Day 21: I heart...
A confident 7 year old
ChellBell and I are on a girls' trip this weekend to Fort Worth for a National Cheer Competition. It is a 2-day event, so we will find out the verdict of her team's hard work at the award ceremony tomorrow. Regardless of the outcome, in my book, this girl is a winner!
When our cheer coach announced that there was an opportunity to compete for Best Cheerleader (by age division), ChellBell's hand was the first to be raised. It took me by surprise, because she's not that girl who is an attention-hog in front of large groups. She's not really all that comfortable in the spotlight when the audience includes more than her family and closest friends. But we paid our entry fee and went to work. That was, um, Wednesday. Yep, just a couple of days ago.
We put together a one minute routine (which doesn't sound like a long time until you're up in the stands watching your sweet girl out there by herself -- then it seems like a lifetime) incorporating a tumbling pass, a cheer, a dance, and as many "tricks" as she could do at her skill level. After watching the girl after her do a round-off-back-hand-spring x3, I am not confident that ChellBell will win this award, and I'm okay with that. And she's okay with that. She nailed her routine and had a great time doing it. What more could you ask for?
Here's her video (it's shaky -- sorry -- those aren't my nerves, as far as you know! It was just hard to watch and film at the same time!):
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