Monday, March 30, 2009

Nevada State Meet

Hailee and I took a trip this past weekend to Reno for her gymnastics state meet. The trip started off a little rocky though. When we got to Reno, we went to pick up our rental car, and what do you know, I couldn't find my drivers license. I knew I had stuck it in my pocket after going through security in Vegas, but could not find it anywhere. I started to panic a bit, because not only would we be stuck without a car, but I wouldn't be able to get back on the plane to go home without it. So Hailee and I went all over the airport trying to find someone who could help us. Finally we were directed to an office where I could talk to somebody. The lady there called up to the gate we were in and asked if the plane had left yet. It hadn't so they went to see if they could find my license and they did! It had fallen out of my pocket on the plane! I am so lucky the plane hadn't left yet! When I told Kyle about it, he asked if I was ok to be with his daughter alone in Reno. It's just par for the course for me to do something stupid like that! I'm always doing dumb things like that. So after reassuring him that Hailee would be alright in my care, we drove to Circus Circus where we were staying. Most of the weekend, we spent our time at the gym watching gymnastics. But we were able to fit in shopping, and of course some playing time at the arcade in the hotel with the rest of the team. The girls all had so much fun together.
As for the meet itself...well let's just say, it was very competitive and tough! There were teams from all over Nevada who have competed for years, and this is our very first year, so we were pretty much the "underdogs." On alot of the teams, the girls are all homeschooled so that they can be in the gym all day. Our girls went out there and did their very best, and some of them actually placed. Hailee got off to a very rough start on the vault, (I promised her I wouldn't say what happened exactly) but let's just say that I was one very sad mama in the crowd who just wanted to run onto the floor, pick my little girl up, and take her home. It is so hard to see your daughter out there after spending hours and hours in the gym all week doing perfect routines, and then go out there in front of a huge crowd and be humiliated. It broke my heart. I'm not telling this to embarass her, but because I was so proud of her. With the help of her coaches and teammates, she pulled herself together, and although that set the tone for the rest of her meet, she was able to get through the other events. She held her head up high and finished up. I'm so grateful that she has such great friends on the team who support her. Almost all of them are older than her, so they take care of her.

We had a great trip and it was so fun to be able to spend time alone with Hailee.

Some of the team.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

She's a "Tween!"

Today is Hailee's 9th birthday. She's growing up! No more Barbies, Polly Pockets, Baby Dolls, etc. It was a sad day for me when she packed up all her Barbies and gave them to Bella. although she does occasionally sneak them out of Bella's room to play with them when friends are here. I guess you could say she's a little "tween!" Who came up with that word anyway?

She loves Hannah Montana and Taylor Swift, but hasn't jumped on the Jonas Brothers bandwagon. She is still on the gymnastics team, and for her birthday she got a plane ticket to go to the State Meet in Reno next week. She was super excited about that. She had a pretty low key birthday and instead of a cake, she just wanted cupcakes. That was easy!!

Last night she was begging me to take her to Wal Mart at midnight to buy Twilight! But that didn't happen.

Hailee is such a fun girl and is always trying to be considerate of other people's feelings. We love our little "tween!"

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Look Who's 2!

Today is Baby Bella's birthday, but she isn't exactly a baby anymore. She is a toddler now, with a determined personality and her own strong opinions. It's amazing to me what strong little spirits Heavenly Father sends down to earth. I do have to admit, that coming out of the baby stage in our lives doesn't make me sad. It makes me excited for the next step. I guess I shouldn't speak too soon though, heaven knows we've had unplanned surprises before!
We celebrated Bella's birthday on Friday night, since Grandma and Papa Eynon were here visiting us. Everything she got was either Cinderella, or Disney Princess related. She's obsessed with Cinderella or "Ella" as she calls her. She was so much fun to watch opening her presents! We love our little Bella and life would definitely not be the same without her! Happy Birthday Bella!
The Princess on her "throne" waiting to open presents

After she would open her present, I would tell her to turn it around so I could get a picture of it. She misunderstood me and thought I meant for her to turn around. So after she opened each present, she would get up out of her chair and turn around. I didn't get a picture, but it was so hilarious!

Grandma teaching her how to wave like a princess

She put all her goods on the couch and then cuddled up to Papa so she could mooch his drink off of him