Sunday, June 26, 2011

Brag Warning!!

It was the Gymsports NZ National Secondary Schools Championships this weekend, when school teams from around New Zealand converge on TriStar to contest hip hop, artistic gymnastics, aerobics, rhythmic gymnastics and cheerleading.  It's noisy and busy and lots of fun.
Jess goes for the social event that it is (she and I get to catch up with lots of old friends as she used to train artistic at TriStar) and it's the only time she can represent her school (Marist College).
Last year she was frustrated and upset as she came 2nd to last in her division - Club B, which encompasses Levels 4, 5 and 6.  However, she still improved her scores and as we know, went on to do well at Nth Is Champs and Nationals.
This year, she improved her club score, did a steady hoop and had lots of fun catching up with everyone. And then at prizegiving to her delighted astonishment she got 3rd!!

Go Jess!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

oh look - another one!

Jess didn't get any new leotards this season made by me, even though I had bought some lovely fabrics to make a clubs leo. Instead, the 2nd hand leo we picked up in February became the clubs leo and her clubs were decorated in blue and lime accordingly. For freehand and hoop she has insisted on wearing the leos I made last year, saying that she "loves them" and that they're "good luck leos" (as she wore them with success at Nationals among other comps).

So the fabric bought specially for this season stays in the stash cupboard for next year.

I, on the other hand, now dislike them intensely and wanted to make new ones.

Jess has grudgingly agreed to wear a new one at this weekend's National Secondary Schools comp as it isn't part of the qualifying comps for Nationals, meaning good luck leos are not so crucial.

So I rummaged in the lycra and bling stash, and this is what resulted:

Jess has admitted that she likes this one now, and will happily wear it on Sunday.
We're wondering if it needs some crystals on the purple... what do you think?
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Saturday, June 11, 2011


This is my mum's best friend, Barbara - with her husband David.
Mum and Barbara have known each other forever.  Seriously - since they were born, even.  Barbara is my godmother. 
It's Barbara and David's 50th wedding anniversary (June 10).  Way to go!
Posted with much love from the Antipodes. 
Outside Winchester Cathedral, Sep 2009