Weekending - Baton Twirling Weekend

Hello Tuesday. I had wonderful plans of a full recap of our busy weekend for yesterday, but when I finally made it home last night all I wanted to do was lay down and sleep. So, a day late, but here is a full recap of our very FULL weekend of baton twirling.

 
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While everyone else was enjoying Spring Break, I worked—all week. Friday I left work around 2pm and headed to grab a load of trophies and off E and I went to the venue for the 2019 Southwest Regional Baton Twirling Championships! For those of you who do not know, I was a competitive baton twirler from the age of 2 until I was 22. I also twirled at TCU and it was my talent in Miss Texas. Now I teach, judge and help my former teacher run competitions.It is a lot of work, but I love being able to give back to the sport that gave me so much.

 
Past, present and past TCU Twirlers

Past, present and past TCU Twirlers

Sweet AXO sister and twirler from OU.

Sweet AXO sister and twirler from OU.

 

When we made it to the venue, we unload and began to set up. A lot goes into running a contest for 200 young women from Texas and Oklahoma. E was able to see her twirling big sisters and then we headed to my teacher’s house for a dinner to welcome the judges. We had 8 judges from all across the US come to judge the competitors. The best part? One of my former competitors and sweet twirling friends came in to judge from Arizona and we had not seen each other in years. We grew up twirling together and we had a blast to say the least.

 
Clerking with my sweet friend

Clerking with my sweet friend

 

Saturday, well, it started a tad stressful. My alarm did not go off at 5:30 and at 6:15 I jumped out of bed and we were all out the door by 6:35, only 5 minutes behind schedule! I got the venue and got E ready for her modeling events.

Modeling you say? Yes., in our overall (think gymnastics all-around) one of the events is to model and have a short interview. This is to show that our athletes are also poised and can speak well.

 
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E did well and remembered to use full sentences in her interview! Big win for not yet 4 years old and the youngest competitor at the whole contest. Then she changed into her costume and did modeling again. Her last event of the day was an easy peasy one and she did so well.

After that, E went to a bday party and I spent the rest of the day working. From running the music, clerking for judges, gathering scoresheets and answering questions. I was on my feet from 7 am until 6pm. That evening we had a mexican food dinner with the judges at a local place that I love. It was so fun to chat and talk these women who have known me since I was so young.

Sunday - I was up (on time) and E and my mom and I were out the door for Day 2! E only competed in one event Sunday, but she had so much fun! She got to wear her costume and do her basic strut (march in a square). She placed in all her events and well she had a blast!

 
With her awards!

With her awards!

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My theory behind her twirling is—if she wants to go for it; if she doesn’t ok. I will never push her (and haven’t). She actually had not picked up a baton since December before two weeks ago. While I loved the sport and it was an amazing outlet for me, E is her own person and whether she does it or not does not bother me one bit.

 
Evelyn with her teacher who is my former teacher.

Evelyn with her teacher who is my former teacher.

 

The rest of Sunday I spent on my feet again clerking, running music, moving table, answering questions and doing awards. It was a busy, fast-paced weekend. By the time I was done Sunday I just wanted to law down. And I did. And I was asleep by 8:45 p.m.

 
Evelyn’s babysitter and the current TCU Twirler

Evelyn’s babysitter and the current TCU Twirler