Here are the kids from our team that qualified and made the trip.
Here they are a little more relaxed after the last day of competition.
I was so proud of the whole team, but especially my nephew J who came in 2nd, 7th, and 4th in 3 of his 8 events! Br came in 9th and even the coach captured a 1st and a 2nd!
Elvis is staying at the Krugers in Galveston. Who knew?
I know I put in pictures of the damage yesterday, so I thought I would show you some of the beauty. We stayed in a sweet hotel, the Hotel Galvez (it was like a castle!).
The beaches seemed to go on forever....
This is B's hand after picking up a handful of shells in the water.
The Strand is the historic district of the island (it is also where you could see the water line tape), but they are working very hard at restoring it. It was beautiful!
Here is B on the second floor balcony of the convention center. Can you see the sweat dripping off her forehead? It was about 100 degrees out and I dragged her out of the air conditioning to take this.
Galveston is also a big port for cruise ships. B had never seen one up close. Needless to say she was amazed by how large it was!
The trip overall was very fun! We are pretty sure Nationals will be held there again next year so we are already psyching the kids up to learn new tricks and fundraising to allow us to enjoy the life of luxury like we did this year!
Oh and if you are looking for the wild west of Texas; Galveston is definitely not it. We were actually calling it Flexas by the end of the week. (Florida/Texas) All K wanted me to bring her home were cowboy boots. I could not find a pair on the island, so instead she got an orange summer cowboy hat (with shells on it, naturally!). Yee-haw!!!