Sunday, September 25, 2011

No she does not have fur, but she does get some time on the dog blog! :-)

I know this is not even a little dog related but....Guess what we did this weekend? It was not an agility trial but surprisingly it had a lot in common with an agility weekend.

My younger daughter competed in her first swim meet. When we arrived at the meet I was surprised to see that there were a lot of people there, lots of easy ups (those looked familiar from agility) a lot visiting and plenty of hurry up and waiting going on (that was also a familiar thing, LOL). ;-)

Unlike agility trials the younger kids generally go in the morning because the inexperienced or younger kids get worn out by the end of the day, I think they should do that sometimes with the novice dogs, but hey that is a topic for another day.

There were some HUGE teams, all gathering around doing their cheers together, but we live in a pretty small town and we only had two kids and their coach here on Saturday. There were a couple of younger kids that had swam in the morning and there was a younger kid or two that stayed to lend support and watch Emma. I think there should be one or two more team mates swimming on Sunday afternoon.

Just like agility trials it would have been a bit stressful just to figure out how to check in, where you sit, where you find your lane and what heat and race you are in, but luckily Emma had a great team mate that took her under his wing and showed her around.

The most surprising thing of the day was how many people were yelling for Emma, she has made a lot of friends and it was fun to see all the people that were supporting her.

I was so proud of how Emma handled the whole experience, she was a champ and seemed to take it all in stride and sure did not let nerves get to her (so unlike her mom).

The only thing that could have changed to make the entire day perfect was if they gave the spectators say ten minutes to jump in the pool and cool off, hahahahaha.

SOOOOO to set the record straight: It is funny, I do have to say that I get a lot of kidding because I do not post or do a lot of videos, or even take a lot of pictures of my kids-and I do a lot of pictures/videos of the dogs... I think a lot of parents of teenagers will understand that the fastest way to have your teens disappear from your view is to take out a camera. If there is no means of escape for them .....well, that is when you can get as many of the precious hand over the face pictures as you can snap.

I do a lot more pictures and videos of the dogs because the dogs are better sports about the camera, LOL. Emma's FIRST ever swim meet gave me an opportunity to get some video because her defenses were down and she was not watching for the camera!


Sagira said...

WOW..GO EMMA! She won by a huge margin, it wasn't even close.

LauraK said...

What a fun experience for you all! Looks like a whole new world you have to learn about :) Great video, your daughter was awesome!

Sara said...

When I lived in the Chicago suburbs, swim meets were HUGE! Here in NY, you never see them. I wonder why?

Emma is awesome! Congratulations!

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

That's awesome!! Swim meets can be LONG days!

A 1:05 is a fantastic time too, especially for her first meet! She's going to get faster quickly too once she gets more powerful on her starts and turns! Awesome!

Epicurus said...

OMG Kathy! That was wonderful. Had me crying like she was one of my own. I remember the tiny little girl who would hardly talk and to see her out there kicking butt just makes me so happy! Tell her I said congratulations and I am just so proud!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Congratulations Emma!! What a fantastic job!! It is just so fantastic to see her doing so well!

Diana said...

Whoohoo Emma. In freestyle she kicked butt and took names! Man she was a whole lane in front of everyone. Beautiful breast stroke.

vici whisner said...

Congrats to your daughter. I'm sure you are very proud :) We have a huge swim facility here in Morgan Hill. If you guys ever come up her for a meet, you have to let me know. I would love to come cheer for her.

Morganne said...

That was SO COOL! I got tired just watching her swim (I sink in water). Thanks for posting!

Elli the cat said...

Great job Emma, really awesome... but what did happen to your fur?