State Tumbling Meet

The focus landed on the floor in this shot…but I love how Sophie is so graceful in the image. It represents how she has handled the season. I have been so impressed with the grace she demonstrates, regardless of the score. She has never been extremely showy with a high score, or upset with last place. Setbacks in score have never brought tears to her eyes. She has outstanding sportsmanship, which makes it a greater joy to enjoy this journey with her.

On this particular meet she ranked:

  • floor: 13th out of 17 (age 13, level 7)
  • double mini: 7th out of 23 (age 13, level 6)
  • trampoline: 2nd out of 8 (age 13, level 7)

She noted that she did best this meet in the event she likes the least (trampoline), and scored worst (toppled over after landing her second pass) in her best event (floor). She really hasn’t liked tramp most of this season, and even asked, before it started this year, if she could opt out of competing in trampoline. I am grateful that she sticks with this sport and loves it like she does. She is a great example to me.

waiting to hear her rank on double-mini
Utah State double mini champions: age 13 level 6

Utah State trampoline champions: age 13 level 7


135mm | f2.5 | 1/2000 | iso100

They scored 20 points against her. Kate is playing lacrosse on the WX lacrosse team. She was at practice a few weeks ago and they asked the girls who would like to try goalie. She saw dread and hesitation on a few faces and raised her hand. “I will!”

She is fairly new to lacrosse. She has never played goalie for any sport. She was SO excited/nervous/anxious for game day. She loves her team and really wanted to do her best. The opposing team has a JV and a Varsity team. Kate’s team has only one team and it is combined…from several different schools. It was a significant challenge. She stood in the goalie box and watched the ball like a hawk. She blocked 5 goals. They scored 20 to her team’s 1.

As a mom it is hard to watch your daughter in that kind obstacle-especially in front of spectators. “What other people think of us is none of our business” repeating through my mind as often as I could remember it. Yet at half time when the players gathered with their coach I heard over and over again, “Good job Kate!” Even other parents on the sideline were praising her. She had 20 points scored on her…and they were seeing her effort! I absolutely loved it. I wasn’t sure how Kate was taking it. At the end of the game I gave her a big hug and she said excitedly, “I blocked 4 or 5 shots!”

My girls, again…are so much better than I am. Their growth mindset is going strong, and I am grateful to be cheering from the sidelines learning as much as I can from them!