after cheer season came to an abrupt end in march - while we were in disney world for competition, no less - things with one dream have been rather up in the air.
until the last couple of weeks, when the coaches were finally able to offer conditioning sessions and practices to whoever was interested in returning. it was a couple of weeks' worth of sessions and then it was time for the athletes to go in for skills evaluation so that they could be properly placed into teams. the goal is to get the teams ready with choreography and stunts and things in the hopes of going to some sort of competition come spring 2021.
i wasn't at all sure that the bean would be willing to go. in fact, she really wasn't - but i reminded her that she was expected to pick up some sort of physical activity, and with no interest in any other sports and really not much else available...well, here we are. i really think that deep down, she really does enjoy it despite the grumbling i get when it's time to go to practice. but when those uniforms are on and we're at a competition, that kid turns it on and she lights up that stage and gives it all she's got. i adore watching her perform, and she knows it.
instead of just posting the team rosters or reading them off to the girls at practice, the coaches got creative and made the reveal extra fun. each girl was given a balloon:
and then she got to pop it, getting showered with sparkly jumbo confetti and finding a little piece of rolled-up blue paper with her team name on it.