This is Avery's second season on the local synchronized swim team. To be quite honest, I have been somewhat out of sync with synchronized swimming. Perhaps it is the practice four nights a week, the out of town meets, the synchro moms I seem to have nothing in common with, the meltdown that occurs when we can't find a nose plug.
Before this season started, I entertained the idea of buying Avery out, giving her the registration money in lieu of signing up for another season. Just think of how many Lip Smackers she could have bought with all that money!
But no; as hard as it has been on me, synchronized swimming has been good for Avery. She has become a more fluid, graceful swimmer and has formed bonds with team mates.
And now she has learned the thrill of placing first in competition. That's right, she received her first blue ribbon. I am so proud of her, but she is cool about the whole thing. She may say "What's the big deal Mom?" when I congratulate her once again (perhaps I need to revisit those articles about excessive praise), but I see a smile of satisfaction light up her pretty, sun kissed face. Good job Avery. Way to Kip.