It's been a crazy week, but Saucy is packed up and ready to load her Cheerios and the other team of cheerleaders from our school onto a bus for a road trip to compete this weekend. It's the first outing of the year, the girls are excited, and after practicing every night this week things are looking pretty good in spite of a cold and flu making the rounds and one of the main base girls being out with a concussion. She wiped out on her toboggan a couple of weeks ago.
We also lost a flyer (top girl) this week and had to rework quite a bit of the routine. This happens in cheer quite a bit and everyone had to make the best of it but it wasn't easy. These are the events that either make or break a team, bringing everyone together and testing the mettle of the girls placed in new roles.
But mostly, this weekend will be about having fun and building an even stronger team bond between the girls. Saucy has lots of little things planned.
Tonight after everyone is done with swimming and hot tub time, they will repair to their rooms to dry and straighten their hair for tomorrow morning. Saucy has a few bottles of yellow nail polish and they can take turns filing their nails to a safe short length and adding their school colour right to the tips of their fingers.
At about 10:30 we'll have our goodnight team meeting. Saucy has white foam cups that she's written personal inspirational messages on - each girl gets a cup of hot Sleepytime tea and a few teddy grahams before tucking in. It's our little ritual. The Bears love their "teddy bear tea and cookies" at bedtime.
Saucy loves the placebo effect it has on them. They start yawning and saying things like "sweet dreams" to each other... and then it's off to their rooms. Lights out at 11:00. Room checks later.
In the morning the 7:00 AM wake up call will get everyone up and in front of the mirror, applying green eyeshadow and helping each other pull their hair into high topped ponytails with a Snookie-sized pouf on top. For this competition Saucy has a little kelly green hair spray so we're going to try to put a little flash onto the tip of each pony.
The bus will be loaded, with Saucy asking each girl as they step on board if they have their shoes, their socks, their spanky pants. Not to worry. You know Saucy has extras of almost everything. The team mascot teddy bears will be along for the ride and we'll be off.
Before competing, Saucy will attach a hair bow to each ponytail using a zip tie from the hardware store. It's a pretty flawless system, they're in there as snugly as can be and won't come loose after any jumping, tossing or tumbling. Later, Saucy will snap those bows out of place using side cutters and hopefully this time she won't give Beegie a little unexpected haircut.
And so... we're off. Saucy has to run and triple check the packed items. Snacks? Caffeine-free soda? Water bottles? Tampons? Extra uniforms and shoes, just in case? Cookies, tea and cups? Garbage bags and Lysol wipes? Paper towel? Kleenex? Hand sanitizer? Makeup, nail polish remover, eye makeup remover, glitter, hairspray and ponytail holders? Bows?
Check, check, and check. Tylenol for Saucy? CHECK.
Wish us luck! The girls hit the mat at 1:20 PM tomorrow CST. Think of their smiling faces then.