Monthly Archives: September 2014

Outdoor Gymnastics

Athena had the opportunity to spend some time outside on an unseasonably warm fall day. The early setting sun reminded her that fall is really on its way.

I love days like today, school has started signaling the start of fall, but the sun is still warm enough that I don’t need a sweatshirt or jacket. I know winter will be here soon, so I want to spend time outside and soak up as much warm sun as I can.

After climbing halfway up the hill to get to the swing I was inspired to see how high I could get and how far I could see. I grabbed the rope, ran and jumped on to the swing. I held on tight to the rope and leaned back, with the wind on my face I felt like I was flying!

After swinging as high as I could I decided the best way to get the view that I wanted was to climb a tree. The swing is on a tree, but the branches are all too high for me to reach. I’m not very tall so finding a tree with branches low enough for me to reach and thick enough to hold me can be challenging, but I found a tree leaning so much I could climb it without using any branches.

After enjoying the view I decided that I could make my own backyard gymnastics routine. I dismounted the vault threw my hands in the air to salute the tree shaped judges, I am pretty sure they were impressed.

After the vault I moved to my balance beam routine.

After several leaps, jumps and turns I dismounted.

I sat down to rest until the sun dropped below the trees and the cool breeze chased me inside.

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