Paige and Allie have been taking self defense classes this fall. They started out in the cheerleading classes, but decided that they wanted to try self defense. It's been really good for them. I was a little apprehensive after the first lesson when they came home and explained how to break someone's nose. During the last few months they have grown in self confidence and learned how to get away from attackers. This weekend the two girls will participate in their first tournament. They are a little nervous, but looking forward to judging. When we arrived at class this week, we learned that it was testing day. The girls will find out next week if they advanced to the next level. They are both pretty excited about getting their results.
Madelyn received a phone call on Monday asking her if she would be able to fill in as a flyer for the cheer leading division above her group. Flyers are the girls who are thrown in the air and caught by her team-mates. She's been practicing the new stunts that she will need this Saturday at the state competition. Another team will be loaning Madelyn a uniform to wear at the competition for the new level.
Next week is the last week of classes for cheer and tumbling. The evening will end with tryouts for placement in higher divisions and a potluck. The cheerleading potluck and the self defense potlucks take place at the same time. I'm going to attend the self defense potluck and am hoping to get Mike or one of the older girls to attend the cheer potluck with Madelyn.
Saturday is our big competition day for Madelyn, Paige and Allie. Mike took the day off of work, so he'll be able to watch the competitions with me. Sunday, I'll drive Madelyn alone and we may even try to do a little letterboxing on the way home. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate wi th dry roads.
The next season begins in February. It's not a long break, but we will enjoy a few weeks of family time on Thursday nights in front of the fireplace.