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

sat straight up

She was going for a whip and landed wrong, slamming into the tumbling mat and had her knees hit her chest near her sternum.  With a lump on her chest and tingling in her hands, we decided to take her to instacare.  She sat up straight in her appointment because that was the most comfortable position, laying down was the worst.  After an exam and chest x-ray, she was directed to take a week off from tumbling.  

faith, hope & sweetness

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I can’t think of a better weekend than the Saturday after Thanksgiving to attend the temple for the very first time.  Sophie chose Bountiful.  We woke up to a blanket of snow all over the city.  We made it a family affair. We were lucky enough to have “Go UTE” Nana staying with us, so she came too.  After our time in the temple, we headed to Sunshine Cafe for brunch.  Sophie, your faith, hope, and sweetness soften my heart regularly.  We love you so much and I am so grateful to be your mom forever.

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35mm | f1.6 | 1/320 | iso100

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[yawn!]  35mm | f2.0 | 1/160 | iso200

12 years old


An interview with Sophie after TURNING TWELVE YEARS OLD!

What is your favorite quote or thought to think?

“Actually, you are good enough.”

Is there anything that you do daily, no matter what?

“exercise…usually tumbling” (everywhere she goes!)

Is there something you couldn’t live without?



What is unique about you?

“that I can tumble”

Why do you participate in power tumbling?

“Because it’s something I am pretty good at and it is something different, that most people can’t do. And it’s really fun!”

Can you think of someone who inspires you to be a better person?

“Kara Chapman. Because she always shares her stories of her mistakes, how to improve and she’s really funny.  And my mom, because she always lets us do what we love. That she likes photography and has never given up on it”


What trait are you most grateful for in yourself?

“I like having fun!”

What is your favorite book and why?

“THE INVISIBLE EMMIE and POSITIVE IZZY because they are easy to read, fun and they cover how different people get through challenges.”

What is your favorite failure or mistake?

“When I messed up on my ball-out (at yesterday’s meet) because it was something I was scared to do, but I went for it. Even though I didn’t get a full rotation, I was happy that I tried it.”


What is your favorite space in our home?

“the fridge”

“and the guest bedroom downstairs…it is cooler downstairs and kind of a hideout.”

“and my bed”

If you had an extra hour everyday-what would you do with it?

“jump on the tramp”

Favorite dessert?

“all of them”


What does the world need more of?

“chocolate and less criticism and more praise”

What time in your life have you felt especially beautiful?

“When I am around people I love”





These two bring us so much CHEER and FUNSHINE!  I can’t think of more appropriate costumes for them!  I am thankful everyday that Lucy’s family moved in “next door” a few years ago.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Sara (Lucy’s mom) said it best on IG-

Funshine Bear and Cheer Bear to brighten your day. 💛💕 The most spot on costumes ever…in our Care Bear costume research we discovered …”Cheer Bear makes up cheers on the spot for encouragement or to help solve a problem. Funshine makes the most of her days with sunny optimism and being fearless.” 💛💕 That is Lucy and Sophie to the max.