San Mateo Invitational 2/2/13

We spent the night at our cousin Tina and Cierra’s house since they live down the street from the meet.  The meet was on Saturday at 8am.  So early!  when we got there I found out I started on beam again and I was very 1st again.  3rd meet in a row! ugg.  I was still half asleep when it was time to go.  The meet turned out ok.  I got 9.225 on beam, 9.225 on floor, 9.05 on vault and 8.275 on bars. Im still working on my bars. :/  I place 5th on vault and bars, 2nd on beam and 4th on floor.  3rd place all around with 35.775.   My first level 10 meet to get 5 medals and place on every event.  Each meet is getting a little better.  The next day I rode down with Kylie to watch her meet and everyone else who went that day.  Everyone did good, Kylie was 1st on vault and 2nd on her other events.  Charlotte and Daizsha placed 1st on everything.  Charlotte was 1st on vault, beam and AA and Daizsha won the other events…floor and bars. A couple others placed 1st on some events too.  The optional team won the beam challenge Annie gave us. 8 out of 9 stuck their routine so we get an ice cream party and a bunch of toppings. Yay!

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Nana Nina’s Birthday breakfast – Palace Hotel SF

The Sunday after my first meet, we went to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco to celebrate Nana Nina’s Birthday.  My mom said it was a fancy hotel so we all dressed up.  When we got there, we walked in and the hotel was so big and really pretty.  It looked like a palace inside with all the decorations.  The brunch was in this big room and the food started on one side and just kept going around the room.  There was everything you could imagine to eat for breakfast.  All kinds of fruits, cheeses, danishes, meats, omelets, pancakes, crepes to order, salmon, seafood – so many desserts.  You name it and they had it.  It was soooooo good but my parents said it was soooo expensive.  This place is now in a tie for first for my favorite restuarant.  My other favorite is the Melting Pot.  Both places cost alot of money but they are so good.  I definitely recommend the Palace hotel for any celebration.
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New Years Eve!

We had a small New years eve party this year.  Kylie came and she brought me a gift – a banana holder 🙂  Some of you may think it’s a strange gift but I’ve always wanted one for some reason and she knew it.  Thanks Kylie, I love it.  Also, Cierra (one of Ari’s best friends)  and her family came and Hannah (One of Ari’s best friends) and her family came.  Shaun our cousin came and Tina and Cierra came too.  My Nonni and Papa came but only stayed for a little bit because she wasn’t feeling very good.  We played the “Guess who I am game”  and 4 on a couch (that is a fun game)  and Pictionary.  We had a little excitement go on before pictionary – just random stuff happened.  Then during Pictionary Tina kept saying Timeout Timeout – What is the category???  It was always on the all play squares and there was never a category.  At midnight we did the count down, had apple cider then ran outside because our neighbor always does these huge loud fireworks.  They are sooooo loud and set off all the car alarms in the neighborhood but all the neighbors are out waiting for them to go off so no one complains and it’s kind of a tradition.   Then Happy New Years!!!  I’m excited for this year and hope it is really great.
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Christmas parties, Christmas eve, Christmas and Grandpa’s Birthday

Christmas is my favorite time of year!  I like the gifts and gift giving but I also like that we decorate our house.  I love the lights and the Tree and all the decorations!  We have a fake tree (that replaced our old fake tree) straight from Tahoe.  It’s about 10 or 12 feet high, flocked and with lights.  We found it at a Tahoe thrift boutique out of the box but when we brought it home, all of us were stuck in a snow storm (including the tree) that took us about 10 hours to get home from.  It was a crazy day, our cousins were with us too and parts of the roads were closed and you couldn’t see anything or move on the freeway at all.  Definitely a day I will always remember.  Our December started off with my school party, then we had a Dream Xtreme Slumber Party.  At the party all the Optionals did a slipper gift exchange and I loved the slippers that I got from Aalyiah.  Kylie got slippers for me also (and a bunch of other stuff too) and I was happy because I couldn’t decide which pair I liked more than I ended up getting both.  We played a bunch of Christmas games and ended up going to sleep earlier than usual for our sleep overs – I think about 3:45-4.  It was on the night that the end of the world was supposed to happened and we were all talking about it and right around 3:20am Lightning happened and Thunder shook the gym.  It was scary.  People were screaming and crying and scared.  The storm went on for about an hour but I fell asleep in the middle of it.

