Drew, Samuel, and Emma left for New Orleans on Saturday. Emma competed Sunday morning at 8am. They arrived in time for a very fun dinner. Drew introduced them to shrimp po-boys, which they both loved. Being the party animals they are, they all returned to the hotel and went to bed early. (I was very proud of Drew for taking all these pictures!)
Emma had a good and bad meet. For some reason Emma will perform her beam dismount in practice, but not at meets. Hello, bad score. She did well on the floor (her best score for floor this year) and vault. Bars and beam were okay and bad. Emma had to come to the realization this weekend that she is the athlete who must perform the skills, not her coaches. She has goals to move to higher levels and so she also realized that if she does not do the dismount upward movement will not happen. I am hoping this was a good learning experience for her. Time will tell. It was hard to watch her cry talking about her routine. Emma knows she should have done better. It was a tough lesson for her.
|heading to the meet|
|Two of Emma's teammates and Coach Ashley|
|Emma with her medal|
|Samuel loved the cruise ship|
|Eating their beignets|
Jonah had a really good meet despite two falls. On the mushroom Jonah completed his circles and then fell. It was a little silly. On the parallel bars Jonah was swinging so beautifully. I was so amazed and excited for him. Then when he prepared to do the handstand dismount, he fell hard to the ground. In mommy time I would have sworn he was on the ground for at least 10 seconds. However, he actually immediately popped up and saluted the judges. I am sure this will be one of many moments of me holding my breathe waiting for him to get up!
Jonah placed 3rd overall on vault in his age group and 7th overall in his age group on floor. He was so excited to be on the podium.
|7th place floor|
|3rd place vault|