome veterans on today's Honor Flight.  The Honor Flight Network is an organization that brings vets from all over the country to Washington D.C. to see THEIR memorials.  Their current focus is bringing WWII Veterans who may not otherwise have the ability to travel.  They have recently opened up spots to veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wards.  The flight we welcomed today had 90+ veterans (2 from WWII, 12 from the Korean War and 70+ from the Vietnam War). 

It was such a moving experience.  We will definitely get back to welcome another flight!

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