A couple of days after was christmas eve.  This year my grandpa got us tickets to see a magic show at the aquarium in San Francisco.  While we were at the show I was picked to be a helper during the show.  It was fun, I had to pick an animal cookie out of the back and the magician drew what I picked before we told him.  The show was really fun!  Then we went to Nannies house, which is my dad’s grandma and my great grandma.  This was going to be a hard Christmas for everyone because it is the first Christmas without Papa.  (My greatgrandpa not Papa Sean)  Then we got home around 11:30pm in time to put treats out for Santa.

Christmas Morning came and my Nonni and Papa came over around 7am, then around 10 my dads side of the family came over for breakfast and gift exchanging and then we went to my Great Nonni’s house in San Anselmo.  It was fun to see everyone and we even have friends that come to visit from next door to my nonni.  Frankie and Mia, Their about the same age as Ari and I so they are fun to hang out with.  We went home late and then woke up early the next morning to go visit my Grandpa and Nana Nina for My Grandpa’s birthday which is Dec. 26th.  We also exchanged our Christmas gifts and got to visit with my Uncle Michael, Aunt Sam and Little Jr.  Everytime we get together we all sing my grandpas favorite song – Awuni kuni cha – we are not native american but its a tradition we do at least once when every one is together.  Strange but fun.  We had a really fun day.
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Wreathes Accross America

On last Saturday, my gymnastics team went to Wreathes Accross America at the Dixon Cemetary. We got there about 8:30 and there was a long line of cars headed to the cemetary. We met up with our teammates and tried to hear the ceremony that was put on. Right after the ceremony, we walked over to an area that had a bunch of boxes and started unpacking the wreathes that were suppose to go onto each grave. After all family members laid wreathes, then all the public could lay wreathes on the rest of the graves. It was really pretty after all the wreathes were laid. I think we heard that 11,000 wreathes were laid at the cemetary that day. It was a nice thing to do for all the veterens that served for our country. We never did it before but I hope we do it again next year.
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Judges Cup – My teammate Qualified to National Judges cup!!!

A couple of Saturdays ago, was some of the Optional teams first meet. There was suppose to be 6 girls going and competing in level 7 but right before the meet, Regan hurt her foot and couldn’t compete and Matea hurt her hand and couldn’t compete. Both are better and can compete at the next meet. That left us with Kylie, Sameerah, Gigi and Lynse. Our whole team of Optionals went to go watch. Everyone did really good! Mostly all scores were over 9s. Great job teammates! Lynse competed and She got first place all around out of her session. The top 7 of 2 sessions compete at the Nationals judges cup. After the meet the whole team went and ate at the spaghetti factory and Lynse waited to find out if she was going to make it to compete at the National Judges cup. Turns out She had the highest score of both sessions and is going to Florida to compete for our state. Whoo hoo Lynse!

The Story of 4 friends and a cool video!

I can’t remember when all of us first met but it was after my level 4 season. I knew Kylie for awhile but Anna and Tatiana came after. We always did sooo many things together and we all made the best of friends. This year after regionals, and into our summer practice, Tatiana decided to quit 😦 At first we thought she was just talking about it but after we had a week off during summer, she didn’t come back. We couldn’t believe it. Gym was not going to be the same without her and we were all very sad. Then a couple of months go by and Anna says she might have to move 😦 first it was going to happen in september, then October, then for sure in November. And it did. Anna is moving. She is only moving to Dixon but her parents just aren’t able to get her to our gym anymore. NOOO ANNNAAA Don’t go! All of us tried to figure out ways to make it work for her but it really happened. She moved to another gym right after Thanksgiving. It was another sad day for Kylie and I. We will miss you Anna and Tot! I know we see you sometimes but it is not the same… Come back! This page will go to our memories of them and all of our fun times.

