Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Maisy Daisy

With so much going on with cheer, it might seem like Maisy was being ignored. But you know that's not even a little bit true! For NCA weekend- Maisy got spoiled by having a lot of alone time with Jeff. She played in her first soccer game as a Pink Panther and Jeff said she did pretty darn good. She also got to see her cousins and have some special meals out with Jeff.

Then on Sunday, he took her to the Dallas Zoo. She had a blast.

Life is good for the Conner girls!

NCA 2017- Caliente Youth Level 3

The entire All Star cheer season leads up to the biggest competition of all- NCA. It is like the Super Bowl of Cheer. And let me tell you, this event lives up to its name.

Leading up to the competition, there was lots of fun in the gym. Themed practices, parties, gifts etc.

They competed over two days. The first day was worth 25% and the second day was worth 75%. Caliente is a small youth level 3 team. It means all of the girls on the team are in 6th grade or under and have level 3 tumbling skills (back tucks, punch fronts, ariels etc.) Our team is unique because it only has 14 girls on it. Our girls were competing against teams of  30 girls, from power house gyms across the country. So the girls did what they had been coached to do- focus on a perfect performance. Their coach is a genius and she filled their routine with as many elite skills as possible. I love that it allowed every girl to shine.

This is Afton -- upside down in the middle! 
 And these little firecrackers did what they came to do.. they hit zero! Hitting Zero at NCA is no-joke.  It's hard to do. They all got the coveted "Hit Zero" buttons at the end of the first day.

Day 2 the girls came in, ready to do it all over again. Their official standing from the first day was #6 out of 12 teams. The difference between their performance versus the #1 team was only 1 point. It was a really tight competition. The girls were excited to have placed in the upper half, and their goal for Day 2 was to hit zero again and move up the ranks.

These girls didn't disappoint! The hit zero again and moved into their final position of #5. The competition was so tough this year, they were thrilled to come in the top 5-- which means they are number 5 Youth Level 3 team in the Nation. We are so proud of them and their coach. This team has come so far this year.

And is there life outside of cheer right now? Yes, yes there is. Maisy started soccer again! And seems to like it.

Afton toured her middle school-- can you believe she will be in 6th grade next year?!

And we got in some time with our Friday night friends-- love the Ashmores!

NCA was a blast this year. It was so busy with two competitions back to back. But we have loved it all!

JamFest- Our "Cheer" Trip to Shreveport

Our travel trip for cheer this year was to Shreveport, LA to compete in JamFest. What I liked about this competition was that it was easy to get to, the weather was great, the people were fun and the girls won first place!!

We got to the hotel on Friday night. Since it was Mardi Gras season, I brought the girls a few treats for the season.

Then we headed to the boardwalk to meet up with some friends for dinner. Last year, we made a really strong group of family friends on our team Fever. Although we are all on different teams this year, we have kept up the friendship. I love these ladies and their girls!

On Saturday, we got up had breakfast (Rhino Coffee is our favorite breakfast place in Shreveport!) and set out to do a few 'touristy things'.

Enter "Gators and Friends" - this place was awesome! It was not crowded, full of lots of animals, and you could touch/feed almost all of them!


 Then it was time to get to work! We headed to the Convention Center to cheer. And Jeff took Maisy to see the floats of a local Mardi Gras Parade.

The girls hit zero the first day-- which means they performed their routine with no mistakes. They looked great!


We had pizza at the hotel that night and then woke up the next day, ready to do it all over again! We had breakfast at Rhino Coffee again :)

 And then after some fun shopping on the boardwalk, headed back to cheer. The girls nailed it again and won the competition. They got medals, jackets and a team trophy.

 We celebrated that night with swimming and fun with friends.

It was a great trip. And as a crazy as the world of competitive cheer feels sometimes-- I can honestly say this sport has been a blessing to Afton and our family.
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