My Mini-Cheerleader

Okay, I admit it…I never once thought I wanted a girl to do cheerleading. Never. Don’t get me wrong…cheerleaders can do amazing stunts and are strong. But since I was never a peppy person I never wanted a daughter who was peppy either. But this week I might have changed my mind. I don’t know how much of an impact this will have on Evie when she gets older…and who knows, maybe we’ll do a yearly mini-cheer camp with the high school cheer leaders, but if she continues to try new things and eventually handle her stage fright, this could be a great thing for her!

I have 2 friends who are cheer coaches for one of the high schools here in SF. They are always so cute and down to earth and I’m envious of their fashion sense. (I’m also lucky enough to be their visiting teacher!) They told me and others from our ward and neighborhood about the cheer camp and Steve and I figured, Why not? Why not give Evie a chance to try something new? She’ll most likely freak out like she did at her dance performance, but this time I promised myself I wouldn’t push her, or try to guilt her into performing. (How mean was I?!??!) And who knows, she may surprise us…but then again she may freak out and refuse to go on the football field with the other girls. Then again, she loves “her cheerleader” Ariel…maybe she’ll cling to her and go out there (hopefully un-clinging herself enough to at least let Ariel do the performance!). Guess we’ll see tomorrow night!

Evie did FANTASTIC at the camp!!! We missed the 1st day (due to my lack of calendaring correctly!) and on the 2nd day it took her a good 15 – 20 minutes to go out on the gym with her friends and give it a try. Then she followed really well (usually a 3 second delay) and tried super hard. I love the video and pictures I got of her cute little kicks, or “rally” cheers. SO. CUTE. Here’s what I mean:

ward friends


"L" sticking close to Evie's side

Trying to keep up with the Cheerleaders

“Rally-ing” with Ariel

Evie's in the red (there's an arrow in case you need it!)

Evie and "her cheerleader" Ariel

Tomorrow night the group from the cheer camp and the SFHS Cheerleaders are performing during the half time of the football game at SFHS. I’m HOPING (actually wished on a shooting star tonight!) that Evie will go out there with Ariel and perform. But I won’t be disappointed (or surprised) if she’d rather watch everyone else do it. Here’s hoping!

Oh! Almost forgot…here are a few videos I uploaded to show you how cute they are:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3