Monday, March 14, 2011
Who is that cheer mom?
A couple of weeks ago, LibbyLu began talking, and getting excited about her team's first competition of the season. She is often discouraged after practice, wanting things to be perfect, and is always looking ahead to cheering in college. Her goals encourage her to work hard and do her best. She is pretty good and I believe she will meet her goals head on. As competition time arrives, we all start looking at the uniforms. Do things look good? Perfect? How white are the shoes? Where are the socks? Where are the spankies? How can your arms grow four inches in one year? Where is your bow? As we gathered, tried on, clipped threads, and made some alterations here and there, LibbyLu began to talk about wanting new cheer bows. I told her to clear it with the coach. She asked, but coach was not sure what we would come up with, so she asked me to come up with a prototype. I did. She liked it okay, but I did not and the girls were scrambling for bigger bows. They insisted they wanted really big bows. I pulled out some ribbon and made a few prototypes. Here is my first.
These were the right sized bows but the wrong color of blue.
The center ribbon was too flimsy to hold the desired shape and the dots melted right off when I fused the silver ribbon. The girls and coach liked them, so I began working on ways to make the bows better.
I learned to make my own silver ribbon with the help of this amazing tool.
Finding ribbon in Springfield is not tough, but finding enough ribbon proved impossible. B & B Crafts saved the day with the amount of ribbon I needed, wholesale prices, and in time to create a total of 35 bows - a set for each Show Stoppers team competing.
I was able to match the uniform blue perfectly. Whew. Also, I changed the center ribbon to a high quality grosgrain. The dots stayed in place and the higher quality ribbon let the bows hold the desired shape.
I matched colors and switched dots to the outside for the other team.
I packed both sets in plastic tubs, tucked them in the trunk of the car, and off we headed to Kansas City.
The girls wanted not just any bow, but a big bow. Now we have a team of bow heads and they look great. Of course, it is not the bow that makes the cheerleader. It is the stamina, the determination, the power and the commitment that allows these girls to practice one hour a week for less than a year and pull off first in their division. Go Show Stoppers!
I never thought I would wear a t-shirt like this and I am not really sure how I got here. I do remember a flyer for cheer being sent home with LibbyLu when she was in Kindergarten. I ignored it. Even so, LibbyLu said she would become a cheerleader one day. She was convinced she could be a cheer leading neurosurgeon. I believed her, but ignored the flier in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. She caught on, I think, and did not allow me to ignore her request in 5th grade. Now, we head to cheer practice once a week and private tumbling once a week. There is an occasional open gym practice and extra practices at competition time. I have a close relationship with glitter make-up, glitter spray, Aqua Net, and a half inch curling iron. I am a cheer mom. Yikes.