Tuesday, April 04, 2006

My little Nadia


I'm so bugged. I had this great post written and somehow I accidently deleted it. Now I don't have time nor do I feel like retyping everything I had written. Maybe tomorrow...
This weekend we had Isabel's 7th birthday party. We had it early because my step-daughters were here. Isabel had her party at her gymnastics gym. She is currently on a non-competitive team. She was actually asked to be on the competitive team, but when I saw how much it costs I realized that even if my 7 year old was that committed, I was not- at this point. So, we put her on the "Hope Team." It's the team that is training to be on the competitive team. She rocks! Is it weird to be jealous of a 7 year olds body? She is so lean and has so much muscle is sickening! I mean, check out her legs in the picture. Awesome. Anyway- she is very excited to be taking gymnastics at a real gym. She had taken with the city a couple of 6 week courses- and kicked butt. She is a natural. She has no fear and natural grace that you can't teach. When she was assessed at her gym they were amazed at the things she could do without ever having real instruction.
I love watching her practice. She takes 4 hours a week and I could sit there the whole time- if I didn't have 2 other kids in soccer at the same time, in different towns! It's just amazing to see how much she's improved in the last month now that she has a professional coach. She listens so intently and I can tell that she could really succeed in this sport if she wants to. Isabel talks about being on the gymnastics team at BYU. U Of U's team is a lot better, but Isabel wants to go to BYU like "Daddy did." Texas Woman's University has a kick butt team and I went there, but does she want to go where Mommy went? Nope. Anyway- I am so proud of her. I'm proud of all my kids and will take the time to brag on each one at some point, but today is Isabel's turn. :) It's just hard because she is a true athlete and could probably kick butt and take names in any sport she chose to play. I don't like limiting her to one choice. But it's already near impossible to balance schedules at this point, not to mention the cost of gymanstics alone. She has mentioned playing flag football in the fall and she excels in soccer, but gymnastics is her passion (for the moment). I'm not a psycho mom who will send my daughter to live in Romania with her coach. I told Isabel from day one if she ever decides she doesn't want to do gymnastics anymore to tell me. (I won't mind having my $$$ back...) But at this point she has no desire to quit and continually talks about her future in gymnastics. I'm excited to see what the future brings. One day I bet she's on the front of a Wheaties box. ;) Stay tuned...

3 comments:

Gina said...

Wow, when she starts competing, let us know. We would love to go see her!

Robin said...

Yes I am jealous of her legs too! You know gymnastics is great training for pole-vaulting! Once she is old enough to start doing track and field in school it's free-just a thought. I loved pole-vaulting but I noticed that the girls who had a background in gymnastics seemed to have an advantage, except for their height!

Anonymous said...

From Ali
That girl has got game. Don't let her become a Gym Cat (mean preps).