Native Texan Livin': February 2016

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

NCA National Championships - Dallas, TX

This past weekend was the biggest weekend in the world of Cheer!  There were teams there from all over the world...England, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, China...and of course, Texas!!!



Our girls were performing Friday & Saturday afternoon, so we went to Dallas Thursday evening.  While the weather was great this year, I was scared history would repeat itself & didn't want to take the chance of snow slowing us down like it did last year.


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It's not a party til you get kicked out of the "adults only" gym! :-) 


Thursday night, we got a group together & walked to the Spaghetti Warehouse for dinner.  The kids got a really up close & personal view of Downtown Dallas by seeing a cop arrest a guy, tussle with him a bit & ending with the cop throwing the guy over his shoulder & carrying him to the police car!  Then we basically walked through that scene of Lampoon Vacation where they "detour" through St. Louis.  You know, where Clark W. Griswold stops to ask for directions back to the expressway?  If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can watch it here.  Fair warning...there's cussing!  (Is it bad that I crack up every time I see this scene?!?!)  Needless to say, we were happy to have made it to the restaurant without any other incidents!
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Maggie taking Bo's confession :-)


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Cheer Moms & Grandmas

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The kids with all their loot the dad's won them!

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These "Big" signs are all over the place!

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Maggie inevitably always falls asleep in the hotel lobby.  
Not sure why...it was only 1am! ;-)


Friday morning, the girls played on the beds...because that's what you do in hotels.  They went swimming in the indoor heated pool & then we got ready for our first day of cheer.  After all was said & done, we had a team pizza party in the hotel while they watched Bring it On that the hotel had playing.  Most of the girls hadn't seen it yet (which was probably a good thing) but they spent most of the night stunting & flipping anyway. :-)
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Saturday, the girls were ready to take the mat for their 2nd & final day!
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We stopped at the bull exhibit at the convention center.  I'm sure it represents some sort of cattle drive in history but can't exactly remember.  Once again....we got kicked off the bulls because no climbing allowed.  We're starting to make a habit of getting kicked out & off of things! ;-)
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The many face of Izzy!  I'm so glad she does her cheer facials!!! :-)

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Done performing & so proud of Izzy & her team!

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After 2 long days of competing, our girls pulled out the 3rd place out of 14 teams & we couldn't have been more proud!
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After our awards, our team went to have dinner at Enchilada's, a Mexican Restaurant right next door to our hotel.  Bo booked the entire upstairs for our group of 50 & while that was awesome in & of itself, we got an EXTRA surprise when we saw VANILLA ICE at dinner!!!!!!  WHAT?!?!  IS THIS FOR REAL?!?!?!  A couple moms thought they saw him downstairs but didn't want to bug him.  Another moms was like SCREW THAT, I'M ASKING!  And boy, are we glad she did!  He said yes, it was actually him & asked if we wanted a pic.  She said YES but to please finish his dinner first & then if he didn't mind, come upstairs so all the girls could take pics with him.

He was so nice & accomodating, taking pics with everyone that had a phone.  He even posed with all of us crazy cheer moms...his real fans!
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What a great weekend!  We were exhausted by the time we got home & still haven't caught up on sleep yet, but the work was definitely worth it!


Until next year NCA...

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cheer Power Southern Nationals - San Antonio, TX



I don't even know how to put into words how exciting this past weekend was for our cheer gym.  We had 4 of our teams get 1st place at the Cheer Power Southern Nationals!!!



We started the weekend off on Wednesday night at the gym where we had a pep rally style practice.  All of our teams got together & performed for each other, cheered each other on & got each other pumped up for our big weekend in San Antonio.  I love seeing how excited they get watching their other friends & teammates perform!


San Antonio is always a fun travel trip for Cheer.  There's so much to do right within walking distance, but hotel time is always the most fun!  The kids did get some warnings from the hotel staff to get off the stone walls, stop running up/down the stairs, etc but nothing too bad.  (I mean, what's the point of having multi-level stone walls that surround little ponds if you don't want kids walking on them, almost falling in?  I mean, really?!?!) ;-)  While our hooligans were running around showing how awesome our parenting skills are, we parents sat in the lobby drinking...I mean bonding. :-)

Texas Rockstars Mini 1 playing in the lobby


Friday morning, we got ready & enjoyed our complimentary breakfast at the Embassy Suites.  After we stuffed our bellies, a few of us ventured out on the town!  Our girls didn't have to meet at the Alamodome until 2pm so we had a few hours to enjoy the gorgeous day!
Mini 1 at The Alamo

Mini 1 at The Alamo

Bo, Izzy & Maggie on the Riverwalk


Friday night after the girls performed, the majority of our team went out to dinner together.  We were lucky enough to go early enough to get a table for 30 people out on the Riverwalk.  After walking back to the hotel after dinner, more of our Rockstar Teams had arrived & the complimentary Happy Hour at the Embassy was in full swing, so we enjoyed that for a while.  We headed for bed at 8:30pm because our meet up time for Saturday morning was gonna be 6am!  Have you ever had to wake a cheerleader at 4:30am to put on fake eyelashes, full makeup & tease her ponytail?  It's really fun, you should all try it! ;-)
San Antonio heading to dinner


Surprisingly, once we made it downstairs on day 2 everyone was in good spirits & were ready to take on the mat!  Here are some shots of Izzy in action from both days...
Texas Rockstars Mini 1 - Cheer Power Southern Nationals

Texas Rockstars Mini 1 - Cheer Power Southern Nationals

Texas Rockstars Mini 1 - Cheer Power Southern Nationals

Texas Rockstars Mini 1 - Cheer Power Southern Nationals

Texas Rockstars Mini 1 - Cheer Power Southern Nationals

Texas Rockstars Mini 1 - Cheer Power Southern Nationals

Texas Rockstars Mini 1 - Cheer Power Southern Nationals

Texas Rockstars Mini 1 - Cheer Power Southern Nationals

Texas Rockstars Mini 1 - Cheer Power Southern Nationals


BOOM!!!!!  Our girls ROCKED IT!!!  Luckily, I got to stay on the mat with the girls & coaches as we waited for awards.  (Team Mom perks!) :-)
Cheer Power Southern Nationals Awards - Texas Rockstars Mini 1

Cheer Power Southern Nationals Awards


WE WON!!!  I love this picture SOOOO much!  Look how excited they all are!!!
Cheer Power Southern Nationals Awards - Texas Rockstars Mini 1

Cheer Power Southern Nationals Awards - Texas Rockstars - Mini 1

Izzy & Coach Tara & Coach Michele - Cheer Power Southern Nationals Awards - Texas Rockstars - Mini 1
BEST coaches in the world....Tara & Michele

Cheer Power Southern Nationals Awards - Texas Rockstars - Mini 1


They were on a high like you wouldn't believe!  A 2nd jacket in the books for these Mini girls!  2 more weeks til NCA Nationals in Dallas & we hope to leave with the same results.

Fingers crossed...

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