What a difference a year makes!

Last year, as a Bronze gymnast, Cailee had a really good year. She had solid performances all year long – generally placing in the top 3-5 overall, even getting first in the All Around at the Lucky Charm invitational in Charlotte, however, at the NC State Meet, despite having solid scores in the 9s –…

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Lucky Charm

For two years in a row – we headed to Concord for the Lucky Charm Invitational. Last year Cailee won AA at this meet much to her surprise – but that meant the pressure was on for this year – she wanted to repeat, especially since this is the meet that her Aunt Beth comes…

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2018 Chattahoochee Challenge

Today’s meet was full of highs and lows. Cailee did really well on Bars and Floor. She got a 9.5 on Bars, and a 9.625 on Floor (The highest score ever for a Faulkner’s Silver Gymnast), she had a solid beam routine (talk about consistency here) with a 9.3 but then came her Vault. This…

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To Georgia and Back

For the second year in a row, Cailee has had a Gymnastics meet in Columbus, Georgia. That’s a small town right on the Georgia/Alabama line (you can walk to the state line). Its over an eight hour drive, straight through Atlanta so we’ve opted to fly each time – about 5 hours is my limit…

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Flipping in Virginia Beach

This year, we decided to take Connor with us to Virginia Beach. I decided if he could put up with one day at the Gymnastics meet – he would enjoy going to Great Wolf Lodge as we did last year. So both kids got to skip a day of school and Thursday night we headed…

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Snowy Days

Finally, all the cold really amounted to something.  Once again, the weatherman got this one wrong, its was supposed to be a non-event which turned into quite a bit of snow and given the colder temperatures it hung around for a while.  I think, all told, our little pocket of North Durham county got about…

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Competing in Hilton Head, take 2

This time of year the only real excitement we have is Cailee’s gymnastics meetings. Its kinda nice, a trip to look forward to, a great destination and honestly, I love watching her compete. This is the second year we’ve gone to Hilton Head and while its still generally cold this time of year – its…

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So once again in typical North Carolina fashion – it was overpromised, grocery stores were wiped out and then it didn’t amount to nearly what was in the forecast. We were some of the lucky ones – if you count yourself lucky to get some snow – the Triangle area was promised 6-12ish inches and…

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Working off the cookies

I’m getting a jump on my new year’s resolution by aiming to spend more time together with the fam but less time “doing & going” – it won’t last long – between gymnastics and dance competitions coming up – but you can’t blame a girl for trying. So today, it was decent enough outside for…

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The anticipation is killing them. Merry Christmas!

We had a wonderful Christmas this year – the kids got everything they wanted (but of course!), we enjoyed our time with family (The Herrman clan all got together a few weeks before in Charlotte and then again on the 23rd and with the Dewars, we enjoyed a leisurely Christmas afternoon), and we are always…

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