Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Summertime Cheer Practice and Kickoff Game

I've got so much catching up to do!  The first week of August, before the kids went back to school, started Megan's 20 hours of pre-season conditioning.  The Pop Warner organization is big into safety and this seems to be a bit of a trial period to ensure that the girls are capable of handling the physical demands of cheering for an entire game.  

 Lucky for us, the practices are held close to the kids' elementary school, so really close to our house.  Nevertheless, it's still a 2 hour chunk of time away from home.  Keith and I both haven't quite gotten comfortable enough to leave Megan at practice by herself, and so I'd pack up some studying and work on school work for some of the time, or I'd walk laps on the track listening to a school lecture on my iPod.  We've now learned that coach from this year, and the Cheer Mom will be moving up with Megan into the next division for next year, and we are very excited about that.

 These girls do quite a work-out daily to stay in good cardiovascular shape.

 The first game of the year was a kick-off jamboree.  Keith and I rarely get ill at the same time, but we were both feeling quite poorly this morning, but were so excited for Megan that we didn't want to miss it.  Here we are decked out in our Patriots gear.
 I just adore this picture of the boys.  They are so cute together and have grown into having such a special bond.  Interestingly, Joshua has asked to try out for football next year...stay tuned for updates in the summer 2013 to see what he chooses.

Water break!  It does get pretty hot at these games.

Giving the other team a "good game" high five.  The girls learned the importance of team work as well as sportsmanship.

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