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After months of twirling around the house, dressing up in ballerina outfits, and pretending to be a princess, Alana put in her first official request several weeks ago.

I don’t remember exactly what we were doing or what spurred her request, but she paused what she was doing, turned to me, and said, “Mom, can I please start taking ballet?”

So there it was. The first ever request to be enrolled in a class of any kind. Adorable.

Knowing Alana very well and knowing her busy, bouncy, impatient personality, I wondered silently if gymnastics might be a better fit for her, even though she does often prance around the house like a little ballerina. I said to her, “Well, it’s great to know that you want to do ballet! Why don’t we go watch Addy (Holritz) at one of her gymnastics classes, and you can let me know if you’d rather be in gymnastics or ballet.?”

So that coming Wednesday we headed to the Gymnastics Center of Chattanooga to watch Addy’s class (along with many other classes that were in session at the same time). For an hour I chatted with Amber while Alana watched the girls of all ages, captivated. After seeing how excited she was about it, we decided to let her come the following week for a trial class, after which we would see how she felt about continuing.

So here are the photos we grabbed that night, as she’s officially signed up for 8 weeks of gymnastics with her awesome instructor, Miss Emily. Alana looked so little in that massive room full of girls with all levels of experience. She listened really well and did everything she was told, even though I think she was a little nervous.

In this first image, Alana is second from the left, in black.

Here she is, on the mats, doing a somersault the way Miss Emily taught them to.

Some sort of jumping/balance exercise…

I was a little overjoyed when she looked for me and Rich to smile and wave as her class walked to another location πŸ™‚ Pretty sure this won’t happen when she’s older πŸ™‚

I could have died of a cuteness overload when the girls moved into this little gymnastics room, which was perfectly age appropriate and adorable. They even did little flips on this bar!

Balance Beam…
She looks so grown up to me in this photo! Yikes!!!

So I don’t want to be “annoying mom” but I was seriously floored by her form! I don’t know what Miss Emily told them, but Alana looked as if she has some natural gymnast in her. I don’t know where that would come from, since I’ve only ever been an ice skater and volleyball player. And not overly awesome at either πŸ™‚Β 

The girls moved to a large trampoline that honestly made me want to drop the camera and join in the fun!Β 

They play a little game at the end of each session called “popcorn,” and Alana sings it around the house now.Β 

The conclusion of Alana’s very first Gymnastics class. Walking to get a dumdum lollipop and find mom and dad!


  • Aunt pixie - February 28, 2012 - 3:18 am

    Oh my gosh I wish more than anything that I could be a part of this! I would probably cry while I was watching!! Lol. Wayyyy too much cuteness. I was thinking the same thing about her firm too though! So if you’re an annoying mom, then I’m an annoying aunt!

  • Lacey - February 28, 2012 - 11:12 am

    I’m lovin her tattoo!! Is that a dog or cat at the end there? I count 5 subjects!! πŸ˜‰ She’s so stinkin cute! And yes, I too noticed her form even in the first pics, so it wasn’t “annoying Mom”. She already looks better than my one single solitary year of gymnastics. πŸ˜‰ Love you guys!!

  • Pix - February 28, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    So I totally commented last night and I guess it didn’t go through! I so wish I could be there for all of this! I would probably cry while I was watching though, and that would just be embarrassing! But Heather, I totally thought the same thing, that she had really natural form…so if you are an annoying mom, then I am an annoying aunt πŸ™‚ You can tell she is going to be so good in a classroom situation. In the demonstration pics/teacher talking moments, she is one of the only ones making eye contact and intently listening to directions!

  • Mom Smith - February 28, 2012 - 10:51 pm

    Heard about the blog from Jeff but didn’t get the email I usually get. πŸ™ Computer cramp, kinda like a brain cramp??

    She does look like she could get right into it and be the best. Growing up soooooo fast!! Coordination isn’t something natural to me either–has to be her very own sounds like! πŸ™‚

  • kellie - February 29, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    This is just too cute, how fun! I took gymnastics when I was a kid and I loved it! I bet she will have fond memories of this when she is older πŸ™‚

  • Apryl Hughes - March 8, 2012 - 10:50 am

    What a natural! Her toes were even pointed and together… So precious.

    I am looking into letting Navilie take Gymnastics when the time comes. I would love to hear about your experience with the gym. πŸ™‚

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