for competition, the athletes with naturally curly hair had been asked to first straighten their locks and then use a curling iron to add some big curls on the ends of their high ponytails. i know it sounds redundant, but it actually does make a big difference in the finished look. and so when we got home from the parks the night before, the bean had washed her hair and then sat on the bed while i blew out her incredibly thick and long hair with a round brush to get it as straight as possible. and then i decided that the best way to keep it from staying straight while she got her beauty sleep was to put it in a low ponytail and then secure it in several spots with hair ties. like this:
she kept it like that until we got to the coach's room the next morning for hair and makeup. as she brushed it out, i was extra glad that we'd taken the time to get it just right.
while she dreads the whole makeup routine, putting on the strip lashes was her very least favorite part. i promised her she could rip them off the moment they got the ok from coaches after the performance was done.
we grabbed some breakfast from the food court in their hotel before hopping into an uber to head back to our room and finish getting ready. because is it really a trip to disney world without at least one mickey waffle?
when it was time to head over to the espn center, we summoned another uber. i really liked the bright orange bows they'd received for this competition. they really stood out and made it easy to find our athletes among the crowds.