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.