Our SYS facebook page had a #milestonemonday blog push for last day of school blogs so here we go.
We are finished with Riley's freshman year of high school. She's an A student for the most part with, so far, few academic struggles. She's taking her first AP class next year with AP European History. She's a little nervous about it but is also mostly confident that she can handle it. She is still playing saxophone although she (again) declined to do Marching Band and broke Rick's heart. HAHA. She's hoping for first chair in concert band this year but I'm not sure she cares enough to work at it.
Gymnastics is going well. She went to state and placed 4th on beam, 8th on floor, 8th on vault and actually placed in all around as well. She's been really struggling with a connection on bars that keeps her from being competitive on bars. She actually got the connection right before regionals (IN, KY, OH, IL and MI) but was unable to do it at the competition. She placed 16th on floor though which is pretty good for a 5 state competition. Sometimes it's hard for me to take that 1.5 lb baby and make her a mature, 15 year old competitive gymnast. My competitive streak definitely pops up at times. And other times, I remember 90 long days in the NICU and I'm grateful that she's able to walk much less do back flips.
Anyway, a few weeks ago was the last meet of the season. She made a deal with her dad that if she did the connection on bars, she would get to shave his (horrible) beard and not only did she hit the connection, she won the whole darn bar competition. She also won floor and placed 3rd on vault and beam. Such a crazy meet.
So now on to next school year. She has a part time job at the gym as a coach of 3-5 year olds. It's the perfect job for her since she loves kids, loves gymnastics and no one understands her gym schedule more than her coach so we don't have to worry about her getting scheduled to work nights when she has a 4 hour practice. She only works 2-5 hours a week but it gives her spending money and she's learning about responsibility and budgeting.
She also went to her high school athletic director and asked to start a gymnastics team at her school. We were prepared for the "no" because there isn't enough equipment, insurance, or interest. She explained to him that she could train at her gym and simply compete at high school meets under her school colors and voila, he approved it. I'm serving as the varsity coach which is hilarious. Basically, I drive her to the meets and she'll compete by herself. Her normal coaches will take care of the skills. There's more to it than that but that's the gist.
It's so crazy to think about how our worries about her are changing as the years fly by. I worry about her self-esteem a lot. She worries about her height, her weight, being too strong, not being strong enough, being too nerdy, not being smart enough, being too smart, not being cute...it's exhausting for me and I can only imagine how it is for her. Sometimes I actually wonder if it's a lack of self-esteem simply for the sake of it because I don't understand it. But she is definitely awkward socially with kids her age that aren't gymnasts so that doesn't help. She lets other kids intimidate her and that makes me crazy. *sigh*
So 8 weeks or so before she's a freaking sophomore in high school. Before then, we'll be taking driver's ed, going on a big vacation in San Diego and just soaking in the time with her.
I can't believe she's a sophomore already! She's an amazing kid. Can't wait to see where the next few years take her.
P.S. Love that you're going to be the coach for the bad-ass pictured above. :-)
Love and hugs,
I think that all of us have that phase as young teens, at least I know that I did. I am very confident now, and I was in college, and no one would have guessed that in high school I could be outgoing but mostly carried on from day to day with a constant undertone second guessing every decision I made, everything I said out loud and pretty much every clothing item I put on. Congrats to you because you're actually in tune with this and can listen to her when she needs it. She is so beautiful and amazing and I'm sure that her non gymnast confidence will kick in soon!
Love and Hugs
Riley is awesome!!
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