You can tell from this picture, O was THRILLED that
SHE was the one made to carry her backpack.
(We did help on the way back.)
Just what was in that backpack?
Here is another one of my favorite O poses.
Oh look, it's President Lincoln behind us.
The mystery of the backpack was revealed when we sat on the steps for a rest. O pulled out her loom kit and got some good "looming" in.
O is usually the one in pictures making bunny ears on others. This time her Dad did it.
There has to be at least one selfie on a trip.
Following our afternoon tromp around blossoms and President Lincoln's memorial, we packed things up and headed over to College Park. A friend of mine is a coach for Gymkana, and acrobatic troupe and they had a show at the U of MD in the evening. The show was worth every complaint we heard from O during the day. She picked up the gymnastics bug and has been inspired to learn some acrobatics on the trampoline ever since. It was so fun to hear her by my side saying, "whoa" and "cool!" I loved the show too, the movement was beautiful. These guys are really good. They were on America's Got Talent 2 seasons ago.
Coach Angie and her latest fan.
Here is the set-up for the first act.
Yes, people are flipping through the flaming hoop. It was really impressive.
Angie says this is one of the more popular routines they have in their shows, ladders.
It was, once again, impressive.
Are you KIDDING ME??? Do you know how much strength is needed to execute some of those moves?
"I had this friend who was a vampire, and when we were in 4th grade he told me I was a vampire too. And I was like 'what'? Because I have brown eyes. But we're not the sucking blood type, we're mischief. And every once-in-a-while, we suck a little blood. We put this lotion on our face to make it white pale. And we had black hair. But mine was easy to dye because it is almost black." This is one of the reasons why we struggle leaving for school on time. O starts telling me these LONG stories and stops eating to talk. I eventually have to leave the room so she'll eat.
O - "Mom, dad is going to teach me how to drive because you'll have a heart attack".
O - "When I'm 15, I want an electric scooter. Not the little ones, but a big one that you can plug in or that uses vasoline".