Also, before Anna left our coach Annie made this cool video of some of the skills we got over the summer. It’s pretty cool to watch.

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Halloween – Halloween one ween.

I love Halloween! I pretty much love every holiday. This year I was a Ladybug and my sister was a bee! We have alot of people trick or treat with us. Belinda and her family, My aunt Zeba and her family, My uncle Michael and his family and My Nana Nina and Grandpa come too. We pretty much have the best neighborhood, down the steet from us kinda by my school, there is a house that gives out a brown bag full of candy bars. 10 or 11 full size candy bars. Ari actually goes to school with the boy that lives there. We always go to that house first. Its a tradition.! Of course this year the weather was soooo nice but then on Halloween it rained. 😦 It didn’t stop us though. Halloween one ween it will be for years to come. We watched the show and they never heard of halloween so when it was getting explained some how it came thru as Halloween one ween. For weeks my mom, my sister and I couldn’t stop saying it! Our holiday has now been renamed!

Olympic Trials 2012

Olympic Trials! Whoo hooo I was soo excited. This was going to be my 2nd olympic trials I was going too. I went with my mom and my team in 2008 and that was pretty cool but going this year was going to be even better.

I was really excited because right before Olympic trials was a mini vacation to Lake Almanor, We went with my moms friends last year and it was really fun so I knew it was going to be fun this year and Kylie was going with me too. Right before we went, my Nonnie was having a hard time breathing all the time and was couching all the time. She was going with us too. A couple days before she coughed so hard she thought she broke a rib (turns out she did). We had alot of fun although it was summer, for some reason it snowed up there! We weren’t really ready for that. My nonnie (my grandma) was in pain the whole time we were there and she didn’t get to do very much with us. I think we got back from our vacation and then had about a week and then we were going to be heading to San Jose for the Olympic trials. We bought the 4 day tickets because my mom was going to be there every day going to congress with Dream Xtreme. A couple days after we got back my nonnie found out some horrible news. She found out from the xray from her ribs and lungs that she had lung cancer. 😦 And a broken rib. This was horrible. I was so excited about the trials and so sad that my grandma was sick. She actually came with us to the trials because she had to watch my sister and I while my mom was at the classes. Also, Jeff, Camille and Helen all came. We all piled into my moms van to get places, I think there were like 11 of us. It was fun.

On the first night of the mens trials, we sat right behind Sam Mikulaks mom and girlfriend. We got a picture with her, shes a well known gymnast too. We also met Samantha Pezsek while we were walking to our seats. Pic with her too! And either later that night or the next day, Kylie and her cousin Bailey and my mom and Camille all went to subway and John Orozco was there buying a sandwich with his mom and dad. Yep, we were pretty cool. The next night during the womens competition we sat right in from of Jordyn Weibers whole family! We have pictures with her mom too! Next day mens competitition, Sams fans moved and the place was more crowded. Then on womens finals night, John Orozco stood in our stairway and watched the competition for along time!. We were also on the news and on TV the whole time because our team wore these flourescent yellow shirts and you couldn’t miss us. It was so much fun and so amazing! Jen and Kylie sat by bars for alittle bit and sat by Gabys mom. Gaby beat Jordyn by a tenth! So Jordyns family had to wait to see if she made the team. Her whole family was soooo nice and all of us were hoping sooo. It was a really exciting meet. I am sooooo happy we got to go. Thanks mom and dad.

Fiesta Days Parade

Every year on Memorial Day weekend, our gym is apart of the Fiesta Days Parade.  This year Im not sure what the theme was but it worked out really good for us because we made our float all about the Olympics!  We all got cool London Leos and walked and danced in the Parade.  Then we did 2 performances at one of the stages in the park.  It was hot!!!
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Murder Mystery Birthday Party

My Birthday is on April 28th but since westerns were so close to my birthday, I wanted to wait till I came back to celebrate.  I was turning 11 and wanted to have a party no one did before.

