I've never been a gymnast ( literally can't even do a hand stand or a cart wheel) but every 4 years when the summer olympics came around (okay comes around because I still do it) I dream of being a gymnast. So it's no surprise that I got my kiddos in gymnastics basically as soon as they could walk.
Jasper started at 2 and did it for two years before he got into soccer/basketball/football, and he loved it! Tindra started at 18 months, just a little program at the Y which wasn't really gymnastics as much as climbing on soft blocks in the basement in an old ballet studio. But don't tell Her that.
Last October after being on a wait list we finally got her into a real gymnastics class and I couldn't tell you who was more excited between the two of us.
Last weekend was their annual 'olympics' and hands down it was the cutest little program I've ever witnessed. A room full of 3-4 and 5 years olds doing their routines, with judges, metals and even a little Olympics pin at the end.
I was expecting cute kids in leotards doing their balance beam, what I asn't expecting was the super hard core dance moms. You know the moms I'm talking about? The Cut throat, ridiculously competitive moms. I assumed that would come later. But for a bunch of 3 year olds? Come on. The mom we had the privilege of sitting next to us was a peach. She was scolding her husband (not quietly) for only saving 4 seats and not the 12 she wanted and telling him (again, not quietly) that he needed to get us to move. He was super embarrassed and said he would just grab some extra seats behind them. Awkward. And no lady we aren't moving our family of 4 (soren was on our lap) so you can get front row seats for 8 relatives who didn't even show up till it was half way over. Thanks but Nope.
I can't even imagine how these moms are going to be when their daughters are 10, and not barely toddlers.
Even with some ridiculous, over the top moms, it was So much fun. I thought Tindra would be exhausted after, it was 3 hours long, but she was sad when it was over and has been asking daily when she can 'go to the olympics again'.
And now for a bunch of pictures, because whats the point of being a mom with a blog if you can't share your kids gymnastics pictures ;)
Have you had to deal with crazy parents at a kids event before? How do you handle it? A few weeks ago at Jaspers indoor soccer game one mom from the other team came over and said something rude to Drew, I can't even remember what, but we just ignored her...