My mom found this online company that you could do a murder mystery dinner from and we thought that would be fun and different.  The theme of the night was Miss Teen USA and everyone had to come as a Miss teen state.  I played 2 roles.  One before the murder happened and one after.  We all had clues and money and had to guess who killed who.  My mom and dad played and so did our cousin and Belinda – my moms friend.  They were the judges and the detective.   After that, we did a scavenger hunt at walmart.  We had a list of 20 things to get and broke up into 3 or 4 teams.  That was fun!  I would do that again.  This was a good birthday and I recommend doing a murder mystery party.

Level 9 Westerns

Watch out, I’m going to Boise, Idaho!

And I did. Along with My dad, Mom, Sister, Grandpa, Nana, Nonni, Papa, Kylie, Jen, Annie, Jeff, My uncle Mike, Sam, and Little Michael.  It also turns out I have family there!  My cousin Risa, and Lexi and Risa’s mom Peggy.  Samantha, My aunt in law also has family there too.

Our trip to Boise Started with a man falling down the escalator at the Sacramento airport.  It was scary to watch and we saw the whole thing happen.  He turned out to be okay but I think he missed his flight.

Once we were there, I had practice at the arena that night.  The next day we went swimming and then into town and walked around.  That night Kylie, Annie, Jen, my mom and myself all went to the Westerns Banquet.  It was at Boise State and over looked the blue football field. It was fun!  We met and talked with Amanda Borden and she was the main person talking at the Banquet.  There was also a gymnast there who broke her neck in college and then came back and competed again.  We sat at a table with gymnasts that lived in Boise and trained down the street.  Then Kylie and I danced to all the songs and Annie even danced a little too!

We stayed out till abut 10:45 or 11 then went back to the hotel.  My competition was first thing in the morning.

Turns out first thing in the morning in another state is not always great.  I think there was a 2 hour time difference so I was really tired. 😦

When I walked onto the floor for warm ups it was cool to see all the regions with their own colored leo.  Just big teams.  It was the first time that I got to wear a number on my leo.  That was cool!  At this meet I knew I was competing first for myself but Also for the Region 1 team.  This was the first time I was competing with enough girls to make a team since level 7.  In level 8 I had 2 teammates and in level 9 I had one until the first meet.  Megan.  She competed the first meet but then had a bad accident on bars and didn’t compete with me any more 😦

The way this meet works is that the Region 1 team was split into 2 groups.  I was in the first 6 that went first.  Our group started on Vault.  I was 3rd to go on vault.  This meet was going to be the first meet that I flipped a layout instead of a pike.  I did okay. I got a 9.2.    It was an okay start.

Then I went to bars.  I am not sure what happened.  Bars for my level 9 season were one of my better events.  That day at Westerns, they were not.  I just couldn’t get it together and I couldn’t do a pirouette on the high bar for anything.  I think I had one good warm up.  When I went to compete, I knew I had to have extra power to make it over the high bar and kinda over rotated making me compete “plan B”   Instead of just going into my swing half I had to Kip, clear hip handstand then swing half.  It was not good.  I got an 8.850.  That was my lowest bars all season I think.  Worst than a fall.  I was sad and mad.  I needed just my regular bar routine to keep up with the scores from the rest of the girls.  I also knew that there was no way I was going to get a 38 with that score and that was my goal for that meet.

Beam.  I just need a clean routine.  I wanted to make up for bars.  I did pretty good, Not as good as my state meet but I scored a 9.525.  Leading me to my last event, floor.  I was happy it was my last even.  At the last couple of meets it was my first so I thought it would be good for a change.  I competed and when I was done I got a 9.45.  9.45 was my highest score all season.  When I looked at the screen to see what place that put me in I was in first place!!!!  There were only a couple of girls in my rotation left to compete and then the other part of region 1.  I think after 2 girls I dropped to 2nd then 3rd then they cleared the scoreboard.

37.1 was my all-around score.  It was almost a point away from my goal but overall besides bars, I flipped my first layout, did a solid routine on beam and got my highest floor score.

Now to the awards.  They only placed out to 10th place out of 50.

I actually placed 6th on Beam and 6th on Floor and 12th for the All-Around.  That wasn’t that bad for my first year of level 9 and competing against 50 girls.  My level 9 season was now over.

We went out to lunch with everyone that came to watch me.  Then later that afternoon, we went over to my cousin Risa’s house in Idaho and she has abunch of horses.   So I went horsebackriding.  That was my first time ever, and it was alot of fun.  My mom, sister, grandpa, nonnie and Ari all went horsebackriding too.

My Westerns experience was then over and we went back home.

Level 9 Regionals

Level 9 Regionals. Regionals this year was different. I was going to regionals with really high expectations for myself. I wanted to do really good again. I wanted to be a Regional Champion again. But this year was also different because the top 12 qualified to Westerns. At the beginning of the year, Westerns was just talk about what comes after Regionals if you are one of the top gymnasts. In level 8, I knew regionals was the last meet of the season for me so I wanted to do good but there wasn’t extra pressure to qualify to somewhere. This year, I felt the pressure a little bit. I wanted to go to Westerns. Only so many girls get to go and I wanted too. I would be the first girl from my gym to go.

Regionals was in Las Vegas and there were 3 of us from our Optional team going. Me, and Tat and Anna. Kylie actually came too but Kylie hurt her arm so she wasn’t competing. We had to get to vegas early so we could do the practice at the area where the meet was going to be held. My meet wasn’t until the very end of the weekend so I watched my friends compete, went down the strip, went zip lining over Fremont street and waited.  (After my meet – I ate at the Heart Attack grill)

This year 37 girls were in my age division. I competed, I still did my pike for vault, 9.35 my highest score of the season, bars – 9.45 my highest score of the season, Beam – a pretty solid routine 9.6 and floor my highest score for it so far that year 9.4. My All-Around score turned out to be my highest ever! 37.8. A tenth better than the regional score I got the year before. So close to a 38. A 38 is one of my goals. It was a good score, Did I make it to Westerns? I place 6th on bars, 2nd on Beam and …. 4th All-Around! I qualified to Westerns. I was so excited and happy!

Next they called up all the qualifiers and then told us to go into the hall for instuctions. We were brought into a room and were sized for uniforms. Were were going to be competing together as the Region one team and would get a leo and sweats to wear to the meet. We were also given Shorts, shoes, a shirt, a backpack, headphones, a sweatshirt and a sunglass case.

Watch out, I’m going to Boise, Idaho! And I did. Along with My dad, Mom, Sister, Grandpa, Nana, Nonni, Papa, Kylie, Jen, Annie, Jeff, My uncle Mike, Sam, and Little Michael. I had a fan club. I’ll talk about that more in my Westerns Post.

Level 9 State

Level 9 State was held at a pretty cool place in Stockton. All the people who came to watch, watched from above in the stands. I got to the meet ready, started warm up and found out that I was starting on floor and that I was going 1st out of everyone in the meet. Uhhh. When I got to floor I started to tumble and on my second warm up pass I tripped and did some crazy roll onto my neck. Really, is this how my day was going to go? Good thing I tripped then and not during my routine! I did floor and got a 9.275. I thought I did good, I had a wobble but it wasn’t bad. Then to vault, My vault was good (I thought) but my score was low, 9.175 then bars – They were okay 9.35. And then beam. It was my last event and my favorite. I knew my all around score

was okay, I was watching the beam
scores before and knew I just had to stay on the beam and have staight legs. I did it. It was my best beam routine ever!!! 9.65. It was great. It was so close to a 9.7, which is my goal on beam. My
parents and I have a special deal worked out if I get a 9.7 so when I got off the beam I was hoping for one. But I’ll take a 9.65.

When it was time for awards, I knew I already qualified to Regionals. I placed 4th on Bars, and 1st on Beam. Yay, State Beam champion – I’ve never been a state champion before. I didn’t think my all around score was going to place very high but they kept calling names and mine wasn’t called. Finally they Called mine. 2nd All Around with a 37.425 at state! It was actually a tie for 2nd with Julia Endicot. She’sfrom Byers and we have known each other and have been competing with/against each other since level 7.

Level 9 State turned out to be a good meet! 🙂
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